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. Bruce

    To everyone that really supports CHANGE. Stop talking about Ms Palin. She is just the VP canidate. When ever talking about the Republican party only say McCain. Do not mention Palin make her nothing. do not attack her. do not use her name in any talk. Leave her out. Once her naem is out of the spot light she will stop being the distraction from the reall issues!!!

    Concentrat on what really matters. It is not a personality contest it is aobut the issues and what direction we want the USA to go. Do we really want to let this person to diestract the attention of the people and cloud the issues with more stupid lies.

    REMEMBER repeating a lie does not make it TRUE it just shows how stupid the person is that repeats the lie.

    September 8, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  2. Ricky - Latino for Obama

    The thing about these ads is that they are for the people who look to these ads and their simple friends for information. The majority of people who vote Republican are sheep who fail to deep dove in to the facts and will vote solely based on religion.

    Where did religion lead the government the past 8 years?

    If McCain wins, November 5th will truly be a sad day in American history.

    I encourage everyone to encourage everyone the significance of voting this November 4th for Obama. Especially the youth of America.

    September 8, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  3. ANDY DAAS

    Mavericks?Who are you kidding?

    September 8, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  4. GA for Obama

    wesley-there is no poll that has McCain up 10 points..actually it's not Kerry-Bush it's Gore-Bush..McCain is like Gore (leading in polls-popular vote) but Obama is like Bush (leading in Electoral College). That's what matters.

    Sue- That's only the Palin effect. Actually, the GOP is desperate and dumb. No, it's not working. There 11 million more Democrats than Republicans nationwide and 500,000+ more Democrats in each state.

    September 8, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  5. darrell

    Yeah he is a Maverick alright Mccain Cheated on then divorced his first wife, was part of the Keating Five who were taking bribes from Failing Savings and Loans, he opposed a National Holiday to honor Martin Luther King. And Palin flipflopped on her position on the Bridge to Nowhere and couldn't sell an airplane on Ebay that she keeps bragging about. Real Mavericks

    September 8, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  6. ABG

    My question to the DNC and Nancy Pelosi:

    What were you thinking deep-sixing Hillary Clinton? She was the best candidate and more qualified than any of the nominees.

    Hillary 2012!

    September 8, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  7. Joyce in Florida

    This Hillary Clinton supporter is NOT falling for all the hoopla that McCain and Palin are emitting. I guess the repugs think we democrats are stupid and will fall for this garbage. This one crack in the 18 million cracks in the ceiling is definitely voting democrat this November. The thought scares me that Palin could become the President if something happens to McCain. It would be awful. Can't stand her shrilly voice. The Democrats WILL WIN THIS NOVEMBER!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 8, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  8. Stephen

    us weekly not long ago has nice picture of barrack and michelle obama compared to recent slanderous attack cover against sarah palin – does oprah, the liberal media and hollywodd wack jobs like michael moore realize they've just awokened a sleeping giant? keep it up for another month or so! bottom line: obama is arrogant for someone who hasn't accomplished anything but deal with people that hate america (including his wife) and he screwed up not taking hillary – because biden is real change, right?

    September 8, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  9. Shaking my head

    The Democrats backstabbed a member of their own team (Hillary).
    If they don't know what's right for their team
    How can we, expect the Democrats to know what's right for the country.

    September 8, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  10. Vivian

    Original Mavericks? I don't think so. Bush is a Maverick, did what he pleased, and lied, lied, lied to the American public. These two are more of the same, they have both been called out by the Press after the Rep Convention for telling lies about Obama....and not one, but several....a blueprint of the Bush Administration

    September 8, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  11. Rudy NYC

    Alaska received enough federal funds to build The "Bridge to Nowhere". Gov. Palin introduced tax cuts, and paid for them with those funds. When new earmarks-read pork-would not come Alaska's way to help actually pay for the bridge, she canceled the project.

    Wasn't she mayor for 6 years, and left the town millions in debt?

    September 8, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  12. Anne in CT

    I am overwhelmed with disgust.. The both of them are a disgrace.

    September 8, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  13. Anonymous

    Let's not forget that Obama is the one who went back on his word with a written agreement regarding campaign funding! Let's see, Obama has done WHAT exactly?.........................yeah that' what I thought. yet you people are too ignorant to look at the proof and real history of each candidate. Obama has been serving himself his entire life. The whole time he has been governor he has been campaigning to become president. yeah we in Illinois thank you for all your work....his constant smooth talking is getting old because there is absolutely no substance. he doesn't have any realistic plans because how could he? it would take some experience in order to know what to do. Maybe in 4 or 8 years MAYBE, but certainly not now,, and NOT when you are running against a candidate with the integrity and knowledge of John McCain.
    McCain ran as an independant previously, because he is a non conformist. he has no reason to not do what is right every time. He has never served his own self interest, look at his LONG history prooving that. Palin is awesome, she immediately cut government spending in her own state the second she became governor, that's more than Obama can say.. she's actually been governor for the past 2 years, not merely seeking the presidency for him/herself like Obama.

    September 8, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  14. Morningstar

    This election will expose the intelligence level of Americans to the world. Yes the whole word will know how smart we are: The republicans have put this country in a huge hole in the last 8 years.

    September 8, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  15. Mike, TX

    Looks like Obama's going to crash and burn. By November, the American voter would have learned enough about Obama to see that he is offering nothing new and has no experience or idea about what he is doing. By then, the democrats would have begun a "historic ticket" campaign – suggesting that America shouldn't throw away the chance to vote for an African-American and cast the "historic ticket". When you look closely at Obama/Biden, the "historic ticket" arguement is all they have.

    The entrance of Palin has offered a historic ticket on the republican side. The difference is that McCain has more experience to bring the needed change to Washington that Obama or Biden; and Palin has more experience that Obama!

    I personally could live with an Obama administration if he stood up to the radicals in his own party, but he doesn't. I certainly don't want Pelosi and Reid pulling the strings in Washington through a talking puppet.

    McCain / Palin are the only ones who will really change Washington. Obama will change Washington only to the extent that Pelosi and Reid let him, which means no change at all.

    September 8, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  16. So now MCCain does want change?

    So now McCain decides he is going to change Washington? He has had 20 years to do it, and has decided to do NOTHING... Evidently...ELECTORAL LIES.

    September 8, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  17. Belle

    CNN Can't report McCain is AHEAD according to Real Clear Politics....they support Barack Obama.

    September 8, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  18. H. Charles

    I'll be honest with you. Its going to be a close race and McCain is going to walk away with it because most of this country refuses to educate themselves in ways other than commercials and the media and many are masking they're racism by saying that Obama hasn't accomplished anything and has no experience. Those same people voted twice for a man who graduated from college with D avg. The man who they'll vote for this time around supported your D avg president 90% of the time and all of sudden wants to support programs that he shot down for the last 8 years. Even though I'm being pessimistic about this election, I'm still going to vote for the person that treats and speaks to me like an educated human being, not the person that chooses his/her words based on convenience.

    September 8, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  19. energy

    Obama is down in polls for NOT choosing Hillary.

    So, where are Roland Martin, Suzzane Malveaux, Jack Cafferty, and Gloria Borger with their biased journalism? If we lose this election to the Republicans, those individuals must share the blame. Their biased commentaries towards Hillary Clinton pave way to Joe Biden and now the game chnger, St. Sarah!!

    September 8, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  20. derrick

    Obama was using the "Change" message since day one. Now that the exsperince message is not working for McCain he wants to hijjack the Change message.

    September 8, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  21. Chris

    I can't believe Americans will let this happen.
    Mccain has shown again how reckless he is. Got GOP nomination in March and couldn't wait to pick a VP until Obama did. This decision as well as his ad's are just too reactive to Obama.
    America ; We can't afford to miss it this time. Lets not fall for this gimmicks.
    We need real change, earn our respect back with the international community.
    Revive this economy.
    A smart Commander-in-Chief with wisdom and a clear vision( not a tough talking politician).
    Obama is the leader for this generation!!
    Wake up AMERICA and lets walk with him!!!

    September 8, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  22. nt

    If the american people are buying into this and go to the polls on 11/4 and nominate these two people as the representatives for our country, then the american people deserve what they get over the next 4 years. Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. We have had 8 years of insanity; do we really want 4 more?

    September 8, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  23. Maria

    Hopefully the Obama campaign will respond swiftly with an ad of their own. The truth about the bridge and her record on earmarks needs to be aired.

    September 8, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  24. teresa from Canada

    Get over yourself Tony – you male chauvanist pig.
    No one knows what can be accomplished until someone does and than the losers all stand back scratch their u no whats and say oh I guess she could do it after all.

    Not fond of republicans but Sarah is very interesting and deserves a listen. She is definately a game changer.
    Obama blew it not picking Hillary – that is crystal clear. That will be looked on as his biggest wrong when the analysis comes out of why he lost.

    September 8, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  25. jm for sc

    Timber,
    If you poll a bunch of republicans, you will get those type results. People would have to be out of their minds to fall for McCain and Palin. That empty suit comment is getting old. Besides, if a man that has strived and gain the knowledge and accomplishments Obama has is empty, then people has really discounted education, being a professor, being a state senator, working with actual people in his community that was hurting as well as his time as a US Senator as nothing. I wonder why? McCain is using his POW experience as qualification to become president.

    Obama/Biden 08; only a fool would vote to continue sending our troops to Iraq to fight for oil in the name of terror.

    September 8, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
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