Not only that, but he says the ad wouldn’t have run if he had anything to say about it – and implied that Obama didn’t know about it either, in spite of the “I’m Barack Obama and I approved this message” tag included in the ad (via Jon Martin):
Here’s the transcript:
Couric asked: “Are you disappointed with the tone of the campaign? The ‘lipstick on the pig’ stuff, and some of the ads – you guys haven’t been completely guilt-free making fun of John McCain’s inability to use a computer.”
“I thought that was terrible by the way,” Biden said.
“Why did you do it then?” Couric asked.
“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 that was â€¦”
Did Obama approve that ad?
“The answer is I don’t think there was anything intentional about that,” [Biden] said. “They were trying to make another point. That’s very different than deliberately taking a vote Barack Obama had to teach children about how to deal with child-predators and saying he was teaching them sex education in kindergarten. Very different in degree.”
Except, as we all know by now, the McCain ad regarding Barack Obama’s support for comprehensive sex ed for kindergartners was true.
I remember last week how the media jumped all over John McCain’s comments where he sort of refuted his own campaign’s “lipstick on a pig” ad. Will we see them do similarly with Biden regarding his comments on the Obama campaign’s email ad? I won’t hold my breath.