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.


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

    obama an agent of change, he is doin excatly what he said he wouldnt, old style campaiging that is negative, remember obama saying he would not use these type of attacks , he is a ew kind of politician. he is the same old washington , same old typical politician

    September 8, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  2. Republicans Hate America

    Keep doing it Obama this is how Americans respond. Dont let these inbreeds get away with their lying going unanswered. let them have to defend those lies with more lies.

    September 8, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  3. Travis

    POUND ON HIM OBAMA....POUND ON HIM.......Mcwar will try to find

    a new gimmick if the "maverick" trick doesn't work.

    September 8, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  4. Devon Spencer

    John McCain used to actually be a maverick but that status sure changed since he has ran for president. But he still does work with Democrats on some issues and it surprises me that he actually considered talking about global warming but I think he just did it to try to attract Democrats. Palin is extremely conservative, that is no maverick quality at all.

    Obama/Biden '08

    September 8, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  5. independent mind

    What ever happened to a level playing field? A true equal exposure of and questioning of each side of the political campaigns? Where is the leveling of the criticism?

    From what we see in the news and from many bloggers, Obama is perfect. No questions are being asked of him. I find it hard to believe that there aren't many issues on which to question Obama. So why does no one seem to be asking any questions. No one is calling him names or calling him on his 'lies' like they are the McCain/Palin ticket.

    Are we so in need of change - any change - that we are blindly following a man who has command of rhetoric (unless he is responding to questions and is unscripted), but command of and true experience in nothing else?

    When will this 'race' be truly covered on a balanced level? When will we begin to take a hard look at the Obama/Biden ticket and ask the tough questions of them?

    I for one do not want the media to determine this election based singularly on unbalanced coverage– do they truly feel we are all that ignorant and easily swayed? Perhaps! After reading some of the comments above, it seems that many have been captured by rhetoric rather than reason.

    Sigh....

    September 8, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  6. jimmy

    IN ADDITION WE HAVE A BLOATED BUREAUOCRACY IN WASHINGTON IN THE AND EXCESSIVE EARMARKS SPENDING
    BY CONGRESSMEN (AND SENATORS ) OF BOTH PARTIES
    GUTTING THE TREASURY OF THE U.S GOVERNMENT .
    BUT , OUR BIG PROBLEM IS THE HUGE SUMS OF MONEY SPENT OF OIL AND GAS FUEL : 700 BILLIONS OF DOLLARS WHICH
    MR T. BOONE PICKENS SAYS IN HIS ADS , WE ARE SENDING TO COUNTRIES WHICH DONT LIKE US.

    September 8, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  7. annick, washington dc

    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 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    CNN your POLL of POLL graphic on the web site is WRONG.

    The polls you cite numbers do not add up to what you present.

    EVERYONE go to real clear politics and look at the national polls as of now.

    only two are tied the rest have McCain in the positive and NONE have Obama on top.

    Wash Post McCain +2
    CBS McCain +2
    USA Today/Gallup McCain +10 (yup +10)
    CNN Tied
    Rasmussen Tracking McCain +1
    Hotline/FD Tracking Tied
    Gallup Tracking McCain +5

    Polls are only a snapshot and can change this is true but those numbers are striking and I only can wonder if the interviews this week and weekend with Gov Palin go well what the numbers will be next monday. (she can debate she did win a Gov and Mayoral race after all and she has journalism experence (funny how that is somehow 'played' as a negative)
    CBS

    September 8, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  9. McShame

    NO MORE LIES>..that means NO MORE McCain.

    September 8, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  10. Ex GOPer

    You notice "no registered lobbyists CURRENTLY on the payroll". Because they all unregistered to be part of McCain's campaign. The truth is after the campaign is over they will register again and make millions pushing agendas and legislation for major corporation. A maverick would stand up for his lobbyist friends and not lie to the American people!

    September 8, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  11. dan

    To everyone that says McCain is Bush III.

    Then you should realize that Oboma is nothing more then Jimmy Carter II.

    The man that gave us the following:
    Cuban boat lift.
    Iran Hostage Crisis.
    Inflation over 10 percent.
    Forgave the draft dogers.

    Ok, you vote for your wimp Oboma. I'll vote for someone that will protect this nation.

    No thanks to Obumble.

    Dan

    September 8, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  12. Leslie

    WHY IS MCCAIN THE MAVERICK GOING NEW YORK FOR 9/11??? SHOULDN'T HE BE IN AFGANISTAN CHASING BIN LADIN TO THE GATES OF HELL????
    WHAT A JOKE. HE SHOULD NOT HAVE URGED BUSH TO GO TO WAR IN IRAQ IF HE WAS SO INTERESTED IN BIN LADIN. BUT FROM WHAT I UNDERSTAND HE WANTED TO ATTACK IRAN AND SYRIA AS WELL.
    IF HE IS ELECTED WE WILL BE IN IRAN NEXT.

    WORLD WAR III – HERE WE COME!

    NO WAY
    NO HOW
    NO WARMONGER MCCAIN!!

    OBAMA/BIDEN '08

    September 8, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  13. Gimmick FIRST

    McCain's new slogan Gimmick FIRST

    September 8, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  14. Conservative Buyer

    "Anyone who believes the Republicans can fix the mess they created; also believes the iceberg could've saved the Titanic." - Hillary Clinton

    ENOUGH SAID!

    September 8, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  15. Jeronimo!

    She's a MORON & a FRAUD!

    AFEW YEARS AGO SHE WAS a 2-BIT SPORTS REPORTER!

    STOP PRO-TEC-TING HER!

    CONSTITUTIONAL SCHOLAR 4 PRESIDENT!

    September 8, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  16. Bill in Colorado

    The Obama campaign is beginning to panic now that McCain/Palin is ahead in the polls.

    September 8, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  17. Jule

    Honestly, it looks as though the entire field is more of the same. Obama touted himself as a new politician for a new age, but then he added on the Biden baggage, and has brought on attack ads. Sounds like a bunch of the same. McCain is clearly from the olden days, and his V.P. choice isn't much worth voting for either. It's too bad, really- the primaries were promising to shape into such a good year for politics.

    September 8, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  18. Mccain A sheep In Bush clothing

    Never was a Mavrick. From year 2000 to 2008 this guy has change his mind so many times.

    September 8, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  19. bs

    is it any 1 else here tried of sarah palin saying that speech over and over again.its like a broke scatched record.everytime she opens her mouth,she is saying the same dam thing she said at the convention.they need to write another speech for her enough allready.

    September 8, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  20. David Curry

    McCain's pick of Palin is nothing but code to the rest of the Republicans. "I won't really mean anything I say over the next two months as I try to fool the public into believing that I'm against my own party. Heh Heh..." McCain will look like a circus contortionist trying to get people to remember when he was against the Republicans before he was for the Republicans. Oh wait he is a Republican, and the lies,deceit and hypocrisy are just getting started!

    September 8, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  21. McCain/Peggy Hill '08

    This would be a great time for responcible new outlets like CNN to clearly explain what lobbyists are and give some objective analysis of the members of both campaigns and whether or not it's accurate to characterize them as "lobbyists", ect...
    OR, you could just let the campaigns throw nonsense buzzwords and slogans around without comment.

    September 8, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  22. Anna

    He has been called the Maverick for years.
    No 2008 political ad is going to have any impact on this except with the under under 30 crowd, maybe.
    He was called maverick during 2000 primary and before.

    Ridiculous. whatever.

    Amazing how people think policy is what makes the world go Around.
    Competency is the key!
    I would be happy if people focused less on the issues and more on competency.

    kudos to NBC for taking Olbermann and Matthews off the political newscast.
    It was really making a lot of people upset and hurting candidates on both sides!
    UNBIASED news reporting, leave politics to commentary!

    September 8, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  23. I P

    The truth now is Obama & Camp is running for cover. Unless they stand up and take charge it will be over soon.

    September 8, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  24. Matt, 18 yrs old

    When will Obama stop the "more of the same" crap and start talking on where he stands on the freaking issues.....anyone can say what is going wrong in our country.....I want to know how the hell you are even going to attempt to fix it....at least McCain has stated his positions

    September 8, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  25. Schneider (I) - CA

    Do a side by side comparision between the actual/proposals of Bush/Cheney with both MCCain/Palin and Obama/Biden on the following issues:
    Energy
    Health Care
    Education
    Iraq War
    Afghan War
    Foreign Policy
    Taxes
    Housing Crisis
    Ethics
    Earmarks
    Abortion
    Supreme Court justices

    You will find that 90-95% of the time McCain/Palin will align with Bush/Cheney which equals no change and no improvement.

    September 8, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
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