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. Sean

    CNN, please LINK the AD!!. Let the American people see the facts for themselves.

    August 5, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  2. mpl in va

    Hey Who Cares, what you fail to realize is that if John McLIAR wins this election, the toilet will be FLUSHED. and EVERY ONE of us is gonna wind up in the septic tank!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 5, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  3. Veronica

    The Obama strategy is to define McCain as a Bush clone blah-blah-blah. If that is the clearest message he can muster he will fail. Sounds like a pretty shallow game plan to me. If he's really serious about winning he'd stop trying to run against Bush and point by point critique McCain's ideas for campaign finance reform, immigration reform, and the most recent idea a league of Democracies throughout the world. Then, he'd propose his own ideas and argue why they're better.

    August 5, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  4. RealityKing

    Obama tells his supporters that half of America is ignorant , the Republican half, while at the same time telling them that it was McCain, and not him, that backed Bush's energy plan!?

    Ooops.., call the progressive media! Cover over, political makeup! Put a rush on it!!!

    August 5, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  5. Howard

    Commenting on the tire gauge thing, the post had closed when I read it. If the republicans claim by Obama's statement that his energy policy is properly inflating our tires then are we to think that John McCain's health care plan is the application of sunscreen because he made a speech about the importance of using sunscreen? Should Democrats be laughing and throwing tubes of sun screen around? I would rather see everyone act adult and say OK sunscreen helps protect from cancer and proper tire pressure saves gas and move on to real issues. No more race cards or celebrity and talk of how good things will be at the end of the first term and more talk of how we will get there.

    August 5, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  6. Vig

    Read the editoral in today's San Francisco Chronicle about Obama's flip-flops from a newspaper that endorsed him over Clinton, that thought he was the 2nd coming – not anymore. They hit the nail on the head. Obama's flip-flops are nothing more than trying to score points with the American voter. He must think this is a basketball game and we are the spectators. This guy doesn't know the difference between loyalty and whining, between committment and "it's all about me". What a fool.

    August 5, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  7. Roger from CA

    Bill and others: Responding to false attacks, and pointing out the fallacies IN THE POLICIES of one's opponent is NOT what is meant by "negative campaigning"!!

    "Negative campaigning" involves attacking the person and the character, which in theory is fine (since we want a fine person of good character as the President) if done without distortion and lies, and if done without playing to the worst of fears and prejudices.

    It is appropriate–and NECESSARY–to point out the weaknesses in the opponent's policy positions.

    August 5, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  8. Ken

    And Obama said he was a different kind of candidate and would run a clean campaign. Obama is just like any other politicians. Tells you what you want to hear and does just the opposite. Who does Obama think he is kidding?

    Obama is just a big Flip-Flopper!

    The only way that he is going to beat McCain in November is by having Hillary Clinton on the ticket as his VP. Better yet, if at the convention the delegates will vote instead of for Obama, that they would change their vote and vote Hillary Clinton as their nominee. So Cooool!

    August 5, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  9. Peter of Oregon

    PUMA = Poor Unwise Mindless Anarchist a.k.a. during this election I PUMA sycophant voted as a Democrat but I am a Republican in disguise working toward them winning at any cost.

    August 5, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  10. go away mongers- Ventura ca

    McFear Mongers:

    August 5, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  11. Pat

    McCain and Bush are not only locked in step they are also locked in mind. And that greatly concerns me. Eight years of the Bush Warped Mentality, Arrogance and Dictatorship should open the eyes of anyone even considering a vote for McSame.

    August 5, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  12. Bulldog

    McCain is worse than Bush.

    They said the same things about JFK as they are saying about Obama.

    You've seen the results.

    August 5, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  13. mpl in va

    and brandon, where you born stupid or did you study to get that way?

    August 5, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  14. Tom in New Hope, MN

    John McCain calls himself a MAVERICK. We don't need another maverick president. We need a president that will work across the aisle to solve Americas great quantity of problems which have been brought upon us by the great decider – George Bush. Go it alone Bush is his own MAVERICK. I have had my fill of MAVERICKs!

    Vote Wisley!

    August 5, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |




    OBAMA 2008/2012

    August 5, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  16. DAN

    McCains plan for the surge has been an incredible proof of judgement. Obamas position against the surge shows his lack of judgement when it comes to security, which in the end means saving precious life. Obama who obviously wanted the surge to fail which meant more soldiers getting blown up and dying just for his own political gain in 08 is disgusting. It makes all other issues he's been flip flopping on irelevant. Obama is just not fit to lead a great nation. His ego is his weakness.

    August 5, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  17. RJ, CA

    AN BLATANT DIS-CONNECT BETWEEN OBAMA AND BAYH: Must be Obama wants Indiana badly enough to "gloss over" the obvious:

    • Bayh supported Hillary Clinton NOT Obama during the primaries.
    • Bayh was an early supporter of the Bush administration's policies on Iraq. On October 2, 2002, Bayh joined President George W. Bush and Congressional leaders in a Rose Garden ceremony announcing their agreement on the joint resolution authorizing the Iraq War
    • Bayh's record is one of a genuinely FISCALLY CONSERVATIVE Democrat - TOTALLY UNLIKE ULTRA-LIBERAL "SPEND-SPEND" OBAMA.
    • Bayh was selected by Bill Clinton to give the keynote address at the 1996 Democratic National Convention to reinforce his efforts to cast himself and the Democratic Party with a new MODERATE image - CLEARLY UNLIKE ULTRA-LIBERAL OBAMA.
    • Evan Bayh appeared on CNN's Late Edition in January 2006 and referred to the "radical, almost delusional nature of the Iranian regime" and . . . their recent sponsoring of terrorism, their search for a nuclear weapon - ought to be a wake-up call to every American. APPEASEMENT WON'T WORK - CLEARLY UNLIKE ULTRA-LIBERAL OBAMA.


    Go figure!

    August 5, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  18. mike

    no negative campaigning right obama? of course not
    Public campaign financing?
    Oil Drilling?
    Iraq timetables?

    The flipflops are piling up
    out of touch, out of ideas

    August 5, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  19. Fr. Raymond Clark

    McSame's hanging out with bikers at Sturgis did nothing to repair eight years of the BuschReich's witless world-wide "me-first diplomacy"; Obama's appearance before 200,000 enthusiastic Germans DID. Don't forget: the President is not just the President of the US; he's the "leader of the free world." Busch single-handedly crashed the national and world economies, contributed to pollution and global warming, ran the US budget into multi-billion-dollar deficit, etc. etc. etc. ... it will be up to President OBAMA to try and fix that mess, though it DOES resemble the Aegean Stables. That said, I know where the HOSE needs to go: the US Capitol *and* the White House.

    If they can't run the country responsibly, then VOTE THEM OUT OF OFFICE ... Republican OR Democrat.

    Father Raymond
    San Diego

    August 5, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  20. Andrea

    Brandon, are you for real? You obviously didn't go to school and learn how to research facts. Are the schools in Tx perfect? Better yet, are the schools right outside the whitehouse in DC perfect? Why does do the Ill. schools have to be perfect? Does it have to do with the fact that Senator Obama is an educated man? WOW, you people never cease to amaze me.

    August 5, 2008 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  21. Jim

    CNN you are a joke with your claim that your impartial. You are so pro McCain it is discusting

    August 5, 2008 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |

    Marie your'e a fool – McNothing will follow in Bush's footsteps – he'll do what he can to take away alot of womens' rights cause he's got no real respect for women so you're a really stupid PUMA

    August 5, 2008 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  23. jimmy velman

    McCain is right not only on Offdhore drilling for oil and gas, Clean Coal , and Nuclear Power ,,plants as many as we can build in the next 5 years.
    The nation of FRANCE has more nuclear power plants and doing OK
    with no accidents and they get more electricity from them than we do.
    Obama sure did not even notice this remarkable achievement in France when he went to Europe and that is why Obama opposes these sources of energy that McCain is proposing. AND 70 to 75% of Americans are in favor
    of McCain's plans and proposals for Energy independnce.

    August 5, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  24. jm from sc

    Brandon, It won't work this time.

    Obama 08

    August 5, 2008 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  25. T

    Paris Hilton for President

    August 5, 2008 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
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