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. Brad Forschner

    Blah Blah Blah, same old same old. I agree about the Brittany Mentality from our media. I'm so disgusted by the media coverage of the entire campaign season. All they wish to report is bickering, hate, and rumors. Here we are only a few short months away from the election in Nov, and we still don't know who the VP picks are yet.

    What about the issues? What about the problems we're facing? I bet 90% of journalists can't identify 10 differences between the candidates.

    Just for the record, I'm conservative-libertarian, I was a Ron Paul supporter, and now, I'm behind Barr.

    I cannot vote for Obama because, he abandoned his post as senator from IL as quickly as he was elected to run another campaign. He has accomplished nothing legislatively for our country. He's too wet behind the ears to take the top job. The policies he's advocating will tear our country further apart. The latest rumor I've heard is that Obama isn't actually a natural born citizen, making him ineligible for the job.

    I cannot vote for McCain either. McCain is too old for the job. McCain has continued to pander to the same people who supported Bush. The last thing we need is another 4 more years. If we elect McCain, it's probably only for the VP he picked to ascend to the presidency after McCain kicks the bucket.

    I can't believe a word either Obama or McCain says. Nader, Baldwin, and many other third parties won't be on enough ballots to even have a shot at winning. Bob Barr and the libertarian party will be on the ballots in almost all states.

    Given my options, it's an easy choice. I'm Behind Bob Barr

    July 1, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  2. Dan (Redmond, WA)

    If they didn't know Ads were being pulled from their AdNetwork, they need to hire new IT people.
    The spokesperson may not have known, but somebody did. Lies, all lies.

    July 1, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  3. Danny

    I am a Hillary Clinton supporter and I was hurt when her candidacy ended. I have decided to support Obama because I feel he is closely aligned with Hillary's policies. I have a hard time believing that it is anything short of racism that has caused these IGNORANT HRC supporters to go off the deep end. This is totally pathetic.

    July 1, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  4. mia

    go on Barack. You have what it takes.

    July 1, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  5. Tammy - KCMO

    Alice in Florida July 1st, 2008 11:53 am ET

    McCain seems to be the only person with integrity in this race. Obama sure has none.
    ------–

    Integrity? Calling Carter the worse president ever – has he ever actually taken a look at the damage Bush has done to this nation? Why is it he can always explain his flip flops and mispeaks off to "he forgot" or some other lame excuse? Apparently he and Rove are in bed together and the things Rove did to him back when Bush was running is forgotten.

    The Republican party has NO integrity. It's all about the rich and what's in it for them. They swiftboated Kerry and McCain didn't like being on the receiving end when Clark stated a FACT that Obama should have never apologized for.

    I think the best thing that could happen for America is for the Republican party to implode.

    July 1, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  6. Matthew

    I sincerely hope that Clinton supporters know the weight of their actions. If even a fraction of the 18 million Hillary supporters do indeed vote for McCain in November as a means to get her on the ticket in 2012, then they are not only compromising their principles but also dividing the party. They will forget that revenge is best served cold.. Obama supporters won't vote for her in 2012 and that guarantees Republican rule for the next 8 years. You might not like him, but pending a major event, Obama will be our next president.

    July 1, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  7. ron

    TO SHERRY

    if you think cnn lets you share all views and is not obamanized try writing about obama's early supporters. and his actual work done in chicago. what lucrative job did he give up to work there?try and find out where he worked to pay his way though school. lots of luck

    July 1, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  8. David Goldman

    IT HAS BEEN PROVEN OVER & OVER AGAIN,

    MORONS VOTE FOR THEIR KIND, OTHER MORONS.

    THAT'S HOW WE GOT BUSH SR, & JR.

    THAT'S HOW WE GOT $5.00 GAS ON THE WAY TO $10.00

    IF BCBUSH GOT ELECTED, HE WOULD DECLARE WAR

    ON A FEW MORE COUNTRYS AS WELL. THAT IS MONEY

    IN THEIR POCKET & OUT OF OUR POCKET.

    July 1, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  9. Sarah Bonner

    It's very obvious Hillary's supporters on those disgusting websites ONLY supported her because she is a woman. Nothing more. They obviously cared nothing for her policies and beliefs, nothing! Let them vote McCain, we don't need them.

    I refuse to believe there are enough of these small-minded, vindictive women out there ready to set back the feminist movement by decades to make even one iota of a difference in the general election. Obama will win and their lives will be better for it despite themselves.

    July 1, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  10. Texas Trail Dog

    WHY PULL THEM OFF THEY'RE TRUE.

    July 1, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  11. CITIZENS FOR TRUTH

    MCBUSH IS MENTALLY & MORALLY BANKRUPT.

    THOSE VOTING FOR HIM WORSE OFF THAN HE.

    July 1, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  12. ML

    July 1st, 2008 11:50 am ET

    It is a true statement that Hitler made great speeches which brought him to power in Germany. And it is a true statement that Obama makes great speeches that might bring him to power in America.

    Hitler had an idea about how the world should work and acted on it. Obama has an idea about how the world should work and is trying to act on it.

    Make whatever judgement you want about other similarities but those are historically factual statements.

    Um, Ted that can be said for about half our presidents. No the fact remains, Hitler gave speeches filled with hate and blame. Obama gives speeches filled with ideas and issues. And your other "factual statement" is ridiculous, I have an idea how the world should work and I'm trying to act on it, so now I'm Hitler (keep in mind half my family died in the Holocaust). NO candidate (McCain or Obama) is anything CLOSE to Hitler. To say that is spitting on all the graves that Hitler produced. My family was closely divided between Obama and Hillary, but now that Obama is the nominee EVERYONE is voting for him. Not because we are "Obamites" but because we read their policies which are almost exactly the same. Please people think of your ancestors when writing such hateful comments!

    July 1, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  13. Blue California

    Chico. Good Riddance. Your candidate lost. Get over it. She lost in superdelegates, and regular delegates, or maybe you don't believe in that side of it, like i'm sure you don't believe in caucus states.

    July 1, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  14. Sean from canada

    Why would the American People vote for someone who could keep us in Iraq for "100 years if necessary" ? Bring the troops home Obama: Carefully and according to the timetable that the troop commanders on the ground advise.
    Why does everyone in a room with McCain look so miserable? Is it becaus they know he Represents a thrid "Bush" term?

    July 1, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  15. Paula Hussein Mac from Canada

    I hope Obama gets back to his HOPE message and quits defending himself for others comments. It is a free country, so I have understood, and he is running a great campaign. Those Hillary supporters are so angry and put so much negative energy into a lost cause. Why don't you direct your attention to help the flood victims, Katrina victims, the children of Darfur and Sudan.. Obama fought clean and won. Your vote for McCain will lose Hillary a plum job in Obama's cabinet.. wake up people..MCcain wins your Hillary ends up back on the Senate floor!

    July 1, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  16. Upon Further Review,Texas

    Carl Rove should be in prison,not running McCains smear campaign.

    July 1, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  17. Another old white woman for Obama

    Reagan did it. He closed all the Mental Hospitals and turned the insane out on the streets. They are now Republicans.
    You reap what you sow.

    July 1, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  18. Jeff

    I wouldn’t go so far as to compare Obama with Hitler but his followers DO have the same cult mentality that characterized followers of the German dictator.

    July 1, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  19. Winthorp

    That is absolutely pathetic. Have you seriously run out of ideas that fast? If you can't run a campaign, how are you gonna run a country.

    July 1, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  20. EMJ

    K-Wrap! CCN, why didn't you publish my last post? All I said was a word that starts with C and rythmes with map. Wel I don't want to right the same thing all over so briefly, Ex-Clinton supporter now for McCain are about as selfish as you can get and screwing the country worse than it is now just because your candidate did not get the nomination is very, very immature and you know it is.

    Second, why can't the Republicans try and win the election on actual issues and not Clinton -Type Kitchen Sink strategies filled with word twisting, hate and fear. I hope the rest of the country sees Obama is already doing the change he speaks of by not doing the personal destruction, smear, lie, tactics of his major opponants thus far. That's is what he means by change. We are sick of the dirty negative politics Republican excel at and we want that to change.

    July 1, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  21. hmmmmm.....smells fishy

    RB......while you are writing checks to Mc Crazy......just make sure you enlist a son daughter......nephew or grandson.....to really show support of your candidates center stance on the issues......I am sure Obama will not ask this much of you but this is America and as long as you stand behind your decision I can would never question your judgement
    Obama 08

    July 1, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  22. Jay

    Obama is not a GOD. Stop treating him as one. You guys treat him like an American Idol and he is far from one.

    July 1, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  23. GG NYC

    TO "Clinton, no, wait, McCain Supporter":

    If you were a Clinton supporter you would be interested in protecting the rights that I highlighted in my blog. McCain is not. Period. That's your answer - smart people vote based on the issues that they care about. If you want to be pathetic and bitter, vote for McCain, and watch those rights disappear. If you wanted Hillary to win, you should vote for Obama. Its that simple.

    Does that clear things up?

    July 1, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  24. No McCain!

    Good for you McCain! Too bad you won't get my vote.

    Hillary supporters are in for a rude awakening (PUMA) this election.

    Obama '08

    July 1, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  25. hmmmmm.....smells fishy

    Is it me or is there a bunch of disgruntled women posting due to Hillary losing..........or is it the GOP in disguise.....I am not sure but people need to get educated.....don't except what the news tells you or websites.......compare info.....it well give you a better perspective.....no one is getting reperations if Obama is elected..........so all I would say is be informed.......lastly it is funny to me how the majority of Americans are poor but most of us see fit to have the party of the rich in control........lol "Americans" you gotta love em

    July 1, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
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