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. SGS

    VET THE POLLSTERS!!

    THEIR ORGANIZATIONS, AND THE EMPLOYEES' PARTY INTERESTS!!!! HOW CAN 1,000 PEOPLE REPRESENT AN ENTIRE COUNTRY?

    September 8, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  2. Sheri

    For those of you out there that haven't heard McCain say this. he"can't wait to put another man on the moon". Yeah space exploration that 's just what we need to do, what the heck the economy is the best ever isn't it? He probably doesn't have a mortgage on any of his 7 houses.

    September 8, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  3. Fraser

    Great ad! Now just keep exposing McCain-Palin for the lying opportunists that they really are.

    September 8, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  4. weequahic68

    Answer one question.......
    What if McCain were to die or become disabled before the election.
    Does anyone believe the Repubs would have Palin as their candidate??????????
    I think we can rest our case.............................

    CNN..............Please post....you have denied all 5 other of my posts

    September 8, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  5. Laura in Phx

    This ad should play in EVERY state, all day every day.

    September 8, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  6. I'm voting for BO!

    Barack you have my vote! Keep telling the truth and hold on to your values. Never lose sight of the prize. Winning back our country!
    Imitation is the greatest form of flattery. I guess the repubs REALLY admire your change message. You better copyright your logo they will be after that too!

    September 8, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  7. mike

    Wow... It's a political add that's favorable to your prefered candidate so it's the truth? All the political adds from the other side are clearly lies? Wake up people they both bend the truth a great deal to get elected, try to do some research on your own... simply watching the ads and depending on the American Media to find out who's the best choice demonstrates your ignorance.

    Has there been any official confirmation on Obama's paid bloggers? I've found tons of speculation, but no official confirmation.

    September 8, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  8. Independent for Obama

    I don't think the Republican Base really cares about Palin.

    They only care about their religious beliefs being enacted thru a Republican.

    Otherwise, they would not chose a ticket with an ex-beauty queen that is a heartbeat away from the Presidency, especially a 72 year old heart.

    McCain does not have to die in office. Because of his age he could be incapacitated with a stroke, heart attack, treatments for cancer etc.

    With the aggressive move done recently by Russia towards Georgia, I don't think they ( or others ) would be hesitant with Palin as the head of the USA.

    If the Republican base really believed in Homeland Security, they would not chose this ticket.

    INDEPENDENT FOR OBAMA/BIDEN

    September 8, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  9. Jeff Lind, Camarillo, CA

    The republicans got religion, just like convicts in prison do....

    September 8, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  10. aware

    Obama is making up stories now. But, more lies won't gain him any ground. He is a desparate guy on a road to nowhere!

    Obama never! :(

    McCain/Palin 08 for reform with authenticity, experience and integrity! :)

    September 8, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  11. Darryl

    Why is she lying:

    Sarah Palin supported Ketchikan ‘bridge to nowhere’ during 2006 race for Alaska governor.

    please tell us the truth

    September 8, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  12. Jim

    The national polls may be showing the race very close right now because McCain benefits from the "celebrity" status of his running mate Palin (she's almost like a "political Paris Hilton"). Palin is without question one of the least vetted, most bizarre, most ideologically extreme VP candidates in history.

    I noticed Sen. Clinton is beginning to campaign aggressively. She is emphasizing 1) the differences between McCain/Palin's policies and those of Obama/Biden, and 2) the continuity between McCain/Palin and Bush/Cheney. I think the Clintons (both Hillary and Bill) can really help Obama/Biden secure a Democratic victory. Those four players all appeal to different parts of the Democrats' coalition.

    I'll admit I favored Obama over Clinton in the primaries. But I'll be forever grateful if Clinton helps the Democratic ticket win. She will have ensured her historical reputation, might run again for President in the future, and will certainly play a major role in Obama's administration – perhaps as health care czar or Supreme Court justice!

    September 8, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  13. precilla dreams

    for the person who said that sarah would help familys with special needs thats a lie. she cut funds in alaska for special needs. my son is special needs so i know that she will not help him. her nephew is special needs and she still cut the funds. i call that not given a damb. and you think that just because she has a son with downs, that this will change any thing, no it will not. she is who she is.a cut throat person. obama/biden 08-12

    September 8, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  14. jackie dukes

    Just wait until you find out about the "OTHER LIES"
    The babies, the pregnancy, the lover, the library books, the bridge.
    That's right, the pitbull manipulator.

    September 8, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  15. Allan dallas

    You who love Obama so much – tell me what Obama did good, what his accomplishment . Nothing,nada, You love him without any reason. No hrc === No Obama.

    September 8, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    This has to get ugly sooner or later. I'm all for it. There is a lot of dirt to dish on McCain/Palin. It's better it comes out sooner than later.

    September 8, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  17. The enlighment

    Why is McCain being attacked for being a Maverick, when Obama has only 2 years of legislative experience. McCain has 15 years+... This ad is a waste of time and money on the Obama camp. What should we call Obama then "No Rookie." Its like Obama couldn't find anything else to have an ad on...like the economy or gas prices because those are the issues we need to start paying attention at. The person who I would want to lead me is John McCain, because he knows how to handle the situation, because he IS A MAVERICK.

    September 8, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  18. Connie

    If McCain thinks I will vote for him because he chose a female for his VP, he is sadly mistaken.

    NO ONE knows where she stands on any issues !!!!

    Why is that?

    September 8, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  19. Rick

    Oh oh, here it comes. The Obama camp gave McCain and Palin enough rope to hang themselves. They will definately lose the election now. And wait until it comes out that McCain got so angry with war protesters that he MOTIONED LIKE HE WAS GOING TO STRIK AN OLD LADY IN A WHEELCHAIR. Stick a fork in them, they are done.

    September 8, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  20. Charlie Black

    Charlie Black, Charlie Black!

    September 8, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  21. TOT in WA

    The Axelrod 300 Advisory Committee Code of Ethics :
    1. Say or do anything to win the election.
    2. Announce that your opponents will say or do anything to win.
    3. When you get caught saying or doing anything to win, blame your opponent!

    September 8, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  22. Dan, TX

    Not this time. No McCain/Palin. I'm tired of the lies and incompetence. I'll take Obama/Biden.

    McCain plans to borrow money from China to pay for a 10% tax cut for the rich on top of the 10% tax cut they got from Bush.

    Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice shame on me. I will not be fooled again by the republican party.

    September 8, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  23. robert

    Is Obama a duel citizen of the United States and Indonesia? I mean if you are a citizen of Indonesia (which he is) and you never renounce your citizenship, that makes you a duel citizen, right? How can someone who has mixed allegiances be president of the United States?

    September 8, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  24. Peter (CA)

    The truth is McCain is no maverick. He may have been at some time and could even honestly use that label in 2000, but since then, and especially since 2004, he has embraced so many of Bush's positions in order to ge the nomination he believes that was stolen from him in 2000.

    McCain HIMSELF has said he agrees with Bush 90% of the time. The unfortunate part is that these are the policies that have placed this country in the precarious position we are in now. Even more sad, the positions on which he was a maverick are the very same ones he abandoned to be accepted by the right wing.

    The nomination of Sarah Palin is just the latest. Her views are extreme to most Americans. She is not fit to ever have to occupy the Oval Office.

    September 8, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  25. POOOOOOOOO

    O B A M A,,,,,,,,S U F F E R I N G,,,,,,,,,,T E L E P R O M P T E R,,,,,,,,,

    W I T H D R A W A L,,,,,,,,,,S Y N D R O M E

    September 8, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
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