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.


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soundoff (621 Responses)
  1. Damien

    Wasn't Tucker Bounds the same guy who couldn't answer Chris Mathews on MSNBC about why everyone was suddenly so excited about Palin after she was announced even though no one even knew who she was or heavily advocated for her selection the weeks and months before the pick?

    September 8, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  2. Americans Unite

    I truley don't undertand how people can support McCain. He is not the honorable man that he projected himself to be. He is mere going after the Presidency by all mean necessary. He will lie about his opponent. He lies about his running mates record and he has potentially put an unqualified person a heartbeat away from the presidency.

    How is he putting his county first. He is putting his poitical ambition first.

    September 8, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  3. B. Obama chicago, ILL

    Present!!!!

    *sits down without taking a stance on this article, lest it blow up in my face*

    Amazing isn't it, how CNN only posts the comments of the Obamabot crowd?

    September 8, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  4. Go Obama

    What right does anyone have to take away my rights as a woman to choose to have an abortion? This is SERIOUSLY moving backwards. I did have one when I was too young. Best thing I could have done and safely!!

    September 8, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  5. Morgan

    Michael Moore wrote a book about the\ose voters who are buying McCain's smug campaign of righteousness and lies. Moore's book was called "Stupid White Men."
    What exactly is the old man planning to change? The name on the desk plate? It is pitiful to see McCain doddering around the country with this young woman. And when did being a maverick become a trait to be sought after in a President. I prefer intellectual, practical, yes, a community oriented organizer. But- maverick? That's the guy who raises dirt bikes, swills beer and has no responsibilities.

    September 8, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  6. Hoku

    As long as there are large corporations in America and around the world, lobbyist will always have their hands in politics. McCain should stay off the subject and get with the program.

    September 8, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  7. PUMA PALIN

    I smell the sweat Barry... hard to beleive that huge lead is gone...

    Welcome to the cellar... brought to you by the DNC

    Hillary is rolling

    September 8, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  8. Nancy

    NObama/Biden the same – they can't even keep their lies straight.

    !!! McCain/Palin 08 !!!

    September 8, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  9. Hillary Supporter

    GO MCCAIN GO, YOU HAVE NOW ERASED OBAMA'S LEAD!!! NOW IS THE TIME TO KICK SOME BUTT !!!!

    HILLARY SUPPORTER
    MCCAIN PALIN 08

    September 8, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  10. Seeker

    They should use that clip from the early primaries where Pat Buchanan and Joe Scarborough laughed about McCain's more war, less jobs policy.

    September 8, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  11. Robin

    Barack "BILLIONS in earmarks" Obama is just showing more of the same old negative campaign. Too bad it won't help!

    September 8, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  12. KB

    What did Biden's son do again?

    September 8, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  13. B. Obama chicago, ILL

    Present!!!!

    *sits down without taking a stance on this article, lest it blow up in my face*

    Amazing isn't it, how CNN only posts the comments of the Obamabot crowd? Interesting lack of journalistic integrity, huh?

    September 8, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  14. Tim E

    Multliple Choice Exam: Which of the following statements amazes you most? (1) A Democrat Discovers Republicans Lie, (2) A politician thinks that Americans aren't stupid, (3) A beauty queen makes stuff up.

    September 8, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  15. RH

    The ads from both campaigns are nothing more than, "Nuh-UNH!"

    September 8, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  16. FactCheck

    > They deserve a strong advocate like Sarah Palin in Washington!

    You mean the same Sarah Palin that slashed funding for schools with special needs children by 62%? Well, don't go holding your breath.

    September 8, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  17. Thomas NY, NY

    Amazing how CNN only posts articles in lockstep with the Obamabots...

    September 8, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  18. Claire

    There will be no changes made if McCain and Palin are elected. These people have no business running the country, considering how they lie to their own supporters. If this country wants change we'll elect Obama as the next president, and if he doesn't win, we'll have the Bush administration for four more years, just under a different name.

    September 8, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  19. robert

    Palin is more like a MS.USA COME ON YOU GUYS WANT FOURE MORE OF gop LIES?!!!!!!!!! you decide your lives and vote for the right person but i personally think its clear that Obama/Biden are the best choice. Bush is leaving office and we cant put another Bush back in to White House open your eyes Americans!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! CNN please post my comments!!!!!!!!!

    September 8, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  20. VNS - Dallas, TX

    Bottom line: Republicans know how to win elections.

    Their way of running a country would probably work when the going is good. But when the labor and credit markets are down like it is now, their small government idea might not really work.

    Depending heavily on the markets to correct it self without the help of the government intervention did not help the Bush administration in the last seven years.

    Government had to intervene in the case of housing markets (Fannie and Freddie)

    Likewise, in order to fix the economy we need the Government.
    We could fix the economy and once it is on track we could have the government play a smaller role.

    There is no ONE right solution for all problems in this complex world. Sticking onto ideological principles to run an economy will only make us weaker.
    If you look at how other emerging economies are being run, one will understand they are highly flexible in terms of the kind of role government should play in an economy

    McCain will deceive the American public and win this election.

    We will learn more about Republicans for four more years and we would end up feeling the same way we feel now in 2012

    Sad but true. The funny thing is we know the differences between what a small government can do and cannot do in a troubled economy, but we do not seem to want to TRY a different approach.

    September 8, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  21. Carol Laura

    McCain is even plagierizing Obama's DNC speech and using it in his campaigns. Here's some of what he's plagiarized ....'change comes to Washington not from Washington'.....'Government must not stand in the way of people..".

    September 8, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  22. Darrell

    Thats right Tucker "CURRENTLY" they are not on payroll but they sure as heck were longer then they were not.Don't stop interviews now that you have a liar for VP to match your main man McCain.By the way all don't panic on the polls ! It is the electorial map that counts !

    September 8, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  23. Ben

    BOO! Why does he even need negative attacks. I'm in a "battleground" state and I already don't like McCain and Palin. More ads, especially negative ads, is just going to make me feel Obama thinks I'm a moron.

    September 8, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  24. 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. Not 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. It’s time for Palin to answer her own questions, instead of hiding behind John McCain’s pant leg, and the pants and skirts of the numerous, relentless Republican spin doctors.

    September 8, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  25. Phil Newton from Murphy, Oregon

    Wow. Seven lobbyist advisors.

    This is starting to sound like a series of bad Westerns.

    "Non-Maverick and the Not-so–Magnificent -Seven."

    September 8, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
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