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. stecko

    Paris "September 12th, 2008 4:43 pm ET

    Not a tax cut, STOP lying to people Obama, rebate check is what you are proposing.
    And that is another form of welfare.

    We will just end up with more and more on welfare.
    That is not Change that is irresponsible and stupid.............

    Upon what do you base your argument? I'd love to read your response

    September 12, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  2. Brian

    What else do you expect the GOP to do when they can't run on experience, the issues or even a logical argument for why they should be in the White House?

    The Republicans have had eight years in the White House and six of the past eight years in Congress and they've run this country into the ground. Now they're stonewalling Democratic progress in Congress with filibusters and vetoes. It's time to boot them out for good, at least for four years, and let the Democrats give it a chance, with Barack Obama and Joe Biden at the forefront of the country's leadership. There is no other reasonable alternative to the status quo.

    September 12, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  3. Republicans Hate America

    It will not work this time Republicans Obama is a much better person on many many levels above McCain can ever dream of being.

    September 12, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  4. The Therapist

    You cannot lift yoursefl up by destroying others, in the end you will destroy yourself.

    That is the truth and nothing but the truth. Obama is toast.

    September 12, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  5. ABDI,San Jose California

    GOBAMA/BIDEN 2008

    September 12, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  6. NAOMI

    I agree that its time for Obama to set the record straight. But why is that every lie that McCain tells is proven, but the American people keep leaning towards McCain? I don't understand how USA citizens view the current conditions, but I can't se voting for MCCain and Palin for anything. Obama is way better at communicating effevtively he is very intelligent and I listen to what he says McCain lies alot.

    September 12, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  7. cecil

    Remember It's Not About The Issues For Tjhe GOP! That's What They Said!

    Lies, P.O.W., Karl Rove, I'm A MOM, Ebay, LipStick, Sex Ed., No Issues, No Policy and The Bridge.

    Wake Up America

    September 12, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  8. zorro

    ATTACK!!!!!
    OBAMA YOU'VE GOT TO DO IT
    SHOULD HAVE DONE IT LATER IS WORTHLESS
    ATTACK IMMEDIATELY!!!!!

    September 12, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  9. Maya

    defend yourself, Barack. we wont think less of you.

    Obama 08 and 12.

    September 12, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  10. Martin Agnew

    Obama's got the right idea on taxes. The income tax rate above $250,000 should be drastically increased, and income over $500,000 (except that from innovation-based capital gain) taxed at 80+ percent.

    September 12, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  11. Irma in North Carolina

    Mccain people what goes around comes around, your turn is right around the corner. Just wait till the truth comes out About Sarah, you all will change your mind. All she has going for her is her good looks, and John boy is doing plenty of looking too. Sarah said it was a task of god for the Iraq war. Well hopefully it will be a task of God to let these two loose the election. The lord works in mysterious ways

    September 12, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  12. georgia independent

    Hope the Dems keep the pledge not to get down in the mud and gore with the Republicans. John McCain – you should be ashamed of yourself. Using children like that.

    Ickth.

    September 12, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  13. Get Real America

    I wish the media would focus on who is being sexist in this campaign. The Republicans are famous for projecting their image onto others. They are the ones who are sexist. They name Palin their VP and then they become so protective about her. She can't be interviewed. She can't talk to the media. Don't they believe in her enough to let her talk on her own? Why did we have to wait two weeks before they hand selected the interviewer? And just who really is trying to make Palin appear to the public as a victim. The Republicans!!! That's why America needs to wake up. Don't let your emotions be so easily manipulated. If you're going to vote for McCain/Palin, make it because you believe they can make life better for you and your children. But for heavens sake, don't make it because you heard in an ad that Obama compared Palin to a pig (utterly untrue), or whatever!

    September 12, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  14. Susan from Scotts Valley, CA

    "McCain would rather lose his integrity than lose an election"

    Enough!

    September 12, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  15. ellington7

    if palin and her vice pres. mccain get elected there needs to be a national exodus to canada, or mexico.

    i'm not going through that republiban crap anymore!

    September 12, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  16. pamela

    seems to me that Obama should either make a speech, the way he did on race last March, or hold a press conference, where he directly addresses the lies generated by the McCain campaign. Kerry and Gore both "hit back hard," but it wasn't hard enough.

    September 12, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  17. Lies, Lies, and More Lies!

    I do not know if many of you have noticed, but John McCain blinks his eyes about 70 times a minute. That is because when he speaks he feels compelled to lie.. He has to work hard to lie and keep a straight face.

    September 12, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  18. Zelda

    Paris,

    I believe Sen. Obama is proposing a second stimulus package in addition to tax cuts. You may want to check you facts.

    September 12, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  19. kayla

    the repugblicans know that this election is very important, and they also know that there is a very good chance that sen. obama can and will win, soooooooooo, they will do anything and say anything to beat him. BUT IT WILL NOT HAPPEN, THE TIME FOR CHANGE HAS COME.

    September 12, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  20. camp

    McCain calls himself a MAVERICK....He will even lie on himself to win.

    September 12, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  21. w.l. jones

    In Wheat growing state; spring wheat for cakes and fall wheat for bread 'choose one,' how sweet it is to watch the good and the bad in this election year.

    September 12, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  22. FL4OB

    Fabrications & lies seem to be the bulk of McCain's campaign. Factcheck.org verifies his failures to tell the truth. How sad.

    Decency '08–Obama/Biden

    September 12, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  23. And the Truth is...

    How about reporting Obama's "slip" on his ABC interview about McCain not attacking his MUSLIM FAITH... and George has to remind Obama don't you mean Christian faith........... hmmmm

    CNN is too much in the tank for Obama that they would not report this blunder and would be surprised if they posted this comment....

    All Politicians lie; they just backstep when it becomes public.

    September 12, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  24. Mrs. Texas Teacher

    The reason you are getting fewer posts is because a lot of us are either in the track of IKE (me) or they are watching CNN cover IKE!

    I am so tired of the Republican nonsense. And that is what it is getting to be. Obama is fighting back with facts. McCain is twisting the truth and out and out lying. But the same people who were fooled by Bush for two elections seem just as willing to be fooled by McCain!

    The man is out of touch. He is not running on issues! He is running on personality. That is how important this election and the plight of the average American citizen. Jus as Bush said whatever it took to get elected.... then did whatever he wanted to once elected, I suggest you wake up and realize that that is EXACTLY what McCAIN WILL DO IF HE GETS ELECTED!

    September 12, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  25. KJ

    The McCain campaign are running on lies and it's amazing how a lot of Americans believe them. This election will come down to intelligent Americans vs. stupid Americans. Sadly, McCain might win because there are alot of unaware Americans out there. I mean, we were soo stupid to elect Bush.

    September 12, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
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