September 23rd, 2008
10:00 AM ET
6 years ago

Biden dials back 'terrible' comment

Biden called one of his campaign's own ads terrible.
Biden called one of his campaign's own ads terrible.

(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.


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Joe Biden • John McCain
soundoff (296 Responses)
  1. Helter Skelter

    Stick to the issues B-rock. Stop mud-slinging.

    September 23, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  2. Jason

    Hey Annie, did you know that Biden has released no medical records at all! He has been gravely ill in the past and nearly died. As for McCain – he has released his records!

    September 23, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  3. Seth

    So? It's good to have some disagreements with Presidents and Vice Presidents; it will create more chance for compromise.

    September 23, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  4. Laura, Boston

    Bill S: September 23rd, 2008 9:42 am ET

    "Sleazy gutter politics of Chicago"? – Congratulations McCain camp – I know you've given up on winning Illinois, but a lot of people with connections to Chicago live elsewhere. Our city runs like a top, and I can't recall the last time I saw a campaign here that contained half as many insults and insinuations as the one you're running nationally.
    _____________________________
    556,686 crimes since June 15, 2007-I don't think 1/2 a million crimes is really "running like a top". Chicago has more homicides than NYC or LA mostly due to gang violence. I guess Chicago needs BETTER COMMUNITY ORGANIZERS.

    Laura, Boston

    September 23, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  5. Lee

    Dean is a disgusting human being.

    September 23, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  6. ashlme

    Hello, the reason John Mccain is not good with a computer is because it is hard for him to raise his arms to use the keyboard because of his POW injuries, that is why the Obama campaign is getting slack that ad is insensitive!

    September 23, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  7. Palin has more experience than Obama

    FactCheck September 23rd, 2008 9:28 am ET

    So here you have the glaring difference between the two tickets.. one actually has a conscience while McCain has stooped to becoming (in the words of conservative commentator George Will) "un-Presidential".

    DDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD

    Did you see that Biden took his statement back???? And George Will = mouth piece.

    September 23, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  8. We Demand Our Country Back!

    To Dean who said:
    "Anyone who expected Obama to take the high road is delusional.
    He's black…he's from Chicago…need I say more?"

    Keep your disgusting comments to yourself! You are a disgrace to this country. What does race have to do with anything in this article? You sicken me.

    September 23, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  9. Sylvia B

    I don't know about Biden. First he said that Obama should have picked Hillary and now that Obama should have not said McLiar does not know how to use a computer even though, McLiar said it himself. Whose side is Biden on?

    September 23, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  10. BHO: Ignorance is Bliss

    The Clinton/Obama war has begun... a couple days ago Bill all but endorsed John Mccain on the view.... if obama loses all the moveon politicians will be gone within a few years and the moderate democrats will come back to town... Goodbye Pelosi/Dean ... you should open a farmers market... or just drive the price of oil in the futures market...

    September 23, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  11. Gregory

    Gee, you mean the Obama campaign is nothing new and lead by the nose by its handlers like any other? He is new/change(e) though as he seems to playing a little less dirty than the usual Chicago politics. Should continue to be interesting, seeing that he's actually running against someone this time (excepting the ludicrous) quest for the nomination.

    September 23, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  12. McCain lost another one

    Still for Hill...love you have little room to talk about Ayers, Rezco or Fanny Mae....when John McCain has 169 LOBBYIST running his campaign, a ton of recycled Bush people running his campaign, shady connections with Mafia, affairs like the one with Vikki Isman, the lowell Paxson "favor", Keating 5-where McCain was forced to pay Keating over $13,000.00 for using his private jet and tropical vacation homes...i think Hill you should be more worried about Cindy Lou's $300,000.00 investment with the convicted Keating who stole the lives of thousands....after 26 years, all McCain has are attacks? what has McCain done in those years other than Keating 5?

    September 23, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  13. Blacks against Obama

    McCain/Palin '08
    McCain/Palin '08
    McCain/Palin '08
    McCain/Palin '08
    McCain/Palin '08

    September 23, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  14. Karl

    McCain is not stuck in the 60's. McCain is limited in his ability to use a keyboard, because of injuries he sustained as a POW. It is painful for him to type... Plus in 2000, the New York Times wrote an article about how McCain was the most technilogical savy member of the Senate, and ahead of his time especially in internet fund raising.

    This Ad was a lie, and made fun of McCains war injuries. That is truly shameful.

    September 23, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  15. fixthebroken

    You notice how honesty and genuine disagreement work with the Obama team. And how dare the McCain campaign jump on it and call it gutter politics when that is all the McCain campaign has been doing this whole election.

    McCain campaign = dishonorable hypocrites!

    September 23, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  16. JJ

    Dean in Florida September 23rd, 2008 9:49 am ET

    Anyone who expected Obama to take the high road is delusional.

    He's black…he's from Chicago…need I say more?

    Dean in Florida: This is the most ignorant and racist comment! You really should be ashamed of yourself!

    September 23, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  17. lisa

    It's funny how this administration can hunt down and try to destroy a young American man out of billions of people- for hacking into Palins E-mail.

    But they can't find the cave to hunt down Osama!

    This Republican Administration is out of touch and against the average American citizen; they don't care about ordinary people.

    September 23, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  18. Doug reever

    Obama's first poor choice was picking biden as VP. He lost my vote. NO CHANGE – Same old Washington.

    September 23, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  19. lindsey

    this biden idiot is the guy who is supposed to bring wisdom and experience to the democratic ticket? the inexperienced obama is supposed to rely on this guy for advice about dealing with foreign leaders and countries? all i can say is "wow".

    September 23, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  20. Ben-Lagos

    Biden is a monk.

    September 23, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  21. Javier Oberti - Fort Lauderdale, FL.

    LOL, so many angry comments here from the extreme left. Us moderates don't waste our time here...we will just vote in numbers like never before and destroy the Obama mirage.

    September 23, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
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