August 23rd, 2008
04:50 PM ET
6 years ago

McCain camp seizes on Obama slip-up

The McCain campaign is seizing on Obama's slip-of-the-tongue.
The McCain campaign is seizing on Obama's slip-of-the-tongue.

(CNN) – Barack Obama accidentally introduced his running mate Joe Biden as the next president of the United States Saturday, a slip-of-the-tongue the McCain campaign is calling "Freudian."

“Barack Obama sounded as though he turned over the top spot on the ticket today to his new mentor, when he introduced Joe Biden as the next president," McCain campaign spokesman Ben Porritt said. "The reality is that nothing has changed since Joe Biden first made his assessment that Barack Obama is not ready to lead. He wasn’t ready then and he isn’t ready now.”

Another McCain aide told CNN Obama "slipped with the truth that his own experience is too underwhelming to be president."

The slip-up came earlier Saturday as the Illinois senator introduced Joe Biden for the first time as his vice presidential candidate, saying "The next president," before quickly correcting.


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (77 Responses)
  1. Donny from California

    Oh yes, YES, Y E S !!!!! Obama made a verbal gaffe. Maybe that will cover up my confusion of not having a clue as to how many houses I own. Or maybe I just married into. Or maybe I'm too old to remember.

    August 23, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  2. Proud Democrat

    The Mccain camp is kidding right :)

    McCain the king of misspeaking/slip ups

    Go Bam/Biden

    August 23, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  3. Sue

    Ole boy John has FAR more Freudian slips then Baracks.

    August 23, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  4. Jim

    Nice try McCNN however it went like this. "I would like to introduce the next President, Vice President of the United States". He never said President of the United States. I see CNN still just repeats everything McCain says without bothering to check it out.

    August 23, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  5. Cleduc

    Grow up McCain campaign

    August 23, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  6. Ed

    Biden IS far more qualified to be president than a measly one-time senator.

    August 23, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  7. KB

    I found that slip up pretty telling as well.

    August 23, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  8. jay

    Some one needs to remind him of the many gaffes he has. Especially the one about his eight homes. And Obama is an Elitis? Whatever

    Obama/biden 08

    August 23, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  9. misanthropicus

    Since Barry Soetoro will be busted for fraudulent claim of US citiozenship, this tricky devil Bidden is next in line... man! What calculations!

    August 23, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  10. Douglas S.

    Wow, now the Republicans are psychologists?

    May come in handy. American need its head examined eight years of Bush, and will need a lobotomy if we get four more years of ....McBush.

    August 23, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  11. Delay man

    Oh come on. Rovian tactics is what McCain is using.

    August 23, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  12. Franky

    In that case, can you hook it up with a House??? I don't think you'll mind if you can sell me one....

    But Shhhhhhh!!! Don't tell anyone, O.K?

    August 23, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  13. Jill-IN

    This is a ridiculous quip by McCain, et al. We've been treated to months of McCain pauses and gaffs and frankly, he gets off lightly for most of it.

    August 23, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  14. Kathryn

    Freudian...just like how Iraq and Pakistan share a border. Does John McCain really want to go there?

    August 23, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  15. Bibek

    Oh, Give me a Break!

    McCain slips more than he flips.. so cut it out. Seriously.

    Obama '08 :-D

    August 23, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  16. Obama = Carter the 2nd!!!

    WOW. So to all those out there that made a big deal out of McCain and the house, what are you going to say about this?????

    I know he did not mean to say Biden was the next prez of the 57 states!!!!!!! Ops.....I mean VP of the 50 states......I pulled an "obama".

    August 23, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  17. debkansas

    Didn';t anyone write him a speech. Obama can't think for himself. Why anyone in their right mind would want to be his vp. Hillary for President. Keep your superdelegates and be the demo nominee.

    August 23, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  18. Jeff Long

    LOL!! This ticket is really weak!!!! How is it that the Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee (FRC) is the VP nominee while the Junior Chairman of the FRC is the presidential nominee? This ticket is a joke!!

    August 23, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  19. Nick - Arlington, VA

    PATHETIC WITH A CAPITAL P-A-T-H-E-T-I-C

    August 23, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  20. Publicus

    Where does McCain find advisers – from list of those who didn't make it through the psychological testing part of the Wal Mart application?

    August 23, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  21. Realpolitik

    They're stretching now that they're scared lol

    August 23, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  22. Eric ( Minnesota)

    THESE PEOPLE ARE SERIOUSLY DELUSIONAL. MCCAIN DID THE SAME EXACT THING TWO DAYS AGO. I DONT KNOW IF THE MCCAIN CAMPAIGN IS DUMB, OR JUST NAIVE. EITHER WAY THEY ARE TOAST!!!

    August 23, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  23. Matt

    Can they possibly get any more petty?

    Oh wait, I forgot that McCain is being advised by Rove now. Of course they can!

    August 23, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  24. Debby

    Maybe Obama's teleprompter had a gliche. LOL

    August 23, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  25. lol

    biden should be at the top of that ticket, obama with his thin resume, and inexperience, is tanking in the polls. biden can't save that sinking ship. hillary on the ticket would have guaranteed a democratic win. mccain 08! hillary 2012!

    August 23, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
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