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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soundoff (621 Responses)
  1. Frank

    Why is it that so many put the debate in terms of smart v. dumb, or even truth v. lies. The fact of the matter is that there are very smart people on both sides of the isle. As there are liars and honest people. The election is not about either. Most of the time politicians are very careful to make sure there is at least some truth to what they say. They are trained in the art of rhetoric.
    The difference in the parties is truly a cultural one. The traditional things that separate the two parties are what most people will vote for or against. Life/Choice, Universal Health Care/Private Health Care, etc.
    Now, you may disagree with me, but that doesn't mean that either of us is dumb or lying.
    In the end, step away from the computer, take a deep breath, know that everything is going to be OK no matter who is elected. Your success and happiness are dependant entirely on you, not any politician.

    September 8, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  2. deborah

    MCCAIN himself threw out that number of 90 percent.

    Does that make him a maverick or a sidekick?

    What a joke!!!

    -– only the joke's on us if he gets elected!!!!

    September 8, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  3. LAS

    I don't get it ! ! I read these blog comments & most are supportive of Obama in all of the blogs I read. Most are NOT for McCain. But yet the media tell us that McCain leads in the polls. Where do these polls come from???
    I am a Obama supporter. I really don't think that McCain can change America when he has had the chance to for 26 years. He is definitely NOT a "maverick"; he is a "follower" . As for Sarah Palin.....all the republicans did was tell people that Obama was not ready to lead a country because he was inexperienced, but now the VP pick is less experienced than Obama. She lies, cheats, & hides from answering questions. She will only be put in front of the camera to answer questions when the GOP is done prepping her & telling her what to say.
    I truly cannot believe how Mccain is leading in the polls. When I saw that he had taken more of a lead today I could not believe it. COME ON PEOPLE...........WHAT IN THE WORLD ARE YOU DOING??????
    Obama states that Americans are not stupid. Well this is sure making it look like we are. How can anyone think that because McCain adds Palin to his ticket that he will make a change.
    Americans are really looking pretty stupid right now with the polls leaning toward McCain & all I have to say is if America puts McCain into office & make a 3rd term of George W. then I guess all of you Americans that voted for McCain get exactly what you voted for. 4 more years of the same old republican BS!!!

    September 8, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  4. B

    Some people are attracted to a Palin ticket because they are hurting in the present and believe a Maverick / Evangelical candidates will stop their pain now. I think those people will be disappointed and disillusioned.

    Mrs. Palin's current family crisis (pregnant daughter and newborn) is sure to have a psychological impact on her and the family.

    It would depend in great if America wants to move on from the Cheney / Rove years.

    I hope McCain, 72, will retire finally

    September 8, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  5. 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!

    McCain/Palin 08 for reform with authenticity and integrity! 🙂

    September 8, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  6. gdgarant

    I just checked out this ad on youtube .. I'm afraid I don't see any reason that it would excite anyone on either side .. just seems like one more cheap soundbite.

    Hopefully both parties will get down to some serious ads soon .. for example, a little about their economic plans.

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

    To hear McCain/Palin talk, McCain fought and won the war all by himself. There were many heros in Vietnam......with this in mind, just where does he get off thinking that he is the only one qualified to be President?
    OBAMA in 2008

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

    McCain's ads are truly BUSH-LEAGUE. ALL THE WAY.

    BUSH scare tactics, Bush doubletalk, BUSH LIES.

    BUSH-LEAGUE ads that insult his party and this country.

    September 8, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  9. letsputfamilyfirst

    Maybe Senator McCain and Gov Palin are water horses, they will bring the water to Senator Obama and Senator Biden when they trounce them like a Stallion and become the President and Vice President of the United States of America. The Republicans have no answers all they can do is Bash Senator Obama and Senator Biden. They have no platform of their own. They have not spoken truly about the economy and work on pumping each other up and putting down the Dems. She doesn't even care about her children, that's why they are in the mess that they are in now. They will follow Bush to the grave and take America with them. They don't (McCain and Palin) care about Americans. Mavrick I think Not!

    Obama/Biden 08 – 16

    Stone Mountain, GA

    September 8, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  10. Observer

    John McCain lost a bit of his maverick luster when he changed his stance on the Bush tax cuts for the ultra-rich; his change of heart on torture; his steadfast support of keeping our troops in Iraq indefinitey; his backpedaling on immigration reform; his opposition to comprehensive veterans' benefits; his voting with George Bush 90% of the time; when he said he'd take th high road in the campaign, but took the low one instead; and his caving in to the religious right by putting Sarah Palin on the ticket.
    He's not a maverick–he's a conformist to everything the Republican party stands for. Do you really think he's going to change Washington? Think again. More of the same my friends, because the old boys of the Republican party aren't going to let him change them. He's too beholden to them.

    September 8, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  11. Phil

    by 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%"

    Voting with the Dems (ie not Bush) 97% of the time would define change.

    September 8, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  12. Soldier 4 OBAMA

    Great Ad, it is about time, call them out on it. Like the part, "Politicans lieing about their recod, McCain-Palin is no Maverick!"

    September 8, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  13. Daisy

    The only that's "more of the same" is Obama– who voted nearly 100% with the Democrats. (Let's not forget that the current Democratic Congress has a 9% approval rating.)

    McCain may have voted 90% with Bush in ONE year - but in other years - it has been quite different.

    From FactCheck:
    "According to Congressional Quarterly's Voting Studies, in 2007 McCain voted in line with the president's position 95 percent of the time – the highest percentage rate for McCain since Bush took office – and voted in line with his party 90 percent of the time. However, McCain's support of President Bush's position has been as low as 77 percent (in 2005), and his support for his party's position has been as low as 67 percent (2001)."

    September 8, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  14. ShirleyY - Seattle



    September 8, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  15. Mark

    Where I live, ptbulls are outlawed...even ones who wear lipstick!

    September 8, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  16. think people

    America can't be this stupid: we just can't. If we reelect the same party that has virtually rendered our country unrecognizable, both at home and abroad, then we deserve all the harm that our reputation and society have suffered. THink, people, for God's sake.

    September 8, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  17. LT for Obama

    What I am still trying to figure out is why so many women are voting for this ticket simply because she is a woman.

    I watched woman after woman during the RNC convention why they are supporting her and all they could come up with is that she is exciting and that she is a woman. Nothing on the issues or why she should represent them.

    I find that very scary that thousands and thousands of women are supporting her just because she is a well spoken woman, even though the spoken words are mostly lies and half truths.

    September 8, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  18. Aaron

    So the republicans are offering us this... John McCain will give us more of the Bush failed policies and Sarah Palin brings us more of the failed Bush social divisiveness. Great... What kind of change are they pretending this is. They can't keep making stuff up!

    September 8, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  19. Tiffany

    This is getting funnier by the day. Lobbyist not on the payroll. HAHAHA Notice he didn't say lobbyist didn't run the campaign. Don't be deceived as words due matter. Both camps have flip flopped on issues but we all see the economy and the war and see what mess the republicans have gotten us in already.
    Let voice on policy and not strictly on social issues.

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

    I've lost so much respect for John McCain over the past few weeks. This is not the same guy from just a few years ago. He and Palin have been telling bald-face lies to the american people. It is sad and pathetic that people actually believe many of them. I'm glad the Obama campaign finally hit back,but i think the ad is still a little soft. They really need to get a little tougher in the lead up to the election. My question is: why is McCain spending money on ads in Arkansas and Tennessee when those are suppose to be solidly red states. I know Arkansas is closer than one might think and given Harold Ford's close Senate elcetion a few years back taht state may be closer also.Just win Michigan and Virginia and the election should be in hand for Obama.

    September 8, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  21. nellie

    More economic woes. 14 companies are headed for layoffs and
    headed overseas. I know there are some smart, well-thinking Reps
    that are tired of the same old thing in Washington! What did McCain
    mean when he said he's going to clean up Washington, is he talk
    about himself? I am tired of the media stating Sarah identifies with
    working women, but what about the working mom, who barely make
    ends meet, moms that are not soccer moms, moms that make too
    much to qualify for help with medical bills and not enough to cover them?

    September 8, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  22. Cynthia

    Senator McCain is an old school Republican masquerading as a maverick. What's the old saying – a leopard never changes it spots.

    September 8, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  23. M. Winners, Mesa, AZ

    Pretty soon all this "maverick" talk will begin to smell as bad as McCain's "I feel the working man's pain" line of crap and ring as hollow as Palin's "foreign policy experience" based upon the reasoning (excuse me, spin) by the neocon's that Alaska borders Canada.
    Americans will eventually see these two for the political opportunists, liars and phonies they really are.
    If not and they get elected then the US and the morons that think "maverick" is a good thing will get just what they deserve: 4 more years of Bush/Cheney/Rove policies of trumped up wars, tax breaks for big biz, trashing of the our Constitution and campaign slogans instead of valid economic and energy policies.

    September 8, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  24. McCain + Sarah = empty suits

    only people who like other thinking for them vote for McCain.
    People who reason and are thoughtful vote Obama.
    Have a dumb President and a VP who struggled for 6 years in 5 different universites to complete a Ba in journalism.
    What a joke!!!!!!!!!!!
    Because she claims Iraq war is from God!!!!!!!!!
    Empty vessels vote for empty suits.

    September 8, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  25. Get Real America

    McCain lies about Obama. And then he steals Obama's ideas. So now we have a liar and a thief. I just want to know who are these Americans that support a liar and a thief?

    September 8, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
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