September 13th, 2008
09:49 AM ET
12 months ago

McCain ad slams Obama, Senate Democrats on immigration

New McCain ad blames Obama and Democrats for death of immigration overhaul effort.
New McCain ad blames Obama and Democrats for death of immigration overhaul effort.


(CNN) –
John McCain’s campaign is running a Spanish language ad in battleground states that blames Barack Obama and Senate Democrats for the failure of attempts to overhaul the nation’s immigration laws - even though the Republican nominee and his Democratic counterpart cast identical votes in the key Senate showdowns on that issue last year

“Obama and his congressional allies say they are on the side of immigrants. But are they?” asks the announcer in the 30-second spot, “Which Side Are They On?”

“The press reports that their efforts were 'poison pills' that made immigration reform fail,” he continues. “The result: No guest worker program. No path to citizenship. No secure borders. No reform. Is that being on our side? Obama and his Congressional allies ready to block immigration reform, but not ready to lead.”

But Obama and McCain cast identical votes in the major congressional showdowns on the issue last year. Both men cast votes in favor of an unsuccessful early June effort to end a filibuster. Later that month, they voted again to end debate on the issue – but again failed to shut down the filibuster effort, led for the most part by Republican senators.

The ad will air in Colorado, New Mexico and Nevada, all crucial fall states with significant Hispanic voting populations.


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soundoff (984 Responses)
  1. Anonymous

    We need a guest worker program

    Good grief...everyone needs to see and understand the huge contributions the hispanics are making. Sending them home would be morE of a crime to our society then their crime of coming hjere to better their family and our society.

    September 13, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  2. Connie

    What is really wrong with Mccain? You cast the same vote with Obama, and you release an ad like that when there are not differences between. For real... this is the height of frustration. If he wishes to send out ads of Obama, they should be concrete and true. Not ads that make him look like a martyr

    September 13, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  3. Rauji kibet

    Obama respond with the truth,dishonest mcain again with lies,let the american people know that anything mcain and republicans say its all a bunch of lies,records speak for itself.
    who changed his position about immigration? Mcain,hey my latinos brothers and sisters,whats mcain policy on cuba,venezuela,mexico,find out for yourselves.

    September 13, 2008 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  4. Miatta M. Johnson

    Senator John McCain is seriously desperate now.....someone keep to straighten the screw in his head

    September 13, 2008 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  5. Patty Miller

    It is terrifying to think that McCain and Palin could possibly be leading our country in a few short months. These people can't be trusted to tell us the truth....look at all the lies throughout this campaign....have they no concience at all? Do they REALLY go to church and LISTEN to what is taught there?? I am truely ashamed of them!! I was taught to believe that honesty and integrity were the principals this country were founded on....I still believe this. It's unfortunate that MacCain and his counterpart can't run a more respectable campaign...and they need to stop treating the American people as though they were idiots!!

    September 13, 2008 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  6. Tom

    I have lost all respect for McCain. I never thought he would run a campaign like this.

    September 14, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  7. Kevin

    I am affraid for the American people if McCain is elected. He will continue what has been happening in American today. Look at our gas prices, do we need more of that?

    Obama/ Biden '08-'12
    Clinton '16-'20

    September 14, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  8. HW

    I don't know who I am more frustrted with, McCain who would rather lose his personal integrity than an election, or the ill-informed chest-thumping American voters who lap up evry last lie that's dished out. If Americans choose McCain they would desrve every last second of his presidency.

    September 14, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  9. Frank

    what happened to the "clean" campaign McCain said he'd run?

    September 14, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
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