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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  1. Republicans Hate America

    CNN will you air this ad for free over and over again nationally like you have all of McCains phony ads?

    September 8, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  2. Thomas NY, NY

    Can I pull an Obama and just announce that I'm "present" rather than taking a stance on this article?

    September 8, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  3. Bryant

    It is about time that Obama hit back hard. McCain has joined the right wing forces of darkness. The Bush-Rove strategy is to construct a favorable fictional story and repeat it over and over again until people no longer question it. Palin's story fits right in with the false picture that they are trying to paint. Fictional Palin facts:

    1. Palin was for the bridge and only changed when it was failing in congress; in any case, she still kept the pork funds. That's not a reformer in my book.
    2. As a Major she increased taxes 38% in 6 years – mostly to fund a gym for her to work out. Government expenditures went up 33% in 6 years. She also left a $22 million debt on a town that had no debt when she became Major. Not a fiscal conservative in my book!
    2. Palin was pushed to hire a city director that did most of the work organizing the government, as people felt she needed one.
    3. Palin belonged to a radical Pentecostal church for most of her life and only changed in 2002 when her political profile climbed. This church appears much more radical than Obama's church.
    4. Palin does not believe in evolution and wants schools to teach creationism. She also does not believe in stem cell research or global warming. Her energy policy prioritizes drilling and more drilling. How can she lead America in the 21st Century when science is essential for economic success.
    5. Palin appears very sure of the Irag war based on 'Gods Will' just like Bush.
    6. As governor, Palin blocked sex education funding in schools even as her own unmarried 17 year old daughter got pregnant.
    7. Many report that Palin holds grudges- you only need to cross her once and you are then ignored, banished, or fired. Not a very good leader in my book!
    8. Palin lied about selling the governor's plane or ebay.
    9. Palin's colleagues in legislature say Palin is uninterested in the details of her own proposals – not a detail person, again just like Bush.
    10. Palin is a very attractive conservative person with a claim to be a different type of Republican. She is confident, religious, and has a smirk about her. Sound familiar? Bush in 2000!

    September 8, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  4. Jeff Lind, Camarillo, CA

    Yes...John & Sarah a couple of real Mavericks alright.
    Let's see...Lying about the E-Bay Jet, Banning books in Alaska, Lying about the Obama Tax Plan, The Bridge to Nowhere–Yes–then No; No rights for a woman to choose abortion, No Gay rights, Teaching Creationism, We'll stay in Iraq for 100 years, No Timeline for withdrawl, No discussions with our adversaries, Continue Oil Breaks to the tune of 4 Billion + 10 Billion/Month in Iraq; More young men and women dying in the wrong war, No to the G.I. Bill, 19 No votes on Alternative Energy...On an On and On
    Why aren't Bush & Cheney out campaigning with their cohorts McCain & Palin?
    Where's the photo-op's? Wheres the 90% voting with my good buddy George, let's go out in public together? Where's the Cheney/Palin photo op's?
    The Republicans have completely shunned Bush/Cheney (rightly so), but refuse to own up to the fact that they have owned this mess for the last 8 years.
    If you like what's been going on for the last 8 years, then vote for McCain/Palin and show your intelligence level.
    I've sent 10 blogs to CNN and they haven't posted a single one.....
    Hmmmm...Too much for them I guess.
    Independent Voters For Obama!!!

    September 8, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  5. Ray

    Great ad! Hitting on the all the right points. "No Maverick" indeed.

    September 8, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  6. carolflowery

    you will all listen come wed
    she is telling you all
    something new
    it;s a breath of fresh air

    September 8, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  7. Jesse - San Antonio TX

    If McCain and Palin are making it all up... Why can't you close the deal?

    With all your deaf , blind and dumb fanatics, you should be ahead in the polls.

    Your not. McCain is.

    A special thanks goes out to Oprah... After many years of doing trash TV (She still does) now she used he clout to elect a man who can't win the nomination.

    Special thanks to all those morons who chose wrong in the primaries, you just handed another 8 years to the Republicans.

    A very special thanks to CNN and MSNBC for being Obamas biggest chearleaders and not asking the tough questions until it was too late.

    All of you are responsible for handing McCain his victory.

    September 8, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  8. BJ

    OBAMA go back to Chicago!!! You are such a FRAUD!

    You and David Axelrod are the axis of evil. Your lack of principle in how you sideswiped Hillary is coming back to bite you. And for that I clap with glee.

    You sure know how to give it, but can't take it! Keep playing all your cards... the race card, the religion card, and all the cards you're hiding up your sleeve... bottom line is, you have no aces!

    September 8, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  9. Mediahack

    Obama can still pull this out. He has lots of money and lots of workers on the ground who will be digging our voters on election day.
    But he has lost that glimmer of hope and promise, in the end, he is just another Washington politician.

    September 8, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  10. Texas

    And not only is the McBush/Palincheney ticket trying to portrait themselves as something they are not...they try to do it in the last 60 days before the election! That is the peak of hypocrisy and insult to the people. DO THEY THINK WE ARE THAT STUPID?!!!!!!

    September 8, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  11. The hateful Dems

    I cannot believe the hatred that the liberals have for the Republicans. You libs keep saying that Obama is for change. What change? Higher taxes? Higher gas prices? Kiss up to Iran? Appease our enemies? For you Limo Libs go ahead and vote for Obama and say hello to Carter II.

    September 8, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  12. dw

    It is sickening how McCain has tarnished his record in this campaign. He has proven that he is just like the rest of the Republican crowd. They lie so easily that it is scary!

    September 8, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  13. Josh from DC

    Did anyone else notice that McCain did not get a "bump" from his convention, but instead his lies and smears caused a dip for obama. His support has still not risen to respectable levels. Obama's will rise back up to his 47-49% range and will take the election once all of those lies are cleared up and McCain has nothing left to hide behind.

    September 8, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  14. Justin

    It's funny how McCain and Palin are now adopting "change" as their new found pot of gold. Isn't that called plegurism. And the thing is there are actually voters that are buying it. Amazing! Anyhow, the "palin surge" will soon fade. Just watch.

    September 8, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  15. scooter

    what changes has obama made . he talks all the time but hasnt proved or told anything he has done but ran for public office . He is also the one who made a big deal of being a community orgainizer for the last year and half and then bashes a mayor for claiming its not that important. the Bobot is no maverik more like a show horse

    September 8, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  16. Mo, NC

    This is the stuff Barack needs to do!

    Obama-Biden '08!!!!

    September 8, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  17. Sam

    About time Obama gets down to calling a spade a spade!

    September 8, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  18. Real Debate

    Personal attacks again? Aren't there any problems in America for the candidates to talk about? Who cares if he's a Maverick or not?

    Tell us how you plan to fix the national debt, or reform Medicare and Social Security. Tell us how you plan to get us off our addiction to oil. Tell us how you plan to balance the budget. Please, enough about whether your opponent is or is not a maverick, or whetherh your opponent's wife is patriotic enough, or whether your VP's pick's daughter is pregnant.

    September 8, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  19. I'm voting for BO!

    Go Obama! We can and we will win. Stick the truth and the issues.

    September 8, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  20. Victoria Anderson - Seattle, Washington

    McCain/Palin, Mavericks.
    More like THROW out the OLD & BRING in the NEW!
    I'm not sayin Palin was a good pick because I really don't like her, but the way the reps act like she is THE ONE, maybe she should be at the top of the ticket. McCain should feel stupid. I wouldn't want my running mate getting more attention then me if I was on top of the ticket.
    Go Obama/Biden 08

    September 8, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  21. PD Thomas

    Be careful to the words "currently on the payroll." The next question should be, well when were there registered lobbyists on the payroll? The ones who are no l onger on the payroll, what is their role currently in the campaign? What groups are they lobbyists for?

    Don't let slippery words take you down a path that leads to nowhere...

    Pailin..." I put that on eBay" Which was true, and she left that thought out there for us to finish the thought...that it sold there. But it didn't. We now know the rest of the story.

    Pailin..."I said no thank you to the bridge to nowhere". Which is true, and she left the thought out there for us to believe, she said no to it from the beginning...We now know the rest of the story.

    If the Republicans spent less time crucifying people and ran a transparent fact filled campaign...whoops...i got a little carried away...if...pishaw...

    September 8, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  22. Independent-Latina-for-OBAMA

    That's RIGHT, Sen. Obama........ YOU'VE GOT TO SPEAK LOUD AND CLEAR......... NO MORE LIES!

    IF YOU WANT MORE OF THE SAME........VOTE FOR MCCAIN!

    September 8, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  23. prairieguy

    Another Republican told us he would change how washington works and be bi partism...we see how that worked the last 8 yrs...McSame is just that....THE SAME~~~~~

    September 8, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  24. linda from South Dakota

    i have to laugh here when i think of these two(mccain/palin) what a comedy act,,,, they will do or say anything to get what they sopposably want,,,,, just like the clintons,,, lie,, and what goes around will come around to bite ya,, trust me,,,,,, lies never paid -off,,, those who trully believe in obama will vote for him,, nothing can sway us,,, just like bush,,, now look at us,,,,, we will be the same IF mccain is elected trust me,,,, nevr ,, never will i vote fo rhim,, obaba/biden 08 and beyond

    September 8, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  25. Ellen

    Do they think I AM STUPID? How and why could I vote McCain/Palin. Their tone and message is insulting. Blitzer characterized Palin's speech as great...out of the ball park. It convinced me that I could not vote for vile partisan lies, distortions and scathing demeaning insults of fellow Americans. It was just awful.

    Do they think we are STUPID?

    September 8, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
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