September 8th, 2008
05:55 PM ET
10 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.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (621 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    Obama should be proud of the fact that he voted AGAINST Bush over 90% of the time. That is record that reflects CHANGE.

    September 8, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  2. Michelle

    Accept the fact that the Christian Republican Church Party rules this nation. America is trapped in corruption.

    September 8, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  3. Brandon

    And that's truly factual (the headline of this ticker). The Republican ticket is just downright dirty this time around. I've voted Republican for the last 10 years. I will be voting Democrat this time around and you people out there complaining about Obama, why don't you people actually go out and fact check this stuff on your own instead of listening to your neighbors like the blind following the blind? Sarah Palin is a dirty, lying politician, the facts show it, and that's all I need. I don't need a pretty face on the ticket to earn my vote. I vote on issues, history, and facts.

    September 8, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  4. gogirl

    I have a problem with not being able to participate in the polls. They always say according to the polls whois winning, but I know I never participate. WHERE ARE THE POLLS? HOW DO WE GET TO PLACE OUR OPINION IN THOSE POLLS?

    September 8, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  5. Evangelical

    If anyone believes that McCain and the GOP can fix the mess they created during the last 8 years, they must be believing that the iceberg could have been saved by the titanic.

    Wake up America...

    September 8, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  6. Kofi

    McCain and Palin are definitely not mavericks.
    Obama-Biden '08

    September 8, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  7. Art in California

    That story about the "Bridge to Nowhere" and more and more details about her supporting it until she found out Alaska had to pitch in are slowly coming out. More and of her background will show how right wing she is, and how willing she is to push "her" agenda on America, not represent the people of America. How much advocating did she do for special needs children before her own? I work with special needs children and adults, and not because it affects my family but because they need special help. And I don't do it to claim how great I am, I do my job and silently go about my life.

    September 8, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  8. Barbara CA

    The truth will come out in the end Senator Obama. Remember the story of the emperor’s new clothes? The truth will become obvious very soon.

    And for the Florida Republican party ladies, who did not get a chance to watch Oprah today. I watched it and she had all the Olympians and their families on, including Michael Phelps and his mom. (She had on the cutest outfit.) There were wonderful and touching stories of the Olympians and even the balloons that you like so much. I hadn't watched Oprah for a while but now I am taking your place! (You really missed a great show today!) (And I just won't mention whats happening tomorrow.)

    September 8, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  9. Pink Puckered Rosebud

    It was priceless watching McPain preach to the RNC about removing Washington's intestinal blockage. Talk about preaching to your target audience 🙂

    September 8, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  10. Rob

    McCain/Palin have been misleading the American public about what should be one of the most important issues in this campaign: the economy.

    McCain's latest ads–and the Republican mantra in general–try to paint the Democrats as 'tax and spend', under the illusion that the Democrats simply want to take more money and run up national debt. The truth is that from World War II until 1976, all presidential administrations reduced the net amount of national debt versus gross domestic product (except for Nixon/Ford '72, which was ~balanced). Since 1976, every REPUBLICAN administration has INCREASED the national debt, and every DEMOCRATIC adminstration (Carter/Clinton/Clinton) has decreased it.

    Would someone please explain to me why any Republican has ANY credibility when arguing about the irresponsible fiscal policies of the Democratic Party?

    September 8, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  11. Thinking Republican

    I wouldn't use the word maverick. I would call him desperate.

    September 8, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  12. Phil Newton from Murphy, Oregon

    Lipstick or not, McCain's real running mate is George Bush.

    September 8, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  13. Nicole , Portland, OR

    Fight Dems Fight. Shut THE GRAND OLD PARTY DOWN.....We have too much at steak.

    Fight Obama.. Fight for us...

    September 8, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  14. jimmy


    September 8, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  15. Terry

    You know our choices are down to two candidates we need change and after a great deal of research the I will choose the lesser of the two evil that being Obama/Biden. They may both distort the truth but the GOP changes during and after the convention was so poorly done and transparent even a mentally impaired person could see through their lies. He or she could do a far better job running this country than McCain or Bush could do in fact better than I can. Obama/Binden

    September 8, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  16. Marie

    I agree with the Democrats here. McCain and Palin are full of lies and twisted half truths. Obama is going to have to fight back. To keep trying to run a campaign on the honest issues, and expect a fair fight from the opposition, Obama will absolutely lose in November. If McCain is so big on change, why did it take him 27 years to want it? He has been part of the problem, wake up people! He has been in the senate for all 8 years Bush has been in office, and this country has been run into the ground. Why does he want change now? Because the American people want it. Some Maverick....just a typical politician who will jump on a bandwagon when it suits him.....even if it is the one his competition is already driving!

    September 8, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  17. Thomas NY, NY

    Has anyone else noticed that CNN only posts the comments that are in lockstep with the Obamabots?

    September 8, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  18. MT, Texas

    I guess the Dems are going for the uneducated vote.

    If they think anyone with half a brain will fall for this ad ... then I hope they keep making the same mistakes all the way until November.

    Barack is sliding down to his defeat. It was a good try ... better luck to Clinton in 2012.

    September 8, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  19. Trent

    About time they shot back!!!! Go for it!!! Go negative!!! Please. Democrats have been too easy to roll over!

    September 8, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  20. KB

    She is not Ordinary and NOT one of us. EXTREMIST. . . . .
    Normal person wouldn't HIDE pregnancy from parents and HER own kids. SCARY ............

    September 8, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  21. Maverick - NO... Flip-Flopper - YES

    McCain has reversed himself on pretty much every issue since he won the republican nomination.

    He is now a 100% clone of George W. Bush and solidly in big oil's pocket.

    We don't want or need 4 more years of mismanagement and outright treachery.

    September 8, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  22. California Gold

    The truth hurts doesn't it Mr. McCain?

    26 years as a high profile member of Congress and now we should vote for him so he can NOW start doing right by the people? If I were a resident of Arizona I'd be outraged. What's he been doing for 26 years? What's he waiting for? Most of those years he had a Republican President and a Republican majority in Congress.

    26 years! And Now McCain is the Maverick Agent for Change. NOT.

    September 8, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  23. Thomas NY, NY

    I'm looking forward to CNN posting the article on all the lobbyists currently working for Obama. Oh wait, that's right. They'll never have the journalistic integrity to do so.

    September 8, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  24. Edwin, Fayetteville, NC

    The McCain /Palin ticket is by far no maverick ticket. They are very shallow and narrow minded individuals with no plan to improve the American economy. I listen to both of them and some of their staff and if the American public can’t see what they are trying to do then America deserves what we get (not all America, just the few that are using race as a reason not to vote for Obama just because of who he is). I served in the Army for 26 years, served in Viet Nam and Desert storm and I hate the thought of our brave troops being put in harms way for no reason and McCain wants to keep them there. Bring our troops home, the cause is not just for being in Iroc and to many sons, daughters, mothers, and fathers that are being lost in a senseless war. This is the time for change; we need a Black American or a Woman (not Palin) to implement that change because in the last 40 years the only White male President that really worked for the American people was President Bill Clinton and before him it was President John Kennedy and President Jimmy Carter tried but some Americas did not like his stand on real down home values. So if we want the country to continue to go backwards and remain the same put in McCain but to move ahead, we need Obama/Biden to get America back to it’s roll as one of the world leaders.

    September 8, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  25. Doc, VA

    Now the Republicans want to copy Obama and run on Change.

    They have been taking Trillions of Dollars from us and wasting it
    and put the United States in serious debit.

    Now you want to take our last little bit of Change!

    People lets give the Republicans the Change that they so desire.
    We the People this November will Change the Republican Party
    from the White House to the Out House for all the crap they have put this country

    McCain you are just like Bush.

    “No Child Left Behind.”
    “No Jobs Left Behind.”

    If you vote for McCain & Pain
    You must be insane

    Obama & Biden ‘08
    Hillary & Warner ‘16
    McCain 88, Hitting & Holding ‘24

    September 8, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
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