September 8th, 2008
09:35 AM ET
6 years ago

New ad declares McCain-Palin 'original mavericks'

The McCain campaign is out with a new ad Monday.
The McCain campaign is out with a new ad Monday.

(CNN) - Republicans John McCain and Sarah Palin are out with a new television ad Monday, declaring themselves the "original mavericks."

The 30-second spot, set to air in key states, says McCain and Palin will "make history" and "change Washington."

"He fights pork barrel spending," the ad's narrator states. "She stopped the Bridge to Nowhere. He took on the drug industry. She took on big oil."

Palin's statement claiming to have opposed the now-infamous "Bridge to Nowhere" has been disputed by opponents who note she supported the major earmark when she campaigned for governor of Alaska in 2006. According to the non-partisan factcheck.org, Palin didn't oppose the project until Congress had already nixed it.


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  1. Gunawan

    The real president of Change is George W. Bush. Climate change!

    September 8, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  2. Republicans Hate America

    Just confirms how the GOP hate America by willing to vote for a VP candidate that wants to separate Alaska from the U.S. and then have the nerve to say Obama doesn't wear a flag pin. I dont care if I end up being the only one to vote for Obama but I refuse to accept you rednecks as Americans

    September 8, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  3. marshall

    america is so racist. i'm sorry but its true. after 8 years u want to elect john mc cain again? are u kidding me. feel so sorry for those who vote for him. its just a problem of race. if obama was white this race would have been over a long time ago

    September 8, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  4. Steven Brown

    Hmm, I wonder why CNN bloggers are overwhelmingly for Obama whereas the country is not. Perhaps media bias has divided the audiences and CNN needs to cater to the Obama ticket a little more since Fox is doing the reverse. Perhaps "independents" who consistently vote democrat make up the staff at CNN. I'm really sick of all of the vicious attacks.

    September 8, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  5. Sarah Bonner

    "If McCain says that Palin opposed the bridge to nowhere then I'll take his word for it."

    Ian, there is a bridge for sale and it has your name written all over it...........brainwashed much!

    September 8, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  6. D. Chaney

    i would not go hunting with her.

    September 8, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  7. Pepou

    They are everything BUt mavericks. Palin is a corrupt politician to begin with (her son vandalized a school bus in 2005 and joined the military to avoid jail).
    McCain's program is the SAME as Bush's in 2000.
    If this country votes for them, so help us God. I cannot believe we could be as stupid !

    September 8, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  8. Republicans Hate America

    The press will only as Palin about her barracuda name and moose burgers dont hold your breath people.

    September 8, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  9. A Democrate from California

    I've been a democrat for all my life. This election year I am voting for McCain this year for no other reason than he is a better choice over Obama.

    Every one is calling each side liars, and in truth they both are. Both sides have exaggerated facts. Both sides accuse each other of flip flopping. It is what politicians do....

    The fact of the matter is, McCain is better qualified than Obama is. Maybe in 8-16 years Obama will be ready with more experience. But until he actually performs his duties in the senate and not vote present, I can not vote for him.

    September 8, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  10. I P

    Well it looks like McCain-Palin will win. I can't believe that something like that could happen after 8 years of Bush. But then what is in our control anyways??? I wish Americans were more educated to see that there is more than the "Country First" statement alone.

    September 8, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  11. Chi4Obama

    I don't understand,

    Why is being a "Maverick" a good thing. To me all that means is that neither McCain or Palin will be open to listening to advisers. This is just what we need. A "hot head" for both President and VP.

    God help us all if we elect these 2 idiots to office.

    BTW, since when did McCain all of a sudden become the candidate for "Change" also??

    September 8, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  12. PA Independent

    Lies, lies, and more lies. If Palin is such a "maverick" against earmarks, why did she take the money for the Bridge to Nowhere and spend it on unspecified "Other projects" at a time when Alaska had its own state budget surplus of about $5 billion? It's not like the state needed the money, far from it. Every Alaskan resident, man woman and child, is getting a $1200 "rebate" check from the state government within the next two weeks as their portion of teh state budget surplus from taxes on oil and gas companies.

    McCain and Palin have lied to us since day one about Palin's record. More of the same, more of the same, more of the same.

    September 8, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  13. Jan From Boca aton, Fl

    McCain is a Maverick??? Did you mean to say Flip Flopper?
    Palin and McCain make a great team..The blind leading the blind.

    Can't wait to see the debate between Biden and Palin,I think Biden
    will be the Pitbull minus the lipstick. I'm sure alin will whine he is being sexist no matter what he says. She should go back to Alaska
    and have more babies.

    September 8, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  14. Rudy NYC

    "It's not about the issues."

    It's about the personalities. The statement brings everything from Camp McCain into focus. They've shown their hole card. Obama has been ridiculed for being a "celebrity" and for drawing large crowds. Were they getting a bit jealous?

    Now the GOP has their own pop star to draw big crowds. Now the GOP is trying to pump up the popularity.

    "It's not about the issues."

    September 8, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  15. Cody

    All of you who are angry with McCain / Palin are acting like a bunch of school kids crying on the playground. America is obviously forming their thoughts on the candidates and speaking up. 10 point lead in the Gallup Poll for McCain

    September 8, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  16. JohnLee

    Maverick – he's been in the congress for 26 years and it doesn't look like Washington has changed for the better. If that's the poster boy for Maverick, than I guess Hurricane Ike is the poster boy for sunny weather!

    September 8, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  17. Tony

    When all is said and done, only the Kool-Aid drinking Obamabots - who almost certainly aren't going to vote anyway, and diehard liberals will be left. The liberal media will refuse to report a lead for McCain in the polls like they did in '04 with Bush/Kerry, so a lot of people are gonna be surprised in November just like they were in November '04. Can you say popular vote majority?

    September 8, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  18. Eileen- PA

    What is absolutely amazing is that with the dawn of the Information Age, and the easy availability of information thanks to the internet and technology, people still choose willingly to be misinformed, misled, lied to, and deceived. Why is that?

    September 8, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  19. RUBLICAN STEALING OBAMA NAMD AND IDEAS FOR CHANGE

    John McCain and Sara Palin should be asham of themselves. Everybody knows that Obama has been for CHNAGE FOR THE PAST 19 MONTHS.

    JOHN MCCAIN HAS CHANGED NAMES STARTING FROM:
    EXPERIENCE
    MAVERICK
    REFORMER
    NOW CHANGE.

    THIS GUYS HAVE NO NEW IDEAS
    SHAME! SHAME! SHAME!

    September 8, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  20. rich

    just where is the media in all this?

    lets face it the "ticker" isnt really going to get much attention.

    the headline on all outlets ought to be "The Lies of McCain /Palin"

    why does the corporate mewdia let them get away with this garbage? oh, yeah it is the "CORPORATE" media isnt certainlyt not doing the work with the countries best interest just big monies interest.

    September 8, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  21. Lim

    As an independent, it is amusing to see the Obama's campaign
    (and Obama himself) squirms.

    Sometimes it does take a woman to do the man's job, as the RNC
    has figured it out. Too bad Hillary was dumped by the DNC!

    September 8, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  22. Carol

    John – this is OUR DREAM TICKET – we will stand up and fight corruption with you. The nay sayers can go pound sand. The race will be tight but we will FIGHT on.

    GO JOHN/SARAH '08

    GO McCAIN/PALIN '08

    September 8, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  23. Wow

    These dems ARE in a panic.

    September 8, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  24. C W

    Palin lied when she stated at the Repub Convention that she said "No thanks" to the Bridge to Nowhere ... just ask the people of Ketchikan, Alaska.

    And what kind of party is it that prides itself on being nasty, condescending and hypocritical? Oh, yeah, The Republicans ....

    September 8, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  25. Emiel

    CNN when will you grow some guts.

    "Palin's statement claiming to have opposed the now-infamous "Bridge to Nowhere" has been disputed by opponents who note she supported the major earmark when she campaigned for governor of Alaska in 2006."

    You present it as if it is just the democrats who dispute her earmark maverickness, while you know very well it is a fact she was all for it. And if you don't know that you should start doing your job and investigate so in future you can recognise and identify blunt lies when you see them.

    September 8, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
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