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. Recovering Democrat

    Well I used to be a democrat...but with this ragtag team of Obama/Biden...the top with no experience...the vp with no clue...I guess I'll have to switch to the Republican team who obviously used their brain instead of their heart to select the two best people to reform the party and unite the country...I'll go with McCain/Palin over the sexist duo of Obama/Biden.

    MCCAIN/PALIN 'O8-16'

    August 30, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  2. Denise

    Several of the posts here claim this woman has more experience than Obama. That is an out and out lie. It is arguing that day is actually night. Palin has a bachelor's degree in communication, Obama has a degree from Harvard Law where he was in charge of the most prestigious law review in the country. Obama has years of experience in big city Chicago politics, then over a decade in first the Illinois state senate, then the US Senate.

    Palin was the mayor of a town of 6500 where her job was to preside over city council (though she didn't even have a vote) and to represent her town symbolically at public functions. (check out the Wasilla town charter.) She has been governor for a year and a half. I don't know a governor anywhere whose performance can be judged in that short of a time. I am scared to death by this choice of McCain's. I think he is putting this nation in danger.

    August 30, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  3. Chickens coming home to roost

    You trashed HRC
    You hated on fellow democrats.
    You got vile, vulgar and dirty.
    You insulted and denigrated, mocked and demeaned, dismissed and dissed HRC and all her supporters.

    That is the insult to me- a lifelong democrat.

    McCain choosing a good strong conservative woman to further HIS agenda- that is a brilliant move. Why should THAT insult me?

    I voted for HRC because she was the best we had for America. I have nothing but pride. My conscience is clear.

    Can you haters and race baiters say the same?

    Don't compare Palin to HRC- different parties. Palin is perfect for the Republicans. HRC was perfect for us democrats. But you installed the Obama.

    August 30, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  4. Cheryl

    Obama, You must be tougher, attacks have to be harder. Please don't let McCain win. You are our only hope, please save us!

    August 30, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  5. james jenkins

    McCain's chioce for vp is aclear indication of why he finished 894th out of 899th at the naval academy.

    August 30, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  6. Rob Stumpf

    I don't think it was McCain who selected Palin.<<<

    Well, that's completely false. It was ALL McCain. His advisors didn't want her at all. And outsiders were totally taken off-guard by her. If there is one think about McCain that everyone knows (and is actually true) is that he's his own person.

    August 30, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  7. Wisdom 101

    Whoa! Wait a minute! All Sarah Palin has is a Bachelors Degree in Journalism from the University of Idaho!!!!!????? C'mon everybody, you all know this is a lightweight. Repubs check your hearts on this one. If McCain will do something this stupid (VP Pick) then imagine the stupid stuff he'll do if he's elected. Repubs on the fence and Puma's need to stop being selfish and put the country first.

    August 30, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  8. McCain democrats

    Time for the democrats to reap what the seeds of hatred have sown them- a divided party- a sexist party- a racist party- a cheating party- an installed unqualified nominee.

    August 30, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  9. PUMAs need to GET OVER IT

    To all the PUMAs out there who keep saying the HRC lost because of sexism. GET OVER IT. HRC lost fair and square. I'm a woman and her demeaning and racist campaign infuriated me. I was truly sicked by what she and her husband did in the name of the Dems.

    As for Palin–"President Biden" sounds better to me than "President Palin." Palin seems bright enought but let's face it. The woman is a lightweight.

    August 30, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  10. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Well so much for McCain's thinking of country first and picking someone who is ready on day one. Palin is still in day one as Gov. of Alaska never been a senator or congresswoman and he picks her as a VP who could run our country. We have all made some choices in our lives which we clearly didn't think out but who would expect a candidate for president to make such a choice and expect a successful outcome.

    August 30, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  11. Dustin in FL

    Ok, really?Are we going to bring the sexism card back? People are questioning Palin on her politics and experience, not her gender. Hillary was being strong armed out of the election just like anyone else who continued running while falling deeper and deeper into debt(why are her 18 million supporters not helping her with that if they believe so strongly in her?) and giving the Republicans the fodder they would need to attack the Democratic nominee in the General election. The talk of Racism and Sexism is old. People who do not chose to vote for Obama do so, for the most part, based on ideology and not race. Just like people who did not vote for HRC did so not based on gender, but on ideas. And HRC supporters who have the delusional state to congratulate McCain on his choice obviously didn't listen to anything that HRC stood for while running. I feel she would be upset to see her supporters voting for a woman who stands against everything she does just to send the democrats a message! Please think this through people, yes, Obama is risky, but at least he still stands for everything the Dems hold true, unlike Sarah Palin, gender aside!

    August 30, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  12. Daedalus

    Boy, this site must be read by pro-Obamas only. Being independent and not beholden to trashing either candidate out of hand, I can acknowledge that on the surface this could appear to be pandering. But look deeper. She is an anti-corrupt establishment politician who has gone against her own state party leaders because of their intrenched dishonesty. McCain trying to re-establish some of the maverick image that was tarnished in the deal he made not to make waves with Bush Jr. so he could get the nomination next time? And a husband who is a union member? Hardly traditional GOP territory (since they have been accused of breaking down unions by Obama's team). Open your eyes, pay attention – there's more to this than her being a female. Some pandering, perhaps, but don't ignore he as an outsider (but then, the Dems have the perfect insider ticket with Biden and Obama who was the quintessential machine-man in Illinois).

    August 30, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  13. Michael

    Obama must be both scared and jealous.

    Jealous that Palin has more experience than he does.

    And scarred that Palin is a capable woman.

    Somwhere between 20 and 30 percent of Hillary supporters have not come around to Obama yet.
    In spite of Obama saying over and over again that McCain is another Bush, everyone knows he is a Moderate. The Hillary people know this is the truth.
    Now as they get to know Palin they will find a strong, impressive, capable, experienced woman on McCain's moderate ticket.
    Obama knows that the Hillary women will not be able to resist to find out who Palin is and what she is about. And they will like her. Maybe her pro-life stand will be a deal breaker, but McCain is pro-life too. For those who pro-life is not a deal breaker, McCain/Plain just makes McCain look more attractive to angry Hillary Democrats.

    McCain/Plain 08!

    August 30, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  14. Mou

    You all do not get it. This was a blessing that fell into Palin's hands. Now her newly departed son will get protected duty in Iraq, I know this sounds cynical and diabolical, but wouln't any caring mother do this. This lady is both calculating and smart. She will trade for her child's safety against a fail run at the "Casa de Blanca".

    obama/biden 08

    August 30, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  15. Peter , MI

    the Republican brainwash will start on Monday.
    After that, everybody got their nugget, the economy looks greater than ever, and they can all fall in line again.
    Same procedure as every for years with the Republicans!

    August 30, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  16. John McShame, Obama Is Going to Tax You & Cindy, but Not Me & 95% Americans Making < $250,000/Yr

    For an old 72 yr man that have had 4 bouts of cancer to pick an inexperienced ex-beauty queen who is under a criminal investigation from one of the outer cold fringes of the good old USA is very telling!

    John McSame judgement to lead based on his veepee pick is DISASTROUS TO AMERICA!

    AMERICA IS DOOMED WITH SARAH PALIN A HAIRS BREATH AWAY FROM THE UNITED STATES PRESIDENCY!

    JOHN McSAME IS CALLING AMERICANS AND HILLARY SUPPORTERS STUPID! – SORRY, WE CAN SEE THROUGH THE SMOKESCREEN!

    JOHN McSAME JUDGEMENT TO LEAD = BRAIN PARALYSIS!!!!!

    August 30, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  17. T GUY

    WHEN THE DEBATE BEGINS WE WILL SEE ABOUT HER EXPERIANCE. REPUBLICANS ARE TRYING TO SELL US SARAH PALIN. WILL SHE BE ABLE TO DEAL WITH JOE BIDEN. SELL THIS SOME PLACE ELSE........

    OBAMA......08

    August 30, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  18. LarryW

    She effectively erased Obams "historic" convention speech on thursday.

    BTW does Obama give any speeches besides "historic" ones that say demonstrate not one wit of convivtion? Thats getting old and thats why McCains Palin nomination announcement immediately made his speech older than old news.

    August 30, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  19. ralph

    It's nice to see McCain stay true to character and go for the hottie to replace the older model. Some folks do like to be consistent.

    August 30, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  20. Reilly - Ireland

    Hey 'Dems are stuck in the fix they rigged' you asked "what has Barck Obama done?" How about take on and defeat the most powerful political machine in the democratic party and arguably US politics. That was no small feat and done with a message people wanted to hear. Yes, there may have been sexism working against HRC but very little if any coming from the Obama campaign and certainly no more than the racism Obama is still working on overcoming.

    If a woman votes for McCain simply because his running mate is a woman, what separates that voter from the white male who votes for McCain simply because he's white? One's a sexist and the other a racist.

    August 30, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  21. CS -El Paso, TX

    The responsibility of any voter should be based on what the issues are that this great country needs to fix/work on. We have serious problems that need special and careful attention. We need a leader who will pick a team with experience to make sure all the bases are covered responsibly. I believe that HRC would have done just that, and that's why I voted for her, but the truth is she was not nominated. Thank God we still have Obama who is still playing on the American team. He has not disregarded HRC accomplishments, and she has stated that she hasn't given up on her party either. I truly believe they will work together.

    It is very irresponsible to vote on gender and race. Not to mention selfish.
    Be smart America vote for the one that is going to pave our way for a better life for everyone and yourself.

    August 30, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  22. Copperfield

    For those saying "She has more experience than Obama."

    Instead of echoing what subjective conservatives say on the news, do some research. Obama was working as a community organizer in the sturggling communities of Chicago, studying political science and constitutional law at Harvard while Palin was playing basketball and competing in beauty pagents.

    She governed a town that has less of a population than the average university, that would mean every college dean is qualified for vice president. She's been in power for a state with less of a population than a typical suburban city.

    Even confronted by so few difficult choices, she's been on the wrong side of so many. She may be against that "Bridge to nowhere" now, but look where she stood 2 years ago. She wants to make abortion ILLEGAL in ALL cases including rape and incest.

    Obama and Palin are not even comparable in terms of experience.

    Obama/Biden 08!

    August 30, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  23. RH

    Listen to all of you – pathetic cheerleaders who think they're players. You make me sick – all of you.

    August 30, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  24. Excited about Palin

    Why does everyone try to keep throwing the soccer mom out as a qualification? She was telling you that she is everyman, she is a real person and not the Washington insider that we don't need anymore of and she will fight for us.
    Don't be so stupid.

    She ran for office first 16 years ago, what was Obama doing 16 years ago?

    Seems that some liberals are acting more panicked than ever before with all these slams. Oops they are still trying to deflect all attention away from the real problem. Mr Obama.

    August 30, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  25. BAC

    Geez Luise – I've always respected McCain and I never thought of his age as any kind of liability, but this certainly looks like the choice of a befuddled old man. A moose hunting beauty queen, a small town mayor and half term governor (who is against choice and is already under investigation). This is not going to appeal to mainstream Americans (and certainly not supporters of Hillary Clinton). I think McCain will regret the day he decided to give into pressure from the far right fringe to pick a running mate like this.

    August 30, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
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