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. aware

    Give it up Obamamaniacs. Your fading star is out of touch.

    Also, it doesn't take a Theologian to read Psalm 139-"I (God) knew you before you were conceived."

    Obama reads a teleprompter and manages ah-ah-ah a- without it. Governor Palin just uses her notes and speaks well without them!

    Obama follows McCain/Palin lead!

    September 8, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  2. gary

    OBAMA IS JEALOUS AND UPSET BECAUSE THE WORLD TOOK THE SPOTLIGHT OF HIM.HE IS SO HUNG UP ON HIMSELF. THATS WHY HE WAS BIAS AGAINST PICKING HRC FOR VP..HE WANTED ALL THE HISTORY HIMSELF. THAT IS THE FACTS,BELIEVE WHAT YOU WANT.HE TRASHED HRC FOR THE WAR BUT PICKED BIDEN WHO ALSO VOTED FOR IT.NOW O.B. ADMITTS THE SURGE WORKED. HE IS SUCH AN ARROGANT FLIP FLOPPER.SO KEEP HATING YOU YOUNG HATERS ,AND MCCAIN AND PALIN WILL EXPOSE THE TRUTH ABOUT O.B. THAT THE MEDIA KEEPS AWAY FROM THE COUNTRY.NEWS WEEK THE PRESS AND GLEN BECK TELLS THE FACTS.BIG OBAMA PREACHES CHANGE ,BUT PICKS BIDEN WHO IS INSIDE WASHINGTON. MCCAIN PICKS PALIN WHICH IS OUT OF WASHINGTON. NOW WHO REALLY WANTS CHANGE. O.B. AND HIS YOUNG HATERS ARE A BIG JOKE. MCCAIN AND PALIN FOR THE REAL DEAL.

    September 8, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    If anyone believes that McCain and the GOP can fix the mess they created during the last 8 years, they must be believing that the titanic could have been saved by the iceberg.

    McCain and Palin are just wolves in sheep's clothing.

    Wake up America...

    September 8, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  4. Nathan

    What hilarious is people saying the Dems are in trouble. Who's in trouble is American if McCain wins, then has a heart attack and leaves Palin in the Oval Office. THAT is when America will have trouble. And they will deserve what they get.

    September 8, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  5. Theresa B

    Wow you can post I think your bias but can not post my politcal views ??? Why is it because it made common sense???

    September 8, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  6. pat C.

    iI AM SO SICK OF PALIN SAYING THE SAME OLD THING EVERY WHERE SHE GOES. SHE SOUNDS LIKE SHE WAS PROGRAMMED AND THIS IS AS FOR AS THEY HAVE GOTTEN WITH WHAT THEY WANT HER TO SAY. I HEARD ABOUT HER CHURCH TODAY ON CNN AND I WONDER IF SHE WILL START SPEAKING IN TONGUE AND SAY IT IS FROM GOD AND WE WON'T KNOW WHAT SHE IS SAYING....THAT WILL BE SAFE FOR MACAIN AND HE CAN SAY LAY OFF ..IT'S HER RELIGION. I CAN'T STAND HER OR MACAIN! THEY BOTH LOOK LIKE FOX'S IN A CHICKEN HOUSE READY TO POUNCE!
    OBAMA AND MACHILLE TOWER ABOVE THESE TWO IDIOTS.

    September 8, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  7. anyonmous

    im voting for obama

    September 8, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  8. S Robinson

    A real maverick wou,ld not, I repeat would not agree with Bush 90% of the time.

    Since he has been pushed to the rear and Palin is the running contender, I wonder how McCain feels about that. To be perfectly honest any female standing next to him would be a breath of fresh air.

    The hype is really all about her dirty laundry. Everyone loves dirt. It makes good entertainment. Since they are sheilding the pitbull from interviews that indicates she is not ready or they are afraid more dirt will be exposed. If she is not ready now, will she be ready if McCain does not make it during the four years if he wins?

    I know this election is about her race and gender rather than experience and that to frightens me. America traditionally has always made decisions about people and lives based on race. The racist and uninformed will not wake up till it is too late. We are presently losing america to the international debtors we owe.

    However, this woman as potential president is scary. I know there is a lot of propaganda floating around putting Obama down about his race and religion. But I have not seen a more in control and intellectual in the senate since Clinton.

    September 8, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  9. canada for obama

    Just to tell you if you didn't know "my friends" ; Canada is at least 70 % for Obama....the rest of the world is probably close to 100% for Obama!!! Doesn't that tell you something?! Because of Bush and McCain all the world hates you! And some of you will vote for them again??!! .....Ok.. I know why; Your economy is in such a great shape so you want 4 more years of the same.,,
    Good luck "my friends"!

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

    Obama has never had a job, never owned a business, did
    not serve in the military, never been in charge of anything and
    has never made any tough decisions. He has taken
    cash from Sadam's friends and then said he was against the war.
    Tough call there!
    Please this guy is not fit to anything of substance.

    September 8, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  11. Mille

    Mavericks... Change... Really, does it matter?

    Here is what I think matters: we are in a MAJOR ECONOMIC CRISIS – and it is all over the European news today, i.e. a headline:

    "Worst Economic Crisis Since 1930's

    The collapse of the two American giants [Freddie and Fannie] constitute the most serious crisis since the great depression of the 1930's "

    source: politiken.dk

    September 8, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  12. Tired

    Why are'nt people outraged??? The McCain camp is trying to get the Troopergate investigation shut down. Why is it that people in the government gets away with this. Bush, gets away, Cheney gets away, Rove gets away and now Sarah Palin. The McCain camp should not have any interference with the investigation. McCain should not have picked her if he has go in and get rid of her dirty laundry. No one is accountable for anything. This is sickening!!!!!!!!!!

    September 8, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  13. anyonmous

    when was the last presdient to got dump on the polls of polls but still have enough electoral votes need to win

    September 8, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  14. EAM

    hey obama wasn't you who said people can change thier mind on issues when you were flip flopping around for almost a whole month like a fish out of water.

    September 8, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  15. Gotta Be Kidding

    What bothers me most about John McCain is that it seems that he really doesn't care about everyday American people. I don't understand how he could pick someone who is so out of the loop about typical everyday life in the "lower 48". I would love to hear where she stands on women's rights, civil rights, gas prices, grocery prices. I truly believe that Sen. McCain made a totally political choice in Gov. Palin. It's seems that his greatest desire is to be President at any cost and he doesn't realize how high the stakes are. This election is not about him. I know he was in the war, a POW and all that. I believe that everyone honors that, but the bottom line right now is what is best for this country. I just don't see how he thinks that Gov. Palin is the answer. It is also troubling to see how many women are supporting this ticket just because there is a woman on it. I'm a woman and Gov. Palin does not in any way connect with me. It was really troubling to see the people at the convention go absolutely ga-ga over someone they knew nothing about but who was being offered the second highest position in the land. What happened to common sense? I was always taught to not follow blindly but to become knowledgeable about people or situations and then make a decision. There were so many truly qualified women in the Republican party that could have been chosen and by choosing Gov. Palin Sen. McCain slapped all of them in the face. All I can say is God help us if the McCain/Palin ticket wins.

    September 8, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  16. Soldiers For Obama

    Active duty soldiers are voting FOR Obama and AGAINST McCain.

    We are facing multiple deployments and losing our buddies and sustaining injuries for Bush's greed and oil.

    McCain has promised us 100 more years of the same.

    He CANNOT have my children!

    My wife and I both serve this country and are willing to die for our beliefs and we deserve honest and competent leadership.

    NO TO MCCAIN and PALIN!!

    NO MORE BUSH POLICIES!

    September 8, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  17. Sue

    McCain is now leading Obama in every poll, and is winning out over Obama by a blistering 53 to 41 percent among white women (Obama was leading before the GOP convention). And it's all due to Palin, who is the new political superstar.

    Lies or not, the McCain/ Palin strategy is working perfectly. If Obama doesn't do something soon, this race is over, and he's going to lose very badly.

    September 8, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  18. NoBama

    He lost his lead because he is stupid gut like CNN's moderators.

    September 8, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  19. Vicki of NJ

    If Senator Obama decides to now take Hillary on the campaign trail it's going to look so obvious and ridiculous since neither one of them was interested until this sudden tie between Obama and McCain. I'm surprised that Hillary is doing this McCcain mean speech now, but didn't yesterday, and if Obama actually stoops to show he's suddenly interested to ask Hillary to accompany him on the trail will make me sick (why then isn't she his VP)? He's admitting weakness and guess what, again we the people are not that stupid and in the end will not fall for him or her because of this stupid move.

    September 8, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  20. WISE UP

    McCain/Palin will say and do anthing to attract a vote. We, as a nation, need to wise-up, we fall for every false ad that hits the airways....proving once again how easily we are fooled.
    OBAMA 2008!

    September 8, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  21. Debby

    UH McCain was a Maverick in Washington before Obama even entered politics so I would say this ad is a lie. I think Nobama has to get some better stuff to throw out at the Maverick. What about how Nobama is going to raise payroll and corporate taxes to pay for his tax breaks and the Maverick isn't.

    September 8, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  22. Suzanne

    I don't want to hear these words one more time!!... lipstick, hockey mom, pit bull, moose hunter. Someone please tell this woman that VP candidates talk about issues and the American people are waiting to hear from her on these. All we now know is that she
    1) changed her tune on the "Bridge to Somewhere" AFTER Wash canned it...and she kept the money!
    2) she entered her mayorship in Wasilla at a time when they had no debts and left it $23 million in debt...built a sports complex but would not fund a library
    3) did not fund the schools of Alaska..which are rank at the bottom
    4) has fired or moved people out of her way who do not agree with her

    The lower 48 is waiting to hear positions on issues of domestic, international and global significance.

    September 8, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  23. tomiwa

    And for you guys who thought BO should have picked Hillary as VP, that would have been sucidal, the GOP would have made a mess of the Change message. All they would have done is replay all what Hillary said about Obama at primaries and we all knew how hurtful those things she said were.

    The GOP, by their tactics, will always attack negative irrespective of who is on the ticket, the less uncontroversial that person is the better that is why in this case Hillary was not a better choice.

    September 8, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  24. anna NM

    hey, bush lied and got reelected. mccain/palin is no different. AMERICA WAKE UP!!!

    September 8, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  25. Texun

    McCain is playing with words. "Registered" means that they are currently active. That's highly misleading because lobbyists dance in and out of the ring all the time. The point is that his campaign is controlled by people whose major work and identify is "lobbyist." Obama is 100% right about that.

    September 8, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
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