In addition to contradicting Obama's platform on clean coal and backtracking on the computer ad, Biden was publicly
rebuked by Obama over his initial comments on AIG (in which Biden hastily opposed the AIG bail-out while Obama's statement carefully danced around a commitment on the issue). The Obama campaign later hit McCain for flip-flopping on the same subject. This from an interview with Matt Lauer this morning:
Lauer was talking about how Obama hit Sen. McCain for flip-flopping on the AIG bailout -- saying he opposed it one day then announce he supported it the next day.
But, as Lauer pointed out, scarcely three minutes after McCain said he opposed the AIG bailout last week, "in an interview with Meredith Vieira, Joe Biden, your running mate was asked the exact same question, 'should the federal government bailout AIG?' And he said, 'No, the federal government should not bailout AIG.'" (As we noted at the time.) "And I think that in that situation," Obama said, "I think Joe should have waited as well."
"But it's the kind of thing that drives people crazy about politics," Lauer said. "It sounds like you were trying to score some political points against John McCain using his words, when your own running mate had used very similar words."
Hey, everyone said the VP candidate was going to need weeks of briefings and monitoring just to get up to speed on basic policy positions and campaign messages. They were just wrong about which veep it would be.
Update: And, the hits keep on comin'...