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. Phil

    Obama is hard to the left who votes with the Democratic party 97% of the time. Is this really the person who you think can work across the aisle?

    September 8, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  2. Griff

    Do you really know, what it's like? You go back your past; and they call you." A Yank" I was honoured... But you happen to be surrounded with Foreigners: CNN...Be prepared. Where are all the "Boy-Scouts"???

    September 8, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  3. Steve

    McCain is a maverick.

    How many Democrats crossed party lines and sided with Republicans to write legislation.

    Obama is the liar on this one.

    Don't believe me, go ask Russ Feingold.

    September 8, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  4. anne

    In the last week the msm has investigated Palin more than they have Obama in 19 months the Rev Wright issue was hidden from the voters in the Iowa caucaus. Definitely should have been out before Super tuesday. Where were you at was you under the spell of the DNC, and supporting their HAND PICKED canidate, was you doing a service to the voters or was it, just a story that was easy to report.

    September 8, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  5. isho

    i am so sick of listen to these Republicans lie through the month in cnn, it just makes me sick and can you believe some americans have full for these lies, check out the poll, i don't even know if that poll is even the truth.

    love obama^^

    September 8, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  6. Clinton/McCain

    Another negative ad from the Obama campaign. Change no more.

    September 8, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  7. Robert

    Wow, lots of hate here. Too bad most of it is due to people's own shortcomings rather than that of "the republicans." Yes, lets all dance nice around the incredibly hard working democratic congress which has acomplished NOTHING since taking over. Lets all dance around Obama who's own personal judgement makes him about as good a canididate as Britney Spears. Obama gives excellent speeches who the democrats groomed as their canididate for the past two years, that's all. Like the democratic congress, he has accomplished nothing and has no record to speak of. McCain has served this country for most of his life and has many accomplishments to his merit. You'll find that most of what was said about Palin in this thread are lies (big surprise there). You people are fools if you think that an Obama administration will do anything other than tax every last living cent out of every one of us to pay for all the grandiose government programs he and the rest of the democrats want to impose on all of us. Don't buy the sales pitch people, think with your heads. Vote McCain.

    September 8, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  8. The Artful Dodger

    Hopefully when Palin sees the ad she'll be watching the news and can learn a little about how Fannie Mae and Freddy Mac operate.

    September 8, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  9. Cecil

    If Obama Is A Spender, Than What Is President Bush / Sen. McCain!

    10 Billion A Month And Counting, With Nothing To Show For It But Dead Bodies!

    Lets Not Foget, The Bad Guys Are Still On The Loose!

    This War Wasn't About Iraq!

    September 8, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  10. maynard hopkins wi

    they are two super mavericks... Obama does not know how to stand up to his own party.....MCCAIN / PALIN have

    now what do you have to offer Obama/ Bidon? nothing

    September 8, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  11. ShirleyY - Seattle

    OBAMA 08 ,

    September 8, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  12. No McSame/Palin, CA

    McSame/Palin an extension of George Bush. A new face with the same old policies. Nothing new here. Barack Obama is the TRUE agent of change. Change We Can Believe In. Obama /Bieden

    September 8, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  13. melvin

    its time for a shakeup for obama,i mean a big one because its so unfair the way the media is treating sarah,mccain has got the media terrified,because if they report bad things on her the mccain campaign will holla sexism,if the obama campaign say anything against her the mccain campaign will holla sexism!!!obama have to ask biden to step down because the mccain campaign will never back down on this,he should tell joe that its going to be hard to fight this when the media is scared to death of being called sexist,obama needs to go in talk to bill clinton in ask him to presuade hillary to be the VP.Obama in clinton is meeting later this week that would be a goodtime,it appears the right wing media is really worried about that meeting,their like what is obama up to,they are so afraid he will change his mind in ask hillary to be his vp,but right now he has no choice because he cannot attack palin without being called sexist,so how can he stop that!!simple put hillary on the ticket,am sure biden will understand,because this country cant survive another 4 years of this,ITS SIMPLE BARACK OBAMA JUST DO IT,BEFORE ITS TO LATE.

    September 8, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  14. Ty in Lees Summit, Missouri

    I am really tired of hearing about selling a plane on eBay, if that the pre-requisite to be VP, I should be president by now. I live in Lees Summit, Missouri where they had a campaign stop today. I would not even travel 3 blocks to hear these two McCain/Palin, try to pull the wool over more voters eyes. They are both the same a George Bush. The only difference is George Bush knows how many homes he owns, and knows he lied to the American people to go into war with Iraq. I am tired of hearing John McCain say "My Friends" his only friends are the Washington lobbists, and CEO's of companies that will benefit from him being elected. As a registered republican I am ashamed of my party! If John McCain is the best we can come up with then I would say the USA is in serious trouble!! I am waiting for John McCain say he fired his chef, and then he can flip flop on that issue also. Shame on us Americans who get fooled so easily. How sad.

    September 8, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  15. LOL


    September 8, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  16. Obama/Biden 08

    OH Bull,,,,most of his campaign donations have been from Lobbyist!!!

    September 8, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  17. Marg

    This "Maverick" has some apologizing to do:

    Dear George,

    I"m sorry I had to throw you under the bus,my friend. Don't worry, I"m still your 90% man and I won't forget you.

    I listened to Carl and picked a VP that you all will love. She even has an abuse of power charge being brought against her back in her home state.

    Give my love to Dick. I hope his convenient overseas travels went well. I know how hard travel can be on us old guys.

    Thanks for eveyrthing,my friend, and keep that seat warm for me.


    September 8, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  18. Sheri

    McCain will do anything and say anything to win. It is all about winning and has nothing to do about you and me. He and Palin are going to "clean up Washington".. what a joke!

    September 8, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  19. AmericaIsn'tReady

    It saddens me very deeply that some Americans are even considering Barack Obama as the president. Can you even imagine what would happen to our country if he was in the White House? Let's look at this seriously now. There would be more protesting, more racism, more economic downfall, more unhappy citizens, more taxes, more drama, and less moving forward that this country just can't handle right now. I'm all for everyone being equal and having equal oppurtunities, but it just isn't the time for a black President!!! I'm not a racist person, and I'd vote for a black man any other time but now; this country just isn't ready, period!!
    McCain is honestly a much more experienced person with a real honest love for our country. He has experienced the worst and been places most of us couldn't even imagine. He has seen the United States fall and rise back up again. I truly believe that he knows what it will take to get our country back on her feet again. Just because he has agreed with President Bush's policies doesn't mean he is going to make the same decisions Bush would when he is in the White House. He is his own person and I'm sure he's not going to harm this country anymore than it already is. You can tell this man has much more respect and appreciation for our country than Obama can even comprehend.
    I am very outraged to hear Obama's speeches and how pathetic and desperate he is to win the election. You can tell he's getting scared because he is constantly bashing the Republican ticket. Why can't he just stick to what he thinks he can do for our country and leave the negativity out of it? Is it really that hard. He seriously should just stick to his campaign and not worry about anything else. I also feel the Republican ticket should do the same (but they are already doing it much less; they've only went the negative path a few times). It seems that every time Obama opens his mouth he's just bashing someone!!

    Plain and simple, Obama is desperate to have the history books all to himself and has nothing to offer our country. McCain is a true Hero has everything to offer our country; and he chose a heck of a woman for his running mate! People, don't be stupid, vote for what's best for our country and not just to help Obama make history.

    I must add that its pretty pathetic how Obama is using celebrities to help 'sway' the voters in his direction...WE'RE NOT STUPID ENOUGH TO LISTEN TO CELEBRITIES!!

    GO McCain/Palin!!!!

    September 8, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  20. Lovely in VA

    George Bush – The Original Crazy Maverick

    September 8, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  21. Jetty

    Mccain is Devoid of ideas to identify with his party. So he seek refuge with a Reformist agenda and a maverick slogan.

    I just do not know how he can possibly overcome reality and win the whitehouse For Obama, stict to your change agenda.

    USA 08

    September 8, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |


    September 8, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  23. elizabeth

    Why has McCain,stolen Obama, slogan can't he come up with one of his.It shows just what he is. For those that vote for MCcain because he put a woman on his ticket,don't blame anyone for what happen o your social security and the men and women that are being killed in Iraq. I will vote Obama.

    September 8, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  24. Klaus

    Oh, – America the Beautiful (country, that is), – when will you rally behind the real issues at hand and not be swayed by personality cults.
    McBush brought out that Palin woman to get the testosterone-guided AK-47-swinging immature males and their adoring groupie wives off their gaz-guzzling SUV's all fired up.
    I hate to bring it up, but most other democracies are using real issues as their platforms and not the candidates personal 'laundry' complete with children. Which caring mother would subject her children, especially a baby, to hours of noisy gatherings until late into the night!? Her speech was a tirade filled with hate, just like that clown Guiliani, who ridiculed Obama's sincere efforts to help others to pull themselves up by their bootstraps. Unfortunately, I cannot vote, but I am cheering for the Obama ticket.
    Bring back the America everybody loves to love and not one that too many love to hate!!!

    September 8, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  25. Bill Uhlig

    Obama doesn't need to "stand up to the Dems"... the "Dems" are more often than not on the right side of the issues for working people in this country. The Republicans are the opposite. Claiming that McCain "only" votes with the Republicans on 60% of the votes, means he's voting for the obvious failures of the Party almost two thirds of the time.

    September 8, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
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