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Biden: Obama Ad Mocking McCain very ‘Terrible’

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Or maybe the Title should be: Bungling Biden will ruin Obama – Part 3 (See Part 1 and Part 2)

Barack Obama’s running mate is at it again and says a campaign ad that mocked Republican presidential candidate John McCain as an out-of-touch, out-of-date computer illiterate was “terrible” and would not have been done had he known about it.

Obama, McCain’s Democratic rival, launched the ad earlier this month, part of an aggressive push to slow McCain’s rise in the polls after he chose Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to be his running mate. It included unflattering footage of Sen. McCain at a hearing in the early ’80s, wearing giant glasses and an out-of-style suit, interspersed with shots of a disco ball, a clunky phone, an outdated computer and a Rubik’s Cube.
“He admits he still doesn’t know how to use a computer, can’t send an e-mail, still doesn’t understand the economy, and favors $200 billion in new tax cuts for corporations, but almost nothing for the middle class,” the ad says.
Asked about the negative tone of the campaign, and this ad in particular, during an interview broadcast Monday by the “CBS Evening News,” Obama’s running mate, Sen. Joe Biden, said he disapproved of it.
“I thought that was terrible, by the way,” Biden said.

Asked why it was done, he said: “I didn’t know we did it, and if I had anything to do with it, we’d have never done it.”

Bungling Biden will ruin Obama – Part 2

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Democratic vice-presidential nominee Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., spent the past two days trying to win over Ohio voters, but he may have undermined that work in one quick dis of the Ohio State Buckeyes football team  Friday morning.

Before boarding his flight from Wilmington, Del., to Washington, DC, the loquacious Blue Hen displayed some Fightin’ Blue Hen alumni bravado in an impromptu airport meeting with the University of Delaware football team.

“I was out in Ohio,” he said, clutching a football. “I told the folks in Ohio that we’d kick Ohio State’s ass!”

The Buckeyes might be coming off a 35-3 drubbing at the hands of top-ranked Southern Cal, but the Blue Hen ballers aren’t exactly world-beaters themselves. Delaware is ranked sixth in the Division I-AA coaches poll, but they lost earlier this month to Maryland.

Upon hearing that his school’s squad was departing in a plane just a football field’s length away from his own, Biden came over for a brief meet-and-greet with the blue-and-yellow-clad throng.

Biden, accompanied by his wife Jill — “she didn’t play football but she went to Delaware,” Biden assured the team — shook hands and posed for photos with the players.

“This’ll hurt your reputation,” he warned them as the cameras snapped away.

The Delaware lawmaker told the team he makes sure to watch their games as he travels the country in his “fancy bus.”

“Wish I was going with them,” Biden said of the squad as he jogged back towards his plane, tossing a football to his press wrangler and boarding the flight to DC.

— Matt Jaffe and Jake Tapper

Bungling Biden will ruin Obama

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Bungling Biden may ruin Obama, fear top Democrats as he tells disabled politician to ‘stand up’

Bungling Joe Biden could wreck Barak Obama’s chances of victory in November’s presidential election, senior Democrats feared last night.

Even the 65-year-old veteran senator conceded last week that Hillary Clinton was better qualified to be Mr Obama’s running mate.

It was just one of a series of gaffes that have seen Mr Biden become a liability while his Republican counterpart Sarah Palin has invigorated and transformed John McCain’s campaign fortunes.

Just a day after musing that Mrs Clinton ‘might have been a better pick than me’, Mr Biden left an audience cringing in Columbia, Missouri, when he urged a paraplegic state official to stand up and be recognised.

‘Chuck, stand up, let the people see you,’ he shouted to State Senator Chuck Graham before realising, to his horror, that the local politician uses a wheelchair.

‘Oh, God love ya,’ added Mr Biden. ‘What am I talking about?’

The vastly experienced Washington stalwart may have been speaking for a growing number of Democrats who are afraid Mr Obama, 47, compromised his message of change by selecting one of the party’s old guard.

They are also afraid it’s only a matter of time before he puts his foot in it again.

He didn’t help his own presidential ambitions last year when raised hackles among black Democrats by describing Mr Obama as bright and clean and articulate.

In his vice presidential acceptance speech, he botched John McCain’s name, misreading the teleprompter and calling him George.

He also referred to his party’s presidential nominee as ‘Barack America’ when he was being introduced as number two on the ticket.

Critics point to his absentmindedness by mistakenly telling rallies he’s campaigning as president, not vice president. He referred to Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as the state’s lieutenant governor.

The Irish Catholic is beloved in the party and, despite his protestations, is vastly qualified as chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee and having served six Senate terms.

‘He’s a great guy with a big heart and a tremendous grasp of the issues,’ said one senior Democrat aide. ‘He doesn’t take himself too seriously and that is why he is so genuine and sincere.

‘But he is known to make the occasional stupid mistake and that’s simply not a luxury he or Obama can afford right now with Palin having such a big impact.’

For now, the Obama camp has advisors and minders keeping a close eye on the Delaware senator.

But the aide added: ‘Right now, the Obama campaign can’t afford any more missteps.’

Presidential Candidate Gaffes

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We’ll try and be fair and balanced on this issue and show the most common and written about gaffes from each candidate out there from John McCain to Barack Obama.  We’ve compiled a few and found these to be the most interesting so far (these are great):

Barack Obama – Part I

Barack Obama – Part 2

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