POLITICS
11/02/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

McCain Hits Biden Gaffes In Debate Day Ad

The McCain campaign is out with a video press release Thursday designed to make Sen. Joe Biden seem unsteady and gaffe-prone in anticipation of tonight's vice presidential debate.

Titled "Embarrass," the spot is a veritable greatest hits list of Biden verbal blunders. But considering the seriously wobbly roll out of Gov. Sarah Palin and the McCain campaign's recent denunciations of "gotcha" journalism, putting out a web ad like this requires a certain amount of political chutzpah. Not to mention, a campaign usually tries to raise the expectations of its opponent prior to the debate, not deflate them. Should Biden get through the debate without gaffing, would it now be considered a success for him?

Here is the full script:

ANNCR: What might Joe Biden say at tonight's debate? Anything's possible.

JOE BIDEN: I think I probably have a much higher I.Q. than you do. ... What am I talking about?

ANNCR: We know he has impeccable tact.

JOE BIDEN: You cannot go to a 7-Eleven or a Dunkin' Donuts, unless you have a slight Indian accent. I'm not joking. ... What am I talking about?

ANNCR: Maybe he'll send Hillary in his place?

JOE BIDEN: Hillary Clinton is as qualified or more qualified than I am. Might have been a better pick than me. ... What am I talking about?

ANNCR: And what might he say about his vote to raise taxes on those making just $42,000 a year?

JOE BIDEN: It's time to be patriotic Kate, time to jump in, time to be part of the deal.

ANNCR: We know he'd never embarrass himself.

JOE BIDEN: Stand up Chuck. Let them see you! Oh, God love you, what am I talking about?

ANNCR: Ready to gaffe? Yes. Ready to lead? No.