August 5th, 2008
06:30 PM ET
10 years ago

New Obama ad takes aim at McCain's positive spot


(CNN)—Barack Obama's campaign responded to John McCain's first positive ad of the past several days– an ad that emphasized his independent reputation –with a new spot Tuesday that looked to tie the Arizona senator to President Bush.

Obama’s 30 second spot called “Original,” uses part of McCain’s ad “broken” also released Tuesday, where the announcer calls McCain “the original maverick,” and then paints the word “really?” across the screen.

The ad flashes to a video clip of McCain in May of 2003 saying he and President Bush are lockstep on most issues.

“The president and I agree on most issues. There was a recent study that showed that I voted with the president over ninety percent of the time…” McCain says in Obama’s ad.

The ad continues on by asking the viewer if McCain is in fact the “original maverick? Or just more of the same?”

Full script after the jump


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He’s the original maverick.



The president and I agree on most issues. There was a recent study that showed that I voted with the president over ninety percent of the time…


John McCain supports Bush’s tax cuts for millionaires, but nothing for a hundred million households.

He’s for billions in new oil company giveaways, while gas prices soar.

And for tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas.

The original maverick?

Or just more of the same?

I’m Barack Obama and I approve this message.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (251 Responses)
  1. caribbean admirer of OBAMA

    oooooohhhhhhhh, what a hit, I knew that someday he would be disguised and confronted with the real hypocrite that he is.
    keep up the good work mr President!!!!!!

    August 5, 2008 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  2. joebloe

    To clear the air about "negative ads"
    A negative ad is one that is personal, has nothing to do with the issues, and tries to ridicule the candidate in a NEGATIVE way.
    If it uses facts, is regarding an issue, and has something to do with what, we as Americans are facing these days, it is then considered a political ad.
    So lets look at what the candidates are talking about and I think you will see who really cares about the issues.

    "Beware the leader who bangs the drums of war in order to whip the citizenry into a patriotic fervor, for patriotism is indeed a double-edged sword. It both emboldens the blood, just as it narrows the mind. And when the drums of war have reached a fever pitch and the blood boils with hate and the mind has closed, the leader will have no need in seizing the rights of the citizenry. Rather, the citizenry, infused with fear and blinded by patriotism, will offer up all of their rights unto the leader and gladly so." How do I know? For this is what I have done. And I am Caesar – Julius Caesar

    August 5, 2008 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  3. Rob indetroit

    John MCbush is old ,senile, and a big fat lier. can we trust this man in the white house? No we can't Obama in 08.

    August 5, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    There's nothing MAVERICK about McCain any more.

    He's nowhere close to being an INDEPENDANT either... he is true GOP slime and it only took the GOP 8 years to corrupt him. He has become everything he once abhorred. Right down to becoming an 'oil man' and furthering the lack-of-intelligence mentality Dubya made popular.

    Offshore oil-drilling will NOT make any difference, and THIS COMES FROM THE EXPERTS IN THE INDUSTRY AND THE WHITE HOUSE!!!

    Oil is the crack cocaine that feeds the republican habit.

    August 5, 2008 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  5. banderson

    It's about time. Hit me once shame on you. Hit me again shame on me. Go get him OBAMA!

    August 5, 2008 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  6. LA2NC

    Harley Rider August 5th, 2008 7:56 pm ET

    If Obama becomes President will the Secret Service have to start wearing Bow Ties?
    No, and they won't have to wear bibs or depends if Mccain wins either.

    August 5, 2008 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  7. McWhine

    Hi, Brandon:

    Listen! McCain couldn't remember to pay his property tax. He also incurred more than $250,000 of credit card debt. Did he fix the housing crisis in his home state? Following your logic, tell me how McCain qualify as the President. McCain was born in Panama. He should not be qulified to run for President of USA. Bush is tapping your phone calls & e-mails and you called that protecting your Constitution Bill of Right. WAKE UP!! Don't take pride of being ignorant!

    August 5, 2008 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  8. Gary Kozacek

    I heard that Oboma has found a way to Flip on Drilling offshore. He found it to be a lot Cheaper and a lot faster then any one else. He could just Raise his arms and Part the water. So drilling can be at ground level and faster and safer to produce oil. He has my vote, I am a long time Independent.

    August 5, 2008 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  9. Chula

    Obama is the last person who should be throwing mud at McCain.

    This Democrat would much rather have a Maverick in the White House than a Democrat who participated in a RACIST CHURCH for over 20 years.

    True Democrats will VOTE NO Obama

    August 5, 2008 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  10. Cubanos de Florida

    insane in the membrane.old man time is catching up McCaine.
    you can't keep playing the same repug game and not expect a smack down.


    August 5, 2008 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  11. Al

    Anyone NOT making over 150K per year (single income), is nuts to vote for McCain. He has the exact same agenda as Bush and will allow the top one percent (richest of the rich) and lobbyist to keep a stranglle hold on special interests that profit them, at our expense. If you vote for McCain, don't cry when it's your job that gets outsourced to India or China. Chances are you're NOT rich, so why would you vote for a politician that caters to the rich? You can't be that ignorant...can you?

    August 5, 2008 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  12. bk

    If you want to see what Obama is going to do for you, take a look at what he has done for Illinois. NOTHING! Now thats change you can believe in. He is all talk and reads speeches written by a 23 year old. You have been bamboozled.

    August 5, 2008 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  13. Doris,Memphis,TN

    Obama ! Obama! Obama!

    President Elect

    August 5, 2008 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  14. nancy

    McCain is a buffoon. We don't need another president as stupid or even more stupid than the one we have right now.
    ANOTHER four years? I don't think so.

    August 5, 2008 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  15. Dan

    There is nothing positive about Mccain.
    He wants to tap into ANWR when there is no guarantee that that oil will even stay within the US for consumption. He wants to sell it to the Chinese or Indians, so you can kiss that preserve goodbye.

    August 5, 2008 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  16. Jo Ann

    Go Obama speak up for yourself-RNC is playing the same old games
    ex[ecting the same results it won't work this time.

    Let McCain put Cindy in Cow chip contest she might win then the RNC can put that in a commerical.

    August 5, 2008 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  17. victorhill

    McCain And His 4 Billion Dollar Shoes!
    Drill Drill Drill, If It's Inland First!

    August 5, 2008 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  18. RB

    Why couldn't CNN link to the Obama add?? They certainly ran the McCain ad a few thousand times since Friday. Way to help McBush with free air time!

    August 5, 2008 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  19. Ed

    Must be that Democrats sleep until 5:00 in the afternoon. The blog crap!

    August 5, 2008 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  20. dave

    Obama is a suit, nothing more.

    August 5, 2008 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  21. seanm

    McCain has no energy plan. He's in the pocket of the rich oil men just like George Bush is. He'll sell away all of our natural resources for a song. What do you expect though from a guy who doesn't even know the price of gas.

    August 5, 2008 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  22. Tyler in Raleigh

    McCain missed several votes on energy bills, and when he does vote its AGAINST renewable energy or increases in mpg standards.

    Now he is pandering and pretending he cares... hes been in Washington for ages, why didn't he care about energy until this month?

    August 5, 2008 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  23. Terrance

    Conservatives should start a boycott against CNN for their biased election coverage.

    August 5, 2008 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  24. Michael

    It sure would be nice if you would present some facts instead of a bunch of rhetoric, oh I'm sorry you have no facts to back up your rhetoric. You need to learn a thing or two about the Constitution, no President can simply do away with an amendment. If you paid attention in school you would know it take a 2/3rd majority vote in Congress plus 2/3rd of the states to ratify the change.

    Illinois school problem is a state problem, we are having the same problem here in Nevada. Seeing that the schools in Illinois get their money from the state budget, I do not see how a US Senator controls this fact. Reed or Ensign have no control of the Nevada State budget, it presides in the purview of the state legislators and the governor.

    As far as federal funding for the schools, you need to put the blame where it belongs and that would be with our current President. He has decided a war is more important than our children's education. The real problem here is why am I having to explain simple facts you should already be aware of, answer that question for me please.

    August 5, 2008 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  25. Darrel from Denver

    Cue the Republicans whining about the so-called attack ads.....

    They can't take what they dish out. Even more to their chagrin, these ads are more truthful than the ones they run. They hit too close to home and it hurts their feelings, poor things.

    What is it they always like to say? If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen. Cry-babies

    August 5, 2008 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
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