July 30th, 2008
08:35 PM ET
6 years ago

Obama camp launches response ad to 'Celeb'

A new Obama ad hits back at McCain.
A new Obama ad hits back at McCain.

(CNN) - Barack Obama's campaign launched a new television ad Wednesday night declaring John McCain has taken the "low road" over the course of the presidential campaign - a direct response to the Arizona senator's television spot released earlier in the day likening Obama to celebrities Paris Hilton and Britney Spears.

"He’s practicing the politics of the past," the ad's narrator says as headlines from various medial outlets stating McCain has gone negative flash across the screen.

"John McCain. Same old politics, same failed policies," the ad's narrator also says.

Earlier: McCain camp links Obama to big celebs

McCain's ad, released earlier Wednesday declares Obama "the biggest celebrity in the world," while flashing images of both Hilton and Spears.

"But is he ready to lead? With gas prices soaring, Barack Obama says no to offshore drilling and says he'll raise taxes on electricity. Higher taxes, more foreign oil - that's the real Obama," the ad's narrator says while crowds screaming, "Obama!" are shown.

The McCain ad is the latest in a string of hard-hitting television commercials from the McCain campaign. Earlier spots suggest Obama is playing politics with the Iraq war, is against funding American troops and bears some of the responsibility for high gas prices.

UPDATE: Tucker Bounds, spokesman for the McCain campaign, released the following statement in response to the Obama campaign's new "Low Road" ad: "Pointing out your opponent’s worldwide celebrity is not the ‘low road,' and neither is pointing out that he opposes oil drilling and supports higher taxes.”


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (671 Responses)
  1. Josh

    Kansas Republican,

    It's not crying when you set the record straight. It's called honesty, We need more of it.

    July 30, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  2. Aunt

    McCain You Have No Dignity

    July 30, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  3. andrea

    If he cant take the heat he needs to stay out of the kitchen. Barack obama, that is.

    July 30, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  4. Kyle Indianapolis, Indiana

    McCain is a BIG FAILURE!

    July 30, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  5. Jaime in Texas

    And Obama's practicing old and dirty Chicago politics.

    July 30, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  6. ex-Republican for Obama

    McCain offers only criticism, repeated false personal attacks against Obama and campaign ads that lie about Obama. Where is the man of honor that he claims to be? Where are the positive statements about what he will do as president to turn this country around?

    July 30, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  7. Eric in Chicago

    McCain's ad doesn't even deserve a response. These are the types of things that a weak candidate has to do to even the odds. He's grabbing at straws. Enough said, let's stick to the issues. Off-shore oil drilling is years from producing relief. The gas tax holiday was a horrible idea.

    Has it crossed the mind of any McCain supporters that Obama's popularity is at least partly due to the fact that he's an eloquent speaker, clear thinker and seemingly hard working American?

    I think it's fair to judge Obama on his policies, but the name calling and labeling is just ignorant and foolish.

    July 30, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  8. joe

    READ MY LIPS: Yes... John McCain Senator Barack Obama is ready, willing and able TO LEAD.

    July 30, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  9. Eli Winter

    Yes good response but still Obama needs to stay humble – state that he has to fight for evry vote and work hard. I am a supporter but lately he seems to think its about him.
    Remember – humble and confident and not taking anythig for granted.

    July 30, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  10. LK

    BOB DOLE BOB DOLE BOB DOLE BOB DOLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    All McCain needs is the stage fall, and the pencil.

    July 30, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  11. Phil Newton Murphy, Oregon

    Tell it like it is: McCain's desperate, dirty campaign is a loser's game.

    OBAMA 08

    July 30, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  12. RJ, CA

    Obama: “I’ve got one or two things to say about change . . . like the change we must change . . . to the change we hold dear. . . I really like change . . . Have I made myself clear?”

    WELL - NO! WELL - MAYBE - like no one really understands what your change is about except "change."

    We're listening, Obama. . . Surprise us with something new and substantive.

    July 30, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  13. Dr.Mimi De La Cruz for OBAMA

    MCSENILE HAS EARNED ALL THE CONTEMPT & DISGUST

    WE CAN MUSTER FOR ANY POLITICAL FIGURE INCLUDING

    BUSH & CHANEY. MCSLEAZO TALKS THE HONOR & WALKS

    THE SAME SLEAZY KARL ROVE TACTICS THAT ELECTED

    A BUSH THREE TIMES. AND HAS REVERSED EVERY STAND

    OF NOT ONLY THE VOTERS OF HIS STATE, BUT HIS OWN.

    HE IS NOTHING BUT A DISHONORABLE, DISHONEST,

    EGOTISTICAL, IGNORANT SHADY, GREEDY, BIGOT.

    July 30, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  14. Javone

    I just saw the ad on a political show and in the ad...after he condemns mccains nonsense....he ends the ad with things he stands for. I wonder what ad mccain is gonna send out now. smh

    YES WE CAN!

    July 30, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  15. Democrat

    I sure am tired of these negative attacks by the Republicans. That is all they know how to do-scare people. They aren't going to win this time. I am from AZ and believe me, McCain will be lucky to get his own state!! His reported experience hasn't done much for AZ. Wake up America! It is better to vote for better judgement then that type of experience. It is time to get rid of that stupid war that is costing billions each month and wrecking our economy. By the way, all these republican complaints about how Obama will raise our taxes? He could raise them 100% and we still would have it cheaper then the war going on. I will see you at the Democratic Convention next month.

    July 30, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  16. Jeffrey

    I saw part of this McCain ad on "fair, balanced" FoxNews today while sitting in a doctor's office. What's the point of calling Obama "the biggest celebrity in the world"? He probably is, and how is calling attention to it going to benefit McCain? It's only going to highlight how much more people are interested in Obama than they are in McCain. Believe me, McCain would be happy as a pig in you-know-what to be half as celebrated as Obama is.

    July 30, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  17. Xysea

    @Kansas Republican

    lol you mean 'take it like a man'? Like the rest of the GOP whining about Obama's coverage, McC{ompl}ain can't handle it.

    And please, sarcasm is mother's milk to conservatives. That, and hyperbole.

    July 30, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  18. Javone

    Kansas republican: are you aware that your candidate is probably wearing a pamper a. because he is old and b. because he cries more than a baby?!?!? Let's be serious! Mccain cried all last week!!!

    July 30, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  19. A NATION OF WHINERS for OBAMA

    HOW IS IT THAT MCSHAME CONTINUES TO CLAIM

    HONOR, WHEN DOING NOTHING BUT THE DISHONORABLE,

    AND HAS FOR HIS ENTIRE POLITICAL CAREER.

    WE GUESS IT'S A MCBUSH, BUSH-CHANEY THING.

    July 30, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  20. gary

    THE FACTS ARE THE FACTS. O.B. IS NOTHING BUT A BIG MEDIA CLOWN. ITS MORE THAN A ELECTION ,ITS A BIG CIRCUS. O.B. IS JUST A BIG JOKE.

    July 30, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  21. Mike Kaplan

    The main thing that needs to be said about McCain's "Celeb" ad is that it is JUVENILE......and STUPID. There are serious issues confronting the country, and tons of differences between the candidates that are important....and McCain's campaign is putting out lame ads that say "Nyah, nyah, you're like Britney Spears, nyah, nyah!" It's just childish and pathetic. Is this the best they can do?

    July 30, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  22. Jordan Fitzpatrick

    Kansas Republican- I'm ashamed to live in the same state. He's not playing the victim, he's returning fire- I expect no less of a President. If your guy is going to win, our guy's going to make him work for it. Why don't you take a trip to the FactCheck.org website- McCain has thrown away any integrity he may have had.

    July 30, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  23. Nancy

    The McCain camp is diffinatly getting deperate....the old coot should be ashamed of himself. Obama is looking like the right choice afterall! My vote will be Obama since McCain and the boys are showing their "true colors" this past month. McCain is looking like he is too old!

    July 30, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  24. Republican_leaning_for_BO

    is the "OLD" word for McWar policies or for McDirty himself ??

    July 30, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  25. Dan, Louisiana

    Britany and Paris should SUE McCain's campain.

    July 30, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
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