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. wisconsin

    This is american politics. it doesnt matter whether media exopose this lie or not. Mccain is going to win. I have a friend who is still circulating an email saying Obama is a muslim in Ohio. It is not about the issues. It is about culture and race.

    September 13, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  2. tsolow

    The republicans are trying to take advantage of the fact that the vast majority of voters are uninformed.

    It really is cynical politics.

    September 13, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  3. Eliot

    I cannot live in a country who has a leader that is based on lies. This is the United States of America. Is this what we have come to? If McCain is elected, that will be the end of this country. I put my money on that. For people that are voting for McCain, you have no idea about what you are doing. It is funny how McCain preys on the voters who they do not think are well-informed of the issues. It is not a coincidence that Obama leads in young voters, college graduates, people in the city, etc. McCain is going after whites who did not go to college, and people in rural areas. My hope is that everyone will become informed and know what is going on in YOUR country. Do not be naive. McCain and his people are wolves in sheep's clothing. It will be a disaster beyond what anyone can imagine. We have so many outlets to information now, and yet so many people are deceived and uninformed. I pray that people will attain some discernment. For people who say they are evangelicals, etc, why do you not have any discernment on what is going on. Pray for that! Why can't you see the truth? Jesus will provide you with discernment if you pray for it, and I promise you, the truth will set you free.

    September 13, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  4. Mark Dunlop

    Is there any question now as to what candidate will do or say anything to get elected? John McCain who has said he would vote against his own immigration bill now uses that bill in a totally distorted and dishonest way to discredit the candidate who hasn't flip-flopped. Note also it is in Spanish so his conservative supporters will never hear how he speaks from both sides of his mouth

    September 13, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  5. Former Republican for OBAMA

    JUST ANOTHER DEVIOUS MCSHAME DOUBLE

    & TRIPLE TALK. MCSENILE SUPPORTS WHATEVER

    HIS LOBBYISTS SUPPORT AT THE TIME. HE IS FOR

    THEN HE GETS A CALL FROM A BIGGER LOBBYIST

    THEN A FEW MINUETS LATTER HE IS AGAINST IT. ALL

    MCSLEAZO WORKS FORE IS THAT 13 HOUSE, WHILE THE

    REST OF US ARE LOSING THE ONLY ONE WE HAVE. HE

    IS NOTHING BUT A SENILE GERIATRIC BUSH; WAR, POVERTY,

    FEAR, HATE, BIGOTRY, DIVISIVENESS & MORAL BANKRUPTCY.

    September 13, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  6. Brandon

    I have seen this ad its ridiculous! I cant beelive the types of ads that Jonn McCain "Approves" Where are the harsh commercials from Obama? HAVE YET TO SEE ONE

    September 13, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  7. Edward

    I think the Republicans are losing their edge. It makes little sense to proclaim obvious lies when there are 54 days left until the vote. That gives the press and the opposition lots of time to correct the lie.

    I remember those wonderful times when George Bush's team utterly slimed John McCain in South Carolina with lies just a few days before the vote. It is far better to brazenly lie later on, John and Sarah.

    September 13, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  8. amy

    Thank you CNN for finally bringing the truth out into the open. Your silence in the past along with your own "parroting" of what the candidates have said in their camaigns have led America in thinking that just because someone said something and you reported on it that it was news. NOW you've become valuable as a news source. It will also put an end to the Rove-style of politics where the truth is never found out. Keep doing what you did here today and we will trust you as an unbiased news source.

    September 13, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  9. bob in LA

    McCain says he "approves this messege" and stands by themwhen provent he ads are lies.
    Is this the way we want the next President to act? If you said yes, then you do want four more of the same.
    McPalin is pale in comparrison to OBiden.

    September 13, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  10. wale azeez

    lying cain....where's the honor now?....You know the way his campaign spews lies everyday makes me doubt the authencity of all his vietname fairy tales (especially the cross one)

    September 13, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  11. al in memphis

    Why don't they start these ads by saying. " For the uniformed and those who don't value facts" these ads are for you to give us the only thing we need from you - your vote.

    I thought we were trying to get people to value being educated and informed - that would mean people might make the right decision. Can't have that because the government might actually become an agent for the people

    September 13, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  12. joel

    Well it looks like Frank Castanza and Eliene Beanes are leading, but there is an old saying... 'no lie shall live forever.'

    September 13, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  13. Jeffrey Levitt

    Reminds me of cold-war Pravda article which gave results of footrace in which the Soviets reported that their runner was second and the American runner was "next to last." it was a two-man race. The American won. The Republican motto still is: Never underestimate the stupidity of the American voter."

    September 13, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  14. BenInOhio

    Does anyone notice that McCain's ads these days do more than just distort the truth? Hmm...It seems to me that he will say anything and do anything – right or wrong, truthful or fabricated – to get elected. If I can remember correctly, it was members of John McCain's party that killed the immigration bills in both the house and the senate. And for McCain to now come around and blame Obama and the democrats for that is a blatant lie.

    September 13, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  15. welches, oregon

    see, only when elections are close can they be stolen – much as we witnessed in 2000. You are all being played liked violins.

    Recall that sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach when you realize what the Bush Administration has done to us to our Country and our reputation in the world. And you feel so helpless to stop it, to turn it around, to start making our Country better.

    But you don't really want McCain, you don't really buy into the conservative platform, you don't CARE if his VP pick is a liar or corrupt – you just got a hard-on for 'er !!!!

    Start thinking with your head – the one which houses your brain or else that sinking feeling will never go away.

    We have this one chance at a more peaceful world. This one chance to get control of the planet and our needs. Do you really think the GOP is going to help you? Has the current administration done anything to help you in the last 8 years? Is the country and the world better off for the Bush Administration? THINK. We will continue on this current path if republicans continue in their power hungry, money grabbing, corruption laden ways.

    Haven't you been lied to, deceived and fooled ENOUGH yet?

    September 13, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  16. Tim C

    John McCain lied? You're kidding! Actually, McCain continues to make it clear that he would rather lose his integrity than lose an election.

    I actually considered voting for McCain a few months ago, but after realizing that he is no maverick, and that he cares more about appealing to the ultra-rightwing wingnuts than finding middle ground for the overwhelming majority of Americans who are middle of the road, I've recently decided, in the words of Mrs. Clinton "No McCain, no Palin, no way"

    September 13, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  17. gerri

    They both have this issue wrong.The American people, for the most part want the border closed,ports tightened and illegals sent home to start over and wait in line like everyone else.There is nothing worse than a line jumper,be it at a concert or a store, etc.

    September 13, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  18. sam

    Mccain is a hypocrite .

    September 13, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  19. Independent in NH

    Where is the real John McCain?

    We can not trust anything that John McCain says anymore.

    It very sad to see someone throw away his integrity for a position of power. And if he wins, will he abuse that power as Bush has?

    I was always a admirer of John McCain. I was pulling for him to be Kerry's VP. That has all changed now and we have to change the old divisive partisan politics in this country.

    That why I am voting for Obama, The Change We Need on Nov 4.

    September 13, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  20. Barbara

    Obviously, this country will be run by Rove/Limbaugh if this lying works.

    September 13, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  21. R - TN

    Here we go again with the misleading ads by the Republicans. If we as Americans are FOOLED again this election cycle by misleading claims, then deserve the same outcome from the past 8 years.

    WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE BY SAYING ENOUGH IS ENOUGH BY OUR VOTE. OUR VOTE IS OUR VOICE!

    September 13, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  22. Reg

    So, we have now clearly gone from misrepresentation to outright lying. McCain should be ASHAMED.

    September 13, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  23. Kristy

    The hypocrisy just keeps on going. How can McCain get away with BLATANT lies in almost every ad. I know I am preaching to the choir , for the most past , on this website but DO NOT be fooled by the politics of fear and manipulation.

    Obama is our hope for the future.

    September 13, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  24. Rodham Democrat

    Is Sen. McCain crazy? Has his old age finally got to him?

    He is totally playing with fire on this issue because it is he who slammed his own vote on the issue when running in the Republican primary this year.

    Why is Sen. McCain flip flopping? What happened to standing on his principles and being an independent maverick?

    The OLD John McCain would never do an ad like this.
    The NEW John McCain has.
    The only change he's proving to be is that he's changing himself.

    September 13, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  25. DominicanoForObama

    Does the McSame campaign really think that we (The hispanic community) are really this stupid???

    We all know the Republican party don't care a bit about our folks.

    Why don't the media calls McBush on all of his lies?

    Just watch us all vote for "REAL CHANGE" and not just a pig with lipstick on it.

    Si se puede!!!
    Dominicanos con Obama.

    September 13, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
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