September 9th, 2008
10:30 AM ET
6 years ago

Obama education ad: 'John McCain doesn’t understand'

New Obama ad hits McCain on education.
New Obama ad hits McCain on education.

(CNN) - The Obama campaign released a new ad Tuesday linking education policy to economics and painting John McCain as “out of touch and behind the learning curve,” according to the campaign.

The ad, the second negative spot of the week from the Democratic presidential campaign, comes as Barack Obama starts the day with a stop at an Ohio high school and delivers a major education policy address.

Earlier: Obama ad: McCain-Palin team "No Maverick"

“When they grow up, will the economy be strong enough?” asks the announcer in the 30-second spot, titled ‘What Kind.’

“Barack Obama understands what it takes to make America No. 1 in education again. John McCain doesn’t understand.

“John McCain voted to cut education funding. Against accountability standards. He even proposed abolishing the Department of Education. And John McCain’s economic plan gives two hundred billion more to special interests while taking money away from public schools.

“We can’t afford more of the same,” the announcer continues, as the screen fades to the traditional closing image of McCain and President Bush together.

The campaign did not say where the ad buy was airing, or how significant it might be.

UPDATE: The McCain campaign accused the Obama team of making misleading claims in the new ad. “Without a single achievement on education reform, Barack Obama has resorted to a desperate attack with absolutely no basis in fact. John McCain has proposed new education reforms to empower parents and students while reducing the influence of the unions and government bureaucrats that support Barack Obama’s candidacy," said McCain spokesman Tucker Bounds.

"Nothing that John McCain has proposed would reduce funding for public schools, but in fact he has pledged additional funds to improve education - and Barack Obama knows it.”

soundoff (87 Responses)
  1. joe m

    same old politics.... disappointing.....

    September 9, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  2. Andy

    Because over the last 40 years with Democrat based unions doing such a great job on educating our kids, we need to have a Democrat in the White House to continue these failed policies.

    No thanks.

    September 9, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  3. alvino

    Abraham Lincoln knew the importance of public education. It appears that McCain wants to take away what little money public schools get (our local school district gets 7% from the federal government) to provide vouchers. If the education system needs help, he thinks the best way to fix the problem is to take away their funding. I wonder if that would work with the war, health care, social security, the housing market, and the other problems that face the next president.

    September 9, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  4. Mikey

    Speaking of educational issues, it appears that Palin is denying that she tried to get books banned.

    My understanding, based on interviews with the librarian and others, that Palin asked the librarian if she would consider removing books from the library and the librarian refused. Shortly after that, Palin tried to force the librarian to resign, but relented when the librarian fought back.

    So, no list was provided and no books were actually banned. However, it appears that Palin made a clear attempt to ban books and then to remove the person who stood in the way of accomplishing that task.

    September 9, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  5. Carl

    Do you want one, big, education system where they tell you how to raise your kids, or do you want choices to do what you want?

    September 9, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  6. Donald Of Orange County

    You can't teach an old dog new tricks. Isnt that what people say. anyway Time Palin speaks on Education who will listen her own didnt

    September 9, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  7. Anonymous

    My friends, I attended college, but I was not educated.

    I was trained as a military tool, only concerned with making and waging war. This is all I know, my friends.

    My running mate, on the other hand, has a degree in communications that she only took five years and five colleges to achieve.

    So, my friends, take your Harvard law degree and your constitutional law professor and eat some arugula. We'll have no need for the Constitution when I'm president. I was a POW.

    Surge.

    September 9, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  8. steve

    someone look at nobama's hometown of chicago – the public school system is a joke. his kids go to PRIVATE school. kids are using sharing textbooks from the 1970s. thousands of kids boycotted school on the first day because the chicago public education system is in shambles.
    but this guy is going to give a fluff speech about how "education is important and stuff, and kids need education, so elect me i'm half black"

    obama is all hot air and empty suit. he has no solutions for anything.

    September 9, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  9. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

    What does a questionable "C" student know about education reform???
    Why don't we ask Bush? He's been a real maverick on this issue...

    September 9, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  10. Bob Indianapolis, IN

    Wait until the Barracuda takes on Education and replaces Science with Creationism. Why can't Johnny compete against China or Japan? Oh yeah, we're in Scopes Trial land again....And the world laughs...

    September 9, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  11. Dianne

    We do have to get the education programs back on track. Higher eduction is costing more each day.Colleges keep raising their tutions each year. Obama wants to raise pell grants to help struggling parents to help put their children in schools. McCain has said very little about what he will do for education.

    September 9, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  12. Democrats Palin comparison to Sarah

    Of course, Obama has so much experience in education reform. He once gave a speech about it and now he will distribute a policy statement developed by his staff. WHAT A GENIUS!!

    September 9, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
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