September 27th, 2008
03:50 PM ET
6 years ago

McCain ad pins Biden against Obama

CNN

Watch: The McCain campaign released a new ad highlighting Sens. Biden and Obama's difference on troop funding.

(CNN)—In perhaps a sign of what can be expected from next week's vice presidential debate, the McCain campaign released a new ad Saturday highlighting Barack Obama and Joe Biden's differing opinions on funding for troops.

"In the midst of war, Senator Obama voted to cut off funding for our troops," the announcer says. "What did Biden say?"

Watch: The latest McCain ad highlights a difference between Obama and Biden

"They said they voted against the money to make a political point," the 30-second spot shows Joe Biden saying in 2007.

Biden, who is chairman of the Senate's Foreign Relations committee, voted in favor of the troop funding bill last May.

The ad, "Promise," concludes with a familiar line of attack from Friday night's debate in Mississippi, that Obama lacks the experience to be the next commander in chief.

"Barack Obama. Playing politics. Risking lives. Not ready to lead," the announcer says.

The Obama campaign was quick to respond, criticizing McCain for past votes of his own.

"Despite what his increasingly desperate and dishonorable campaign says, John McCain opposed funding for our troops that would have brought them home, while Barack Obama voted against a blank check for George Bush," Obama spokesman Hari Sevugan said in a statement. "So if John McCain wants to talk about funding, he should explain why he voted against life-saving equipment for our troops in battle, voted repeatedly against funding for veterans' health care, and wants to keep spending $10 billion a month in Iraq while the Iraqis have a surplus and our economy is in crisis.”

According to the McCain camapaign, the ad will air nationally.


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Joe Biden • John McCain
soundoff (125 Responses)
  1. eric

    CNN ARE YOU LISTENING???

    This comment does not pertain to this subject but I need to get your attention.

    Your meter on the screen during the debate was a) distracting and b) one of the most absurd ways to try and get feedback. I am sure that MANY people switched channels as did I and a friend of mine. Check your ratings. This idea needs to be deep sixed before the next debate.

    September 27, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  2. Veteran for change

    I thought that was very telling. The fact that McCain couldn't even look Obama in the eye shows how much of a coward he really is. He is not fit to be commander in chief.

    September 27, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  3. mitch

    mccain clearly lost the debate and the support of all americans this last week.

    September 27, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  4. MSR65

    Early in the election process Obama stated he did not want to surround himself with a bunch of "yes" men. He wanted people to stand up against him if they thought he was wrong. When he selected Biden I applauded him for doing so. They differ and that's what is needed to keep a person balanced.

    September 27, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  5. Jake145

    McCain needs prayer.

    September 27, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  6. Henry

    what Rove Mccain/bush does best. Make conflict of one another!!

    September 27, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  7. SHOP FOR AMERICAN MADE PRODUCTS

    John McCain was wrong about Iraq

    John McCain was wrong about Afghanistan

    John McCain is wrong about NOT WILLING TO FOLLOW AND KILL Bin Laden in Pakistan

    John McCain was certainly wrong about the selection of his unqualified running mate.

    BARACK OBAMA CLEARLY WON LAST NIGHTS DEBATE. JOHN MCCAIN LOOKED TO THE PAST AND BARACK OBAMA HAS A VISION TO THE FUTURE FOR THIS COUNTRY.

    SHOP FOR AMERICAN MADE PRODUCTS AND HELP SAVE OUR ECONOMY.

    September 27, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  8. JBY

    I don't think it's a good idea for the GOP to use the Democratic VP nominee as proof the Democratic Presidential nominee is unfit.
    If they want to go down the road of using VPs against the top of the ticket, October 2nd might mark the beginning of the end...

    September 27, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  9. Annie

    And Charlotte, btw, do you know how Congress works? These senators aren't on the committees that are hammering out the bailout. So far there isn't a bill for them to work on, meaning nothing for them to do yet. If you can post here, you can look up info too. Information is power. Believing what you hear doesn't fare as well.

    September 27, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  10. PHonesty

    Aside from the issues under discussion....Will someone please tell McCain to whiten his teeth. They are way too yellow! Or are they dentures? Couldn't help but notice this unappealing look during the debate.

    September 27, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  11. Eric

    OMG, McCain just gets more DISGUSTING everyday. How SLEAZY can one person be? I can't imagine anyone voting for this blantant LIAR!!! What is wrong with America to actually believe anything this clown says?

    September 27, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  12. cecil

    Bomb Bomb Bomb Iran That"s All McCain Knows. First WAR, Kill Off Everyone First, Then Who's Every Left Talk To Them!

    September 27, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  13. K Clayton

    Press coverage of the campaign use words like battle, fight, KO. This campaign is not a knock down drag out fight, and it should be characterized by the press using these words. Both of our candidates are intelligent and dignified people. Our civilization is founded from honor and respect for all of is people; our candidates are not roman gladiators.

    Please do not attack their value beliefs, or their family. Let’s focus on their ability to recognize our country’s problems and bring forth a credible plan. Don’t make them into a bunch of school yard hoodlums.

    September 27, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  14. sandee in Portland

    I don't understand how McCain could support a war that wasn't necessary and then vote against spending money to provide the proper equipment for our guys to fight the war. Is he just about power and nothing else. Maybe he is an empty suit. And, as usual, he has taken the weekend off; he says to take care of the bailout issue. What the heck can he do about that? He's not on any of the committees nor does he really have any say in the matter. All grandstanding, trying to look important. Get out on the trail and get some votes. Show us that you have the stamina to campaign 7 days a week not just 5.

    September 27, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  15. kelly

    just give everyone 1 mill and we can all pay r bills but thay dont want no one els to b on top but them

    September 27, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  16. Adrienne

    After thought about the debate last night... McCain kept saying Obama did not understand... when Obama clearly did understand. And that stuck. Mccain could not understand that Obama understood. It Made McCain seem kind of lost and old.

    September 27, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  17. Joe

    It's too bad the Vietnamese didn't keep McCain. America would have been better off!

    September 27, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  18. Cheffy

    Obama did not vote against funding for our troops, he voted against a blank check ticket. This is just another example of McCain and his staff misguiding the American people with word-play. If you want to besmear someone, at least be honorable and use an undisputable fact on which to base a campaign add.

    September 27, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  19. melinda

    Obama was pathetic in the debate, every question like "what would you cut...." he would only start with what he WOULDN'T cut, a long litany of favorable things to make anyone look better, but he would not, could not enunciate anything he would cut from the budget – he just dances around without saying anything, he can't answer the hard questions. Even the moderator was disgusted with these tactics. He can't commit to anything or spell out anything in a straight forward matter. We still know nothing about his policies, since he can't answer a straight question. He looked pathetic trying to name-drop Kissinger and then Kissenger corrected him!

    Obama needs to explain why the taxpayers have to bailout Freddie mac – when he, Biden, Dodd, hill and bill were the top 5 receivers of contributions from Freddie. THEN THEY ALL VOTED TO BAIL THEM OUT!! Any conflict of interest there? Shouldn't they pay the taxpayers back instead of us having to pay for their elections?

    BTW: CNN will not post most of the comments that have anything negative against Obama – so this won't get posted either.

    September 27, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  20. Morris Graham

    Looks like McSame is not ready to accept the "real" change and that is, a new sherriff is in town... and oh, did I say he's black?

    September 27, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  21. Helen, NY

    CNN, why did you close the topic on Henry Kissinger. Barack told a lie to American people by referring to henry kissinger. Dr, Kissinger himself spoke out saying that barack Obama told a lie and John McCain was right. Now what happens. Barack wants to score points by telling lies to American people. This what it is. American people have to realise what is Barack Obama? A radical candidate who wants to briong down our country and it's standing. Vote John McCain

    September 27, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  22. Dawn

    CNN biased reporting once again!! You can't trust their reporting! NBC recognized it and ousted their biased comentators! CNN is headed down the same road!

    September 27, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  23. HAWK, TEXAS

    CHARLOTTE, YOU NEED TO STUDY YOUR HISTORY, GORE AND KERRY DID NOT LOOSE THE SUPREME COURT APPOINTED BUSH FOR THE FIRST TERM, GORE WON AFTER THE RECOUNT, BUT BUSH HAD ALLREADY BEEN SELECTED. KERRY DID NOT LOOSE, THE ELECTION WAS STOLEN BY BLACKWELL AND THE REPUBLICANS. JUST AS KARL ROVE AND THE REPUBLICAN PARTY ARE ALL READY TRYING TO STEAL THIS ONE.

    September 27, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  24. carlos

    Mcsame is a liar

    Go Obama/Biden

    September 27, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  25. Reality

    "They said they voted against the money to make a political point" – "Honest" Joe Biden

    Biden does get it. At least, until it became politically inconvenient to get it.

    Obama is nothing but a creation of political machines. First Chicago boss politics, now the DNC.

    Obama does what politicians (funded by large corporations) demand, not what Americans demand.

    The only "change" has been in Obama's policies. Remember the primaries? Back then it was politically convenient for Obama to say all troops would be pulled out of Iraq in 1 month if elected. HA. Not the case anymore. What a liar.

    September 27, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
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