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. Audrey

    Will someone please ask McCain face to face to explain his ad. This type of politics is so so old, tired, dirty and wrong. He is being a hypocrite. I can handle losing as long as it is a fair fight. "Beat me, don't cheat me!", is how the old saying goes. This kind of politics should be outlawed. We need a forum to expose things like this on both sides. Someone to just tell the simple TRUTH and nothing but. I want to see a report card with how both candidates voted from an unbiased group.

    September 13, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  2. Paul from Texas

    This is getting old. If McCain is willing to tell ridiculous lies on the campaign trail, lies that are continually knocked down, how can anyone trust this man in the White House?

    September 13, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  3. John

    Why isn't anyone stopping these excessive smears? Why isn't the media fighting back? The American people need to know that McCain is offering more of the same, more Karl Rove, more Bush policies. They need to know that McCain is lying.

    Albuquerque, New Mexico

    September 13, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  4. WIll, NJ

    Didn't McCain say he wouldn't vote for his own immigration legislation?

    September 13, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  5. Norah (Boston, MA)

    McShame offers nothing but lies, lies,lies

    September 13, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  6. bill, alabama

    So what else is new? I'm voting for Obama, but BOTH candidates should SHUT UP talking about their opponent, and start telling people what they themself are going to do in SPECIFICS, not generalized rhetoric like both of them are now doing.

    A candidate should tell the voters why THEY should be elected, not why their OPPONENT should not be elected.

    I'm going to start muting the sound on my TV if they do not change this scenario of acting like fighting five year olds!

    September 13, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  7. Mike

    McCain keeps lying, lying, lying. And he gets called on it, but he keeps telling the same lies, lies, lies. McCain is dishonorable. He is a disgrace to America. PLEASE put country first and defeat John McCain.

    September 13, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  8. V Brown

    More Lies From MCBUSH!

    September 13, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  9. Slider

    From some twit in FL in a different ticker:

    "Rush Limbach? How can anyone take a recreational drug-taker seriously?"

    First off, it's "Limbaugh".

    Second, the man doesn't speak for many conservatives, like myself. He has made a ton of money espousing our ideals, much like 7 out of the past 10 presidents of this country got elected. The problem is, that when these "conservatives" get into office, they forget the platform they utilized to get elected, i.e. GWB. Need I say more?

    Third, Obama himself was a recreational drug user. See: "Dreams From My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance".

    Apparently, this fact eluded you, which says more about you than it does your politics. Then again; maybe not.

    September 13, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  10. Duke

    McCain claims that Obama is being disrespectul but I don't think you can be disrespectful to liars. I hope that the American people understand what is going on here and that if McCain has to lie, then maybe he does not have a good case to be POTUS.

    Losing respect for McCain because he of all people understands the evil behind smearing your opponent with lies the way that he was smeared back in 2000. Now he is practicing the same politics. What is there to respect. He has sold his soul for this election and it is truly he that will do anything to win an election.

    I hope the American people once and for all announce loud and clear that we are tired of this kind of politics. If we make the liars pay a price this time maybe they won't try it in the future. Isn't that what we want?

    September 13, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  11. Carl

    You mean nothing happened with Bush as President or that Obama has no plan? I think the republicans have aired so many false and misleading ads that I can't believe a word that they say! If America votes for them due to these ads, then I guess we get what we deserve – 4 more years of bad economy and war.

    September 13, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  12. Matt, Las Vegas, NV

    This is the type of outrageous garbage that the media MUST start lashing McCain for. How many outright lies is he allowed to foster before there is a backlash???

    I'm so sick of it, I'm going to go donate money to Obama right now.

    September 13, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  13. Scott

    "John McCain would rather lose his integrity than lose an election." – Barack Obama/Joe Biden '08

    An entirely appropriate statement.

    September 13, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  14. Steven

    The press must start calling a spade a spade, a lie a lie, and a liar a liar, or they must admit that they are accomplices in the destruction of our national life.

    September 13, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  15. gary


    September 13, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  16. Independent

    McCain is going to far....I would like to say to him, you dirty *%%(*(#%%&*)^......My Mom taught me to be a is kind of hard when you got people who are such LIARS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! When my son was small I always told him not to lie, cause later on it would catch up with him and the results would be a whole lot worse....

    Rove is doing his DIRTY WORK....WAKE UP AMERICA, don't believe this dribble......

    It sure looks like this man is so DESPERATE he will say anything to win....being such a liar, I'm sure he will have to defend himself when he steps before God......

    September 13, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  17. john

    macain is a liar

    September 13, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  18. Republican NOT voting for McCain/Palin

    McCain is one of the lowest forms of a human being. The hate and lies he has entered into this campaign is horrible. The ladies on "The View" asked him why his ads are nothing but lies. McCain said because Barack didn't do "Town Hall" meetings. The people of the USA will not buy this. They will see through it.

    McCain always says he is for "America" first! He isn't showing it in the way he is acting or in his VP pick.

    McCain is a mean nasty old man. Shame on you McCain.
    McCain is worse than Bush/Chaney/Rowe. Do you all want to look and listen to him for the next 4 years. And worse – do you want should he die, for Palin to run the country? Palin will go around firing whoever gets in her way and abusing her power. That is unless she is charged with abuse of power from the State of Alaska.

    Obama/Biden for the integrity, moral values and judgement to run the country and put America's first.

    September 13, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  19. brad

    confusing ad concept. not sure what McCain is saying other than that Republicans' fillibuster any attempt to make changes. Sounds like it is in Obama's favor.

    September 13, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  20. Mel



    September 13, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  21. Foreign observer

    Republicans have determined the immigration policies of the last 40 years. For only a short while Democrates had influence on that issue.
    McCain is blaming his own policies.

    September 13, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  22. Fort Collins,Colorado

    You know one is going to listen to any of his ads. We got it...they are fairytails and belong on that cartoon channel. Just like he does. If this is an indication how he is going to run the government, the man should not get any votes in November! He brushed up on his lying skills watching Bush the last eight years.

    September 13, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  23. Double standard

    Lets get back to Obama and his empty promise of change- and lay off Sarah Palin.

    Why does she have to explain "reform" when in 2 years, no one has bothered to ask Obama, "what change?".

    September 13, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  24. Ron L

    This is an area neither political party has done a good job on. What needs to happen is pretty simple:
    1) Patrol the border and reduce the number of illegals coming in by at least 80%.
    2) Find and deport those that have less than 1 year in America. They broke the law, no excuses.
    3) Come down VERY HARD on any company hiring illegal immigrants. The penalties have to be a minimum of $15,000 per immigrant. Everyone knows the main reason they hire them is because they know the people are desperate, and they represent cheap labor they they do not have to give regular benifits to. Also those immigrants found that have more than 1 year in the country should pay a large penalty and put in a program that allows citizenship in 5 years.
    4) Increase the number of people who handle the paperwork required to become a citizens legally so it doesn't take so long.
    This is another IMPORTANT issue that the Congress has been playing KICK the CAN with for far too long...LETS FIX IT and MOVE ON to the next challenge.

    September 13, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  25. Paul Tosi

    Sen McCain,

    Have you no shame. I have always had a great deal of respect for you and the service you have given to my country. I have in fact considered voting for you, however this ad campaign of personal destruction is exactly the opposite of everything you have ever worked for. Do you really think that the only way you can get to the White House is to lie! I have completely lost faith in you Sen McCain and could never bring myself to cast a vote for you.

    September 13, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
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