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. Chris from NY

    That's the same thing McCain warned Romney about:that he knows how to fight in the mud. He (McCain) wants to bring Obama down to his level and if he succeeeds he wins. To fight someone like McCain you have to stand your grounds and refuse to come down to his level. The bible said the truth shall set you free. Do what you have to and go to bed and sleep well at night than to keep telling lies and keep confessing same sin every day. What shall it profit a man to gain the whole world and loose your soul.

    September 12, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  2. dubya

    Calling all dems, please get it together and do what ever it takes to make your voice heard!! Go out and vote , get your neighbors, friends and family to vote for change. We can do it but it will take hard work. Believe me the rewards will be refreshing.
    No way, no how no MCcain!!

    September 12, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  3. Vic of New York

    America has a decision to make. Ohio and New Hampshire are part of that decision:

    Do you let your fears and biases be manipulated so that you hang yourselves with your own rope – that's the Republican way.

    Or do you vote in your true BEST INTEREST and chase Bush, Rove, Cheeney, McCain and all their cronies back to the hole from Hell they came from?

    Because, in the end this isn't about changing Washinton – it's about changing America.

    September 12, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  4. FL Carole

    Most of the CNN Political commentators have "hit the nail" on the head. After his vacation, it's a different Obama. He's spending too much time on Palin, too much time defending himself. He has to watch his mouth. He needs to get back giving answers on the issues. I'm still reeling over Biden's saying that "Clinton would have been a better choice." The Democrats have to go on the offensive-play down the attacks-get POSITIVE.

    September 12, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  5. BJ

    Sorry Obama, but your campaign IS floundering.

    NOBAMA!

    September 12, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  6. Shannon WA.ST.

    Thats a man who mas integrity...Wow, I haven't seen that in a long time. You Mccain you should talk a note from this man.. Thank you Obama for being a stand up guy who does have his Country First....

    September 12, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  7. Foreign Observer

    Obama won't lie. McCain will. This may well be why McCain will win. This is the country you - all of you - have created and countenanced, the country you profess to love and admire, the country you want to lead the world. Think about it.

    September 12, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  8. Baby Boomer

    I live in Washington State and the economy is not "fundamentally sound" here.

    Also, if we cut out all earmarks (100% cut as McCain wants) how many jobs would be lost in the USA? Am I missing something or doesn't some of these earmarks employee Americans? If we get a tax break from no earmarks most will buy foreign made products and most likely we will help support China not the USA.

    September 12, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  9. no trickle down...

    No more lies – no way, no how, NO McCain, NO PALIN!

    September 12, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  10. Chi4Obama

    The funny part is Obama doesn't even need to "Lie" to fight back hard against Republicans.

    If the media would simply just report facts, then the rest would take care of itself.

    For instance, we have not even scratched the surface with respect to all of the corruption that is surrounded by the VP Puppet, Sarah Palin.

    September 12, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  11. Former republican white man from california for Obama

    this is the problem with the republican party this radical right has totally taken over the party and now it is not about truth anymore just what can you do to lie about the other person

    September 12, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  12. Chi4Obama

    ...And the Democratic 527's have been unleashed..

    September 12, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  13. VIRGINIA GIRL FOR OBAMA

    I AM SO GLAD THAT THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA CAN SEE THAT WE ARE NOT GOING TO BE LIED TO ANYMORE, HE DOES HAVE A BACKBONE SO ALL YOU HATEFUL HEARTED PEOPLE CAN SEE NO MATTER WHAT YOU SAY ABOUT OUR NEXT PRESIDENT AND YES I SAID NEXT PRESIDENT.

    BY THE WAY THE ONLY PEOPLE THEY POLL ON ARE THE OLDER ONES THAT HAVE LANDLINES WANT TO KEEP AMERICA OLD INSTEAD OF REACHING FOR THE NEW!!

    September 12, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  14. Erik

    Latest news from Wasilla is that Palin made Rape victims pay for their own medical kits. Apparently she slashed it from the budget. Despicable!

    September 12, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  15. Ex-PUMA for Obama

    From The New York Times:

    "The most disheartening aspect of a scurrilous Republican ad falsely accusing Barack Obama of promoting sex education for kindergarten children is its closing line: 'I'm John McCain, and I approved this message.' This from that straight-talker of yore, who fervidly denounced the 2004 Bush campaign's Swift Boat character attacks on John Kerry's military record." [Editorial, 9/12/08]

    Time Magazine:

    [McCain] "is responsible for one of the sleaziest ads I've ever seen in presidential politics, so sleazy that I won't abet its spread by linking to it...." [Joe Klein, 9/10/08]

    "A different category of dumb charge." [Ana Marie Cox, 9/10/08]

    Annenberg Political Fact Check:

    "The claim is simply false..." [FactCheck.org, 9/10/08]
    The Chicago Sun-Times:

    "McCain echoed a sexy–but misleading– line of attack made last year by Mitt Romney..." [9/10/08]

    McClatchy:

    "This is a deliberately misleading accusation." [9/9/08]

    The Atlantic:

    "The gap between the implication (Obama has liberal, radical views about sexuality) and the reality in this ad is pretty big and fairly consequential." [Marc Ambinder, 9/9/08]

    September 12, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  16. Abby

    “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.”-
    - – Win or Lose with Honor! That is beautiful!!

    September 12, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  17. Susan

    It is high time the Rethuglicans took responsibility for their lies and smear attacks! To watch how they permeate this whole country with their hatred and venom is so below board it stinks worse than fish. It is time for us all to stand up to John McCain and his Merry band of LIARS and yell ENOUGH!!!

    September 12, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  18. ProudDemocrat

    We can not afford 2000 and 2004 again, Obama campaign needs to be aggresive hitting back hard to this flat out lies from the Mccain campaign. Uneducated Americans do not know how to use the internet to factcheck themselves, and the Media is only interested about silly Lipstick drama, I say the Democrats need to be forceful in intersepting the lies on the air.

    September 12, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  19. Chi4Obama

    Obama is not afraid to fight back "hard".

    Keep in mind, he is a product of Chicago Politics (smile).

    September 12, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  20. E

    Go get em big O! Beat them at their own game!

    Don't let another election go by without a fight!! Kerry let them lie about his past, don't let them keep repeating their lies without a swift kick back at them!

    Tell people the truth about Palin and McCain, use their OWN words and the truth against them!

    September 12, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  21. peakarack

    OBAMA VOTE FOR BRIDGE TO NO WHERE BILL,ENERGY BILL,CREDIT CARD BILL,WIRETAPE BILL,FARM BILL AND EVERY OTHER BILL SO FAR. AND HE REQUEST 1 BILLION DOLLAR FOR HIS STATES IN THE LAST 3 YRS AS A U.S SENATOR. SOO MUCH CHANGE IN WASHINGTON.

    NO WAY! NO HOW! NOBAMA!

    September 12, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  22. Sammy

    The idea of a respectable campaign went out the door and waved goodbye weeks ago.

    September 12, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  23. DJ Los Angeles

    That's because the Republicans don't have anything to offer different than George Bush and they know.

    Therefore McCain relies on his pitbull with lipstick, lies, distorting the facts and especially fear-mongering.

    BTW – where are McCain and Palin's tax returns???

    September 12, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  24. Emily

    Finally, it started to sink in, what four more years could mean. Of course, I wish America could wait until 2012 to elect Hillary Clinton as President.

    But there may not be 2012 anymore if we elect Republican. We may be in the war with Russia (are you serious, nukes flying around?), our unemployment may be 20%, we are all dying without healthcare, in 2012. I really do not want the country to spend more money on more wars. In 2012, we may be in the State emergency.

    Will it be four more years of the same or four more years of the worse? The economy and social situations are worse than 2000 now. So four more years of the same policy will bring four more years of the worse lives to us.

    I wish Palin was a bit more prepared. She just can not say or has not said anything what she wants to do. That means in the end, it is McCain who will drive this country, and the poor lady will be jaded soon when she sees the truth of McCain and Republican party. How smart for McCain to bring in a very capable woman yet a woman who has no idea of how things worked in the last 8 years to fool people.

    No four more years of the worsening lives.

    September 12, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  25. FEED UP

    “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.”
    -–
    You're doing GREAT Obama!

    Keep at um!!!

    The McCain/Palin boats has got alot of big holes in it. Only a matter of time before it sinks.

    September 12, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
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