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.

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  1. Republican Woman Voting for Obama/Biden


    September 8, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  2. GetReal

    When all is said and done, people are going to vote their pocketbook and their security. That means one thing-President McCain and Vice-President Palin. The ticket is quite attractive to independants and will lead to a comfortable electoral college victory and a + 50% popular vote.

    September 8, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  3. Phil Newton from Murphy, Oregon

    Ms. Maverick today:

    "The fact is that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have gotten too big and too expensive to the taxpayers. The McCain-Palin administration will make them smaller and smarter and more effective for homeowners who need help."

    "Too expensive to the taxpayers?"

    They're PRIVATE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Lord, spare us this national humiliation...

    September 8, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  4. Ross in MD

    Obama is doing the media's job and pointing out McCain's LIES.

    Original maverick – phhht.

    September 8, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  5. debkansas

    And, how different is Obama/Biden then what they say about McCain/Palin.

    September 8, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  6. JB in NJ

    Well finally I see some life in Obama's campaign. I was getting concerned. The McBush camp is constantly on the attack. You can respond all you want but going by this nasty crowd you have to fight just like McBush said at the end of his acceptance speech for the Repugnant nomination. Fight on Obama/Biden!!!

    September 8, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  7. The Real Issues

    And the reason reasons not to vote for McCain/Palin: 90% support for Bush policies that have caused: higher unemployment-corporate bailouts of Fannie Mae-Freddie Mac/ IndyMac/Bears-Stearns etc. etc. etc. and this is change......Wake up Americans because McCain is the main problem with his votes.........He and his partner are no Mavericks.

    September 8, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  8. Rodham Democrat

    The old John McCain may have worked with Russ Feingold, Ted Kennedy, and Joe Lieberman.

    The new John McCain sides with George Bush's tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans. The new John McCain opposed his own legislation on illegal immigration. The new John McCain was bragging earlier in the year that he sides with George Bush 90% of the time. The new John McCain admitted that he doesn't know much about the economy, which is why he spends a lot of time talking about himself.

    The new John McCain is the one who's running for president, and that's how his White House would be.

    The only change about John McCain is the fact that he's changing himself, and it reminds people a lot of President Bush.


    September 8, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |

    I guess...the pittbull is back in its cage in Alaska until Master McCain drags it out for another attack???
    Annick, who is a hockey mom but IS NOT A PITTBULL

    September 8, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  10. Joe

    Here are some stats on how many times McCain and Obama have voted the same (who's the maverick, who's the liberal, who's bipartisan)? Will polarized name-calling and personality politics really help us decide who will govern?

    2007: 61 times (31% of all McCain votes were the same as Obama. 22% for Obama)

    2006: 126 times (50% of all McCain votes were the same as Obama. 46% of all Obama votes were the same as McCain)

    2005 120 times (36% McCain, 34% Obama)

    September 8, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |

    AND, let's talk about how easy it is to hide kickbacks and bribes if you and your spouse maintain separate finances and your spouse won't release her tax records. "pssst! Hey buddy, I can hook you up. Only thing, seeeeee, is you gotta send the dough to my wife's company so the nosey-rosies can't trace it back to me. got it? I'll be a maverick!"

    September 8, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  12. Thomas NY, NY

    I've had just about enough of Obama's lying and hatemongering. Clinton, 2012!!!!

    September 8, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  13. Larry

    Looked up "Maverick" in dictionary and it is missing the key ingredient of what Sarah Pakin and John McCain are made of "Lies"

    September 8, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  14. Arden

    I just looked the word "Maverick" up in the dictionary and it describes someone who doesn't belong to a group or bond with individuals because they like the freedom to do what they want.. So now instead of one you have two "Maverick's" on the republican ticket. Barack should not waste time going after Palin. Barack needs to keep blasting McCain ( who is hiding behind Palin and letting her do all the dirty work) because he knows that the words sexist and gender bias will come up. Keep hitting McCain and remind voters that "Mrs. Bullwinkle" is more of the same. Let Joe Biden blast Palin.

    September 8, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  15. EC

    Please, is anyone with a brain really buying this garbage being forced fed to us from the McCain/Palin?

    I mean ALL of a sudden NOW they are the "claim agent" in this race? Does this make any sense what so ever?

    I'm so sick of the McCain / Palin camp sounding like a "tape recorder" spinning the same OLD and TIRED song and dance.

    September 8, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  16. Griff

    Barack Obama is useing your Idio-Sincracracies. To Destroy America.... You are the, "Messenger"; CNN..Don't Blaim , the mess....
    But they will CNN... I for one. Will blaim CNN...

    September 8, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  17. octopulous

    You go Obama. Go get those votes from the impressionable youth and the african american population. Their values are the ones we want re-shaping our democracy. Copyright infringement, plagiarism and the newest Timberland boots for all!!

    September 8, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  18. Nancy

    Whoever thinks Palin is going to be an advocate for special needs kids in Washington is kidding her. Ask her why she cut special education funding in her state by more than 60%!!! Ask her why she cut the special olympic budgets by more than 50%. WAKE UP. She is an advocate only for herself. The Republicans do not really care too much about other people, they care mostly about protecting their money from what I can tell.

    September 8, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  19. hitobito

    I find it amusing that McCain says he is going to "balance the budget" ..does he think Americans are fools? The Bush Administration has NEVER BALANCED A BUDGET! McCain does not say how he's going to balance the budget....he sounds just like George W. Bush when he claimed to be "uniter not a divider". Politics makes strange bedfellows...John McCain hugging George Bush who smeared him with lies during the 2000 primary (I reckon McCain lost a part of his anatomy in Vietnam to forgive Bush for the smears using his Bangladeshi born daughter as an "illegimate black child". ) Any real man would have punched Bush's lights out. Now we find McCain with a VP candidate who says the Iraq war was "God's Will" and wants to drill in ANWR. The GOP is party of smears and lies. They do to each other and to the Democrats.

    September 8, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  20. Virginia Voter

    It's amazing how the conservative media, as well as CNN, are just enamored with this token ticket the GOP is attempting to run with.

    CNN – why not report on the positive campaign that Obama is continuing to run all the time? One story a week isn't cutting it.

    September 8, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |

    I wish this person -that I shall not name -was Pinocchio . Her nose would be back home in Alaska when she campaigns here in Missouri

    September 8, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  22. Thomas NY, NY

    Look how the Obama campaign photoshopped the ad to make McCain look older still.


    September 8, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  23. facts are facts

    November isn't really an election for President of the United States it's more of a nation wide IQ test under the scrutiny of the entire world.

    If Americans allow themselves to be fooled for a third straight election they will be regarded as a nation of morons and religious radicals with little or no idea of what is going on in their country and the rest of the world.

    September 8, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  24. Darryl

    Get'em Barack, Hit'em and Hit'em hard!!!!!

    September 8, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  25. Lorna, NY

    I am glad the Democrats are fighting back. They will not STEAL this election. The media is not doing their jobs, so, we, the independent thinkers are doing our own research and have come to the conclusion that we are on our own for fair and unbiased news reporting! SHAME ON THE MEDIA! HOW MUCH IS THE REPUBLICANS BAYING OUR MEDIA FOR THEIR NON-REPORTING???

    September 8, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
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