August 24th, 2008
01:40 PM ET
14 years ago

McCain: Biden a 'wise selection' for Obama, and 'a good friend'

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="John McCain praised Barack Obama's VP pick, saying he considers Joe Biden a 'good friend.' "]

(CNN) - John McCain’s campaign may have used Joe Biden in a negative spot just hours after Barack Obama named the Delaware senator his running mate, but the presumptive Republican nominee had nothing but good things to say in a new interview.

"I think he's a good selection," McCain told CBS’s Katie Couric. "Joe and I have been friends for many, many years, and we know each other very well, and so I think [Obama’s] made a very wise selection.

“I know that Joe will campaign well for Senator Obama, and so I think he's going to be very formidable. Obviously, Joe and I have been on different philosophical sides, but we have been - I consider him a good friend and a good man."

Biden and McCain – who have both built solid Senate reputations on foreign policy and national security issues – have long maintained a cordial relationship, even as they tussled over policy.

Back in 2005, Biden told the Daily Show’s Jon Stewart that McCain was "a personal friend, a great friend. I would be honored to run with or against John McCain because I think the country would be better off."

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  1. Pelosi rules

    Obamasupporter- "And what is this Keating Five business? How come CNN isn't reporting on it?"

    Wow. You are just hearing about Keating Five NOW.
    CNN isn't reporting on it because it happened 19 years ago.
    Now, do some research yourself.
    No wonder you support Obama.

    August 24, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
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