July 11th, 2008
04:20 PM ET
10 years ago

New Obama ad ties McCain to Bush, Rove

Obama released a new radio ad Friday connecting McCain to Pres. Bush.

Obama released a new radio ad Friday connecting McCain to Pres. Bush.

(CNN) - Barack Obama is up with a new one-minute radio ad in Virginia and Dayton, Ohio that ties John McCain to George W. Bush and Karl Rove, and accuses McCain of “making stuff up” about Obama’s tax plan.

The spot features a man and a woman discussing McCain’s assertion –- also described in an RNC radio ad running in those markets - that Obama would raise taxes on people making $32,000 a year.

“John McCain, he’s got new ads attacking Barack Obama on taxes,” the man says.

“Well, that’s not new,” the woman responds. “Bush, McCain, Karl Rove. That’s how those guys work.”

“This is shameful,” the man says. “It’s just making stuff up.”

The ad says that Obama would only raise taxes on those making over $250,000, and cites FactCheck.org as describing McCain’s charges as “not true.”

“Sounds like George Bush all over again,” the woman says.

“Guess that’s why they say John McCain, McSame as Bush,” the man says, concluding the ad.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (198 Responses)
  1. Marj,Paso Robles, Cal

    Yea. BO is Wright.

    July 11, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  2. Thanks, but no thanks McBush! Tampa, FL

    What, a Republican Ad full of lies? And yet 41% of America too oblivious to know that difference. It isn't about gay marriage this time folks, put the bible down, pick up your check book and do the math. The GOP have put our entire future as a nation at risk. Time to stop voting against our own interests.

    July 11, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  3. Sandy - PA

    John McCain has backed and supported George Bush on every issue – from tax breaks for the disgustingly wealthy to selling American ports to Dubai. And the Obama has every right to remind people of that. And they should – constantly.

    McCain is 4 more years of the same thing we have now – war, high gas and oil prices, tax breaks for the filthy rich, more jobs being sent overseas, and no enforcement of illegal immigration.

    We can't afford McCain.

    July 11, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  4. Shawn - Ga

    Dirty dirty dirty.... this guy just keeps on getting more dirty. The less substance he has the dirtier he gets. I can't wait until he FINALLY debates McCain. Great speaches are one thing, without his writers.... LOL can't wait

    July 11, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    Republicans DON'T WIN on TRUTH....they ONLY win on Lies

    Hey, McCain, remember this one?
    "Would you be more or less likely to vote for John McCain...if you knew he had fathered an illegitimate black child?"

    Yes, Republicans MAKE STUFF UP ALL THE TIME TO WIN. How do Christians vote for them?

    Would you vote for a president who was arrested twice...ooops...some of YOU already did!!!!

    July 11, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  6. Charlotte

    In a year that should have been a run away victory for the Democrats. How dismal for Obama. A lot of people do not watch CNN, or any major news for that matter. A majority of people do not blog. They will vote in November, and if Obama thinks he will win by a landslide, he is sorely mistaken. I hope everybody remembers how Gore and Kerry lost. It had more to do with their choices for VP, then you might think. It may be a do nothing position, but it is a hairs breath away from the Presidency. After Cheney, it may very well be the most important decision these two will make. Gore was ahead early on by about the same margin as Obama is now. People talk about Hillary being old Washington and in the same breath suggest Dodd as a VP? Obama is not Gods Gift to us, he is a typical politician. I will write Hillary Clinton on my ballot in November. I hope anyone who is thinking of staying home, will show up and write her name on their ballot. ( if allowed by their state.) At least show up and vote your conscience! Show the DNC your displeasure at their decision. Voting is a freedom we cannot afford to lose. We fought for it, we deserve the right to vote however we choose. DO NOT STAY HOME on election day.

    July 11, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  7. JA Cook

    Well, it is true that McCain makes things up.

    He's tried to take credit for supporting vets when he hasn't.

    He claims to have been blessed by all the vet organizations, when he hasn't.

    He said more than once that he never said he doesn't know much about the economy, but he DID say he doesn't know much about the economy – more than once.

    Lies and more lies from Bush, Cheney, Rove and McCain

    Stay the Course
    McCain 08

    July 11, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  8. JIM...TX

    Erika..KS...you are so right that Bush is not McCain and vice a versa because the Republicans. It has more to do with their similar if not identical mental capacity.

    July 11, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  9. Hillbilly for Obama

    With Obama's support of the surveillance legislation and using NASCAR as a platform to gain votes, McCain will be able to do the same.

    I am disappointed in Obama's decisions on these matters. It is shaping up to be a choice between the lesser of two evils, not a potentially great leader. Government wiretaps without warrants are illegal and unconstitutional and NASCAR is a consumptive, oil greedy sport ... his stand on these two matters is hoisting him into the "politician's politician" category.


    July 11, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  10. Shawna

    Carly Fiorina ???: Why is the media not talking about McCain's adviser true beliefs about the American economy and the role of government toward labor and job security.

    July 11, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  11. Doug in Seattle

    What happened to all those folks who said Obama wasn't tough enough to match up against McCain and the RNC? So far it's been all too easy to make them both look foolish!

    July 11, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  12. Former HC Girl

    OK,, this is the ad from the NEW Change candidate. Not those dirty old politics anymore, he is going to be different. Yeah right. He is nothing but a liar and a fraud.
    The American people are starting to see obama for what he is. Go back to Chicago with your dirty cronies. We don't want you in the white house. You are not fit...

    July 11, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  13. Tom

    Would you vote for a president who was arrested twice…ooops…some of YOU already did!!!!

    Obama has used cocaine, is a smoker and has completed illegal land deals? Why is Obama your god?

    July 11, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  14. Ms. RDS

    @Erika, KS...I wish all you anti-Obama people would stop with the same line "where is his plan, he only attacks others plans" this question could be easily solved by going to his website where he has page upon page upon page of his plans. He gives speeches almost every single day about what his plans are. But the only thing you see on the news is the 1 or 2 jabs he takes at McCain so you and other like you think that's all a 2 hour speech/question&answer session was about. If you wanted to know you would go find out...obviously you don't wanna know!

    July 11, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  15. Mrs.L

    Get over yourself Charlotte

    July 11, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  16. bill for barack

    Isn't it nice to see the good guys putting out ads that tell the TRUTH about McCain ?
    Finally the Republicans are getting what they deserve.

    July 11, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  17. kingsley


    July 11, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  18. Tim

    But they're cousins,
    Identical cousins all the way.
    One pair of matching bookends,
    The same all the way.

    Where George adores a minuet,
    The Ballet Russes, and crepe suzette,
    Our John loves to rock and roll,
    A Viarga makes him lose control -
    What a wild duet!

    Still, they're cousins,
    Identical cousins and you'll find,
    They laugh alike, they walk alike,
    At times they even talk alike -
    You can lose your mind,
    When cousins are two of a kind

    July 11, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  19. NotFallingInLine.org

    Axelrod must be using the math that Rove was using in '06. This logical fallacy that McCain is Bush, repeated over and over again, has really produced nothing of value for the Obama campaign. Their fundraising is down, and so is Obama's place again Senator McCain in the polls.

    The American people are proving to be much smarter than the supposed leaders of the Democratic Party who selected the Chosen One. They're not buying this bs, Axelrod.

    I hope for the sake of all the Obamabots who are so zealously trying to sell the nonsense that Obama's handlers are handing them to sell that Axelrod and company come up with something much better than "McCain equals Bush."

    Otherwise, it's going to be much to easy for us true Democrats to hand Obama the humiliation that he so richly deserves.

    NFIL Democrat

    July 11, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  20. R. Cooper

    A mental recession ad featuring Graham and McCain would alert the American citizens how "out of touch" those guys really are. And they have the nerve to call Obama an elitist? LOL

    July 11, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  21. Monica for Obama in Indiana

    Go get UM! Obama

    July 11, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  22. Jeffrey G. Brown

    Both are carved from the same dung heap!

    July 11, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  23. texan

    What can you say about Barack HUSSEIN Obama?

    July 11, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  24. Jeremy

    Lol, McCain is the McSame as Bush indeed...

    July 11, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  25. texan

    Well what can you say about Jesse Jackson and Obama they are one of the same

    July 11, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
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