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. Amy, Kazoo

    how many photo ops has McCain done with GWB? How many times has he aligned himself with the great divider and liar?

    August 23, 2008 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  2. ann

    What happened to Obama the uniter????What a joke.!!!His ego is so big it's pathetic!! I guess the dems do not think they need women or the 18 million people that voted for Hillary to win the election.This isn't about Hillary....this is about the 1st woman president...this is about choosing the most qualified candidate to be the nominee...this is about the lack of respect and total disregard for how strongly women feel about this ......this is about standing up and saying that WOMEN COUNT!!!It's sad to see the party that stands for equal rights totally disrespect the women of the party.Please stop telling us to get over it....not only was Hillary treated unfairly....the least qualified candidate was chosen.... Biden is a strong VP choice however in this situation Obama has made a HUGE mistake.....I'll be sitting this election out.

    August 23, 2008 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  3. mary

    Anyone besides me not appreciate his "call" in middle of night? Should have been earlier Friday. not a good move, Barack.

    August 23, 2008 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  4. ty

    Brilliant add. Either biden was wrong or obama is not ready.

    August 23, 2008 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  5. John

    typical of republicans to use outdated ideas and material

    August 23, 2008 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  6. Pat E

    As a former Delaware resident who now lives in Florida, Joe Biden would have been a better choice for Secretary of State – Let's not forget the Obamascam – The whole text message scam was a first of many errors by Obama. If he underestimated the ability of the press in breaking the VP selection story first, what more important situations is he going to underestimate as President. Looks like a rockstar tactic to create a frenzy for a decision that has important implications for the future of this country. Appears to be a lack of experience and maturity.

    August 23, 2008 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  7. Deborah Arrington

    I don't see a problem here. This can be finessed with an "I failed to add that his lack of experience could easily be offset by the presence of well-seasoned close advisers." as well as what he has already been quoted as saying about judgment being more important than experience. You can "buy" experience. You can't buy judgment.

    I voted for Senator Clinton in the Democratic Primary knowing full well that there are thousands of people in the country, including some nominal Dems in the South, who would crawl on their bellies if necessary to vote AGAINST Hillary. In addition, I am certain that her husband is not finished making unsavory headlines. The Democratic Party can't afford either of these two possibilities in this year's election.

    I am extremely pleased with Senator Obama's choice as a running mate.

    With Best Regards,
    Deborah Arrington
    Kingsport, Tennessee

    August 23, 2008 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  8. Chipster

    John McCain is living proof that experience doesn't always bring wisdom. McCain's experience has turned him into a Bush/Cheney clone. "Maverick" rode out of town long ago. Republican leaders controlled everything for 7 years. Talk about spendthrifts! Government has been expanded by hundreds of thousands of employees for the sole purpose of propping up bad job numbers to cover up the extent of failed economic policies. Republicans have to own the wasteful spending and mismanagement of the last 7 years. Fear paralyzed them and they just threw money at every problem. Voodoo economics doesn't work. Outsourcing our jobs is NOT good for the country. McCain has supported it all and has no authority to criticize anyone about spending.

    August 23, 2008 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  9. Ms. RDS

    This is not a surprise, no matter if he picked Biden or Hillary this ad would have came out. Just like when McCain picks Romney you will see the same type of ads...

    I"m excited Obama/Biden 08! Hillary as a cabinet member to be announced at the convention!

    August 23, 2008 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  10. Tupac

    To PUMA and other Hillary supporters:

    Now imagine if Obama had selected Hillary as VP the Repuglicans would have not one but 100 commercials where Hillary bashed Obama.

    In 2005 the country would have been better off with McCain and a 4th Grader running the country rather then the Bush Administration. I still would have voted for Kerry if he picked a 4th-Grader as VP in 2004.

    August 23, 2008 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  11. JP Austin


    August 23, 2008 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  12. Jeffrey

    Gotcha politics....

    ...and it works.

    August 23, 2008 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  13. Jeremiah

    I am sure this is one of the talking points for Bill O'Reilly, Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh and other right ringers on Monday.

    August 23, 2008 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  14. Sam

    You need to understand, this is the party of many faces, two at the very least!

    August 23, 2008 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  15. Peg

    I think Biden is a great guy. He brings lots of foreign policy experience to the table and some real candor. The Republicans will run ads til the cows come home of one candidate or another criticizing the nominee. That will be true of whomever McCain picks as vp too....if that person was a contender for the nomination. Who cares? Ultimately, the choice is very clear.

    I thought Obama should have chosen Hillary, but am beginning to feel he was wise not to after seeing her and her comments yesterday on TV. She is devisive and continues to use the "I" word. Brings back primary memories. There will be those supporters who absolutely refuse to support Obama because of their "love" for Hillary. I accept that, but warn others to understand just what electing McCain will mean to this country, the Supreme court, and women's rights etc. They are cutting off their nose despite their face and don't seem to care. But they will care alot, IF Obama loses and McCain wins. Not only will they care alot, but Obama people will blame the Hillary people for the loss and her chances in 2012 will be nil. Don't fool yourselves into thinking she will be the nominee in 2012, that will not be the case.

    August 23, 2008 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  16. MS Redhead

    This ad is just the beginning of the end for Obama and Biden. All I can say is, I am SO-O-O glad Hillary will not be a part of this losing team in November and she shouldn't be blamed by Obama and his supporters for their stupidity. I have no doubt that Hillary will vote for Obama because she is a loyal Democrat, but all of her supporters who are disgusted with how she was treated by the DNC, Dean, Pelosi, Reid, etc., want to send a message that the Democratic Party is made up of PEOPLE who have a strong sense of right and wrong. Those PEOPLE who support Hillary believe that the 2008 Democratic primary was WRONG, and the other half–Obama’s supporters–have spent the last three months shoving their candidate down our throats using threats and ridicule, and disrespecting our opinions. If Obama’s supporters are made up predominantly of 18-35 year olds, then I fear for the future, because that generation has shown such disregard for the very thing we stand for–independent thought and representation FOR the people and BY the people.

    Also, I want to say to all of the foreigners who have posted here. Keep your opinions to yourself. If you want to express your opinion by voting for the next President of the United States, then become an American citizen and earn that right.

    Lastly, I agree with all of the Obama supporters who have complained that Hillary supporters should help pay her debt. Now that I know my money isn’t going to Obama’s coffers, I plan to donate to help pay her debt.

    Hillary '08 and '12

    August 23, 2008 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  17. willy

    Joe knows he's not ready.. . McCain 08

    August 23, 2008 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  18. So!

    He was running against him! Wait until you are reminded of what negative things Mitt Romney said about McCain in the past.

    August 23, 2008 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  19. Dan, TX

    Just like Hillary did because neither one thought he was qualified to be POTUS. Unless they were lying then or they are lying now. Either way it is shameful.

    August 23, 2008 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  20. willy

    Now you know why Joe took that "all of a sudden" trip over seas last week.

    August 23, 2008 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  21. Linda in Texas

    Bumper sticker across the land:

    Got my Bo-Joe working in '08

    Go Bo-Joe

    August 23, 2008 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  22. Bill From Florida


    August 23, 2008 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  23. woody

    These comparisons will be nothing like the way McSame/Romney ripped each other in the primes.

    August 23, 2008 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  24. dee

    I guess McCain petty petty will not allow him to pick Romney.

    ads like this will not work

    If John picks Romney, it will backfire.

    Obama/Biden 08,12, Kansas Gov. 16

    August 23, 2008 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  25. Theo P.

    Obama just answered any criticism of him that Biden may have made during the primaries. With Biden on the ticket, Obama adds whatever qualities Biden may have thought he lacked. I will thank the Republicans if they want to display that fact in ads.

    August 23, 2008 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
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