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. McGaffe

    I think it's serious. . . . It's a serious situation, but there's a lot of things we need to do. We have a lot of work to do and I'm afraid it's a very hard struggle, particularly given the situation on the Iraq/Pakistan border," said McCain, R-Ariz., said on "Good Morning America."

    Iraq and Pakistan do not share a border. Afghanistan and Pakistan do.

    August 23, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  2. Clinton/McCain

    Good one McCain.

    August 23, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  3. Stupid Repubs

    Feable minded take simple thing and make it so big. That should show the character and the depth. As Obama said, instead oof lefting the country up, these McIdiots tear the decency out.
    McBomBom-you have to control your champaign. Have a backbone.

    August 23, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  4. lynda

    I am so glad the Obama did not chose HRC for his running mate. If he had picked her I am sure the Democrats would have won. Now I don't think so.

    August 23, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  5. The truth

    See, people can always make mistake no matter what. But you guys the Obama supporters always fire and attack aggresively everytime McCain slips his tounge as if it were a big huge mistake.

    Anyway, by looking at the primaries how well Joe Biden was in the primaries (even much lower than Bill Richardson, the 4th rank.), I don't think this is a good idea for Obama to pick Biden as VP. Don't hope too much they will win, fellows.

    August 23, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  6. Pam

    If this election is going to be lost on slips of the tongue, McCain might as well quit right now.

    August 23, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  7. Mike, Neb.

    BLAH BLAH BLAH, like McCain doesnt mix up his words on a daily basis. Someone is reaching for straws here...

    August 23, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  8. tinpa

    mccain /clinton 08

    August 23, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  9. Oladayo Olaleye Lagos Nigeria

    It is not a new thing for someone to slip-up.Out of excitement,anything can be said by mistake by anybody and this can not be presumed to be factual ,provided it is immediately corrected.In the light of this,I don't think MCcain Camp should see this as a form of an attack.They had better look for a another strategy to launch a negative attack .Otherwise,they would turn themselves into a laughingstock.

    August 23, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  10. Enough Already!!!!!!

    To-Rosemarie Obama is a liar..Hillary was not on his short list...He never said she was on his Short list ....He said she could be on anyones Short list ....There you go nose into something that is none of your business The reporter visiting Obama half brother did not take a care package and you can always send one.Hillary is liar and she's fake.... Hillary stood before thousands and lied about Bosnia...I wonder if she had won the nomination would she have picked Senator Obama for VP.....No!! Help her pay her DEBT 18mil just $1.00.You guys just love to keep it going or you are posing as a Hillary supporter ....If Hillary had won no way I would demand her to put Obama on the Ticket or else .....That's BS

    August 23, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  11. Redneck from Kentucky

    Al lthe McCain camp knows how to do is sit around looking for an opportunity to slam Obama over some stupid, insignificant stuff. Obviously they have nothing of significance to say about themselves. Same old dirty, negative, do nothing Washington politics. And McCain is embracing it as he has always done. Go Obama/Biden!

    August 23, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  12. Geo Be.

    Too bad that Obama didn't have the kahones to pick Hillary. She has more kahones that he does.

    But here is the cruxt of it all. I don't think that this country will survivie another 4 years of Republicans. So I will vote for Obama.

    Really, I don't understand anyone who wants more Republican rule.
    I guess the people who vote Republican are afraid that it might cost them a few bucks to get this country turned around.

    I asked some acquaintances why they were going to vote Republican. He said that he would save $2100 on his taxes by voting Republican. Is that it? You'd sell out this country for a $2100?

    Greed! Greed! Greed!

    It makes me want to weep.

    August 23, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  13. What?

    I hope McCain and camp have more then this. McCain has made so many mistake and he was reading from q-cards.

    This is just as sad as those die heart Clinton ...stalkers...ops.....supporters who are voting for McBush, but not paying her debt balance in full.

    God help US...............................

    August 23, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  14. McGaffe

    Can we talk about the Sunni's and Shiites...the Iraqi Palistinian Border...lying about Tax Cuts...100 years in Iraq...not being opposed to a draft...the list goes on...

    McCain is the last person to talk about gaffes/lies/outright stupid statements of any sort.

    August 23, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  15. Dave C - NJ

    Ha let's make a list of McCain slip ups....they are a lot worse than skipping the word "vice" during an introduction.

    And Hillary is not worthy of dog catcher to all of you Spite Voters lol.

    August 23, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  16. ron

    typical obamanites if mccain gaffs it's fair game when obama does it out comes the whining

    August 23, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  17. buddha23

    And, uhhhh, McCain's repeatedly confused Iraq and Iran, Sunni and Shia, the various ethnicities in that region (and having to have Lieberman there to correct his myriad gaffes on his last Mideast trip). This also comes from the guy who walked through the market in Baghdad last year and essentially called it 'safe' – whilst being protected by a company of our nation's best young people and a bevy of combat helicopters. C'mon, Sen. McCain, grow up and start playing ball like a big boy.
    By the way, John, what in hell does your POW experience have to do with you and the number of houses you own now. To hear his flacks talk, it's obvious he thinks that his unfortunate experience makes him immune to any form of criticism. Grow up, Senator McCain.

    August 23, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  18. yellowdoggie

    Go ahead and pick on Obama's mistake. You know what they say about karma, don't you?

    August 23, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  19. Remy

    Mccain is a real dumb and he is not a person with world politics. His Bom-Bom theory is to boast his financiers in the GUN industry and not for any American working family who are suffering from the republican foreign policis as well the internal policies.

    Are the McCain camps telling to believe the comments during the primaries? Primary campaigns are over for ever and those comments were rejected by the voters. I hope Biden now realise the fact. That is why he agreed to be the VP to Obama.

    August 23, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  20. Nathan Hale

    Obama has not a single sponsored piece of important legislation. When a room full of Obama supporters of all ages were asked by the host of a town meeting to name one important accomplishment, not a one of the thirty supporters could name a single thing and I'll bet that not a single one of the bloggers on here can either. When he was an Illinois legislator, he voted present over 200 times because he didn't have the guts to vote on politically sensitive issues that might cloud his political future. Biden was right when he said that Obama isn't ready to lead. The reason for his precipitous drop in the polls in one month is that people are starting to realize for that all his rhetoric and high-sounding platitudes about change and hope, he is really not ready and has neither the experience nor the temperament for the most important job in the history of mankind in the most dangerous times in the history of the world. He wouldn't be allowed to be a CEO of any major corporation with his experience, why would anyone even begin to consider him. I agree with economist Ben Stein, Obama scares me to death, but not just on economic grounds: His friends, Rev. Wright, Bill Ayres, and Tony Rezko, tell me volumes about his lack of judgment, his real philosophy, and who he really is, more than any speech or sound-byte.

    August 23, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  21. NC

    is this all McCain campaign got to get in the news today,President -Vice President they both will have the word president some where in front of their name so who cares as long as they win,what a sad issue ,but i guess thats just being an American adult loser you have to find something to justify your means,by the way lets forbid all adults from voting and let the children play this game come November its their future because all some of us think about is oourselves and care less about their future maybe thats why so many of them are killed,raped and abused in the US today

    August 23, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  22. I used to be a Democrat

    Well, those no doubt that Biden would be a better candidate than Obama.

    We can't afford the on the job training Obama needs.

    August 23, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  23. Audrey

    I don't think Obama made a mistake. In his speech, he said over and over that he found a leader and that leader is Biden. When he introduced Biden as the next President, he was only saying what he was secretly thinking. Obama wants the title of President but Biden will run the country. Isn't this what we've had for the last 8 years? I want to elect someone who is qualified to be President and who will actually serve as President.

    August 23, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  24. vetobeer

    McCain 'gaffes'??? NAH, NO WAY! I really did believe he meant to VETO BEER!!!

    August 23, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  25. ABG

    If you cannot even remember to say Vice President at this much awaited moment, then we all really need to take a look at who is running for President.

    Obama's "mistake" today is just as good as saying there are 57 states. What is wrong with him?

    His staff cannot blame his lapse on campaigning. He just got back from vacation.

    I can only hope Hillary's 18,000,000 voters who got dissed by Obama by continually disrespecting her, rise up and say NO WAY to Obama being our next President.

    Hillary 2012!

    August 23, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
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