September 12th, 2008
03:45 PM ET
6 years ago

Obama says some ads against him “fabricated” and “lies”

Obama is sharpening attacks against McCain and the GOP.
Obama is sharpening attacks against McCain and the GOP.


DOVER, New Hampshire (CNN) –
On the first day of what his campaign called the “final stretch,” Barack Obama hammered at John McCain, and repeatedly linked him to President Bush’s policies.

“We can’t afford four more years of what George Bush and John McCain consider progress,” he said at a town hall not far from Portsmouth. “We can’t afford another President who is so out of touch that they think the economy is strong right now and promises to the exact same thing we’ve been doing for the last eight years.”

The Obama campaign seized on a comment from Thursday night’s forum in New York where McCain said it was “easy” for him to become “somewhat divorced from the day-to-day challenges people have” while in Washington.

“Maybe from where he and George Bush sit, maybe things do look fundamentally sound,” Obama said after repeating McCain’s quote and eliciting some groans from the audience. “Maybe they don’t see what’s taking place. Maybe they’re that out of touch. But I do see what’s going on and so do you.”

Even as Obama goes on the offensive against McCain in these final weeks, he has spent time defending his own campaign, reassuring voters that the recent “lipstick” story, spike in enthusiasm for the GOP ticket, and serious up-tick in negative ads does not mean his presidential effort is off-message or floundering.

At a New Hampshire town hall Friday, a man stood and asked Obama, “when and how” was he “going to start fighting back against attack ads and smear campaigns.”

“I know there are a lot of Democrats, and some Independents and some Republicans who really want change who start getting nervous because they’ve seen this movie before every four years. Right? You have ads that are being just fabricated, they’re just made up. And lies – that’s the word I was looking for,” said Obama.

“Here’s what I can guarantee you: that we are going to be hitting back hard – we have been hitting back hard but …I’m not going to start making up lies about John McCain … we’re going to make sure that anything that is out there that we are immediately responding to. But this election is too important, it’s too serious to be playing silly games.”

The Democratic nominee also pledged that families making less than $250,000 a year would not see any type of tax increase should he become president.

soundoff (554 Responses)
  1. Nancy from MA

    Obama: Your tax plan is called welfare. It is not tax cuts.

    Also, lets get it straight on what you plan on doing with the capital gains tax. There are a lot of realtors who need to know if they will still have a job selling investment property.

    You need to start talking the talk and clrifying what your jibberish means.

    Charlie Gibson used his ignorance when he stated to Governor Palin she took to long to answer a question. That statement by Charlie Gibson should have been used on you long ago.

    Also, I find it ironic how ABC..."THE OPRAH NETWORK"...are the ones TO THINK THEY HAVE THE RIGHT TO THINK THEY CAN BELITTLE A REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE.

    What happened to a fair and balanced democracy???

    September 12, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  2. Jake

    McCain, when you decided to come out of your cave you'll realized that there that friendly shadow puppet on the cave wall really wasn't what you thought it was.... it's a problem, can you fix it?

    When people stop thinking about 'me me me' and more about 'We the People', then we can actually get there. Reality sucks, but its FACT. We can only do this together, and if my tax dollars are actually going towards something worthwhile, like fixing our economy, I'm all for it. I refuse to let my tax dollars go towards lies and corruption.

    Take clues from how these two tickets run their campaign and tell me who you want running our country. Trains will always run on tracks, the same tracks mind you. They cannot change course last minute, so the question is... which train do you want to hop on?

    September 12, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  3. The Lipstick Swat Team

    Who knew the View would do a job that the media should be doing for the public. Kudos ladies, you made me proud.

    Even Elizabeth got into the act when she questioned John McCain.

    Great, people are fed up with liars and hypocrites.

    Proud Momma

    September 12, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  4. ginger

    A man who graduated from Columbia and Harvard knows how many states there are. Are you people really that silly. He was just tired.
    Find a real arguement. And Puma people don't post bogus website information that can be debunked in zero seconds.

    Tabloid voters

    September 12, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
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