August 23rd, 2008
01:30 PM ET
6 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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  1. Louise in North Carolina

    What a wonderful tribute Obama has paid for a great Statesman! With both having such wonderful smiles and beautiful teeth they will put a smile back on the face of the world. (AP quoted that a man in Australia had contributed to Obama and when told that he could not cotribute the man quoted that he wanted to because he believed Obama could put a smile back on the face of the world!

    August 23, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  2. Dem for McCain

    I love how John can take politics in perspective. He has no problem having friends from every party.

    August 23, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  3. rhaezorblue

    I agree, it's one of the first respectable things he's done in the last couple months in this campaign. His negative, constant, and usually flawed (or completely lies), high school style attack ads are exactly what is wrong with politics. McCain is wrong on almost every issue so tries to have a mud fight. What a real hero he is. I am myself a veteran and for McCain to have initially voted against the new GI Bill is a complete and utter disgrace. More should be said about this.

    August 23, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  4. hershey

    Ralph nader is looking better and better.

    August 23, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  5. Mr. Lawrence Uhrig

    I think Joe will be "Biden" his time until MCain/Romney are sworn in as Pres/VP of these United States!

    August 23, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  6. soloobama08

    SO????
    It's simple keep your friend close and your enemy closer.

    August 23, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  7. PAW, CA

    I'll bet this didn't happen until after one of the pundits on CNN said this morning that it was typical of Republicans to come out of the gate with a smear ad; that when McCain makes his choice public Biden will have nothing but good words from the gate......they are so knee jerk

    August 23, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  8. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    Reg, your paraphrasing leaves a lot to be desired. The response was that Obama is so lacking in qualifications himself that he had to pick Biden. It's like putting a plug in the leaking dike. It doesn't say the dike is OK, just that for now it's not leaking as badly. The fundamental problem, so aptly pointed out by both Biden and Clinton, is that Obama is not ready.

    August 23, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  9. GerryM

    Senator Obama's choice of Senator Biden as his running mate should end the debate over Senator Obama's ability to have good judgement. Senator Biden is a well known voice of reason and moderation is the US Senate. He and Senator Obama are now at the beginning of the push to the White House.

    August 23, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  10. Jose

    It won't work this time. Times are changing fast but McCain still keeps bent on using backward Rove politics. it will backfire. Keep trying the "same old same old" though, to keep Democrats excited and motivated. Every time we remember Piggy Rove, we send more money...

    August 23, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  11. Tim

    Why is my comment from an hour ago still awaiting moderation? Does the use of Followers offend you? Your skin must be translucent.

    August 23, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  12. Brenda

    Ya next time McSame will blast him watch out .Nobody should trust McBush

    August 23, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  13. Richard Moore

    The cynicism of the McCain attack dogs is not surprising. Within a very few hours of the release of the name of Joe Biden, the McCain response is that the selection of an experienced senator in banking, finance, economic affairs, foreign relations, and military affairs simply exhibits the weakness of Obama in any of these areas. Are you kidding? And when McCain names Romney for VP will it show the recognized weakness (admitted by McCain) in domestic policy and economic affairs? Or will we get some other gibberish, such as “it helps the ticket.” What´s good for the goose is good for the gander.

    August 23, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  14. Dale

    ginchinchili August 23rd, 2008 12:35 pm ET

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

    Freedom of speech the CNN controlled way, they are to PC.

    August 23, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  15. Lisa

    I find it interesting that McCain calls to congratulate Biden while at the same time his campaign is sending out another sleazy ad. I'm not sure if he's really that out of touch with what is going on in his own campaign....or if he is just a total fraud. I'm trying to figure out which it is. I'm leaning towards a little of both. I actually used to respect him and I believed him when he said he was going to run an honorable campaign....wow...he fooled me and good.

    August 23, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  16. ralph tyler

    Bush is stupid. McCain is crazy. Enough!

    August 23, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  17. Gloria

    McCain is now caught between a rock & a hard place. It looks like the foreign policy gap has been covered.

    Oh, but let's not forget his house in Viet Nam!!! That should be coming out agqan as an explanation for what this time?

    August 23, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  18. Bill, Alabama

    Typical Republican mudslinging scare tactics .......

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    Typical Republican strategy .......

    Congratulate your opponent while attacking with mudslinging, underhanded, hypocrisy.

    That's the only way that they know how to do things.

    August 23, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  19. Military Man

    McCain's add didn't attack Biden ... it pointed out how even Biden (along with Clinton) has said repeatedly that Obama is not fit for presidency from an experience standpoint. Make no mistake ... the add wasn't anti-Biden ... it was anti Obama.

    Many of the democratic party are unhappy that the nomination went to a junior senator with no track record or experience.

    August 23, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  20. Minnesota against John McWar

    Obama and Joe are patriots and great men. We love you. I hope John McWar picks Mitt Romney and then we can have millionaires (Republican ticket) vs common Joes (Democratic ticket).

    August 23, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  21. Jeff Wingett

    The Repub's LOVE this pick! I mean we LOVE it! All the "insider", "too old" talk seems like an Obama campaign lie. It's a concession that Obama's not ready- Biden should have been the dem pick anyway- McCain and Biden are the most qualified at this point and time in the world.

    August 23, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  22. McCrook

    Old Warmonger is such a hypocrite person... But, at least he's got to make it again once OBiden team becomes the P and VPOTUS. Cheers!

    August 23, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  23. Shawn in Atlanta

    Let’s have respectable and cordial election based on issues. American people deserve it. (yeh, in your dreams!)

    August 23, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  24. Dylan in CA

    Yeah... call to congratulate while at the same time releasing at attack ad with him in it.

    Just say no to McShame.

    August 23, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  25. Susan MO

    Now McCain can relax since Obama did not pick Hillary for veep.

    August 23, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
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