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. Dave in Illinois

    Somebody's running scared and reverting to that "old style politics" he campaigned against. It's the same style that is prevalent in Chicago politics where he began his public career. It's based on the sheer amount of "mud" you can sling at the other guy to try to derail his campaign. Even if it's false, some of it will stick.

    September 8, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  2. Ron L

    John McCain WAS a SEMI-MAVERICK!! His TRUE maverick ways dissipated when he loss to George Bush in the 2000 primary.
    I mean really, how few times does a person has to disagree with his party?
    5 out of 100, 10 out of 100??
    If he were a true maverick he would not now be chasing after the Republican base the way he is now? DID YOU LISTEN to the Republican convention?? It was the very same old US against THEM, attack the character of the candidate (95% of the time) offer real policy comparisons/solutions (5% of the time). The candidate sets the tone of the Convention and this did not reflect the Maverick McCain of 2000. What we are now seeing is the I WILL SELL MY SOUL TO WIN McCAIN. It is REALLY SAD!!

    September 8, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  3. Chris

    Keep 'em coming

    September 8, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  4. Mary

    I for one would like to know who is taking these polls. I have been voting for 38 years and NEVER has any poller ever called me, nor do I know anyone who has been called by a poll taker. So where do these polls come from. America needs to wake up and not be fooled. Obama's tax plan is better for the average American it would give about a $1000.00 cut as opposed to McCain's $300.00 cut I don't know about you but I certainly could use the additional $700.00 that Obama's plan gives. Also I don't want to have my health benefits taxed the way McCain wants. It's hard enough to find a job nowadays that even provides benefits. Can you imagine if your employer has to pay taxes on the benefits they provide, that will either translate to no benefits or much higher deductions for your share of the benefits. But under McCain he would stop employer based healthcare and give the American people a $5000.00 tax credit to by their own. Here's my suggestion to you all do your own resarch on how much insurance would cost you especially if you have any pre-exisitng conditions. I did that $5000.00 tax credit doesn't even begin to purchase healthcare. As to McCain not taking earmarks that is true, however his running mate is not being truthful, she on the other hand has been taking them both as Mayor of Wasilla and as the Gov. of Alaska. People do your homework. So only half of McCains team is against earmarks.
    You know that old attage: believe what you see and only half of what you hear.

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


    September 8, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  6. mark

    OBAMA GO ON !!!!!

    Obama '08

    September 8, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  7. Cindy

    You go Guy!!!! Sarah Pallin scares me! Just look at her! She is all about herself. She has that same cold feeling behind that fake smile that W has!!!! I don't feel that she cares about me or my family. Sarah is for Sarah! Watch out Johnny!!
    She'll be just like Dick Chenney. She'll try to run the country. It's her way or NOWAY!!!! Look out America, WISE UP!!!!!

    September 8, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  8. Peter (CA)

    By the way, McCain campaign-

    I know to expect an outright lie or two every time I see the phrase "McCain spokesman Tucker Bounds said..."

    Now there is a guy with no credibility.

    September 8, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  9. Raine

    No more MISTER NICE GUY", Obama. Palin and Mc Cain have run you and Joe down long enough–get tough. Give it back, you know the game, stop praising them, she wants to run –give her some heat and see what happens!!!!!!!!!!1

    September 8, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  10. Brooklyn

    I was an Obama supporter.
    What happened to "No Politics as Usual"? I was promised that...

    The EGO has landed people and if we think for one minute that he is in this race for us... we have another thing coming. It is ALL about him.

    September 8, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  11. Lone Star Wolf

    The nerve of OBAMA calling anyone a liar. His whole campaign has been based on a lie. HE CLAIMED NOT TO HAVE BEEN FOR THE IRAQ WAR, BUT YET HE HAD NO SAY IN THE MATTER. People don't be deceived by this lying conniving man.

    September 8, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  12. David P

    When is CNN, MSNBC, New York Times, Fox News, Wall Street Journal, ABC, CBS, and all other publications and news oragnizations going to face Gov. Palins avoidance head on and throw down the gauntlet? She is being packaged for consumption as we sit here typing away.

    Something happened resulting from the Campbell Brown interview. McCain cancelling the interview with Larry King is just the tip of the iceburg. The entire media did a 360 immediately regarding Palin and McCain. The fear of each media outlet was, and still is, palpable. Someone on high pulled some strings and the press saluted.

    September 8, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  13. Steve

    Is this all Obama has to offer? All I keep hearing is McCain voted with Bush 90% of the time. Has he nothing else to say? He keeps using the same line over and over again. And now that he doesn't have prepared speeches, he keeps using words like "You know..." and "I mean..." He's having a hard time convincing me he's nothing but an empty suit who barely got elected to run for President in the first place.

    Oh yeah. CNN, go ahead and moderate this one till the Thread closes as you have done all my posts in the past.

    September 8, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  14. bibek

    Truth is bitter, isn't it?
    You can't just lie and get away with it!!!

    Obama/Biden '08

    September 8, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  15. Toni

    United States of American...well we need to unite this country! Lies are being told. Stories are being made up and we the people just seem to accept all of them. If you have a family member under than 10 years old. YOU NEED TO THINK about what we are about to leave then or not. Remember "Day After Tomorrow"? We will be the illeagal alien.


    September 8, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |



    September 8, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  17. Obama/Biden 08

    Her supporters say she helped Wasilla evolve from a ridiculed backwater to fast-growing suburb. The population of about 5,000 during her tenure as mayor has grown to nearly 10,000 now, and the city is filling with big box stores, including a Target that is scheduled to open on Oct. 12, one of three opening statewide that day in the chain’s Alaska debut.

    But her critics say too much growth too quickly has made a mess of what not long ago was homesteaded farmland.

    And for some, Ms. Palin’s first months in office here were so jarring — and so alienating — that an effort was made to force a recall

    Ms. Palin also began annual trips to Washington to lobby for federal money for specific initiatives

    Palin’s “My way or the highway” staffing decisions, you will then have to agree that she is just like Bush, (maybe worse, but I don’t think that’s possible), and that McCain is an even worse adulterous, cheating, womanizer than Bill Clinton was.

    Yeah….Palin’s a revolutionary Republican politician, alright. Then again, it sounds like its not hard to be favored in a town full of old-school, white Republicans with oil $$$ on the brain and in their pockets.

    September 8, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  18. PrintsCharming

    I love how everyone fails to mention the Obama voted with his party 97% of the time when they throw out the McCain number of 90%

    Gimme a break.

    Oprah can figure out that Wright was a wacko in a couple of months, yet Obama goes there for 20years before he figures it out....ugh.

    September 8, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  19. Lisa ohio

    Call sour puss sarah what she is -A COWARD, She reminds me of a small dog who barks at strangers but cowers behind their masters when they are challenged. If you are the pit bull that you claims to be stand on your own platform and present your issues in an effective manner. Though noble I am tired of hearing you give Mccains biography ........bash obama .......more biography ..........bash Obama Please focus on the issues facing our country!! Don't you love how the lobbyist for Mccain are not currently lobbying..........YES THEY ARE because they are putting half truths out there to get Mccain elected to guarantee that our country returns to the status quo...

    I am a Hillary supporter and I will never vote the Mccain/Palin ticket because everything that they stand for goes against everything Hillary supported.

    And another thing the day I get scared of a republican is the day that hell freezes over. My fellow Obama supporters we are in it to win it, let’s get out and support the man that some people so desperately want to break down.

    No way No How No Mccain
    Eight is indeed enough

    Obama/Biden 08

    Lisa Zeigler

    September 8, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  20. Cecil

    Would someone change the teleprompter for Spit and Run Sarah!

    September 8, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  21. Sally from Cali

    Why do people keep saying that being pregnant at 17 is normal life?

    It is not normal. Most 17 year olds are in their last year of high school, preparing for college or figuring out what they want to be when they grow up.

    Look at Chelsea Clinton and the Bush twins. Having a political family and busy parents did not affect them negatively, but encouraged them to bigger and greater things, careers, scholarship, authoring books, travel, campaigning for their parents, and overcoming adversity, not accepting the status quo. They are the role models that I want for my daughter to look up to.

    September 8, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  22. Donald, Canton NC

    McCain/Palin and their campagin surrogates need to quit spreading their outright lies by the clever use of semantics.

    The news media needs to expose it in both camps.

    Failure to do so will lead to another 4-8 years of gross incompetence and criminal activity that this country has seen under the current adminsitration.

    Do you want this on your hands?

    September 8, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  23. PhillyGirl

    Finally, it's on! I hope they play this ad like crazy – it seems to be the only way to get out the truth: McCain and Palin are the lowest sort of politicians.

    McCain also lies constantly, telling people Obama will raise taxes when CNN did a breakdown that showed how much less the American people will pay should Barack win.

    Please, people: Read. Research. Evaluate. When you do those things, there's only one conclusion you can draw about who's fit to lead: It's Barack all the way.

    September 8, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  24. Jason

    It's true.

    "Asking a Republican to clean up this mess is like asking an iceberg to save the Titanic. It's just not going to work."- Hillary Clinton

    September 8, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  25. deb in az

    just got love you obama supporters.......the media destroyed you folks want to play along with them destroying another woman........i dont think it is going to work again though......i think sarah can stand up and take it .........obama is a fake and a fraud......if you want more of the same this is the man to elect......barrack and the democrat and republican friends up there in washington that are just looking out for themselves and not the country need to go....this nation is suffering right now and george bush is not the only one to and republicans alike have failed the american people for years.......robbing the social security fund and the list goes on......clean house, the whole we have to pay for this fannie mae and freddie mac im doing good to make my mortgage at the moment, not to mention my utilites are through the roof......and the ceo's are going to walk away with money.......maybe before our government decides who to bail out and who not to bail out , maybe we should get to vote one the matter.......

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