September 9th, 2008
06:35 PM ET
6 years ago

McCain camp responds to Obama's education ad

The McCain campaign is out with a new ad.
The McCain campaign is out with a new ad.

(CNN) – John McCain’s campaign responded to Barack Obama’s new education ad Tuesday with a tough new spot that said the Democratic nominee’s only achievement on the issue was backing bills to bring sex education to children – marking a rare campaign ad foray into culture war territory.

“Education Week says Obama ‘hasn't made a significant mark on education.’ That he's ‘elusive’ on accountability,” says the announcer in the 30-second spot. “A ‘staunch defender of the existing public school monopoly.’

“Obama's one accomplishment? Legislation to teach ‘comprehensive sex education’ to kindergartners.

“Learning about sex before learning to read?

“Barack Obama. Wrong on education. Wrong for your family.”

The campaign said the ad will air in ‘key states.’

Within minutes, the Obama camp battled back. “It is shameful and downright perverse for the McCain campaign to use a bill that was written to protect young children from sexual predators as a recycled and discredited political attack against a father of two young girls – a position that his friend Mitt Romney also holds,” said campaign spokesman Bill Burton. “Last week, John McCain told Time magazine he couldn’t define what honor was. Now we know why.”

The ad marks a reprise of a primary season attack on Obama by a former McCain rival.
More than a year ago, then-presidential candidate Mitt Romney attacked Obama over his assurance to Planned Parenthood that he believed some sex education should begin in kindergarten - prompting a response from the Democrat's campaign team that during his tenure as Massachusetts governor, the state had allowed those lessons to begin as early as pre-kindergarten.

Earlier Tuesday, the Obama campaign released a new ad linking education policy to economics, accusing the Republican nominee of voting to cut education funding and telling voters “John McCain doesn’t understand.”

The McCain campaign accused the Obama team of making misleading claims in the spot.


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (244 Responses)
  1. Fraser

    McCain is a disgusting old pervert with a dirty mind. Now we know why he picked Palin for VP...

    September 9, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  2. LYNDA

    McStupid has stuck again.
    This is so SAD.
    This is why this country is losing it's standard in the world.
    It's the economy McStupid.
    This election is not about MCStupid and his sleazy mind. McCain has proved that he has no family values when he dated other women while still married to his first wife. It proves that he has a low-down mind.

    September 9, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  3. FreeNLovIt

    What a mess! God help us

    September 9, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  4. Quinn - Houston, Texas

    John McCain has no shame.

    I wonder what would have happened if McCain was running against Hillary. Would McCain have picked J.C. Watts to get more black votes?

    McCain's gimmicks are pathetic!

    September 9, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  5. KATHLEEN

    I have listened to CNN since day 1, but I don't think they are being truthful about Sarah Padin. I think time is of essence and they want
    to drag the truth about Ms.Padin out to keep their ratings up. I am
    serious. This is not good. American deserve the truth, Now. These
    polls cannot be correct!

    Obama Biden.

    September 9, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  6. Integrity

    To "The Nightingale Sings in Berkley Square" it amazing how low you wrong-wing hypocritical republican will go to scare people into voting for your party despite the nightmare this party has created during the past eight years. Why don't you talk about Senator Obama's eight years in the state senator and his accomplishment during the past four years as a US Senator? McCain “protect our country” is that why we went to war for WMD and there were no WMD", is that why McCain has moved more to the wrong to fall even more in line with Bush? Please, four words "it will not work"

    Go Obama!

    September 9, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  7. Daniel

    It's great that you're reporting what partisans are saying about this ad and Obama's, but how about you fact check them both so that your viewers can actually know the truth?

    Don't wait for factcheck.org to get around to it. Do it now. And never mention either ad again unless you accompany that mention with the facts.

    September 9, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  8. aaa

    mccain go to hell. ww3 is coming guys watch mccain wins were lost!!!!

    September 9, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  9. Peter (CA)

    The level of desperation the McCain campaign has sunk to is scary. How could they twist this issue so perversely? The Republicans are so out of touch it is scary.

    And enough with trying to paint "liberals". Hopefully, Americans are mature enough to understand that when we all do well, then the country is a better place to live. The right-wingers-conservatives- Republicans use divisiveness to win. Why do you play in their hands?
    Why does it scare you that Obama wants to raise taxes on those making more than $250,000/ year? Why is it scary that health care for all is actually good and will take the strain off of the health care system? Republicans lie to you when they give you the us vs. them stuff-don't buy it.

    September 9, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  10. zuq

    IF ONLY PALIN'S KID GOT THIS EDUCATION!

    September 9, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  11. Ivee

    This is McCain's attempt at reviving Willie Horton. It seems the only thing McCain and Palin are able to do is attack - they never seem to provide any information about any platform or idea they may have (beyond the overly simplistic, and unworkable, "drill baby drill").

    This is a revolting attempt to steer the debate toward nothing more than nonstop attacks. Heck, it's not even a debate any more. John McCain stopped discussing issues quite some time ago. Palin has never discussed issues. Neither of them will even talk to the press, unless, of course, it's the ever-malleable Republican hack, Charlie Gibson.

    What on earth has gone wrong with this country that McCain and Palin are considered even remotely viable candidates?

    September 9, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  12. RapidRay

    Maybe if Bristol Palin had a human biology lesson, she'd be a few pounds lighter on her wedding day.

    A shotgun wedding on the Rose Garden...that'll REALLY educate our children......on what NOT TO DO!!!

    September 9, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  13. Mandi

    So...I guess John McCain supports child molesters!!! ALL kids should know how to protect themselves from pedophiles. The fact that McCain is against Obama's efforts to prevent child molestation is absolutely disgusting.

    My five year old daughter might see this ad and that really disturbs me. Well I'm one white woman who WON'T be voting for McCain.

    September 9, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  14. CNN, can I PLEASE get off of your 'list'...

    the fact that so many people WANT to believe decietful lies, twisted words, etc.... is what is so incredibly maddening. No one person or side is 100% right 100% of the time. No one person or side is 100% wrong 100% of the time.

    But republicans would have you believe that.

    September 9, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  15. zuq

    The Poll of Polls is garbage.

    That's a poll of what? 5000 people? You wonder why there's a swing from one week to the next? It's not people changing their mind, it's the people that they're asking.

    Don't believe the polls. GO OUT AND VOTE FOR BARACK/BIDEN. WE CAN'T SURVIVE another month of these clowns!

    CNN PLEASE POST THIS!

    September 9, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  16. cb

    Millitary man – this for you,since you think that perverse ad is so funny. I sure you would find this funny also.

    If you truly care about our veterans and this great country of ours...

    ...Don't vote for John McCain.

    McCain voted against our troops MANY times in the senate.

    John McCain voted AGAINST 20 million dollars for veteran care facilities.

    John McCain voted AGAINST $322 million for safety equipment for our troops in Iraq.

    John McCain voted AGAINST $1 billion dollars in new equipment for the National Guard.

    John McCain voted AGAINST $430 million for veterans outpatient care.

    Barack voted FOR all of these troop support initiatives.

    They deserve better than McCain.

    We deserve better than McCain.

    SUPPORT OUR TROOPS AND VOTE FOR BARACK OBAMA FOR PRESIDENT

    September 9, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  17. Rob from Honolulu

    I can not believe how ignorant and stupid the Democrats are! I hear Obama say that Palin is off limits but CNN and all the left liberal media are doing their best to destroy her. What was that reporting on Palin's faith! It was an attempt by CNN, (Wolf & Brown) to create fear in the voters, CNN should be ashamed of themselves and might just find themselves out of work like Chris Mathews of MSNBC fame. Today you interview Bill Maher – keep it up – more votes for McCain/Palin!

    September 9, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  18. Moderate

    Just another typical McCain ad – nothing positive to share about his own policies / direction – just attacks – WHY? Because he has no plans for our country.

    September 9, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  19. DAG

    Why is it everytime I see a report about Palin in the trail at some small town or rally she has her head down reading her comments off "Cheat cards"

    One would think she would know her speech forwards and backwards by now. All she does is repeat the same crap she has been reading since she started. Does the woman have one original thought of her own.

    September 9, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
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