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. McCain Clinton 08

    hehehehe, OLD!

    July 30, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  2. Canadian black man for Obama.

    Once a man twice a child>This is Senator McCain second childish behavour. McCain is now behaving like a child with his ad attacks.

    To compare a fello senator popularity as a celeb without real contrast with the celebrities in question, is very childish.

    When will McCainflip flop goind to learn?

    July 30, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  3. SGP

    It is hard to believe the standard of politics of this country has come down to this level.

    July 30, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  4. Gary of El Centro, Ca

    This is not the Kerry campaign.......these Obama people are ready, prepared, and quick to respond to the Republican attack machine. I love it.......and that picture of McCain in the response ad makes him look 100 years old. Kudos to the Obama team!

    July 30, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  5. kim hussein taylor portland, oregon

    "John McCain. Same old politics, same failed policies," SOOO TRUE!!!!

    mcmess has to take the low road, first of all b/c he's a neoCON repug and that's what they do. but also b/c he cant run on the issues for two main reasons--he doesnt have enough knowledge to discuss them and b/c he supports the FAILED policies of a FAILED administration, which the vast majority of americans completely disagree with.

    July 30, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  6. Rachel

    Sigggh, that's Obama's response to everything same old politics. I wonder if the terroists actually strike in the us again, will Obama response as president be same old terroists.

    July 30, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  7. therealist

    Yeah sure Obama, like your straw scarecrow is any different. Americans may be stupid but we're not blind..., sorry.

    July 30, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  8. sheck

    where's the link to the ad?

    July 30, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  9. G

    McCane, go take your nap. You clearly need your rest.

    July 30, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  10. Sarah

    I hope to see the media start to hold McCain accountable for stomping all over his promise to run a civil campaign. Imagine the uproar if Obama ran an add comparing McCain to Grandpa Simpson... a much more apt comparison than any that McCain has made about Obama.

    July 30, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  11. VP

    Hey LET OBAMA talk, LET HIM WIN after all he is just a seed sent from a bigger picture to destroy america and it is no body's fault but WHITES (you know the ones that are at fault for everything). THIS EVIL MAN JUST MIGHT BE WHAT THIS COUNTRY NEEDS to WAKE PEOPLE UP.....

    GO OBAMA!!!

    July 30, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  12. Dave, Illinois

    Obama accusing McCain of Politics of the past? What a hypocrite! The empty suit just came back from his fieldtrip in Europe after trying to mimick Reagan and JFK in Germany, acting like a sitting president, and repeating the mistakes of the past by not listening to the commanding general in the Middle East. Obama's arrogant snear breaks out whenever he sends his little Obamites out to smear McCain's age, health, and military service.

    July 30, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  13. Leah DiMarco, Texas

    Great ad!

    You go get em' Senator Obama!

    Obama '08

    July 30, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  14. Clinton/McCain

    You'd have to be brain dead if you didn't realize that Obama is a TYPICAL WASHINGTON POLITICIAN'

    July 30, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  15. Jon

    It's about time Obama started fighting back. McShame and his negitive adds have been going on for weeks. I was once a republican but the white sheet wearing right changed me. McCain was once a good man and now has changed to fit the right. Say anyting even if you know it's not true.

    July 30, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  16. John Kaleto

    And thus begins the "McCain is too old" attack campaign from the neophyte politician promoting change and claiming to take the high road.

    July 30, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  17. Vig

    Didn't Obama's campaign come out with the same self-righteous pomposity when Clinton went aggressive? This is so childish. It's back to sticks and stones will break my bones – sometimes Obama is so prissy.

    July 30, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  18. Nando, Florida

    GO OBAMA PUT JOE BIDEN ON OLD GRANDPA AND STAY ABOVE THE BS LIKE YOU DID TO HILLARY !!!!!!!!!!

    July 30, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  19. Ralph

    Good for Obama. Kerry lost because he waited a month before responding to the swift boat attacks. Obama needs to fight back no matter how lame those attacks seem.

    July 30, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  20. Voter

    Oops. Now we've gone and offended the self-crowned KING. And he is such a delicate flower that he rushed to produce a "reply" the very same day.

    What a guy! And that rap star-Obama is pretending to be "horrified," of course. The company you keep, Barry....

    The problem is that the McCain is dead on! All of you should look at Mr. Millbank's column in today's Washington Post.

    "I'm not a real president, but I play one on tv."

    It worked to sell toothpaste...

    July 30, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  21. sjp

    and obama's retort is 100% correct. the only thing mccain has going is fooling americans into believing that off shore drilling is gonna make for $2 gas again. sorry mccain but america has grown tired of negative attacks and relying on oil.

    July 30, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  22. Clinton/McCain

    You'd have to be brain dead if you didn't realize that Obama is a 'TYPICAL WASHINGTON POLITICIAN' and his campaign uses 'SAME OLD POLITICS' all the time. I know. I witnessed them use it against Clinton.

    July 30, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  23. ralph tyler

    McCain has nothing to offer the American people except this crap?

    July 30, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  24. Ray

    VP – RIGHT ON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 30, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  25. Do it yourself

    Oh the past...

    Like earlier this spring when you attacked the Clintons daily...

    Your a tool Obama... it will be fun to watch you sink...

    Nobama... Noway

    July 30, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
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