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Biden praises McCain and slams Obama? New McCain ad released

By Jimmy Orr / August 23, 2008

Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) (L) and Sen. Joseph Biden (D-Conn.) after being brought on stage for an AFL-CIO presidential forum at Soldier Field in Chicago on August 7, 2007.

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The McCain team sent out a welcome wagon howdy-ho early this morning greeting Barack Obama with a new commercial featuring his newly-christened running mate, Senator Joseph Biden.

Much like you would expect a campaign ad to be, it was lopsided.  It features Biden speaking warmly of one of the presidential hopefuls and harshly about the other one.

But there's one problem.  Biden's accolades are for John McCain. His criticism - for Barack Obama.

This is the issue in an age where nearly everything is caught on tape.

The clip from Biden on Obama came a little over a year ago comes from ABC's "This Week" - back when Biden was still running for President.

It features moderator George Stephanopolous saying to Sen. Biden:

You were asked if he [Obama]  was ready.  You said,  "I think he can be ready but right now I don't believe he is.  The presidency is not something that lends itself to on-the-job training."

Cut to Biden who says:

I think that I stand by that statement.

The headless announcer steps in to ask, "And what does he [Biden] say of John McCain?"

Cut to a clip from Jon Stewart's "The Daily Show" back in 2005 where Biden said:

I would be honored to run with or against John McCain because I think the country would be better off.

The full video is below.

Can we expect more of these?  Well, the McCain team has a virtual treasure trove of Biden quotes that they'll be able to use in the future against Obama and for McCain.

It's just heating up...

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