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. Someone please ask Palin

    What she thinks about Equal Pay for Equal Work?

    The Case of Lilly Ledbetter?

    And the fact that her boss (John McCain) has already stated the he thinks defending and demanding fairness for working women and mothers leads only to "frivolous" lawsuits

    Does Palin mind her work being viewed that way?

    Someone please ask the Gov. These questions

    September 8, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  2. Brad - California

    No registered lobbyists currently. That's great – they're all on leaves of absence until their old buddy gets elected, then they can go back to what they do best kiss his butt and screw the American people some more.

    September 8, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  3. Carol

    obama's whinning again ! if you can't stand the heat – get out of the election(kitchen) Obama had his chance to chooe a running mate – NOW the Republicans have chosen theirs. And what a GREAT CHOICE ! Its got the Dems running scared! This is what ALL the back stabbing and the dirty witch hunting is all about. Obama doesn't want the public to really know his third world idiologies. They are dangerous. His thinking is along the lines of Hitler, Bin laden, Mussolini and the weathermen. Please note obama is going after the Repub V P nominee, not the Pres. nominee ? WHY? is this nuts? McCain is for CHANGE WE NEED, Look out for Obama's changes. They will not be something we can LIVE with, given his leanings. DO YOUR HOMEWORK ! He has no experience. We are not in a position to have "someone " try out some crazy idears on us. We need a tried and true experienced leader NOW. We do not need a "first" at this point in time.

    September 8, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  4. Independent in NC

    JFK, how is Obama about change when he votes with his party 97% of the time? Neither candidate has a strong record of going against party lines.

    September 8, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  5. Willy Brown

    Who's ahead? Not Mr. change....

    September 8, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  6. Emily

    They are real mavericks just like bush/cheney. McShame and falin is not what this country needs. Please do not VOTE a third term of bush!!!

    September 8, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  7. Mike Kaplan

    Man, you people who are voting McCain have a noticeable tendency to make stuff up. Just like your candidates- a pair of LIARS.

    Sarah is bragging about how she "killed" the bridge to nowhere- and that's a lie, plain and simple. It was killed by others, and she came out against it only after it was a laughingstock.

    She claims to be some kind of anti-earmark crusader, but in fact she was a pro-earmark pioneer, even as a mayor. She hired a Washington lobbyist for her small down, for the express purpose of snagging earmarks. And she pulled in lots of 'em- 27 million for that very small town. That's our money, people. This goes beyond merely changing your position. This is sheer hypocrisy, and outright LYING. LYING. LYING.

    And did I mention LYING??????

    September 8, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  8. Yeah right Joe

    McCain/ Lieberman
    McCain/Kennedy
    Were you sleeping?

    September 8, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    All of this garbage is getting too old. Can't anyone think of anything POSITIVE?

    September 8, 2008 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  10. Nancy

    Another negative ad from Obama – OOPS..... I'm sorry, only McCain, Hillary, etc does negative ads... Obama is above that...

    September 8, 2008 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  11. Hey MAC

    After you win this thing: Don't reach your hand across the aisle unless you're going to smack someone.

    September 8, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  12. People Need Change

    This is not a race for a small local office. It's possible Palin could find her way to the presidency in 4 months or so.

    IS THIS THE APPROPRIATE TIME TO SETTLE? Why would you have to settle for less with your vote in war time, entering a rock hard recession, with a broken social security system, INaccessible healthcare for millions that are in DESPERATE NEED. McCain-Palin are aligned to continue 4 more years of the same Bush policies that have failed miserably. McCain is 73, has had several bouts with malignant cancer – the most deadly and invasive of all skin cancers. Palin falls seriously short on the NECESSARY experience. Good that she has 5 kids & all, but its a SAD DAY when some of her biggest qualifications are 'moose hunter' and a 'quick learner'. Keep it for a less important job – please!

    September 8, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  13. Jen

    I HAVE TO VENT – SO HERE IT IS:
    I am so disgusted with Obama and Biden that I could not even sleep last night. They are going to lose this election due to "turning the other cheek". They do crazy things like compliment their opponents, call McCain his friend, remarks about McCain's strong leadership and heroic legend – how Palin has a compelling story. They make these comments almost every time they have an appearance somewhere. Do they not know that every time they say positive things about their opponents it only promotes the McCain / Palin campaign.
    I can hardly take it – it makes me sick. While they are praising the Republican candidates – McCain and Palin are chewing and spitting them out. Did anyone tell Obama and Biden that these are their opponents -which is equivalent to the enemy- and that they can resume friendship after the election? The whole Republican Party (Lieberman, Thompson, Mitt) all has hopped on the "lets slaughter Obama" attacks and Obama is stuttering like mad and Biden is showing his freshly clean pearly whites (teeth) and speaking empty words.
    I can’t believe on Meet the Press – he (Biden) said he expects a close race- well I surely did not 2 months ago and considering the state of America under Bush rule it should not be close now. It sounds like Biden has already accepted defeat. He should have found that time to give all the reasons why it should not be a close race rather than give props to Palin and McCain (if elected- she’ll probably accidentally shoot McCain on a hunting trip- that will be one was to shake up Washington)
    (I guess Biden does not know Democrats don’t win in close races because the Republicans have already rigged the polling sites- hey word on the street)
    I'm furious and feel let down because Obama stopped speaking for me – or allowed the other side to speak so loud until I can no longer hear him. He let someone take his fire be she’s only blowing a lot of hot air. Obama told the crowd, “McCain must think you’re stupid’ – he should have included himself and said, “McCain must think we’re stupid” – because that’s what it looks like. Obama is one of us (people who really care about the issues) he’s with us – “we’re in this together”- I hope he does not forget that.

    Obama you need to "CHANGE" your campaign strategies – or you are going to lose. Stop complimenting them they are the "enemy"; Start fighting back- show your muscles- Call McCain a bold face liar, make them give names of the persons, departments or programs they want to extinct when they say they want to clean up Washington, and show where McCain/Palin are the weakest link. Most of all – put Hillary on Palin and get rid of Joe Biden. Can someone please let Obama know this? Please……

    September 8, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  14. Cecil

    steve dumford, Of course, all the Obamabots would rather not talk about this sutff. It gets in the way of the "facts" as they know them.

    No, Where Too Busy Talking About The Issues!!!!!!!!!

    Not Hockey Mom So What, Ebay Lie, Chief Lie, P.O.W, Shooting Moose, Maverick Lie. Bridge To No Where Lie, Tax Lie,
    Pork Lie, NO POLICY!

    But Feel Free.

    September 8, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  15. John 64 years old Independent

    McBush and Silly Sarah are two clones for the Bush/Cheney team – do you want change or not in this country?

    September 8, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  16. Melissa

    McCain is the original maverick, and always has been = change. Obama just mouths the word – no record of substantive change, or anything else. Obama can't claim the concept of change when he STOLE it from McCain.

    Palin campaigned on bringing the bridge, but then realized it wasn't worth the cost so scrapped it. That's what I call fiscal responsibility.

    By the way, Sarah didn't cut spending on special needs education – she only raised it 300+% instead of 400%. You Obama people are pathetic. You say you want candidates vetted by the media, but what you really want is for them to keep spreading your false rumors.

    September 8, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  17. Cecil

    steve dumford, Of course, all the Obamabots would rather not talk about this sutff. It gets in the way of the "facts" as they know them.

    No, Where Too Busy Talking About The Issues!!!!!!!!!

    Not Hockey Mom So What, Ebay Lie, Chef Lie, P.O.W, Shooting Moose, Maverick Lie. Bridge To No Where Lie, Tax Lie,
    Pork Lie, NO POLICY!

    But Feel Free.

    September 8, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  18. TruthSeeker

    Hey Ex-Repub,
    If you want to say McCain & Palin haven't been honest, fine. Don't pretend that the Dem's haven't spewed even more nonsense throughout this campaign. Obama is a 1 term senator that didnt even serve but 1/4 of his term becasue of his presidential bid. When he was there he didnt want to vote on anything because he didnt want it to come back on him. Grow a spine! THE MOST UNDERQUALIFIED PRESEDENTIAL CANDIDATE EVER!!!!!!!

    September 8, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  19. Ray Fisher

    Obama's campaign speeches are covered in dinosaur feces, the same old carping about how McCain doesn't get it and somehow he does get it yet, the voters get lost in the message. Obama's strength is in the message of change yet he digresses into old time party politics of slamming his opponent. Nobody cares what his opponent doesn't get, they only care what he will do if elected and the changes he will make to the failed system. His audiences I've seen on TV are now rolling their eyes every time he says "He just doesn't get it" since they are thinking "You just aren't getting it". Perhaps Obama will get the hint when his audience snoozes out of sheer boredom!!!

    September 8, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  20. zuq

    Gov. Sarah Palin's church is promoting a conference that promises to convert gays into heterosexuals through the power of prayer.

    "You'll be encouraged by the power of God's love and His desire to transform the lives of those impacted by homosexuality," according to the insert in the bulletin of the Wasilla Bible Church, where Palin has prayed for about six years.

    September 8, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  21. zuq

    SHE JUST DOESN'T GET IT. CNN PLEASE POST THIS.

    Speaking before voters in Colorado Springs, the Republican vice presidential nominee claimed that lending giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac had "gotten too big and too expensive to the taxpayers." The companies, as McClatchy reported, "aren't taxpayer funded but operate as private companies. The takeover may result in a taxpayer bailout during reorganization."

    September 8, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  22. Alaska and Arizona POW for Obama/Biden

    Geraldine Ferraro was the first woman VP and was a democrat. You people get inform before who say such thing that this is the greatest history for women since suffrage. No it isn't; I wonder if geraldine ferraro nomination as first woman VP in the history of US was not matter. People are very inform and saying such things makes people want to laugh at your one sided republican guts. Geraldine ferraro first woman nominate VP, Hillary Clinton first woman to run for the presidency as a front runner for quite a long time and these folks are Democrats. No way, no how, No mcCain son of George Bush.
    We were waiting for a savior to save our country we found Bush as Americans personal savior. Now Bush as a god that kill and distroy economy will send McCain his son to finish the job. No way, No how, No McCain.

    September 8, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  23. Dewey

    "He’s no maverick when he votes with Bush 90 percent of the time." Somebody correct me if I'm wrong, but doesn't the Senate vote on a bill before it is sent to President Bush. How can McCain be voting with President Bush, if McCain is voting first. Isn't this just more proof that Liberals pander to uneducated people that can't or won't think or do research for themselves. Speaking of doing research, why isn't anybody saying anything about the fact that Obama has voted with his party 96% of the time.

    September 8, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  24. joe m

    it is disappointing that obama is taking more and more from the old washington play book. i'm wondering more and more if he actually trully believes his speeches about change.

    September 8, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  25. MN2000

    I like how Tucker chooses his words SO carefully... "registered" and "on the payroll." Haha. So transparent.

    September 8, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
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