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. Ex-PUMA for Obama

    The McCain campaign's lies make it clear that John McCain would rather lose his integrity than lose this election.

    September 12, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  2. DLH

    The only scary thing is that a nation might elect a guy with less than two years in the senate and no actual record of "change" to the highest office in the free world. He wants to "talk" to our enemies and convince them of how wrong they are... that's national security Al Quaida can believe in...

    September 12, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  3. Former Cuban-American Republican

    Definition of insanity – individual(s) who try the same thing over, over and over again and expect a different result.

    ENOUGH........

    NOOOOOO McCAIN-PALIN, NOOOOO WAY, NOOOO HOW.....

    September 12, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  4. John Kaleto

    When, oh when will Obama stop playing the victim?

    September 12, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  5. Michael

    Way to Go Sen. Obama, don;t back down!!! Stay on message, and hammer on the issues! Sen. McCain and Gov. Palin continue the Rovian Politics and policies of the past that have contributed to the problems we are embroiled in now!

    Yes we Can!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Obama / Biden 08 – 16

    September 12, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  6. Dee Jay a young republican

    We Love you President OBAMA

    September 12, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  7. D&D

    Anyone willing to see America heading in the better direction wouldn't even consider voting for McCain…it's that simple!

    September 12, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  8. Greg

    Rezko, Wright, Ayers, all true, who needs lies when Obama is a scumbag just like his buddies.

    September 12, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  9. bakersfield

    FACTCHECKS HAS BEEN DONE ON OBAMA AND MCCAIN THEY BOTH STRETCH THE TRUTH. VICTIM

    September 12, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  10. Steve

    I saw clips of John McCain on The View today and it is evident that John is out of touch. He again says, Sarah is going to clean up Washington– but won't say how, except - just like she did in AK- That would be the AK of Ted Stevens... and others.... and the investigation into how/why she fires people that work for the people of AK. She'll clean up DC - that is for sure... THE VIEW helped me realize that now is the time, the moment to bring Obama and Bidon's leadership to this nation.

    September 12, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  11. Bob Indianapolis, IN

    And let's not forget a great example of fiscal responsibility was Palin making victims of rape pay for their own rape kits...

    September 12, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  12. Leah DiMarco, Texas

    Obama-Biden – '08
    The only sane choice!

    September 12, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  13. WeLuvObama

    It is time for Senator Obama to fight back real hard, but stay on message about what really matters to the voters. We believe in you and will help take our country back. Gas has gone up 0.20 cents in one day. I can't take four more years of the republicians stupidity.

    September 12, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  14. White Mother for Obama!!

    Silly Games is the Republican way.

    September 12, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  15. MarioB. from Berlin FOR OBAMA

    just one note, that has nothing to do with what anyone said...

    Come on, is this US-folks twofaced?
    When the hurricane gustav threatened Louisiana, both campaigns were up on their feets, ready to help, if something happens, they even stopped campaigning, they even shortened the rnc's first day...

    NOW that there's a much bigger hurricance with a HUGE wave and probably a huge flood, caused bei Ike, not any of the campaigns responds to that, not any says, "oh let's help"...
    Will they do when the hurricane is over? Or was Gustav's goal just MORE IMPORTANT than Ike's path is???

    Think about it folks

    September 12, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  16. Helene

    Of course McCain/Palin lie. The bridge to nowhere ? Earmarks ? Energy ? Come on we are NOT stupid and unlike Palin we know a little more about issues.

    September 12, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  17. Annette, Washington, DC

    No way, No how, No McCain

    September 12, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  18. Kyle of NJ

    The hostility from MCcain and Palin is very scary. An you would choose these people to run our country and dictate our futures? Wow... Even though Hilliary is not the VP I can asure you SHE WILL HAVE THE NEXT HIGHEST OFFICE IN THE US AND SHE WILL BE INVOLVED IN THE DECISION MAKING PROCESS.... anything other than Obama/Biden and Hilliary is stupidity.

    September 12, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  19. I said Thanks, but No Thanks to another 4 years of g.o.p. corruption, arrogance and incompetence

    Fired Up.
    Ready to Go.
    Obama/Biden 08

    September 12, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  20. Roger

    Lies and payoffs to the rich are the only things you can count on from the Republicans.

    Obama/Biden!

    September 12, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  21. 100% Pro-CNN, Colorado

    CNN: This is my first time to write here and I want you to help me understand this question. Here is my question: What is the different between dirty politics and political gamble?

    September 12, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  22. CB

    CALL TO DEMOCRATS: Get off Palin. Get back on to McCain. McCain is the one running for President.

    September 12, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  23. jason, tx

    Um, yeah. McCain and Palin have concocted some seriously egregious lies about Obama. It's amazing that the American people believe this stuff. WAKE UP!

    September 12, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  24. DLH

    No way no how no more catchy empty slogans...

    September 12, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  25. Nimi from NY

    McCain is fighting like someone who is desperately in need to win the white house. And when you are desperate you do some stupid things that you will later come to regret. ALso, if you stupid enough to act on your desperation you are bound to make some costly mistakes. He's made one of them already by picking Palin.

    September 12, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
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