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. Just typing "Post this, CNN" or typing in all caps doesn't mean u have a clue

    Ooh, Mr. Obama....threats from the Obamabot Whaaaaambulance?
    So much for your promises to change the political culture.

    Hillary 2012

    September 12, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  2. Joe in NJ

    "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."

    That's nice. Now please explain how you're going to pay for everything you're proposing. It can't all come from taxing the rich, and the money being spent on the war is being charged to America's credit card so it won't come from there if and when you end it.

    September 12, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  3. NoBrainer

    The way Obama responds to McCain is very disappointing. After Gore, after Kerry, the Dems still do not learn. Being logical with the American people simply does not work. Dems gotta learn how to manipulate human emotions: fear, hate, greed and stupidity.

    September 12, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  4. S. Boatman

    Mccain Got It Handed To Him On The View! Now He Will Smear Them Because They Wont Do Town Hall Meetings With Him!

    September 12, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  5. The View has earned my respect

    Here's a question for the media. Why is the princess in hiding, why can't she stand with the big boys and answer questions. Why do the media refuse to criticize johnny boys dirty ads that are pure lies, and why don't someone from cnn asks the hard questions that an entertainment talk show could ask. CNN do your job, ASAP. This journalism degree woman could be your president and this is keeping me up all night, scared to death.

    September 12, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  6. Sarah L., Fayetteville, AR

    I do wish people wouldn't fall for the McCain "maverick" thing. So what that he's against earmarks? They might be somewhat wasteful, but they are a small portion of the annual spending. Earmarks have little if anything to do with the housing crisis, energy costs, global warming, loss of jobs etc...

    September 12, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  7. BJGT

    Obama has vision, intelligence, charisma, diplomacy and is a complete severance from McBush.

    September 12, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  8. Latinos for Obama/Biden

    I do understand where Obama is coming from. We need to understand that Panamanian McCain has set the trap and wants Obama's campaign to fall into dirty politics. Obama needs to hit McCain hard on the real issues.

    For those who will vote McCain remember one thing: You are part of the problem and will share in the destructioin of this country.

    September 12, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  9. I love Hillary

    Please vote for McCain so Hillary can run in 4 years! Otherwise she will never be able to run again.

    September 12, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  10. Amaya T

    I expected McCain to be different in making his case. I thought he has some integrity. The moment his party adopt Rove’s sleazy attack at any cost strategy they divert the attention from focusing on the issues to personal attacks. The current series of attacks are testaments. Like Obama said Mr. McCain “you can put lipsticks on a pig but it is still a pig” that is the truth.

    Mr. McCain, you could not come up with your own plan on issues so what did you do; you stole Obama’s Change and called it “reform”. I do not know what you will reform since you have been in Washington for 26 yrs other than reforming your dressing style. I do not remember any political opportunist I can compare to you. Your VP he one you did not properly vet, does not even know how to teach her own teen daughter how to abstain and she preaches abstinence. So Mr. McCain if you want to talk about sex education first discuss it with your running mate and come up with common view.

    September 12, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  11. PALIN IS BADNEWS

    Did you not watch her last night?????

    Frightening!

    NO President Palin!!!!!!!!

    September 12, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  12. Just typing "Post this, CNN" or typing in all caps doesn't mean u have a clue

    I'm curious as to whether "enough is enough" will ever become any more clearly defined as the promises of "change". I suspect that won't occur.

    September 12, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  13. Colleen

    Paris, when Sarah gives revenue back to 600,000 Alaskans, are they all on welfare?

    September 12, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  14. Lisa

    Is McFuddy's mouth moving? Ok, he is lying. It is just the way Repugs do business, their mouths would burn if they ever told the truth.

    September 12, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  15. Tully

    look at the polls obama! The american people are sick of your lies! Now tell us the story again where you 'considered" joining the military when you were snorting coke.

    September 12, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    As our country faces almost insurmountable challenges, the McCain/Palin ticket spews outright lies and blurry (at best) policy to the American people. How can they possibly help the country when they
    don't even respect the American people?

    September 12, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  17. PROUD ARMY WIFE

    YOU PEOPLE ARE HATERS...AND WOULDN'T VOTE FOR OBAMA ANYWAY....BUT I GUESS YOU LIKE BEING POOR AND STRUGGLING.....

    CHECK THE FACTS AND STOP BELIEVING EVERYTHING JOHN MCCAIN SAYS AND CHECK THE FACTS OUR FOR YOURSELVES...

    September 12, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  18. Anonymous

    Obama...a man of integrity

    September 12, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  19. Roland

    First, no matter what Obama said about the sex ed ad is wrong. The bill was gonna teach condom use in kindergarden. Don't believe me, read the bill.

    Having said that, I dont care. He's a democrat, hes gonna have stuff like that in his record. Hes actually lucky that hes been in politics for 10 minutes so nobody can knock his bills.

    I don't know who to vote for. I know this isnt the time to vote republican, but I cant vote against McCain. I got waayy to much respect for him to vote McCain, ignoring what hes said during this race, cause thats politics, plain and simple (By the way, Obama's done it too)

    All I know, the dems are suffering from de ja vu, because they dont know how to campaign.

    September 12, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  20. Mike, Syracuse NY

    The biggest lie of this whole campaign season is that McCain is a Bush 3rd term. McCain isn't Bush. Why don't we hear that Obama has voted party line 97% of the time? Things were bad 2 years ago under a Rep. congress. The Dems made a lot of promises. Have they delivered/ NO! Have things turned around? No, they've gotten worse. Gas prices up 3X in 2 years. Unemployment up. Record deficits. Remember, Congress appropriates the money, not the President. So every dollar of deficit is due to what Congress authorizes. So if things are worse, and the Dems control Congress, and Obama supports the Dems 97% of the time, Obama is part of the problem!

    September 12, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  21. jane

    What about Obama and the Rezko Case coming up before the election?
    How come Obama said he did not know Rezko? They have beem friends for years. Obama even bought some next door property and he claims he barely know the guy????

    September 12, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  22. Greg

    Give us your money , your money and your money, and we'll redistribute as we see fit. Thank You, Barack Obama

    September 12, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  23. Sarah L., Fayetteville, AR

    Paris,

    Obama said no tax increase–that has nothing to do with tax cuts.

    September 12, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  24. STOP LYING MCCAIN

    GO to factcheck.org to see how you friend LIES, LIES, LIES!

    Straight talk express my behind!

    September 12, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  25. tennesseean for obama

    If voters really want to reform government, they can start by reforming the election process. Why is everyone demanding that Obama get down in the gutter with the McCain/Palin ticket rather than demanding that the negative ads stop. Why are we letting the mainstream media off the hook by allowing them to focus on the nonissues so they can improve their ratings. Why are people berating Obama for doing what we should be demanding all candidates do - stay above the fray and focus on the issues?
    Janet

    September 12, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
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