August 13th, 2008
11:50 AM ET
10 years ago

Obama ad: McCain's Iraq policies harm the U.S. economy

New Obama ad says McCain’s Iraq policies contributed to economic woes.

New Obama ad says McCain’s Iraq policies contributed to economic woes.

(CNN) - Barack Obama’s campaign is releasing a new ad pointing to John McCain’s support for the Iraq war as one reason for the faltering state of the U.S. economy.

“Economics … by John McCain,” says the announcer in the 30-second spot. “Support George Bush 95 percent of the time. Keep spending ten billion dollars a month for the war in Iraq while the Iraqis sell oil for record prices - giving Iraq a $79 billion oil surplus, and hurting our economy.

“Barack Obama’s plan: End the war responsibly. Better schools. No more tax breaks for oil companies. Barack Obama … the Middle Class first.”

The campaign said the ad is slated to hit the airwaves Thursday in 16 battleground states, including Alaska, Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, New Mexico, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin.

“In the Senate, Barack Obama has voted in lockstep with President George W. Bush nearly half the time, including the Bush-Cheney Energy bill which gave close to 3 billion dollars in new giveaways to Big Oil – a terrible policy that John McCain opposed," said McCain spokesman Tucker Bounds. "The truth is Barack Obama’s plan is a job killing machine that ignores the struggling economy and raises taxes on family savings, social security and small businesses.”

soundoff (187 Responses)
  1. Mike

    Get 'em! Apparently people cant read or do any kind of research on their own, so it will be important for Obama to tell them how it is.

    August 13, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  2. Dave, Illinois

    Obama is a snake oil salesman.

    August 13, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  3. Andrew in OR

    Finally someone has said it; we need to stop spending money overseas and start spending it here at home.

    August 13, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  4. Judgement over experience

    Barack, you are running a brilliant campaign while still maintaining your positive message. If you run this country like your campaign America will be great again. Just no hillary please, we don't need her or her kind back in the white house. Besides she has proven she cannot lead, she ran a poor campaign and poorly managed its finances.

    August 13, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  5. bob in LA

    why is an ad news? Is there so little going on in the world that they need to do stories on ads?

    August 13, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  6. McDrill here and Now.

    Obama, don't ever let us forget what a rsiky President John McCain will be.
    I don't why people believe Empty suit without wisdom McCain has experience in foreign policy. John McCain just instigatedGeorgia and made the situation worst. Even the SURGE can not help him.

    August 13, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  7. GG NYC

    CNN, why don't you ever post a link to Obama's ads? You usually see to post a link to McSames.

    August 13, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  8. Veteran for Obama

    McCain = Military Draft

    August 13, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  9. Ex-Republican for Obama

    I was just thinking the other day:

    It's well known that McCain has supported Bush policies 95% of the time. And I think it would be fair to say that Bush, while he's been bad, real bad, by sheer law of averages lucked into the right decision 5% of the time.

    That would make McCain wrong, 100% of the time.

    Pretty scary that Bush is actually BETTER then McCain...VERY scary.

    August 13, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  10. Matt--NE

    More lies from the Obama camp.

    This guys campaign is making Karl Rove look like Mother Theresa!

    August 13, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  11. Former republican white man from california for Obama

    To Richard, Steve Green, and all other PUMAs:

    What would you have Obama do? What would satisfy YOU
    and make YOU feel like Obama is trying to unify the party
    and bring Hillary's supporters into the fold?

    Would you have him come to your home in person and
    personally ask you to vote for him? What do you WANT?!

    Hillary has said publicly that her supporters should back
    Obama and vote for him, yet all I see is people like you
    yelling and screaming and whining and moaning about
    how he's not doing enough for YOU. Obama is even giving
    Hillary a primetime slot at the DNC for her speech.

    I don't understand what more he can do to satisfy YOU.
    Keeping Hillary in the spotlight as a prominent member
    of the Democratic Party should be enough. You should
    follow the request of the woman you support so strongly
    and get behind the person that SHE endorses for this office.

    What more do YOU want?! And the answer can't be "I want
    her to be President," or, "I want her to be VP," because its
    not going to happen. So, aside from those two things,
    what can Obama do to make YOU happy? To get YOU
    to support him? To unify the party?

    Is there ANYTHING? Or do you find joy in just spouting
    anger, resentment, and bitterness? None of you ever
    offer anything up other than, "Obama isn't doing enough
    to make Hillary's supporters happy." Maybe he should
    send you a fruit basket or some cookies?

    And for all the people out there who don't know how to spell:
    The word is "loser," not "looser." The word is "lose," not "loose."
    If you want to say that Obama is going to lose the election,
    and you say, "Obama is going to loose," you sound like a
    complete idiot and lose all credibility on the blogs. Wake up

    August 13, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  12. Lafontaine Benoit

    I just can not watch the ad. Why there is no link? CNN is doing a wonderful job. Go CNN!!!

    August 13, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  13. P, CA

    Thank goodness I live in California in a solid (blue) county that won't change anytime soon. That way, I can look at each of these ads ONCE online and then not have to have them interrupting my TV every two seconds. I hate all commercials, but political ones especially get my goat (#2 on my [poop]list are the ones with "catchy jingles").

    August 13, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  14. Camboo

    Obama 08!

    August 13, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  15. Sweetie

    I'm really happy about the fact that in my state I won't have to see or listen to such non-sense!

    What a Joke!

    The Liberal Democrats taking over congress for the last two years is the reason our economy has totally TANKED.

    With their Puppet at the helm we will continue to go down fast and not be able to recover.

    McCain 08

    August 13, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  16. Brian G, Sugar Land, TX

    In a nut shell, let's start spending money at home here in the USA. Average Americans will be better for it.

    As for Iraq...well, CNN won't post this if I write it.

    August 13, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  17. Shawn - GA

    Talk about grasping at straws.... Obama I am sad to see you getting like this. I liked you better when you were a do nothing say anything people want to hear with no substance guy. Now you are the do nothing say anything be it true or not jut to get elected guy....

    August 13, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  18. Independent_me

    John McShame has already admitted that he knows nothing about economics ...and we know that Bush also does not – so what we can expect from a McBush administration is more incompetence as he appoints people to make economic decisions that he will not comprehend, and so cannot change.

    Yesterday a group of Republicans in office endorsed Obama because they understand that he is the type of leader America needs – one who understands economics, is an efficient manager, and one who will bring the country together. Of course, there will always be that rabid 10% of right-wing nuts who are willing to take the country to hell in a hand basket because they cannot admit that they were wrong about Bush...and also because they are diehard racists..

    August 13, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  19. Xavier, Saint Louis, Missouri

    It's the truth! We never should have went to Iraq from the get go! But now the Iraqis is making billons of dollars, while we spend billions of dollars on them. That's not good business for us at all! TIME FOR CHANGE WE CAN BELIEVE IN!

    August 13, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  20. Rafael

    Yeah, that is what i'm talking about. Hit him back, hard!

    August 13, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  21. Informed Voter

    Nice!!!!!!!! ... Glad to See You are on the Offensive ....... Just keep on the high road . . with the Truth & facts 🙂

    August 13, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  22. AL in West Palm Beach, FL

    As a Christian Independant leaning democrat, I find that I like the "Hand" commercial better than any of the other ads out there. Oh, I can't forget "the old white-haired dude" add either that one was a masterpiece.

    So Mc, what are you going to do for Saaskahvili?

    August 13, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |

    This ad is telling it like it is. But I know there are some people you have to hit over the head to get their attention.
    The Iraqis have all that oil and they're raking in the money from it, but the American taxpayer is still paying to rebuild that country. Now I ask you, whats wrong with this picture ?. For some reason this seems to be okay with McCain, well its not okay with me. How about you ?. Shall we continue on this path ?. We pay to rebuild Iraq, or start taking care of our country?. I vote start taking care of the US, I vote Obama.

    August 13, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  24. VB Lincoln Park NJ

    Thank you ,Senator Obama for telling it like it really is!!!

    August 13, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  25. S. Boatman

    I Like How Obamas Ads Tell The Truth! The Truth Is Definately On His Side! The Ads Mccain Dishes Out Are Blatant Lies Or Misleading At Best! Mccain Is Just A Liar That Lacks The Judgement To Lead!

    August 13, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
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