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. eam

    i like biden, but i think he was the wrong choice for obama. for a person that puts himself out to be the AGENT of CHANGE, this is far from it. he not only shows that he needs help to govern, but now he is a hypocrit. how can you be for change and then side with the side that you think is broken. he should have picked someone younger and fresh and new but that would have had a down side also. i think he will make a good attack dog for obama, but i think obama is trying to show that now he controlls whitey now. hmmm i could be wrong guess we'll have to see how it pans out. either way i still won't vote for obama. i think in a way it may cause him some headaches in the long run. good luck OBAMA, man are you ever gonna need it.

    August 23, 2008 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  2. Republicans hate America

    more money wasted and further obsession on Obama because McPhony has no solutions of his own to promote. I think McPhony has a crush on Obama

    August 23, 2008 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  3. judy, Wisconsin

    I guess Biden thought the country would be better off with McCain rather than the incompetent George Bush, had he been elected in 2000 instead. Can't wait to see the Dems ad on the very slimy Romney after he's chosen and also the VP debate.

    August 23, 2008 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  4. mona

    HA HA HA..........this is funny mccain camp please think very carefully when chosing your VP... McShame camp is scared very scared

    August 23, 2008 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  5. lol election

    and just wait till McCain chooses one of the republican contenders who criticizing him. Then we'll see Mr. Noun, Verb, and POW. or should I say noun verb and Obama since mccain can't seem to complete a sentence without that guy's name.

    August 23, 2008 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  6. WB

    Biden is one of us. He understands the struggles that the average american faces. He's not an elitistand he knows how many properties he owns. My interpretation of Obama being clean means that he has no skeletons in his closet. No moral issues!
    He has said nothing that will compare to what some of the other haters have written and Republican strategist have said.

    August 23, 2008 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  7. The Iraq war IS legal

    VP choice is the better president option on this ticket!!

    August 23, 2008 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  8. sue calgary

    For all you Clinton supporters whining about how she wasn`t picked as Obama`s VP, please grow up! You say you will vote for McCain `cos Clinton wasn`t picked.. How incredibly foolish. McCain and the Dems position is as different as chalk and cheese. Does it make any sense to you to pick a candidate who doesn`t represent your position just b`cos your choice didn`t win. Talk about cutting your nose to spite your face! Take your emotions out of it and THINK! or is it really because Obama is of the minority. If Obama had been white, it would have been a slam dunk would it not. There I said it... Remove fear and getting into the game!


    August 23, 2008 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  9. 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 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  10. Brian, Quad Cities

    ... and Joe will slam Obama on the job as well.

    Obama has shown he won't just surround himself with "yes men"

    There is going to be real discussion, and not just groupthink.

    That's Leadership

    August 23, 2008 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  11. Monica, Texas

    This ad will not be effective...It is obvious if Biden has become the VP his thoughts have change after all Obama has proved himself over and over again. No one will listen or see this ad as carrying any weight.

    August 23, 2008 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  12. Rayk

    "There you go again!" Remember that remark from a great American President? Was there really any doubt? The superficial B.O. knows he is in trouble and whinced at the comments from Biden at their last debate. "He ain't ready", its what Biden said and what all the other Dem candidates said as well!So what's changed? Nothing except now its" he ain't it!". So B.O. good luck to your O.B. ticket. Still the fact remains that the White House ain't no place to be learning how to ride a bike with training wheels on. No matter who you pick as a coach!

    August 23, 2008 09:38 am at 9:38 am |

    It doesn't matter what the Republicans do, we will out spend them bussing people from churches to vote and our message will drown out them. We just keep saying McCain is bad and the surge isn't wokring and we'll get the votes... it doesn't matter if it's true or not, once BO is in office he will make real change!

    August 23, 2008 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  14. fat john


    August 23, 2008 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  15. andrew s. rostolder

    time to slam back guys. america likes a fighter not a politicaly correct wimp. the bushies hammered mcain in 2000. let's see some of those ads............ if you don't hammer back i will personally see that the people in my area vote the other way......................

    August 23, 2008 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  16. Beto

    1st, Obama's selection of Biden affirms most that he realized he needed experience (that he doesn't have), and 2nd, Biden is not Clinton! Obama didn't have alot to pick from, so the end result is another losing ticket for the democrats.

    August 23, 2008 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  17. Saad, NJ

    Of course they will.... they will now get desperate. God knows how many people had slammed Senator McCain in a much worse way and are now his ardent supporters.

    August 23, 2008 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  18. Joana

    This is what I love about the Obama camp. He is brave enough to pick someone that may have different opinions than him. Choosing someone that will only support you and agrees with you all the time, it is a sign of weakness. This is what the republicans have been doing for the past 8 years. Only listening to the people that agree with them. We are a smart nation and we can take criticism. So can the candidates. Personally, that is what I look for. One cannot stick their head in the sand and avoid comments and ways to grow...

    Obama/Biden 2008

    August 23, 2008 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  19. TRW

    Very effective ad.

    The Presidency is no place for on the job training. Hard to dispute that.

    August 23, 2008 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  20. J

    Obama, Obama>>...what a shame....???? you said that you are a change agent..and you use this slogan as a key proponent during your are just like every politician who would do whatever it takes just to get elected in said that you were against the war...but still you have chosen a runningmate that support it. you knew you have no carry this country you have to turn again to the washington insider to carry on the same old policies.....Like George Bush, you don't know a thing and you will rely on Biden to make your decision.....Obama and Biden is the same as Bush and Chinney......

    August 23, 2008 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  21. Jim in Orlando

    Well said Joe ! That makes two out of the last three Democratic VP nominees endorsing McCain for President. McCain does not seek the endorrsement of the lying adulterer though (John Edwards, not Bill Clinton).

    August 23, 2008 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  22. Lisa

    Biden was absolutely correct when he said that Obama wasn't ready to become the President. It was a slap in the face to Hillary and her supporters. I'm so glad Bill never campaign for him.

    Hillary 08!

    August 23, 2008 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  23. That's Reality

    OH Boy!!?? – First, the statement still stands.
    Second, McCain is not an idiot. Have you ever listened to Biden the Arrogant?
    Third, Biden is NO match for McCain.
    Last, This campaign will now focus on Biden because Obama can't take the heat. The dems have this backwards, as usual; wouldn't it make sense to have the'm reverse roles? Too late.
    McCain 2008!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Come on CNN post some for McCain, too.

    August 23, 2008 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  24. Thomas, Illinois

    Is that it? He better do better then that....

    August 23, 2008 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  25. Mike in Houston

    Is anyone surprised that McCain came out with this. Can you say panicmania for the McCain camp. McCain continues to attack rather than state his own position. Reminds me of what Kerry did in 2004. Nobody cares about what you say about your opponet, we care about what YOU are going to do. McCain, instead of you coming up with attack adds, start writing your concession speech.

    August 23, 2008 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
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