Oh, That Joe! (No. 15 in a Series) — Biden Distances Himself From an Obama-Biden Ad

By Lee Speigel

Sep 22, 2008 8:14pm

In an interview that aired on CBS, Sen. Barack Obama’s running mate Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., distanced himself from an Obama-Biden TV ad.

Katie Couric asked Biden about the "tone of the campaign" adding that "you guys haven’t been completely guilt-free, making fun of John McCain’s inability to use a computer."

Embed link – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0SKjTqgjq8E

Couric was apparently referring to the fact that an Obama-Biden TV ad tried to make fun of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., for being so out of touch he doesn’t use a computer — though as ABC News reported,  the real reason McCain doesn’t use a computer is because of his war wounds. Small tasks make his shoulders ache, so he tries to avoid any repetitive exercise.

"I thought that was terrible by the way," Biden said of the ad.

"Why’d you do it then?" asked Couric.

"I didn’t know we did it and if I had anything to do with it, we would have never done it," Biden said, "and I don’t think Barack, you know, I just think…I don’t think there was anything intentional about that, they were trying to make another point."

- jpt

UPDATE: Biden issued a statement tonight, saying, “I was asked about an ad I’d never seen, reacting merely to press reports.  As I said right then, I knew there was nothing intentionally personal in the criticism of Sen. McCain’s views, which look backwards not forwards, and are out of touch with the new economic challenges we face today. 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."

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