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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soundoff (621 Responses)
  1. j.williams, san diego

    the great orator should go back to his pastor for more guidance....

    September 8, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  2. No Way, No How, NObama

    How many "Present" votes = "Change?"

    Real Americans want REAL AMERICANS in the WHite House, not left wing, socialist, bigots.

    McCain/Palin '08

    September 8, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  3. Elizabeth; Dallas, TX

    McCain misses 63% of votes in Congress! How is this being a Maverick? You cannot go against your own party if you don't show up to fight them! CNN post this because these McCain lies are getting out of hand. McCain, I used to respect you, but the more I research you're career in Congress, the less appealing you become!

    Post this CNN!

    -Elizabeth; Dallas, TX-

    September 8, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  4. LAS

    Just another tidbit on Sarah Palin, is the fact that she loves to make America know that she is a hockey mom, mother of 4, & has a baby with Down's Syndrome, but...............put into play her 17 year old unmarried pregnant daughter & then the response is basically to leave her family out of the campaign. Personally I don't think families should be brought into play because the candidates can always control what their family members do (look at the Kennedy's).. but come on Sarah.....it's OK to talk about your family when it's all good, but don't mention anything bad? Just another way of trying to play cover up.
    Come on Obama....let's start hitting below the belt I really can't take another 4 years of lies & taking care of the big oil companies & people who make millions of dollars who don't need tax breaks & health care & better jobs. I am tired of seeing the fake smiles on McCain & Palin's faces.

    September 8, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  5. Ashley

    McCain and Palin are definitely NOT mavericks. Her speech is written by a BUSH writer, a week before she was even nominated. If you want an idiot for a VP and a war hero who over use his POW status to win election, go for it. In fact, a hero never needs to say he's a hero, they live it each day.

    McCain I am ashame that you are a Republican, please run for another party, you do not represent what the party platform truly is.

    Palin, go back to school, if you can decide to attend one, and use your journalism skills to actually writing your own speech.

    You both make me ashame to be a Republican.

    September 8, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  6. Just Wondering

    What kind of comment is that from Tucker Bounds? How can close to 50% of America be fooled by this team of McCain-brand snakeoil?

    September 8, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  7. The enlighment

    If we elect Obama as President, this country will become more of a communist country. Obama is going to raise taxes and Take from the haves and give to the have nots. Why work then if the government is going to take care of you.

    September 8, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  8. Matt

    COME ON AMERICA WAKE UP !

    Do you really want 4 more years of Bush-like policies ? A vote for McCain/Palin will result in this.

    Do you seriously think McCain can fix the economy ?

    Do you think Palin will implement a nationwide book ban in our public libraries ?

    Will drilling for more oil really solve our energy crisis ?

    September 8, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  9. INDEPENDANT VET.

    OBAMA IS ALL SET TO GET ANOTHER SORE LIP . WHY HE IS LIKE A FISH OUT OF WATER , FLIPIN AN FLOPPIN . HE SHOULD OF TOOK THAT OFFER MONICA OFFERED HIM . BUT HE PREFERRED REZKO , EASIER WAY TO GET A GOOD START ON LIFE . JUST LEARN HOW RATCHET JAW , KEEP IT UP LONG ENEOUGH , YOU WILL GET PEOPLE TO BELIVE YOU. NOW HE IS BELIVING HIS OWN LIES .

    LETS JUST HOPE THE POND DON'T RUN DRY TO QUICK , HE MAY JUST BEACH HIMSELF ALONG WITH THE REST OF THOSE FLIP FLOPPIN FISH . NOW HE WANTS HILLARY , SHE WILL FLOP ALONG SO SHE GETS HER DEBT PAID OFF , SO NOW WE WILL HAVE THE FLIP FLOPPERS AT BIG TIME . AN NO SUBSTANCE . I SAY PAY OFF HER DEBT , AN GO BACK TO REZKO . WRIGHT .

    September 8, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  10. Female/22/Indiana

    It saddens me very deeply that some Americans are even considering Barack Obama as the president. Can you even imagine what would happen to our country if he was in the White House? Let's look at this seriously now. There would be more protesting, more racism, more economic downfall, more unhappy citizens, more taxes, more drama, and less moving forward that this country just can't handle right now. I'm all for everyone being equal and having equal oppurtunities, but it just isn't the time for a black President!!! I'm not a racist person, and I'd vote for a black man any other time but now; this country just isn't ready, period!!
    McCain is honestly a much more experienced person with a real honest love for our country. He has experienced the worst and been places most of us couldn't even imagine. He has seen the United States fall and rise back up again. I truly believe that he knows what it will take to get our country back on her feet again. Just because he has agreed with President Bush's policies doesn't mean he is going to make the same decisions Bush would when he is in the White House. He is his own person and I'm sure he's not going to harm this country anymore than it already is. You can tell this man has much more respect and appreciation for our country than Obama can even comprehend.
    I am very outraged to hear Obama's speeches and how pathetic and desperate he is to win the election. You can tell he's getting scared because he is constantly bashing the Republican ticket. Why can't he just stick to what he thinks he can do for our country and leave the negativity out of it? Is it really that hard. He seriously should just stick to his campaign and not worry about anything else. I also feel the Republican ticket should do the same (but they are already doing it much less; they've only went the negative path a few times). It seems that every time Obama opens his mouth he's just bashing someone!!

    Plain and simple, Obama is desperate to have the history books all to himself and has nothing to offer our country. McCain is a true Hero has everything to offer our country; and he chose a heck of a woman for his running mate! People, don't be stupid, vote for what's best for our country and not just to help Obama make history.

    I must add that its pretty pathetic how Obama is using celebrities to help 'sway' the voters in his direction...WE'RE NOT STUPID ENOUGH TO LISTEN TO CELEBRITIES!!

    GO McCain/Palin!!!!

    September 8, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  11. laura from canada

    All politicians lie and change their tunes to suit the wind and gather more votes. The problem is trusting those that pretend they are above it all and wouldn't stoop that low but do so anyway by their team, when people are not looking, etc.. They are all the same. The question is whose motivation is most honest and less personal? Obama seems interested in the Presidency as a personal goal and validation of his self....McCain seems interested to further the country and serve. You can disagree with either, but McCain's motivation seems most honest to me. Obama's treatment of Hilary was deplorable and now he needs her. Obama is not tested in any way...he has had a smooth ride, uses the race card as it suits, and is arrogant....two biographies????

    September 8, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  12. Dick F

    You people better wake up! Obama come on,are you all stupid or just blind.This man doesn't have a clue what it takes to lead this nation,how could he ? We live in dangerous times,how soon we forget huh? The only reason we havent got hit, is because of Bush.If Obama was President they would have done it over and over. We all wanted to get even when they hit us,all of us! You leftys dont have the balls to do what it takes to keep this country safe.McCain even if he parts ways with most Republicans on most issues, loves this country and no question he will keep keep us all safe,even you socialist leftys.
    This nation was built on people like him,not Obama type people.He is only running for his self. He would be the most dangerous person ever to be in the white house.(The black house as one of his rapper friends call it).Yes I am one of those"bitter americans" and proud of it.
    SAVE YOURSELVES AND ALL OF US ==VOTE McCain–let Obama organize for 5-10 years and then lets take a look at him,

    September 8, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  13. FlaDem

    Obama needs to start talking the environment. Palin's outlook is no better than Bush. Take a look at her record. If she gets in the White House, a heat beat away, we are in deep trouble. OBAMA/BIDEN 08.

    September 8, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  14. GEEZER & GIDGET '08

    Republican Family Values V1.01 vs. Democratic Family Values V1.00

    The RNC platform appears to require a rather abrupt update to the Far Right and Conservative family values plank.

    Democratic Family Values V1.00

    My oldest niece completed high school, earned a college degree, married and is currently expecting her first “blessing” in November and my brother and his wife are thrilled and looking forward to being Grandparents and are very “proud” of this accomplished young woman. They have promised to be “supportive” as long as the required duties are occasional baby-setting!

    Updated Version Republican Family Values V1.01

    This updated version was sanctioned by all the Republican Party leaders and the Far Right and the Conservatives effective September 1, 2008.

    All parents are encouraged to teach “abstinence only” as birth control and never teach kids sex education in public schools. Then, when your 16 year old daughter partakes of pre-marital unsafe sex, which could have resulted in her catching a STD, in addition to the expected “blessing” . Advise her to marry the father, whether or not she actually loves him and do this all while both parties are only 17.

    Choosing a role model:

    Call me old fashioned, but when my other two nieces make such decisions, I hope they use their older sibling as an example, complete with the now outdated Democratic V1.00. Of course, should one or both chose the new Republican version V1.01 I am not sure “proud” would accurately describe my reaction, but I would be both loving and “supportive”. I just would never encourage them to adopt the Republican V1.01, they may miss a lot of the youthful experiences they would encounter using the Dem V1.00.

    THE ROLE MODE ROLE THE REPUBLICANS ARE ADVOCATING IS CURRENTLY BEING FILLED BY JAMIE LYNN SPEARS!

    September 8, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  15. Ed Carlson - New Jersey

    It's hard to view John McCain as the candidate for change when he always takes both sides of the debate. He claims that he's for reform is Washington, but hires one of Washington's biggest lobbyist to run his presidential campaign. McCain claims he's against eye-marks and wasteful spending but picks a Vice Presidential candidate that supported the "bridge to nowhere", then opposed it but kept the $223 million dollars anyway. McCain claims that he will help the American people who are struggling with high energy prices. So what does he do? McCain picks a running mate that raises taxes on the oil produces in Alaska so that she can give every person in her state $1800 while people like me across the country pay higher prices at the pump to make up the revenue shortfall.

    September 8, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  16. Matt

    McCain = Republican Obama = Democrat.
    Last 8 years Republican = Big Big Disaster. Forget who the president or VP is gonna be. It all comes down to party politics. Vote democrat.

    Even though with the following in mind we are better of with Obama.

    1) Democrats are not democratic. They chose to punish Michigan and Florida by not counting votes.
    2) If Democrats are serious about winning Obama should have picked Hillary as VP. Obviously he doesn't care about winning and unifying the party that much. Again the Democrats don't play it safe, and that with some much at stake. Shame on them.

    However, even with this in mind they are still far better then Republicans.

    September 8, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  17. John

    I hope it will be the debates that defines who should be governing the United States through the White House. It will disappoint me if Americans discount the value of having an intellectual leading our nation. Obama has "earned" 2 degrees at an American Ivy League University which is not easy, and he didn't come to school with papa's Lotus, and an open check book. McCain is not the man Americans need to run a nation that has hit the skids with Bush, and we're going to elect another D minus (non) intellectual...that is not the image I want the world to have of the United States, we'll all live with the negative consequences.

    September 8, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  18. ClintonDem4Cynthia08

    Obama is gonna lose. Face facts. Half of you wont vote for a black man, yet you'll tell the polling people what they want to here.

    Wait until everyone is in a secluded voting booth. McCain wins. Nuff said. Any wonder why its always 50/50?

    September 8, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  19. woman for Obama, age 62

    McCain is trying to deceive the American people into believing he has not been Bush's sidekick the last eight years. Palin is anti-abortion even in cases of incest or rape and voted against equal pay for equal work for women.

    NO WAY NO HOW NO MCCAIN-PALIN

    September 8, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  20. Susan, CA

    WAKE UP AMERICA!! Do you want four more years of the same? Do you like where this party has brought this Country? These people aren't about the change we need. Do your research and think for yourselves.

    September 8, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  21. jorge rolon

    my friend john mcCain was in captivity for five years thats a real long time as one veteran to another,as one who puts nation first beware of P.T.S.D. it can lash out at any time it would be a sad thing if your holding the football.

    September 8, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  22. Beatrix

    Wow.......seweeeeeeeeeeiii......I think I here the Obama supporters "Squeeling". Only one reason you can get this kind of angry/jealous reaction to a MCCAIN/PALIN TICKET!!! Must feel a little threatened now HUH!!!! Love it...........see all the true colors coming out with all you CNN anchors-made my day!!!

    Thanks Campbell Brown/Roland Martin....:)

    September 8, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  23. ROGER D

    HERE IS HOW IT NEEDS TOO BE .EVERYBODY NEEDS TOO VOTE EVERYDAY ON THE ISSUE YOUR CONGRESS IN YOUR DISSTICT IS VOTING ON.THE FOLLOWING DAY.USEING YOUR PC OR ONE AT A LOCAL LIBRARY. WE SHOULD BE GIVEN THE SAME INFORMATION THAT IS PRESENTED ,AFTER EVERYBODY WHO CHOSES TOO AND IF THEY ARE A REGISTER VOTER,THEY SHOULD VOTE. ONCE THE VOTE ARE ADDED UP AND YOU SHOULD BE ABLE TO CHECK YOUR HISTORY .YOUR REPRESENTIVE MUST VOTE WITH THE MAJORITY,SUCH AS CONGESSMAN JIM SMITH HAS TO CHECK THE VOTES IN HIS AREA ,IF 200000,PEOPLE VOTE OUT HIS AREA AND 80 PERCENT SAYS YES HE HAS TO SAY YES,IF HE SAYS NO HE OR SHE SHOULD HAVE 30 DAYS TO CONVINCE THEIR DISTRECT.IF THEY CANT GET THEIR DISTRICT TO CHANGE THEIR VOTE,UNDER EVERY MEMBER WHO HOLD AN OFFICE UNDER THEIR NAME WOULD BE ANOTHER NAME ,THEIR REPLACEMENT THIS SHOULD GO ALL THE WAY TO PRESIDENT,IT WOULD TRULY BE BY THE PEOPLE AND FOR THE PEOPLE.WE COULD REWRITE HOW WE DO THINGS AND VOTE ON IT,IF A COMPANY WANTED TO LOBBY THEY COULD CALL YOU AT HOME.

    September 8, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  24. Susan, CA

    McCain and Palin are lying. The only kind of change they want to bring is more government control–Taliban style. They are trying to intimidate you with fear, and I can't believe some of you are buying into it. Do you really believe that McCain is better equipped to deal with Iraq? Obama didn't even want to go there in the first place. WAKE UP.

    September 8, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  25. Charla

    ECONOMY? HEALTH CARE?.........Palin was chosen for the Republican ticket, to keep the real issues away from McCain We, as a nation, seem to be fascinated with all her family drama. We stay focused on her pregnant daughter, her "DUI' hubby, her son who is being deployed to Iraq.......how soon we forget what is important. We fall for every soap-opera tactic and once again is it proving beneficial to the Republican Party.

    September 8, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
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