September 13th, 2008
09:49 AM ET
5 years 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. Cheryl

    Time to go hard on McJerk's continuing lies and Gov. Pig-Face's real "record" in Alaska. Bring it on, Dems!

    September 13, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  2. Emit R Detsaw

    Republican Campaign mantra:

    Lie, Cheat, & Steal......

    Whatever it takes to RULE.

    September 13, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  3. White Mother for Obama!!

    Well aint that calling the kettle black... LOL. McCain needs to give it up. Can we say Slander?? With all the lies and nothing to back it up, he is looking for a hurtin for Slander.

    September 13, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  4. Kimbo

    I need say no more than an adviser to McCain Said:

    “Every day not talking about the economy, the war and how to fix a broken system is a victory for McCain,” said John Weaver, a former top strategist to the nominee who left the campaign last year. “They’re going to ride it as long as they can and as long as the mainstream media puts up every ridiculous charge.”

    I'm just amazed at how the American public can fall for this. I'm sure however that once their eyes are open and they demand conversation about these topics, the ones that REALLY are important to our country, the polls will swing dramatically.

    September 13, 2008 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  5. Still for Hill but now ONLY for Hill

    What is Obama's position?

    Obama seems to switch his position on all issued based on what is polling well at the time.

    To this day, Obama has not taken a stand on anything- just criticizes and attacks others while proclaiming his own good judgement.

    But since Obama has NOT EVER DONE ANYTHING- we have only his word for his good judgement and his own pandering promises- to go on.

    My conscience is clear since I voted for the BEST candidate of all- HRC. No race baiting no gender bias- just the issues.

    September 13, 2008 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  6. John McCain, MIA

    Why would McCain include his matching record?

    This isn't the real Jon McCain, so honesty and integrity don't come into play

    September 13, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  7. Annette

    I used to believe in John McCain, but now he has turned totally negative and deceitful. Unfortunately, for many who just don't want to vote for Obama this is just what they want to hear, whether factual or not. I wonder what that is about. I hear many white men at work say he called Palin a pig and that just turns on the base. It's like in the past, I dare a "colored" speak to a "white woman" like that. I doubt if you post this, but it is true and CNN is submitting to the McCain campaign under the threat of unfairness.

    September 13, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  8. Linton

    Shame on McCaain, anything to win the elections, the MSM needs to call him out. We need to interview Sarah Palin, tell her to come out of her hiding hole.

    September 13, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  9. Deb, Allentown,PA

    Where is the acccountability? How is McCain permitted to simply put out ad after ad of lies, untruths and misrepresentations? This is disgusting.

    McCain is no longer remotely honorable. He has sold his soul to the devil in order to occupy the White House.

    September 13, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  10. Anonymous

    Obama will stop immigration raids, McCain will not, as he has been for immigration raids in his own state. Please see their websites for the facts on the issues.

    September 13, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  11. d

    MCain iS an idiot. Doesn't he know that the vast majority of republicans and the republican constituency were AGAINST this bill!!!
    Big mistake to bring it to their attention in an ad that blatantly lies. Obama voted for the bill.. MCAIN DRAFTED IT!!!!

    September 13, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  12. Javone

    THAT'S IT! THis man is a LIAR and a CHEAT! Anyone who votes for him is just the same. I am so tired of him lying and then looking the american people in the face and lying with a straight face!He did it just yesterday on the view. People PLEASE research these claims before just believing what he says! This is so lame!

    September 13, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  13. independant voter,


    September 13, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  14. Ardnuas

    McCain/Palin is so negative..... these people will NOT change anything in Washington.... they can ONLY work with people who THINK like they do. America, we deserve BETTER.

    September 13, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  15. bob

    Republicans... the party of family values... as long as those values don't include honesty, being faithful to your wife, or living up to your own professed values and sense of honor.

    I love how Mccain is now attacking Obama for casting the identical vote he did. I guess his pledge to run an honorable campaign earlier was just another lie. Kind of like the one he told his first wife before he cheated on her with his current wife! How exactly does a party that claims family values nominate an adulterer for its presidential nominee! What a group of hypocrits!

    September 13, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  16. Moon over your 'bammy

    Just wait a day or so and Obama will "refine" his position- just like on NAFTA, FISA, off-shore drilling and a half dozen other positions.

    Obama's health care plan IS NOT LIKE HILLARY'S- it is NOT universal and it will only mean more of the same.

    For that reason alone I WILL not and CAN not vote for Obama.

    We democrats had the best candidate out there with all the best positions on EVERY issue. We decided to play political correctness games with our democratic process. We tampered with people's right to vote. We swiftboated the female candidate. We selected and installed a nominee.

    Watch that fail here in America- not a total third world regime- yet!

    September 13, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  17. David in Indian Wells

    Are people insane. Why would anyone want two bold face LIARS running this country again.

    I see another 1929 replay if these two economic dimwits get elected.

    September 13, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  18. d

    If Obama were smart he would put an ad out that disputes this ad. Just tell the American people the truth. he supported a bill that McCain drafted. Bring THAT to the attention of McCains voting base.

    September 13, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  19. Bring the vomit bags

    More lies and desperation by McCain. What a pile of garbage.

    September 13, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  20. Larry Buchas

    John McCain is not a patriot. He will lie about everything and claim it fact. He depends on tapping the traditional racist feelings of white America.

    He puts our country last. Barack Obama puts our country first.

    September 13, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  21. Mac in Nova Scotia

    I hope that McCain is enjoying himself while he is wallowing in the mud. He doesn't have the intelligence to climb up to Senator Obama's level so he is trying to bring Obama down to his level in the gutter. I hope his ad mentions that he was a P.O.W. who doesn't blink at sending the military into needless wars.

    September 13, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  22. Clem

    Obama is giving Americans way too much credit by saying “Americans aren’t stupid”. Emm! I think we are and we may just as well prove how stupid we are on November 4th. How long do you get beat over the head before you start looking for the person beating you over the head? McCain campaign sees the polls and scout the blogs and from what they see, calls for more dust because come November 4th, Americans may not know who they are actually voting for. In scenarios like that, Republicans win and then reality sets in. A few months later we start using the phrase “Politicians su**” and now it takes 2 hrs to argue with the insurance company over your claim which to your surprise used to be covered but not anymore. Insanity is doing the same thing and expecting a different result. It will truly be insane to vote for McCain but hey! We are Americans and we really know how to screw up big time. Just in case you don’t understand this comment, it means that you should VOTE FOR OBAMA.

    September 13, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  23. katiec

    How any intelligent voter can even listen to what Mccain says is
    beyond me. We all know whatever comes out of his mouth
    is going to be a lie, distortion, exaggeration and pandering.
    Whatever happened to the man we used to know? He has
    disappeared using any and every dirty tactic to win. He has
    resorted to what was used against him but stated at the
    beginning of his campaign he would be "honorable".
    Wonder what his definition of honorable is??
    Our country is sitting on quicksand, put there by the
    republican leadership these last eight years.
    This is our survival and we cannot survive anymore
    of Bush policies and the people who have and will
    support them.

    September 13, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  24. Luis

    And McCain keeps lying. It's the conservative right that McCain serves that doesn't want hispanics in the US.

    September 13, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  25. roger nc

    McSame shame on you liar.

    September 13, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
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