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How Joe Biden Should Respond to McCain's Attack Ad

09/23/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

So the McCain campaign is running a cute new ad featuring some snippets of Joe Biden questioning Barack Obama's experience and praising John McCain. Trouble? Maybe if you are the guy who has trouble remembering how many houses you own. Joe Biden is quick on his feet, but here's my advice on how to handle it -- and it will be asked on the all Sunday bobblehead shows this weekend.

Gosh, Joe Biden, you seemed to have kind words for John McCain and not think so highly of Barack Obama. Why, you said in 2005, that:

"John McCain is a personal friend, a great friend, and I would be honored to run with or against John McCain, because I think the country would be better off" -- The Daily Show, August 2, 2005

via Marc Ambinder

And, in 2007, you questioned whether Barack Obama was ready to lead!

Here's what Biden should say:

It's amazing what we've witnessed in the past few years. It's remarkable how John McCain, who I knew in the past to be a principled independent, has compromised so much in service to his ambition to become president. He's endorsed every one of George W. Bush's failed policies. But worse he's even hired the same people who made those horrible attack commercials against him in 2000 to lie to the American people about Barack Obama.

Frankly, it would be downright depressing to me as an American to see a fine public servant like John McCain become a typical Republican hack if we had not simultaneously witnessed Barack Obama's emergence as a great leader for our country. Those old comments of mine only serve to illustrate how John McCain is just a shadow of his former self and how Barack Obama has revealed himself to have the promise of being a truly exceptional President. I am just happy to have the opportunity to help Barack Obama serve America.