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. Jeffer65

    I have not see the ad, but I imagine it says nothing about what McCain stands for or what he will do if he gets elected. I don't understand why people support him. I don't understand why a Clinton supporter would vote for him over Obama. Just out of spite? That is really stupid.

    August 23, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  2. LeoKnox

    Anyone who types like you is too stupid to operate a ballot machine anyway. You'll probably vote Green by mistake.

    August 23, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  3. Joe

    Obama made a HUGE mistake picking Biden. He is a racist and Obama is using taht to please southern democrats. 7-11 joke about Indians, clean and articulate for Obama...great job Democrats!!! Why didn't he pick a female??? If McCain picks a woman it is all over...GOP wins!!!!

    Who is advising democrats???? Change you can believe in, but only a little change??? Biden is Mr. Washington!!!!! Ugh...........................................................................................................................

    August 23, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  4. chippyarm

    Of course Biden is going to say something like that. It was primary season, and he was in a debate. Joe Biden and Barak Obama are a superb team. You will have ideas for change from both. They really do get along well. Biden will not be a yes man. Obama's ego is not that big as to want a yes man. International experience? Biden is far above anyone that McCain can run with. So, you have a change agent along with a man with great experience. This is a no-brainer, for those who think.

    August 23, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  5. Tom in VA

    Yes, go ahead and sabotage this election so you can vote Hillary in 2012. That's if there is a country or a WORLD left in 2012. Will pulling the "Hillary" lever in the primaries give you some sort of personal satisfaction after four more years of misery go by? PLEASE get over yourselves and your disappointment. Hillary is not the candidate, and I can guarantee you that she will not be the candidate in 2012 either – not if 18,000,000 Obama voices have anything to do with it. If you like her so much, listen to her, and vote for Barack.

    August 23, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  6. Speider

    The poster, "John," makes a very interesting point. If Senator Clinton was named as the VP, imagine what a field day the republicans would have with the Clinton's record.

    I know there are many Clinton supporters who have threatened to withhold their votes or vote for McCain because Senator Clinton was not put on the ticket, and claim the election was "stolen" from Clinton, but honestly, aside from growing up and stopping this self-centered behavior, look at the facts and history of the Clintons.

    I'm from New York and can tell you she has done nothing for that state. Two weeks after moving into a hotel so she could persue the empty chair in the New York Senate, she gave a speech in which she said, "as a fellow New Yorker, I know what this state needs."

    A fellow New Yorker? Had a chair been open in Arkansas, she would be a fellow Arkansasan. If a chair had been open in Florida, she would have been a fellow Floridian, or a fellow Arizonian, or a fellow Martian. She won solely on the fact that her opponent was a huge crook and we all knew it. Her service is forgettable, as was her running in under sniper fire. We dodged the bullet with her...this time.

    August 23, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  7. Monica for Obama in Indiana

    mccain's camp need to sit down and take a breather. We no longer want to hear negative ads, but the issues and solving the problems for the people of the US of A.

    August 23, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  8. Phil Newton from Murphy, Oregon

    Bush/McCain love shots, anyone?

    Pathetic, predictable boring and oh so old.

    Don't you lobbyist handlers have better ideas than this, my friend?

    August 23, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  9. joy

    congrats Senator Obama, for making the right pick. there is no doubt that Obama/Biden is a wining ticket. congrat again. the Republicans are very worried right now because they know that Obama made the right chioce. it does not matter who he picks the Republicans will still have negative things to say about the person even if the person were to be Jesus. Obama is right the Republicans don't know how to govern but they know how to run elections. they are very good with negative ad. but thank God Biden is an attack dog. in the words of the worst president in the history of America George Bush bring it on.

    August 23, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  10. Sharon Wright in Toronto

    What is spoken by candidates during a debate should remain in ...uh...Vegas! You can bet that between Obama's smarts and Biden's saavy they've already got the pre-emptery gaffs covered. Go Barack/Biden!!!

    August 23, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  11. Mike

    Calling John McCain "McPowPow" and referring to him as suffering from dimentia, you Obama supporters are a mature bunch!

    You must have a lot of time on your hands to be so "creative," (sarcasim), get a job!

    It is seldom that you read anything creative from the Obama supporters.

    I proudly support McCain and I simply compare and contrast his opponents views and opinions; to refer to McCain as "McPowPow" is simply an insult.

    Oh and before you go there, yes I do have a degree, a good job and no I don't live in a mobile home. I however respect the views of those who DO live in their mobile homes ("their" homes), and do not judge ones opinions based on their educational background.

    The McPowPow reference was wrong!

    August 23, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  12. Anonymous

    Obama has shown the world that he is able to rub shoulders with foreign leaders and has surrounded himself with people that are not only smart, but have good judgment. O'Biden admitted his mistake about the Iraq war.

    Obama, O'Biden 08

    August 23, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |

    And the point is McCain cherish "OLD" ads..........................His campaign wants to look back when they should be here in the

    Such as milking the "P.O.W defense.......................................
    Know how many homes you own..............................................I mean get real how simple is that. It clearly shows most Americans own 1 house and is struggling to stay in it. The choice is clear!!!!!

    Obama/Biden 08

    August 23, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  14. annie

    GO McCAIN – 08

    NO obama bin biden NEVER

    August 23, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  15. GB

    Do you Hillary supporters that think you can vote McCain in and that Obama supporters will vote for her in 2012?? You're crazy. If you don't vote for Obama now, Hillary will NEVER be president. If you do, I'll be happy to vote for her in 2016. Think about it and do what's right.

    August 23, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  16. Lynn

    Go Obama/Biden '08. Please speak the truth boldly, let the country know your tax plan etc. will HELP Americans, the clear majority. Get specific.The rich with their multiple houses and millions will not be harmed.Let's live Matthew 25 as a nation. Obama please speak loud and clear. Identify the changes you hope for and why. Be firm in bringing the truth to light on how your plan (some more details) will help us: Bring back the American dream!! Fear not. You are in our prayers. By the way, I know it was an uncovering for you, but I have your Wailing Wall (Jerusalum) prayer on my 'frig. That is a very good prayer, especially the ending: "Give me the wisdom to do what is right and just. And make me an instrument of your will". In that manner we are re-fined and led, day to day. You can't go wrong with that prayer. God speed.

    August 23, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  17. JD florida

    Does this mean MR. TURTLE will not choose any of his former primary rival?
    let the silly game begin.


    August 23, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  18. Unpolitically Correct and Proud of it

    Obama sucks. If you like him you are gay. Actually, I believe there is a 47% higher probability that if you vote Obama, you are gay.

    But, you know what they say, approximate 65% of all statistics are made up on the spot.

    By the way, life starts at conceptions, not at birth...this should be evident from things like a heartbeat, blood pressure, brain function, MOVEMENT – that is not the momma kicking herself from the inside, etc.

    August 23, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  19. Dave C - NJ

    haha remember the Bush ads trashing McCain?

    The GOP even went after Cindy for stealing pills from her own charity and called her a drug addict (which she was, but still, it was a low blow.)

    GOP slime machine! lol

    August 23, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  20. RSP

    Biden will not help with the trust factor. Independents and Hillary supporters don't trust Obama. He doesn't have much experience, and is running on fear and vague ideas like "change". His arrogance is offensive to most Americans. McCain will win in November because of his experience. We are at war, and most Americans who really think about it don't trust Obama, basically a civil rights activist, to represent America on the world stage and get us out of Iraq quickly and with the least amount of turmoil.

    August 23, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  21. Cowards, All Of Them

    When Barack and Joe win, I can't wait to see Rick Warren's face, McCain's face, Joe Scarborough's face, Sean Hannity's face and Rush Limbaugh's face. They're all cowards.

    Cowards to the end.

    August 23, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  22. CognitoErgoSum

    Sen. Biden decried Sen. Obam's lack of political experience, yet balances an Obama ticket with it.

    Can we say irony?

    But seriously, Hillary Clinton only has six years senate experience on Obama, so she was laughable touting her "experience" during the primaries, compared with John McCain. He'd have eaten her alive on that.

    August 23, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  23. WeBoDave

    Senator Biden is still happy to run against Senator McCain but he no longer thinks the country is better off with the new and worsened McCain.

    August 23, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  24. David J Matthews

    Yes, Joe Biden did say these things a year ago.... But today, Joe Biden is running alongside Barack Obama because both of these men can adapt to changing times and changing circumstances. John McCain is running these outdated film clips because he believes that yesterday's answers should all be valid today, even if circumstances have changed dramatically between now and then. It's why McCain still thinks that the way to solve the energy crisis is by drilling for more oil. Its why he thinks the way to solve these long-standing conflicts in the middle east is to simply apply more military force and for a longer period of time. We tried that in Vietnam and it clearly didn't work. Those who fail to learn from history are condemned to repeat it.

    August 23, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  25. Sharon

    There is an easy and truthful response to this ad. It is clear that Barack Obama has crossed the threshold after these past 19 months. He has run a campaign that will go down in history as being one of the best campaigns ever run. He has managed an unprecedented amount of money, and a huge number of staff and volunteers. He has defeated this nations most formidible political family. He has energized the vote like no other.

    Since Biden made the comment, he has seen that Barack Obama does, indeed have the stuff necessary to lead our country. If he runs this country the same way as he ran this campaign, we will be in great shape very soon.

    August 23, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
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