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. Brian G, Sugar Land, TX

    McCain...a maverick in his own mind. Trouble is the dementia that has set in causes him to forget he is already out of his mind. Not entirely unlike the Pres. No wonder they are in lockstep.

    August 5, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  2. victorhill

    Remember when Sen. McCain Said This;

    "McCain said in April, “I’m sorry to tell you that the price of oil — as far as I can tell — is not gonna go down anytime soon until we eliminate our dependency on it. We can do that as a nation — we can turn out the lights five minutes earlier, we don’t have to drive the extra block.”

    What’s wrong with this? Nothing in particular. In fact, it’s probably about as sensible as what Obama said about inflating our tires and getting regular tune-ups.

    The difference is, Dems didn’t spend a week getting “giddy” about using lightbulbs as a political prop and insisting that McCain’s entire energy policy is composed of turning off the lights.

    Obama 08

    Say NO To Sen. MoeClown, and his other Stooges.
    Tell Them To Put Those Tire Gages You Know Where, Since They Don't Want To Use Them!

    August 5, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  3. raheen PA

    Now thats the true McSame Love IT. Obama08

    August 5, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  4. Jenny, Rio Vista, CA

    Wasn't the original Maverick James Gardner?

    August 5, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  5. Peter (CA)

    Keep hitting them Senator Obama!

    The Repbulicans are trying to hide Bush at the convention and Cheney might not even show but the truth about their ties and shared views need to be pushed over and over.

    August 5, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |

    McCain in 2003: The Iraq war is going to be easy.

    McCain in 2007: Those who thought the war was going to be a cake walk were naive.......!


    August 5, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  7. chris

    well it seems like mccain is flip-flopping on another thing.

    August 5, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  8. miguel

    "for tax breaks for companies that shift jobs overseas."

    Presumably Obama favors tax hikes for companies that ship jobs overseas? Please explain how that will encourage these companies to hire more U.S. employees. I dare you.

    August 5, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  9. Kevin-Seattle

    NOW THAT IS A GREAT AD!!! Nice job!! Keep going Obama!!

    August 5, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  10. Lesley

    I agree with Chris. McCain said at the nuclear power plant today that people notice what you vote for and not just what you say. McCain should check his own voting record in the future because it's not just energy bills. Same goes for the GI bills and equal pay for women and actually lying about having voted for bills like the MLK holiday not to mention other bills he claims to have voted for that he missed altogether.

    August 5, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  11. Remy

    McCain represnts Bush and nothing else. McCain is not different from Bush. He also wants the big companies to make huge profits at the expense of ordinary working Americans.

    August 5, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  12. Brian

    Except that John McCain voted against oit giveaways while Obama voted for them. McCain should sue for libel. i'd like to see Obama defend himself in court. And how come no one cares when Obama goes negative but when McCain goes negative the press are all over him? Yet another common sense comment, left unposted because of liberal medai bias.

    August 5, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  13. Somebody

    Excellent, excellent rebuttal. Keep jabbing. Don't let McCain loose.
    Go obama.

    August 5, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  14. carlo

    You know enough is enough and too much stinks. I think Obama has finally had his fill of the childish games and flat out lies McCain is feeding us. That's how you do it!

    August 5, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  15. Rascal

    Lets wait for the debates. Obama will crush the old idiot.


    August 5, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  16. RENEA

    In the Mccain ads and in his stump speech he states he supports GI issues,women,health care,civil rights,energy,taxes and on and on.Yet the Mccain voting record shows these thing to be untrue.Obama needs to call him out every day on a different issue.

    August 5, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  17. Who 2 Vote 4???


    August 5, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  18. JOHN


    August 5, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  19. Sig, Los Angeles CA

    This issue is whether or not the media covers these hits by Obama like they cover the hits from McCain – I doubt it since they haven't called out McCain once.

    August 5, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  20. al phillips

    This is CERTAINLY not the 2004 or 2000 Election

    This is what we call "Rapid Response" by Obama Special Forces. These guys are BRILLIANT and SMART

    Obama / Hagel 08

    August 5, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  21. KH

    Excellent Ad, keep hitting em and hit em hard!!

    August 5, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  22. True

    John McCain is "The Real Maverick" for Big Oil!!!

    August 5, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  23. grant

    Obama has to do this for the next 96 days! This will be a good ad to run and re run, because many voters won't tune in or get it until october. This ad(and/or various versions)needs to be run every week from here on out to ensure the message sticks.

    August 5, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  24. bill for barack

    What does a 95% record of voting WITH Dubya say to you ?
    Other than the obvious fact that someone is an idiot – and a liar.

    August 5, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  25. ran

    The TRUTH shall set you free and OBAMA'S truth will set us all free again. People open your eyes and ears don't let the republicans lies and fear stop you from doing the right thing by voiting DEMOCRAT.

    August 5, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
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