August 22nd, 2008
11:40 AM ET
6 years ago

Obama ad paints McCain as 'out of touch'

New Obama ad uses footage of McCain being driven in a golf cart by former President George H.W. Bush.
New Obama ad uses footage of McCain being driven in a golf cart by former President George H.W. Bush.

(CNN) - Barack Obama’s campaign continued to slam John McCain for his house-counting gaffe Friday with a new ad and a dozen events in nationwide – mainly in fall battleground states - designed to paint McCain as wealthy and insulated from the nation’s economic woes.

“Call it ‘Country Club Economics,’” says the announcer in the new ad. “How many houses does he own? John McCain says he can't even remember anymore.

Watch: Obama ad portrays McCain as 'out of touch'

“Well, it's seven. No wonder McCain just said the fundamentals $5 million a year is middle-class.” After a pause, the announcer continues: “Maybe McCain thinks this economy is working...for folks like him. But how're things goin'...for you?”

The closing screen reads: John McCain. We just can't afford more of the same.

Yesterday, Obama himself said that McCain’s remark revealed a “fundamental gap of understanding” between McCain’s world and “what people are going thru every single day here in America.”

The 30-second spot is Obama’s second to hit McCain on the remark in two days, and his sixth negative spot in the past three days. It is being launched as the campaign holds events designed to highlight McCain’s comment across the country, including Missouri, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Montana.


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (267 Responses)
  1. tom wittmann

    Have the morons which are upset tha McCain does not know
    how many houses he (and his wife !) owns that it is his wife who
    manages the personnel finances and he concentrates on his
    work as senator and politics ?? And did these upset persons do not know that Cindy is a hundred-millionaire ??

    As you see, McCain is not much concerned regarding his finances and therefore will try to make money offering pardons and other presidential favors !!

    August 22, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  2. Sherry

    To: Don R - November 3 - I thought the election was November 4 - get an education!

    August 22, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  3. Gail AL.

    John MCcain has more knowledge in his little finger, then Obama will have the rest of his life. Obama's an empty suit, talks smooth, but doesn't have a clue.

    August 22, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  4. Support the American Dream

    The American Dream is the opportunity to make something of yourself, regardless of your background. If you finally do work hard to become something and educate yourself (which ANYONE can do) should you be taxed up to 40% because there are those who don't see the possibilities?

    The "Rich" usually own businesses and corporations, which is why they get tax breaks. If you raise their taxes, what do you think will happen. Oh, that's right, they'll lay people off to pay the taxes. What sounds great for right now will hurt our economy even more.

    Before you vote think about the consequences.

    McCain '08

    August 22, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  5. Dittohead High School

    I dont want to get drafted.I want to sit in mom and dads cellar and blog for Rush Limbaugh and create Chaos.But I will tell everyone to vote for John McCain because hes the good guy,like Rush.

    August 22, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  6. Marie

    Senator McCain on any given day doesn.t know what day of the week it is much less how to lead this country. SongBird only knew how to do what it took to save his own skin when he was a POW.

    August 22, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  7. Patty

    All politicians are out of touch.

    August 22, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  8. B J

    Crush Rush August 22nd, 2008 3:58 pm ET

    "Johns not out of touch,he wants your kids to signup for the Draft."

    Actually Democrat Charlie Rangel is the one who has initiated legislation in the last few years to bring back the draft.

    August 22, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  9. John McShame, Obama Is Going to Tax You & Cindy, but Not Me & 95% Americans Making < $250,000/Yr

    JOHN McSENILE = POW = PERSON OF WEALTH!

    do the math?

    the rich taking care of the rich; while americans suffer!!!!!

    August 22, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  10. Olivia

    Obama is saying that McCain has too much money because he has 7 houses and some people have none.

    I know people who have more than 7 houses because they take risks and invest in real estate. That is their livelihood.... they buy and sell houses .....it's their jobs.....and they keep more than one house for themselves.

    I'n more interested in why the Obamas gave so little to charity.
    They are millionaires...they live in a mansion......they KEEP it for themselves.

    Do the Obamas want McCain and his wife to sell her houses and give the money to who?.....for what?

    The McCains gave more money to charity than the obamas.

    August 22, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  11. Allen in Hartwell GA

    I suppose you could call this and other Obama ads about McCain "negative", but they are based on facts or statements by McCain, and are not made up or outright lies. Since McCain is the gift that keeps on giving Pbama has no reason to do anything other than draw attention to the man McCain.

    Does it seem odd that the movers and shakers of the Bush administration fought for years to keep an open withdrawal date for American troops in Iraq, but now that it appears the GOP will lose the White House in addition to a veto in Congress, all of a sudden a withdrawal date is just a breathe away? So much for the good of Iraq!!!

    August 22, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  12. Allen in Hartwell GA

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    I suppose you could call this and other Obama ads about McCain "negative", but they are based on facts or statements by McCain, and are not made up or outright lies. Since McCain is the gift that keeps on giving Obama has no reason to do anything other than draw attention to the man McCain.

    Does it seem odd that the movers and shakers of the Bush administration fought for years to keep an open withdrawal date for American troops in Iraq, but now that it appears the GOP will lose the White House in addition to a veto in Congress, all of a sudden a withdrawal date is just a breathe away? So much for the good of Iraq!!!

    August 22, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  13. DAN

    the saddleback interview showed us exactly who is out of touch. cnn is for Uhbama and yet in these threads we see alot of imature koolaid drinkers get mad at cnn for not being hard enough on McCain. LOL

    August 22, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  14. Phil Newton, Murphy, OREGON

    Houses, seven
    Keating, Five
    Seems John McCain
    Just took a dive

    OBAMA 08

    August 22, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  15. Jerry

    I wondering how McCain ex wife feel about Cindy McCain cheated with a marry man

    August 22, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  16. John

    Can somebody please clarify "Experience" for me? What exactly are you refering to? Does your boss at work know how to do your job? does the CEO? Experience is a red herring used by people who can not think for themselfs. Give me somebody with common sense and the ability to select a team of experts anytime. The way to address issues is to listen to all sides and decide after weighting the various inputs. This lifetime repubcican (60 years) has had enough of the GOP. by the way, i wrote in Barney the Dinosaur in the last election.

    August 22, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  17. Upon Further Review

    John doesnt want abortion.He needs them born to join the many battles he has ready for them.

    August 22, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
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