August 15th, 2008
07:25 PM ET
3 years ago

Rapid response: McCain ad slams Obama ad

McCain's campaign is respond to Obama's ad.
McCain's campaign is respond to Obama's ad.

(CNN) - John McCain's campaign hit back hard Friday at a Barack Obama television ad suggesting the Arizona senator is partly responsible for looming job losses in the crucial battleground state of Ohio.

In the McCain campaigns new 30-second spot designed to specifically counter the Obama ad, an announcer states it is actually the Illinois senator's policies which will hurt Ohioans the most.

"It's Obama's taxes that will hurt Ohio families," the announcer states. "Higher taxes on your paycheck, your life savings, your electric bills."

The McCain ad echoes another commercial from the campaign released earlier Friday that claims Obama's tax policies will lead to an "economic disaster."

Update 7:25 pm: The Obama campaign released the following statement in response to the McCain campaign's new ad "Maybe": “John McCain would rather distort Sen. Obama’s record than own up to his role in the deal that has put 8,200 Ohio jobs in jeopardy. The people of Southwest Ohio are quickly learning they can expect anything but straight talk from Sen. McCain,” said Obama Ohio Communications Director Isaac Baker.


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (154 Responses)
  1. Barry Soetoro

    That about sums it up.... Tax Tax Tax....

    They will call it an attack add... when it's simply the truth...

    But don't worry... Obama will change his mind next week on what he wants to do... as soon as someone tells him what to think at that time.

    August 15, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  2. republicans hate america

    i didnt see the Obama ad because CNN does no promote it like they do with McCain ads.

    August 15, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  3. Matt from Mesa, Arizona

    You can't believe any of these stupid ads. I have not watched a single one except for that one called, "He is the one," about Obama or whatever.

    Obama 08.

    August 15, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  4. jason, texas

    this guy is too much. please come november!

    Obama08

    August 15, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  5. GoHillary

    Obama is a straight faced liar. None of his attacks so far have been even close to the truth.

    How very CHRISTIAN of you Obama!

    August 15, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  6. JA Cook

    Except that McCain is perpetuating one of his lies about Obama's tax votes.

    McCain 08
    Ready to Deceive

    August 15, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  7. Doug in Seattle

    That's right John, Obama will raise your wife's taxes. Cry me a river!

    August 15, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  8. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    McCain wants to lower taxes for corporations.

    Obama wants to raise taxes on people who make over $250,00/yr.

    ANYONE making less than $250,000 a year will pay fewer taxes.

    How many different ways can the Repukes LIE?????

    August 15, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  9. Denise

    I do not want another liar in the WH. Thank God Obama will win.

    August 15, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  10. LS

    Yes, a rapid response from the McCain camp, and they STILL can't get anything right. Too late McCain, too many people know your bluff already.

    The McCain campaign don't think before they act do they.

    August 15, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  11. jfs Memhis, Tn

    I think most would rather be taxed on paychecks, rather than fewer taxes on NO PAYCHECKS.

    August 15, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  12. Lynne in MO.

    As I said before, "No, John McCain, YOU ARE WRONG!!!"

    Anyone in their right mind will not vote for MORE OF THE SAME and you STILL represent MORE OF THE SAME no matter how you word it, John McCain!!!

    THE OLD WAYS GOT US HERE and WE DON'T WANT TO BE HERE!!

    SO, Obama will win this election because MOST OF THE CITIZENS of the USA are the normal and regular people who are suffering at the hands of the REPUB in the White House NOW and we are finished with it. YOU represent all the REPUBLICANS who let it get us here.

    August 15, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  13. Tjaye in LA

    Well, since the folks Obama is talking about do NOT make more than $200K annually, this ad is misdirected. Its those people who make $200K+ who will be taxed by Obama; its those who make significantly less, who will be taxed by McCain.

    August 15, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  14. Sue

    Why aren't their rules to prevent LIES in political ads??

    Haven't we just seen what 8 years of lying to the American people can do. And CNN do your job!!!! Research the material before you print these lies!!

    August 15, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  15. Mark

    The self-admitted novice at economics is predicting an economic disaster? And it's supposed to be credible? Does this guy keep track of what he says from day to day?

    August 15, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  16. Salina

    LIES, LIES AND MORE LIES about Obama!!! It should be illegal to tell blatant lies about a presidential candidate the way the McCain campaign constantly lies about Obama. Why are they allowed to do this? And why does mainstream media support this sort of nonsense. What ever happened to news media reporting the TRUTH?!?

    McSenile is disgraceful. And that's the truth!!

    Obama '08/'12

    August 15, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  17. Rob

    McSenile is so out of touch that he thinks we all make $250,000 a year. Those are the income earners that will see a tax increase under Obama. The vast majority of American workers will get tax cuts.

    August 15, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  18. Obama supporter:White, 60 year old woman

    If you print these ads no matter which side they are promoting, isn't it the obligation of an objective news source to include a fact check.

    You have repeatedly printed and broadcasted this fallacy of Obama raising taxes for prople earning over $42 000. This has been disproven over and over again including on your "news" station.

    You do a disservice to democracy when you don't do the job and you are certainly not living up to your self proclaimed slogans of fair and balanced, no bias no bull....

    August 15, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  19. KenB, MI

    McCain, Maverick..no...McCain, Juggernaut...no...lets remember the on air footage of McCain stating he has no idea about economics. In the words of Stan Lee – "nuff said."

    August 15, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  20. Doug

    Both candidates leave much to be desired, why let them have control over whether you will be happy or not. Maybe next election we will get someone with vision and they will lead rather than poll

    August 15, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  21. Sue

    The problem with the McCain ad is it reveals his world.

    Obama's plan would raise income taxes for those Americans earning over $250,000 a year. People in my circle do not make that kind of money and I live in Northeast Ohio.

    This ad only reinforces McCain's world. It will raise taxes on his circle of family and friends. He does not know how much us "ordinary" Americans earn in a year. This illustrates once again that McCain is out of touch.

    August 15, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  22. Big D

    How many times do we have to hear McCain say 'Obama will raise your taxes' before someone will demand that he prove it or stop saying it. This lie has debunked over and over publicly, but McCain keeps saying it anyway. Why isn't he being questioned more sternly about why he keep spreading debunked lies? It's so sad that McCain has fallen so far away from the integrity that he once had.

    August 15, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  23. kayla

    mcsame who admitted that he had no idea about economics, is critizicing, let sleeping dogs sleep mcold. you have a lot of skeletons in your closets.

    August 15, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  24. roger

    yeah yeah yeah

    we have seen the wonderful policies of the conservatives and the wonders it has created for us - if we continue on this free-trade part we will not have any country left. only a trading exchange will be left

    August 15, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  25. GoHillary

    BEWARE of the Obama socialist movement.

    I have lived in the UK and the only ones who benefit from socialism are the lazy and work shy who live their lives claiming benefits from the state and the workers and companies are taxed by an increasing number of stealth taxes.

    August 15, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
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