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. rayster

    Don't wait too long. Its time you layed out the McTired platform and the false statments he is spreading. I want a President that wins on his marrits and not because of slander he spreads.

    This war is killing poeple at home as well as on the battlefield.
    Time to spend that money at home on Americans. Think of all the good that will come from it

    August 13, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  2. tigerakabj

    Thank you Obama. Connect the dots. We spend billions for an illegal war which drains monies out of our economy = weak economy. Simple. Does McCain understand that? No.

    He just talked a big game for the Georgians, and now their president is saying it's time to back up your mound. McCain will have nothing to say. Warmonger to the full.

    Obama/Sebelius 2008/2012.

    August 13, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  3. Latinos for Obama

    Finally, the REAL McCain. Not good for AMERICA not good for the world!

    August 13, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  4. Dave in Illinois

    As usual, Obama's campaign selectively ignores that fact that, while in the Senate, he did nothing to stop the Iraq war and he did vote for the Bush-Cheney energy bill with all its perks for the oil companies.

    Wouldn't it be nice if his ads could point to his Senate record and say "Here's where I acted to try to limit or stop the war." or "Here's what I did to try to rein in the oil companies." Even a failed attempt would be better than no attempt at all.

    August 13, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  5. LLM from MD

    That's what I'm talking about-BACK TO THE ISSUE HERE AT HOME IN THE U.S.A.!!!

    Go OBAMA!!! Keep 'em coming!!!

    August 13, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  6. Susan

    Saw the ad and it was terrific. McLames thug, Tucker Bounds comment were just to stupid for words. His whole campaign staff is filled with self absorbed money grubbing morons!

    August 13, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  7. Puffin

    That energy Bill was a good thing but McCain is not interested in energy. His interest is only in military over-spending.

    Now, since we are loosing the ‘oil war’ in Iraq, does he want to take our Army – or what is left of it – to Georgia now?

    August 13, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  8. Peter

    McWar will put us into a great depression 2

    August 13, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  9. b/augusta

    Are you kidding me? Iraq has a $79 billion surplus, while we are running a deficit No wonder McCain says he doesn't know much about the economy.

    August 13, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  10. Tired of W, OH

    "Obama has voted in lockstep with President George W. Bush nearly half the time" Am I missing something here? Half of the time does not equal "lockstep". Half of the time signals a willingness to work with your opponents. 95% is lockstep, and that is McCain's record.

    August 13, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  11. DR. YES

    he only backed that bill because it was the biggest increase in renewable energy in history ,you dillweed.dont you think we know this ,already,tucker?government must compromise to get things done,sometimes.but,you wouldnt know about that,mccain.so,tucker,now you are saying obama reaches across party lines to get things done,while mccain votes against investment in renewable energy?oil will not be here to make you fortunes,forever.better start thinking ahead. obama/wes clark '08

    August 13, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  12. ProudToBeDemocrat

    Simply say NO to Bush/Cheny/Mccain to recover America.

    August 13, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  13. Puck

    Tucker Bounds – biggest liar of the 2008 Election.
    Just shut your mouth, Tucker.

    August 13, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  14. Ray

    JP has no clue what he is talking about. Firm stance? McCain? No! He flip-flopped on off shore drilling, and the president of Georgia wants him to take action and stop using war as a political tool. And don't even mention Iraq. McCain doesn't know the timeline of the surge.

    Obama 08

    August 13, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  15. Keeping it real

    The update added to this article says it all, anyone who only read the first paragraph should go back and look at that:

    [b]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.[/b]

    Thank you CNN for letting us know about the new ad coming out and for keeping it fair and balanced by letting it be updated with the facts.

    August 13, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  16. C. ZACCHS

    who else voted for that energy bill, republican governor Jindahl and 3/4 of the senate, why? because it was just immediately after hurricane cathrina and the oil companies needed stimulus to kickstart repairs and investment in Louisiana again, by the way it also offers incentives for renewable energies, so for Mccain to vote against that bill is not an achievement to be touted. It shows the depth of knowledge of this so called experienced man. His campaign spokesman Tucker Bounds is totaly out of his depth on this issue and lack thourough understanding of voting in the senate.
    But voting 95% with Bush makes Mcacin ,Mcsame if not who else has voted with Bush 95% of the time in the senate?
    Mcsame my friends, Mcsame.

    August 13, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  17. biffington, biff

    told you.... Cnn always comes back with the'response from tucker bounds' as the last word in an article. and then don't even bother to debunk the crap spouted from bounds' mouth.

    August 13, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  18. California Gold

    McCain's record doesn't lie. He has voted "Yes" to move us into serious debt. Now Iraq has a huge surplus and we are drowning in debt, a fact which McCain ignores. I'll take smart Obama over stupid McCain thank you.

    August 13, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  19. Never Again CNN

    Nearly half the time, compared to, from the horse's mouth, 95% of the time. What was their point. Bush acts more like a dictator in office, vetoing any bill that isn't exactly what he wants, stalling a congress that has been trying to make compromises just to get things accomplished, and foiled all the way be the president who John McCain supports 95% of the time and he claims that he will work across party lines... I can see it now. " I will work with the democrats as long as they do exactly as I say, otherwise I'll be getting the VETO stamp out".

    August 13, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  20. David Goldman for OBAMA

    THERE ISN'T A THINKING PERSON ON EARTH THAT

    DOESN'T KNOW, WHEN YOU BORROW TENS OF TRILLIONS

    OF DOLLARS & SPEND TRILLIONS AS WE HAVE IN IRAQ,

    THAT THE ECONOMY IS SERIOUSLY BLEEDING. WE ARE

    BUILDING WITH AMERICAN TAX PAYERS A FOUR STAR

    HOTEL FOR THE IRAQI GOVERNMENT. IF THAT MAKES

    SENSE TO YOU, GET YOUR HEAD CHECKED. MCMORON

    WANTS US TO CONTINUE SPENDING OUR HARD EARNED

    TAX DOLLARS BECAUSE HIS LOBBYISTS MAKE MONEY.

    August 13, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  21. Frank "Grimey" Grimes

    That 95% number is pulled completely out of context and over a short period of time. Looking at Sen McCain over any substantial period of time reveals the true story and a number much lower than 95%. By the way, when Senators are ranked based on their votes along the conservative to liberal benchmarks, why is it that Obama is consistently in the top 10 on the liberal side while McCain is somewher around 40th on the conservative side. Who has the PROVEN TRACK RECORD of reaching across the aisle. It sure isn't Sen. Obama.

    August 13, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  22. TC, Fl

    Just so you know, Sen. Obama, Iraq is part of OPEC. OPEC sets oil production rates and that is the major factor influencing the price of oil.

    Economics 101

    August 13, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  23. T in Kzoo

    So here's my question: If Obama supposedly voted with Bush lock-step 50% of the time, how does that make him the most liberal senator in the history of forever, as many Republicans like to parrot and posture?

    If Obama is 50% Bush, how does that make him a radical socialist?

    Once again, talking out of both sides of their mouths is on gleeful and blatant display from the McCain campaign.

    August 13, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  24. Cosmo

    I love how Obama gets away with saying things like, "End war RESPONSIBLY", "BETTER schools".

    What the heck do either of those things mean? Are we saying that John McCain wants to end the war recklessly and promote worse schools?

    Anyone that falls for this crap deserves what they get when Obama wins.

    August 13, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  25. Republicans for OBAMA

    WE REPUBLICANS WERE THE PARTY OF FRUGAL

    SPENDING & AMERICA FIRST. NOW WE GOT THESE

    WARMONGERING IDIOTS THAT ARE HELL BENT ON

    OUTRIGHT GIVING OUR NATION & ECONOMY AWAY.

    August 13, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
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