August 23rd, 2008
01:30 PM ET
10 years ago

McCain calls Biden

McCain has congratulated Biden.

McCain has congratulated Biden.

(CNN) - John McCain has called Joe Biden to congratulate him on being named Barack Obama's running mate, two GOP sources tell CNN's John King.

It was a "short conversation" and "very pleasant," a McCain aide in Arizona said.

"It was a brief phone call, they've known each other for many years, they are good friends," McCain campaign spokesman Tucker Bounds also said.

McCain communications director Jill Hazelbaker declined to give further details.

"It was a private, personal phone call," she said. "Senator McCain welcomed him into the race."

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soundoff (142 Responses)
  1. Brandon in DFW

    Lol, how hypocritical.

    McCain puts out a negative ad using Biden against Obama first, and then hours later McCain calls to congratulate him. That is so wrong.

    Freakin Republicans!

    Obama/Biden '08

    August 23, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  2. tedious898

    I wish John McCain had one ounce of honor and integrity. "....Calls to congratulate Biden" just after putting out the 1st attack ad with Biden as the headliner. Geezz what a sleaze

    August 23, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  3. Charlotte

    What's a friend to do, when you find yourself on opposite sides?

    August 23, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  4. ginchinchili

    Please tell me what is wrong with my comments that prevent them from ever being posted.

    August 23, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  5. Michael

    Nice gesture by McCain. He will be congratulating Biden one more time in November for helping McCain win the election. Actually I guess it would be thanking him.

    August 23, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  6. REG in AZ

    OBAMA/BIDDEN; It is interesting to see what the Republicans are saying. To paraphrase the official Republican response, … in their thinking Obama had some short falls in Foreign Policy and in experience in general that he now has addressed very well with his pick of Joe Bidden for VP. With that being what the Republicans are saying, I guess you would have to think they feel Obama now has everything pretty well covered. Hmm, interesting.

    August 23, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  7. sandibrks

    Did he do this before or after trying to make Biden with the ad he just ran. Wow, McCain is looney.

    August 23, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  8. kathy in CT

    McCain makes a pleasant call - while his campaign is already out with the attack ads. Every day, McCain shows what he's learned from Bush - to be a hypocritical liar - and that he will do anything, no matter how sleazy or unethical, to be elected.

    Biden should have hung up the phone.

    August 23, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  9. scared biden will crush you??


    August 23, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  10. maya

    Two old cronies from the Boy's Club giving each other slaps on the back.

    I miss Hillary. Once again, it's a "Boys Only" election- Change? What a JOKE.

    August 23, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  11. Typical White Person for McCain

    Its so funny that something Mr. Biden said in an open forum, being totaly truthful and honest can be labled an attack ad from McCain. I guess if you don't like what is said you call it an attack. It never seems to amaze me. Should we not talk about what Mr. Biden said? Should we ignore the total lack of experience of Obama? McCain will win and the left will again try to find someone to blame instead of looking at themselves for the answers. Blame the courts, blame the ballots, blame anyone but yourself!!

    August 23, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  12. Texas Trail Dog


    August 23, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  13. taniform

    Mccain should be very dissapointed and desperate at this time. All his attack ads featuring Hillary Clinton are now useless.

    August 23, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  14. NO VOTE

    Just what I said before that didn't get printed.
    I like Biden but, you can't put a clean cloth over a dirt bag and hope to win this election.
    Will Obama's mistress please step forward and let's end this thing.

    August 23, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  15. biden is da guy

    he's gonna do it, he's gonna getcha!

    August 23, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  16. kathi

    Biden belongs at the TOP of the ticket.

    August 23, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  17. cityboy

    McCain thinks Biden is John Lewis.

    August 23, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  18. strong

    Hope that call wasn't at 3 a.m. !

    Kidding aside, these phone calls are nothing more than the usual protocol. All part of the game. Hardly newsworthy

    August 23, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  19. Susan, PA

    Karl Rove must learn a thing or two from McCain.............

    August 23, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  20. Geoffrey Sperl

    This is all politics, folks. Biden and McCain are friends and have served together in the Senate for decades – it's expected. If Obama had gone with Tim Kaine I doubt McCain would have called him personally since they really don't deal with one another.

    This is shaping up to be an even more interesting race – especially since Biden is not scared of taking the gloves off and going on the attack. I think Obama made the right choice and Biden is an excellent example of what a VP should be able to handle (as opposed to Cheney.... ).

    August 23, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  21. D Va.

    Who dialed the phone for him (I am sure he had one of his staff because he couldn't remember or know.) Why didn't he have them hold the attack ad until after he made nice? Perhaps his staff can fill him in on that too. I personally hope Biden attacks the Republican policies hard and not get personal--I would think most Americans are tired of the "swift boating tactics" I for one want some issues cleared up as to what they will attempt to do for the country, like health insurance, jobs, equality, etc. OB/BI08.........

    August 23, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  22. Gary


    August 23, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  23. roger dowdle, lockhart, Tx

    So McCain calls Biden to congratulate him while running an attack ad- he can always claim to have forgotten about the ad, alzheimers or senile dementia will do that to you.

    August 23, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  24. David

    Obama chose Biden, this shows a man that is willing to address his weekness and make his adminstration stong on all counts. Well what can the republicans say now? Biden has more foriegn policy experience than McCain and has a great record on education and energy policies. This is now a complete ticket, as an independent this has sealed the deal for me because Biden will always question Obama when needed and Obama seems to be the type of person that is wiling to hear all sides of the argument. Lets put America back at the top of the world.

    Obama/Biden our country desrves them and need them badly.

    August 23, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  25. 1984

    Whats that clicking sound?

    August 23, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
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