In light of several negative ads put out by both campaigns, CBS’s Katie Couric asked Biden if he is disappointed with the tone of campaign, noting the Obama ad that derides McCain for admitting he doesn’t know how to use a computer.
"I thought that was terrible, by the way," Biden replied.
"Why'd you do it then?” responded Couric.
"I didn't know we did it,” Biden answered, “and if I'd had anything to do with it, we would have never done it.”
At the end of the ad a picture of Biden with Obama is displayed as Obama says “…and I approve this message.” Couric pointed out that – as with every campaign ad – Obama did approve it.
“I don't think anything was intentional about that,” said Biden. “They were trying to make another point.”
Well, it was, but even so, you're not supposed to say that.
Three hours after the interview aired, the Delaware senator tried to walk back the comments in a statement saying he had never seen the ad, that he was merely reacting to reports in the press and he knew there was nothing intentionally personal in it.
Oh, wel that's better, then.