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. Pam

    What's the difference between Dick Cheney and Sara Palin? Lipstick.

    September 8, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  2. bruja

    Maverick: Warmonger and animalabuser????I did not know that!!!

    September 8, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  3. Irony

    They completely misrepresent themselves, and the Democrats! They may love the USA, just not it's poulation!

    Snake oil salesemen are more respectable!

    Those who will vote for these two are indeed the stupid half of our country.

    September 8, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  4. DF0331

    The whole "sounds/looks like Bush" thing is getting old. Americans knows better. McCain will win the White House.
    Signed, Always proud American!

    September 8, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  5. Al

    McCain/Palin is like a breath of fresh air. Will be nice for them to and the public in the next election to clean out the trash that is now our congress. worst congress in the history of the nation.

    September 8, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  6. Al

    Boy is she awful. I'd vote for a McCain/Bin Laden ticket before I'd vote for a McCain/Palin ticket.

    September 8, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  7. Reinaldo Vazquez

    If any democrat in this country ever thinks that we should clean out the DNC, I'll ask you people now what are we suppose to do Republicans? specially the two in office now jaja what a joke. Maybe what we need is to find a way to prevent all racist people to vote and make any comment.

    September 8, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  8. JP, Colorado

    Somebody explain to me how this McCain-Pallin ticket can be ahead let alone even close in the polls...Given the last 8 years, our current economy, energy policies (DRILL) and this country's overall diminished standing in the world, how can anybody vote for this ticket? Mavericks? McCain is a self serving political chameleon ...maverick in talk only "I voted with the president over 90% of the time", the reality is that this ticket with the pandering social conservative Pallin is an extension of the present. So somebody please explain to me how Bush and his ineffective, destructive, contra to everything we believe in as Americans policies be perpetuated by this ticket and the American electorate is fine with that! I guess all great civilizations must come to an end...your witnessing history "MY FRIENDS". And don't give me any of that fear mongering rhetoric, lack of experience crap...

    September 8, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  9. dave g, minneapolis

    Why isn't CNN reporting that Bob Barr is the only candidate to legally file for the ballot in TX. Under TX state law, the Republicans and Democrats have missed the deadline.

    The secretary of state of TX is now claiming that they did file, but the paperwork proves they didn't (and the fact that McCain didn't even declare his VP pick until after the TX filing deadline).

    Or how about McCain's aides pressuring other states to remove Barr from the ballot? This is not democracy folks!! These are the tactics of old power. Obama did the same thing in Illinois...keep your opponents off of the ballot.

    Where is the outrage towards these two parties? You feel upset to vote for either and think there is no choice. Well there won't be a choice if they keep the stranglehold on the ballot.

    September 8, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  10. Napoleon Complex

    There's a good ad running here in North Carolina showing how McCain and Bush are basically the same. It has a video of McCain bragging about voting with Bush more than 90% of the time. Once the evangelicals realize that McCain is an adulterer and when others realize that Palin is worse than Cheney, their polls numbers will drop back to where they were. It will be a tight election, but the electoral map favors Obama and McCain has to win pretty much all of the battleground states to pull off an upset. There's also plenty of time for flash-in-the-pan Palin to fail.

    September 8, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  11. Linda of Atlanta

    CNN is biased in posting on these blogs. Has anyone else noticed that the blogs are closed with fewer than 10 comments, if the comments appear to be pro Obama. I have tried several times to post blogs that meet all of the requirements of civility, but they are routinely blocked! You need to vet your moderators because they are anti Obama! Are you a news agency or are you a propoganda outlet?
    By the way, I question the validity and accuracy of your polls. Why don't you give us the number of people polled and their locations? That is labor intensive, but it is also only fair!

    September 8, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  12. LMAO

    This ad if funnier than an episode of Seinfeld!

    McCain/Palin are a joke and so are these polls!

    September 8, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  13. Pam in Michigan

    I am a single mom, hockey mom to be exact, who lives in Michigan. For the republicans to think that the women in our state are ready to live another 4 years of this mess is ridiculous. I cannot afford to live in a state I was born and raised in if McCain-Palin win. We are much more intelligent than to fall for all of this bull. I wish people in America would vote on issues, not on who has a woman on there ticket. Once again, we could wake up the day after the election and the papers will show that the people in this country who voted for McCain don't care about how they are going to survive paycheck to paycheck, or pay their bills, but they will be happy to have another 4 years of Bush just because there is a women vice president. No wonder the rest of the world does not respect Americans. WAKE UP!

    Obama – Biden 2008

    September 8, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  14. Pam

    e September 8th, 2008 9:46 am ET

    McCain is now leading in the polls, so apparently we ARE stupid enough to believe this!
    ___________________________

    And you're proud of that?

    September 8, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  15. Brad

    Why do American's get tricked by words so fake such as "MAVERICK",
    when words like, Jobless, Homeless, Foreclosure, Economy , and War should scare them more into voting for CHANGE. Are we that gullible?

    Obama / Biden 08.

    September 8, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  16. TC

    Please people don't let the polls fool you. Just ask yourself what people are being surveyed in these polls. I know for sure I am not one of those people that has ever been surveyed. McCain/Palin in the White House will be a worse choice than W Bush/Cheney and I thought I would never seen a combination worse than the two of them. Everyone please get out and vote and keep these two out of the White House. I am a woman and this woman know where near represents women in this country. She is not qualified for this position so let's not be fools and give her a job she does not have the qualifications for. Vote Obama/Biden and give America a chance to recover and become respectful to other countries again. Send Sarah back to Alaska. Oh yeah, Sarah's husband loves America so much until he wanted to make Alaska separate. Get real McCain and stop trying to trick America like this family is a wholesome American Family. Please don't insult the American people intelligence.

    September 8, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  17. Yolanda

    McCain and Palin are no mavericks. And why do they keep saying McCain is ahead of Obama. Not from where I stand. I have never been contacted for the polls and no one I know has ever been contacted. People can't be changing their minds everyday about who they will vote for. McCain picking Palin is a decoy and unfortunately some people seem to be falling for it. Come on America wake up. McCain is at the front of the ticket, not Palin. But when it truly comes down to it, can you really see her being the head of this country? Not me...

    Obama '08

    September 8, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  18. Bill

    What a joke.

    September 8, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  19. aeh

    I was kind of excited about her, as a mother and a new generation of politicians (which we need more of!) now I'm feeling very worried. There was this article in the AP about her church. There are so many questions that are unanswered, why isn't anyone digging deeper? The Obama church scandel was so huge and everywhere – what about Sarah's old Penecostal church, and her new one?? UG. Its depressing.

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Gov. Sarah Palin's church is promoting a conference that promises to convert gays into heterosexuals through the power of prayer.

    September 8, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  20. Phil Newton from Murphy, Oregon

    Earmarks, lobbyists and neo-con advisors.

    Mavericks.

    Yeah.

    September 8, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  21. BOBBY K. FROM BIRMINGHAM, AL.

    I think the media and polls are really trying their best to put McCain/Palin in the white house!!!!! I just don't understand how some people would still vote for this ticket???? Is it racism? I hope not!!!

    Obama/Biden 2008-2012

    September 8, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  22. julie

    Palin is a liar and needs to be called on it in Prime Time.....the GOP is very clever......They dress up McCheneyBush in lipstick and deliver a pack of lies with a pretty smile. She is the perfect GOP candidate.....an uneducated, uninformed, unqualifed, gun loving extremist with a pretty face. VERY DANGEROUS and she could be the Next President.

    September 8, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  23. frank(ex republican)

    I guess we could try having a standup comic in the white house, we had 8 yrs of bad news with Bush. If we elect McCain we will need something to laugh about. Obama/Biden

    September 8, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  24. Dannielle

    Is Sarah Palin the type of female role model we want for this country? Were saying it's o.k for a teenaged girl to go out and have UNPROTECTED premarital sex! And then praise her for keeping the baby! A baby is the least worry today! What about S.T.Ds and A.I.D.S! I have three young daughters and I do use Mrs.Palin and her daughter as role models of what they SHOULD'NT do!

    September 8, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  25. Yogi Bala

    After 25 years, now McCain is now talking about CHANGE. GOP still thinks people as IDIOTS. People remember McCain only as a national hero and now McCain is trying to change his reputation from a national hero to a election looser.

    Obama came from nothing, but with a very positive attitude. Positive attitude is only thing now our country and the world is looking for.

    GOP fears positive attitude as liberalism. We, people understand that the world is presently looking for a change to stop the fears, heal the unethical man made wounds and to have a decent living.

    This is the time for America to lead the world. NO MORE – Eight years of Untruth – Eight year of Fears – Eight years of No growth.

    Let us get back our brother Canada to shake our hands and other friends like France, Germany to dine with us.

    Whole world is expecting our decision on a right choice – YES WE CAN!!!

    September 8, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
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