(CNN) – Joe Biden said in an interview Monday that an ad put out by his campaign making fun of John McCain’s computer illiteracy was “terrible.”
In light of several negative ads put out by both campaigns, CBS’s Katie Couric asked Biden if he is disappointed with the tone of campaign, noting the Obama ad that derides McCain for admitting he doesn’t know how to use a computer.
"I thought that was terrible, by the way," Biden replied.
"Why'd you do it then?” responded Couric.
"I didn't know we did it,” Biden answered, “and if I'd had anything to do with it, we would have never done it.”
At the end of the ad a picture of Biden with Obama is displayed as Obama says “…and I approve this message.” Couric pointed out that – as with every campaign ad – Obama did approve it.
“I don't think anything was intentional about that,” said Biden. “They were trying to make another point.”
The McCain camp pounced on the remark, saying, “Barack Obama has brought the sleazy gutter politics of Chicago to our national stage, exposing his call for a ‘new politics’ as a lie and embarrassing even his own running mate with the low road campaign he's running.”
Three hours after the interview aired, the Delaware senator tried to walk back the comments in a statement saying he had never seen the ad, that he was merely reacting to reports in the press and he knew there was nothing intentionally personal in it.
“Having now reviewed the ad, it is even more clear to me that given the disgraceful tenor of Sen Mccain’s ads and their persistent falsehoods, his campaign is in no position to criticize,” said Biden.
Biden notes in every campaign speech that he and “John” have been friends for over three decades, but regularly says he is “disappointed” with McCain and his campaign for the negativity they have infused.