August 23rd, 2008
10:40 AM ET
6 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."


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  1. TK

    People forget that when you are running for the same job-you ten to say things that you don't mean. Once the battle is over you forget all of that stuff–join hands and move on. This is a good pick and will get my vote.

    August 23, 2008 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  2. ruffdeezy

    Yep, it's clear when McCain is all negative all the time, he has nothing good to say about himself.

    August 23, 2008 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  3. boomerang

    All that comes to mind is that little sign the reads "Insert foot here" underneath a face with an open mouth.... : /

    August 23, 2008 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  4. Elwood

    I think Obama's choice for V.P is a fine choice and McCain is relying on old political strategies to get the American people to waver on their choice. If McCain really wanted to get people to think, he would rise above these types of adds and show that his V.P. choice is better and more qualified. But since he has not taken that path he is showing weakness and showing that nothing will change when he is in office. And using an interview from 2005? McCain is really pulling at strings on this one. It just shows that they really have nothing better to do than search old video footage instead of being out on the campaign trail informing the people about the issues that concern them.

    August 23, 2008 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  5. Erin

    Fantastic.. it will be interesting to see if McCain picks Romney to run with him... because it's not like Romney never said anything "bad" about him during their primary, right?

    The speed in which this ad came out just shows that no matter who Obama would have picked, McCain would have something negative ready to go.

    At least this one doesn't involve Brit or Paris... so i suppose this should be viewed as an improvement, right?

    Maybe McCain can focus on a couple of ads that actually talk about his stance on the issues. It might be difficult, but he should give it a shot.

    August 23, 2008 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  6. That's Reality

    So now is he going to flip-flop and say Obama is ready ? These democrats make such fools of themselves and their party; We're in big trouble if they end up in the White House.

    August 23, 2008 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  7. Charles in Cincinnati

    Desperate times call for irrelevant campaign ads, eh Senator McMansions?

    August 23, 2008 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  8. Reality Check Richmond Virginia

    so does this mean McCain won't pick Romney?

    August 23, 2008 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  9. Obama Nation

    Lol can't wait for this old geezer to pick mitt so that we can show the debates they had in the primary season.

    You can run this add with anyone who was a presidential candidate, be it biden or hillary or anyone else.

    August 23, 2008 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  10. Tim in NC

    Huge mistake.

    Biden has WAY to much baggage and way to many things that the GOP can hit him on.

    That ad that McCain's camp just put out... ya, we can all look forward to that sort of thing til November.

    August 23, 2008 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  11. BeCareful!!!!

    A new GOP AD shows Biden criticizing Obama.**McAttack You are leaning toward Mitt there was a lot of Negative exchanges Between you 2 GUYS**OLD HOG JAW!!!

    August 23, 2008 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  12. BHO FTL

    Ouch, why would Howard Dean hand pick Biden for this ticket... the guy from Virginia and Indiana seemed great... not this loser who adds nothing to the ticket.... the real question is what does Biden know?

    August 23, 2008 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  13. Joe

    This just shows that the McCain campaign has nothing positive to say in this race. Where is their plan to end the war in Iraq? Where is their plan to turn this economy around? Where is their plan to restore America's reputation around the world. I guess it is hard to have a plan when you have endorsed all of the policies of the Bush Administration which got us into this mess.

    Just remember, what comes around goes around. There were lots of statements made by former GOP rivals in the primaries that could make for good television commercials too.

    August 23, 2008 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  14. Rock

    Hey CNN,
    After McCain makes his VP pick, I hope that you will give Obama the same free advertisement that you're giving McCain right now.

    I think that Biden is an outstanding pick for the Democrats. If they make it, these two will bring common sense back to the White House. The republicians have really put us in bad shape over these last eight years – in many ways. I've historically voted Republican and Democrat. However, after what we have experienced over the past eight years, I will NOT vote for ANY Republician for the foreseeable future.

    August 23, 2008 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  15. The worst campaign in history

    Obama is not qualified to be the President, had barely gotten his feet wet on the Senate floor to gain experience and had the audacity to seek the highest office in the land. Now he has someone else's accomplishments to shore up his own failings. Just like he lifted Deval Patrick's speech as his own, this guy is nothing but a fraud. Oh, by the way, Joe Biden got caught doing the same thing. What a joke.

    August 23, 2008 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  16. Phillip Bogle

    NoBama. No. Now I will have to vote for John McCain, or write in Hillary Clintons name. Once again, the Democrats have snatched defeat from the jaws of victory.

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

    Good balance to this ticket.

    August 23, 2008 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  18. Ellen

    McCain should not have set this standard. Just wait until he picks Mitt Romney.

    August 23, 2008 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  19. JIM...TX

    I'm not for sure but back in 2005 was Obama even named as a potential candidate??? Bet not so this ad and all the others the Repukeakans come out with will be misleading slime like usual.

    August 23, 2008 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  20. California Voter

    Interesting.

    August 23, 2008 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  21. David

    Well I guess that means McCain won't pick Romney, since Romney criticized McCain several times during that campaign.

    McCain's approval of the use of old footage as implicit evidence of current hypocrisy means he should be just fine with the Obama camp showing all those old photos of McCain hugging Bush, Bush kissing McCain, etc., etc., etc.

    And maybe some photos of McCain and the wife he swore to love, honor, and respect before he dumped her for the rich beer woman?

    August 23, 2008 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  22. for Obama

    We expected mean-spirited tactics from the Republicans and we're getting them.
    But everyone understands that rivals in primary campaigns say tough things against their opponent. Watch out, McCain!

    August 23, 2008 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  23. Ardnuas

    Run the ad of what Mitt Romney said about "Exxon John"...McCain owns 7 houses and Mitt is worth 200 MILLION ... and they want to give the VOTERS a 18cents gas tax holiday.

    August 23, 2008 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  24. John

    Hey Hillary fans:

    Imagine what they would have been able to put out if Hillary had been tapped as Obama's VP pick. They've got all of 30 seconds for Biden, they could do a 3 hours documentary on the negative crap Hillary and her flying monkeys said about Obama.

    August 23, 2008 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  25. Barbara - NC

    He said "He's not ready,but he CAN be" -

    What's wrong with that? It's better than what we can say about McCain now – He USED TO BE, but he no longer is – dementia is setting in with McCain.

    I'll take Obama/Biden any day over the warmonger and whomever he picks.

    August 23, 2008 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
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