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. JustJoe

    I think the Republicans are actually quite worried about this ticket and will definitely try to throw mud at it, but Democrats should be pretty delighted at this choice – I am!
    Biden actually is the real straight talker.
    There are tons of clips that show Biden disagreeing with McCain and I am sure those will get an airing too.
    Biden is not a mudslinger – no that is a republican thing – but he is a tough candidate and won't pull his punches.
    Two very intelligent people for the highest office in the land – NOW that is the change I have been waiting for!!!

    August 23, 2008 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  2. Ron

    Republicans should thank Obama because he just handed them the race. Why is it that Democrats are their own worse enemy? Just when Obama seemed to pull off a great victory he selects someone from "Old Washington", a 30 plus year member of Congress, two failed bids for President, one of the first candidates to say that Obama wasn't ready to serve, and had to resign his bid for office in 1988 because he used copied parts of his speech as his own.

    I've been a huge Obama supporter since the beginning and given generously but the guy should have just picked Dick Cheney as far as I am concerned. What a shame to find out our hero was just a flim flam man using hope when we had believed it has all died.

    Canada is going to be a great country, hope I can live with all the snow.

    August 23, 2008 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  3. Tom

    Wait for the ad highlighting Biden's comments about Barry being a 'clean and articluate black man' and how 'refreshing' that was.

    What a horrible choice. Way too much baggage.

    August 23, 2008 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  4. JFK

    Biden had it right when he said he is not ready to be President. For a Senator like Mr Obama to have not voted142 time in his Senatorial career but with a mere just Present vote shows he can not make a choice. I respect a politician who at least will vote yes or no on issues when presented whether I agree with their choice or not. Obama is not about change, he is just about doing nothing. He is really no different than any other politician. He just throws out a good front for publicity. I am saying no to him in November. We need people who CAN make a decision.

    August 23, 2008 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  5. cornball

    So how does this ad work for Mccain if Biden is now Obama's vp? Is Biden not allowed to teach Obama a few things about foreign policy or something?

    August 23, 2008 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  6. Xango

    This is so great,
    He has chosen the best
    it is excellent and change is in its way

    way to go
    great judgement

    may all we be blessed,

    Obama Biden 08, 12

    August 23, 2008 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  7. Dianne

    Hopefully Obama will quit painting McCain as "old," "career politian," and out of touch because that is exactly what he chose as a running mate.

    August 23, 2008 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  8. Chris11

    Signed... Sealed... Delivered.... It's lost!

    President John McCain 2008!!!!!!!

    August 23, 2008 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  9. ann

    Once again Obama and the democratic party show their lack of concern for women.Obama could have united the party by picking
    Hillary Clinton but he chose to ignore 18 million people who did NOT choose him for the nominee.His arrogance is beyond belief.I like Biden but I will not support eh democratic ticket with Obama on it.Too bad the media didn't do it's job and vet Obama before the primary was over.The country is in a mess and the media pushed and inexperienced person to be president........the media and the dems have sorely underestimated how outraged Hillary supporters are!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 23, 2008 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  10. Mike in Houston

    As to be expected, is anyone surprised that McCain came out with this. McCain continues to attack rather than state his own position. Reminds me of what Kerry did in 2004. Nobody cares about what you say about your opponet, we care about what YOU are going to do. McCain, instead of you coming up with attack adds, start writing your concession speech.

    Obama/Biden 08 and 12

    August 23, 2008 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  11. Sue in MI

    Well, now we can rerun the Republican debates and all the criticism of McCain from the other candidates. How stupid do they think we are? oh, wait, America gave us the second term of GWB...pretty stupid, after all.

    August 23, 2008 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  12. Nate

    Wow! I have to say this is short and effective!

    August 23, 2008 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  13. Kyu Reisch, Radcliff, Kentucky

    Jo Biden was honest, Obama is not ready for the President. If Biden lied about Obama at Primary, then he is not qualified for VP. Either way Democratic Party will fail at General Election because voters already know the real Obama's face and DNC's stupidness.

    August 23, 2008 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  14. Trasa, Texas

    So, and if he had chosen Hillary it would be the same with the comments she made. Hell, they have been using her comments, but I don't care too much about it because it's a political race. They all say what they have to say to weed out the opponent, even if they are on the same side. Then when they are not left standing, they start singing a different tune for party unity. GOP side did it as well. Anyways, great choice and he did get to be on the ticket, just not as a Presidential pick.

    Obama-Biden '08

    August 23, 2008 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  15. MT

    I find it to be a slap in the face to Hillary Clinton and her supporters that Obama sent the message out at 3:00 AM. Isn't it ironic that this was one of Hillary's ads – who will answer the call at 3:00 AM. Absolutely ridiculous – I am one of those Democrats who will be voting for McCain!

    August 23, 2008 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  16. Hillary 2012

    What an insult to Hillary and her supporters. Biden's been in Washington for 36 years. He's part of the problem. So much for Turning the Page.

    Hillary 2012

    August 23, 2008 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  17. Debby

    John King said the lunch bucket crowd will like Biden in rural PA. Well calls were coming in last night on the Larry King show from PA saying they are not voting Obama/Biden ticket. So much for that politcal analysis.

    Joe Biden is old cranky politics and will be the VP of gaffe's. Biden couldn't bring votes for himself how is he going to do it for Obama. Bayh or Kaine at least made sense because they are new and fresh. I mean at least he should have offered the job to Clinton to ensure all her voters for the win. If she said NO then maybe he would have had a chance to sway them to his side but this is far from a unified party.

    August 23, 2008 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  18. Jan Illinois

    Joe was right about the experience, and you can tell it by his pick for Vp. Obama had a chance to unite the democrat party and he blew it. The excitement of the election is over now . i still believe that any woman who would not support another when we needed her to prove our purpose and prove that we can do it all, is less than 1/2 of a woman. Congratulations to those who hated Hillary you now have your way.

    August 23, 2008 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  19. MB

    More of the same from McCain. NEGATIVE, NEGATIVE, NEGATIVE. McCain has yet to offer a positive reason why any one should vote for him. Remember McCain had harsh things to say about Bush and now they are buddies.

    August 23, 2008 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  20. GK

    Nothing more can be expected from the McCain folks. So negative, so predictably insane and nasty.
    If the US has to regain its position as the number 1 country in the world, Obama it has to be.
    Just imagine this – After Sept 11, 90 % of the world had its sympathies with the US. After the unilateral way in which we declared war on Iraq, that support and sympathies dwindled drastically. Someone (Bush, Cheney, Rove) needs some talent for this plummeting of goodwill and support in the international community.

    OBAMA '08

    August 23, 2008 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  21. Abraham Medina, Hurst, Texas

    RIght choice by Obama. Landslide victory for against McCain in November is rising in the horizon.

    August 23, 2008 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  22. Materry

    Obama-Biden I say give the Mccain camp exactly what they are looking for. Trust me that old out of touch geezer won't be able to handle it. He will eventually loose his cool. It's time we have someone smart and gifted to lead our country. We have had enough old wealthy out of touch presidents for one country. Let's all think of our children and our children's children when we vote this election. We are all one race and that's the human race. We need to put our well being first and foremost. We need someone sharp with a clear head to run our country. A president worth 100 Million can not relate to the average american. Any adult that has no clue how much the basic essentials cost and can't even remember how many homes they own is way out of touch witht the average american. That is down right scary to me. He can't tell us how to spend our money, when he doesn't have any control over his families spending, because they have no budget. Mccain is simply not fit to president. He looks like a fool everytime he is up there hugging Bush and kissing up. Repugs no more!

    August 23, 2008 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  23. ck

    Let's see, Biden has TWICE said on record that Obama is not experienced enough to be president.

    He also said publicly that he supports McCain.

    Wow Dems, you have really picked a winner this time!!


    August 23, 2008 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  24. Allen Richards

    I just watched this ad on youtube. As a loyal Obama supporter, I think this is probably the only decent McCain ad I have ever seen. I am interested to see how Biden responds.

    August 23, 2008 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  25. randy

    This is yet another concrete example why our political system needs to start walking the higher ground. Everyone's statements can come back to haunt them.

    What about all the things McCain competitors said about him in the primary. It's all soooooo stupid.

    August 23, 2008 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
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