As Joe Biden spoke today for the first time as Barack Obama's running mate, he used the opportunity to attack John McCain, distancing himself from the Republican opponent he has called a friend.
After an introduction from Obama, Biden launched into a speech that, among other things, said McCain can't understand the struggles of middle-class Americans when he owns seven homes.
"Ladies and gentlemen, your kitchen table is like mine. You sit there at night before you put the kids -- after you put the kids to bed and you talk, you talk about what you need. You talk about how much you are worried about being able to pay the bills. Well, ladies and gentlemen, that's not a worry John McCain has to worry about. It's a pretty hard experience. He'll have to figure out which of the seven kitchen tables to sit at," Biden said, drawing cheers from the audience.
The Delaware Senator was referring to a recent flub by John McCain when he couldn't remember how many homes he owned.
Biden and McCain have had a long relationship as the foreign policy gurus of their parties, but opposing opinions about the future of America's involvement in Iraq and now the high-stakes battle for the White House have made enemies of once declared friends, The Washington Postreported.
Only hours after it became clear Biden was Obama's VP pick, the McCain campaign released an attack ad on Biden that played quotes of him challenging Obama and praising McCain, ABC Newsreported.
The ad included a response from Biden when asked if Obama was ready to lead the country.
"You said, 'I think he can be ready, but right now, I don't of that think he is. The presidency is not something that lends itself to on the job training,'" Biden said.
In 2005, Biden spoke highly of McCain on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart:
"John McCain is a personal friend, a great friend. I would be honored to run with or against John McCain because I think the country
would be better off."