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. Marie in California

    Saying McCain is another Bush is like saying Obama is another JFK. Both are far, far, far from reality.

    McCain can't sink as low as Bush, while Obama could never ascend to the greatness of JFK, no matter how hard he tried. In fact, he wouldn't even be good enough to shine JFK's shoes!

    Instead, Obama is a Far Left extremist mushball like Jimmy Carter....and we don't need a second Carter term in the presidency. The first one was disastrous enough!

    I'll vote Democrat again when the party gives me someone I can vote the meantime......

    If not Hillary, then McCain!


    August 5, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  2. Kimberly

    Any issues that made him the "Maverick" he's flip-flopped on and is now lock step in line with the rest of the Republicans that have lead our country into war and recession.

    According to the Houston Chronicle, big oil companies donated $900,000 to McCain's campaign in June, compared to $40,000 and $96,000 in April and May. What happened in June? He decided to support off shore oil drilling and backed away from conservation policies. Hmmm.

    August 5, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  3. Teresa

    On Target!!!
    Shut this Old Man Up!!!!

    McCain's playing games,
    Obama is SERIOUS about making a change for the BETTER!

    August 5, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  4. ken

    The only thing different about Obama and Osama is BS.

    August 5, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  5. Denver Dem

    Yes Yes, More of this get that old goon. How dare they mock tire pressures, especially when Nascar and the transportation department prove it is tru. I hope these ads set the ignorant straigght. Also watch I.O.U.S.A. trailer or go see the movie, will blow your mind how much in debt we are from Bush and McCain.


    August 5, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  6. Ed, Santa Fe, NM


    August 5, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  7. shell

    GO BAMA GO!!!

    August 5, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  8. Annoyed

    McCain is a tool. And his wife is just your street corner fun box ready to sell herself to the highest foreign bidder. Wonder if John is actually the pimp?

    August 5, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  9. Eric-PA

    Too bad Obama will lose this November. lol lol lol. Obama's poll numbers continue to decline in the battleground states. I guess he'll go back to being a street organizer. lol lol

    August 5, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  10. Tammy - KCMO

    "Ahh, shipping jobs over seas. Interesting point, and a valid one when it comes to McCain beliefs. His own wife agree's with him as well. Why else would she be part of those to benefit from the huge Budweiser sale to a foreign country."

    Very true statement. I used to think McCain was okay to the point I would vote for him a few years ago.

    He's no longer a maverick. He's in lock step with Republican ideaology and Bush policies.

    Excellent and TRUE ad Obama!

    August 5, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  11. Cynthia - Arkansas

    Obama finally lets loose. He didn't want this negative campaign, but they would have eaten him alive. I think that's what Bush's, Oh I mean McSame's people were hoping for. Obama has way more ammunition to use against them. They shouldn't have started it.

    McSame keeps howling for debates. He had better be careful what he ask for. Obama will make him look like a total idiot. I can't wait to see them! Maybe America will wake up then! Do we want the smart, articulate guy or do we want the one who doesn't have a clue about what's even going on? If the American people are sick of Bush, then why would they even consider someone who's attached at the hip with the exact same people?

    August 5, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  12. jenna in CA

    If Obama and democrats were smart, they would take their own advice and actually discuss Obama's ideas. OH WAIT, he has none besides tax and spend. FYI Mccain is not Bush, and if that is you only argument you truly are as pathetic as our democratic congress that has failed to accomplish anything.

    Ps. the WORST thing you can do to an economy in a recession or nearing a recession is to raise taxes. Please people, study some economics before you vote for a socialist.

    August 5, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  13. smile!!!!

    rob.......where did you learn your economics? at the flea market?.....get real man your candidate is a complete fraud.....did you noticed how some of the motorcyclists were revving up? because they had enough of the navy cap.....and when he mocked about Mr. Obama´s suggestion of tire inflation some in the crowd yelled: It Is The Right Thing To Do.......Go away what a Maveriot.

    August 5, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  14. Bulldog

    What goes around comes around.

    McCain = 1/2 Bush + 1/2 Cheney

    August 5, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  15. paul

    I don't know who is more stupid Obama or the people that want to vote for the fool.

    If you people believe we can solve these problems with windmills then you better dig deep into your pockets for wads of cash because it alone will never solve this problem.

    We need to start using our own resources of Oil, Natural gas and Nuclear power. If not then we will just keep getting nowhere fast.

    And keep in mind Obama has no problem with you paying over $4 for gas he in fact would like to see it go even higher.

    To him and most Democrats anything that hurts this country makes them feel good.

    August 5, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  16. jacqueline oberlander

    I would like to know if John McCain or Barack Obama will talk about the troops who have done 3 to 4 tours of Irag. The Country of Irag should be saver, however just when we thought everything, surge kids going to school than a woman blows herself up is it proof that things are a little better or a lot better I just want to know where are they going to get the troops to go to afgan or Irag for the 5th and 6th time.

    August 5, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  17. Informed Voter

    John August 5th, 2008 7:47 pm ET

    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.
    Obama is just stating the Truth with facts ... This is much different from the attack ADs ... Mc Cain released ...... You need to get your head examined

    August 5, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  18. Chuck, Montgomery, AL

    Bill – you're ignorant – tell me you'd let McSleaze slap you over and over with lies and not at least try to correct the demented old fool.


    Go Obama

    August 5, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  19. NVH

    LOL!!!!!!! Way to go Barack smack him down!!!!!!!! the out of touch lying OLD FART!! I loved this ad a lot.

    August 5, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  20. Dan, TX

    McCain is a liar, plain and simple. He's so arrogant he thinks he can fool the Amercan people into believing his BS. He is an amoral old fool. The good think about McCain is he is motivating us to register every human in the country against him. I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore, I'm going to do something about it.

    August 5, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  21. Two Evils

    America- the time has come to get rid of these two Evils-one is leaving and we got to make sure the other -McEvil doesn't come any closer.
    Get rid of him before the election.
    McIdiot is not taking the election seriously. His jokes, he lies, he reduclues, he mocks, his negative attacks, he is out of touch with the public.
    He is so consumed with hate and jealously of Obama .
    Old grumpy thinks by sporting his chic wife at a bike- remember BAM BAM, now RIV RIV. What the hell is that?
    Take one look at this couple, you can make up your mind that they are not the WH materials.
    26 years in Washington and that is what he learned-Ignorance.

    August 5, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  22. Andrew

    "However, Obama himself voted for a 2005 energy bill backed by Bush that included billions in subsidies for oil and natural gas production, a measure Cheney played a major role in developing. McCain opposed the bill on grounds it included billions in unnecessary tax breaks for the oil industry." -AP

    August 5, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  23. paul

    I cannot believe how Democrats just love to steal money from people or companies that earn it.

    Hey folks just because you're too lazy to work and make a living, leave us that do alone.

    I'm tired of my money being used on people that just keep making babies and dont do anything for our economy other then just bleed it dry!!!

    August 5, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  24. EqualBranchesofGovernment

    If President Bush had taken "leadership" and urged Americans to "sacrafice" for the Iraq war the way President Roosevelt had done during WWII in that effort......We wouldn't be paying the prices for foreign oil we are now.........Instead President Bush only encouraged Americans to keep shopping at the malls and driving their SUV's!!

    But let's tell Congress to return to session to fix an energy policy that the BUSH administration and Repubican controlled Congress(until 2006) had 5 years to come up with!

    August 5, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  25. Allen in Hartwell GA

    If Obama and crew, and the rest of us out here, continue to point out the difference between McCain as he'd like to be seen, and McCain as he really is, then maybe, maybe, we can convince voters that there is something worse than a black man as president – another four years of Bush mismanagement for instance.

    August 5, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
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