September 13th, 2008
09:49 AM ET
1 year 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. David Goldman for OBAMA

    MCSHAME SUPPORTS NO GROUP IN THIS

    COUNTRY THAT CAN'T GIVE HIM THAT OTHER

    13TH HOUSE.HE COULDN'T CAR LESS IF WE ALL GOT

    THE PLAGUE AS LONG AS THE GREEDY VILE OLD

    SENILE BIGOT GOT A DOLLAR FOR EVERY PERSON

    MEETING THEIR DEMISE. AND HIS RECORD OF 26

    YEARS OF FLIP-FLOPPING FROM LOBBYIST TO LOBBYIST

    GROUP PROVES THAT WITHOUT A SHADOW OF DOUBT.

    September 13, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  2. PaulMo

    More lies from the "Straight Talk Express". When you don't have a policy platform to run on, just lie.

    September 13, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  3. georgia independent

    It's clear now – McCain was dropped on his head somewhere along the way. I don't get it – if they voted the same way – how can McCain criticize?

    Another example of how when McCain has nothing really bad to say – he just makes nothing sound bad.

    What a "leader" and what "change".

    September 13, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  4. Brandon

    Just another Karl Rove attack. I just truly hope the nation isn't fooled for a 3rd time. :(

    September 13, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  5. This is NOT American Idol!!

    I am getting SO SICK of the disgusting, lying McCain campaign. As a Canadian looking in, I sure hope Americans see beyond these Swift Boat tactics and actually consider who has the most important qualifications for being President of the US. It's all about judgement people, experience has proven time and time again not to be an adequate indicator of success in this role. It is judgement, and McCain's has been appalling.

    September 13, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  6. Dave

    Just more of the same from lying McCain. He is desperately trying to find the scum on the bottom of the barrel and so far seems to be finding success in doing so. Hopefully the American public is smart enough to see through his abhorrent, despicable approach.

    September 13, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  7. PA

    How can anyone honor such a dishonorable man? John McCain is not half the man he used to be.

    September 13, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  8. Melissa - Wisconsin

    When will the media start calling McCain out on all of his lies? It's sad that we have to leave the tough questions to The View, isn't it?

    September 13, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  9. Brett

    Why don't you journalists have the guts to call the statements in ads such as these what they are? Outright lies! It is inherently wrong to let the candidates lie to the American people without calling them out on it.

    September 13, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  10. CJG

    We the people are not stupid as the MCCain camp thinks ....

    Oops !!! well we did keep DUBBA for a 2nd term due to false ads and lies and the swift boat issue. It worked then , but come on people fool me once shame on you , fool me twice and shame on me! We deserve what we get when we do not listen and learn the truth.

    Do your homework and you will realize these ads are lies! The Dems might puts out some disrepectful ads too , but at least they are dealing with actual facts they put a spin on . Not out and out lies like is what is happening with the MCCain campaign. And I use to repect MCCain but no more ... I watched him on the View and he did not give a straight answer and insisted his ads were factual .....NOT!!!!

    September 13, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  11. Tim

    So, "Obama and McCain cast identical votes" and therefore must be "congressional allies." I can certainly see why McCain is worried. If the actual voting records are aired publicly, McCain must be seen as one of those "POISON PILLS" who made the immigration reform fail.

    Just like McCain – use an ad to tells half truths and / or lies.

    September 13, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  12. rich o

    While both sides seem to be willing to stretch facts, McCain is going over the top and appears willing to do and say anything at this point. He needs to change his tactics or he will become known as a liar.

    And Obama needs to not be pulled into the same level of falsehoods. Or this fiscally conservative, socially liberal, Obama leaning voter will be tempted to go third party.

    BYW; I recommend checking out factcheck.org as companion reading to this site. It's sad that the level of discourse in this country is so low. Maybe it matches the low level of politcal intelligence of my fellow Americans. Please prove me wrong.

    September 13, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  13. Just wondering

    Why doesn't this headline say, "Misleading McCain ad slams Obama.....?

    That's what this story is about. You clearly demonstrate that the ad is untrue. It's not an opinion piece.

    Press complicity is part of the reason they're getting away with spreading sound-bite lies to people who prefer easy lies to hard and complex truths.

    September 13, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  14. dean

    obama should start a series of ads called "liar" every time mccain puts out an ad that lies which is almost all of them obama should put out a similar ad stating its another lie and finishing the ad with " do you want to vote for a liar" yes this is harsh but it is obviously the truth. like the jet that was sold on ebay for a profit. this was an obvious lie and mccain is on tape saying it. call it what it is a lie is a lie and no one likes a lier.......................

    September 13, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  15. chuckinCT

    It will never end by the Republicans...can't run on issues, slander and lie..Karl Rove at his best.

    September 13, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  16. Sharon from Virginia

    Obama camp you must get aggressive....stop the lies the Repugs are sending out. Why are you waiting so long to stop this.
    CNN Please post my statement

    September 13, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  17. Mike

    It is a shame that John McCain has based his campaign on lying to the American people. This is the third advertisement in the last few days that have consisted of lies. What happened to honor?

    September 13, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  18. Ohio Voter

    Seems like yet *another* lie by the McCain camp. Has McCain completely forgotten what truth and honor mean?

    September 13, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  19. Alice Newman Center Harbor NH

    "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."

    Only in the delusional land of Republicanville would the same vote make McCain right and Obama wrong.

    The press needs to keep hitting McCain's constant lies hard: if McCain lies this often this early, then he is truly Bush-incarnate.

    September 13, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  20. Ron from Baltimore

    Again and again, the Republicans demonstrate how a McCain-Palin administration would carry out its government: Lies, innuendo, shadow rumors, apparently repeated and repeated. Must have learned this from Bush/Cheney/Rove.

    Let's ask ourselves: Is McCain showing us now how he would approach foreign governments, big business, and other rivals? Is he telling us he will use bullying and lies to get his way WITH THE WHOLE WORLD??? If we think we've lost much of the respect we once had as a nation, I'm afraid we haven't seen anything yet.

    Please, someone wake him up.

    September 13, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  21. Flo

    It doesn't matter, McCon is a lier should people believe him? We know that McCon and dady litlle girl Sarah are two cons artist that would lead us into destruction, they are not about people, they don't care if some of us live or die, they just want power. That is so sad, I feel sad for Sarah.

    September 13, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  22. Al, NY

    Is McCain kidding? Who writes this stuff? He must be following the orders of Rove (or a Rove clone) that says "lie outright. As long as you keep saying it, the lemmings will follow"

    September 13, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  23. Breck

    Will this Republican scumbag ever stop lying? Dear Lord, how can we elect this lying hypocrite to office?

    September 13, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  24. jack1088

    Help me understand why this attack ad is not reported as the lie that it is.

    September 13, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  25. Jim

    McCain and his campaign continue to use the same sleazy Bush/Rove tactics that include character disparagement, obfuscation, misdirection and outright lying. McCain is becoming slimier and slimier.

    September 13, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
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