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. Rachel

    The polls are reflecting only up to the time of Palin's speech. All the hypocrtical statements and half truths are not reflected. Public really needs to be educated. I'm nervous that we won't have time to find out the truth about this candidate before its time to vote.

    September 8, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  2. ES NYC

    Timber. Obama was up 9% last week and frankly most of the electoral season. Was he sure to win then or is it just when Mc Cain gets a convention bounce that it becomes a "in the bag" thing?

    Mc Cain/Palin is so vulnerable, i would not be that confident if i were you.If Mc Cain catches a cold , Palin President becomes a reality that will haunt more than one voter.

    September 8, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  3. ts

    If you vote McCain in, watch, he will bring back the draft. He is a war monger. That is all he knows.

    September 8, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  4. Steve

    The real "bridge to nowhere" is the bridge that exists between "we the people" and our elected officials. If Americans are serious about real change, we would throw the bums out, both parties, demand term limits for the newly elected, and forever hold our newly elected representative's feet to the fire.

    September 8, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  5. Kelly

    Save the Trees – Kill the babies. Logical?
    Raise taxes on the top 5% that employ millions. Logical?
    25% of Americans pay 85% of the taxes. Logical?
    Cut defense spending during a War. Logical?
    Support 5 generations of Welfare. Logical?
    Continue funding the Department of Education that does not educate 1 child. Logical?
    Support Senator Obama that was present for 143 days at his job as a Senator. Logical?

    Hero or Zero?
    The 101st Airborne Division supports PALIN FOR PRESIDENT 2012! You go gal....

    alNET

    September 8, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  6. Leon, Atlanta GA

    All I can say is we deserve the people we elect.

    If you want 4 more years of the same old bomb,bomb, war,war, ballooning deficit, high energy/gas prices, rampant inflation, depressing stock market, deteriorating environment, unaffordable health insurance, corporations with increasing power, by all means vote for McCain/Palin (or is it Palin/McCain?).

    Vote Obama/Biden if you want this country to have a chance at coming out of this turmoil.

    September 8, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  7. S. Martin

    Did Sarah Palin really cheat on her husband?? Why are none of the big news outlets talking about this?? There is an article in the new Enquirer about it. I keep hearing people brag about how well she embodies family values. This does notshow family values. This woman is certainl not who I thought she was. Boy, this could be a knockout blow for McCain.

    September 8, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  8. Stephen

    to john in ohio: what's the difference between a community organizer and a president? everything, apparently!

    September 8, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  9. Casual Observer

    Are Americans even engaged in their country? McCain/Pain dead heat with Obama/Biden????

    McCain/Palin is a dangerous, lying ticket...Tear it up America!!!

    September 8, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  10. Independent Voter in Missouri

    Are Americans really that conservative that they actually want McCain and ultra conservative Palin?

    Or are Americans really that racist? I have compared Obama's plans and McCain's plans from their websites.

    Obama wants to revive America. McCain want to fix his broken party.

    Do the real research and make a decision about the issues.

    September 8, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  11. Olivia

    I'm sure CNN get as many pro McCain/Palin blogs as pro Obama/Biden ones. Yet......consistently.........they show mostly the pro Obama ones because we all know by now who this network support. The country is talking about it .

    Think about it.......if both candidates are running head to head....isn't it then likely that the volume of blogs will run the same proportionately?
    Use your heads, people!

    September 8, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  12. Centrist Rob in NC

    It's not change, it's a takeover.

    -Ultra-Conservative views – check.
    -Distract voters from reality – check.
    -Win ellection – check.
    -Appoint more Ultra -Conservative judges – check.
    -Veto every bit of legislation from the Dem controlled congress – check
    -Blame Dem controlled congress so thery lose 2010 elections – check
    -Take control of all three branches of govenment in 2010 – check
    -Limit freedom of the press-check
    -Tell America how to think, act, speak, worship – check

    Folks one of the keys to our country is having arguments for all opinions that lead to compromise for the greater good. Gov Palin has proven the only good view is her view. Please look deeper, ask questions, is this really the person you want leading the "free" world?

    I have all the respect in the world for J Mac, but this pick doesn't seem like him. Karl Rove himself said this was a political move not a governing rule.

    September 8, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  13. Republicans for Truth

    It is time for the conservative crappy media to shut these stories down ... the media idiots hyped Palin so much to the point of blatantly lying about what she has accomplished, along with McBush. McSame and Palin hasn't done a crap to promote change and in fact, were behind the entire financial mess that this great country is going through right now

    September 8, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  14. Missouri Mom

    Pretty pathetic that they can't even come up with their own slogan. They saw what was working for the dems and jumped on the bandwagon (you know, "change", "a woman on the ticket", etc.). It's laughable, not to mention insulting.

    I think the GOP's "bounce" just proves that even the republicans never really liked McCain. They only took an interest when he picked his VP. It seems to me they're voting for HER, NOT him. So, are they hoping McCain just isn't going to "be around" too long? I for one, don't like the idea of a woman who believes that the war taking place is "God calling us to DIE for him" with her trigger finger on the "big button"!

    Those lying hypocrites are in my state today, down the road in my sister's town (Lee's Summit, MO). I'd drive there and hold up the biggest OBAMA sign I could... IF I could afford to gas up my car...

    September 8, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  15. John, FL

    That's a laugh. 90% similarity to Bush is hardly a maverick in my book.

    September 8, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  16. truth

    Mavericks? Agents of change?

    The republicans are the ones who put our country in the toilet in the first place, now they are trying to blame Democrats and claim that they will fix everything? HOW STUPID DO YOU THINK WE ARE?

    The only people who are buying into this garbage are the closed-minded racist hicks that aren't listening anyway. They're just happy to see another old white man on the ticket and think that by putting any woman up there they are "making history". PATHETIC!!!!

    September 8, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  17. maca

    Go McCain/Palin!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    NOOBAMA anymore!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 8, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  18. Sunny

    If Palin get elected, it woul dbe an isult to the Amrican people. She is an outright autocrat, born liar and totally corrupted lady. All her work in Alaska points to these facts. What she did in Alaska is noe not going to remain in Alaska. She ia a failed mom, failed wife, failed mayor, failed governor – we do not want a failed VP for an laready failed republican President candidate who are going to take charge of an already failed president. How many failures would USA tolerate? We can not afford even a single mistake right now. Mccain-Palin win in November would be the last nail in the coffin.

    September 8, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  19. Oh Boy!!!???

    The land of TV where everything is served on an easy to understand platter. It does not matter if it is a lie. If it is easy, the public will go for it because they don't have to think.

    America is full of very stupid people. That is a fact.

    We will have many ads to endure before we get to hear her speak for herself, or at least away from a script or a screen to read from.

    In the meantime we will see many of these flashy, easy to believe, big statement, big emotion, no plan ads.

    Think for yourselves, America. Read a newspaper, look up some facts, if you believe everything you see on TV, you'll never believe the mess you'll be in for the next four years.

    September 8, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  20. Laura

    Will-SD: John McCain has 26 years in the Senate. Joe Biden has 36 years so I wouldn't even keep bringing that point up.

    As far as the funds given AK, yes the money was kept and was used to improve intrastucture and buy a new ferry. Yes she was initially for the bridge but when she saw that the full funding wouldn't be there and interest in the bridge by the people of AK, she then changed her position. So yes she changed her view and as far as Obama is concerned, he's had so many changes in positions that again I wouldn't even go there.

    McCain/Palin '08/Hillary '12

    September 8, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  21. Lone Star Wolf

    I read the above biased opinions of Obama supporters and their attack on women and can not believe their ignorance. Palin will be a fit and strong leader. The ones of you who think women can not run a country are so wrong. What about Margaret Thatcher of Great Brittian and Goldy Meir of Israel. No President of the U.S. was any stronger a leader than these two women. Palin is fit not like Obama who is unfit to become the President of the U.S. He has showed us his true self by sitting and doing nothing while his great Uncle REV. WRIGHT DID HIS RANTINGS AND RAVINGS LIKE A MAD MAN. NO OBAMA NO HOW AND NO WAY.

    September 8, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  22. Frank

    Isn't it refreshing to see some truthful advertising? Watch Obama and the Democrats get real ugly with their advertising and speeches. What would you expect? The Democrat echelon is mean spirited and it shows!

    September 8, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  23. Shari, NY

    Factcheck has listed a ton of lies which came out of the RNC.

    September 8, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  24. Rodger

    McCain was a maverick, not any more! We still don't have a clue about what Palin is, other than she lies about what she did.

    September 8, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  25. Who is She?

    Palin is the one who is riding high on a good written speech. Is there anything else to this woman?

    September 8, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
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