ABC’s Sara Just reports: Joe Biden has been Barack Obama’s running mate for just a few hours but John McCain’s campaign has already released its first negative ad.
The ad was released just after the Obama campaign revealed that the Delaware Senator would be the vice presidential pick in a 3 a.m. text message to suporters. It begins with this question:
"What does Barack Obama’s running mate say about Barack Obama?"
The ad then has two quotes from Biden, one in which he challenges Barack Obama and another in which he praises John McCain.
The first quote comes from a primary season Democratic debate in which both Biden and Obama were seeking the Democratic nomination. ABC’s George Stephanopoulos asked Biden about a previous statement questioning Obama’s readiness to lead.
While Biden and Obama stood on the same debate stage, Stephanpoulos asked: "You said, ‘I think he can be ready, but right now, I don’t of that think he is. The presidency is not something that lends itself to on the job training.’"
Biden responded at the time, "I think I stand by that statement."
And the ad closes with a remark Biden once made about the now Republican nominee and his longtime Senate colleague: "I would be honored to run with or against John McCain because I think the country would be better for it."