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."

Filed under: Race to '08
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  1. p

    My take on Senator Obama's choice to send the text message at 3:00 a.m. can be linked back to Senator Hillary Clinton's television ad asking whom do you want to answer the phone in the White House at 3:00 in the morning. Again, Obama proves that he is a man ahead of his time. Way to go future President Barack Obama.

    August 23, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  2. Chris

    @ JIM...TX The article never says anything about Obama in 2005. It says that Biden praised McCain in 2005.

    @ David I'm sure the Obama campaign will show plenty of McCain/Bush photos. That's been a main strategy to link McCain to Bush since the beginning of Obama's campaign. Not sure what your getting at.

    As a side note. Anyone else notice how similar "Obama/Biden" sounds like "Osama Bin Laden". Not that it matters. Just thought it was funny.

    August 23, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  3. Marge

    LOL! I hope the Obama/Biden team will see fit to "play" some of the sound bites that Bush made about McLame.
    Does anyone Else think McRICH'S ads are making him look foolish???? LOL!LOL!

    August 23, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  4. Jamal

    You have to admit that's a good ad and saavy political tactic! Obama's camp should have researched this decision better.

    Another clueless mistake from his camp. Lord, maybe a miracle will occur at the convention and Hillary will walk out with a nomination.

    August 23, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  5. Matthew

    It's so sad to see the Hillary supporters flailing around. You Hillary people do know that there is medication for your condition, right? Oh wait, under McCain you won't be able to afford it.

    You Hillary supporters who are voting for McCain are total IDIOTS!! We tried being nice and commiserating with you when she lost, we told you you are welcome and showed how Obama's policies are almost EXACTLY the same as hers but but you just continue to cry and whine. So, screw you the gloves are off, you are total FOOLS to vote for McCain and your statements as to why show your total IGNORANCE about Obama. You perpetuate lies about Obama, refuse to find out anything about Obama and participate in willful ignorance.

    If you Hillary supporters cause McCain to be elected, you can bet your PUMA a$$ that I and many Obama supporters will do everything in our power to ensure that Hillary not only does not get the Presidency in 2013 but that she doesn't even get close to being the nominee.

    She ran a bad campaign, has shown her management skills to be sorely lacking and is just a mean old woman who thinks she should have been coronated. She has proven over and over again that anyone who opposes her will pay a price, even if they were right and she was wrong.

    August 23, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  6. ann

    CNN needs to get on-board technically. In the on-air segment, an email was quoted which talked about Obama's team sending out the 3AM text and that this was sophomoric. The email ended with the team being absorbed in all things IT and it was pronounced "it". IT is an abbreviation for Information Technology, which makes the email make sense.

    August 23, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  7. Sally

    For God's sake America, wake up. Hillary, PLEASE DO NOT give away your delegate count, aim for what you deserve – the nomination AND the Presidency. Look at how Obama treats his brother, look at how this Biden feels Obama is NOT ready to be President. If America wants to be respected, get rid of this loose canon and vote for who believes in, and is patriotic to America. HILLARY, don't give up, PLEASE.

    August 23, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  8. disappointed

    Very disappointing, All you Obama supporters should understand that Hillary and Obama were practically tied. He just barely "won"- HRC understood how close the race was and that she would need to unify the democrats and would have named Obama VP, it is unfortunate that Obama didn't treat us with the same consideration. **and for anyone who disputes the remark I made about being tied, look at the states Hillary won, and see how the delagates were distributed**

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

    Guess What? Biden has changed his mind. Deal with it McWar!'
    No Draft –No Long Term Iraq Occupation–No War with Russia to defend McSurge jet ski Buddy– No Special Tax Breaks for Big Oil–
    No more Bush by proxy of McBush!

    August 23, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  10. Hall for Obama

    All is fair in love and war. We can agree to disgree.

    August 23, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  11. No McCain

    Does McCain realize that we have an arsenal of Repubs talking against him from the primaries? It's on now! 🙂

    August 23, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  12. Frank

    Its what GOP stands for that worries me.


    Or is it


    August 23, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  13. God is laughing at us

    God is laughing at us?



    August 23, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  14. Rob

    if your a woman and you vote for Mc Bush–your giving away your rights. Hillary In 2012–if Obama doesn't win there will be such a backlash against the Clinton's your head will spin.
    And as for Mc Bush isn't it strange that men who were captive at the same time as him–neither saw or heard of him–hum–makes you think

    August 23, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  15. SV, New Jersey

    Obama made excellent choice. Hillary would have been good choice also. Biden will debate Mitten and McBush effectively. He will cut the wrinkled baked potato in half, savor it and let potato skin hang from his teeth while debating Mitten. Love this choice.

    August 23, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  16. ex-dem in the south

    I knew Obama would pick Biden as his running mate. The two have been crooks together since last year. Gotta keep it in the family you know. This bodes well for Mccain because Obama didn't pick the ONLY person who could help him win. I can't wait till these two yahoos get sent home packing after the GE.

    August 23, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  17. Willow, in Iowa

    I would agree with Biden in 2005 that McCain was a good guy. But McCain in 2000 wouldn't even vote for the McCain in 2008. Its a shame and very sad when people begin to cognitively lose their faculties. I think Obama/Biden 08 is wonderful! Watch out McCain! the two of them are much more powerful than either one separately!

    August 23, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  18. PhilT

    Another effort to take the spotlight off of John McNotSoPlain's misunderstanding of his own and the country's economic status.

    How many residences does the elitist Senator and his wife own? No one knows for sure.

    How does one define rich? John says, "I know many people iwth wealth that are unhappy". Tell that one to older folks who must choose between healthy food and prescription medicines, John.


    August 23, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  19. More Aware

    McCain, It won't work ... Not This Time!!!
    You see, if there was a problem with Obama readiness as suggested by Joe Biden when he was an opponent ... It's fixed now with Biden on the ticket.

    August 23, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  20. Susan

    Oh, McLame, please pick Romney, then people will remember your campaign where Romney dope slapped you every chance he got! ! This ad is so lame....just like all the others!

    August 23, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |

    First time voter from NY, never thought it"d be a republican vote, yikes !! if not Hillary then Mr. Magoo.

    August 23, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  22. disappointed

    also in addition, If Obama was going to decide not to unify the HRC democrats, I would have given him more consideration if he chose to select a "non insider" democrat, He flip flopped again- Why should I believe he will get us out of the Iraq occupation.

    August 23, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  23. one nation under god!!!!

    Wow never underestimate the stupidity of a democrat.The only way obama had a chance at winning was to pick hillary.But obama has graciously handed the presidency to McCaine.Thanks obama,we always knew your judgement was questionable.The irony is biden has exactly the same views as McCaine on almost every issue.Your comming around to the position we republicans have had all along.well sorry to tell all you spoiled college rich kids blindly supporting this empty suit,McCaine is a lock now.Say it with me "landslide", "landslide","landslide".

    August 23, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  24. The Truth Hurts

    Even Biden knows what more and more Americans are (thankfully) figuring out. Obama should have waited to run ... or maybe that was the point ... ambush people in the middle of the night before you really know who or what a person is about.

    August 23, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  25. Sly

    I think it says a lot about Obama. Isn't Biden the same guy who said that Obama was a clean guy........With all the statements that Biden has made about Obama, it should then stand out that Obama chooses this man and recognizes that his experience and knowledge is what this country needs
    . All those horrible personal statements and attacks were just part of the race and in no way lessen Biden's ability to be a VP candidate. That speaks a lot about Obama's candidacy and ability to place his party's interests and country ahead of his own. Would many of us do that?

    August 23, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
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