August 23rd, 2008
02:28 PM ET
10 years ago

Obama picked 'harshest critic,' McCain camp says

Rick Davis slammed the Biden pick in an email to supporters.

Rick Davis slammed the Biden pick in an email to supporters.

(CNN) - Barack Obama has added his "harshest critic" to the Democratic presidential ticket, McCain campaign manager Rick Davis said in a fundraising e-mail to supporters Saturday morning.

The e-mail was sent hours after the McCain campaign released a television ad highlighting an August 2007 Democratic primary debate during which newly-named Obama VP Joe Biden said the Illinois senator was not ready to be "commander-in-chief."

"Senator Obama's choice in a running-mate once again brings up his questionable judgment when faced with making major decisions," Davis wrote.

"Senator Biden has long been a leading critic of Senator Obama's lack of foreign policy experience. He's criticized Senator Obama for his lack of leadership and judgment on Iraq, Afghanistan and his commitment to meet unconditionally with the leaders of rogue states," he also wrote.

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  1. Roger from CA

    Ok, explain to me the logic of this attack....

    Biden is Obama's harshest critic...

    But Biden is joining the ticket....

    So..... what is supposed to be the conclusion? That Biden was disingenuous then or mighty forgetful now? Kinda tortured, don't you think?

    When Biden was running for the nomination, he, obviously, was trying to emphasize his relatively stronger qualifications. But he understands that what little difference there is between him and Obama is DWARFED by the difference between Obama and McCain.

    August 23, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  2. Nicole

    I hope McCain know that this ad isn't going to work in his favor. I am a black woman and even I wasn't a fan of Obama at the beginning because I thought maybe he was too young and green. But the way he has ran his entire campaign and has dealt with the many challenges faced during the primary has made me see him a different light and I believe 100% that he is ready to be president on day one! You know why? Because he has the common sense and judgement needed to make the right decisons to move this country forward.

    Obama/Biden 08'

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

    Is not that good? I mean he is comfortable with his harshest critic also. Is not that what world leaders do? Can Mccain do that?

    I ask everybody- what is wrong if you are able to work with your harshest critic also. Seriously- if this is the point that McCain is going to make- then I see Obama as another President.

    August 23, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    It was not smart to go after Obama on this point. McCain's people walked right into the trap the Obama camp set up. If McCain is even seriously thinking of choosing Mitt Romney to run as his VP, the dems will have a ton of ammunition to fire back at the McCain camp.

    Who, out of all the people McCain has vetted, was one of McCain's most outspoken , harsh critics? Romney!

    McCain's campaign was quick to condemn Obama for choosing Biden but they should be prepared for some pretty swift backlash if he goes with Romney.

    August 23, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  5. Brian

    McCain wants to RAISE TAXES to publicly finance shipping of that old American now Belgian Beer Budweiser!

    August 23, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  6. Don

    Gee, I wonder if McSame didn"t say anything evil or bad or wrong about any of the people he was running against. All's fair in love and war and a campaign is war. Seems I recall a few slurrs about good old Mitt during the race. Or has age and time once again clouded the mind?

    August 23, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  7. RJ, CA

    Well, well! So THIS is the CHANGE you've been waiting for, folks! Obama has now — with one fell swoop — thrown his ENTIRE philosophy "under the bus!" Nice going in order to have an "attack dog" do the dirty work for Obama. Doesn't surprise me a bit. Always knew Obama was nothing but empty rhetoric.

    August 23, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  8. Ben

    First of all a candidate's harshest critic is always going to be the candidate standing right next to him or her. Second of all Obama said it himself he wants to surround himself with those who will challenge his ways to get all points of view. This was an excellent choice for a running mate it offered balance to the ticket. So what if he has way more experience he still represents a different washington. I hope the forsaken supporters of John McCain see the fact that their candidate will offer a polar opposite foreign policy that will lead us further down the wrong path to being left behind in globalization and that will also bankrupt us.


    August 23, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  9. curtis in WI

    Yes, Obama's picking Biden, who has been critical of him in the past, does show alot about his judgment. It shows he wants someone who will be more than a 'yes-man' and will not be afraid to tell him the truth.

    It shows superb judgment.

    Look at what 8 years of yes-men have gotten us?

    August 23, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  10. Jason, Los Angeles

    Good to see that McCain will choose a yes-man...or worse, a puppet-master like Cheney. Biden is a good choice, and, like the adults they are, I'm sure he and Obama will be able to work together. Working together, of course, is a foreign concept to Republicans, who prefer bullying, so let's see if McCain has the fortitude to choose a running mate worth standing beside.

    Obama hasn't abandoned his message, either. Guess what? On the ticket, Obama is the boss, so he will call the policy shots and Biden will help that message.

    August 23, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  11. Susan

    That is why I am dying for McCain to pick mittens. Remember McCain, mud slings both ways!

    August 23, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  12. Denise

    Biden is not a Yes-man....and that's what we need. Sen Biden was a smart choice....he is definitely someone will be honest with President Obama and not afraid to tell him the TRUTH! Frankly that McLame has jumped ALL Over This shows how insecure they are. And they should be.


    August 23, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |