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. nnnnnoonan!

    McClone/Palin. . . they are the bridge to nowhere.

    September 8, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    GO MCCAIN / PALIN 2008-2016

    September 8, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  3. NC

    How people in America can vote for someone who tells lies from the start ,they dont even know who this woman is in the Republican party,just someone who McCian used his lack of judgement to bring in out of the blue,really what is wrong with their minds or are they just BUSHED and dont care about gas prices,economy,war,immigration,housing or anything in this election

    September 8, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  4. Bernie

    McCain/Palin – 90%Bush/10% Maverick

    September 8, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  5. david

    Wake up people if mcbush should win this election that means what other country are saying about america is true.some country says american people are unstable can not think for themselve.look how bad the economic and people stiil want to give mcbush chance wake up america say no to mcbush.

    September 8, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  6. a Woman

    No wonder. back in 2000, Bush didn't apear to be smarter than Algore, he looked more stupid, yet he won, and then came 2004 , same game same result, here we go again 2008, they play stupid, they lie , they make fun of community organizer, and Harvard Law professor ...... we think people are smarter than this ......I just can't imagine 4 years from now we say "12 is enough" God Please !

    September 8, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  7. REPUBLICAN HYPROCRISY V1.01

    ROLE MODEL #1:

    Jamie Lynn Spears was savaged by the far rabid right religious fascists. She was pregnant at 16, and later married. She was presented as the poster child of “moral decay” in America. Her mother Lynn Spears was not spoken of very kindly either.

    ROLE MODEL #2:

    Stay with me while I outline a hypothetical situation. A 17 year old teenager will marry in November, 6 months pregnant after ignoring lifelong teachings of "abstinence only" as teenage birth control. The wedding will take place in the Rose Garden and hosted by Bush complete with helicopters hovering just outside the White House no fly zone. Sometime in December the little “blessing” will arrive, perhaps vying for the first New’s Year’s baby. Now, I can only imagine the paparazzi mob scene next May when the mother actually graduates from high school and the price of the resultant shots of her in Senior ‘09 regalia. What would the rabid right say about the hypothetical mother in this case?

    So, to recap. For those of you out there that do not understand the definition of Republican hypocrisy, please reread the first two paragraphs until you figure it out.

    September 8, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  8. No Hillary = No Obama

    Yea, Obama – he did something you couldn't – have a woman as his running mate – that's pretty maverick. Jerk.

    September 8, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  9. frank Honolulu HI

    McCain wants to bomb bomb Iran (to the tune of Barbara Ann) and Palin speaks in tongues and believe in faith healing.
    Is America nuts? These are your republican choices?
    All you need now is that pervert senator Larry Craig for Secretary of State then we'll all perish.

    September 8, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  10. NO PALIN

    NO WAY! NO HOW! NO MCCAIN! NO PALIN!

    September 8, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  11. Evil spirits

    Yes let him does the attack himself if his supporters want to paint the White House black.

    September 8, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  12. Cecil

    Remember America, The GOP said It's Not About The Issues!

    It's A Beauty Pageant Mind Set For Them!

    The Issues Are Window Dressing!

    September 8, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  13. Gracelain

    It shocked me to realize that John Mccain and His V.P are just liars.
    I hope CNN will continue to clarify and give us more coverage for those 2 candidates!

    September 8, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  14. Bryen

    Maverick , according to Websters is implies an independent individual who does not go along with a group or party. MAVERICK, really??? Huh.....

    September 8, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  15. Some reformer!

    John McCain claims that he's for reform in Washington, but hires one of Washington's biggest lobbyists 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 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  16. memeforobama

    Lie and cheat-that's what the GOP and mccant's campaign is good at?? they critisized obama for his populariy and now out of envy and jelousy, mccant stooped a new low-just to get your vote, he selected Ms righteous(not) palin as a running mate. they call it strategy america-that's it is . whatever it takes to win the election mccant will do. WAKE UP AMERICA-THE BALL IS IN YOUR COURTS

    OBAMA 08

    September 8, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  17. Colo Sprgs, CO

    tim, everything you said is a whopper of a lie, and has 0% credibilty or evidence backed up with unbiased fact. So your comment reeks of stupidity and prejudice. Suggest you read up on Obama before you go spouting your ignorance, but since you are the "typical" McCain supporter, you won't, because you don't care. And therein lies our nation's most troubling problem. You only care about yourself and not this country. If you did, you would take more interest in this race and back up your claims with solid evidence. In the future try not to sound like a McCain 527 ad.

    September 8, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  18. Logic

    The argument that Palin is just like the rest of us just does not wash. Why would I want the average person serving as VP? We should want the very best. Someone of uncommon preperation, knowledge and skill. I don't want someone I would meet in the Wal-Mart parking lot.

    September 8, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  19. Max

    I like how the GOP characterizes the revalation of so many of McCain's and Palin's lies as "Obama running scared".

    The only thing people are scared of with McCain is his insatiable hunger for war. That ought to scare anyone.

    September 8, 2008 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  20. Porter

    An empty-rhetoric attack ad... I guess this is more of that "new" politics I keep hearing about from Obama. No wait... it's the same old song and dance. Oh well, he had us fooled for a few months. Nice try Barack.

    September 8, 2008 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  21. Martie North

    How sad is it that the Republicans are only using personality as their main weapon of choice after McCain VOWED to make it about the issues? He has flip flopped on every position since running for president in 2000. Funny how time changes your viewpoints if you want to win. Choosing Palin just speaks to this sad fact. He didn't choose the most qualified woman. He decided to scramble and pick someone the extreme right would rally behind. Congratulations. She is on board to echo the very lies that the karl Rove Republicans have created. Got to give Karl credit. He is a piece of work.

    September 8, 2008 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  22. Ron

    well it seems sen. Obama is second off the line again. he's trying to do town hall meetings like guess who. always using someone else's ideas, trouble is, he is not taking direct questions from the real people and from what i have seen, people are not to responsive. it's harder when you speak to the people instead of at them

    September 8, 2008 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  23. My Popcorn Is Ready

    Lord..can someone get the honeymooners aka Boris McCain and Natasha Palin off the world stage before Bin Laden busts a gut laughing.

    September 8, 2008 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  24. truth please

    They all seem to fabricate it is so disgusting. Can't we have an honest leader once and for all. Let's just wish they tell us the truth. This country needs truth, then there will not be all the bickering and disagreements.

    September 8, 2008 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  25. Bill

    CNN DO YOUR JOB. STOP REPORTING BLATANT PROPAGANDA AND REPORT THE FACTS. NOTHING THE MCCAIN/PALIN CAMP HAS SAID FOR THE PAST TWO WEEKS HAS BEEN FACTUALLY CORRECT. ARE YOU SERIOUSLY JUST GOING TO LET PEOPLE LIE TO YOU AND YOUR AUDIENCE OVER AND OVER AGAIN. WHAT HAPPEN TO JUST THE FACTS....

    September 8, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
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