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. Norma

    Texan: Yeah so what if hes middle name is Hussein??
    This TEXAN woman is not scared of it. Unlike you coward.

    July 11, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  2. Erika, KS

    You Obamanites are robots! I'm a democrat who can't support this weak, inexperienced candidate. I'm not a George Bush fan. I can't stand the man. But that is no reason to say that John McCain is George Bush. You are not fooling anyone but yourself.

    July 11, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  3. RJ, CA

    McCain is running great ads - substantive and to the point. In November, voters will remember that. Meanwhile, Obama talks about sponsoring a race car. Voters will remember that, too. Voters aren't stupid. When faced with that final ballot, they look beyond "hype" and go for substance. How can one do anything else if one truly loves one's country! Certainly, I'll do that in November, when I vote for John McCain.

    July 11, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  4. Mary

    Oh, look who is in the picture.

    McCain is really looking old. It looks like McCain can be Bush's father.

    July 11, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  5. Reality Check Richmond Virginia

    Politics 101

    This is a goldmine for the Obama campaign and a smart move, if this sells(and McCain has been doing a pretty good job of helping it along lately) Obama will win a landslide.

    July 11, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  6. tony


    McCain has pledged to continue Bush's policies on Iraq and on taxes. This means that our nation will continue on the same track- endless war, ruinous budget deficits- that Bush had laid down. Is that good or bad?

    July 11, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  7. Anita from Arizona

    Yuppers, a lot of negative comments for Obama from the McCain supporters. No positive comments to share about their own candidate. Maybe that's what's wrong with the GOP? Too many negatives to swim in? Maybe... I'll stay positive and optimistic for a change. It's like listening to the one who complains the most and thinking "Oh gees, where we go again???"

    July 11, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  8. S. Boatman Warrensburg Mo.


    July 11, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  9. Richardson for V.P

    Obama's grit and strength in campaigning makes me remember how desperate hillary was in the primaries to say republicans would eat him alive. she only said that because she was trying to scare dem's into believing he was too weak, but look who's standing up and destroying the right wing nuts now. If hillary was the nominee the republicans would have brought out all her legendary dirt, along with hammering her on her vote for the war. She would've had no grounds to stand on, then we would've been screaming from the roof tops that we made a mistake in choosing her.

    Obama+ Richardson 08

    July 11, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  10. albert griffith

    iam loving all these anti-obama bashers talking about he needs hillary for his veep,no he doesnt also all this is doing is making that man even stronger and powerful as the day goes by,so keep bashing charlotte and puma.OBAMA/CLARK or BIDEN 08!!!!

    July 11, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  11. Bill Brown

    I see.

    Mr. "I'm not a politician' is – in fact – a politician.

    Gee, I hope the voters can see through this one.

    July 11, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  12. EDW

    L A N D S L I D E

    Victory will be ours Dems!!!!

    July 11, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  13. Rise America Rise

    Look, anyone that hires that dunderhead Carly Fiorina has zero judgement to begin with.

    July 11, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  14. Denise Groves

    Atta boy! Keep it up! Especially since Rove escaped the country to avoid questioning by Congress!


    July 11, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  15. M.S. Indiana

    JO we are already suffering...

    July 11, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  16. KRIS

    Were already suffering you Mccain lovers...were under the McBush Suffering plan....WOULD YOU LIKE TO SUPERSIZE THAT MCBUSH...SUFFERING PLAN??

    July 11, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  17. RCD WA

    As much as many like to say McCain is a principled maverick, the truth is he has become an older, crazier, (very slightly) more intelligent version of Bush. He votes yes on Bush's policy 90% of the time, wants to stay in Iraq for 100 years, votes against aid bills to those suffering from natural disasters because he considers it "pork", and takes sick pleasure in joking about killing Iranians. He truly does deserve to be called "McSame" or "McBush".

    July 11, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  18. RJ, CA

    "Obama's surveillance vote spurs backlash "

    That's RIGHT!

    July 11, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  19. Mir

    Funny, since only in 2006 did McCain vote for the tax cuts. As opposed to Obamanot who voted in favor of FISA?

    July 11, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  20. belle

    Shawn – Ga July 11th, 2008 4:58 pm ET
    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

    After Rove, Limbaugh, Hannity and Coulter, most Americans find this tame. Repubs saturated the American public with dirty smear tactics for years, now, we are immuned when the other side does it. Brilliant, Bam told you "don't bring a knife to a gunfight."

    July 11, 2008 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  21. Terrence (Winston Salem, NC)

    FactCheck July 11th, 2008 6:53 pm ET

    > Obama claims to be a uniter (and has no evidence–just like Bush)
    > Obama has little experience in Washington (just like Bush did)

    McCain has no experience either. I don't think any 1st term president had experience as president before being elected.

    And the evidence of Obama as a uniter has been displayed by US, and furthermore will be displayed again in NOV. You need evidence, watch the polls in November.

    July 11, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  22. A Nightingale Sings in Berkley Square

    Hey here is proof that Obama is a liar. He lies about McCain being another Bush. He is a liar and all his supporters are poor white trash. Obama is no uniter. He is a divider of the worst kind.

    I am shocked that he lies so much and throws his supporters under the bus when the opportunity comes a knocking.

    He has no morals whatsoever. I would be learry of what ever he says.

    He changes his position faster than you can throw the baby out with the wash.

    July 11, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  23. Susan

    Slam the old warmonger!! McCain, Bush, Rover, Cheney, they all are warmongers who want to destroy this country!

    July 11, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  24. tigerakabj

    Barack should rename this ad "In ya Face." This rethugs will know that when they try to hit Barack, he dodges and hits them back with 10x the force. Take them down Barack. They deserve nothing less.

    Obama/Sebilius 2008/2012.

    July 11, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  25. Low

    Shawn – Georgia – I don't know why you can't wait until McShame an Obama debate. McSame is going to take 20 minutes to remeber the question, and another 20 minutes trying to figure out what to say.

    July 11, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
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