August 23rd, 2008
04:50 PM ET
10 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. Peachy Keen

    Gees Ben, you are surely the pot calling the kettle black. If McCain's slipups were published, it would be the length of 'War And Peace'.

    By the way, when the press was allowed to view McCain's medical records, where did he hid the section on dementia?

    August 23, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  2. Tommy Hussein in St. Louis (I only have one house...that I know of)

    Oh, get over it. It's easy to make slips of the tongue when you're a public speaker. I have seen just about everyone speaking in front of an audience do it at one time or another. I've also done it when speaking in front of others.

    The McCain campaign wants to pretend they stumbled on some fascinating truth about Obama and want to teach the rest of us? The real truth is, anybody can talk out of their rear end calling another person's slip-up Freudian. It doesn't mean anything. I think Ben Porritt is really reaching.

    August 23, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  3. Really

    My thoughts exactly. When I heard Obama introduce Joe Biden as "The Next President..." I didn't think he made a mistake. I think he was telling the truth, and it's going to come back to bite him in the rear.

    August 23, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  4. Disgruntled voter

    How about instead of calling Obama on his slip of the tongue they simply said that these things happen when people are excited or otherwise confused. It would have made sense considering all the slip ups McCain has said.
    I don't fault McCain for any of his mis-speaks and I certainly wouldn't fault Obama on his. These things happen. Big deal.

    Now can we get to the issues?

    August 23, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  5. jFA

    Put your money where your mouth is!

    Else all you disgruntleds are merely posers and frauds >period<.

    Navigate over to, and donate to retire her debt, if not you're too stupid to be given a forum to air your nonsense.

    Real support and commitment is shown by appealing to a wide and broadbased coalition, by the financial sacrifice those millions are willing to make towards your candidacy. If not you are not a viable candidate just a big fat phoney and a fake.

    August 23, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  6. john

    Putin is the president of Germany McCain and Ben Porrit has been divorced 3 times, he also abandoned his kids with wife number one.

    August 23, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  7. informed voter

    Seriously, if was a McCain campaign staffer, I think I would be the last to criticize another candidate for 'gaffes'! (Since McCain is 'Mr. Gaffe' himself).

    They can't want the dems to get started on McCain's many, many gaffes, can they??

    August 23, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  8. Dealt

    Gosh... these guys would do better to look at their candidate's slips of the tongue... One would think simple prudence woudl keep them quieter.

    August 23, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  9. chippyarm

    McCain's camp is becoming more ridiculous, insulting to Americans, and grasping at anything. How sad that McSame can't run on his own record, but must sit by like little girls saying, "Oooh! What he said." We are Americans. We have brains. People slip up. This Republican team is out of touch.

    August 23, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  10. Marcelo

    Boy, McCain's team is really desperate to find anything to turn attention away from the ruin of this current administration (and McCain's role in it) and focus on these ridiculous ideas.

    McCain, can't you point out why you're better on the policies??!?!??! Why do you have to resort to these childish games. It's plain pathetic.

    August 23, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  11. Nate Hussein

    Man these republicans are clowns, looking for anything negative. November can't come soon enough!

    August 23, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  12. Cheese Aisle

    Green background or cheese aisle. McCain still can't do it any better.

    August 23, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  13. Jay

    McCain has about THREE times as many Gaffes as Obama!!!
    I would keep quiet if I were him.
    This is yet another lousy attempt distract from John W. McBush's real record of siding with Dubya time and time again!!!

    August 23, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  14. Chris

    This coming from the guy who talked about the Iraq-Pakistan Border? Pathetic...

    August 23, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  15. YOLA

    Is this for real? McCain is a walking gaffe!

    August 23, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  16. Elly

    I never took that as a slip !
    i thought he meant welcome to the next president (meaning himself) and vice-president Joe biden
    i think people took it out of context as usual
    its just McWar getting desperate!!!

    August 23, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  17. Rosemarie

    Obama is a liar..Hillary was not on his short list...He lost me way back anyway so no matter. What I have found intresting is a few days ago I saw a very short piece on Obama 's brother.. Living in proverty beyond belief and then nothing more said about this.. I mean what makes the American people think for a second he is going to wake up every day thinking and worrying about us when he could care less about his own blood not even a care package !!! I don't trust him never have he is no diffrent than most that runs for any office.. wants the power and money that goes along with it . God help this country !!!!!

    August 23, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  18. Tommy Hussein in St. Louis (I only have one house...that I know of)

    Even if this does somehow prove that Obama is not ready to be president (which, in my mind, is a really big IF), it's not necessarily a reason for us to vote for McCain. Even if we don't vote for Obama, we could still vote for Barr or Nader or countless other candidates.

    I think it would be a good idea for the McCain campaign to stop jumping on every little pet peeve and hang-up they have about Obama, and tell us what McCain will do as president.

    August 23, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  19. Jorge

    Funny that the McCain camp isn't talking about family values these days.

    August 23, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  20. Dem for McCain

    Obama was speaking the truth.

    August 23, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  21. jimmy


    August 23, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  22. Becky Montgomery

    Shall we make a list (and it will be loooooong) of McCain's gaffes? They have to do with countries and important facts a president should know, like how many houses he has and what car he drove? I'll bet he has never reconciled a checkbook.

    Let's compare gaffes vs. gaffes. Winner takes all.

    August 23, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  23. David Newport, OR

    Is that the best they can do? How about a complaing that the 'ticket" isn't experienced enough? Oh that no longer is true? Awwww

    August 23, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  24. Max

    Czechoslovakia, Sunni and Shi'ite, four houses...

    And this guy has the nuts to talk about Freudian slips. Yeesh.

    August 23, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  25. R, TX

    This coming from the self-proclaimed Georgean whose 'tangue' got 'tungled' pronoucing the name of country's president?

    August 23, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
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