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. Morningstar

    McCain want to become an agent of change at age 72, after 27 years in Washington?

    You cannot not teach an old Mc72 new tricks!

    September 8, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  2. Foreign observer

    You want to improve and change your company. Then you will never hire the 72 old guy as your change agent but you will choose the dynamic, hard working 47 years old guy. Why your country doesn´t matter as much as your company ?

    September 8, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  3. Does Obama Palin Comparison?

    Take the focus all of all of Obama's negativity, and put it somewhere that really matters...on kids with special needs. They deserve a strong advocate like Sarah Palin in Washington! :)

    September 8, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  4. Enlightened Voter

    You go Obama! Don't let them swiftboat you! The rethuglicans have proved they will do anything to win and mccain should be ashamed of himself putting this ghetto fabulous huntress who is crushingly inexperienced at best on his ticket. She actually said that the war in Iraq was God's will. But I wished you would have called sarah exactly what she is – a LIAR! She stood in front of the nation at the RNC and lied continuously. She is a maverick, a maverick LIAR!

    September 8, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  5. Capt. Smash, Salt Lake City, Utah

    Palin finally meets the press - or at least one of them: As mentioned above, Palin will sit down with ABC later this week for her first big interview with the national media. ABC will give Palin softball questions and make sure she looks good.

    This women is such a coward she well not answer any tough questions from the media she hides behind McCains coat tails. She is not tough enough to face the media she is a coward pure and simple.

    She even shoots big game like mooses from a helecopter how sporting is that. Why does she just drop Napalm on women and children like McWar did during the Vietnam war.

    I am so disapointed that the MSM has not called her out and have her go toe to toe with the MSM. She is such a chicken, coward and should not be in this election.

    I respect Hillary she will stand up for herself, I respect all the other political women who answer tough questions everyday. Even Mrs, Obama will stand up to the media this women is a coward 1st and foremost.

    September 8, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  6. T'SAH from Virginia

    FORGET the MAVERICK thing – Where's the LOOT PA'IN took for that BRIDGE TO NOWHERE (huh $200 MILLION)!!!!! ???? What was the $27 million spent on when she was a MAYOR (which equals to $4000 per person in the WHOLE STATE of Alaska)????

    OBADEN – 2008-2016, YES WE CAN!!!

    September 8, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  7. FreeNLovIt

    Why is our government afraid of leaving Iraq? They have mentioned that they are afraid that the Shiites government may befriend Iran.

    My thought is that we should leave Iraq but we should implement policies to ban the Shiites from ever merging with Iran for the next 100 years. If they merge, we will come back.

    In addition, we should also add policies to allow us to bomb inside of Iraq, anywhere, any time in areas, polluted with Al Qaeda activities.

    This should help us leave Iraq with less fear.

    September 8, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  8. nick

    Its on.

    September 8, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  9. Mom In Texas

    Wake Up America, you have to see that Mcain-palin are Liars. Mavericks yeah right. We can not afford giving the republicans another four years. I kno americans are not going to fall for this. Palin will expose herself since having a pregnant teenage daughter, and lying about the jet sell on ebay is not enough. Wake up!!!!! No to Mcain-palin, Yes We can to Obama-Biden 08.

    September 8, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  10. Barbara

    I've always though of a maverick as a somewhat reckless rebel.

    Not white house material – not international policy material.

    No more wars.

    Obama/Biden '08

    September 8, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  11. Obama 08

    How about something in the scandal over the arena Sarah built??

    September 8, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  12. tee

    I'm so glad to see Sen. Obama fighting back. I still don't understand how one good speech delivered, makes Palin experienced. This race is about race. I will be so ashamed of our country if Sen. Obama doesn't win, because it will be because he isn't white enough.

    September 8, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  13. EC

    GREAT, keep pounding this "pitt bull" with her own words. She doesn't even begin to know whose she's dealing with. McCain is terrified to put Sarah Palin out there on her own AND I see why. She made a BIG GAFFE today while talking about the Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac news story and ALL MAJOR economist quickly pointed out that she lack accuracy in her statements and was very inexperience in her knowledge of the mortgage crisis as it relates too the economy!!!

    September 8, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  14. Jorge

    Obama should add a "McCain/Palin Lie of the Day" page to his web site and make sure to call attention to the lies every time he gives a speech or holds a town hall meeting.

    September 8, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  15. Mia-Stafford

    I'm glad to see a response!

    September 8, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  16. ross

    Obama is saying that he is an agent of change, what has he really done, he is more of the same washington that he says he wants rid of, i mean look at his V.P candidate Biden, a long serving washington member...says it all really.

    i am a democrat but i am vioting for Mcain and Palin.

    September 8, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  17. FreeNLovIt

    You know we paid with our BLOOD and Bank Account to free Iraq. We should have the right to burn policies, banning any merge with Iran and banning any Al Qaeda activities within the country.

    This will only be fair to us.

    September 8, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  18. Carol Mc Bain Michigan

    It's very apparent that people have forgotten that this is a Presidental race and not a race about who is Vice. Once the dust settles, if McCain and Palin get elected, you will never see her. McCain will have her hid away in some office. She takes too much of the spot light off him and this will not work for his ego.

    September 8, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  19. MEDIA, WE WANT TRUTH

    MAINSTREAM MEDIA LET REPUBLICANS SMEAR & LIE.

    September 8, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  20. Obama 08

    Does Obama Palin Comparison: Check your facts; Palin cut the budget for special needs children by 62% Some advocate!!

    September 8, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  21. tara

    These two are no mavericks, I call them Bonnie and Clyde! We don't need these renegades for our country!

    September 8, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  22. Mack

    Today is a sad day. I see my candidate having to respond to the other opponets VP. It took me some time to warm up and get on the Obama bandwagon, but I am about to jump off. Obama promised us change...but he continues to play in the dirt with McCain. He is accusing Sarah Palin of changing her position, but seems to not want to talk about all the issues that he has adjusted to make him the nominee. The Obama camp is coming off as hypocritical and flaming the fires. This all happened when McCain chose Palin. If Obama wants to keep my vote...he needs to be honest..lay off Palin..and tell us again what he will do to fix our problems. Obama made his first mistake by not choosing Hillary and making many angry..now he is looking desperate...against another women... The media is also a problem..

    September 8, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  23. Rapps

    McCain has temper control and anger management problems. Giving such an unstable man control of America's nuclear arsenal and nuclear launch codes is just too risky. Giving this kind of control to Palin is even riskier.

    September 8, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  24. FreeNLovIt

    Sure Obama has lobbyists on his team, but if you look at it, his campaign has been RESURRECTED by the zillions of Americans that want change.

    Obama will serve The People. McCain, will serve, the few, the proud the Lobbyists.

    September 8, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  25. Jeremy Morris

    Mcain has hired the same Karl Rove,Schimit,Rick Davies and all other G Bush lobbyist who brought this country to its knees! As a matter of fact,he wanted to pick Joe Lieberman for #2 but Karl Rove personally called in to lobby for Sara Palin. These lies will lead us to more wars esp with Iran and Russia. Remember Mcain/Davies connection with Georgia! Mcain can never bring change in Washington under the same party that lead this country to its knees.Hillary was very right today......they want to cover their mess! NO MORE REPUBLICAN....ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.................GO OBAMA/BIDEN 08.

    September 8, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
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