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Biden Calls Email Ad Terrible, Then Regrets Hitting "Reply All"

Biden Calls Email Ad Terrible, Then Regrets Hitting "Reply All"

Did Joe Biden gaffe again? In a train-based interview with Katie Couric, she asked Biden about an ad being run by the Obama/Biden campaign mocking McCain's technological capabilities. Biden said of the ad, "I thought that was terrible by the way. I didn’t know we did it and if I had anything to do with it, we would have never done it”

The ad uses a disco ball and Rubik's cube to paint McCain as "out of touch" and says he "doesn't know how to use a computer," and "admits he can't send an email." What prompted Biden's discomfort with the ad? Perhaps this quote from a Forbes piece in 2000:

In certain ways, McCain was a natural Web candidate. Chairman of the Senate Telecommunications Subcommittee and regarded as the US Senate's savviest technologist, McCain is an inveterate devotee of email. His nightly ritual is to read his email together with his wife, Cindy. The injuries he incurred as a Vietnam POW make it painful for McCain to type. Instead, he dictates responses that his wife types on a laptop. "She's a whiz on the keyboard, and I'm so laborious," McCain admits.

It didn't take long for Biden to realize he'd just slammed an ad approved by the ticket he's on, and an ad he'd never actually seen. To see his clarification and his "terrible" conversation with Katie,


He retracted the statement and issued the following:

Having now reviewed the ad, it is even more clear to me that given the disgraceful tenor of Sen McCain’s ads and their persistent falsehoods, his campaign is in no position to criticize, especially when they continue to distort Barack’s votes on an issue as personal as keeping kids safe from sexual predators.

Is this a Biden gaffe? Was he hit by an attack of conscience, or is the argument that McCain can't email because of his injuries the part that's actually out of touch?

rabidmoon rabidmoon 9 years
"I love Biden. He keeps it real. For a second. Until the Obama machine gets to him and then he has to eat his words." When I read the sentence above all I could think was how easily that can be changed to: "I love McCain. He keeps it real. For a second. Until the GOP machine gets to him and he has to eat his words." :P
kastarte2 kastarte2 9 years
Haus, Coulter vs Limbaugh. How do we make it happen? I would pay to see it. Coulter for the win!
lickety-split lickety-split 9 years
lol, oh i knew his loose lips would make the campaign fun. but honestly, his being honest is refreshing. i think he's entilted to have independent thought and we all know the candidates have ZERO to do with campaign stragedy/hit pieces.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 9 years
Also, I'd like to see a post on Biden's latest gaffe. FDR on TV when Hoover was president. Please Citizen or liberty?? With sugar on top :wink: !
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 9 years
Half kudos to Biden. Half missing because he backpeddled. There is no golden boy anymore. They are both dirty campaigners now. It is gross. These last two from Obama are just silly. Why would the campaign team make these decisions after complaining about McCain ads? If you can't beat them, join them? That isn't a trait I want in my president.
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 9 years
Oops, my bad lilkimbo. It really is hard to tell jokes sometimes on this site!
Vespa Vespa 9 years
Both campaigns have been playing ridiculous things. I don't see where people are saying McCain's been so much worse.
hausfrau hausfrau 9 years
"the truth will set you free of a job" ohhh so true!
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
whatever they both are fighting fire with fire, mudslingin', next it will be "yo mamma" jokes. cmon election already I am tired of this.
MarinerMandy MarinerMandy 9 years
Isn't the election season over yet? I loved how he said the ad was terrible! Unfortunately, the truth will set you free of a job in politics.
Adrenalynn75 Adrenalynn75 9 years
I don't even think that ad aired anywhere except on the MSM. According to a politico, this ad about McCain being out of touch and the ads attacking Obama being sexist towards Palin were just for media consumption, but never used as ad buys in battleground states. Either way, Biden obviously regards McCain as a friend and is honestly genuine about it and I'm glad he was truthful on how he felt about the ad.
dreamsugar dreamsugar 9 years
I don't think anyone is going to be swayed by this Ad -- it's simply funny.
mydiadem mydiadem 9 years
Now that's a campaign ad I'd love to see (being a child of the 80s), the candidates having a little fun and incorporating a little humor. Just to take the edge off all of the negativity.
True-Song True-Song 9 years
em1282 em1282 9 years
Last time I checked, Coulter was still trying to take down that rascal He-Man and his trusty sidekick, BattleCat.
mydiadem mydiadem 9 years
Is Ann Coulter still on the war path over McCain getting the nomination?
Frank-y-Ava Frank-y-Ava 9 years
Torg you're True Song now??
lilkimbo lilkimbo 9 years
Thanks, guys! (And pop, I hope my answer to you didn't seem defensive. I certainly didn't mean it that way.)
hausfrau hausfrau 9 years
kas i would totally tune in for something like that! i'd love to see Ann Coulter and Rush Limbaugh beat the snot out of each other... thats what is referred to as a "win - win" :)
dreamsugar dreamsugar 9 years
That ad is hilarious!!
Frank-y-Ava Frank-y-Ava 9 years
I thought it was funny.
kastarte2 kastarte2 9 years
When conservatives attack tonight on Fox News! :meow: I thought your joke was funny, lilkimbo.
geebers geebers 9 years
Lilkimbo- it is just not your day for jokes is it! :p
lindserelli lindserelli 9 years
I think the ad is fair. As was mentioned earlier, McCain admitted that he doesn't use the computer much in an interview with Politico and Yahoo in January, when he was among a handful of candidates. I remember reading that quote. He was the ONLY candidate who said he answered like that, and the only one who didn't know what kind of PDA he has, or if he even has one. I think the more recent stories about him getting online now - - are an effort to make McCain seem more in touch with technology.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 9 years
I was just kidding, pop!
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