September 23rd, 2008
01:25 PM ET
6 years ago

Ad Biden called 'terrible' only ran six times

An Obama ad mocking McCain's computer skills barely ran.
An Obama ad mocking McCain's computer skills barely ran.

(CNN) - Joe Biden can rest easy.

That Obama campaign ad mocking John McCain's computer illiteracy only ran 6 times, according to CNN's ad consultant Evan Tracey of TNS Media Intelligence/CMAG.

The ad, which Biden called 'terrible' Monday in an off-the-cuff comment to CBS News, also appeared to only air in the Washington, DC area, though it was heavily reported in blogs and news reports.

The 30-second spot was released by the campaign 10 days ago and sought to portray McCain as out-of-touch with most Americans.

Watch: Obama ad paints McCain as out of touch

“1982. John McCain goes to Washington,” says the announcer. “Things have changed in the last 26 years. But McCain hasn’t. He admits he still doesn’t know how to use a computer, can’t send an e-mail. Still doesn’t understand the economy."


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Joe Biden
soundoff (191 Responses)
  1. Brittany, NY

    Joe-with this kind of BS, I suggest you do not show up for your debate with Sarah Barracuda. She's going to eat your lunch.

    If you are going to denounce an ad, do it before it comes out and make sure it doesn't come out. That's what real men do.

    Sarah Palin 12 & 16'

    September 23, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  2. I said Thanks, but No Thanks to another 4 years of g.o.p. corruption, arrogance and incompetence

    Yo Boston, How's that 401 K doing for ya?

    September 23, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  3. Rodger

    Just Joe being honest! If both campaigns would only stick to positive adds, the Republican will have nothing to say! You can't blame Obama for hitting back. Kerry failed to address their lies and the last 4 years have caused the tragedy we are now in.

    September 23, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  4. Only the truth matters

    I'm glad to see that Obama will not roll-over to GOP attacks like Kerry did with the swift boat incident. McCain must not be elected or we'll know that the idiots in our society have taken over. No way, no how, no McCain

    September 23, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  5. SMS

    CNN broadcasts nearly whole speeches by Obama. Ive been wondering if they might be biased if favor of him. Why shouldn't they essentially advertize this ad free of charge?

    September 23, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  6. Dishonorable Republicans

    Sorry guys ... we're not falling for this distraction ....

    Keep pounding McCain on the issues ... at what point will we need a military draft Senator, a war with Iran, a war with Russian, an invasion of Venuzela ... when..

    In the debate ... Senator Obama ... cut McCain quick .... deliver quick jabs ... no big looping hay-makers.

    Simple answers that low information voters can digest.

    September 23, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  7. please

    Bryan, How did you finally realize that Obama doesn't love this country? Good Job. McCain is definitely more American, left his wife for a younger, better looking one who has more money, served in the army (can never question anything he has ever done because he is a vet), completely changes his life-long stance on deregulation in 24 hours, keeps his VP pick from answering any questions, and lies non-stop. Bring on the loving, it's going to be a great 4 years with McCain because he loves this country. After all, "all we need is love."

    September 23, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    I cant believe how many idiots CNN can fit into one blog.

    September 23, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  9. Annette, Washington, DC

    Okay, CNN, you made your point. Biden expressed his thought, I do recall Obama saying that he chose a VP that would express himself and challenge him. A far more cry then the McCain camp, you better not go against McCain even if you are wrong, he will fire you and no worse then Ms. Carly Fiorna, saying McCain or Palin were qualifed to be CEOs, let's not forget that.

    September 23, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  10. CW in PSL

    There is no excuse for a man who wants to be president of the greatest country in the world can't use the simple devices of the modern world. If he can't use his hands then use his mouth....he sure isn't disabled in that form, cus he is out there using it to bad mouth Obama everday! I'm sorry, but I don't want no more handicapped president! Bush was mentally handicap and McCain is physically handicapped....I am for the ADA, but darn!

    September 23, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  11. Sian

    Dear John McCain,
    If you can't take the heat get out of the kitchen.

    Dear Joe Biden,
    Please muzzle your self, or at least think before you speak against your own party.

    Signed.
    A Democrat

    September 23, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  12. Darla (Edmonton, Canada)

    Also ... I just re-watched the ad again ... can someone tell me where there was a specific reference to the residual physical after effects of McCain's time as a POW? Even my Dad ... who survived serious injury in the Normandy invasion ... kept up with the times and could email. Until the day he died, my Dad wanted to live in the PRESENT ... clearly, John McCain wants to keep using his PAST as an excuse.

    September 23, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  13. Independent in NC

    Good for Biden, that ad was disgusting. Making fun of torture injuries is a new low. Anyone who can use a computer comfortably could go to FactCheck.org and see that has nothing to do with him being out of touch, but yet people keep trying to perpetuate that.

    September 23, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  14. Dj

    I should be played a 1.5 trillion times... one time for every dollar that McCain and his cronies cost the american taxpayers... (this bailout sits directly in McDeregulate's lap)

    September 23, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  15. Ed

    Some of the veterans who were with McCain in the Viet nam pow camp say he was not tortured at all. Check YouTube.

    September 23, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  16. Pat

    Has everyone forgot about the Keating 5? Or are you too young to remember?

    September 23, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
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