July 1st, 2008
10:05 AM ET
6 years ago

McCain campaign pulls ads from some anti-Obama web sites

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McCain ads appeared on several Web sites run by Hillary Clinton supporters.
McCain ads appeared on several Web sites run by Hillary Clinton supporters.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – John McCain's campaign will stop advertising on several pro-Hillary Clinton Web sites that have attacked Barack Obama for being unpatriotic and, in one case, compared the Democratic nominee-in-waiting to Adolf Hitler.

A spokesman for McCain said Monday the campaign was not aware their ads were running on the offending Web sites, and has taken steps to block those sites from their online advertising network.

"When we find stuff like this, we take care of it," said McCain spokesman Brian Rogers.

McCain has made it known he is reaching out to former Clinton supporters, and there are nearly two hundred well-trafficked blogs and online communities run by former Clinton supporters who refuse to support Obama. But the three sites on which McCain's ads appeared are particularly hostile to the Illinois senator.

One Web site, called Stop-Obama.org, is a group blog comprised of disaffected Clinton supporters, some of whom are now supporting McCain. Three different banners ads, one of which featured McCain standing side-by-side with Sen. Joseph Lieberman, were running on the site until Monday.

A recent post on the blog outlined the "simple parallels" between Obama and Hitler, and accused Obama's audiences of having the same cult mentality that characterized followers of the German dictator.

McCain's ads have also shown up on a pro-Clinton Web site named "Obama WTF" that accuses Obama of being "spineless," having "communist influences," "courting Jew haters" and being "in the pocket of America haters."

SavagePolitics.com, another anti-Obama site that has been targeted with McCain ads, has called Obama a "bold faced liar, a thief, a sexist and a racist."

The McCain campaign pulled the ads Monday evening after they were pointed out by CNN.

Rogers said the campaign often has no control over where their ads show up on the Web. That’s because the campaign uses a third party vendor - in this case, Google - to distribute their banner ads across a broad array of political Web sites by searching for certain key words.

When the campaign is made aware of ads appearing on offensive or irrelevant Web sites, Rogers said, they notify the ad distributor and have the sites added to a list of blocked URLs. He noted the McCain campaign has already blocked "tens of thousands" of such sites.

It's not the first time a campaign has been forced to remove ads from controversial Web sites.

Mitt Romney's campaign found itself in the politically awkward position of advertising on the Web site Gay.com in late 2007, prompting the Web site to pull the ad shortly after it was discovered.

Last September, Barack Obama's campaign removed a campaign advertisement that appeared on the Amazon.com page for the controversial book "The Israel Lobby," which asserts that a network of influential pro-Israel activists hold undue sway over U.S. foreign policy.


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soundoff (231 Responses)
  1. Shelly in IL

    Yeah right, "they weren't aware".

    July 1, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  2. james

    Thank you Mccain for speaking up. Obama is a patriotic American who left a lucrative job to work with Ordinary people who were suffering. Obama has never been bitter of his dad leaving him and has never made race an issue in this campaign. He was always gracious to Hillary and her campaign. Now that he has made it this far we would love to see him being our next president.
    Graciaous mccain!

    Obama all the way!

    July 1, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  3. Let's Keep IT REAL!

    A spokesman for McCain said Monday the campaign was not aware their ads were running on the offending Web sites, and has taken steps to block those sites from their online advertising network..........
    YEA BUT.....................McNightmare............IS attacking..........Obama can't be TRUSTED........Carter..........LOUSY President ...........TALK about the ISSUES !!!

    July 1, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  4. Jamaal kansas

    Mcshame will turn into Bush if he got in office Right now he is just Lying to the voters to get elected but he don't agree with 527s because of what bush did to him in 2000 but this is 2008 and Mcshame is a flip flooper

    July 1, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  5. Obama-Junkie, IL

    I like it. Obama leads and McCain follows.

    Unfortunately, many of these "Democrats" who supported Hillary are now saying they support or will support McCain. Unless you are rich and not in the military, you would have enjoyed GW Bush's presidency over the last 7 years! How can any informed American, let alone Democrat, seriously contemplate voting for another Bush term in the guise of John McCain?!

    If Hillary is supporting Obama, why aren't her supporters? The similiar positions of Hillary and Obama on major issues has not changed. So why are a few of these folks so anti-Democrat now?

    July 1, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  6. ben

    I thought I heard it all from ignorant politicians, but the remarks for the Irepublican iowa Senator Steve King is the HEIGHT of ignorance! And to think he is representing the citizens of IOWA! He needs to retract his bold face lies. I have been a Republican since God was a little boy and for the first time I will be voting Democratic – OBAMA to be precise! OBAMA is NOT MUSLIM and actually if you watch the news, Hussain is a name of honor "From the Arabic personal name, Husayn, derived from the Arabic hasuna, meaning "to be good" or "to be handsome or beautiful"

    You, Mr King I rate right up there with theClinton tactics!

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    July 1, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  7. Da Don

    I love this, the Dems have finally shed off the racist from their midst.

    Last nite on C-SPAN, there was this bigot who supported HRC and now

    McSame. He said the world would view America like a 3rd world country if

    it elected BHO. Thats how your bigotry can be exposed to the whole

    world.

    July 1, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  8. Doug

    Judging from the number of voters who supported Hillary and are now claiming to support McCain, it is confirmed that Hillary would have been the wrong choice for the Democrats.

    As a previous writer points out, most of McCain's positions on the issues are the exact opposite of Hillary's. Most of Hillary's positions are the same or similar to Obama's.

    So explain to me why you "Hillary/McCain" supporters were behind Hillary in the first place? I'm really curious.

    July 1, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  9. Johnny in NY

    The more slime the Republicans throw at him the more I see why Barack Obama is the better candidate.
    I liked McCain eight years ago before he was grumpy. Now he is aging and embracing most of the policies of GW bush. Have you all seen the president's approval ratings???
    Who in the USA would vote for someone who is 95% the same as this present administration? The people that miss Ronald Reagan? This guy is not Ronald Reagan. The 'maverick' of eight years ago was a good guy and he is missed.
    Obama in 08!

    July 1, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  10. carol

    it is about time the press started reporting the truth and not just going along for the ride.
    maybe we should start calling the political media the pollirozzi!!

    July 1, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  11. Sebi Prevetti

    It is ridiculous for the McCain campaign to say it is "powerless" to prevent advertising on web sites that include indecent, hateful (of women, blacks, people with big ears), unamerican, or sophomoric content.

    Stop being lazy and investigate the media outlet, the web site, BEFORE you give them your ad content and your money, it's that simple.

    If you don't, it will only RE-ENFORCE to the general public that you are not computer, internet, google, yahoo, twitter, facebook, or YouTube savvy.

    You also said the same thing with regards to public funding restraints for the campaign with Obama. Had you not said, " I can not referee Republican-leaning 527s", Obama probably would have not opted out. You know that was the deal, John. In the end, that was the root cause.

    Such weak statements also call into question your actual leadership capability; how do you get things accomplished when you can't ORDER them to be done?

    How do you get them done when the people required don't WORK for YOU, John? We're not seeing that in your experience claim.

    Being the President IS NOT like the military where you have a chain of command and people have to SALUTE and execute based on your rank.

    July 1, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  12. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    MCCain does the right thinsg and you obamites still bash him for it. Get a life. Better yet, get a candidate that has more than 5 minutes experience.

    July 1, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  13. carol

    It's kind of like the Britney Spears media mentality... more drama sales... build em up to tear 'em down! In the long run, I feel it's very destructive...

    If it is not true, then CNN shouldn't report it either!

    July 1, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  14. Clinton, no, wait, McCain Supporter

    To GG, NYC:
    To quote you accurately when you were accusing Clinton supporters of not getting it:
    "What about protecting (rather than destroying) a woman's right to choose?
    -What about ending the senseless war in Iraq?
    -What about the economy? Do you think McCain has a plan other than a "gas tax holiday"? He doesn't.
    -What about the supreme court justices to be nominated by the next president?
    -What about social justice and repairing America's damaged image and connections abroad?"

    My reply: What about them?

    July 1, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  15. Phil Newton Oregon

    McCain on NAFTA-related job losses:

    "I understand it"s very tough. But for me to give up my advocacy of free trade would be a betrayal of trust..."

    You understand nothing, my friend. You have no idea.

    Your "Trust" is the one holding your wife"s beer money.

    What fool would vote for this man?

    July 1, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  16. Concerned Citizen of America 08

    Senator McCain can spend his money where he wants to spend it or not. Although I'm not voting for McCain, good for him. These websites used for spreading slander and lies are garbage and won't last long once people understand they are only about making money off of hate.

    July 1, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  17. Thomas D. Poirier

    If Obama wants to show some of us that he is patriotic, then he should: Face the American Flag
    Put is right hand over his heart, and
    Sing "OUR National Anthem"!!!!

    Or, is that going to be part of "CHANGE"

    July 1, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  18. kerry

    The Clinton campaign controlled the media coverage of this process from the beginning and continued to do so. The idea that Obama has received favorable coverage is nonsense.
    Mccain now want to pick up when Clinton left off. How sad this is!

    July 1, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  19. sherry

    HEY ALL YOU SELF SMUG RIGHT WINGERS WHO THINK YOU ARE HOLYIER THAN THOU, AT LEAST CNN LETS YOU BLOG YOUR CRAP

    I TRY TO LEAVE A BLOG ON YOUR RIGHT WING FOX NEWS AND THEY WONT ALLOW IT (they say that they are fair and balanced)
    YEA RIGHT......

    CNN IS THE NEWS STATION THAT ALLOWS ALL VIEWS.........FOX

    ALWAYS SLAMS ANYONE WHO IS A DEMOCRAT.

    July 1, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  20. Kb

    SENATOR OBAMA CONTINUOUSLY REFUSES TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE ACTIONS OF HIS SUPPORTERS. HE AIMS TO BENEFIT FROM THEIR ACTS WITHOUT EVER ACKNOWLEDGING OR ADMITTING THEM. THIS IS A PATTERN WITH SENATOR OBAMA — ONE WHICH SHOULD GIVE EVEN HIS SUPPORTERS PAUSE.

    How can he stop his supporter from say what they want.....people like you want to find a reason to not to vote for Obama......please stop it.

    July 1, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  21. Bulldog

    John McCon, once again a day late and dollar short. Congratulations.

    July 1, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  22. tim

    There's nothing wrong with going after Obama's record but it's disappointing to see how mccain control of the media remains unchallenged.
    Our nation is controlled by the rich and the cooperate media!

    July 1, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  23. Chuck, Democrats United We Stand

    Do you really expect me to believe that McCain and his staff had no clue as to those adds. Give me a break, American's as a whole are a lot smarter than that.
    On a different note, those so called Hillary supporters that are running those questionable sites; are they or were they really Hillary supporters? I would argue that those sites are truly being run by republicans that followed the "Rush" policy of just voting to build up Hillary's numbers. Or they are actually republicans running those sites pretending to be Hillary supporters, that way the republicans will not have to take any heat for their ugly, hateful, and very degrading sites. This year politics are stooping to a new and very ugly level and the owners of those sites should be thankful they live in America, as this is the only country where truth is not relevent.

    July 1, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  24. literacy is for loosers

    Clinton, no, wait, McCain Supporter: "Any criticism of BO is met with hate and condescension. "

    Really? Actually, I see more initial offerings of hate and outpourings of derision against BO in the first place. A lot of us are just responding to this absolute drivel you people feel the need to "bless" us with. How can you call Obama all of these things (thief, liar, racist, sexist, Hitler?!?!?!) and expect it to be "criticism," but any response is a slander? Bottom line: You shouldn't be running a campaign on hate. Period.

    PUMAs, NoBamas, and maybe even a few VotePact people don't seem to grasp the maturity that you have to do what you say before you can tell other people what is what. All those hate web sites are ten times closer to Nazis than anything Obama could say. Like the white supremecist literature that people throw on my lawn at 3 in the morning because they are too cowardly to hate in broad daylight.

    Just stop the hate. Period. Read my text: YOUR... ACTIONS... ARE... RIDICULOUS!

    Thank you for posting, CNN.

    July 1, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  25. ZIUS BRAD

    mccain is a hypocrite and will hurt our great country even more if you agree whith bush on irac taxs suprem court judges offsor drilling whats left for him to be diffrent The Keating Five were five United States Senators accused of corruption one of them was jhon mccain icant trust and never will.......he just wants to be elected...also....
    the media is selling mccain and a new war in iran whith it …..BEING A PRISONER OF WAR FOR 5 YEARS ONLY QUALIFIES YOU TO BE IN A MENTAL INSTITUTE…. MCCAIN IS NOT FIT TO BE PRESIDENT ..BOTH MENTALLY AND PHYSICALLY…NO MORE PLAYING NICE THE COUNTRY'S FUTURE IS AT STAKE ….VOTE FOR NEW LEADERSHIP VOTE DEMOCRAT…OBAMA 08 ...

    July 1, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
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