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. McCain '08 Hillary '12 ignorance

    I'm with you on that one. I can't wait to be blindsided again by McCain, for 4 more years just so I can foolishly try to get my way in '12. Glad I'm playing it smart once again because I just loved the reaming I've received for the past 8 years with Bush. Just what we need another Republican for president. Ignorance is bliss.

    August 23, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  2. VOICE OF REASON

    FIRST IF ANY OF YOU OR MYSELF HAD MULTIPLE DOMICILES OR FOR THAT MATTER THAT KIND OF MONEY WE'D BE OK WITH IT TOO. DO THE MATH!!! ITS MOSTLY JUST COVETING ANOTHERS STUFF UNDER THE GUISE OF RIGHTEOUS INDIGNATION. WONDER HOW MANY HOMES YOUR FAV PRES OWNED AND WHAT HIS NET WORTH WAS. SECOND BIDEN , WHO IS FAMOUS FOR SPEAKING H-I-H O-W-N MIND SAID EVERY WORD QUOTED HERE. IF MCCAIN SAYS IT WELL IT MUST BE TRUE, RIGHT? RIGHT? HYPOCRITS IN THE PROCESS YOU ARE. SHAME HOW PEOPLE REALLY ARE WHEN THEY HEAR WHAT REALLY HAPPENED. OBAMA MUST MAKE DECISIONS THAT CALL FOR EXPERIENCE AND INTEGRITY. NEITHER OF WHICH HE GUSHES WITH. SO PICKING A MAN SEEN TO BE MORE SO THAN HIMSELF MAKES THE PROCESS REDUNDANT. BIDEN DID LOOSE IN THE PRIMARIES. YOU PEOPLE SAID SO. RIGHT/ NOT HIM, OBAMA, RIGHT? HOW IS HE NOW THE RIGHT MAN FOR THE JOB. DO THE MATH, OR MAYBE GET SOMEONE SUPERIOR TO DO IT FOR YOU. SINCE MATH ISNT YOUR STRONG POINT. IS THAT AS INSULTING TO YOU AS IT SHOULD BE TO OBAMA. BIDEN LOST MORE RUNS THAN OBAMA HAS RUN. IF GEORGE B OR MCCAIN HAVE A POOR STATEMENT IN THE PRESS IT IS NEWS. IF BIDEN, THEN, IT MAKES HIM VEEP FODDER, RIGHT? HYPOCRISY ON THR REV WRIGHT AND LUDICHRIS LEVEL. THEN AGAIN DO THE MATH.

    August 23, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  3. Carol

    To McCain "08 for Hillary "12....

    You just don't get it do you? If it is McBush, Hillary will be blamed (along all you nuts that are cutting off your nose to spite your face) she will not have the support of the party nor will Obama supporters vote for her in the primaries and she could possibly lose her Senate seat. Marinate on that, btw most of her votes were just to keep the race going not to actually support her, don't believe it. Check Ohio election news where thousands of Republicans switched to Democratic just to vote for Hillary and now are unable to vote in November because the law does not allow you to change affiliation, whatever your party at the end of the year, you are in that party for the full year.

    August 23, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  4. chippyarm

    McCain '08 for Hillary '12: It is very easy to see through your agenda. If you wanted Hillary in '08, you would be voting for Obama in November. His is closer to her ideology than McSame is to Hillary's. I am guessing you were going to vote for a conservative regardless of who was running.

    August 23, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  5. Politico

    You are truly an idiot "McCain '08 for HIllary '12!!
    You are probably one of the ones that put Bush in office then cried foul play when our economy ended up in a mess!!

    More of the same McCain and our country won't have a government for you to vote for anyone, let alone Clinton.

    August 23, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  6. Joshua

    A losing pair...

    McCain '08

    Clinton '12

    August 23, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  7. Ranjit, Dallas, Texas

    Unlike John Edwards, atleast Senator Joe Biden will win Delaware for Obama. Folks, remember the statement of Joe Biden on Obama being a candidate for the nominee of democratic party? He had to apologize for that statement. Now, they are running on the same ticket? Interesting

    August 23, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  8. donna

    Biden has since praised Obama's judgement and courage and that comment on McCain was on the 2005 version.Just two months ago Biden gave an interview saying he can't believe the "new McCain" that he has been taken over by the neocons and should know better.

    I'm sure the response from Biden will be swift and cutting.

    August 23, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  9. KMAN

    Regardless of all the immediate negative posturing coming from the McCain camp ... they all know Biden was an exellent choice and they are not at all happy about their prospects against this dynamic Democratic ticket!!

    Obama/Biden '08/'12 will be a reality with two devoted 'family men" in our White House!!

    August 23, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  10. Dylan Los Angeles

    How about all the fights McCain and Romney got into during their debates?

    August 23, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  11. Ray

    So what John McCain?!?! Senator Biden was critical of Senator Obama in a debate while they were running against each other last year. And he said some kind words about Senator McCain 3 years ago. That's 3 years ago – 4 less than the number of multi-million dollar homes owned by John McCain.

    August 23, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  12. BV

    What this ad shows me is that Senator Obama is looking out for us. Here is a person who has made criticism of him in the past yet he looks past that and selects Biden as a running mate because he brings to the table strenghts in an area that will be helpful in running this country.
    My hats off to the two of them. Thank you for thinking what is best for the people of this nation. The whole purpose is about change and what it will take to turn this nation around.
    The hope of real change is finally coming our way. Two intelligent men with substance instead of a self proclaiming war hero. I love it!!

    August 23, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  13. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    Both Biden and Hillary blasted Obama just a few months ago for his lack of experience, and said he's not ready. Were they lying then, or lying now. I think now. Sha, a year ago isn't exactly ancient history. Do you really think a year of campaigning has made Obama any more ready? The video is what it is. Stop trying to spin it. Anyone with half a brain knows Obama isn't ready. Get ready for a bunch of Hillary ads as well. Face it, Biden spoke the truth a year ago, and in 2005 when he praised McCain's abilities. Biden would have ben a much better choice than Obama as the Dean appointee. Just wait until Hillary's supporters cause major chaos at the convention.

    August 23, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  14. Lets get ready to rumble

    I'm going to love this. Biden has been around for a long time and there are a lot of sound clips of Biden putting his foot in his mouth. Thank you Obama.

    August 23, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  15. Sharon

    Unless they keep Biden snowed like they do Michelle, He is going to be one big Headache.

    August 23, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  16. benvictor

    Is this a joke? Biden has criticized BO as not equipped to be president. Besides, Biden is opposite Obama on the choice issue. How nuts can this ticket be? How ludicrous. Biden was right of course about Obama's lack of experience and a record of accomplishment.....remember, just 4 years ago, Obama was voting present in the Illinois state legislature.

    August 23, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  17. bob in LA

    Mc Cain's camp has got to weigh in carefully here.
    yuo have a man too old to be president that has yet to name his running mate.
    If picks gets someone young- he's vulnerable. If he picks the Gov of FL. he's pandering electoral colleges votes. If he picks someone hwo under stands the economy, he admits his biggest weakness.
    The Bibilical quote about castingthe first stone is easily played here.

    August 23, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  18. Renaldo Smith

    If Biden disapprove of Obama running for the white house. Then i should too.

    August 23, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  19. TF

    Hillary only supporters listen up!! She will never be POTUS becuase Obama is going to place her in one soon to be vacant Supreme Court seats. Those seats are far more powerful then being the POTUS. If you do vote for McCain and he wins I hope your house or trailer gets forclosed on or die from cancer because you have no health care.

    August 23, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  20. Mark

    What a cheap shot :(

    August 23, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  21. Danny, OH

    Republicans are like VULTURES. Vultures are always looking for something stingy to pounce or capitalize on. Vultures don't eat anything that is fresh and that's how republicans are. McCain does not have a quarter of Biden's reputation.
    After they show this ad, what else are they going to use? McCain has not said anything POSITIVE on his campaign that can change somebody's mind to vote for him.
    He has already lost. CAN'T REMEMBER THE NUMBER OF HOUSES YOU OWN. REALLY?

    August 23, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  22. c. richey

    I am a registered Democrat , but I believed we do not have a good
    pick for the presidential candidate, therefor I will just go for McCain
    as I feel he is far more better than Barrack H. Obama.

    August 23, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  23. jeanette

    Of course the McCain is going to attack the Obama-Biden ticket. Just wait until McCain chooses HIS running mate, he will be attacked as well.
    Obama made the right decision – he always seems to make the right decision and dosen't cave to public or political pressure (by choosing Hillary).
    Obama-Biden will be a force to be reckoned with – they will take our country back!
    I fully support this ticket!!!!!

    Vote Smart – Obama-Biden '08!

    August 23, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  24. Brian Knoxville TN

    The one thing that sets Biden apart from the rest of the crowd is that he says what the rest of us are thinking. For instance, when Bush made those ridiculous comments to the Israeli Knesset, Biden didn't cloak his disgust in wordsspeak. He said what it was. Bullsht! That's what we need. A real straight talker/

    August 23, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  25. sandy

    Biden's comments were of one candidate against another. Typical politics! McCain and the Bush cronies are in for a fight now. I have always admired and respected Senator Biden and I think Obama's choice clearly shows he has good judgment. My vote has always been for Obama, and this ticket will surely get my vote. Good choice Obama.

    August 23, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
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