August 30th, 2008
05:35 PM ET
6 years ago

First Obama ad on Palin avoids mentioning her at all

Palin makes fewer appearances than Bush in first Obama ad since her pick.
Palin makes fewer appearances than Bush in first Obama ad since her pick.

(CNN) - Since Barack Obama distanced himself from his campaign’s first tough reaction to presumptive Republican VP nominee Sarah Palin, his team seems to be figuring out the best way to direct their fire. In the meantime, their ad approach when it comes to the Alaska governor is simple: keep aiming at John McCain.

Obama’s campaign has begun airing its first ad that includes Palin – but never criticizes her, or even mentions her name. The 30-second spot, which started airing Saturday on national cable in advance of next week’s GOP convention, keeps up the line of attack ran through the Democratic convention: that a McCain presidency would mean the continuation of the Bush policy approach. The campaign would not say how extensive the ad buy was.

"Well, he's made his choice," says the announcer in ‘No Change.’ "But, for the rest of us there's still no change. McCain doesn't get it, calling this broken economy 'strong.' Wants to keep spending ten-billion-a-month in Iraq. And votes with George Bush 90 percent of the time.

(Updated with Joe Biden's first general election ad after the jump)

"So, while this may be his running mate..." he continues, over footage of McCain and a smiling Sarah Palin, which shifts to footage of McCain and Bush. "America knows this is John McCain's agenda. And we can't afford four more years of the same."

An Obama spokesman had reacted to the announcement that McCain had tapped Palin as his running mate Friday with a statement that called her "the former mayor of a town of 9,000 with zero foreign policy experience."

Obama, who later complimented Palin in a statement, backed away from the criticism. "I think, you know, campaigns start getting these hair triggers," he told reporters. "And the statement that Joe and I put out reflects our sentiments."

UPDATE: The Obama campaign also released its first ad featuring Joe Biden, which stresses his Scranton, Pennsylvania roots in advance of his Monday visit to the area.

“Scranton’s a place that never leaves you. It becomes part of your heart,” Biden says in the 30-second spot, which is airing in Northeast Pennsylvania. “Barack Obama learned the same lesson while being raised by a single mom and his grandparents.”

The new tagline: "Obama-Biden. For the change we need."

soundoff (292 Responses)
  1. Cheif Executive verses community orgainizer

    CEO of a city and the great state of Alaska verses a south side of Chicago community organizer (whatever that is).

    Which one would make the better president?

    Sarah has so much more integrity and moral fiber than BO and she is only running as VP.

    The American desire to put our first black president in office is absolutely wonderful. But dear Lord, please don't let it be this racist, bigoted, unexperienced Chicago politics type of thug!

    No BO or Joe

    BTW, old Joe needs to not count his chickens before they get across the road in regards to debating Ms Palin. Do the research on this lady. She looks tame, but she tough!

    August 30, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  2. mollygonz

    The only people who are excited about this ticket are conservatives who were agonizing over voting for McSame. How sad. She offers nothing in the way of national or worldly experience yet we are supposed to be happy that McSame picked her. My husband is in the military and he is flabbergasted at the thought of her, not as a woman, but as an inexperienced politician..being his commander in chief. Unfortunately for her, I think alot of the military and civilians will feel this way.

    August 30, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  3. seriously

    research. she has said she doesn't know what the vice president is supposed to do.

    kay bailey hutchinson is a better female candidate. her state deals with immigration issues, she represents a vast amount of people.

    hillary and barack are historic candidates with good experience and judgement. hillary wasn't supported just because she was a woman and barack wasn't supported just because he was black. jesse jackson and geraldine ferraro would have won democratic administrations if that were enough to motivate such groups.

    being a governor isn't an automatically "good" qualification for being the leader of the free world.

    August 30, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  4. pete

    Research the rumor that is building regarding her 16 year old daughter is actually the mother of the 5 th child that was just born in April. This story is gathering steam and was going before she was even mentioned as a potential pick for VP. RECAP. The sixteen year old Daught Bristol, is actually the mother of the down syndrome baby that was recently born in April. Sounds credible and believable.

    August 30, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  5. Angela from Philadelphia

    Three important points:
    1) Palin is a Republican- so no one should ever expect a Republican- even a woman Republican to be like Hillary

    I am and will always be a HIllary supporter- she's the best

    2)Why is it ok for a man that has little to no foreign policy experience to be the President, but yet it's not ok for a woman that has little or no foereign policy experience to be the VP- 2nd in command ?????

    Granted McCain cant really play on the experience aspect BUT NEITHER CAN OBAMA! Both resumes are very similiar

    3) Maybe McCain should go back to playing the ad where Jo Biden says straight out in one of the debates that Obama does not have the experience to be president- and show the reaction on his face. And yet, Obama chose Biden becase of his own weakness. How many meetings did those two have before – it doesn't really matter- he should have chosen Clinton- he could have sealed the victory on this election but his ego would not allow him to do that.

    Oh, please let Obama know that those of us in PA are already more than tired of hearing about Joe BIden being from Scraton, PA.!!!! Please move on to the many problems facing our country!!!!

    August 30, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  6. Bob Hunter

    I thought McCain would have chosen as the Vice-President nominee the name of Carly Florina, a woman of substance. Instead he chose Palin, a woman with a stance on gun rights and birth rights. McCain's patronizing posture to American women may suit him well as he wants his Republican Ivory Campaign to defeat The Democratic Rainbow Campaign.

    Florina may not have been chosen because the last letter of her surname is the vowel "a". The last letter of Obama is the vowel "a". No American has ever been elected to the Presidential Office whose surname ended with the vowels a, i, o, u', the vowel "e" is the only exception to this rule.

    McCain/Palin are two last letter "n" candidates for the Republicans, The Democrats Obama/Biden are "a and n" last letter candidates for the Democrats. Will Americans for the first time, choose and "a" with
    and "n".; or will they only elect two with the most used last letter "n".

    August 30, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  7. James From Chicago

    CNN PLEASE PRINT THIS

    I SEE CAFFERTY IS STARTING ON PALIN THE SAME WAY HE DID
    WITH CLINTON. Does he just hate women ?? He seems like a very miserable person in general. He is so Bias for Obama it is
    sickening. Palin DOES have more experience than Obama.
    I am not going to vote for either canidate, but enough is enough
    Cafferty, quit being so negative all the time. We are sick of it.

    August 30, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  8. Jon

    I would hope that John McCain would put more thought into the decisions he would make as president than he put into making his VP choice.

    He met her once? He based his first important decision on a single meeting? Is this the kind of judgment we want from our country's leadership?

    August 30, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  9. Reasonable Adult

    McCain's choice could be for one or two things: one, not to be told what to do by the older or more knowledgeable candidtes who might dictate or guide in the right direction as matured republicans'; two, his desperation for the presidency is at stake and must win situation without those matured candidates like Lieba....man.
    I see McCain as someone who is hard headed and thinks his instincts are better and probably has been missing a lot of hugs from Cindy. Now he can get the hugs every minute. See how many hugs he gets or gives these days. History will tell but it is also not too late to make a change before Monday's convention. His instincts stink. It looks as if the Bush wants his failure because they were the first to congratulate him over this issue. Where are the others? No Lieba....man, no Romni and the co.............republicans as they are all hiding in shame.

    August 30, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  10. Carolyn Fazio

    So Senator McCain met Sarah Palin once. Wow! Sounds like speed dating to me.

    Republicans are so overwhelmed with the success of the Democrats that their only solution is to come up with a list of match-dot-com attributes, plug them ito a handy laptop, and see who pops up.

    The selection of Mrs. Palin (I'm sure she prefers Mrs. rather than Ms.) is insulting to thinking women – irrespective of age, geography, education, or social demogaphics. Most importantly, Governor Palin is frightening when one carefully considers a Vice President's preparedness to lead our country at a moment's notice.

    August 30, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  11. Caroline

    Has John McCain lost his mind? Palin is under investigation in her state on ethic's( abused of her power) sounds like Bush and Friends to me God help us! GO Obama! we realy need Obama now!

    August 30, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  12. Geraldine

    Why should Obama pay much attention to McCain's VP choice, when McCain had only spoke to her once, and obviously gave very little thought to his choice. I live in a small town, I love it. But I would hadly think the council members that I love should be VP. It is shocking that McCain can in good conscience do his best to win a election and possibly leave this Nation in the hands of someone that has 13 years of experience in small town politics. Come on - was it McCain that was talking about judgement. My decision is made now.

    August 30, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  13. So respectful

    great strategic move by the dems, always the more respectful party. 8 is enough, Bush/McCain was eating cake a few years ago while New Orleans was drowning, what a jerk, they should have done a commercial about that.

    August 30, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  14. maria v

    It is disgusting how all of you keep blogging about Mccain's age and past illnesses. On Television Cafferty went as far as saying that Mccain would most likely not live out his first term (if elected). First and foremost, Mccain has a family and it is disgusting that some of you are so disrespectful and emotioneless. I am a Democrat and I know if a Republican wrote this, In Denver they caught 3 men with rifles, walkie talkies and bullet proof vest. Mccain wasn't in Denver, so that is not who they were after, and by the way Joe Biden has had 2 anneurisms. Most of us would be infuriated.

    August 30, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  15. Northwest Washington

    I feel sorry for this woman. She is being used as a throw away for the RNC. John McCain could care less what happens to her, he only met her once.

    August 30, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  16. pete

    Research the rumor that is building regarding her 16 year old daughter is actually the mother of the 5 th child that was just born in April. This story is gathering steam and was going before she was even mentioned as a potential pick for VP. RECAP. The sixteen year old Daught Bristol, is actually the mother of the down syndrome baby that was recently born in April. Sounds credible and believable.

    August 30, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  17. RPSinUSA

    McCain has moved his Queen and it's checkmate for Obama.
    It's funny how the Obama folks try to question Palin's experience ... have they looked at their headliner (Obama) lately - and he's running for President!

    August 30, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  18. Mike Sk

    Funny how social conversatives were praying for rain for the OBama speech and on the aniverrsay of Katrina another Cat 3 hurricane is heading towards NO. I think God is sending a message to these loser Republicans who use God as a weapon in thier politics with a beautiful night from the Democrats....aanother bad judgement call by John McCain picking a inexperienced vp to please the fake GOP Christians and a reminder how these so called chrisitians let a city drown beacause of the color of the skin of the residents.

    August 30, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  19. katiec

    Question.
    My comment was one of the first ones but is still under
    moderation. Why?
    MSNBC is much more open to participants comments.
    They allow a much broader view to be posted.
    You do not!

    August 30, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  20. The Bush Twins : George and John

    I think it's a good approach. By choosing Palin, could it have been the republican plan to take the focus off McBush and his view that the economy is "strong" ?. Along with all of his other wacky ideas that Obama pointed out in his speech. Not gonna work McBush, we are wise to you.

    Obama/Biden

    August 30, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  21. Lost in CNN Moderation AGAIN

    HRJ August 30th, 2008 11:19 am ET

    Gregg – If you notice closely in her speech yesterday. McCain stands behind her reading her prepared statements. He even mouths the words himself a couple times! Total puppets!!

    -–

    Actually, you may want to watch again because it looked an like he was checking our her behind!

    August 30, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  22. Irene

    Sherri,

    The biggest slap to the American women was the DNC giving the nomination to an inexperienced Obama. I would rather have inexperiene in the second position than in the first (President).

    I would rather have:
    1.) an old experienced Presidient and an inexperienced Vice President who is honest about her inexperience than;
    2.) an inexperienced President who isn't honest about his inexperience and an old experienced VP who isn't honest about the potential presidents inexperience once they are running on the same ticket. Even Biden (when he was honest) said that Obama didn't have the experience to be president.

    August 30, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  23. George

    I don't think it was McCain who selected Palin. The guys who selected Palin and McCain are the same who selected Bush who resulted in a total failure both economically and politically. So what do you expect?

    August 30, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  24. Independent from FL

    If some can vote for race over experience (example over 90%), than some can vote for gender over experience.

    August 30, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  25. Grant McLachlan

    Worst VP choice ever...

    August 30, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
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