August 25th, 2008
11:25 AM ET
10 years ago

New Obama ad says McCain 'Don't know much'

Obama's new ad mocks McCain on the economy.

Obama's new ad mocks McCain on the economy.

(CNN) - Barack Obama's campaign launched a new television ad Monday mocking rival John McCain over the Arizona Republican's past comment suggesting he does not grasp economic issues as well as he should.

To the tune of Sam Cooke's classic "Wonderful World," McCain's December 2007 quote, “Economics is not something I’ve understood as well as I should," is shown followed by still images of gas pumps and foreclosure signs.

The 30-second spot also includes re-written lyrics of the classic song, including the verse, "I am not up on the economy/Don't know much about industry/Really can't explain the price of gas/Or what has happened to the middle-class."

The ad ends with a picture of McCain and President Bush embracing while a banner states, "We can't afford more the same."

The Obama campaign says the ad will air in key battleground states.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (284 Responses)
  1. qpq

    If Mr. McCain is so much more prepared to deal with foreign policy than Mr. Obams...tell me if he has figured out the status of Checkeslovokia yet?
    Even after being told of this ignorant error, he proceeded to repeat the senile statement the next day.
    Some of you so called Dems and Reps will prove the statement that a white american will support anyone before supporting a even a half black man, with a white mother. So go out and support an ignorant, senile, rich, wife cheater because he is not black, over an intelligent bi-racial man that cares about including everyone in the process of healing this country.
    I have more respect for the sheet wearing klan than I do for you pseudo-intellectual closed clone racist. Some of them, ignorant as they are too, are at least honest enough to not hide their true feelings.
    So get ready for a black president in the white house. Perhaps some of you will attempt to succeed some land away from the usa and start a new country. That is the way you go about doing things

    August 25, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  2. Sharon Kitchen

    keep on with the adds. Mcsame sure will..........Go Obama/Biden '08.

    August 25, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  3. A Brick

    CNN = Clinton News Network

    August 25, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  4. TigerEyez

    Here is food for thought!

    8 years – Regan – Bush
    4 years – Bush Sr. – Cheney
    8 years – B. Clinton – Gore
    8 years Bush Jr – Cheney

    Isn't it time for a change? There has been a Bush or a Clinton in the Oval Office for the last 28 years.

    I think it is time to get away from the Politics that brought us to where we are now.

    August 25, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  5. emmarcee

    Look at those folds in Mccain's neck... DNC special computer effects. Did they say Hillary's ad made Obama darker. They all are birds of same feather – repubs or dems.

    August 25, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  6. GW

    If McCain is so outraged by Hillary being snubbed why don't he make it up to her and choose her as his VP. But he won't do that because he is a disingenuous person who only wants to flame the fires of controversey. He could give a rats you know what about Hillary and all you PUMA idiots know it. One more thing if McCain felt so sorry for Hillary as you say (and of course he never, never, never lie) you pay off her debt that will show you are really sincere. We will hold our breath Ok.

    August 25, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  7. Jo Ann

    this is fantistic Love it!

    August 25, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  8. Mad

    You idiot Obama- I live in Illinois and you are responsable for some of the highest tax rises in our state- I hope you lose because of it.

    Stupid elitist...

    August 25, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  9. Dee

    Change scares the hell out of some people.

    That's why Obama will win, BUT that's why Obama could lose.

    Some people would rather stay miserable than to think, MAYBE there is a better way.

    August 25, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
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