August 24th, 2008
01:40 PM ET
6 years ago

McCain: Biden a 'wise selection' for Obama, and 'a good friend'

John McCain praised Barack Obama's VP pick, saying he considers Joe Biden a 'good friend.'
John McCain praised Barack Obama's VP pick, saying he considers Joe Biden a 'good friend.'

(CNN) - John McCain’s campaign may have used Joe Biden in a negative spot just hours after Barack Obama named the Delaware senator his running mate, but the presumptive Republican nominee had nothing but good things to say in a new interview.

"I think he's a good selection," McCain told CBS’s Katie Couric. "Joe and I have been friends for many, many years, and we know each other very well, and so I think [Obama’s] made a very wise selection.

“I know that Joe will campaign well for Senator Obama, and so I think he's going to be very formidable. Obviously, Joe and I have been on different philosophical sides, but we have been - I consider him a good friend and a good man."

Biden and McCain – who have both built solid Senate reputations on foreign policy and national security issues – have long maintained a cordial relationship, even as they tussled over policy.

Back in 2005, Biden told the Daily Show’s Jon Stewart that McCain was "a personal friend, a great friend. I would be honored to run with or against John McCain because I think the country would be better off."


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  1. Oh YEA!!!!

    John McCain praised Barack Obama's VP pick, saying he considers Joe Biden a 'good friend.'** I believe You Senator McCain** Now Cutting LOW !!!

    August 24, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  2. No McWar

    This is just more McLies Low Road jabbering the guy that owns 13 + houses but can't count that far or d ecide which bed of the 13 to put his shoes under .

    August 24, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  3. MC LAME

    i really don't see how ANY republican VP pick could go toe to toe with Biden in a debate.

    August 24, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  4. Jabloo

    Have anybody ever seen McCain hold his wife's hands, notice that she always walks behind him.

    August 24, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  5. Joshua

    Very Important Question!!! SinceJohn McCain has supported George Bush 95% of the time...ca we conclude that there is a 95% chance that McCain will be just like Bush???

    I wonder!!!

    August 24, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  6. Jesse

    Well, there went my vote for Obama, NO HILLARY, NOBAMA, its official. Its Obama's election to lose. He is pathetic, after a woman has done so much, he picks a man, and highlights Biden for fighting for women and being a catholic. Seems like a pathetic wayy to try to take Hillarys voters away from the McCain camp! NOT ME, I am not that pathetic NOBAMA

    August 24, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  7. William, from Cali!

    Another snake, offering "bites from an apple"!.......................

    August 24, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  8. CONSERVative AMERICAn

    LINDA WRITES: I am a lifelong republican mom of 3 who is fired up and ready to go for Barack.

    Ummm... You apparently have no idea what political ideology is all about sweet sister. How can you be a republican all of your life and then decide to turn socialist. Any good republican knows that Bush had to clean up clinton's messes. Clinton claimed that his "economic success" was because of his own doing but when everyone should know that the Reagan and George H W. Bush years were a reason for an "apparent success".

    Let me recall: 25% budget cuts on military (40% Air Force)... Yep let's relect another Carter and Clinton... sounds good.

    How can you elect a socialist Linda, honestly how? I am curious. And what the hell does "YES WE CAN" and "CHANGE" really mean? Joe Biden is the epitomy of washington-insder. CHANGE? CHANGE?

    McCain/Romney 08

    August 24, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    McCain is attempting to get sympathy by saying there was a time he didn't have a kitchen table. What a lie? Maybe he was referring to his first wife and her children that he cheated on. McCain is an opportunist!

    August 24, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  10. Angry American

    jabloo; We are talking politics here not etiquette which you wouldn't know anyway.

    August 24, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  11. lovable liberal

    The McCain campaign said something complimentary about a Democrat without the back of their hand? That is news.

    August 24, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  12. maria, from los angeles

    i am so disapointed at obama, kathleen sebelius would have been a great compliment to his administration of change, howerver he chose to diter his message of change by chosing washington post boy joe biden, he might as well have chosen hillary. that team is going to be pretty hard to swallow, cause joe is going to make obama look like a whimp.
    +

    August 24, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  13. Aaron CHRISTNER

    Media driven campaign just like 2000 and 2004 you think we would learn our lesson. That is why my fellow Democrats, WE take this in our own hands. It is time for the 21st Century new deal. Look at this country Jobs oversea’ a, housing marketing fallen apart, 9 banks have closed this year alone History repeats ITSELF. Go to this convention and put the man in charge that can fix this. AL GORE PLEASE I ASK YOU TO PUT HIS NAME ON THE FLOOR!!!! Let’s broker this convention and start the 21st Century new deal with a President that can handle it that is Al Gore. So let’s make a stand AL GORE, JOE BIDEN TO RUN THIS COUNTRY!! Thanks Barrack for getting the party here, We will take for here, that is want needs to be said this week.AL GORE JOE BIDEN 2008!!!!

    August 24, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  14. Mike

    August 24th, 2008 5:04 pm ET

    Have anybody ever seen McCain hold his wife's hands, notice that she always walks behind him.

    To the above copied Post. Relax it is no big deal. McOld just forgets that Cindy is there.

    August 24, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  15. ObamaSupporter

    McCain could be saying nice things about Biden to try and make it difficult for Biden to serve as the attack dog and go after McCain.

    And what is this Keating Five business? How come CNN isn't reporting on it?

    Anyways, I am an Obama supporter and my gut feeling is that Biden is a good choice for Obama but not the best.

    Obama/Biden '08

    August 24, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  16. David

    It is nice to see the candidates complementing each other. I only hope that this is not some strategy to connect Biden to McCain, giving McCain yet another push in the Experience Department.

    August 24, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  17. David Snyder

    It is nice to see the candidates complementing each other. I only hope that this is not some strategy to connect Biden to McCain, giving McCain yet another push in the Experience Department.

    August 24, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  18. Obama Woman in Ga

    @ Linda

    Welcome to the Obamican Club!! :-)

    Glad 2 have you!!

    Now if only the Pumas will grow up and stop being ignorant!!

    You are Democrats right?

    August 24, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  19. Bob Indianapolis, IN

    Funny...thta's not what your attack ad says, McSame. You said Hillary would be a better choice. Which is it?

    August 24, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  20. Puzzled

    Denise, you see like a typical articulate and charming your Democrat. And, yes, CNN, "you guys are all great." This from the fatuous Linda.

    August 24, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  21. Andrea

    Jabloo :: Not only that, but doesn't Anyybody else think ~ Mrs. McCain is back on the pills after her "little hand/ wrist 'accident'"?

    I've got friends who are addicted to pain meds, and in the latest images of McCain's wife she looks as high as they do!

    August 24, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  22. Loyalty23

    Afghanistan Hearings

    The ad starts by saying Obama "never held a single Senate hearing on Afghanistan," which is literally true. Obama, who is chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee's subcommittee on European Affairs, hasn't held any Afghanistan hearings. The full Senate Foreign Relations Committee, however, has held three hearings on Afghanistan during the past two years, and Obama attended one of them.

    McCain's ad fails to mention that his own record is no better. Although he's the highest ranking Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, he missed all seven of the hearings that his panel held on Afghanistan during the same two years, according to ABCNews.com. (We looked through the transcripts of the hearings from Federal News Service to confirm ABC's report, and we found statements that showed McCain was not present at two of the hearings, statements from other senators speaking on McCain's behalf at two more hearings, and no mention of McCain whatsoever at the other three.)

    August 24, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  23. Rodham Democrat

    Thanks for stating the obvious Mac..... now Dems can counter your Biden ad that criticizes Obama with an ad that features your own words supporting Biden

    August 24, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  24. Puzzled

    Puffin, do you really understand the Keating Five Scandal. Permit me to enlighten you. Four of the five accused of improprieties were Democrats. Three Democrats were censured. Only McCain, whom Keating called a "wimp" behind his back, actively battled Keating and cut all ties with him. So for your party to lean on this shows exactly how intellectually deficient people like you are.

    August 24, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  25. Oil makes me sick

    Obama Woman in Ga August 24th, 2008 6:14 pm ET

    @ Linda

    Welcome to the Obamican Club!!
    Glad 2 have you!!
    Now if only the Pumas will grow up and stop being ignorant!!
    You are Democrats right?

    And people actually dare to think the Obama supporters bash the Clinton supporters?

    August 24, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
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