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. Former democrat

    They should run an ad of every single person that has said Obama is not ready to lead. Actually, that would be an infomerical. Could be a documentary. Probably a mini-series. Oh well. McCain/Romney 08

    August 23, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  2. Anonymous

    McCain is a cantankerous,grumpy,miserable old man. Instead of congradulating the man, why is he still going negative?

    August 23, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  3. Robert from CT

    Obama/Biden is going to be great!

    McCain camp has been desperately attacking for more than a month now. It is getting old and turning people off.

    One House, One Spouse
    Obama/Biden 2008

    August 23, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  4. Scott Tucson

    One problem with this ticket is that it should be the other way around. Oh well maybe Biden will pull an LBJ and get rid of Obama?

    August 23, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  5. Susan Patel

    Go away Mcwar!

    Go away Hillibots!

    You guys are jealous.

    August 23, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  6. Crush Rush

    Time to push that ejection seat button again John "SONGBIRD" McCain.

    August 23, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  7. nc raleigh

    who care
    now obama got my vote

    August 23, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  8. Cecil

    Great pick, Obama/Biden
    A Jab To The Face, and And Hook To The Body!

    August 23, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  9. Young and ready for Change

    Since when was beating a presidential candidate fair in square robbing her of her presidential bid?

    August 23, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  10. Cecil

    Great pick, Obama/Biden
    A Jab To The Face, and A Hook To The Body!

    August 23, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  11. SPH

    Hillary voters who now support McCain need to understand that they are letting their personal emotions cloud their judgment This very same thing happened within her campaign and let to its implosion! We all want to feel like winners, but by voting McCain, Hillary supporters are betraying their own party and their values as Dems.

    August 23, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  12. Ann

    So this is the change that Obama wants. An old guy that has been an Washington insider for a billion years?

    August 23, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  13. Jim

    Well, so much for the message of change and the status quo has got to go. A 35 year Senate member. Longer than McCain, longer than 95+ percent of the remaining Senators. Elected officials of his length and tenure are one of the reasons we have the current problems and issue we currently have. Like he has any clue what we regular Americans go through.

    People may have issue with McCain's age. Biden is 65.
    If something happens to Obama and we still have an elderly President who has had TWO BRAIN ANEURYSMS.

    Due to being insulated in the Senate for 35 years, we have someone who has not been confronted with issues of the regular everyday American. What does Joe know about investments and economics (mapel syrup?). The biggest long term issue facing the U.S. is affordable, reliable energy and American's ability to retain their economic status (investments and wealth) for their retirement years. Making $10 an hour at Walmart selling Chinese manufactured products is not going to cut it.

    With Russia making noise, the Middle East being a thorn in our side since... the Arab Oil Embargo back in '73 (note Biden went to the Senate in the early-mid 70's), the price of food, utilities, political-economic pressures on multi-national american corporations (investments in stock market affecting most Americans retirement plans). The U.S is poised for problems like its never experienced.

    An Obama/Biden ticket of compromise, please don't do that and wag their index finger at our adversaries diplomacy, negotiate away American stature and raise taxes on anybody who wants to work harder and grow economically, and provide give-aways to the slackers who sit and watch Jerry Springer all day is not the answer.

    August 23, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  14. jt

    Mccain is nervous, Biden more than 30 years of exp.....Obama is really a smart guy,..

    August 23, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  15. Cecil

    To put it frankly, Senator McCain is showing the signs of being too old for the gig, and his recent history of forgetting things (whether simple details like the number of houses he owns, or more complicated facts like Sunni vs. Shia) ought to be the source of some serious panic inside the Republican loop - far more panic, by the way, than is being generated by the prospect of a pro-choice running mate.


    August 23, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  16. faye, NV

    The Obama camp should go through the tapes and locate the time when McCain stated about foreclosure, "people should not take their vacation and get a second job to pay for their homes".

    Or better yet play the tape about Americans are a bunch of whinners.

    August 23, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  17. Steven,VA

    Keep on bickering America and when continue to lose that we have or maybe in are in the top 5% and don't have to worry about high gas, utility bills, milk, housing, etc. I know my family does and this means no republicans in office. Suck it up and think more about us ands not me.

    August 23, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  18. Sharon Olds

    Could it be that after being around Obama for the past year, he finally saw the light? He began to see that Obama is ready and capable to be the next President of the United States. The Obama campaign needs to run an ad acknowledging those old statements and then have Biden say, he is now convinced otherwise.

    August 23, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  19. Walter

    Wait until you see the ads of Romney criticizing McCain. They'll turn old McSame's hair white.

    Oops, been there already.

    August 23, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  20. Pablo in Miami

    By the way, I was a Clinton supporter before I went for Obama. I agree with Auggie above.

    August 23, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  21. Caroline

    Yeah, so, when Romney is named, I'm sure the Dems can come up with some choice things he said about McCain, too.

    If it's Romney....

    August 23, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  22. Cheri

    McCain must be shaking in his $500.00 shoes right now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Obama/Biden 08

    August 23, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  23. ann

    As much as I want a democrat in the white house I cannot vote for Obama.Hillary should have been the nominee.Anyone would have been more qualified than Obama.Biden is a good guy but it is ridiculous that he is 2nd to a do nothing like Obama.We just had 8 years of a president who wasn't we go again....

    August 23, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  24. Joe in NJ

    101 st desert shield August 23rd, 2008 11:06 am ET

    "Obama has my vote,

    Great pick representing the average americans, not the elite like McCain and surrogates."

    Well, I just saw Biden's house while they were waiting for him to leave. If his house represents the average American and not the elite, then I'm a lot poorer than I thought.

    August 23, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  25. the MSM has been hijacked by tabloid reporting

    Southern State August 23rd, 2008 11:06 am ET

    Hillary should have been the presidential nominee
    Hillary should have been the vp nomninee.

    Obama, you have robbed HIllary Clinton and us voters for the last time.

    Get over it. Vote McCain all you want but it's not going to stop Obama, and if it does do you really think Obama backers are going to forgive HRC? HRC is done. She will NEVER be the Democratic nominee. good luck holding your breath until 2012 though...

    August 23, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
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