August 23rd, 2008
01:30 PM ET
13 years ago

McCain calls Biden

[cnn-photo-caption image= [cnn-photo-caption image= caption="McCain has congratulated Biden."](CNN) - John McCain has called Joe Biden to congratulate him on being named Barack Obama's running mate, two GOP sources tell CNN's John King.

It was a "short conversation" and "very pleasant," a McCain aide in Arizona said.

"It was a brief phone call, they've known each other for many years, they are good friends," McCain campaign spokesman Tucker Bounds also said.

McCain communications director Jill Hazelbaker declined to give further details.

"It was a private, personal phone call," she said. "Senator McCain welcomed him into the race."

Filed under: John McCain
soundoff (142 Responses)
  1. Chris

    Friends for years? Will nothing in this world change for humanity. It's always obvious all the parties are one with the same agenda.

    August 23, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  2. Ryan

    McCain is a nice guy

    August 23, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  3. James

    I'm surprised McOld even remembered who Biden was.

    August 23, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  4. prairieguy

    Now that he has made the phone call he will dump on him tomorrow...hell he did it within hours of the announcement.

    McCain is a rich, pathetic ole mamy houses do you have today!!!!!

    August 23, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  5. aware

    Obama is still a loser and according to Biden, not ready to be president." 🙁

    John McCain 08 and Hillary Clinton 2012! 🙂

    August 23, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  6. Gyro

    John McCain is a first rate American...and belives in doing the right thing. Calling Biden and congratulating him was the respectable thing to do.

    August 23, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  7. matt

    biden is such a clean, well -spoken choice!!

    August 23, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  8. len

    Am I the only one to connect the 3:a.m. wake up call comments from Hillary with the timing of the Biden announcement ???

    August 23, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  9. Brian

    What a dignified gesture, too bad he immediately undercut it by releasing an Obama/Biden smear the same day, maybe right after he hung up the phone.

    Remember when McCain promised to be civil? Apparently McCain doesn't.

    August 23, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  10. ANGIE

    Yeah today he calls him next week he will be making up LIES AND SMEARS ABOUT BIDEN like he does obama mccain is sneaky and untrustworthy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! go obama/biden08 LOVE THAT TICKET!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 23, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  11. Vijay Naik, Kahului, Hawaii

    I am very supportive of the nomination of Joe Biden as the Vice President by Barak Obama. Biden brings to the ticket a great deak if stregth precisely in the areas where Obama may be thought to be light in experience. Biden has experience in foreigh policy, the ways of Washington, integrity and political and intellectual strength. He is a great speaker as well.

    I am sure Sen. Obama will surround himself with people of similar caliber, after he gets elected.

    Go get the white house and a majority in both houses of congress for the democrats Guys!

    August 23, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  12. Scott

    Obama / Biden – Now this is the real "Dream Team"!

    August 23, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  13. heartlyss1

    ginchinchili I know what you mean –
    Heck I dont even know if you will be able to eread this because i probably get 20% of my comments posted – i dont know if its because i am not as caustic as some ot maybe not caustic enough.

    August 23, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  14. IZ

    McCain is controversial in saying congratulations and here is my negative campaign add.

    August 23, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  15. J.Abrams

    Why is it that CNN only displays posts that closely match its own agenda?

    Biased reporting and the censoring of divergent viewpoints only undermine CNN's credibility.

    August 23, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  16. art

    Don't worry Obama supporters, McCain will call Biden again to console him after November's election loss.

    August 23, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  17. Gail AL.

    The republicians will laugh all the way to the whitehouse, Obama, what a blunder. between big mouth Michelle, and Bidens big mouth, he'll never get a word in.

    August 23, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
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