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.

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soundoff (621 Responses)
  1. Jeff

    GoBama !!! If Sarah Palin is the "Barracuda" then tell her you are the "Tiger Shark" and to come out of hiding and face tough questions from journalists and voters...That we demand to know where all the candidates stand on issues...the imortant issues of now and our future...the past is the past.

    If she doesn't then she is the "Minnow" and can just slink back to Alaska.

    White Male Hockey Dad for Obama/ Biden '08

    September 8, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  2. Obama'08

    Obama needs to hit quick and hard to that more of the same pair...

    September 8, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  3. Citizen Watch

    Obama better be careful. The only change he represents is that he's the first nonwhite to seriously vie for the presidency. That shows more how America has changed; not how Obama is a change agent.

    September 8, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  4. Candy West Virginia

    Since palin is a proven liar and she is an evangelical and proud of her daughter's teenage pregnancy then I think I know what being a evangelical means = win at any cost no matter what you have to do (killing is even justified), be an avid hunter (killer, same thing) and promote teenage promiscuity and its all ok as long as you carry that bible.

    September 8, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  5. D N DC

    George Bush is the 1st Maverick ...... John McCain more of the same!!!!!

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 8, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  6. tedious898

    Go get em Obama! Its funny how republicans can look right into the camera and tell you how J. McCain is going to make changes to help us. He's going to do this with the same party that's been in power for the last 8 years. What did all of these people (republicans) all of a sudden get religion or figure they might as well do something to help the average american.

    Listen...the republicans are lock step with corporate interests. Business has done very well.....the average american...uh...not so much! So we need four more years of this? With a complete non-factor at VP learning about the constitution on the fly? (Palin) OMG this is ridiculous.

    September 8, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  7. John Starnes

    Thank you Obama for calling them out on their very bald faced lies. John McCain has built his life and campaign around lobbyists, so his "I'm a maverick and a POW, vote for me" is hardly "straight talk".

    September 8, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  8. Barbara

    Palin cut funding for special needs children in Alaska. One of her first acts as governor. Want her in the WH?

    September 8, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  9. Joe Unger, San Francisco

    And there you have it. Obama unquestioningly going negative as his campaign flounders. Same old politiking by the usual kind of politician. Obama is no different than any other ambitious politician who knows how to play the game.
    Just out of curiousity, I wonder, using the same standards as used for McCain, how often has Obama voted with Bush? After all, Obama voted for the bill granting telecommunciations companies immunity. It would not surprise me if Obama was at 89% himself. But, wisely, Obama is keeping mum on this.
    I'm not big on McCain but more and more Obama looks like more of the same himself. After all, wasn't he one of the spineless Democrats who still would not stand up to Bush after the last election two years ago?

    September 8, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  10. Cecil

    Gov. Palin, Empty Rhetoric

    She's Just A Sideline Cheer "Leader"

    Stand And Fight Gov. Paliin

    Take Some Questions and Get Real.

    My Seven Year Old Can Spit and Run!

    SuperDad For Obama

    September 8, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  11. Debbie Joyner

    Lobbyists on payroll let's talk about David Axelrod – Obama's chief strategist – his firm ASK was awarded the largest lobbyist contract in New York in 2004. Daniel Shapiro, Broderick Johnson, Teal Baker, Emmett Belinean, Brandon Hurlbut – all former lobbyists working for Obama – now that's change we can believe in!!! And I love that 90% statistic – as people say if you don't like a number just change the data – FYI for those that care about the TRUTH McCain has a nice long record to discuss whether he is a partisan or not – over his 24 years in Congress he has voted with party 60% of the time and has broken with his party on such big controversial issues of Finance Reform, Immigration etc. Obama has voted with his party 97% of the time – granted he's only been there a few years, I'm sure he would be willing to stand up to the Dems eventually.

    September 8, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |


    September 8, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  13. Disgusted American

    I am disgusted by the distraction the Republicans are using to steal yet another election. People don't be fooled this year. We can't afford another 4 yrs of people losing their homes, jobs, and not being able to afford gas and groceries. I know we are not stupid, don't fall for the lies and distraction.

    September 8, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  14. John

    NO YOU CANT! Nobama.

    Does anyone see a Hillary Clinton VS Sarah Palin in 2012?

    September 8, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  15. milo

    Great ad, and I love that they're questioning the whole "maverick" thing. That nickname comes off as so bogus once you learn the facts about this guy. The campaign shouldn't let the lies slide, and neither should the media – something is wrong when you have to go somewhere like to get the true story.

    September 8, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  16. People Aren't Stupid, cambridge, MA

    About time! McSame and Sarah the Pit Bull can't fool American people this time!

    September 8, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  17. Reinaldo Vazquez

    And he is right he is a LAPDOG

    September 8, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  18. whiteboy for obama

    i like truthful ads like these.

    September 8, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  19. diane08

    If McCain is such a maverick, then why didn't he have the b@lls to choose his first choice for VP, Joe Lieberman?

    September 8, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  20. Texas Straight Talker

    Rick Davis said on MSNBC on Friday morning that the McCain campaign will do WHATEVER it takes to win including shielding Palin from the press totally if that is what it takes. Now this really burns me up. Why should Palin be shielding from questions that ALL American should have about the person who may well be responsible for this country should McCain win and something happens to him. We deserve to know where she stands on the issues and she should be under the same microscope that certainly Obama, Biden and (somewhat) McCain have been under. Please don't allow race, lies, smears and even fears to cloud your judgement in this election. We have way too much at stake to allow another Republican to take office for another four years. If John McCain really wanted to "shake up Washington" he would have done so by now. After all, he has had more than 25 years to do it. Think, PLEASE!!!!

    September 8, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  21. pam Eugene OR

    Maybe they are not on the "payroll" but you had best believe they are behind McCain and they will get "paid". We will pay for them if McCain is elected.
    No Way No How No McCain

    September 8, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  22. Republican 4 Obama

    Why isn't anyone talking about the ebay myth that Sarah Palin keeps pushing? Sure she put that jet up on ebay, BUT it didn't sell there! She sold it for a loss at a regular dealer. Where is everyone on this issue?!?! When you say you put something on ebay it implies that you sold it. I'm tired of these liars. If that's what a Maverick is then I think these people need to watch "Top Gun." Oh and it that movie, the maverick doesn't get shot down, he wins unlike this one.

    September 8, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  23. Moderate Republican for Obama

    The only reason Palin has pushed Biden out of the spotlight is because the media refuses to do their duty and properly vet Gov. Palin. Instead, the media continues to sing praises of her despite her obvious lack of experience and clear problems.

    September 8, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  24. Robert

    Call him on it. In 2007, McCain voted 95% with Bush (90% over the last 8 years). In the same year, Obama voted 40% with Bush. And McCain has the nerve to say he reaches across the aisle and Obama doesn't? It's clear from those numbers alone that McCain hasn't been a maverick for about a decade.

    September 8, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  25. Brian Rich

    Obama was saying a few weeks ago on the campaign trail that "McCain in 2008 is not the same McCain from 2000." Now apparently McCain took Obama's remarks to heart and is trying to be the same 2000 McCain.

    Unfortunately he's got eight years of voting with Bush 90 percent of the time working against his remarks. How is this a maverick? He is Bush's sidekick, plain and simple.

    September 8, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
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