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. Silence Dogood

    Obama must be getting desparate. After his own lies and slander, he is still banking on people not calling him on it because of race. Those times are past Obama. Google your nearest internet for the latest lists.

    September 12, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  2. Sage

    @DLH September 12th, 2008 4:44 pm ET

    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.
    ______________________________________________________
    LOLOLOLOLOLOLOL!!! oh myyyyyy, do you do stand up any where? forget Jay Leno, you are hysterical....oh my i needed that laugh, thanx

    September 12, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  3. Lori

    All the Republicans know how to do is be negative. They don't have answers to any of the issues so they have to go negitive. What else can they do?

    All they know how to do is lie !

    September 12, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  4. Wal-Mart Mom, Dublin., OH

    God, Obama looks ragged and confused. Guess they were right when they said Sarah Palin has gotten into his head.

    And guess what, he has no Hillary. Oh, she goes out on the stump but she refuses to say anything about Sarah Palin even though audiences egg her on. Obama lost her by demeaning her. And now he's lost women by demeaning Palin.

    Dennis Miller said that Palin has Obama so messed up that he doesn't know whether to s- or wind his watch.

    September 12, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  5. Ken

    I think someone needs to take the Republicans to task for arguing AGAINST teaching kindergarteners about the difference between "good touch" and "bad touch." Who in their right mind would argue against teaching kids how to stay safe from sexual predators? They may smear it as "teaching comprehensive sexual education to kindergarteners," but the reality is that the Republicans are arguing that we should leave kids vulnerable to the worst kinds of predation.

    September 12, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  6. veteran

    O h what a tired line that is ! The democrats cry foul at every utterance from the opposition ! They don't have another original agenda!

    September 12, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  7. Edward

    I love the courage and directness of Obama's comment... "LIES" straight up I'm tired of being lied to by the GOP, i dont know about you guys

    September 12, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  8. Grace Needed

    What bothers me more is not the lies or the lack of knowledge, it is the recklessness of Senator McCain who we supported in 2000. We used to think of him as straight-talking, maverick who had honor and integrity. Now, he chooses Gov. Palin who has no experience on the national stage, let alone the international stage other than one trip to see the Alaskan National Guard and "you can see Russia from Alaska". There has been no evidence that she was properly vetted so this shows a severe lack of judgment on McCain's part and his willingness to play fast and furious with America's future which we cannot respect. Then, of course, there is her positive response with "no blinking" which really worries me. It's one thing to lack intelligence and knowledge, it is another thing to not realize it. Charlie Gibson is right, this "requires a certain hubris", except she didn't know what that word meant so she couldn't respond. This willingness to gamble with our future is frightening and we need to do something to be sure this never happens again. We need to amend the Constitution to have some requirements for V.P. Vice Presidents were elected based on second number of votes initially, and now we need to require a certain amount of experience in national government, some exposure to international relations and minimum education level.

    September 12, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  9. Bob

    Wolf Blitzer just showed two new ads; one from Obama and one from McCain. Obama's ad was about facts regarding John McCain's record in which he indicates that he is NOT the maverick he claims to be. It was a good ad that relied on facts, policies and choices. John McCain's ad attacked Obama and labelled him as accusing Palin of being a liar, etc. It was NOT a truthful ad. Obama has never called her a liar. The press has. Obama has not attacked her character or her personally. It just goes to show you cannot trust McCain–he has sunk to the lowest common demoninator to try and appeal to the emotions of voters and not their intellects. I cannot in good conscious support such a narrow minded candidate. OBAMA ALL the WAY! I am an independent, white, male voter of 57 years of age.

    September 12, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  10. Ken, LA California

    This thing is over Obama is president why are we wasting time win Non entities, a first world country cannot have an illiterate old 72 year old who thinks everything can be solved with a surge, but then even the roman empire came down, may be it is Gods will to have the great empire come down by having the pig to become president.

    September 12, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  11. Susan

    I think 46 percent of us must be the stupidest people in the World. That's the percentage that is supporting John McCain according the CNN poll. You must love what is happening in America right now because he isn't going to change a thing–just MORE OF THE SAME.

    September 12, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  12. Timothy R Miles

    I am glad that Senator Obama is finally getting tough on the Republicans... cause beleive me the news networks are not
    doing thier jobs.
    They are not getting the information to the public that they need to make a logical and just decision at election time. The news networks let the Republican get away with murder in the last two elections...

    The Republican knows how to run a campain by lying and going negative, but they dont have a clue on how to manage the affairs
    of the country and bring the country together.... as has been proven
    by the last eight years in office.

    September 12, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  13. EBraggs

    Obviously being disrespectful swings both ways. How can the republicans talk about Sen. Obama being disrespectful to Palin when they base their whole campaign adds on it. If she can't take the heat, she shouldn't be in the race. Why should the democratic party do any thing any different just because she's a woman. Stop crying and get on with the facts.

    September 12, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  14. Beverly, NYC

    Unleash the 527's, its time. Then you can stay on the issue, while Mccain answers smears for a while. The nerve of Mccain to admit he only went negative because you did not do town halls with him. If you believe that I have a bridge to nowhere to sell you. McCain proves every time he opens his mouth he does not have the judgement or temperament to be President. Last time he pouted about not getting his VP pick we got Palin, someone radical who is the total opposite of his views. I wouldn't trust McCain /Palin to plan a picnic, forget about running the country.

    September 12, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  15. John Ditched His Wife & Kids

    What neanderthall thinks the "change message" belongs to McCain. John must think the country is insane.

    I can just see them sitting around a table with thier hands in their head saying " Wow, we should have used that change stuff. Oh, I know why don't we get some hot babe, and just start saying we're for change, it could work."

    Cry me a river, John can stand on top of Mount Everest and cry "change" until his mother call him in, but he's not getting my vote or any sane person's vote.

    No matter what he did in Vietnam, he was still a jerk when he came home. It takes some hero to leave a frail wife and 3 kids. Hero-smero.

    September 12, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  16. Chuck

    Obama = a world of handouts for people who won't work for what they want.

    Whatever happened to the "AMERICAN DREAM?"

    September 12, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  17. ran

    People a good way to end the lies is to make sure Obama/Biden and only other Democrats win this election and we will get our country back fron the Repbulicans.

    September 12, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  18. Vroom Vroom

    That's right, Obama, start up that old Chicago politico machine and see if you can roll over the truth.
    McCain may be my choice but he is a hell of a lot better than you.
    You , your wife and your background scare me.

    September 12, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  19. Boo Hoo Boy

    Is anybody else sick of that poor me POW stuff? That line may have worked on Cindy Lou, when he left his wife and kids. But not me. He's a snake.

    Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa, I was a POW, vote for me.

    September 12, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  20. jaye

    Look, the republicans are so high and mighty with their deeply religious christian beliefs, yet, they lie like dogs and mislead the American people with their lies and untruths.
    I'm not buying into the McCain-Palin lies – and I'm certaintly not buying into the christianity.
    They are wovles in sheeps clothing.
    AND, I personally don't care who votes for whom...just rember, you can't unring a bell, and once you place that vote it's over.
    When McCain-Palin start war with Russia and Iran don't cry and sob...just remember you voted for them.

    September 12, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  21. Filipina

    When they don't have policies, they tell pure lies, they talk personality not the issues.....Keep hitting hard Obama.

    Obama/Biden

    September 12, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  22. Justin in CA

    Cons don't have time for truth and facts.

    September 12, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  23. jfs Memhis, Tn

    He's right..................NOW FIGHT BACK AND FORCE THEM TO TALK THE ISSUES.

    September 12, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  24. jaye

    Look, the republicans are so high and mighty with their deeply religious christian beliefs, yet, they lie like dogs and mislead the American people with their lies and untruths.
    I'm not buying into the McCain-Palin lies – and I'm certaintly not buying into the christianity.
    AND, I personally don't care who votes for whom...just rember, you can't unring a bell, and once you place that vote it's over.
    When McCain-Palin start war with Russia and Iran don't cry and sob...just remember you voted for them.

    September 12, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  25. jake, San Francisco, CA

    It is seriously time that America calls McCain and Palin out on the Lies.
    The same people who are supporting these lies, will be the ones to first start hitting McCain , like they did with Bush, should he[]McCain] become president.

    America wake up and stop this disaster...This McCain-Palin ticket is the worst thing America could see. Say McCain dies after a few months or a year in Office, that makes Palin the president of the Free World instantly. Palin is not Angela Merkel [Germany] or Ellen Johnson Sirleaf[Liberia] and certainly not Margaret Hilda Thatcher.

    But the temptation will be for America to try and compare her with these famous women, that's where we'll fall flat because our madam is a cheap political manipulation by the mccain camp and a liar as well. She's got nothing to show, no experience, no records!
    Please help us all my fellow Americans and save our image!

    Vote Obama-Biden for a better America!

    September 12, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
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