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. Karen

    Oh, come on people. Both Republicans and Democrats run negative ads but do not just blame it on one party. Give me a break. Both parties play the same game and everyone is dirty in the field.

    August 23, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  2. Independent_me

    Look – everyone knows that during the primaries contenders will say whatever they need to in order to knock the perceived front-runner out of the race. Nobody cares what anyone says about McCain, Obama or anyone else during the campaign. Bush had a lot to say about McCain...and look at how tTHEY ended McCain is running for a 3rd Bush term!

    August 23, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  3. Pravda, Chicago

    We just lost the election because of Obama's poor judgement. That means another 4 years of republican hell and than hopefully Hillary if she still wants to run.

    August 23, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  4. Political Junky

    Anyone who votes for McCain solely because Hillary isn't the Democratic nominee is either (1) a racist, (2) a hpocrite, (3) a Republican or (4) all of the above.

    Or named Auggie

    August 23, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  5. APS in Hawaii

    Unbelievable how stupid politicians are. Obama lost the election by dissing Hillary and now before the convention, we get Biden saying how unqualified Obama is to be President. This is why the Democrat elitists this year have lost the election, they are forcing their will on the voters. As a REAL Democrat, I cannot wait until the people finally get some REAL leadership in the DNC and every vote counts is a reality.

    August 23, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  6. Matt

    APS in Hawaii: DEMOCRATIC ELITISTS ? It's NOT Obama that owns TEN houses !

    August 23, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  7. McKeating

    I notice what was conveniently missing from that ad is that Presidents often don't get along with their VP's. Remember when George HW Bush picked Reagan to be his VP, even after referring to Reaganomics as "voodoo economics"
    It happens all the time, candidates pick people who may not agree with them. Don't believe the Rethug hype – they are just shaking in their boots because they realise that Obama/Biden will flatten McElitist/whoever.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2008/2012!!!!!!!!!

    August 23, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  8. Ray from CA

    OMFG the Hillary Supportes need to shut up. Obama helped donate to her campgian, he placed her name in the nomnation. WHAT IS WITH YOU PEOPLE?

    I supported Hillary from the begin to the end and made 1,000 phone calls and you know what I had Hillary Supporters saying they didn't like this Hillary anymore. She wanted it so bad she was so rude and mean and didn't give a crap.

    I still have respect for what she has done but, no McCain is using everything she did. And trust me in '12 McCain will not be done with his first term because, he will not win.

    August 23, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  9. velmeezee

    Obama did not diss Hillary. She can't be standing VP and run against the standing president in 2012. Duh, wake up. Just because you type these nonsense posts a million times doesn't make them true.

    August 23, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  10. Pat

    Yeah and many times McCain spoke out publicly against Bush but we all know that was just politics and the two were and are still busom pals cut from the same cloth. And we also know that if John could have got Biden for his VP he would have taken him into the fold in a nanosecond! Dems win, Republican loss! Guess it's the luck of the draw!

    August 23, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  11. joe m

    let's not kid ourselves, the obama team has their clips in the ready once mccain announces his choice. as some here have noted, if romney is the mccain pick, the dems will run similar clips. and while politicians do make statements about their primary opponents, biden's comments centered around obama's inexperience and not being ready, which is far different from a comment like "voodoo economics".

    August 23, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  12. francee

    How many votes did Biden get in the primary...oh that's right he had to drop out becuase HE DIDN'T HAVE MUCH SUPPORT!

    Rule number one do not pick a VP who dropped out early due to lack of support over a person who had more popular votes than you in the primary. This is how you split a party in two. Now those of us who supported Hillary feel we don't matter to Mr. Obama. So I guess it makes sense to either stay home in November, or vote for McCain, who by the way will pick a woman as his VP, or write in Hillary. HMMM...choices....choices.

    August 23, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  13. Used to like McCain

    This Vet will vote for Obama, because I see no difference between McCain and Bush. He's even running his campaign like Bush, and that's his biggest "flip-flop" of all. He is no maverick he is just another George Bush clone trying to run on the sympathy of his POW experience. Enough already.

    August 23, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  14. Just a Mom

    Sen. Obama and Sen. Biden have obviously patched up their differences and are ready to work together for the benefit of our country and its citizens. These quips from the past primary when they were rivals are not important to anyone with a modicum of sense.

    August 23, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  15. ray


    thats all .......(devil wears prada)

    August 23, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  16. michelle

    McCain just shows his pure desperation putting an negative message out before Obama and his Vp pick even get together for the first time
    With Baracks good judgement and Bidens foreign experience you cant go wrong with this team
    better than McCains WAR theme and danger of bringing back the draft.How many americans have to be killed and maimed in the name of McCains so called *Victory* for an illegal war to begin with!!!!
    its war that got the country into an economic mess with trillions being spent on war
    Think long and hard before you vote for MCCain

    August 23, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  17. B. Brown

    The fact that the McCain campaign was so quick to bring this ad out just shows what kind of propaganda the GOP is famously for fabricating. The GOP criticizes the Biden pick as Barack admitting that he has a weakness with foreign policy. I think the adverb changes to Barack had a weakness. Selecting Biden, the Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee shows that Obama is smart enough to try and shore up if weaknesses instead of trying to wing it. When McCain picks Romney, will the GOP also say that McCain is trying to shore up his weakness on the economy. If this strategy continues we need to check and see if the GOP has a fork in their tongue.

    And to you Hillary Clinton detractors and GOP trolls, Biden was the best pick for Hillary to continue her ambition to be president one day. I think the sentiment is that Obama will win and after 8 years Biden would not be interested in running because of his age. Picking the younger guys such as Warner, Bayh, Kaine, Chet Edwards would have helped their efforts to become president after Obama's time in the office.

    This was Obama's decision to make and he made a good choice. And stop with the elitist crap already, McCain over 8 houses compared to Obama's 1 and McCain thinks that rich is having over $5 million dollars. If Obama is an elitist, McCain is a super-elitist!

    August 23, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  18. Seattle Slew

    Obama had me tricked for alittle while at least. He talks about new politics and then brings on one of the oldest attack dogs in Washington as his VP. Obama has lost all credibility and looks more and more like a use car saleman by the minute.

    Obama will say and do anything to close the deal! Where is his new America? It's all hype. You can't believe it. Not anymore.

    August 23, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  19. Hill Billy

    All this seems pretty interesting as fresh news, but what about running the tape where WcCain speaks about reinstating the draft??

    Or does 'Viet-Nam' sound any bells?

    August 23, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  20. RobWA

    Ha ha! Jenny above is a retard. Funny.

    August 23, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  21. Dena

    Thanks just made it so much easier for McCain to win the White House!! Another Hillary supporter voting for McCain. There are millions of us..Stick a fork in Obama cause he is done! McCain 08!

    August 23, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  22. soloobama08

    Again Mcsame you're misleading the American people. What happened to the "straight talk express"...

    August 23, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  23. Janet WV for Obama

    Biden is a great pick! I feel that they will compliment one another nicely.I also feel that Sen. Clinton will be named to a top cabinet post where she will be happy and will continue to serve our country. This way, everyone wins!

    August 23, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  24. Tom

    Regarding experience, let's see, George Custer, Herbert Hoover, Richard Nixon all had lots of experience. Sure helped. There was, however, a fellow from Illinois whose national experience was limited to one term in the House and that was ten years before he was elected president. His name was Lincoln and, if memory serves, he didn't do so badly. For those, such as Shannon, Southern State, and McCain '08, who will vote for McCain because Hillary lost the nomination, you'll get what you deserve–someone who favors the old boy systerm, opposes equal rights and the woman's right to choose and who honors women by dumping wife number 1 when she's injured and picking up a rich trophy blonde.

    August 23, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  25. Gloria

    APS in my friend are ignorant!!!! Please do some beneficial reading or go to school and get an education.

    August 23, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
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