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. nancy

    What are we to expect? Hahahahahaha.
    MC Same is worried.

    August 23, 2008 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  2. oldsoldierboy

    It didn't take long for a negative ad to come out. McCain would have had a field day with a Obama/Clinton ticket all the way to the election with all the sound bites he could have dug up after their bitter rivalry. Biden is the right choice.

    August 23, 2008 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  3. Eleanor

    what else can you expect from MCWar
    he is far from being the maverick he use to be... just a low down republican who uses rovian style tactics now
    everyone knows its a whole different scene in the primaries and your out for your own agenda and will say anything
    Americans are not falling for these tactics any longer!!
    hes so pathetic that he could not be man enough to come out and say something positive about the ticket!!
    It makes Obamas campaign much stronger now and Biden is not an elitist either like the *multi* millionaire McWar who is SO rich he doesnt even know how many houses he owns or that could be too bc he is bordering on dementia-;)

    August 23, 2008 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  4. AMPD

    Gonna be an interesting coupla months...

    August 23, 2008 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  5. MI Republican

    Congratulations Senator! Obama/Biden 2008 and beyond. Fed up with the Republican party and their senile lying candidate. Tell the truth, my friends. The Republican party has lost its bearings and is on the course of total collapse. Give the Dems a chance to get our country and our liberties back. Do it now!

    August 23, 2008 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  6. LK

    Lay off McCain, I cant wait until you pick "Multiple Choice" Romney.

    August 23, 2008 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  7. JERRY this definately means McCain can't choose Romney after their hatefest during the primaries? will just further point put McHipocrite's double standard.

    August 23, 2008 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  8. Matt from GA

    I support Obama but i am open to changing that, however, can anyone tell me more than 3 reasons why i should support McCain? I have been looking for 3 reasons why I should support McCain over Obama and I cannot find any. So all you McCain supporters please tell me you insight into why McCain should lead this country over Obama?

    August 23, 2008 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  9. Adam

    Man, Obama should really learn to hold grudges!


    August 23, 2008 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  10. MB

    The economy is in a shambles. People are losing their jobs and their homes. The U.S. is engaged in a money draining war in Iraq. Gas and grocery prices are skyrocketing. WHERE IS McCain's SOLUTIONS for these issues. McCain's only solution is to attack Obama, and now Biden, with negative attack ads. Is this the making of a leader ?

    August 23, 2008 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  11. tomiwa

    This is not expected. This has been on GOP's card form the onset. That is to run this ad if Obama chooses any of the candidates the ran the primaries with him. It has even somewhat backfired because it is a strategy aimed at Obama-cliton ticket. And for biden's comment on Mccain, 3 yrs is an ample amount of time for someone to change his mind about any position. So whats next.....?.

    Mccain has nothing in his books but negative ads...but thats not suprising, he cannot think of anything constructive except destructive ventures like War........
    I get amazed how people say Mccain has better jugdement on foreign policy. To me he lacks the basic skill for international relations which is "Diplomacy". Mccains foreign policy is "War, threats, deadlines and ultimatums"

    August 23, 2008 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  12. to vote or not to vote for Obama

    Nope Obama does not get my vote – no Hillary then no vote.

    And can you believe he slapped her one more time by sending out the message at 3 am.

    what a loser.

    August 23, 2008 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  13. Californian for Obama!

    And the Dems will do the very same thing if McCain picks Romney. Get ready for it right wingers, cause its coming.

    The ATTACKS are working Dems!! The right is in full defense mode!! ATTACK ATTACK ATTACK!!

    OBAMA 08!!

    August 23, 2008 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  14. debra

    Nothing against Biden, but I didn't see him getting enough votes to stay in the running for president. Now if McCain chooses Romney, McCain will get Michigan and that is all he needs to win the election

    Sounds like although Clinton was on the short list they never considered her at all. She was the only way Obama was going to get enough votes to win.

    August 23, 2008 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  15. No2Repugs

    Well of course. The losers would rather talk about the Democrats than remind us of the mess they made the whole time they were in power and they're obstructionist tactics since they've lost it.

    August 23, 2008 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  16. Helen, NY

    This is the guy who wanted to partition Iraq. This is his foreign policy. Is it worth? He thinks that he can partition iraq like the old Yugoslavia. What a jerk?

    August 23, 2008 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  17. anna

    thats a normal consequence of picking a running mate you ran against in the primaries.
    Attack Dog is the name of the GAME.

    Now if he was never in the running, and was highly critical of Obama during their mutual tenure in the Senate...that would be different.

    Still lamenting for my Hillary...and I am not a racist!

    August 23, 2008 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  18. Rob n Miami

    Obama is an idiot for not choosing Hillary as VP. I have no doubt she would have choose him if she got the nomination. This just makes it easier for me not to vote for Obama.

    August 23, 2008 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  19. Mad

    Hmmm this reminds me of something- when the Reps wanted to make their big mark they had Bush (the empty suit) + Cheney (The strong Rep)

    now we have Obama (the empty suit)+ Biden (The strong Dem)

    what will happen

    August 23, 2008 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  20. Mo

    McCain and his stooges have any other worth than just doing negative ads. They don't need to tell us what to think about others. I like to hear in his ads how he is going to save us from this mess and quagmire.

    August 23, 2008 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  21. Kaye- Jacksonville FL

    OK – that was no big surprise. And most voters are smart enough to understand the nature of a primary campaign – let's see the sound bites when McCain chooses Romney! Biden is a great choice for Obama – he'll be all over McCain and whoever he names as his VP....

    John McRove-Bush is just more of the same....Obama and Biden will make that very, very clear....

    Fasten your seatbelts – here's come the Obama-Biden Express!


    August 23, 2008 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  22. P.J.

    Thanks to the Republicans for making an important point: Obama really does want people in his administration who will give him their honest opinions, even when their views run counter to his. For eight years we've suffered under a president that, by all accounts, doesn't tolerate dissention within his inner circle. And we've seen McCain's immature sarcasm and barely disguised rage when someone dares challenge him. Biden is an excellent choice for many reasons, not the least of which is that his frankness. Finally, we may get a working White House instead of an exclusive club house for the president's pals.

    August 23, 2008 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  23. Ed

    PUMA!!! I've had enough of this arrogant law professor!! He clearly doesn't respect Senator Clinton because she wasn't even vetted, therefore he doesn't respect her voters. Other than the Obamabots the party wanted an Obama/Clinton ticket. I hope this Obama/Biden ticket sinks like the titanic. I will not vote for McCain but I will do my part and STAY HOME!!

    Clinton 2012

    August 23, 2008 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  24. terri ohio

    All of you Hillary supporters (blackmailers) get over yourselves this elections is bigger than Mrs Clinton... womens right to abortions, roe vs. wade ever heard of it . If you are seriously going to vote for McBush over Obama Please stop using the right of women as a excuse.. If Hillary had won would baracks supporters demanded he be on the ticket? She lost... he won... this is how elections go... it was his choice...If you choose to vote for mcbush over obama making history is not your reason because changing history is what you'll be doing.... THINK PLEASE

    August 23, 2008 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  25. John D

    Now that the campaign has someone with actual in-depth experience on the ticket, maybe they should change the motto from "Yes We Can" to "Yes He Has"

    August 23, 2008 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
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