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. Proud American

    Its all just common sense.
    Obama '08

    August 13, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  2. Mike in MN

    Obama will destory the US economy with higher corporate and individual taxes. Period the end.

    August 13, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  3. Obamalism

    Wait to see what oil prices do if this guy gets the chance to pull our troops out. They'll triple over instability.

    August 13, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  4. tigerakabj

    Funny how the repugs say Obama is a liberal yet here is Tucker running his mouth about Obam voted with Bush "a conservative" half the time. Just throw something against the wall and see if something sticks.

    A very good ad it was. Hopefully by September, Obama will be playing the video of McCain saying he doesn't know much about the economy and other incriminating videos.

    Obama/Sebelius 2008/2012.

    August 13, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  5. Lee-- Dallas, TX

    'Lockstep'... is not defined as being 'nearly half the time' as the McCain camp refers to Barack Obama. This to me sounds like a willingness to work across party lines to get something done.

    Maybe they meant the 95% of the time McCain voted with Bush as being 'in lockstep'. McCain's people are so factually inaccurate.

    ‘I’m Barack Obama and I approve the truth.’

    ‘I’m John McCain and I approve lies, fears, and smears.’—Lee

    August 13, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |

    Stop voting for these two parties...they are the reason we are where we are! And where we are is NOT GOOD.

    Government intrusion, surveillance, eminent domain(for corporations), higher taxes(always higher–show me a chart that shows taxes trending DOWN!). Their goal is to make government bigger–resistance is NOT futile!! We can get our liberties back!

    Liberty in '08 Barr!!!

    August 13, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  7. linda from South Dakota

    well put!!!!!! and its true,, mccain only works for his advantage,,,, not americans

    August 13, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  8. Mike, TX

    Yes. Obama's policy would have resulted in less US casualties but genocide and ethnic cleansing in Iraq. Guess he doesn't care about anyone but himself.

    If elected, when he throws America under the bus you will have no one but yourselves to blame.

    August 13, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  9. patrick mo

    only a moron would vote for his pocket over national security. Well if you don't put national security first you may not have a pocket to worry about. McCain has better answers to the solution. Stabilize Iraq first secure our national security. We must not forget 911 and other attacks that have been inflicted upon this great nation.

    August 13, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  10. Amon

    "Almost 50% of the time, Obama voted with President Bush 100% of the time."

    August 13, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  11. a southern bell for OBAMA







    August 13, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  12. Wow a Person who hates America is winning over Americans?

    Do any of you people work or are you all collecting your welfare checks waiting for your savior to anointed King of the USA?

    Welfare Recipients 4 Obama

    August 13, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  13. Tommy

    Tucker...Pucker Up for a huge loss in November. You can misconstrue facts so well that some people will actually buy it. We have a current president and administration who have always done the same thing. There are enough people who are not going to fall for that trick anymore. Same old politics...different outcome this time. Pucker Up...Tucker!

    August 13, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  14. Brian

    Barack Obama... a liar, and now also a hypocrite.

    August 13, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  15. aliou FL

    Iraq policy? What are you talking about? Unless more bullets and bombs is a policy!

    August 13, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  16. RDS

    Once again the McCain camp is spinning in circles around itself. Saying that Obama voted with Bush "nearly half" the time definately goes up against their argument that he is "the most liberal" senator in the Senate. I mean which is he liberal or conservative, their confusing their ownselves trying to rush a statement out as quick as possible!

    August 13, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  17. Tayo, NY

    Do you guys notice!

    Almost all the Ads run by McCain camp have an internet link to the Ads on CNN website while the opposite is true for Obama Ads.

    CNN needs to wake up. They should give equal coverage to both camps Ads. Favoring McCain over Obama is unacceptable.

    August 13, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  18. Chris, NJ

    woah woah woah
    bush is NOT conservative
    We conservatives don't like him much either.
    Bush is a slightly right leaning moderate

    August 13, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  19. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    McCain's Iraq policies not only have harmed the U.S. , now he's calling us all Georgians instead of Americans now the Georgian Presidents wants McCain to put action to his words. Somebody needs to find what's wrong with McCain before he gets us all killed so I'm not taking any chances, I'll stick with Obama.

    August 13, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  20. Lost (maybe) in CNN Moderation

    I find it interesting that a guy who supports NAFTA, is all for CAFTA and any other country willing to take our jobs can say that the other candidate is a job killer machine.

    August 13, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  21. C from Texas

    Just love how the Obama supporters will spin any of his mistakes to make them look good. Guess his supporters are like him when it comes to flip flopping on what ones stands for.

    McCain '08

    August 13, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  22. TX for OBAMA

    Go get him Barrack.

    August 13, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  23. Klaus

    I notice CNN doesn't provide direct access to the video like they do for McCain's ads...

    August 13, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  24. John, Burlington MA

    voting with Bush 50% of the time...yeah real "lock step"
    give it a break.

    August 13, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  25. Rick K

    "Wait to see what oil prices do if this guy gets the chance to pull our troops out. They'll triple over instability."

    I think you've got it ALL WRONG! Look at what we've got now. Despite what oil advocates want us to believe, the threat of offshore drilling is not bringing prices down – it's that $4 changed demand.

    America taking real, measured steps toward alternate energy and impacting demand in a real way will send a shock wave through those countries that rely on our addiction.

    They will do whatever they can to dissuade us from making them less relevant, including lowering prices.

    We cannot continue to have oil driving our foreign policy and domestic investment strategies. If we do, we will end up looking like the Soviet Union looked to the rest of the world when the walls came down – gray, old, frayed and unattended – and whatever the future is, it will not be us showing it to the world.

    August 13, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
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