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. ps

    Ah, so the "new politics" of Senator Obama are actually negative attack ads?

    August 5, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  2. yfwang

    Of course, it is not surprising that McCain voted along the party lines on most issues because he is a Republican. But he also reached across the aisle to seek compromise with Democrats on many issues. He is proven to be independent, visionary not easily swinging by political wind. He gets my vote.

    August 5, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  3. obama is the most dangerous man alive

    What's more juvenile than a make believe presidential seal.
    Or a presidential candidate posing for reporters on his airplane – twirling around in his jeans.
    Or a middle-aged presidential candidate kissing up to disgusting rappers just to look cool.
    Time to send another donation to McCain.

    August 5, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  4. Franky

    "WHAT?? Didn't we all know that Bush is also a Maverick? ~_~"

    LOL!!!! Hey, hey! That's the past, let it be, LOL!!!

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


    August 5, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  6. John - texas

    i think the obama haters are finally getting tired....

    August 5, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  7. wiser

    Guess who voted for President's Bush "Oil Bill?" The ultimate flip-flopper Senator "I will take both positions" Obama!

    Democrats for McCain!

    August 5, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  8. Gail in SC

    Great Ad!!! Hit him again and again on this. Battle ground states need this ad immediately! Also, he was brilliant at the town hall in Berea today.

    CNN why no ability to actually see the ad in motion! Let's give Barack the same free air time you gave John last week. MSM left bias my behind!

    August 5, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  9. Retired Veteran from New York City, NY

    Yes indeed! That's the kind of ads that Obama camp need to show the people of America. No negative ads just plain true. I hope that Obama uses McCain own voice on every ad. This guy was miniature of President Bush on every issue. Yes he voted 95% on Bush's issues and policies.

    I'm hoping that Obama camp ties Bush and Cheney with McCain on every ad. Thanks Obama for the common sense that your camp has shwon.

    August 5, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  10. mike s.

    Hmmmm. I thought The One was soooooo above attack ads and typical D.C. politics. Give me a break. This guy is the biggest sham there ever was.

    August 5, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  11. Scott L

    How come whenever CNN writes about a McCain ad it is always "this negative ad" but Obama's ads are never "negative" even when attacking.

    Biased for sure...glad I am hear as the voice of reason all these flavor aid drinking demotreehuggers.

    August 5, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  12. EBC, MD

    KEEP THESE ATTACKS COMMING!!!! Republicans HATE the truth. It's something they are not familiar with.

    VOTE for McCain is a VOTE for BUSH/CHENEY!!!

    August 5, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  13. fred

    If McCain represents a Bush 3rd term, then why don't conservatives like McCain??

    The truth is, that he is a Maverick.

    August 5, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  14. Ilona Hussein Proud Canadian



    August 5, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  15. USA

    McCain is in bed with big oil!! Did you guys hear McCluless volunteer his wife for a nude pagent!!!! He doesn't have a clue!!!!

    August 5, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  16. Who Cares?

    I feel like I am in a schoolyard. Obama said this, McCain said that...blah, blah, blah. Then you have the reporting....more blah, blah, blah. I am so tired of this back and forth nonsense and these silly marketing techniques, faux presidential seals, embroidered presidential chairs, who had whose love child, the drooling fan base, the drug addicted wife, and on and on and on. In the meantime, we have the war, the middle east threat, the economy in the toilet, job losses, but what the hell let's continue this ridiculous popularity contest. Neither candidate is going to be great! It's our job to hold them accountable, not hold them on a pedestal. Please, give me my country back

    August 5, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  17. Joseph, Los Angeles California

    Keep up the good work Obama team. The world and this nation has got to see what McCain is all about. Get the word out.

    August 5, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  18. Big D

    It's true that McCain ia a maverick in name only. He's been trying to appease the conservative base so much that he's lost all claims he once had of credibility, or of being a maverick. And what's with this message that McCain kinda sorta but not really is too nice a guy to have these negative ads (his advisors have to coerce him to go negative?) but yet he's said that he's proud of them. So McCain is trying to be a nice guy but be negative too, and it just proves that he's not a maverick. He's willing to lose his integrity to win an election.

    August 5, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  19. Democrat for John McCain

    CNN, you cannot close the comments immediately without giving everybody chance to comment for the earlier news about the tire gauge and tun-up thing. Barack, you are a disgrace to our party. Presidential candidate does not have to tell me to take care of my car and say that I can save 10% of the gas. (Evidently, today you said it is 3% of saving). You do not have any solutions to the energy crisis. This shows that you do not have experience to solve our problems. Go away.

    August 5, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  20. Former Repub

    Great Ad
    the man's own words admitted he's lockstep with bush

    OBAMA 08

    August 5, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  21. jd

    Intelligent! Hit McSurge where it hurts( our pockets) Good for you Obama!

    August 5, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  22. Rebuplican for Obama!

    Exactly – no more McJealous, McNegative, McPander!

    August 5, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  23. Roger from CA

    Not directly on point, but I can't seem to post this on the air gauge ticker article:

    Anyone can parse apart any statement by anyone else, rip one tiny piece out of context, and blow it up and make it the subject of ridicule.

    Perhaps that might be a skill I'd want in a staff writer on Jon Stewart (though the quality of this is far below that fine show's standards), but it has nothing to do with what I want from a candidate for the US Presidency.

    I love satire as much as the next guy, but leave satire it to the satirists. We don't need clowns in the White House: we need intelligent, creative, respectful, resourceful, charismatic leaders.

    As Obama says, the facts are on his side. As an article in Time showed yesterday, the immediate 3-4% fuel economy improvement from properly-inflated tires IS, in and of itself, much more impactful on the oil economics than the 2% potential increase in the oil supply resulting decades from now from offshore drilling.

    August 5, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  24. Sean

    And the quote from McCain saying he's voted with the President over 90% of the time was before McCain even flipped on issues like Bush's tax cuts, which means that he's even more in lockstep with Bush than he was back then.

    And yeah, what's up with not linking the Obama commercial, CNN? You linked McCain's ad....

    August 5, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  25. homestead

    by john mccain is too old to be president.

    August 5, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
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