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. big j

    It is funny that the only people that are commenting are the cry-baby liberals...oh boo who, woah is me...Mcain made another add...

    August 23, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  2. lee

    The year is 2007 (last year) Jim, the 2005 remark was for John Mccain. And no it is not made up, it was a debate. Sorry, Im not republican either. But in my opinion, I can honestly say I would only vote for Obama if he were running for Preacher of Rhetoric of the year...

    August 23, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  3. tired of wash.insiders.

    he's no different than mccain.this is not change.wish i had my money back.

    August 23, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  4. The Truth

    Hillary wont ever be a Presidential canidate

    Understand why


    Because she is trying to mess up the election for Obama

    She has lost the Black vote

    She is out for herself and not the Party

    Lastly, her time is up. Everybody will remember her 18 mil voters and say I dont want to go through this again

    August 23, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  5. sensible Cape Coral FL

    I think the choice of Biden as VP shows very good judgement on Obama' part. He's obviously not threatened by having intellegent people around him.

    August 23, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  6. David S

    Dont listen to a word I say. I have been wrong soo much during this presidental election. Now since you know that, I will now perdict that Biden wont help Obama all that much and going into November it will still be a very close race. Meaning take off of work the day after election day because its going to be a long night.

    August 23, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  7. AsBee

    Hillary in 2012 !!

    Dont stay home. VOTE

    VOTE for McCain 🙂

    Registered Democrat for McCain 🙂

    August 23, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  8. Obama/Biden 08

    McCain '08 for Hillary '12,

    I guess you are still not giving Obama any credit for winning the primary. Well, guess what? Obama beat Hillary. You might say that Obama got help from the media who was against Hillary. The media is still going to there in 2012. You might say that sexism cost Hillary the election. Do you know that more than 40 percent of white female voters in the Democratic primary did not vote for Hillary? You might say that the DNC rigged the election. That must have come as a big surprise to a lot of superdelegates, since most of them before the start of the primary supported Hillary. You might say that the caucus system is unfair. Hillary's husband, Bill, went through the same caucus system and he went on to win the presidency. You might say that crossover Republicans helped Obama because they did not want to face Hillary in the general election. Well, if it is that easy for Republicans to keep Hillary out of the general election, they can do it in the future too. This means in 2012, 2016, or anytime in the future. Good luck with your Hillary '12 dream.

    Oh, I forgot about the racist card. Do you know that blacks comprise only 10 percent of the total US population, far less than either the total number of white males or white females? It does not make sense for Obama to raise the race card, since it turns off more white voters than helps with black votes or white sympathy votes. Both Obama and McCain know this, which is the reason it was McCain who was jumping up and down about the racist card. On the other hand, it
    made more sense for Hillary to raise the gender card, since there are more female than male voters, This was even more true in the Democratic primary, which skewed even more to the female voters. So tell me again, how did Hiilary lose the Democratic primary?

    August 23, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  9. Anonymous

    Beware of the 'old" tapes trap.... Be very aware Mr McCain....

    August 23, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  10. James From Chicago

    Biden was absolutly right in his previous ads about Obama.
    Obama is not fit to lead this country, so it all going to be on Bides's
    shoulders now , he is not only going to be VP, he is also going to
    have to be the President.

    August 23, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  11. David in Illinois

    It's all politics...lots of hyperbole...and jockeying for position. Of course when you're in a primary you think YOU are the best man/woman for the job. Of course Hillary was NEVER the best woman for the job. She didn't have any experience herself, and voters, by a MAJORITY fair and square picked the fresh face with the new ideas, not old politics. That's one Sen. Barack Obama.
    Fools like McCain 08 and Hillary 2012 are actually sacrificing our country's future out of hatred, spite and pettiness to name a few of their less than honorable qualities. If you say you'll vote for McCain to get to Hillary in 2012, you're absolutely a nut case. There's no guarantee that this country will exist in anything similar to where we are today if McBush gets 4 more years. People like that need to really THINK, but I think they're incapable of thinking.
    Pathetic, you really are.

    August 23, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  12. Vote Smart

    (sigh) I'll say this again...
    A challenge for any Hillary Clinton supporter who feels so let down by their party — (just for reference, this is coming from someone who is happily an independent) — that they've decided to vote for McCain.

    First, list all the policies Hilllary Clinton supports that you agree with.

    Second, list all the policies John McCain supports that you agree with.

    Third, list all the policies John McCain supports that you DISagree with.

    Fourth, go back to your "Hillary" list, look through all the things you wrote down, and HONESTLY ask yourself for each item… "If I cast my vote for McCain, what would he do in regard to this? Would he follow Hillary's ideals and the ideals I agreed with? Or will he do something different?"

    Please come up with more substantial things than "I like Hillary because she's a woman" and "John McCain's got far more political experience", because–
    1)Voting for Hillary solely because she's a woman is just as ignorant as those who would vote against -or- for Obama solely because he's black, or those who would vote against -or- for McCain solely because he's old.
    2) "Experience" of any type or form, and how much of it is needed to be a good president, is not a policy. It is an opinion. Countless others could argue that political experience is actually a negative due to the corruptive influence of political power. Regardless, unless you can provide heavy sociological and historical evidence to support either side, it's still an opinion and cannot be treated as issue-oriented reasoning.

    I guess what I'm trying to say here is this:
    If you want to vote for McCain, that's great.
    If you want to vote for Obama, that's great.
    But vote for whom you will for the right reasons, aka you agree with the majority of their policies and stances on key issues that affect your life.
    Don't throw your vote away to satisfy a briused ego or the latest rumor-mongering. It's worth quite a bit more than that.

    August 23, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  13. Rob

    to Southern State–Hillary is the President–in her own mind . and that was the problem from day one she always thought the crown was her's . but thats not how politics work. This isn't the British Monarchy–but she thought it was.And as a New Yorker I have to tell you Hillary has done nothing since being in office here.Shes all hot air–your confusing her with the old Bill–he was a worker–even he has lost it now.

    August 23, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  14. Christian, Tampa FL

    Ooh, the McCain campaign is shaking in their $520 italian loafers. Biden will destroy Romney in the debate and have enough energy left over to take down McCain on the campaign trail.

    August 23, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  15. Katja

    Biden is an incompetent career politician from a no where state that no one cares about. He knows the truth about Obama, but cares more about his party than he does his country.

    Ohh...and didn't he vote to go into Iraq? If Obama is using his opinion on the war to demonstrate his judgment...what does that say about Biden's judgment?

    Obama can't have it both ways

    August 23, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  16. Newsdiva

    Hey "Southern State" you and all those PUMA PUKES can take your broke behinds on over to the dark side and vote for won't make a difference!!!!!! Hillary lost that election by running a pathetic campaign and surrounding herself with idiots! Stands to reason some of you Hillbots won't get on the train with Obama & Biden. But when the smoke clears on Tuesdan, Nov. 4, Obama will be "President-elect" and you will still be angry about wasting a vote.

    All of you so-called Democrats planning on voting for McFilthy-Rich need to grow the heck up and SOON! Stop the WHINE, it's really childish and BORING.

    Obama / Biden 08 & 12

    August 23, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  17. Edgar, Florida

    McCain you just inherited 18 million votes! Congratulations President McCain.

    August 23, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  18. Obama/Biden 08

    I meant the media is still going to be there in 2012 in my earlier post.

    August 23, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  19. Dan, Santo Domingo

    D-E-S-P-E-R-A-T-I-O-N A-T I-T-S B-E-S-T-!

    Can the Repugnancans just grow the h3ll up?
    The Attack Dog's onboard!!! 🙂

    August 23, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  20. Sean

    Southern State: Why do you feel that Hillary was robbed? More importantly, why do you think that Hillary should have been the Nominee AND the VP? She lost the nomination. It was not stolen from her. And it is for Obama, and Obama ONLY to decide his VP. Not you and the rest of the sore losers.

    August 23, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  21. Eric Jack

    For all you Hillary '12 idiots... 1) Nothing is for certain nor guaranteed ... 2) If Hillary or Bill don't come through with their support for Obama, then just HOW do you think the Obama coalitions will respond? (in "12)
    I can tell you as an African -American she wouldn't get the Black vote as she once enjoyed, nor true democrats, as well as other voting blocks if she sabotaged 08 for Obama & Democrats!

    Wake up... Hillary lost, Obama is the nominee – AMERICA can't afford 4 more years of Bush/McCain Economics! Perhaps your economics are not affected by Bush taxes – but for 95% of middle incomers we can't afford – Bush/McCain tax cuts, or costs of war!

    I don't want my daughter drafted for more McCain wars!

    Obama/Biden "08

    August 23, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  22. Chris, from WI

    Southern State...

    No one was robbed of anything. It was a close race, yes, but no one was robbed of anything. Get over it.

    August 23, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  23. joy

    i agree with u Darren. you are so right.

    August 23, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  24. dunfer

    Oh, don't worry Obama is "perfectly ok" for Biden to slam Obama and not get beat up over it. However, Senator Clinton, being only a woman.....well that just would have been unthinkable, now wouldn't it?
    It is really getting more difficult to hop aboard the Obama wagon.
    Keep up the good work!!!

    August 23, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  25. Reality Check

    Compare Biden's resume to Obama and your realize just how unqualified rookie Obama is to hold the most important leadership position in the world. Ref Obama quote "I think he can be ready but right now, I don’t believe he is. The presidency is not something that lends itself to on-the-job training,’” Sen Joe Biden.

    August 23, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
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