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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soundoff (772 Responses)
  1. MLH

    Bring it, Senator McCain. At least these two know how many houses they own, and what 'rich' means to the rest of the country. And why would you think it was a bad thing that he was complimentary of you? You were running against George Bush. Honestly, the country would have been far better off if one of you had won.

    August 23, 2008 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  2. Cathy in MD

    I think Biden might have meant, or might have gone on to say, that “the country would be better off" than it is right now under the Bush administration. This latest ad is simply another dismal reflection of just how desperate McCain is. Biden is a wonderful choice for VP. I liked him from the very beginning. He did an excellent job during the debates. Great personal history, well-seasoned and politically saavy, but an independent thinker. Look out McCain/Romney ... or Lieberman, worse yet! Please. These vultures had better be ready to take what they dish out by the truckload. There's always plenty of unflattering news video to go around.

    August 23, 2008 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  3. Mike, FL

    The McBush campaign should be carefull here. Mit Romeny has said a lot more worst things about McCain than Biden on Obama.

    August 23, 2008 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  4. sha

    So what? Biden was competing for the chance to be president of America with the other democratic running mates. He had to show the voters that he was the better choice. Only a fool runs a race to loose. But still, what he said back then is history and still does not change the price of milk, the unnecessary war in Iraq, many going homeless due to the housing crisis, and the pure mental stress we are going through. The economy is in shambles and we need Obama and Biden to save us from futher destruction. They can sail the American ship through the rough seas.

    August 23, 2008 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  5. Oh Boy!!??

    First,
    Obama was his competition when the statement was made.
    Second,
    3 years ago, McCain was not in the spotlight for being the idiot he is today. It's called being nice.
    Third,
    We'll see how nice Biden is when he breaks McPOWPOW's team down.
    Last,
    The country will be better off after Biden is done running against, and winning, the election.

    August 23, 2008 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  6. McCain '08 for Hillary '12

    GO JOHN

    BIG MAC ATTACK!!!!! YES!!!!! I LOVE IT!!!!!!

    Hit Bam Bam where it hurts – (kinda hard to hit an empty suit, though....)

    You have my vote in November Big Mac

    Understand why

    The ONLY reason is so that I can vote for Hillary in 2012

    I never thought I'd vote for a Republican, but this time I will

    I'll take experience over rhetoric and celebrity-worship AND RACE-CARD PLAYING !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 23, 2008 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  7. Toby

    Neither surprising nor interesting. The same will be provided by the Democrats once McCain chooses his running mate.

    August 23, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  8. demwit

    Wow! Errrr...., change?? Wow!

    August 23, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  9. WB

    At least he didn't throw the kitchen sink at him. McSame is just jealous that he has someone on his ticket that will show up his inexperience on foreign policy. McSame is a fake and Biden will prove it!

    August 23, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  10. NYC LOVES OBAMA

    CNN, What's your purpose of this? Who the heck cares, this is how politicians play politics.

    Al this is about is dividing and conquering on the part of the republicans.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 08' !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 23, 2008 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  11. Obama In the House

    Poor choice on behalf of Obama ... Biden is not change and he voted for the war before he voted against the war.

    However, I'll take Biden and Obama any day over the man who continues to stand shoulder to shoulder with Bush Inc.

    August 23, 2008 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  12. Mark G

    Wow! That was fast. Kind of like when McCain changed his mind and supported Bush's candidacy after he won the election although he criticized Bush when he was running against him. It doesn't mean much McCain. Nice try though.

    August 23, 2008 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  13. Filipina

    MsCrazy is not wasting time

    August 23, 2008 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  14. Cathy in MD

    Biden might have meant, or might have gone on to say, that “the country would be better off" than it is right now under the Bush administration. This latest ad is simply another dismal reflection of just how desperate McCain is. Biden is a wonderful choice for VP. I liked him from the very beginning. He did an excellent job during the debates. Great personal history, well-seasoned and politically savvy, but an independent thinker. Look out McCain/Romney ... or Lieberman, worse yet! Please. These vultures had better be ready to take what they dish out by the truckload. There's always plenty of unflattering news video to go around.

    August 23, 2008 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  15. Mark

    Obama will never win the White house now.

    August 23, 2008 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  16. Republicans hate America

    That means McCain you would be left picking no body because everyone even your own right wing losers say you are no good.

    August 23, 2008 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  17. Scott L

    Man that is AWESOME!!!!! They just need to play that ad over and over and over again. In your face Biden!!!!!

    Obama is a joke and is going to get crushed in November. Too bad he never selected Hillary. You know one thing about Hillary is that she never personally slammed Obama the way Biden did. PUMAs are gonna be hooooot!

    August 23, 2008 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  18. Magdelena

    Of course the rethugs are scrambling to show anything they can to dilute the great choice Sen. Obama has made – they're running scared and it's hysterical – rethugs take pride in ignorance. Who cares what Biden said when he was running against Obama for nomination or if he neglected to give credit to someone else's words over 20 years ago!!!! McLiar's got more stuff in his closet that has yet to come out and I'm positive so does whoever he picks as a running mate. It's great to see the rethugs so desperate, but not this time boys – It's the dems this time.

    August 23, 2008 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  19. Alison, FL

    Duh, it was a debate McFool!!...I hope when McWarMonger picks Mittens, he can explain all the negative back and forth they had and wouldn't mind seeing it in ads.

    August 23, 2008 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  20. Latinos for Obama/Biden

    What comes to mind when one mentions Panamanian McCain?

    POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER (unresolved).

    People this fraud, McCain, is dangerous, very dangerous for America!

    August 23, 2008 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  21. Denise

    On the attack already? Don't blame the elitist McCain/Romney ticket. Be afraid, be very afraid

    August 23, 2008 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  22. erewre

    I think Hillary's supporter should vote for McCain to be 4 years president, and wait for Hillary's come back in 2012.

    August 23, 2008 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  23. Prince- Durham,NC

    If John McCain and George Bush can get past their Republican primary dark moments which occured eight years ago, I dont see why Biden's statement should matter today.
    Obamba said clearly that he's looking for a running mate who will not hesitate to challenge him as commander-in-chief, tell him when he is wrong on issues. Picking Baden proves that point.

    At least he did not pick Joe Liberman.

    August 23, 2008 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  24. Gobama in Maryland

    Ummm......So? Mitt Romney wasn't exactly McCain's champion until after he dropped out of the race. Thats politics. What a waste of money.

    August 23, 2008 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  25. realdeal

    I wish CNN would stop using the work 'slam' in headlines. It has an evaluative quality- suggesting an effective, certain, or powerful criticism.

    A slam is the surest shot in basketball. A grand slam. slam the door shut. Criticize or attack are much, much better. Again, slam suggests a truth behind or effectiveness to the attack.

    August 23, 2008 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
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