August 15th, 2008
07:25 PM ET
2 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. Linda31

    Maybe people would take McCain seriously if he didn't blatantly lie in his ads. Obama has said more times than I can count that he would tax those that make over $250K. Is that you? If not, you have no worries for your pocketbook, except the poor economy.

    August 15, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  2. pam Eugene OR

    Obama's tax plans will only impact those making over $250,000 per year. These are the people who can afford the best accountants around to find every possible loophole to avoid paying their fair share. Why does the media let McShame get away with the flat out lies he tells. McDishonest treats Americans like we are stupid.
    I am sick to death of Republicans screwing up our economy, our jobs, our standing in the world and everything else they touch.
    Obama might not be the perfect answer but I will vote for him before another lying Republican.

    August 15, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  3. Sgt C USMC

    Already largely disproven at politfact.com (also it's pretty disgraceful to use 3 well known conservative sources and call them 'the press')

    August 15, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  4. Voter

    All this jumping up and down must be very tiring.

    You've convinced me to vote for John McCain.

    August 15, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  5. Obama '08

    Speak the truth:
    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!

    August 15, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  6. HELP!!!

    Charlotte Gore won the popular vote but lost the election. Hillary lost the primary, and gave us Obama, like McCain lost and gave us Bush. Lord help us through the next four years.You survived 8YRS...Help is on the way!!!!
    Obama 08
    Obama 08
    Obama 08
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    Obama 08

    August 15, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  7. Can'tabideidiots

    Hey red blooded American: Your computer is stuck. It keeps repeating the same nonsense. Fix it.

    August 15, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  8. Proud American

    McCain=Bush!! Its all the same.

    August 15, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  9. Lili, FL

    Obama's record?? What record??? He's done nothing and proved nothing!!

    Why doesn't he dedicate himself to giving speaches.. he's good at that!

    Nobama 08

    August 15, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  10. KATE

    TRY FACT CHECKING CNN before you publish...McBush's add is based on nothing but lies, unless Mccain thinks average families make over 250,000. I sure don't make that kind of money and I could use the 1,000 tax cut offered by Obama

    August 15, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  11. RJ, CA

    Obama's spend-spend mentality will hurt EVERYONE! He spent millions on his European sightseeing trip, he'll spend millions on his "crowning" at the Denver stadium. That's all he knows - SPEND, SPEND, SPEND! Get ready to get a second or third job to keep up with Obama's spending IF - BIG IF - he's elected.

    August 15, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  12. ree in NY

    Careful people Obama might call you racist if you don't back him.

    Him and his wife must be throwing temper tantrums because he is not up in the polls and every American is not falling at his feet.

    August 15, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  13. Michigan Voter !!!

    This Michigan Democrat Will Cross Party Lines This Election , I Am Supporting , and Voting For Sen. John McCain !!!! .

    Obama Is A Big Disappointment !!!!! . I Have A big problem With Hillary Backing ( Worthless ) Obama . She May Not Get My Vote in 2012 .

    The Democratic Party May lose Many Life long Party Voters !!!!

    President John McCain 2008 & 2012

    August 15, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  14. Mary

    Anyone not making over $250,000 should vote for Obama–his economic plan helps us! McCain helps only the rich. Wake up!

    August 15, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  15. MM

    Oh my gosh, I can't wait for the debates! Obama is going to ream McCain.

    August 15, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  16. tedious898

    How does this creepy piece of really old human flesh consider himself a viable nominee for president? What is it the idiots that support him see so wonderful about his leadership abilities. I guess loser and idiots support their fellow dummies

    August 15, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  17. Michigan for Obama

    ...and he sent Lieberman and Graham to Georgia! So much for slamming Obama for acting "president-like"...that is dangerous behavior...like it or not, GW is still our president and has sent Rice to Georgia...choosing a candidate over another candidate because of policies and proposals is one thing but this is scarey for a candidate to do...can you imagine if Obama had sent someone to Georgia!!!

    August 15, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  18. linda from South Dakota

    lets stop playin "SLAP" games and get down to the issues,, mccain is useing his "HUMOR" i see, lets see how that humor stands up when obama WINS!!!!!!!! go obama!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.. mccain couldnt be truthful if his life depended on it,,,, would if he remebers to take his meds,, ummmmm

    August 15, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  19. Old Artillery Man

    In 2000 when McCain was campaigning here in South Carolina, I went to hear him. I came away very much impressed with him and what he called his “Straight Talk Express.” I seriously considered voting for him but in the end, I could not. Did not vote for Bush either.
    Bush trashed McCain in the state and McCain lost. Now McCain has turned 180 degrees and is doing the same as Bush did. McCain will do and say anything to be president. I cannot trust a thing McCain says now.

    August 15, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  20. Terry, FL

    Any economist will tell you that raising taxes when the country is nearing recession is a recipe for disaster.

    Obama's tax proposals – increasing inheritance tax, tax on dividends, dropping Bush's tax cuts, etc., etc., etc. are going to affect everyone.

    Inheritance tax – people will lose their property because they won't be able to pay the extra taxes.

    Dividends – increased taxes on 401k's, stock dividends, you name it, is going to hurt retirement income and could lead to a disaster in the stock market.

    Payroll tax increase – every wage-earner will be taxed higher, to the tune of almost double.

    Check the facts, talk to a qualified accountant, and you will find that McCain is correct.

    August 15, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  21. mac

    ccains ad slams him back mccain lost it!!!!!!!!

    August 15, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  22. NEVER OBAMA

    America knows obama plays dirty. He cheats and lies and cheats and lies. Anything to get his hands around the throat of this country so he can kill it.

    August 15, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  23. WeBoDave

    McCain's continuation of the modern Republican strategy of a less progressive tax system will cause ballooning budget deficits and significant cuts in people's access to Medicare and Social Security benefits. This unrealistic tax policy will continue the "economic disaster" exemplified by the credit crisis and housing crisis caused by Republicans and this administration.

    August 15, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  24. Sue in MI

    If this is an example of McCain's promise to run a civil, polite campaign, we sure don't dare let him near the Oval Office.

    August 15, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  25. Bumper Sticker

    John McCain thinks smears and lies are funny. McShame.

    August 15, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
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