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. Ryan in Delaware

    That's funny! From a guy that just sent out an ad that his opponent can't email or work a computer......how about gas prices??

    What a hypocrite!!

    September 12, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  2. Jason in AZ

    I totally agree with Jay. McCain is scary but Pailn is even more frightening. They are dirty players and will say and do anything to brain wash the American people into voting for them. If you are stupid enough to vote for them then you diserve what is going to happen to our great country. They will not fix the problems that we have, they will make them worse. If you really want things fixed then you need to vote for Obama!!

    September 12, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  3. I said Thanks, but No Thanks to another 4 years of g.o.p. corruption, arrogance and incompetence

    No Shame McCain

    September 12, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  4. McCain for Pres.

    I have seen his adds and heard his speaches and there is no one who fabricates and lies more than he does about John McCain. Does he really think people are stupid?????

    September 12, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  5. Ray from CA

    Obama is angry now! Come on Obama and come on Biden go and hammer them away get that lead back in the National Polls and get the battleground states secured.

    September 12, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    good tactics.

    September 12, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  7. no trickle down...

    No a good 24hrs for the McCain side...

    He gets grilled on the view and can't give any specifics.
    Palin's Husband will get called.
    McCain slipped up at the forum (again) on the economy.
    Palin said she would go to war with Russia.
    Finally Obama is calling McCain on his lies.
    Palin didn't know what the Bush Doctrine was.

    September 12, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  8. Hillary Democrat

    Obama sounds like a community organizer instead of a president nominee.

    September 12, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  9. Maggie VT

    Way to go Barack!!!!! If you have to admit the way McCain did, he has divorced himself and doesn't know what is going on why is he running for president??? People are hurting, they know what is going on. We don't need anymore of this crap.

    September 12, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  10. Rich in Seattle

    This country needs someone like Obama.

    Why doesn't McCain wear a flag pin? Even at ground zero... no flag pin. Doesn't he know that his party uses that as a test as to how much someone loves America?!? According to the Republicans, McCain must not love America that much. And he's a POW, sad, sad that he won't wear a flag pin.

    September 12, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  11. Tim, Seattle

    No one cares anymore. Issues are dead andf face it, our dumbed down voters just want sound bites. Just give the public want they want,hate, lies and bigotry.

    God I miss Tim Russert

    September 12, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  12. TheTruthHurts

    Look, by now, we who pay attention know when the lies about Obama or McCain begin to fly. Look at Factcheck.org, they are both misleading people. It's sad it's come to this. Now that they are equal opportunity misleaders, can we get back to the ISSUES.

    Pssst. Sarah Palin ain't one of them.

    September 12, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  13. BR

    Which ads lie? Sorry the truth hurts. You did state in a speech to planned parenthood that "age based" sex ed should be taught. There is evidence Obama tied lawyers and investigators are in Alaska. Imagine if he is elected. No one could speak out against him.

    September 12, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  14. Reagan

    While hundreds of thousands of Americans are evacuating their homes, and everything they own in those homes are being destroyed by fires, floods, and winds...Barack Obama is casting stones in Dover, New Hampshire at Republicans which coincidentally has nothing to do with his over-inflated, tax raising, egocentric,Jimmy Carter type policies.

    September 12, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  15. ALECO -----NOKOMIS,FL

    SARAH PALIN IS A COCKY WACKO WITH A BIG MOUTH.
    CAN YOU PICTURE HER TALKING TO FOREIGN LEADERS--IT WOULD BE THE BEGINNING OF WORLD WAR THREE.

    September 12, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  16. Credit Card Republicans

    We can get the deficit under control in a month,just start taxing the churchs that cant stay out of politics.

    September 12, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  17. Niky

    "I never did give them hell. I just told the truth, and they thought it was hell."

    September 12, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  18. dave in RI

    finally he spoke clearly about the tax hikes not affecting people who earn less than 250k, it's about time

    September 12, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  19. SAT

    I'm glad Barrack is going after them. Now, Joe Biden needs to start attacking back as well. No more swiftboating!

    September 12, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  20. no trickle down...

    This was a comment for a previous article about McCain on the View:

    Who is he, Rumple-stilt-skin...?
    Old Little man jumping up and down on the floor with rage... Obama should be careful McCain doesn't take away his first born!

    If you don't debate me exactly how I want, then I'm going to spread lies about you...?

    That's real leadership!?

    September 12, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  21. slkwly

    Don't fret guys, they (the Obama campaign) are in it to win it.....Now come the tough questions for McCain and Palin on the issues. History and change will occur in November, but it won't be on the side of the Republicans.......

    September 12, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  22. Becca

    If McCain wants to stand behind his call for "change and reform," he could start by firing the Bush advisers that are running his campaign....then I might consider this new theme of his credible.

    So far....JUST MORE OF THE SAME!!!

    September 12, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  23. Mr Big

    What about Obama's poor judgement in using the pig with lip stick comment. This man went to Harvard and you expect anyone to think he did not intend it to mock Palin? Even the people behind Obama in the crowd started smerking when he said it. Anyone who believes this is very challenged.

    September 12, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  24. Jodi

    Thank god for Obama. In a world of self-righteous greed, backstabbing, and dirty politics, it's incredible to see someone speak to us like we are adults. I still can't believe my fellow Americans are listening to McCain's desperate, attention-seeking lies, though. Says a lot about our society...and why celebrities are our "royalty."

    September 12, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  25. McCain/Palin

    His latest add says he is A UNITER not a divider. I guess he lies about himself, because he split the democratic party by not picking Hillary.

    September 12, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
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