August 30th, 2008
05:35 PM ET
10 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. Gary Chandler in Canada

    McCain and Palin are DIVIDED on stem cell search, (if I got him right on the flip or flop of it), funding pro choice groups, and abortion in rape and incest cases! <<< There is your fire!
    When confronted watch them NOT use straight talk and say the other is entitled to their own beliefs. Oh really? tell that to Limbaugh; instead of following his marching orders!
    Were both or just one of McCain's wives beauty queens? and the 'girl friends' he used to fly around the country in military aircraft, after his daddy promoted him to flight school over more qualified applicants.
    Is is true his daddy got him the medal of bravery? and he said, "shucks I didn't know that my friends"?
    There is some question as to whether his daddy actually was the one who turned down early release; but Kerry and McCain, in an act of great bipartisanship sealed any proof one way or the other!
    Why would you want a the leader of one of the most powerful nations on the earth be someone who heroically attempted suicide and plagirised a story about a camp guard drawing a cross.
    Spend 30 minutes on UTube and Google, key words McCain / liar, and ask how ANYTHING he says can be believed.
    OH YA THE SPLURGE WORKED NOT NO WAY... he will soon ask for a surge 2, call it something else and his lug nut neocons will fall for it AGAIN.

    August 30, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  2. Don of Fairfax

    Who amongst the Republican Party didn't expect this deluge of mean spirited and ignorant comments from the Democrats? It was coming no matter who was selected. Just look what they said and did to each other during their primaries. (They at least provided plenty of ammo for the Republican's to use during general election.) This definitely caught them off-guard . . . they didn't include Sarah Palin in the commercial because their marketing group wasn't prepared? First McCain is too old and now Palin is too young . . . NEWS FLASH . . . together they are the best team.

    Vote McCain/Palin in 2008

    August 30, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  3. Jeff an Independent

    Why is Gov Palin so popular in Alaska? Because she added a 2 1/2 % state tax to oil – which fully funds her state government and Alaskans pay NO income or sales tax. But who pays for that? You and I do – in a dime per gallon more for gas at the pump. Put 15 gallons of Alaskan gas in your car – figure $1.50 goes to a "Palin popularity fund." No wonder she wants to drill in ANWR! No wonder she vetoed wind and alternative energy bills! This is nothing but a public policy of personal greed (in this case for her state) at the expense of everyone else and the rest of the world. Typical, same old Republican policies that we're now suffering for – but to the extreme.

    August 30, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  4. cArmanl

    What was McCain thinking did he think he could fool Hillary supporters with the idaho univ grad beauty queen. NNNNNNNooooooo comparison.
    I am beginnng to believe what some say he is senile and demmented.
    Imagine he croaks in office and she is president. WOE

    August 30, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  5. Loyal Jane

    Has anyone seen that Iraq has signed a 3billion dollar oil deal with China? You mean to tell me that we invaded Iraq so that China could get an oil field in Iraq so they could loan us more money to buy oil from the saudi's? I am just dumbfounded!

    August 30, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  6. Tara Goldman

    I used to support McCain, but this disaster he calls a VP choice has changed my mind once and for all. What a dangerous and reckless thing to do in our country's time of need. We don't need a feel good mother from some tiny country town in the barren wasteland of frozen Alaska to be our cheerleader. We need real leaders who are respected around the world to clean up the mess the Bush McCain group have left behind.


    August 30, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  7. Gemini

    To all of those who keeping commenting on Barack Obama NOT selecting Hillary, just imagine yourself in the same position as he is in. Then imagine yourself in the White House trying to improve the country with Hilllary & Bill also around. The Clinton's don't strike me as people who can easily "step down".

    Common sense suggestes that it would NOT be a good situation for Barack Obama to find himself in. I think he has demonstrated very good judgement at making this tough decicion now. It would have been easier for him to select Hillary – – but not necessarily the best thing for your country. I think that is a very good example of putting your country first!

    August 30, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  8. My Friends, let me tell you,

    RECOVERING DEMOCRAT?Do you have a doctors note or did you escape?

    August 30, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  9. Mike Indiana

    Check the AOL weekly poll. It has McCain leading in every state and Not just a few thousand polled like some of the sample poll's, it's hundred of thousands.

    August 30, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  10. RJ

    Sarah Palin is governor of the LARGEST state in the union, more than twice the size of Texas. Joe Biden is senator of Delaware, 49th in size. Their populations are only 271,000 apart.

    August 30, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  11. Unity

    Who are all of these first wave feminists who think only rich, white women are disenfranchised?

    Sexism is horrific in this country, but it seems like some amazing tunnel vision to not see that racism is so pervasive and strong in this country that race can't even be mentioned.

    If Obama were to lose this fall, we all lose.

    August 30, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  12. lvlax

    Brilliant choice by McCain. The fact that the libs here are crying so much just proves it more. Show's McCain really is the candidate of reform and change while Obama is just preachy talk and rhetoric. It's funny that Palin has more qualifications to be president than Obama does, This ticket is and exciting winner!

    McCain Palin 08!! Real change we can believe in..not just preachy empty words.

    August 30, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  13. Sam, GA


    mCcain '08

    August 30, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |

    All you alleged Democrats now voting for McCain:

    You don't want to vote for Obama because he's biracial or because he's young or what?

    Don't give me the "experience" bs. Jefferson, Clinton, GEORGE BUSH–they had no experience either.

    So really, are you all just racists or what????

    It's mind boggling.

    How many people at the RNC are going to be Asian, Hispanic, black, or Native American?

    A combined total of 10 people.

    What Country First is John McCain representing?

    Looks to me like Country First only for white people.

    At the DNC: it was a sea of diversity. THAT, MY FRIENDS, IS COUNTRY FIRST.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2008



    August 30, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  15. Wise White Guy

    SUSIE! Apparently you like to post on here but dont bother to read the others. Apparently you like to make up your mind on things and not wavering rather than learning more and making a good decision. I am going to tell all of you who think like Susie this one more time. Pay attention! Hillary could not be vetted to be VP. She is going to be facing Federal Charges for campaign finance FELONIES from her senate race. She successfully got a judge to push everything back so it would take place after the election. Just do some homework and you will not sound like a fool. search for Paul V Clinton. Maybe then you will understand why it was not even an option to select Hillary. The republicans would have simply destroyed the dems in negative advertising and maybe now you can see why Hillary is just fine with Joe Biden as the choice. And because you will ask i will tell you now. Besides it really doesnt matter who the VP is. All that matters is what their positions are on the issues and whether you trust them. I would gladly leave my children with Barack and Joe for a week but i would not let that creepy sellout McSame and Animal hating Palin anywhere near them. They can go out and shoot wolves from helicopters together while they tour the oil spills. Disgraceful people!

    August 30, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  16. Raj

    I feel for Palin's last son, why does he have to face the consequence of parents mis judgement. It is very well known that pregnancy after late 30s is risky and there is more chance for the kid to be born with disabilities. It speaks of her judgement that she went for a kid when she was in her mid 40s and also when she had a very taxing job of governer

    August 30, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  17. Ryan

    The issue has nothing to do with Palin's experience or readiness or lack thereof. The real question is about McCain's judgement or should I say reckless endangerment.

    Ask yourself, would you trust the safety and security of your family and the entire free world in the hands of someone you met only ONCE?

    This is all about the judgement of McCain and nothing about Palin.

    August 30, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  18. Ryan

    The pick of Palin is being aptly called by Republicans and Democrats alike, a gamble, a roll of the dice.

    Do we really want a President that gambles with our future?

    August 30, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  19. Bryan

    Do I see a trend here? Mcbush's first wife was a model, then he dumped her when she didn't look good anymore, then his second wife was also a model and now he picks a model as his VP choice...maybe the secretary of state will be Miss. Alaska 2008?

    August 30, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  20. LeRoy Rodgers

    I can only hope that the women of the USA are not so shallow (and sexist?) to vote for McCain b/c his running mate is a woman. My wife thinks there are many women who would choose McCain for that very reason–regardless of Palin's ability to lead this country.

    If elected, Palin would be one 74-year-old heartbeat away from taking the helm. And her experience is what????? Think about it. That is a frightening scenario.

    August 30, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  21. Jeff

    Palin's great story: Hockey mom to govoner of Alaska.

    Palin, hockey mom to potential VP is just scary

    I really don't know gov Palin, but I want the best and the brightest to run the country. Obama has a law degree from Harvard, taught constitutional law at Chicago, and was head of the Harvard Law Review. HIllary credentials are also far superior, Yale Law, former first lady, I'm sure there is plenty more. Palin only has a batcholr degree from an average university. This is not a position for anyone who has a good story. This is like asking a premed student to do the most challanging surgery. I'm sorry but you need either have advanced degrees that prepare you for the job or a long history in the political arena, Palin has neither and is just not qualified.

    August 30, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  22. WARIS SHERE, Canada

    By choosing an inexperienced woman running mate, John McCain took the biggest gamble of his campaign. His selection of inexperienced Alaska governor designed to woo disgruntled supporters of Hillary Clinton. Sarah Palin made a direct appeal to supporters of Hillary Clinton and by praising Clinton for her "determination and grace". It was was a very surprise choice, with even senior Republicans confessing that they had never met her or knew much about her. According to Guardian, a prestigious newspaper, " McCain's choice allowed him to wrest media attention from Obama, whose speech in front of a crowd of 80,000 in Denver on Thursday night is believed to be the most watched convention speech ever. Nielsen Media Research said it averaged 38.4 million US viewers across all major networks, reaching nearly a quarter of all US households. It easily eclipsed the acceptance speeches of both of Obama's two immediate Democratic predecessors and the 27.6 million viewers George Bush drew on the fourth night of the Republican national convention in 2004, when he was nominated for a second term". Barack Obama campaign wasted very little time before pouncing. "Today, John McCain put the former mayor of a town of 9,000 with zero foreign policy experience a heartbeat away from the presidency," said Bill Burton, Barack Obama's spokesman.

    August 30, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  23. Marijn

    well here's a turn for the worst waiting to happen, a potential president who supports creationism to be taught in school. Let's see how fast we can go back to the middle ages and insist on the earth being flat and the center of the universe, pathetic!

    August 30, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  24. ssn

    Apparently McCain wants to have the women's votes, but he actually insulted all the American women's intelligence by simply choosing a woman figure on the ticket without knowing what is really on American woman's thought, he simply insult woman by not understanding why the American woman want to vote for Hillary not just for a woman!!!

    McCain is dead!!! his irresponsible choice shows how bad judgement he has. of course with 7 big houses around the country, he doesnt need to know what an ordinary American worries.

    American needs to be more responsible. we don't vote for race. for genda, for party, we vote for our future, our kids' future.

    Whoever vote for McCain. please use your brain, use your clear judgement!!!

    Obama/Biden 2008!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 30, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  25. melanie

    I was just reading an article about McCain yesterday – it claimed that McCain's worst flaw is putting his political ambitions before the country itself. McCain himself said that he "can only try to resist future temptations to abandon principle for expediency." He is desperate and reckless, and therefore has fallen victim to one of his greatest flaws in selecting this person as V.P. I am a democrat, but I always thought, if the democrats lose, he wouldn't be the worse choice and possibly might be the best out of the Republican bunch. Now, I am very afraid of the idea of him as pres. We are dealing with some very serious issues in the contiguous 48 states as well as internationally that she has advanced no platform and has never had to deal with these issues as governor of a state smaller than the city that I am living in right now. In fact, there are some mayors of big cities who have dealt with much larger issues than she has including security. Before his decision, I honestly would have been okay with McCain as the pres., but now, I think he is absolutely stupid and cannot be trusted with the future of this country.

    August 30, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
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