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. If you liked Bush- you will love McCain

    The American Conservative Union has been rating members of Congress on just how conservative they are since 1971. It gives McCain an 82.3 rating, on a scale of 0 to 100, for the life of his congressional career. That measure, too, is based on an analysis of votes on certain issues. And, a site that tracks legislation, labels McCain a "rank-and-file Republican" based on a statistical analysis of the bills he sponsored in relation to bills sponsored by his colleagues in the 109th and 110th Congress (that’s 2005 through 2008).

    September 8, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  2. tomiwa

    I cant even ynderstand how being a maverick is a complementated the last time i check it stands for an unpredictable, eccentric insane person.

    September 8, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  3. Equal Access

    where is Palin's huge gaffe on Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, her days of hiding from the media are numbered, let a democrat try that, s/he would have been called everthing but a child of God...McCain/Palin the doublespeak express.

    September 8, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  4. Sylvia B

    CNN, where is the story on what Rendell said today? It is against your guy so you decided to ignore it? Wolf, Candy, Campbell, let me update you. Gov. Rendell rocks! "[The McCain camp] has tried to again obscure the facts about Gov. Palin. 'She is a reformer and against earmarks.' No she isn't, when she was mayor of that town she hired a lobbyist to get earmarks... 'She was against the bridge to nowhere.' No she wasn't. She was for the bridge to nowhere first... She is a budget balancer. But she left the town in greater debt then when she became mayor, so she is not a budget balancer."

    September 8, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  5. Penny

    I would like to say thank you to the person that lives in sarahs town and knows her. You are a true american and should be proud of the way you stood up and told everyone here and anyone who reads these that Palin is a FAKE.

    September 8, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  6. Larry-Minn.

    More then bet that the above comment wont get posted. Check for OBama crimes.

    September 8, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  7. Mike in Calgary

    Why does McCain lie so much.
    Now he says Obama just tells people what they want to hear. Did he do that in 2002 when he said why the US should not initiate a war against Iraq. NO/ McCain voted YES because that what people wanted to hear – EVEN THOUGH THE WMDs did not exist.

    How high does he want the 4200 death toll in Iraq? 5000 6000 10000. Obama is a liar wh does not learn from his mistakes ... didn't do homework at Annapolis or in Washington. He lost one, two three planes. He almost lost his life drowning because he didn't bother to study his A4 flight manual. He lost two more planes.

    I can't decide whether McCain is lazy, stupid, oblivious or a pathological liar just making stuff up!

    He and Palin belong together. Re earmarks, what did Palibn do wiith the $200M advanced for the bridge ... money that was not returned in timely fashion or at all!

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

    FYI for "comparison" above, Sarah Palin actually cut funding for special needs children during her time in office in Alaska. It just goes to show that it is unwise to repeat talking points of your party. Americans are and have to continue to be logical thinkers who can't be fooled thrice. Investigate what you are being told and make the right decision.

    September 8, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  9. Cecil

    McCain Voted Against Bush Only 10% of The Time, Some Maverick.

    Maverick, P.O.W., Hockey Mom, Experence now Change!

    Still NO POLICY!

    And Your VP Won't Even Talk!

    September 8, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  10. Lisa

    Why isn't John McBush embarrased that he never had crowds like he has now thanks to his new celebrity, oh wait, he hates celebrities,right? Well he did, I guess now he does not! Come on McBush not another flip flop. It is all about Palin now and she is running with who, tell me,tell me quick, I forget his name.

    September 8, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  11. James In Oregon

    I think the RNC did more to shift votes to Obama then anything so far. There intire Convention was an INSULT to the American People. I was out Registering Voters today , and i bet i had 30 Republicans tell me they were Voting for Obama.

    The "SHINE" of Palin is not flying with most people , just the extreme right.

    September 8, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  12. Ron

    all of his money and CNN can't put Obama together again. so they begged Hillary please Hillary help Obama he can't do it without you. serves him right all he had to do is pick her instead of Biden

    September 8, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  13. White/female/age 55/Texan

    Did I mention I was a POW?

    September 8, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  14. Moderate Republican for Obama

    My biggest fear is that many Americans will fall for the McCain-Palin gimmick. I just have to hold out hope that most Americans are in-tune to what McCain and Palin are doing and will not fall for this trick.

    Moderates and not allow McCain-Palin to steal the real change and real solutions this wonderful nation needs!

    September 8, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  15. average bob

    The repubs know that Obamas visions are working, therefore, that is why they are taking the same stance. Oh yeah, and in case nobody noticed...they don't talk about what they are REALLY going to do for change.

    September 8, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  16. Texico From Mexico

    The bottom line is, McCain sold a brother Vietnam Veteran down the river in 2004! You disagree with policy fine, you want to talk about character fine...but one thing a Vet should never do is sell out a brother vet's war record. John McCain did that to Kerry, Kerry served in Vietnam and was wounded earning a purple heart! Was Bush in Vietnam? No, and McCain sold a brother Vet down the river. Not to mention what has McCain ever done for the Vets? Anything? Nope, he has voted against every Bill! Way to be there for your brothers and sisters in arms. McCain sold his soul to win this election by placing this country in harms way with an underqualified EXTREMIST one sick heartbeat away from the Office! You people better wake up and Im talking about everyone!!! You are going to be crying a river if it happens.

    Veterans for Obama

    September 8, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  17. Chris

    YES YES YES...Great to have you back Obama.

    Show everyone all these liars.

    McCain / Palin – Biggest Liars – who think no one will question their filthy lies.

    September 8, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  18. Ron

    even if he wins this thing he'll be second banana because Hillary will have to win it for him

    September 8, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  19. Los Angeles for Obama

    It frightens me to think that over night people have forgotten about the issues; simply because McCain chose a woman. I don't want this election to be about attacks and partisanship; candidates should stick to their plans for cleaning up this mess.

    John McCain has no plan and thats why he chose Palin: a distraction from his incompetence. But Republicans dish out the lies and distarctions because they know how simple minded most Americans have been for the last eight years.

    We need to show them that we care about this country, it's economic stability, retaining women's rights, and the futures of our children. Let's show them we can't be bamboozled anymore, that we refuse to drink their punch!

    Obama 08

    September 8, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  20. Henrita

    It's amazing to me how the Republican party thinks that voters are basically stupid. Lying and and half truths are nothing new. It's amazing to me how people can vote for a team that basically does not look out the average American and has a history of pro big-business.

    Sarah Palin a "rock star celebrity"? More like the "GREAT WHITE HOPE" for the Republican Party and some undecideds who are still having trouble fathoming a black man for president, even if he is more intelligent and educated than John McCain and running on a platform of trying to improve life for the vast majority of people in the United States. SAD! SAD! SAD!

    September 8, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  21. average bob

    Bridge to nowhere? That's where the $$$ when too! Nowhere but in her pocket!

    September 8, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  22. Greg

    Please....the long run is over. Dems lose again. They are a sorry lot, out of touch and full of themselves. When will they ever learn that ivy covered walls and elite, entrenched, old money men who gather together on the "smarter than everybody else" circuit is over?

    Fly over country votes, pays the bills and fights America's wars.

    McCain-Palin win by a landslide.

    September 8, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  23. I'm dumb founded

    I'm dumb founded because at leat 90% of the posting in here oppose McCain and Palin but the polls show different. This just goes to show that the people who are educating themselves have something to say, regardless of which candidate your for.

    Those who don't educate themselves are the people the pollsters call.

    September 8, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  24. RR in AZ

    Hey Tucker! You need to grow up! The lobbyists will be "back on the payroll" as soon as the election is over and you know it is true! SO MAN-UP Tucker and tell the TRUTH!

    CNN – Please post this.....Thanks!

    September 8, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  25. Tom

    John "Keating Five" McCain is an absolute tool.

    September 8, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
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