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."


Filed under: Race to '08
soundoff (772 Responses)
  1. Lloyd Hansen

    Biden said what most Americans think: Obama is not ready to be president. This ad is perfect and should be followed up by ads with clips of Hillary and other Dems saying the same thing. McCain is ready to lead and would make a great president, Obama is in over his head. Do the smart thing, vote Mccain.

    August 23, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  2. Used to be for Hillary

    I voted for Hillary the first time around in the primary. I will not make that mistake again. Between the reported fighting within her own compaign, the constant attacks against Obama, and not to mention the spawn of die hard supporters that would elect McBush just to prove a point (he obviously is opposite of what Hillary's platform stood for), I will never ever-not in 2012 or 2016 vote for Hillary Clinton. Oh by the way, if McCain does get elected say goodbye to your sons. When we go to war with Russia, the draft will come back.

    August 23, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  3. Carl from MI

    Biden also has criticized McCain too... can't wait for the Republicans to show that ad!!

    I hope Gen. Clark comes back out to slap McCain around again some more too. It's about time for the Republican Slime Machine to be attacked. They put money and party BEFORE country!!!!

    McCain is an empty suit that's going to take us to war with Russia and DRAFT your children to fight it, because our current military is about all tapped out and used up...THANK YOU, DUBYA!!!

    WAKE UP, AMERICA!!!! VOTE SMART.... NOT SENILE!!!!

    August 23, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  4. BK

    Obama still does not have the experience to be president and putting Biden on the ticket does not change the facts. People do not elect a president on who is the vp. We have already had an inexperienced arrogant man for the last 8 years. I hope the american people don't make that mistake again.

    August 23, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  5. SCOTT

    REPUBLICANS ARE LOW BLOWERS AND LIARS!!

    August 23, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  6. Joseph L

    I cant wait till the gop shuts down the used car salesman.Its time for all the Clinton supporters to move with republicans.Dont forget what Osama did to the women in the primary.He made her look like a racist.He had his preachers make fun of her.He did'nt even consider her for vp.Come in for the real thing.The republicans stand together we support family values we believe our money belongs to us not the govt.We are a party founded on the fact of ending slavery.Obama is the ONE THE MESIAH THE BECOMING.Not today buddy.

    August 23, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  7. AJ

    Disastrous pick. He's a walking gaffe machine, angry, hostile twrd Israel and is so NOT about Chance. Can Obama do anything right? The Hillary PUMAs are still pissed too.

    Will Obama even win ten states?

    August 23, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  8. Nic Ledoux, Burlington VT

    Personally, I'd rather have Obama pick a VP that will keep him on his toes and not always agree with him. As long as they can work things out and get things done. Who would want someone who would always agree with everything you say? It's good to have a second opinion on issues that might not always agree with your thinking, as long as it doesn't affect the ability to get work done.

    August 23, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  9. carlo

    First of all, so much for the big Hillary for VP push. Can you imagine the stack of material McCain had showing Hillary praising him and dogging Obama? Can you PUMA fools see what would have happened? Can you see beyond your selfish wishes? This isn't about Hillary, this is about winning. Hillary Clinton is NOT the be all that ends all people. Biden is an everyday guy. BTW, since McCain has brought up the plagarism charge against Biden and had the nerve to dig into the 1980's, then Keating Five is fair game, my friends.

    August 23, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  10. Ok...

    Could Obama have picked someone who did not say this? I mean, seriously, it's obvious Obama doesn't have experience, so everyone said it... of course enough people who hid their heads in a whole did not care. They wanted the warm and fuzzies. Perhaps Biden is the candidate who said it the least....

    August 23, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  11. Lets get it started!!

    Now this is going to be good. We now have two men that are fully capable of talking to any world leader. We already had one "made for TV" presidency and don't need another. Sorry to the Hillary fans, but now is not the time. Lets see what McCain is going to do. America has been last because of Bush. We need to get out of this mental black hole of stupidity, and McCain needs a thinker with him if he is to win. He is too slow off the gun to be president.

    August 23, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  12. texas democrat

    who cares! obama/biden yes we can and will!

    August 23, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  13. pam Eugene OR

    Great choice. He is the one I wanted.
    No Hillary!

    August 23, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  14. The Lady

    Cant wait to see the ad with Mitt Romey bashing McCain.

    John I agree with you about the Hillary supporters, the ad would have been worst.

    August 23, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  15. Leslie, NJ

    POW= Person of Wealth.

    McCain demeans his POW background every time he uses it to answer ANY questions. He was captured, it was tough for a daddy's boy who never knew hardship, but he demeans it, and disrespects the other POW by using it to gain sympathy.

    P.S. Joe Scarborough is ....bum.

    August 23, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  16. Reality Check

    Please: Biden has such an easy response about his praising of McCain in this ad: he can simply say, "yes, that was the John McCain I used to know. The John McCain of today is not a man that any of us recognize. He has become a puppet of Karl Rove's protege Steve Schmidt."

    August 23, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  17. Ex-mod-GOP for Obama

    Frankly, McCain has changed a lot since 2005. He's not the maverick he used to be.

    August 23, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  18. Anonymous

    McSame is lacking in all areas. Biden is smart! What are you afraid of McSame? Anyone Obama picked would have been criticized, so right on for O'Bama an O'Biden

    August 23, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  19. Amber Rodriguez

    Okay So Biden is the pick, right?
    Biden accepted the invite, right?
    He is going to be Obama's running mate, right?

    Then, how does the McCain campaign think this matters?

    If this is all they've got, they should load up the UHaul now and get out of town.

    August 23, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  20. carrie hussein obama

    i am really worried about this country
    any one with a working brain would know that obama isn tyhe best for this country
    but with the comments i have seen an d heard of,it just shows that some people are really ignorant
    they would rather vote for an evil old white man,than the black man who if given a chance would do a lot for this country.
    its so sad that people cant get over race.
    if any one would vote someone just to spite another contestant,or because of one's skin colour,wow
    then i think america deserves a 3rd tenure of bush.
    if people cant open their eyes and hearts to the truth,then they will continue to suffer

    August 23, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  21. Zuq

    YES. OBAMA/BIDEN.. It has a nice ring to it. McCain, when are you going to share how you will balance the budget in 4 years. I hope McCain takes Lieberman because CT can't stand Lieberman. This would have been his last term anyway. I hope I see Lieberman in the Labor Day parade so I can boo him for being a trader! OBAMA/BIDEN BABY!!!!

    August 23, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  22. Unbelievable

    McCain '08, Hillary '12, you don't deserve a vote: you have just said that you will put Hillary above your country. Disgusting. Wake Up and Grow Up.

    August 23, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  23. Charlotte

    I agree, the country would be better off with McCain at the helm. The only one who would do a better job, isn't on a ticket. I guess Joes' trip to Georgia was a lobbing trip, at taxpayer expense. I guess Obama isn't so much for change after all. Joe has been in the Senate longer then McCain and is almost as old. Maybe we won't hear so much about Johns' age now. I guess Joe was bidding his time. ARRRR

    August 23, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  24. JOHN HILGER

    :3:00 a.m.

    RING! RING! RING! RING! HILARARY IS AWOKEN SHE LOOKS AT CALLER ID AND SEES IT OBAMA. SHE ASK HERSELF SHOULD I ANSWER ,IF SHE DOES MAYBE SHE WILL BE THE VICE PRESIDENT NOMINATION, IF SHE DOESN'T MAYBE SHE'LL BE PRESIDENT IN 2012 . WHAT SHOULD SHE DO? WHILE SHE IS THINKING ,THE CALL GOES TO RECORDER AS SHE RUSHES TO ANSWER SHE GETS THE MESSAGE HA HA HA HA HA(OBAMA LAUGHING IN BACKGROUND) WHOSE READY THE 3:00A.M CALL NOW, LOSER.

    August 23, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  25. Patrick

    This would be hilarious if it wasn't so pathetic. The Republicans are frightened of Biden as an attack dog. Biden's comments pale in comparison to Romney's vitriol against McCain. Methinks McCain needs to hire better strategists.

    August 23, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
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