September 13th, 2008
09:49 AM ET
9 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. oldsoldierboy

    McCain wants to talk immigration. How about our veterans? Look at his record:

    September 2007: McCain voted against the Webb amendment calling for adequate troop rest between deployments.

    May 2006: McCain voted against an amendment that would provide $20 million to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for health care facilities.

    April 2006: McCain was one of only 13 Senators to vote against $430,000,000 for the Department of Veteran Affairs for Medical Services for outpatient care and treatment for veterans

    March 2006: McCain voted against increasing Veterans medical services funding by $1.5 billion in FY 2007 to be paid for by closing corporate tax loopholes.

    March 2004: McCain once again voted for abusive tax loopholes over veterans when he voted against creating a reserve fund to allow for an increase in Veterans' medical care by $1.8 billion by eliminating abusive tax loopholes. Jeez, McCain really loves those tax loopholes for corporations, since he voted for them over our veterans' needs.

    September 13, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  2. obama 08-12

    mcbush, you can't fool anyone,everybody knows that you have a worse record than obama when it comes to immigration,you just need some latinos votes,you ain't get it this year.

    September 13, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  3. Tristan, City of New York

    Once again, John McSame playing dirty politics and lying to the American people about his record

    September 13, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  4. Melissa

    Okaaaaaaaayy, sounds like the failure to reach immigration reform rests squarely on republican shoulders. McCain should have run his ad against THEM. So disappointed in Senator McCain!!!

    September 13, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  5. KIm

    I think that McCain's continual distortion Obama's record points to his character. If the American people vote McCain into office in fall they will expect a commander-in-chief, but what they will get is another LIAR-IN-CHIEF. Get ready for four more years of a permanent campaign culture in Washington, because Palin and McCain will change NOTHING!

    September 13, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  6. Papin86

    Why does the McCain campaign keep releasing blatantly false ad's?? This has become so ridiculous!

    The media needs to hold their feet to the fire for putting up ad's that are clearly false.

    The level of hypocrisy has become so disheartening. I used to have a lot of respect for McCain. Not anymore!

    September 13, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  7. Mary (Texas)

    Muncho gusto..... Obama = no McCain/Palin = si

    Viva Presidente McCain/Palin 2008

    September 13, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  8. Independent_me

    Somebody, please tell me what the Republican Party did with the real John McCain, and who is the dishonorable imposter that is paerading in his place???

    I honestly cannot believe that John McCain wants to win the presidency so badly that he would lose his integrity in order to do so! That's not the John McCain I used to admire so much!

    I feel so ashamed for him!

    September 13, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  9. Obama fight back

    Look, I love OB but its time for him to fight back. Get mad. No Barack you don't have to say untrue things like John McCain, but there are things to get angry about. People are not able to get to work, because of the gas prices. GEORGE BUSH HAS RUINED THIS NATIONS ECONOMY AND FOREIGN RELATIONS CREDITIALS....AND WE WANT TO PUT ANOTHER REPUBLICAN IN OFFICE...I THINK NOT!

    Barack the time to fight back is now. Get your punching bags out...McCain and Palin can take it...........Your Supporters are behind you! Its time to take back the White House....BECAUSE IF WE DON'T TAKE BACK THE WHITE HOUSE..I'M MOVING TO SEWDEN WERE ITS SAFE!

    September 13, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  10. derrick bowser

    when is CNN going to get tough on all the ads that are false about Obama. Ever since John McCain refused to go on Larry King because of the Campbell Brown interview CNN has looked weak. I am so tired of mini series on the Sarah Palin life story. For gods sake the women thinks the world is 5,000 years old and that there are to many Poler Bears and that teaching sex ed in schools is a bad thing has she looked at the teenage pregnacy rate in the US and how much that cost the country

    September 13, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  11. jlocus

    We have seen a lot of "fact checking" articles on McCain but not on Obama. By this Obama must be a perfect candidate.

    It's too good to be true.

    September 13, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  12. Brian from NYC

    McSame, McBush – McEnough! Polls don't matter votes matter and we will be the change we seek.

    September 13, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  13. mr. reality

    McLiar! does he think we dont use the "enternets" to look up these issues?

    September 13, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  14. Jan Patrick

    No difference in their record, but he blames Obama. Is that the kind of honesty we want from our President? I think not.

    September 13, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  15. Jon

    Typical intellectual cowardice and moral bankruptcy of the Republican party. If you can't see it or refuse to see it then you are also an intellectual coward!

    September 13, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  16. David

    When I see a headline like "Claims in new anti-Obama ad questioned", my first thought is, "this is news?" What I want to hear more about is why people are falling for these ads. It is a flawed system when truth in advertising doesn't apply to political campaigns.

    September 13, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  17. Big Country

    McCain-Palin are busting Obama's chops like he's a Pinata.

    Besides, Obama's desire to pander to the old-establishment with the pick of Biden over Hillary shows what he really is... a Payaso.

    September 13, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  18. Billion

    McCain is a loser. get a life old man, retired life that is.
    Tell your lil sweetheart to write you a check.

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 13, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  19. Colleen

    makes it that much easier for the dems to respond..use the same text over McCains footage...this makes me sick...who is spewing out this filth...

    September 13, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  20. rich

    Voted the same way? Where is McCain's honor and integrity he claims to have? And I do hope no one buys his excuse that he wouldn't be lying if Obsma had just accepted his town hall debates.

    September 13, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  21. Moon over your 'bammy

    Sacry isn't it?

    As little experience as Sarah Palin has (for VP)

    She still has way more experience than Obama has (and he is going for POTUS).

    So what is scary? Obama running on rhetoric with no actual experience or Sarah running on her actual – VERY conservative- record?

    She is a republican- she is a great choice for her party.

    We democrats blew it by going with the least qualified of all our GREAT candidates. HRC was the one and we decided to beat her up and kick her to the curb because we liked Obama's voice and smile and color and star power better than we liked experience, qualifications, and ISSUES.

    September 13, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  22. David

    Thank you, CNN, for exposing this. Will you also broadcast it on your news shows? Will you challenge McCain spokespeople on air? Will Anderson Cooper dedicate a 360 segment to it?

    The sad thing is that the lies being put out by the McCain camp have far greater reach than the analyses that show them as lies.

    We must use every available opportunity to alert the public to the underhanded tactics being used to keep the Bush-Cheney-McCain machine in power.

    September 13, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  23. Barry

    The ability of the McCain campaign to take issues that they were non-existent on or took an unpopular position on, and then transfer the angst that voters have about said issues over to Obama is uncanny. McCain's people are well aware of the ignorance of the average American voter regarding issues and know that if they tell a lie it will stick and Obama and the Democrats follow those lies with a tepid response. It is frightening to imagine the type of lies McCain and Palin will resort to if and when they take over the White House. One thing is certain and that is that the country will suffer from these two being in the Oval office.

    September 13, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  24. Lade

    As a citizen of the world i cant help but be worried that the next president of the US automatically becomes the leader of the free world. It is obvious the choice americans have in this election cycle is to elect a competent leader, a choice not recognised by some low information americans.

    This to me seems like the beginning of another degeneration of a world power.

    September 13, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  25. Annie

    Are you reporting about the ad or trying to excuse it as irrelevant by stating their voting records in defence of Obama? Can your bias be any more blatant? And moderators -can you at least appear to show some modicum of fairness in what you allow to appear or not. The spin here is as bad as Fox News.

    September 13, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
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