Joe Biden is gaffe prone. Joe Biden has a history of saying things that cause the listener to have a “what the hell moment” like when he told a wheelchair bound senator to stand up. Basically, Joe Biden is known to have far less control of his mouth than Barack Obama’s handlers would like. Today Joe Biden nullified an ad that was actually successful and made his campaign look just a little bit ridiculous when he said he disagreed with the ad attacking John McCain’s computer literacy.

Barack Obama, John McCain’s Democratic rival, launched the ad earlier this month, part of an aggressive push to slow John McCain’s rise in the polls after he chose Alaska Governor Sarah Palin to be his running mate. It included unflattering footage of Senator John 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early ’80s, wearing giant glasses and an out-of-style suit, interspersed with shots of a disco ball, a clunky phone, an outdated computer and a Rubik’s Cube.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,” Barack Obama’s running mate, Senator Joe Biden, said he disapproved of it.

“I thought that was terrible, by the way,” Joe 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.”

The “I thought it was terrible” line should have just been kept to himself.


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