August 13th, 2008
11:50 AM ET
6 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.

UPDATE:
“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. Anonymous

    Decent ad. Nice play on McCain's disgusting "Country First."

    August 13, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  2. Joe Kiloz

    I thought BO was going to bring us new politics,policies,views, and ways.

    I fail to see any of it in this. This is merely criticism for the sake of criticism founded upon a dubious set of facts to say the least.

    If he thinks this is going to make people switch to him, he's throwing his money away. All we see here is BO following in the footsteps of other misguided politicians.

    August 13, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  3. Southern view

    How much would oil cost if we lost Iraq? How much would it cost if Iran moved into Iraq? How much would war cost then?

    There is no running from it. While we waxed sentimental about the end of the cold war, Russia made a comeback. The cost of hiding your head in the sand is greater than holding it up, taking a good hard look at the situation, and doing something about it. The movement into Iraq was not to spread democracy, though that is a very positive development. The move was to protect the oil supply of the West against such developments as we now see in Iran and Russia.

    August 13, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  4. PUMA

    I like that Obama! Hit em where it hurts!

    OBAMA/SEBELIUS!!!

    August 13, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  5. proud army and navy mom

    straight and to the point. 100% true. I like this ad. good work, Sen Obama.

    Now mcwar, you think you could attempt and true and relevancy in your ads?.......I won't hold my breath.

    August 13, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  6. Abby

    “A woman who wildly mismanages and bankrupts a quarter-of-a-billion-dollar campaign operation, and then blames sexism in society, will dampen the dreams of our daughters.” MAUREEN DOWD Of the NYT

    August 13, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  7. Rick K

    Not only Iraq, but I see McCain's policies overall influenced by bellicosity and oil dependence. I would like to see these themes relentlessly tied back to our lack of a comprehensive energy policy.

    Why is Russia resurgent? Oil prices are filling their pockets.
    Why is Europe in a bind? They need Russian oil and natural gas.
    What are the US options for response?

    a. continue to use its money and military to protect the world's interest in oil supplies
    b. lead the creation of the post-petroleum world

    August 13, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  8. Seth

    Wonderful! A decent, concise ad that does not attack John McCain's character – only his policies. This is the type of ad we should see from both sides – not the negative, juvenile ads attacking one's character.

    August 13, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  9. Luis

    Since when is this "messiah" an economics expert.........grasping at straws. Oh wait, it will be a different story tomorrow.....

    Vote McCain or join the insane...............

    August 13, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  10. Pepou

    Everyone knows that McCain does not understand anything to economy. That man is a dangerous fool.

    August 13, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  11. Donna from Colorado Springs

    Obama should fight back against McBushs constant barrage of whiny complaints that Obama is a celebrity with no experience. Of course McCain has more experience. He's older than dirt! That is a cop out on McBushs part. McBush ,as hard as he tries will never free himself from the shadow of Bush. He agrees with him almost to the point of worship, and lauds his Iraq policy as the best thing since sliced bread. His policies would simply be a continuation of Bush, and the country knows it. I'm sure he was serious when he said that we could be in Iraq for a hundred years. That wasn't a blunder. But then, he's had so many that we can't be sure! He is so proud of the fact that he has agreed with everything Bush has wanted to do. We can't afford four more years of the same disastrous administration with liars and thieves running this country.

    August 13, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  12. Mccain=Bush=WARMONGERS

    There we go finally I love the Obama campaign that is my donations hard at work i am sending 50 more dollars today this is a good day for Obama his Campaign is stepping up to the plate and hitting Mcbush where it Hurt. Thank you Obama Campaign this is what we all been looking for now the games begin Obama 08

    August 13, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  13. Abby

    Excellent Ad. Short. Hits two critical issues, war and economy.

    August 13, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  14. anonymous

    Mccain needs to concentrate on the United States. He is not the President yet and he is already diving into another war. Wake up John McCain we the people of the United Staes are not a war please concentrate on your own country. What is wrong with you? We need strong leadership in the US and that is the problem we don't have the ears and mouth here being put into action and doing something about all the problems we are concerned and faced with daily that to this day Washington is doing nothing for the American people to prosper.

    August 13, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  15. Dave, Illinois

    A while back, CNN posted a ticker story about how Obama's followers are being portrayed as hateful and sheep. Please read the comments in these bloggs and form your own opinion. Obamites regularly hurl age-related insults and use childish names starting with "Mc". They practically fawn over anything Obama says. Please read for yourself and witness what this man's followers have to offer.

    August 13, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  16. John B. From New Hampshire

    there we go. no spin, just facts. LOVE IT!!

    August 13, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  17. Arkansas Undertaker

    Thank goodness he is fginally hitting the old gray haired dude where it hurts.

    August 13, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  18. dave in RI

    Could Obama finally be realizing that McIdiot was attempting to "swiftboat" him. McWarmonger has spead sooo many falsehoods about Obama that Factcheck.com can't keep up. Obama vs Mush's 3 rd term. If characterizing McMoron in that light is wrong, then why is he employing half of Bush's re-election team. Why does he have a lobbyist for Georgia as on eof his main men? Now we now why he opposes Russia so vehemently. Things that make you go hmmmmmm

    August 13, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  19. Bill from ALabama

    Barrack Hussein Obama.........friend or foe? Who in the heck can tell? He needs to start listening and observing more and stop taking vacations. His advisors are only half informing him of what is going on.

    August 13, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  20. Substance not Rhetoric

    McCain's lobbyist raked in 1 billion from US Clients

    2/3 of Corporation do not pay corporate or income Tax McCain wants to give them more tax break.

    How does he plans to be pay for these tax cuts. Well he going to veto earmarks which is a measely 18 billion. But the big money come from taxing healthcare and medicaid.

    So McCain is going to have us the american people pay for Corporation Tax breaks. Because we know that we can trust Corporate america to take care of us the way the have the past 7 years with all of George Bush Corporate Tax breaks.

    Stop Obama he is going to raise taxes on the Rich. The top 3 percent already pay 60 percent of taxes. What they don't say is the top thre percent has also raked in over 80 percent of the national income. We who have to share the 20 percent carry 40 percent of the tax burden.

    We are a bunch of Idiots.

    August 13, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  21. Nova from NV

    Oil prices are set by supply and demand. The Iraq oil exports did not account for much before the invasion of Iraq since their infrastructure was not that good to begin with. They basically had a small oil-for-food program monitored by the UN. But I guess it is convenient to blame this on John McCain. Only a naive person could believe that John McCain single handedly bring up the oil prices! I guess Mr. Messiah Obama can make his believers believe in anything.

    August 13, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  22. anonymous

    McCain you seem to have inherited your $'s that we Americans are struggling to manage from pay check to pay check, Why can't you stop all this back and forth talk with Obama and show the Americans how you are so different and can get this country into a better financial situation and let us Tax payors see that you are the one worthy of being the President of the US. We need someone that thinks of the US 1st. Let us see some action like you are showing Russia.

    August 13, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  23. cheryl (RETIRED VETS FOR OBAMA)

    WOW! This is a great ad, love it........Obama 08

    August 13, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  24. patricia mo

    Obama isn't too worried about spending...He spent nearly 1 BILLION DOLLARS IN EARMARKS!!!! and that has occurred only four years of him in the senate!!!! I would rather see him more interested in securing our national security by showing a strong interest in stabalizing Iraq and keeping terrorist at bay!!!! or like he says... oh well we can always go back into Iraq later and finish and that will be an additional expense. WHAT IS HE THINKING??? I think he side steps the real issues and shifts focus much. Who cares about ads.... I think realistic approaches to our nation's problems for the long haul is what matters most.

    August 13, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  25. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    As if this is some kind of surprise... McCain said in the past that he doesn't have a good understanding of economics. I just wish I could understand why he initally opposed the tax cut that he now supports. He should have continously opposed the tax cuts; he said something along the lines of: we've never had tax cuts in war time. I think that it is high time that we had the Iraqi either give us some money back or show us that they can fund their own reconstruction.

    I still enjoy the laugh that McCain favors voodoo economics... Oh, I mean trickle down economics.

    August 13, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
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