August 23rd, 2008
10:40 AM ET
6 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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  1. dmw

    You all can moan and groan about how the Republicans conduct their campaign. They will win in November. As long as the Democrats continue to pick left wing liberals, they will not win the Presidency.

    Obama's hope and change message went down the tubes with his negative campaigning and pick Joe Biden. All of mess you all gave Hillary about being in Washington too long is coming back to haunt you because Joe Biden has been there over 25 years and he is also older than Hillary.

    I am not voting for Obama/Biden at all, no matter what. I am still voting for Hillary in November.

    August 23, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  2. joshua

    BIDEN DIDNT EVEN GET VOTES!!! SINCE CLITON IS NOT THE VP, I HAVE TO FULLFILL MY PROMISE AND VOTE MCCAIN TO TELL U THE TRUTH IF U BELIEVE ANY OF THOSE POLITICIANS YOUR STUPIDER THAN U LOOK!

    August 23, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  3. Cosmic Comedy Queen Go Hillary!!!

    Oh now we have good cop bad cop stratergerie!!!!

    August 23, 2008 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  4. Kevin Kennedy

    I’m not sure where your bias is when your first response to the consensus of the way that the Obama campaign released his choice is from a Hillary Clintonesk viewpoint. No matter how it was released someone was not going to be happy yet you took the response from a non-supporter of this campaign and air it? I am an experienced campaign worker for this campaign since Jan. and I’m proud to be a part of this ground breaking and innovative method of notification. I’m also a product of the fifties where you had to get out of your chair and change the channel but this time I just got out of my chair and just pushed the button to shut the set off. I’m also Catholic and where does it put all those who would prefer to vote for someone who isn’t?

    Kevin J. Kennedy

    August 23, 2008 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  5. Anonymous

    David......Romney didn't criticize Mccain stating that he stood by his statement "that McCain is not ready to be president"....like Biden did Obama. It's ok to ciriticize candidates for difference of some opinions but when a candidate stands by his statment that another candidate is not ready to be president that is very different.

    August 23, 2008 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  6. Sheri

    McCain 08 for Hilary 12: Forget it. The GOP will make sure McCain chooses a VP who they would want to be president. If McCain wins, they will allow him to be President for perhaps a year then they will find a way to install the VP. If the Dems don't win this one, there will never be another Democrat in the White House. Better think twice before you vote for McCain.

    August 23, 2008 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  7. JFK

    You'll take McBush. You voted for Bush and now want to vote for McCain. Like a true republican.

    August 23, 2008 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  8. Deeznuts

    Obama has built a coalition of upscale liberals, African Americans, Hispanics, and now he is appealing to hardworking downscale, hardworking, blue collar, gun toting, eucharist mystified Appalachians. Some folks in 'middle america' are sooo relieved that they can still vote for a ticket with an elderly white man with similar values and background. Let the games begin. Oh and PUMAs vote for anyone you want it will not matter. Check mate Beeaches!

    August 23, 2008 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  9. Carl Griffith

    Well, that's it... McCain is our next president. That was easy...

    August 23, 2008 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  10. NotALemming

    How juvenile is this man????? First, there's "I know, but I'm not tellin'!" Then there's "I'll text it to you." Is this a future POTUS, or a middle school student?

    August 23, 2008 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  11. Oboring Bama

    Obama should have put Oprah on the ticket! Another voice of meaningless platitudes!

    August 23, 2008 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  12. king

    McCain is playing striaght out of Karl Roves play book.Well for those who can still remember,was it not McCain that fathered that "illegitimate child"?in the 2004 run .Did Geoge Bush not tell us that? well today have we not seen that MC cain going all about defending Bush ? well when Biden descends on his campaign, his antices and entire run will all but be over. McCain is yesterday news,stall and rooten like soiled machandise. wake up there is a level of this empety messages that Americans can take,be careful it is about to backfire.For when a man and his family owns 8 homes in an America where citizens now sleep in their cars and to make it worse cannnot seem to remember how many houses he owns we need to seriously consider what we expect from him as president.for a start he has a poor sense of geography,economy,security and technology.all he understands is war war war.i suggest Mc Cain go run North korea

    August 23, 2008 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  13. Susan

    I'm a Canadian and have been watching these politics with great interest and humor. I can't believe what Clinton supporters are saying.....that they will vote for McCain because Obama didn't pick her as V.P. Are they nuts!! Also, do they not realize that the Republicans would have a field day if she had been chosen......all the negative "crap" she put out there when she was running against Obama. I don't blame him for not picking her...I wouldn't either!!

    August 23, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  14. Ally

    For all the Hillary fans who support John McCain for no other reason but because they are angry that their candidate fell short.

    1. If you vote for John McCain, and he wins, remember that when Hillary runs in 2012, the Obama fans are not going to run to your side. They will remember your anti-party unity and give you more of the same

    2. If Barack chose Hillary, McCain would have more material to use from Hillary against Barack.

    Wisen-up for the sake of our own dollar and economy. Your self-interest will hurt not only Hillary but the party and the country.

    August 23, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  15. Blaque

    Allright folks .. it is official !!
    Mccain '08
    HRC '12

    August 23, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  16. joann Jacobs baltazar

    Sen. Obama has done what is best for him but not necessarily best for the Democratic presidential party. Choosing Hillary Clinton would have been what is best for this country and the " winning ticket". I now will vote Sen.
    McCain and so will my friends!!!!!

    August 23, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  17. TY

    Biden was a great pick! Strong pick! Great decision from our next president! I can't wait to see the cabinet he puts together. I hope we know before he wins the presidency. I will give the country an even more sense of pride and strength that things are about to change for the better.

    Great pick Mr. President!

    Obama/Biden 08

    August 23, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  18. Anonymous

    MLH....yea McCain wasn't sure about how many houses he owns (not qualification to be president) But Obama can't even remember how many states there are in this country..He thinkgs there are 58...ummm basic facts that a presidential candidate should know.

    August 23, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  19. MD in GA

    All kinds of things were said in the primaries. What matters now is Obama and Biden together, are the right men for the job. I'm glad Barack gets that. He needs Biden's foreign policy experience. Plus Biden has a really good civil rights record.

    All Barack was going to get from Hillary was the possibility of a few whinny women who haven't even bothered to help retire her crushing campaign debt. (So much for loyalty.) She would have brought no foreign policy experience with her. (Let's not forget the snipper fire mess.) No economic experience. (That was Bill back in the 1990's not Hill. Plus we see how badly she ran her campaign financially.)

    So as long as Biden can reach White, Hard Working, Middle America voters, I think they can win this thing hands down...

    "Obama/Biden 08"

    August 23, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  20. Susan

    What have we done??? We send a text at 3:00 in the morning to what? Snub Hillary some more? Prove that Barack needs to reach out to someone with real experience to help him in the middle of the night? I love Biden, would vote for him in a heartbeat, but not as 2nd chair…. He is the leader. Barrack is nothing but talk. Hillary pegged out of the gate and we just proved it. Frustrated and now uncertain how to vote, of if I will.

    August 23, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  21. Dem for McCain

    McCain has been having a great campaign recently. Go John!!!

    August 23, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  22. did i do that????

    WHAT???? McCain criticizing? thats not like John McCain...he usually sticks to the issues...NOT. what will it take to get John McCain to understand that Americans want to know how we will be getting our jobs back, how we are going to pay for health care, the war in Iraq, our kids education, gas prices etc... John McCain has had 3 months logger than Obama to get his platform together and all he has done is try to bash Obama....WHAT DO YOU BELIEVE IN JOHN? other than surges in an illegal war that has cost the US trillions of dollars and thousands of lives? WHAT DOES JOHN MCCAIN STAND FOR? other than ineffective drill here drill now? is John Mccain so self absorbed that he thinks the only way to win is by running a dirty campaign? did'nt Bush 2000 run the McCain 2008 campaign?

    August 23, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  23. James, Houston, TX

    Hillary may still be nominated from the "Convention Floor", However Senator Biden is a good Choice, a little premature, but He's a "Good Joe".

    August 23, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  24. FONZI

    Hillary Clinton should be praised for gracceful praise of Obama's choice. She indeed has set the trail for her supporters to follow.
    Her most vocal supporter i.e. CNN, should stop fanning the flame of discord by alluding that Clinton was disrescpected.
    Obama has conceeded a lot to Hillary, putting her name in the role call, granting her and Bill prominent speaking roles at the convention and asking the Michigan and Florida votes been counted. These are storylines which CNN can pursue and give Obama credit for good judgement do far. Rather , CNN is more interesting in a "Denver backlash" against Obama. We shuold remember that the nomination is all about officially confirming that Obama is the democratic presidential nominee. CNN is high time you realised and accepted this hard truth..

    August 23, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  25. joann Jacobs baltazar

    Sen. Obama has done what is best for him but not necessarily best for the Democratic presidential party. Choosing Hillary Clinton would have been what is best for this country and the " winning ticket". I now will vote Sen.
    McCain and so will my friends!!!!!
    Joann Baltazar
    Fort Lauderdale, Fl

    August 23, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
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