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.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (621 Responses)
  1. McCain = Bush

    'Maverick' is a call name McCain gave to himself – For crying out loud! It's like your great-grandpa calling himself 'Sparky'. Look at the photo. If you expect anything out of this man after doing basically nothing but the status quo in Washington for 25 years, then you are selling your life savings out to an elderly con man. Use your brain!

    September 8, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  2. John in NY

    Staying employed right now is the most important thing to me. It's pretty simple – vote Republican and unemployment will continue to go up (hmmm..just like it is now). Vote Democrat and more attention will be focused on the economy . Result – More Jobs. A few of my neighbors have lost their jobs and it's painful to see what they are going through.

    Let's get real here. Issues like abortion will not change, so do you think by voting Republican, they will actually change the laws? What about the reckless war in Iraq and a foreign policy that hurts everyone instead of helping? Our current administration has completely failed here. Bush lied about Iraq, so do you think voting for McCain will be any different? He supports that quagmire!

    I was at the outside World Trade Center on 9/11 and barley got out alive. Immediately after that insanity, just about everyone here was anxious for our government to get Bin Laden. Then there was disappointed by Bush's slow response to get forces on the ground in Afghanistan – this is where the real war is! Then he was focusing on Iraq!! What was he doing??? And now look at's a mess and Bin Laden is laughing at us and those that died on 9/11.

    The Republicans keep bashing Obama that he does not have the experience to be president, but it's ok to vote for McCain who picked a running mate with as much experience as my 7 year old.

    People...get you head out of "you know what" and start thinking. If McCain gets in, then it's another 4 more years of the same garbage.....Lies...Lies...Lies!!!

    September 8, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |

    lol NICE.

    September 8, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  4. S. Shay

    McCain now supports everything he critiziced Obama about "celebrity" what is Sarah Palin now? "Rhetoric" have we heard ONE substantive policy issue from Palin, "radical" has anyone heard of the AIP or seen clips of Palins church? "Lacks judgment" Palin bankrupted a small town and put a plane on Ebay, costing taxpayers money when it wasn't sold instead of using a broker, "change is not good" now McCain is about change? "Not experience" a trailer trash reporter for Podunk, Alaska who's only foreign policy credentials is that she knows where Russia is is more experienced than Joe Biden and Barack Obama.

    Who in the world is buying this?????????????

    September 8, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  5. v.ananthan

    OBAMA is just talk....

    Nothing to show so far....

    September 8, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  6. No Hillary = No Obama

    Obama has gall, doesn't he? McCain has a lifetime of service to this country. Obama has service to himself. He accepted the nomination "with humility" – don't insult our sensibilities.

    September 8, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  7. guy

    Mc Cain was never a maverick !Not so long ago he was caught with his hands in the cookie jar, remember Savings and Loans, how many millions of $, did we, the taxpayers forked over that one? And now Fred and Fan...hehehe. Have fun around xmas, we will see who is a real maverick. I am sure Obabma wont be there either

    September 8, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  8. Maddie, Hartford, Ct.

    Compared to the smears and insults that have been thrown out about Obama, this is subtle. Nice to see this campaign taking the offensive. You would like to see that Americans would recognize the obvious. If it walks like a loone and talks like a loone, it's probably a loone! There is no room in this election for religious fundmentalists. Sara, go back to Alaska!

    September 8, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  9. Oh Poooooleeeezzzze!

    Face it-face off, no more of the Old Washington politics, we need change, so why does Obama-Dama-Ding-Dong so the same thing that he detests? Oh, wait a minute, is that a cold sweat I see him breaking into? Or has his hair turned white overnight? Gosh, he's not in even in office....he hasn't earned his white hair, Mc Cain has...Bad Boy Johnny McSame shows that this is a country for old men and he has a lot of tricks up his sleeve....and now we enter into the Twilight Zone of the American politcal process...

    September 8, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  10. Susan

    This is the typical American public: There are two things that gets the American people attention and that is Fear and SEX....

    First we allow them to scare us with the Fear Factor that they are going to protect us at all cost. The terriost are coming and that Obama is inexperienced to go up against the terriost. And, he wants to forfeit a War while McCain wants to stay at all cost. Tell it to the families that loss someone in the War or the solider that's injured. I am sick of politicians playing "Bully" and "Cowboy" this is my life and I want it back. Now, they put this woman in our face but no one can ask her a question. Until we learn how to respect her... Well there is a great possibilty that she may becomePresident.

    I hope America wakes up, because we are heading for a Depression and a War right here on American Soil...
    Stop the Bullies

    September 8, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  11. Mom from Grayslake IL

    This may stop the polls moving. In Colorado Springs, Sarah Palin claimed that lending giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac had "gotten too big and too expensive to the taxpayers." Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are private corporations. The taxpayers are getting screwed by the takeover, not being saved from it. Its pretty sad when I know that and the potential VP doesn't. And so it starts….

    September 8, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  12. Barack Obama IS Our 44th president

    McCain-Palin can't really be serious about this maverick mumbo jumbo. How can he be a change agent when he has openly boosted that he have voted with the worse president's in history – his failed policies 90% of the time. The intelligent people are not buying this. All Palin has done so far is played the same dirty old political games of attacks and more attacks. She has not offered one substantive solution to the economic wovs the American people are facing that would be different from Bush. No thanks McBush, we are choosing the REAL change agent – Sen. Obama. He is the one qualified to put this country back on track.

    It's time for the American people to get it right and NOT vote for McCain-Palin, instead vote for change. It's time for this country to turn the page and seek a new and better future for ourselves and our children.It's time for REAL change in Washington, it's time to elect Barack Obama for president !

    Obama-Biden are the wiser and stronger team to solve the crucial challenges we have in this nation and abroad !

    September 8, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  13. andy in Alaska

    I live in Alaska and let me tell you she is not as popular as people are lead to believe. She has done littlle in 21 months of governor except line her own pockets.

    September 8, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  14. what you dont say is

    McCain stopped being a "maverick" long ago. he voted with Bush 100% of the time this year, 90% while Bush has been in office. McCain stopped being a "maverick" when he hired recycled Bush flunkies to run his tragic, no platform, lie all you can and cross your fingers campaign. John McCain stopped being a "maverick" when he put 59 fat cat LOBBYIST on his pay roll. John McCain stopped being a "maverick" when he was forced to put Palin on his ticket, another dirty politician who abuses her power, wants to ban all abortion including rape and incest, and like McCain is against equal pay for women and like McCain wants to make permanent the failed Bush policies....she reminds me of a bad Rosanne Barr

    September 8, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  15. Teddy California

    I believe McCain is a maverick. But do we really need a maverick in Washington to turn things upside down? Even McCain admitted that maverick can be a good or a bad thing. For instance, if McCain wants to get rid of earmarks, the McCain administration will set up a great battle between him and the congresss. The congress leaders rely on earmarks to keep the congress members in line by rewarding or publishing the party members. It is an important tool that congress leaders won't be willing to give up. Also, the projects funded by the earmarks affect thousands of people, many and many jobs are involved.

    I do not believe McCain can get it done if he wants to get rid of earmarks. He has been fighting the earmarks for a long time without any success. It is a good political ploy to attack earmarks though.

    September 8, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  16. Annette, Washington, DC

    McCain is no maverick, he is a joke and the repubs no it. He has recieved his orders from the Bush/Rove plan.

    September 8, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  17. what you dont say is

    CNN-"McCain spokesman Tucker Bounds said that there are no registered lobbyists currently on the payroll, “and Barack Obama knows it.”
    uhhhh who is running the McCain campaign? dont they know that Charlie Black is still lobbying? do they really think we are stupid?

    September 8, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  18. anne

    It seems now that Oboma is begging Hilary to campain for him, After his lose in Nov. she is getting ready for 2012. After the dnc selected a weak canidate, just because the msm wanted him because they new that stories would there everyday, without going out to investigate on their own. It has come apparent in last few days that voters are not going for bias reporting, msmbc good example, as reporters you are loosing your viewers and looking to someone that at least dont show, that they are bias, and can report in a fair way. As of now you have turned life long dem. into voting for McCain. Will vote from now on issues, not what I heard on Cable News

    September 8, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  19. Ex-Republican For Obama

    Freddy Mac and Fannie May were bailed out stated by many, this makes us even more communist then the communist.

    This policy of bailing out big business and having the tax payer pay for them is the work of the McCain and Bush economy policies. We can not afford to become more communist, we MUST elect Obama to stave off the horrid decline of American.

    McCain will make us a communist country, Obama will make bring us back our constitutional rights and our american heritage.

    September 8, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  20. Cecil

    Lets Not Get It Twisted GOP, Excitement, Covers On Mags, Big Crowds, Celeb Status. Means Nothing Remember!

    There Excited Over What. Because She's Good At Spit and Run Politics. Come On Palin You Call Yourshelf A Pit Bull, Your More Like A Poodle.

    Stand And Fight, Lets See What Your Relly Made Of.

    There Excited Over This, Please!

    September 8, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  21. redneck for obama

    he's the same as bush. she's the same as cheney.

    September 8, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  22. Sonny Sena

    He is a maverick!!! A 10% MAVERICK!!!

    September 8, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  23. Jackson

    McCain votes independent of his party more often than Obama - he is a maverick compared to Obama. That's all that 'maverick' means and McCain should be able to make that point clearly in the debate....

    September 8, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
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    September 8, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  25. Peter E

    McCain would vote with Bush 90% of the time... except he's absent from voting some 70% of the time.
    And it's not as if Obama is all THAT much better. He votes with Bush 50% of the time himself. The Factcheck website has a few good links on how misleading these numbers are.

    September 8, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
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