August 23rd, 2008
10:40 AM ET
10 years ago

Biden criticizes Obama - in new McCain ad

A new GOP ad shows Biden criticizing Obama.

A new GOP ad shows Biden criticizing Obama.

(CNN) - John McCain's campaign is going to the tape.

Wasting little time attacking the newly-minted Democratic presidential ticket, the McCain campaign released a television ad Saturday morning featuring Barack Obama's running mate criticizing the Illinois senator in a primary debate last year.

The 30-second spot, set to air in key states, features an August 2007 primary debate during which Joe Biden was asked if he stood by his criticism Obama is not yet ready to be president.

"I think that I stand by the statement," Biden is shown saying.

The ad also features a 2005 interview of Biden during which he praised McCain, saying, "I would be honored to run with or against John McCain, because I think the country would be better off."

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soundoff (772 Responses)
  1. KenB, MI

    don't hold him back...Biden was an excellent pick...thats the vibe...Biden is a no fear move...Biden will work on the ground and the Obama campaign needs someone that will not only bring to the campign a long laundry list of Republican policy ala one on one experience from the hill, he can talk to the American people, Biden can bring that message the American people want to know...Americans want to know how we can economically survive in these times...Biden can also do the media circuit: Roof Roof – attack dog...Obama can exhale now...take a breath.

    August 23, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  2. Bill Brown

    So many people don't get it, do they?

    So we now know McCain is not going to pick Romney or ANY of the candidates who ran against him in the primaries.

    What is funny to me is to see how many Democrats here whine about 'hardball tactics' and in the same comment they turn around and attack McCain.

    I wonder if it ever dawned on Democrats that they don't REALLY hate 'politics as usual;' they just hate the fact that most of the time they LOSE at it. But keep in mind these are the same folks who still think John Kerry lost due to Swift Boats and not due to his inability to articulate a plan for either the economy or the Iraq war.

    August 23, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  3. Mr.Anonymous

    Darn....I wanted Bill Clinton to be Veep

    August 23, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  4. john l.a.

    Intelligence will prevail in this election this time. Ignorant voters in 2000 elected today's present circumstances, so when the electorate
    learn that the majority of Americans aren't ignorant they will vote for change. The USA is not a people of ignorance, get wisdom, vote
    for a better 2009 and beyond.

    Barack Obama/Joseph Biden

    August 23, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  5. Denise

    I think its great that McCain ishowing these ads.. Is just allows Obama/Biden to show McCain's clip of.. "I don't know a thing about the ecomony" statements to the whole world...

    August 23, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  6. Nybang Li

    And as far is Joe Biden, give me a man with -$300000 in the bank who takes the train to work everyday and he has got my respect than the fat cats in the senate flying high in corp jets.

    August 23, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  7. Dee

    I am positive the McCain campaign had audio/video or some type of communication on each of Obama's potential VP picks to blast or dis-credit them in any way.

    The campaign should focus on what McCain can truly do to help America's current situation in the world. Focus on what will help Americans who are facing foreclosures, possible bankruptcy, unemployment, health care, gss prices and the economy as a whole.

    Are people so shallow that they would rather vote for someone who is out of touch with our needs than a black man who has ordinary folks interest at heart?

    August 23, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  8. ree

    Guess you can't say too much about Sen. McCain age, now. You got Biden.

    Hey, David enough about Sen. McCain and his wife. You weren't there and really don't know what went on with them. Rather have Cindy who does great thing to help people them Michelle who just now is proud to be American. And, don't forget John Edwards!!!!

    August 23, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  9. Oh Boy!!??

    John August 23rd, 2008 9:25 am ET

    "Flying Monkeys" hilarious!!! And your little dog,too.

    Yeah, flying out her butt!!!

    August 23, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  10. brian

    I think Obamas' pick is very hypocrital of his campaign. For the past 2 years Obama has preached for a change and slammed most career politicians. Now he picks Biden, who's been in Washington for decades and a big part of the problem we have with our government.

    Obama is a fraud and will say and do whatever it takes to get the job. I guess I'll stay home election day.

    August 23, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  11. TC

    Big mistake. Obama is pretty much done. Should have picked Hillary.

    August 23, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |


    August 23, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  13. Jeff from Jersey

    With Biden's foreign policy experience and his 35 years working in Washington,he will become Obama's mentor as well as the Vice-President.With Obama's intelligence he'll quickly become not only ready to be President,he'll become one of the best we've ever had!

    After 8 years,Bush still hasn't learned how to speak English,let alone how to be President.McCain can't even count to 7 without help!He thinks that every time there is a problem the answer is war.He's still trying to atone for Vietnam no matter how much it costs in american lives,the economy or the American people.No health care,no jobs,losing their homes,the consequences don't matter to him.He's still trying to overcome his personal demons no matter how high a price the American people have to pay.

    People of intelligence scare Republicans because they not only see how shallow and selfish Republicans are,they are unaffraid to discuss it which puts Republicans in the position of having to explain things that even THEY don't understand.

    August 23, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  14. Another Bush-Cheney

    Obama is just like Bush. No experience but has a soundbite. Bush picked Cheney, older, more experienced. So is Obama. Do you see the paralell?

    If he is elected, he wil have cabinets filled with older people and he is going to just sit there, " so what do we do?"

    Honestly Obama is going to turn Biden into a an idiot, jus like Cheney. with leash attached to his neck. Obama has a convincing mouth to do the job well. Impatient ,crafty little boy? He is a preacher and push-over.

    Either way, Biden or not, My ticket goes to McCain and I hope other Democrats will do the same. I am do not belong to a party but I am quite liberal. I vote for the person who can do the job. I hope everyone start use your brains and LISTEN BEHIND THE WORDS. Politicians use words so carefully so we must listen and listen again.

    So ask. why Obama? why McCain? think about the issues, and use your instincts. That is the only way we can help our country.

    August 23, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  15. Jessica

    Hey "McCain for Hilary" you obviously don't care about Hilary otherwise you'd listen to her and vote for Obama. she even released a statement about how glad she is that he picked Biden.

    Why wouldn't you listen to someone's judgement that you trust enough to elect for president?

    August 23, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  16. alvino

    McCain sure can find frivilous ways to spend his campaign money. If all the things that his republican opponents said about him comes out, he will whine, accuse Obama of going negative, and blame MSM for picking on a former POW.

    Republicans should write in Ron Paul.

    August 23, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  17. gc

    McCain '08 for Hillary '12 if McCain win then the supremem court will be packed with right wingers. Even Hill won't be able to get any of it back. Also, when was the last time a candidate that lost the primary ever gottne the nod the next time around? You are playing a game of russian roulette.

    August 23, 2008 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  18. Sheri

    Biden would have been "honored" to run as McCains' VP back in 2005. That was before McCain forgot how many houses he owns, what kind of car he drives, whether or not he's for the draft, that he actually fought against the GI Bill legislation, and what he said about any particular issue from one day to the next. A lot can happen to a 72 year old man's mental status in 3 years.

    August 23, 2008 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  19. David

    Watch the ad! In this ad Biden speaks the truth. Now that he's VP I doubt you'll see much of that anymore.

    August 23, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  20. Mark

    Obama has given McBush a target by picking Biden however, our country is in shambles and we need a person who can think through tough times. The Saddleback chuch convention showed that McBush can capitalize on peoples emotions, but also showed that there was no thought to his answers just emotion. While Obama may lack some experience, Biden does not. Together with Obamas thoughtfulness and Bidens knowledge, our country may have a chance of undooing some of the devisation the last Bush left in his wake.

    August 23, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  21. Maggie Muggins From Selwyn

    Well there goes any perceived advantage John McCain supporters thought he might have had on National Defence.

    Biden actually fought in the Viet Nam war and didn't make propaganda films for the enemy. Both Biden and Obama know enough not to publicly try and humiliate other countries and their leaders then expect to have any chance at diplomacy.

    The one clear fact is the many mean spirited comments McCain has made about other nations were childish and immature and anyone with the IQ of a house plant realizes this type of rhetoric does nothing for the image of the U.S.

    Watch the polls now!!!!!!!!

    August 23, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  22. Tomi

    I hope McCain wins, so i can vote for Hillary in 2012

    August 23, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  23. Dominique

    Come on. Is that the best you can do? Taking snippets out of context, how original. Biden is an outstanding addition to Obama's ticket.

    Obama-Biden '08

    August 23, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  24. BJ in NC

    So what if he did. Would you if competing for the office have stood on the platform and praised your opponent? I DON'T THINK SO!!!

    August 23, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  25. adam

    John Mccain at least didn't take convicts money to buy a house like Nobama did. And instead of picking Hillary, he picks Biden who could not garner even 100 votes in the primary! A perfect losing ticket.
    Hillary '12

    August 23, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
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