September 8th, 2008
05:55 PM ET
6 years ago

Obama calls McCain-Palin 'No Maverick' in new ad

Obama's campaign released a new ad today.
Obama's campaign released a new ad today.

CNN – Barack Obama’s campaign responded to the McCain-Palin team’s new ad touting the Alaska governor’s opposition to the Bridge to Nowhere with a spot released Monday afternoon that attacks the Republican VP nominee by name for the first time.

“They call themselves mavericks. Whoa,” says the announcer in the 30-second spot. “The truth is, they’re anything but.

“John McCain is hardly a maverick when seven of his top campaign advisers are Washington lobbyists. He’s no maverick when he votes with Bush 90 percent of the time. And Sarah Palin’s no maverick either. She was for the Bridge to Nowhere before she was against it.

“Politicians lying about their records? You don’t call that maverick. You call it more of the same.”

The ad, which will air in battleground states, echoes the language of Obama’s own campaign trail attacks against the GOP ticket Monday.

“John McCain says that he is going to tell all those lobbyists in Washington that their days of running Washington are over,” Obama said at a Michigan campaign stop. “So who is it that he’s going to tell? Is he going to tell his campaign chairman? Is he going to tell his campaign manager? I mean, these are folks who have represented every major corporate interest…”

McCain spokesman Tucker Bounds said that there are no registered lobbyists currently on the payroll, “and Barack Obama knows it.”

A new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll found those surveyed give the Democratic nominee the edge when it comes to which candidate is the “real reformer” – but McCain has narrowed Obama’s advantage on “change” from 18 to 8 percent.


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soundoff (621 Responses)
  1. j bauer

    Governors do not vote for spending bills. Check out who voted for the Bridge to No Where -Obama/ Biden Yes, McCain No

    September 8, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  2. TyWebb

    You can't spell Sarah Palin without L I A R.

    September 8, 2008 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  3. NO PALIN

    Obama must fight back with all his might!!!!

    OBAMA/BIDEN 08!

    September 8, 2008 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  4. Afrohyshiro Mike

    It's amazing how many people love to keep their eyes closed. For all of her "executive experience", another Presidential candidate had the exact same experience, except for a longer duration and in a state with a much, much bigger population. That's right.....George W. Bush.
    Explain to me again why governing a state is relevant to a successful Presidency.

    September 8, 2008 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  5. cba

    These two Republicans are certainly NOT mavericks.

    September 8, 2008 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  6. Tell It Like It Is

    Obama, a reformer?

    what measurable achievements does he have in any occupational capacity that would justify Obama as a reformer?

    one job has simply been used as a platform and a pay check to propel his own political aspirations.

    PLEASE ANOTHER NEW BATTLE CRY FOR O- DRAMA and his Odramabots

    September 8, 2008 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  7. Shalom

    America needs 'change:' neither Bush nor McCain
    Bush 8 years = Internal policy + International diplomacy= -0
    - If McCain add more 4 year = Another Bush another disaster for American Economy. If American Choose Jon Kerry in 2004 election this tragedy do not happened to America

    September 8, 2008 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  8. NoGOP

    I saw that ad. It's more like a World Wrestling Federation ad, it's pretty cheesy. No matter how much Mccain plays catch up, he will always stay at the heels of Obama on the issue of "change."

    September 8, 2008 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  9. Ricky

    I am an independent so I want to pose a question to Republicans. Are you honestly comfortable with your presidential nominee choosing someone that he only met once. I am not trying to upset anyone; however, i would like an honest answer without the partisan BS. My wife and I have values that are more in line with the RNC in terms of family, etc. I have to admit; however, that the smears, lies and the details of how Palin came to be the pick scares me.

    September 8, 2008 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  10. WA

    If a Gun Toten, Lip Stick Wearin, Pit Bull Hockey Mom with Pentecostal beliefs, and women's rights objections wearing a short skirt and praising a Old, Senile, Senator is a Maverick – Then By John and Hoosiers she's a Maverick! All in favour of a unqualified Hot Chick for VP – Type YEA!

    September 8, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  11. Barack the Vote!

    If today's bail out of the two most powerful mortgage companies in the country, which is the crux of our economy, doesn't tell some of you that McCain/Palin 90% voting with Bush, is the worst choice voters can make in selecting our next president, I DON'T KNOW WHAT DOES!! As usual Bush wants to blame Congress for the bailout, just like McCain/Palin are blaming the "republicans" for the rest of the mess this country is in, THEIR PARTY WHICH THEY'VE BOTH BACKED FOR A COMBINED TOTAL OF 40 YEARS, to try to APPEAR LIKE Mavericks, whatever the heck that's supposed to represent to the American people! We don't need a MAVERICK AND A MOOSE! This Country needs the REAL CHANGE Obama has been talking about for the last 20 months!

    September 8, 2008 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  12. COUNTRY FIRST McCAIN/PALIN

    Poor,poor obama. People are finally beginning to find out what a liar you are. It's been very hard with the media trying to protect you.
    You are truely a disgrace. This country deserves alot more than you and your wife.
    You have sent the dogs on John McCain and Sarah Palin, but it won't work. Not this time. This isn't Chicago – this is America – and we don't accept your crap.
    Hear this bam-bam.........Sarah Palin will be the first woman President of the United States when John McCain leaves office in 8 years.
    YOU LOSE – thank God – you lose !!

    September 8, 2008 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  13. Dewey

    "...asking an iceberg to save the Titanic. It's just not going to work."- Hillary Clinton.
    If anybody could be an expert on icebergs, it would be Hillary Clinton, just ask Bill!

    September 8, 2008 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  14. Esmaralda

    Debbie, yes I agree with you that Mccain once upon a time – a long time before Obama – was considered someone who would speak out against his party, though I am not certain his records of votes support this. Regardless, that has changed. McCain was the first to link 9/11 with Iraq (false) and he has during the past 4 terrible years voted with the Bush administration more than 90% of the time. There is nothing "maverick" about that...

    September 8, 2008 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  15. COUNTRY FIRST McCAIN/PALIN

    The only thing Bam-bam knows about change is how to change his mind. He is so pathetic.

    September 8, 2008 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  16. INDEPENDANT VET.

    WHY OBAMA , CAUSE MAVERICK HAS NOT LEARNED TO LIE LIKE YOU .

    BEST YOU SIT DOWN OBAMA , AN START LISTENING TO YOUR ELDERS . FOR ALL YOU HAVE SHOW OBAMA , IS A SORE LIP . NO SUBSTANCE , JUST LIES AN MORE LIES AND MORE LIES. AN MORE TIES TO THE MUSLIM WORLD.

    September 8, 2008 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  17. Ralph Peoria, Il

    A dying old man and a pit bull with lipstick. There has to be a good joke here somewhere.

    September 8, 2008 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  18. Canadien

    Dear Jen B, Being a hockey mom is not qualified enough to be VP, it does not take a genius to figure out. I have not heard anyone using hockey mom as a qualification for any political job. Palin said she is a hockey mom in her speach, but she did not say "therefore, I am qualified for VP." Instead, her points are, my takes, 1. she is not to be intimitated; 2. she is a down to the earth, practical woman. I agree with you that Palin does need to show more about herself to the people of the United States that she will be able to lead as a President if McCain dies. From what I am seeing so far, I am not comfortable enough, yet. On the other hand, I am pretty much aware of what made of Obama by now, and I am sure you are too. Don't know about you, but I am scared of him being elected, really scared. On that base, I prefer McCain over Obama.

    September 8, 2008 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  19. CarenS

    Let's get real. Those of us who work in the non-profit world depend on interest groups, consumer advocates, and yes, savvy lobbyists to get our message through to congress. So the real issue is whether the 'lobbyist' is on your side or not. I'd venture to say that all four candidates have a history working with advocacy groups. To endorse a plan to 'get' rid of the lobbyists is foolhardy and dangerous. Small corrections...isn't that the mantra of pilots?

    September 8, 2008 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  20. LEN

    IT HAS BEEN AIRED OVER OTHER NEWS NETWORK THAT
    PALIN HAS LIED ABOUT A NUMBER OF CLAIMS SUCH AS THE
    BRIDGE TO NOWHERE, HER PRIVATE COOK, AND SALE OF
    PRIVATE JET. – - – - – CNN, ARE YOU BEING FAIR AND
    BALANCED WHEN YOUR NETWORK WON'T CALL THIS TO THE
    ATTENTION OF AMERICA? WHY IS SHE GETTING A FREE RIDE?
    IF THIS WERE OBAMA, WOULD YOU GIVE HIM A FREE RIDE?
    CNN, YOU SHOULD STOP YOUR HOGWASH ABOUT BEEING
    FAIR. AGAIN I SAY, AMERICA IS NOT STUPID – -

    September 8, 2008 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  21. melissa

    I can't believe this entire race..FIRST OF ALL people, it's mccain and NObama, not Palin and NObama. McCain's not too old, you forget about our fore fathers or what? I don't want NObama and I don't want McCain. Where's Ralph Nader or Colin Powell when you need them? Either one were way more suitable than what we get a choice from now.

    September 8, 2008 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
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