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. New Candidate in the House

    MCCAIN for Vice President!!!

    September 8, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  2. Deb

    McCain and Palin have lied about their records, or over-exaggerated them. When the media pounces on it they whine about being abused by the media. They certainly are no mavericks. Palin states that McCain laid down his life for this country. Well, so has Obama. When he gave up the lucrative job offers from Wall Street and other law firms after graduation to be a community organizer, it is clear that he was not motivated by greed or money. He loves and cares for people. Unlike Palin, everything she and McCain has done, they have been rewarded with a "hefty salary" none of which benefited the American people. They are out of touch with mainstream America. They sit high and look low – such hypocrits! Again, Jesus was a community organizer, Pontus Pilate was a governor and a traitor! McCain lies to the media about Palin selling the jet for profit on E-Bay, which is nothing far from the truth. McCain/Palin have lied about Obama's accomplishments. The only one they mocked him on was being a "community organizer," as though that wasn't important. TO MCCAIN/PALIN TICKET – PEOPLE ARE IMPORTANT STUPID!

    September 8, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    I guess change means you can't be for change if you voted with Bush 90percent of the time.

    I suppose Sen Obams voting record of voting with Bush over 50 percent of the time doesn't count????????

    Obama wants to cut taxes for 90 percent of Americans but McCain wants to help the tax situation with ALL Americans

    McCain is for ALL
    Obama is only for many and divides the country further.

    McCain has a record of TRUE CHANGE

    Obama is for
    Change you can be afraid of.....

    September 8, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  4. sidney from NEW YORK

    obam obama obam

    yes we can

    fight back and fight back hard or we lose.

    keep it up buddy

    obama o8

    September 8, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  5. MK

    Did Bush say that Palin would be in the "excutive branch"? Didn't Dick Cheney say before, when he was throwing another of his snit fits, that the VP office was not in the excutive branch of Government? Hmmmm

    September 8, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  6. CM

    No lobbyists on the payroll Tucker? How about the 59 former lobbyists that work for his campaign? You really expect them to not do favors for their former employees if McCain wins?

    September 8, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  7. WestCoast

    Good job Obama. The American people are apparently too stupid to see the lies for themselves. He does need to point them out.

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

    John McBush is no maverick. Everyone knows he wanted his buddy Lieberman to run with but was TOLD not to by the Repugs. So at the last moment he chose "no experience" Palin.

    Palin is a disgrace to all women....she could not stand up to Hillary Clinton in any category...period.

    September 8, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  9. Obama 08

    This election is an IQ test for America. A 72 yr. old McSame with a no nothing VP... no sane person would vote for that. Don't flunk the test again. The definition of insane is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. No to the GOP!!!

    September 8, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  10. Clinton Supporter

    Oops. Obama is so clearly on the defensive.

    He sure looks likes he knows he's in trouble.

    All the shifting around on taxes ( he'll cut them-he won't cut them, no drilling-we should drill, abortion decisions are above my pay grade-I was too flippant, etc, etc etc...

    He really looks like he's lost his way – sure was easy to derail him

    Now the BO campaign is virtually threatening Hillary Clinton that if she doesn't work harder for him than she ever did for herself, it will be ALL HER FAULT if he loses, and the Democrats will NEVER LIKE HER AGAIN EVER!

    Sorry, BO, if she were on the ticket, that would be a great argument.

    But she's not.

    September 8, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  11. Foreign observer

    When ever in history the frog did his best to dry out the pond wherein he lives. McCain claims exactly that and even worse: too many believe it.

    September 8, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  12. RJ, CA

    For the first time in a long time, I am NOT afraid for my country - with McCain/Palin at the helm!

    And I LOVE pit bull women like Sarah Palin (with or without lipstick) - we get things done - always have, always will!

    And I LOVE men who love us - REAL men!

    September 8, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  13. Bobby from MS

    Someone is despirate! New Poll numbers have Obama second guessing his VP pick?

    Obama is so whippy!

    McCain/Palin 08!

    September 8, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  14. If you liked Bush- you will love McCain

    McCain is often remembered for his votes against President Bush's tax cuts and his sponsorship with Democrat Ted Kennedy of the 2005 failed immigration bill. But let's look at the bigger picture. The publication Congressional Quarterly analyzes party unity votes each year to determine how often U.S. senators and representatives voted with a majority of their party and how often they opposed their party. In 2007, CQ found that McCain voted with his party 90 percent of the time. Also, McCain voted in support of President Bush’s position on legislation 95 percent of the time, the top presidential-support score in the Senate.

    September 8, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |

    mccain's campaign was full of lobbysists when this started, and if we all recall via media reports two months ago, he then started to get rid of them to avoid a political backlash

    September 8, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  16. TW

    It ain't 2004, boys and girls....

    September 8, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  17. White/female/age 55/Texan

    Another lie to watch for: They will say they are for alternative energy, but McCain has voted against every single initiative (such as tax incentives) to help promote and encourage these new industries. T. Boone Pickens is right. We cannot drill our way out of this dependence on foreighn oil. Of course McBush and Palin believe we can. T. Boone was an oil man for pete's sake, I think he knows of what he speaks.

    OBAMA – call them on their lies and half truths.

    September 8, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  18. tracy g

    finally, the truth! i had been feeling sick since the republican convention, now, i feel better– thank you,–obama/biden '08

    September 8, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  19. JAMEE K in ARK

    Very nice Dems this is what we need. Let them have it. This add needs to run every time we see that packs of misrepresentations they are calling a maverick record in their add. I can't wait to go on the offensive and stop treating the repubs with the respect that they clearly don't give in return.

    September 8, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  20. CJ

    All I can say is, that's a pretty strong commercial to overcome if I'm McCain, Palin, or the Republican Party......

    September 8, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  21. El Woods

    America!! How can you possibly consider such a person, both inexperienced and insincere!!?? We all know what is at stake here–the future continuation of our country as we know it. (Or, like we used to know it, when we had fiscally responsible people–Democrats–in charge!) We have all seen our country go from the most prosperous nation in the world to one which seems it is bordering on a third world country. Almost 50 million people without health care, more foreclosures than ever before–since the Great Depresson! A War Monger running for president, and choosing a completely unqualified liar and social climber who kills innocent animals by gunning them down from a helicopter!! This is disgraceful! With so many of our sons and daughters dying in Iraq and coming home to inadequate hospital facilities, and over 200,000 of our veterans living on the streets–we need the best leadership possible. Leaders who CARE about the people, NOT ABOUT THE OIL!! VOTE OBAMA/BIDEN IN
    2008 AND 2012!! I am, and every one of my self-respecting friends is, too! The only thing Ms. Trigger Happy has inspired me to do is write anotther check to Obama and immediately run out to sign up to volunteer for Obama's cause!! (And all my family, too!)

    September 8, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  22. Big D

    I'm so glad to see that so many people are not falling for McCain's lies. Remember when McCain said that he wanted to run a campaign with integrity? He sure forgot about that. Now his campaign lies over and over, and will keep lying as long as they can get away with it. Where's his integrity now? He even stole Obama's campaign slogan!

    September 8, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  23. brian k

    Sarah Palin likes to make a big show out of the fact that she is a hockey mom. Well, my mom is also a hockey mom; me and my two brothers both played hockey. And I will say this for certain: there's no way in heck that my mom would force a woman to have a child that was the result of rape or incest. No way, no how. No even the slightest of chances. And if you talk to hockey players, I'm sure most would say the same. We're a rugged bunch, but, we're also gentlemen who respect women. I ask any woman who is considering voting for Palin/McCain if she would have, and keep, the baby is she were a victim of rape or incest. Enough is enough (as my mom likes to say). It's time for Americans to take back their country from the so-called Moral Majority, the infamous Conservative Base. And it's time for Palin to answer her own questions, instead of hiding behind John McCain's skirt (oops, I mean pant leg). And the numerous, relentless Republican spin doctors.

    September 8, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  24. Danny

    "Does Obama Palin Comparison?" she CUT funding while in Alaska for special needs kids...what a maverick.

    September 8, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  25. Rodham Democrat

    The old John McCain may have been a maverick... The new John McCain is not so much.

    John McCain started to become a new man last year, and the new man he became reminded me a lot of President Bush.

    The only change about John McCain is the fact that he changed himself to something I don't want.

    September 8, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
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