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. Michelle

    Obama is right. Do not let McCain distract you from the real issues, but do not let him take left handed false jabs at you. McCain is from the same politcal upside down factory of evil Karl Rove that got Bush elected twice, lies, smoke screens and mirrors. McCain and Paulin will be more of the same as Bush, and look at the sad condition our country is in today after 8 years of Bush...keep reminding people of our sorry state. 70% of the europeans polled want Obama to win. The rest of the world hates us, we are in a war that no one can tell me why we are there in the first palce? Explain your tax plan in laymen terms...spellout the differences between you and McCain. I do not believe he would ever give you a cabinet position...he owes to many washington insiders favors...and has 169 lobbyist....6-10 of them are his top aides and advisors for the election,. Nothing wrong with a little push back...stick to the issues and let Biden beat the hell out of Palin.

    September 12, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  2. John Starnes

    It makes me said and angry, that as the whole world watches America, John McCain is making plain he believes his campaign's statement that this election "is not about the issues"....outright lies, hateful juvenile name calling that likely has Karl Rove beaming with vicarious pride, entrenched in Washington for 26 years, backing Bush 90% of the time, then wrapping himself in the mantle of "change" promoted by Obama once he saw the demand for change in a very disgruntled public, relying daily on vapors of insults and deceipt to try and distract us from his sheer lack of substance....." I was a POW, vote for me"....and we want to export "democracy" to the rest of the oil rich world at the barrel of a gun? John McCain should be deeply ashamed for dragging us all down with him while America's wounds festers...and, no doubt, Bin Laden chuckles somewhere, his best work done FOR him this last tragic eight years.

    September 12, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  3. CNN loves Palin

    At least McBush looks a little uncomfortable when he lies. Palin looks directly into the camera with her smug smile and LIES.

    McCain/Palin are the butt end of a long, bad, GOP joke!!

    September 12, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  4. Griff

    To Bill Clinton... Obama will no6t win the Election. I said so month's ago. My Psychic's said so, in May this year,,,

    September 12, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  5. Pam

    He needs to start repeating over and over again the fact that McCain supports taxing your insurance benefits as if it's income. That's right, if you get health insurance benefits at work, McCain wants to treat the as income and tax it. Why is this not being talked about more?

    September 12, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  6. Terry, Butte, Mt

    Being fair and telling the truth are sometimes two different things. The Main Stream Media tries to be fair and with that sometimes does not report the truth.

    The MSM needs to call the liars out on any side. The networks need to refuse to run commercials that are flat outright lies.

    The American People need and deserve the truth.

    CNN is getting better but sometimes speaks half truths like Candy Crowleys report last night saying, "both candidates are for some sort of timeline for leaving Iraq," and "both candidates agree that Afghanistan needs more troops." Both without mentioning that this has been Obama's policy for years.

    Fairness = The truth, the WHOLE truth and nothing but the truth.

    September 12, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  7. FactCheck

    Wow your Republicans are so paper thin, we don't even have to try to see through you. You have no plans, no clues, no solutions just a whole lot of the same bull droppings that has gotten us in this mess over the last 8 years.

    September 12, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  8. baljeet

    Give up obama, resistance is futile. All lies leads to the truth.

    September 12, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  9. Palin the Truth hurts.

    The Liar John McPalin said on he View today that the Lies in his commercials are not lies. lol :P
    This is the Honorable Hero??
    Lie again when your caught Lying?

    How can we trust a man that will lie his way into a position of trust.?
    How can we trust his V.P. who also lies and cuts throats ?

    These two are very scary....

    VOTE OBAMA 2008 !

    September 12, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  10. Tejano

    If you can't take the heat stay out of the fire.

    Semper Fi.

    Impale him Palin,.

    September 12, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  11. Kaching

    Many voters say they vote based on character rather than the issues. Now, how can you tell that someone has "character" whatever that is?
    Presumably, a person with character speaks with his or her chest puffed out – that is pretty much a sure sign. Also, he or she will thump the rostrum or wag his or her finger, which is proof positive of character. Also, someone with character will get really huffy if he's criticized; a "how dare you question my motivation!!? Don't you realize that I have character?"

    The whole "character" thing is idiotic. "Character" is a concept from the Victorian Age. Psychologists cannot find "character" in the brain because it does not exist. The myth, of course, is that people with "character" exhibit all of the boy scout virtues in any situation: honesty, reverence, respect for authority, respect for tradition, etc. Therefore, a person with "character" will always do the right thing. It is a nonsense concept. George W. Bush has plenty of "character" but no brains. He looks people in the eye and sizes up their "character" rather than think. John McCain has plenty of "character" but his "character" changes from time to time.

    It is hogwash, but it gives a candidate who would be rejected on the issues a chance to get elected if there are enough stupid voters.

    September 12, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  12. CNN loves Palin

    DLH
    What's scary is that Obama said he's been in 54 of the 57 states and we can't set our thermostats on 72 degrees, drive SUVs, and eat as much as we want because the rest of the world isn't going to go for that.
    *********************************************************************

    HUH?

    Wow, McCain really does appeal to the lower educated voters!

    September 12, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  13. Marj,Paso Robles, Cal

    Uhbama and Biden voted for the bridge to nowhere.

    September 12, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  14. Victoria Anderson - Seattle, Washington

    Reps having been lying for years. This go way back before the United States became a country. It don't matter if they are on the left or right, heck they will lie – lie – lie anytime anyday. It's in their nature.

    September 12, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  15. Jason

    Paris – that is not what he proposing at ALL! Now you're lying.

    September 12, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  16. Concerned

    If McCain would simply spend his ad dollars telling us his plans on how he is going to make things better, he would probably do a lot better. But since his palns seem to be more of what 'W' and Co. have done, I guess that woulnd't work too well.

    McCain is like the wizard of OZ, except he's hiding behind Palin's skirt while he's putting out all this BS.

    Republicans should publish gossip magazines not work at getting people elected. The stakes for this country are too high.

    September 12, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  17. david Armendale, SF, CA

    George W. and Dick Cheney, the two most disgracefully incompetent and dishonest men on the planet, are throwing their full support behind their fellow Rapublicans John McCain and Sarah Palin.

    That's all I need to know to vote for the Democrats this year.

    Obama 08!

    September 12, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  18. Greg

    Lets tax all the people who are employers so when they get their tax increase they can fire half of the employees and still make the same. Obama is not smart enough to figure out that unemployment will go up under this flawed theory. Is this Barack Carter 2 or Jimmy Obama 2. Please go back to community organizer. ha ha ha ha ha!!!!

    September 12, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  19. Bayou Joe

    What's good for the goose is good for the Gander.

    Demos are flailing at windmills. If they only had a candidate.

    Go McCain-Palin 08, Palin in 2012.

    September 12, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  20. TJ Johnson

    Cheee, Obama, maybe you can now understand how President Bush feels with all the lies that have been told about him - by you!

    September 12, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  21. Frank

    Paris, You're a perfect example of someone who only listens to Rush. You're talking about two different things, or didn't Rush tell you that. The tax cut is a Tax Cut, period. The second rebate check is a completely separate item, to get the economy moving again after the Bush/McSame non-policies have put our country in the toilet.

    If you make less than $250K per year, you Will have your taxes lowered. And judging by statement, I know you make less that $250K, probably less than $30K. You're the ideal sector that Rush and the others like him at Fix News preach to, the uninformed voter who will not read anything on their own, to find the facts, the truth. Sometimes being a citizen of this great country takes a little work. Try it sometime.

    September 12, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  22. Dee Jay a young republican

    (Oh Please)

    Thank You So Much

    I wish everone Will read this Persons Blog

    Thank You....OBAMA/BIDEN

    September 12, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  23. Scott, Wichita

    some, but not all, B-O

    September 12, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  24. Rob

    If Obama, Biden, and their team didn't spread lies they'd have nothing to talk about. I mean jeez, "John McCain doesn't know how to use a computer." Wow, that's tough. Hmm, let me think. Do I want a man who can lead this country but doesn't know how to use a computer, or do I want someone who is computer literate but will run this country into the ground, tax hard working Americans, and severely threaten our safety. Man that's a tough one.

    September 12, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  25. sally-Phoenix

    Did anyone notice that when Sarah palin stated that there would be new leadership in the white house if Mccain was elected (abc Interview) she acyually had the nerve to wink at the reporter. Talk about liars, body language tells alot and she sure left it known that it would be more of bush politics with that wink.

    September 12, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
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