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
soundoff (772 Responses)
  1. John

    Joe Biden is the right selection for Obama. Like Hillary he brings in experience, especially that of the foreign policy. He picks up where Obama seems to be weak.

    For all those "so called Democrats" who would have only voted if Hillary was on the us all a favor and stay home. You are not real democrats. Anyone that pitches a fit because Hillary is not on the ticket needs to think hard about the future of this country before they cast a vote for McCain.

    August 23, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  2. Shaking my head

    I don't see how you can disparage the facts as they are when you are seeing the persons own words, unless of course you comment without watching the video to see it is true.

    August 23, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  3. Kevin - PA

    "McCain '08 for Hillary '12" is going to criticize Obama supporters for "celebrity worship" and then turn around and vote for a Republican only so they can vote for Hillary again in four years? The devotional celebrity-worship of Hillary to the point that her "supporters" will vote for another term of Bush policies is beyond me.

    August 23, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  4. Texans for Obama

    It doesn't surprise me that the campaign would use what Biden said when he was running for President. I am sure if McCain picks Romney, Obama's campaign can find some choice words he said about McCain. This he said she said stuff is juvenile to me, and it should be to most intelligent voters.

    All I know is this economy is in shambles and McCain doesn't even have a clue about his own finances let alone help America get back on the right track again.
    This man doesn't even know how many houses he owns! You can tell he is clueless. He is too rich and rich people don't shop for their groceries, or pay their own bills. They have their staff take care of those things. John McCain is too old and out of touch with the majority of regular people. I want change not the same "good ole boy system he is in the mix with.

    Obama is going to win in a big landslide.
    God has already chosen the next President and no one will be able to change the almighty's decision! You can bet on that!

    August 23, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |

    Obama has said over and over he is a new canidate and has blasted his rivals over and over during the democratic campaign about the way Washington works. However, he choose a vp that has been in washington for over 30 years. i guess he is a typical politician after all.

    August 23, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  6. Who Cares?

    I don't care what McSame puts in an ad... Obama has my vote.

    Obama/ Biden '08

    August 23, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  7. Change? Or Lack of Experience

    For a candidate who wants change, why did he pick a candidate who voted for the Iraqi invasion? Someone who has been in Washington for decades? Someone who wanted John McCain to run with him on a Unity Ticket?

    Who would be running the country, Obama or Biden? Will Biden be the one in the "undisclosed location"?

    August 23, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  8. ozzievoodoo

    I have a question. Everytime you hear the old talk he rambles on about when he was in Vietnam. That and my friends crap is getting old. Does he not have anything to say that is important to anyone else. Besides I don't really think he is a war hero. I think the men and women in the services are also war heros. They are the ones fighting a war that never should have been.
    My friends, McBush needs to can the was crap and get to the economy.

    August 23, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  9. Obama Biden Fan 08

    This is one of the best choices Obama could have made. He now has a vp who can add to the holes everyone says Obama has.

    Oh, and McCain '08 for Hillary '12, don't call yourself a Democrat anymore. You think Obama played the race card...not even close to the number of times Clinton pulled the "I am a woman" card. People can make up their own mind so face it....they didn't want Clinton as much as they wanted Obama. But if you want to continue running our country into the ground because of a grudge you have against someone who won, be my guest....but don't complain about what happens when we find ourselves in more unnecessary wars because McSame is just chomping at the bit. I guess you like paying out the rear for gas and having college students pay more and more for an education. I guess you are happy after the last eight years.

    But yes I agree with many people on longer can McSame choose Romney. Too many times Romney attacked McSame...a lot more than Biden did to Obama.

    Go OBAMA and BIDEN 2008!!!!

    August 23, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  10. Barbara - NC

    I think if CNN quits whining about Hillary, some of her supporters will calm down. (Operation CHAOS people are bad enough to have to put up with – influenced by that drug-addicted low-life Limpballs)

    August 23, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  11. Plugged-in

    Obama should have picked Senator Bill Nelson of Florida. He's better than Biden. He's intelligent, thoughtful and knowledgeable. It's an insult to Floridians that Nelson was never considered. How many electoral votes does Delaware have? Not many.

    August 23, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  12. Shahana Bhaduri

    The new McCain ad reaks of desperation by the McCain campaign...Another example of distracting the American people with ads like this and the Paris Hilton Ad. Goes to show the McCain campaign is totally out of touch with what is important for American people to talk about. McCain is a good candidate, but his campaign manager really needs to get in touch with reality and real issues that are important to the American people. Barack Obama & Joe Biden = 360 Degree Perspective, A Complete Package, A Perfect Match!!!
    Obama-Biden 2008!

    August 23, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |


    August 23, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  14. Ron, NYC

    CNN, you have decided that MCCain is your choice for president and we the people understand that. CNN has consistently magnified and amplified negative stories on Obama while playing positive stories on McBush. Keep up your work as the "best name in news" whatever that means. CNN facilitated two Bush victories in 00 and 04. CNN was the mouthpiece of the Bush cronies to sell the bogus Iraq war to the American people. Now CNN is making the case for MCCain, whitewashing his past record and covering up his numerous gaffes and errors. The corporate press in this country is in the pocket of the GOP. CNN is chief among them.

    August 23, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  15. Rauji kibet

    Joe Biden is the best choice that Obama made,he has a personality that Obama is looking for,he will go toe to toe with mcain and Obama will have a chance to sell his policies to improve the economy,when i got employed last year,the pay am getting is still the same while the price of gas,milk and generally all items have doubled

    August 23, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  16. PE

    It's a sad day when Obama/Biden are running against the likes of McCain/Romney--talk about lowering the bar-but thank George W Bush for that, he is the first "dumb" and first "selected" President in US history. And he is a drunk...

    Go BOJO!

    August 23, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  17. Rod

    McCain is very afraid now. We move now to high gear to V 08. Joe will help a lot to take the real McSame out of the closet.

    August 23, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  18. cocoboston

    Anyone who TRULY was for Hillary Clinton is a COMPLETE hypocrite if they vote for McCain. Alot can happen in 4 years. Four years of McCain means the loss of lives, money and respect for this nation around the world. If you really believed in Hillary's stance on the issue but you don't like Obama then STAY HOME or vote for Ralph Nader

    August 23, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  19. Patricia Hart

    The 3 pm message looks like a spoff on "who do you want answere the phone at 3 PM"? Now "who is playing with the phone at 3 PM?"
    Looks like we are in for High School Musical 2008.

    August 23, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  20. 17 year old future politician

    They were opponents...big deal..the Republicans hate this pick...because Biden is way more experienced than McCain himself

    August 23, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  21. NO VOTE

    I like Biden but you just can't put a clean cloth over a dirt bag and hope it makes a difference.

    August 23, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  22. Independent

    Somebody is probably already working on a book for release the day after the November election entitled "How the Democrats Gave Away a Sure Thing".
    We had the election in the bag in May- and now we have flat out GIVEN it back to the Republicans. I hope the DNC and the Obama lemmings are happy.

    Obama/Biden ~~~ sounds like Osama/BinLaden if you say it fast.

    August 23, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  23. Charles

    For everyone out there screaming McCain 08, Hillary 12, how do you think she'll win in 2012? If by some miracle McCain wins, she has no chance of securing the nomination in 2012 because everyone that voted for Obama will be angrier with her than you seem to be with Obama now. Many will see the fact that we were stuck with 4 more years of the same policies as her fault and will be even more resentful. All she'll have is a couple million people saying it should have been her in the first place. What it should have been is a shorter primary season when she realized she was not going to be able to come back.

    August 23, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  24. Will

    So, McCain 08. You'll take adultery, deception and lies over integrity. Yeah, you are a Clinton supporter.

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