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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  1. Peter E

    Obama continues these attacks on McCain's record only because it keeps focus away from all his own flip-flops, whether it be domestic wiretaping, NAFTA, offshore drilling, or campaign finance. Obama lies about his own record and then goes on a negative ad campaign. You call THAT change? Thanks, but no thanks then!

    September 8, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  2. pa for mccain/palin

    listen to all the obama cry babys on here

    September 8, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  3. Peter E

    I guess all of Obama's flip-flopping and then lying about it is REALLY being a Maverick...
    Wasn't it Obama who voted with Bush on domestic wiretaping? So much for your 'change...'

    September 8, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  4. Cecil

    Get Real America.

    The GOP IS Protecting Gov. Palin From The Press, Like She's Some Super Rare Jewel.

    If Stand Can't Stand And Fight, Them She Needs To Go Pick To Alaska.

    What Kind Of VP Pick Is That, That's Nothing To Get Excited About.

    It's Shameful!

    September 8, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  5. Zion

    The Enlighment, or did you mean enlightenment? I am a real Republican and all we have are two liberals running. McCain is going to be the ruin of us. I believe that Republicans must vote against McCain to stop the fringe from determining who our candidates are.

    September 8, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  6. Jerome

    On second thought, I hope McCain wins. I say this because the world is getting pretty sick of the USA trying to lord it over every country in the world. The world is tired of your arrogance and policing role you have taken upon yourself.

    With McCain at the helm, the USA will certainly go down the tubes once and for all, economically, militarily and every which way.

    So Americans....do the world a favour and elect McCain so that we can finally live in peace.

    September 8, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  7. NO MORE REPUBLICANTS

    I can't believe people are either so selfish or so stupid to vote for a old man that will keep us on the road to destruction because he is using a woman to trick us into electing him.Does anyone think for themselves anymore or is it all the GREED messing with your vision.

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

    Get Real America.

    The GOP IS Protecting Gov. Palin From The Press, Like She's Some Super Rare Jewel.

    If Gov. Palin Can't Stand And Fight, Them She Needs To Go Pick To Alaska.

    What Kind Of VP Pick Is That, That's Nothing To Get Excited About.

    It's Shameful!

    September 8, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  9. Let´s be clear

    McCain is making small issues the core of his campaign, what about the economy? what about healthcare? what about US security? what about US´s international perception? We don´t need more distractions (ie Palin)... WE NEEED ANSWERS......

    September 8, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  10. Arizonan for Obama

    GO OBAMA '08.

    McCain has been wrong for Arizona and is wrong for the Country. He puts his Country last.

    September 8, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  11. LC

    I really do hope Americans are smarter than this. Obama is going to have to fight fire with fire even though we know that is not the way he wants to run his campaign. Apparently Americans are too stupid to realize that it's about the issues and not race or gender.

    I'm a single mother and there is no way I would vote for Palin, she is a fraud who can bark all day but can't even take a punch. She might look like the average American but her stand on the issues are not.

    I have decided that Obama/Biden is the better choice.

    September 8, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  12. Canada for Obama/Biden 08

    I agree with those of you who say American who READ and LISTEN and really want change wont vote McCain... but the fact is too many Americans DON'T read and listen... if YOU guys really want this change, you will have to SHOW THEM the facts.

    For those who say U.S.A will become Communist, go read what Communism is... you are FAR from becoming communist.

    September 8, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  13. More enlightened

    Whoever said that Obama is going to take more from the rich – I say the rich are obligated to pay more to the government because of the fact that this country's capitalist system enabled them to become rich.Also, corporations are always given tax breaks by the government, so what is wrong with giving money back for a change.

    As far as McCain and Palin, they will never win. Their entire campaign is based on lies and half truths. They think that Americans are stupid. At least Obama doesn't talk down to people. He speaks from the heart, you can tell that he is humble man. The rest of the world is cheering him on but for some reason a large segment of Americans would rather have old, senile, incontinent John McCain and his tralier trash, moose hunting sidekick in the White House.

    September 8, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  14. kg

    Well at least they didn't come out with flat out lies this time. They certainly do have lobbyist working on the campaign. It's just that they are not registered or not getting paid. It is incredible how that ticket is trying to disguise all its problems and deceive the American People. The only change I see from McCain is a more divided, more polarized country.

    September 8, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  15. McDrain/Failin

    Let's let the Repugs enjoy their moment in the spotlight. Even those with a mental deficit know that the would be emperor has no clothes.

    September 8, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  16. West Virginians For Obama

    McCain is not a maverick, he is anything but. Nor is that silly beauty queen Palin who seriously needs to go back to Alaska and raise her obviously troubled family.

    The fact is McCain voted 90% of the time in agreement with George Bush. That is not a maverick, that's a puppet. George Bush has very nearly destroyed this country and McCain will give this country more of the same. Our economy is collapsing, our jobs are being outsourced and we're buckling under the soaring cost of healthcare. We need change, and Obama will institute this change.

    It comes down to this: If you want more of the last eight years, your choice is clear.

    If you want a better life for your family and your country, vote Obama/Biden 2008.

    September 8, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  17. Republican

    Let us be clear here. Mccain will be the president and palin will be the vice president. So palin will have first hand experience of the executive office, while our experienced mccain will take our country forward as the president. Does not matter what Obama's supporter's say, USA needs mccain and palin.

    September 8, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  18. a southern bell for OBAMA

    SURE MCBUSH IS A MAVERICK,

    SAME AS BUSH & CHANEY. HE

    IS ALSO FORE CHANGE. SAME

    AS BUSH & CHANEY. HE HAS BEEN

    ON THE HILL FOR 26 YEARS, FOLKS

    AND GOT NOTHING DOME BUST GOT

    HIM SELF FILTHY RICH. THE NEW COUNT

    OF HOUSES---14 for MCBUSH 0 FOR MANY AMERICANS.

    YEA HE IS FOR CHANGE, CHANGE FOR HIM & HIS LOBBYISTS.

    September 8, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  19. Someone Please Ask Palin

    What she thinks about

    Equal pay for Equal Work

    The case of Lily Ledbetter

    and

    The fact that her new boss (McCain) thinks its totally fine to screw over working women and mothers, as to not create "frivolous" lawsuits.

    September 8, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  20. R. Cooper

    Bush-Cheney-McCain-Palin, you can fool some of the people some of the time, but cannot fool all the people all of the time!!!!!

    September 8, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  21. Lynne Parker

    The next generation to lead must rise up and take this country back from big oil. That's the only way to move ahead and regain our standing in the world.

    September 8, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  22. G. Rodriguez

    To the Moderators

    I write comments about how I feel but they are moderated out a majority of the time. I looked at your blogs. Few Hispanic comments are evident (you can usually tell by the name). Curious isn't it, unless Hispanics just don't watch your network, have computers, or don't have anything interesting to say.

    September 8, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  23. ex-republican for obama / biden

    so they all unregistered themselves for now, big deal.

    they'll be registered back in no time after election.

    September 8, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  24. 14 HOUSES to O

    NEW HOUSE COUNT FOR MCBUSH.

    THE "MAVERICK" THAT VOTED FOR BUSH

    POLICY 95% OF THE TIME. YEA HE IS A GENUINE

    DO NOTHING FOR AMERICANS "MAVERICK".

    BUT HE LOVES GIVING OUR MONEY AWAY TO

    THE IRAQIS, GEORGIANS & WHOEVER ELSE

    HIS LOBBYISTS WANT HIM TO.

    September 8, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  25. 4Obama

    McCain and Palin are nothing but 2 bit liars....Of course Obama is fighting back, did you really think he wouldn't.......you really need to stop underestimateing him, he's from Chi-Town...Oh and about those taxes...I see The Enlighment is still proud of being IGNORANT....if you don't make 250,000 then your taxes will be decreased......do you even care about the education system or do you just want people to continue to be stupid.

    September 8, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
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