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. Brenda

    She brought more men than mccain. Every men have their little secret they want to see Miss Alaska, the issues doesn't matter because they will vote for Obama Biden 08

    September 8, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  2. Denise

    So, when you cannot beat 'em, join 'em. This is the same thing HRC did. She started out with "experience" as er message, change midway, lost.
    Now, we have McCain do the same thing. It was "experience." Then he hires an unexperienced airhead, and now it is no longer "experience," but "change & hope." Talk about flip-flop!!

    September 8, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  3. Peter

    Reading the vitriol in these posts is amusing. Talk about subjective interpretation of facts. One thing for sure is, based on the energy behind them all, McCain must be doing something right as he has all of you ranting and raving. No one listens to irrational rants. If you don't like the ticket, calm down and make a rational argument. It is people like have posted here as to why independents will vote for McCain. Your posts border on hate, an ugly emotion that is attractive to no one other than other people who hate.

    September 8, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  4. Terry, Lakeland Florida

    Wow I see over 30 Paid Obama staff members posting in here...and that's as of this post....by the time CNN displays it...not that they will...it'll be over a hundred paid Obama staff members posting.

    September 8, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  5. Frank

    For the last eight years, John McCain has had his lips planted firmly on George Bush's butt.

    How does that make him a maverick?

    September 8, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  6. sho

    Must "woman" are very happy about a woman as V.P
    Way to go John Mccain

    September 8, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  7. Ghost

    It is sad that people believe these 2 lying and pandering fools.

    September 8, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  8. Jorge

    It's time, right now, for Obama to take the gloves off and call McCain and Palin on the lies they are telling with impunity.

    Surrogates won't do. Barack needs to show the country that he is the Big Dog.

    September 8, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  9. NW Dem

    Gee, even if she didn't oppose the bridge until late isn't that like Obama opposing the war after the fact and even though he couldn't possibly vote on it because we wasn't even in the Senate yet!

    Talk about an empty suit!

    She has more executive experience than Biden and Obama combined!!!!!!

    September 8, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  10. Texan

    Now McCain is resulting to stealing Obama's theme? wowowo!

    September 8, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  11. Old white lady for Obama

    Voting for old man McCain and his Prom Queen will guarantee a continuation of the Bush years and steady decline of this country. His irresponsible choice of VP is the target of ridicule world wide.

    September 8, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  12. citizen of the world

    HEY CAPITALIST SUCKERS OF THE COUNTRY,

    when the war-profiteers and loan-sharks on wall street make immoral amount of profit and salary for themselves, the profit and the salary are all sacred private properties for them to "legally" own, off limit.

    when, and they always do, incur gigantic debt, 300 billion at the least in their own words, in the process of defrauding the people, the debt is for the working people to pay through higher income tax,

    while the loan-sharks of the financial industry enjoy further subsidies and tax breaks .

    that's CAPITALISM FOR YOU THE SUCKERS.

    ENJOY AND EMBRACE YOUR WONDEROUS CAPITALIST SYSTEM,

    especcially when your home is repossessed and your loved one's dying from cancer without being able to afford treatment, and

    your income tax soars,

    in order to pay out the debt left behind by loan-sharks,

    who already charged you obscene fees and interests for your mortgage.

    And make sure you vote for the same sellouts to send to washington, come november,

    because we so deserve what we get!

    September 8, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  13. Susan

    The only way they can make history is to really HELP our country.

    Obama/Biden

    September 8, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  14. Ex-mod-GOP for Obama

    Tony, NY - Come on.

    In all seriousness, though, I can't believe the exaggeration and outright lies the GOP has been spinning out to justify Palin's candidacy.

    September 8, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  15. Renee

    I still say listen to the issues and take a look at your wallet. If the American people elect McCain, then I would be extremely disappointed in the people's resolve & will to make America better!!!!!
    Especially if race is the issue (& I hope it's not). May God help us!!!

    September 8, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  16. Bruce

    All I have to say is that Obama and Biden better get on top of this before it gets out of control. This momentum could kill their campaign.

    Obama-Biden '08

    September 8, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  17. NoGOP

    The Repubs are cowtoeing towards Obama's stance on the need for change.
    The choice of Palin was a last minute thing to counteract the Biden choice, because Mccain realized Hillary was not a part of the equation.
    Don't be fooled, Mccain is only trying to win voted from vulnerable people by making this election about "personality."
    I do not think American's should take that risk, especially when it mean 100 more years of war... if our nation lasts that long.

    September 8, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  18. JJ in Philly, PA

    Palin is no "original maverick" when she's barely been in office for half a term as governor! I can barely even give the title to McCain without giggling... I feel that the Republicans are trying to jump on Obama's message of change, but not doing a very convincing job.

    We just don't care about pork and lobbyist half truths...how about the real issues, GOP??

    September 8, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  19. Steven Brown

    Funny that CNN talks about how Obama's income tax plan will reduce taxes on families more than McCain's but ignore the effect on job creation, ignore the other tax cuts proposed, and ignore the fact that Obama has already said that he plans to get rid of the tax cuts sometime later on. Way to sorta report the news without bias. And what about the video of Palin in church followed by the statement that she is not an ecumenicist, as if that is a crime. What about mentioning that Palin has taken earmarks, but that Obama has taken far more than she has. Unbiased reporting my @$$.

    September 8, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  20. Tom in Delaware

    It would be nice if MSM would mention the part of McCain's speech where he said that if a piece of legislation came across his desk had 'earmarks', he would veto it and make it's authors 'Famous'.

    That's real change that would truly shake up Washington, but somehow you Media geniuses deemed that 'un-newsworthy.'

    Thanks for telling us that Barack thought about joining the military back in 1979 though...that's awesome.

    I thought about giving a million dollars to UNICEF back in 1979...so pat me on the back for being "Mr. Charitable."

    Obama blinked BIG TIME when he picked "The Scrappy Kid from Scranton" instead of someone who could represent "Change we can beleive in"

    McCain doubled-down on 'Maverick' when he picked Sarah Palin.

    "Do not ask for Whom the Bell Tolls...it tolls for thee"

    Obama is toast.

    September 8, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  21. Ted

    Factcheck.org is run by the Democrats – of course is says she didn't tell Congress to nix it.

    Just because Obama and the Democrats set up what looks like a legitimate website doesn't make their statements true.

    September 8, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  22. J-M

    You in the media are being disgraceful! How could you let Palin say she was against the Bridge to Nowhere in two major speeches...and now they're airing an ad on it! And, you say nothing about the fact that she didn't sell the state jet on ebay either...Do your job media!

    September 8, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  23. Brenda Elizabeth Cowley-Waters

    Mavericks? more like matching dysfunctional 'beings' – SPARE US!

    September 8, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  24. Frank

    Sheryl, I have to disagree with you. We the people are precisely that dumb.

    The evidence of the past shows it and the Republicans count on it – every election year.

    September 8, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  25. wow

    Tony, NY

    Did you post your comment just to prove your ignorance?

    September 8, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
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