August 23rd, 2008
04:50 PM ET
15 years ago

McCain camp seizes on Obama slip-up

[cnn-photo-caption image= [cnn-photo-caption image= caption="The McCain campaign is seizing on Obama's slip-of-the-tongue."](CNN) - Barack Obama accidentally introduced his running mate Joe Biden as the next president of the United States Saturday, a slip-of-the-tongue the McCain campaign is calling "Freudian."

“Barack Obama sounded as though he turned over the top spot on the ticket today to his new mentor, when he introduced Joe Biden as the next president," McCain campaign spokesman Ben Porritt said. "The reality is that nothing has changed since Joe Biden first made his assessment that Barack Obama is not ready to lead. He wasn’t ready then and he isn’t ready now.”

Another McCain aide told CNN Obama "slipped with the truth that his own experience is too underwhelming to be president."

The slip-up came earlier Saturday as the Illinois senator introduced Joe Biden for the first time as his vice presidential candidate, saying "The next president," before quickly correcting.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (77 Responses)
  1. Nathan Hale

    Perhaps you ought to re-write my comment so that it suits your political philosophy. There are plenty of more vitriolic, nasty comments that are anti-McCain and anti-Republican but you don't seem to mind those. Don't pretend to be an open forum when you don't take contrary opinions that are factually correct. Your censorship is no better than the Nazis was in Hitler Germany, print only what pleases the Reich.

    August 23, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  2. Mika, OK

    McCain and the Republicans are losing their touch. Today Nancy Pfotenhauer, a McCain Campaign Spokeswoman, answered a question about McCain's V.P. pick by saying "My office is under a "cone of silence'... " . She was there to talk-up the gaffe mentioned and gaffed herself. I'm sure no one in the McCain camp wanted her to remind anyone of that mistake he made.

    August 23, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
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