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. CindyN--PA

    How many lies can the Republicans keep putting out there?
    Come on people, wake up! McCain and Palin are horrible people committed to lying about Obama to get ahead politically. Country First?–my rear end. More like career first. Liars and rotten to the core they are.

    September 13, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  2. Obama supporter

    I do not know how McCain can sleep at night with these outright lies. I ised to think MCain was a great American, not anymore. May god judge him for these lies. Obama is the one for a guest worker program.

    September 13, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  3. bob

    Illegal immigration problem solved. Put land minds along our border, shoot those that get through and bill the Mexican Government for the clean up of those that didnt. PROBLEM SOLVED.

    September 13, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  4. tom

    reality check- it was the repugs fault too so don't blame the democrats.

    again, more lies and distortion from the mccain camp

    September 13, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  5. Scott Tucson

    Slamming Obama on just about any subject is so easy but McCain needs to tread lightly on the immigration issue. He ticked off a lot of us here in Arizona on his immigration stance having sided with Kennedy on the issue, it could open old wounds.

    September 13, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  6. Doofus Cape Coral FL

    How can the Republicans lie with such impunity when the truth is so evident? More to the point how can so many people be taken in by this duplicity? We can't all be THAT stupid, can we?

    September 13, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  7. Jason

    Its amazing how people still believe such stuff. I haven't seen this ad yet, but if McCain approves this message, it will demonstrate how McCain's leadership is going to be – just like Bush – deceiving people for his advantage.

    I hope the Hispanics don't fall for these cheap tricks.

    September 13, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  8. Filipina

    What do you know about immigration McSame????? Blame your own party,,,,why blame Obama he is not the president you are really out of touch!!!!!!!!!! Path of citizenship??????? I did all the right thing to get my citizenship, I went to the line and waited for a while to get it. Retire you are wrong for this country.

    Obama/Biden

    September 13, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  9. kris

    McGrandpa is a LIAR!

    September 13, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  10. Jeffer65

    With McCain and Obama doing nothing but attacking each other, it just makes more sense to look seriously at the third party candidates. It seems the issues, like the economy, jobs, Iraq, etc., just don't matter to the Dems and Republicans anymore. Sad part is that alot of people actually believe these ads.

    McCain says "no secure borders"? He and Obama both voted to build that fence a few miles north of the Texas-Mexican border. Just ask the people of Brownsville, Texas who had their land stolen by our government to build this fence.

    Disgusting!!

    September 13, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  11. Kellie

    Is McCain going to put out any ads that give actual facts?
    Every single ad he puts out is an anti-Obama ad (and they're usually filled with lies).
    What is McCain going to do that's different from Bush? That’s what I NEED to know!
    I am so sick of the negativity. McCain is showing and total and utter lack of respect for the voters in this country!

    McCain/Palin Winning First!
    Obama/Biden Country First!

    September 13, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  12. Judy from NC

    McCain has lost all honor with his recent lies and smear campaign. This is really sad to watch. I guess he really would sacrifice his integrity to win an election. I pray that the America people will stand up and say "Not This Time" to the lies and smears, but I would rather see Obama lose the election than compromise his values the way McCain has. God Bless the USA.

    September 13, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  13. Marvin

    It is refreshing to see the media calling out the lies in this campaign. The usual stance of simply repeating campaign subterfuges is not responsible journalism. It is, rather, a disservice to the public since the media so often claims to be there to uncover the truth.

    I hope the trend continues.

    What the media needs to do now is to further serve the country by filtering out the salacious, superficial, tabloid soundbites and force the candidates to state their positions on the issues.

    September 13, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  14. Patty

    Why is this being allowed? Those nasty republicans will do anything and say anything to get elected. This is not a democracy anymore. People wake up...if you want things to improve, voting for Obama/Biden is the only way. See through these packs of lies. The republicans did it in 2000, 2004 and now they're doing it again. Stand up to them and vote for Obama/Biden for your future.

    Obama has tried to run an honest, open, transparent candidacy. They just lie to get him off message. Don't let that happen. We can't afford 4 more years of republicans in charge. If you want your future and that of your children's to be safe and secure, don't vote for McCain/Palin. They want more of the same...war with the wrong enemy, protection for the wealthy to stay wealthy. They don't give a rat's - about the rest of us. Obama's plan provides for common sense in health care, fair taxation, fair wages, etc. For the past 8 years the republicans have ruined our beautiful country. Let's take it back and not experience 4 more years of the rich getting richer, the lies, deceipt, breaking the laws, hiding behind "executive privilege".

    September 13, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  15. R.Deezy

    LIES, LIES, LIES MCCAIN IS TURNING OUT TO BE THE WORLDS BIGGEST LIAR. He'd rather loose his integrity but win an election!!!
    I AM R.DEEZY AND I APPROVE THIS MESSAGE...LOL!

    September 13, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  16. Latina for Obama Ca.

    Wow. It amazes me how far McCain will go with these negative ads. Lies lies lies. Even though both Obama and McCain have similar stance on this issue he still slams him. I don't really agree with either canidate on this issue anyways, but I am still voting for Obama for other reasons. One of them being that at least he is willing to speak on the issues and not just slam on McCain. Guess what McCain most Latinos, at least in this area, like Obama and they view you as a big old phony.

    September 13, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  17. Eli - Rosewood, CA

    Lets see CNN do a headline story about why McCain can't use email. Also, Hitler was a community organizer, Franklin Roosevelt was a governor.

    September 13, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  18. Ian

    Any integrity John McCain had at the beginning of this campaign, he has completely lost it all. I don't care who you support, you know it's the truth. He has lost my respect. It's one thing to just win an election on the up and up, but to just flat out lie, not disingenuous, not misrepresent, just flat out lie, is just plain pathetic.

    September 13, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  19. Independent and Moderate

    John McCain: Just Another Republican

    I'm very disappointed that McCain has betrayed his principles and the American people over the last seven years, especially with the falsehoods he offers in his advertisements.

    I need American employers to create more jobs here, and his reliance on Chinese loans and NAFTA-like tax breaks will not get it done.

    I may just have to vote for Obama.

    September 13, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  20. PD Thomas

    It is a sad state of affairs when the number one thing that makes you ready on day one is trust. We had 8 years of someone who blatantly lies to us as well as filled us with half truths in order to sway public opinion...so on that point alone I see a resemblance between McCain and Bush. Why also is McCain, a decorated war hero, hiding behind Pailin's skirt? All rally's include her...all ads are set to look like Obama and Biden...hell anyone is attacking her and that they are being sexist. No matter what negative items are said, it is spun to make it seem like a personal attack against Pailin. Is he going to throw her in front of the bus when things go wrong should he be elected or better yet should he be defeated in November.

    If anyone with any 'semblence of influence on the Obama campaign reads this, can you please suggest Obama do a PSA, not dignifying, but breaking down each and every one of these ads, and then parallel it with an ad/lie/half truth that Bush/Cheney has spoken over the past 8 years and ask the question...change? Then go down point by point with a major campaign theme and then 1 or 2 specific ways to get there...Economy: Bullet 1, Bullet 2 and end with look it up online. The ad can be ironically entitled 'Straight Talk' or He could play horse with some regular voters and each time he makes a shot they throw out a campaign theme and he has to detail his plan. He can even protect himself by saying, now this is my idea going in. In politics there is give and take, but I pledge to give it my best effort and whatever concessions that are made, the spirit and intent of the policy will be an unwavering portion of the finished product.

    Come on Barak...let's get it going. Look to the American people to perhaps send in ad ideas...draw on them to handle the conepts for you and then fund it out of the campaign. There is another way you can have the American people truly feel like they are a part of the process.

    Let's get in the game a bit here bud...

    September 13, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  21. caryn mcdermott

    Republicans should be ashamed. I used to respect him, but now I have no respect any more for John McCain and his lobbyist campaign team. I have also lost respect for those who blindly approve and cheer these false smear tactics. George Orwell wrote about a society that saw its history revised constantly, the truth changed into blatant falsehood. That fictional society was laughable in the work 1984. It's not funny now to be living in that kind of society. Wake up people! Does a candidate have to lie and smear the opponent to get into office now? If you aren't listening and thinking about it, you are letting it happen.

    September 13, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  22. Simon Templer

    The blatant lies are just sickening. How can an old man be so dishonorable and completely devoid of dignity? Well, I guess the same blatant lie and misrepresentation strategy worked for GW twice.

    Thank goodness that most immigrants are fully aware that the Republican Party does not have their interest in mind.

    Vote for intelligence…vote Obama ‘08

    September 13, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  23. barbara

    I"Im John McCain and approve of another lie."

    September 13, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  24. CM

    So they have identical stances and voting records but McCain is portraying Obama as against Immigration reform?

    Someone isn't doing their homework here and its sounding increasingly desperate. Too bad McCain doesn't know how to Google and fact check himself.

    September 13, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  25. democrates unite

    Dear Mexicans,
    Do not believe a word McCain says. Most republicans are conservatives and they really don't think nice about foreigners. If you want change and if you want a better life: choose Obama. Maybe the Democrats are not perfect but they are much better for you than that McCain person, who is spreading lies without a blink of his eyes.

    September 13, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
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