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. Michael, Oregon

    Obama needs to play that clip of McCain on TV over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over until the tape wears out

    August 5, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  2. KE

    Once a hero, always a hero.

    This new finding about Obama’s birth certificate may spread faster than we think while the MSM sitting on the news. People might not talk about it but the polls will.

    August 5, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  3. laurie

    McBush3 has shown his Maverick statis has left as well as the "Straight Talk Express".I as a American Want to see JohnWMcBush3's Mental Records.We deserve to see them.We have had Complete Incompetance in the White House for 8yrs .WE DESERVE BETTER!WE DESERVE SOMEONE WITH A BRAIN AND IT AIN'T MCCAIN!OBAMA08!

    August 5, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  4. steve

    Give it to those Thugs, Obama. There days is numbered.

    August 5, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  5. Annie

    Now do we have to rush off to again and see how much of this ad is misleading ? The other ad he put out implies oil companies gave to McCain when that has been illegal since 1918. The amount he received was only 1.3 million and not over 2 million while Obama himself collected close to 400,000. Then the tax breaks to big oil companies are not speciicialy for them but for ALL companies and businesses of which they happen to be a part of. Let's not go calling other people's ads ignorant when your own are deliberately misleading to put it mildl, and Obama himself voted FOR the Cheney energy plan in the Senate. .

    August 5, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  6. Informed Voter

    Nice!!!!! .... Keep Them coming Obama .. this is what you should have been doing from the start ... keep this Chap on the Defensive ....

    No more Mr. Nice Guy ..... Just air Ads with The Truth & Facts .. Leave the Lies & Distortions to Mc Cain

    August 5, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  7. Iman

    LOL! Isn't this the 3rd attack ad from Obama today? I'm loving this. Give that Republican a good beating!!

    August 5, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  8. Bill

    I thought Obama wasn't going to go negative and be a typical politician. I guess he's just like the rest of the politicians, just more of a hypocrite.

    August 5, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  9. Former g.o.p.

    McCain gets big bucks from Hess Oil, just after he switches his position on offshore oil drilling.
    After 8 years of the bush/cheney oilmen we end up with $ 4.00 per gallon oil and the g.o.p. screaming for more drilling, more tax cuts for the oil cartel and offering nothing to get us off our addiction.

    Oil is the crack cocaine that feeds the republican habit.

    August 5, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  10. Bayou Joe

    This ignorant Republic will make sure that you are not elected in November. Me and redneck brothers that cling to our guns and religion will vote for McCain., since you and the DNC took out our
    candidate and stole the nomination. The Democratic party has been hijacked and we will not sit idly by while you and your Socialists destroy the Party of our fathers.

    August 5, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  11. Crush Rush

    Its time to take Republicans to the wood shed and beat the snot out them and I dont mean just verbally.

    August 5, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  12. Used2bdemocrat

    Since when is obama an energy czar? You would think with his ideas that obama is a master mechanic now. You konw the one that has all the tools? I guess his energy policy explains why I saw all the kids at the nearby college store all waiting in line at the air pump. For people who supposedly have high IQ's and are the educated ones they sure do follow the one to a tee don't they. I wonder if the air pump had as much hot air in it as obama does? I wonder what brain trust idea obama will come out with. Hopefully it isn't following obama down the road of marxist socialism.


    August 5, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  13. RB

    Let him have it Obama, you're no John Kerry!

    McCain was a maverick, he only voted along with George Washington only 25% of the time!

    August 5, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  14. John

    A week ago you guys were saying that McCain's negative ad's were shameful and evil, yet now when Obama does the same it's okay

    What is this???

    Sounds kinda like hypocrisy to me, but I guess it's okay since Obama is only trying to inject HUMOR into the race.

    August 5, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  15. Ron Nebraska

    The only possible way this election can be close is the result of a' journalists' in the news media not doing their job and the overwhelming stupidity of the average american voter.

    August 5, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  16. OH

    It is about time the Obama camp it McCain where it hurts. Time to expose their lies, twisted ego and arrogant misdeeds.

    Just too funny how so many fall for the NeoCon war baiting and fear mongering AND if you ask them, they'll swear it's the truth; just like what they read in the tabloids. Hmmm...I wonder, can the NeoCons read or are they simply dumb?

    August 5, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  17. Turnabout is Fair Play

    It's a pleasure to see Obama giving McCain a taste of the bullsh!t he's been dosing out against Obama since he was successful overseas. The Rethugnicans really have absolutely NOTHING they can say or use to help the American people and that is why they are resorting to the crap and stupid games they have been playing recently. Pwn them Obama like the Democrat God we know you are!

    August 5, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  18. Delguy

    You can't change anything unless you win! Just keep pounding that McBush is the last thing we need! I want every voter in this country to go in the booth with one thought. McCAIN will be just like BUSH! CASE CLOSED!!!!!

    August 5, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  19. Marj,Paso Robles, Cal

    McCains spots have been more accurate and funnier.

    August 5, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  20. Mark Bryant

    FINALLY!!!!!!!! Go get him OBAMA!!!!!!! Tell like it is. This is how we win.

    August 5, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  21. rob

    If thats all they have is to tie McCain to Bush they are desperate. McCain is winning the energy debate because he is right about "all of the above" and Obama spouts the party line of renewables only. There is no way the Dem plan will reduce gas prices now either, at least McCain admits it and he does have a real comprehensive energy plan that includes our own resources of Oil, Natural gas, Nuclear power and supporting the creation of renewable energy in the future while not hurting the economy in the short term.

    August 5, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  22. Harley Rider

    If Obama becomes President will the Secret Service have to start wearing Bow Ties?

    August 5, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  23. smile!!!!

    please keep hiting as hard and often as you can,it´s the only way to play their game: PUNCHING and JABBING.......let´s see how the NUMBSKULL Repugnants respond.....and then hit right back.....they´ll more Mr. Nice Guy

    August 5, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |

    That's just works on so many levels!!!

    OBAMA '08

    August 5, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  25. Jerry

    all you have to do is tell the truth about John McCain..he's against everything that he's in favor of ..just give him ten minutes to figure out where George Bush and he'll be following like a lap dog..If you loved George Bush you'll love John McCain..four more years

    August 5, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
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