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. Kep

    The republicans have no shame. Hypocrits.

    September 13, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  2. R. Cooper

    More hispanics support Obama than McCain! Don't this trash ad will work!!

    September 13, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  3. Vicki

    Has McCain sunk to a new low? Wasn't he the candidate who was going to run a "clean" campaign? I guess that was a lie too!!

    September 13, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  4. alex

    So if he disagrees with Obama then he diagrees with himself because they casts the same vote. McCain is confused!!!

    September 13, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  5. Jeff

    Liar, liar pants on fire. McCain should wear asbestos pants.

    September 13, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  6. jed

    Let history show that win or lose, McCain is a liar.

    September 13, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  7. Big D

    McCain's ads have been so full of lies and distortions. They've repeated lies that have already been debunked. They repeat smears that they've already been called out on. They don't seem to have any concern about whether their statements are true or fair or accurate. And they sure don't want to tell us anything about their own positions. Has McCain had any ads that have said anything positive about him? It seems like they've all been attack ads against Obama (and distorted misleading ones at that). So McCain has no integrity, and doesn't care what lies he needs to tell if it will help him win he election.

    September 13, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  8. Shane

    Regarding which side the independant voters are going to go is tricky. Depending what kind of independant thinker you are? Are you the type of independant that thinks like Jesse Ventura where you will never go either side since both sides will never recover the "national debt" . Are you the independant voter that thinks like Lou Dobbs where the major issue is immigration and illegal immigrants. Or are you the independant voter that thinks they haven't decided to vote for republican or democrat yet but usually vote for there party but neither convinced them this year so far. If anyone knows other independent thinkers please remind me, im thinking Ralph Nader and that other republican candidate in the primaries Paul but i forgot his last name. I do think that those undecided one's will eventually go fo Mccain though.

    September 13, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  9. welches, oregon

    I think the Hispanic community in ALL of America has made their minds up – They know who'll be their allies in Washington.

    Obama/Biden 'till 2024

    September 13, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  10. Garrison, Tukwila, WA

    i'm tired of these lies. I am very willing to acknowledge that there may be some other hidden nugget of truth that the McCain campaign is trying to get after here, but this ticker article just proves how sleazy the McCain campaign is getting and how stupid they think Americans are.

    The sad part is the people who only see the ad on TV will probably just believe it..... because it's on TV. What a sorry state of affairs.

    September 13, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  11. R. Cooper

    More hispanics support Obama than McCain! Don't think this trash ad will work!!

    September 13, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  12. Leslie

    McCain has sunk to the typical republican lying machine. What happened to the "maverick"? He has lost any shred of integrity and decency! We have now found how low he can go. He and Palin can continue to lie and repeat the same lies even after being corrected by many unbiased reliable sources. They obviously has Karl Rove in his pocket. Karl Rove, the person that gave the finger to the judicial system when suppoenaed to testify against the lies of the Bush Administration.

    HOW CAN ANYONE THINK THIS IS ACCEPTABLE? HOW CAN ANYONE THINK THAT THESE PEOPLE ARE PRESIDENTIAL MATERIAL?

    PLEASE............THINK ABOUT IT!

    OBAMA/BIDEN '08

    September 13, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  13. Independent New Yorker

    I saw the "revealed" series. Obama did go AWOL when the issue started to get too hot for him. Guess that was as close as he could get to voting present.

    This issue is important. Earlier this year, I served jury duty on a murder case involving illegal aliens. I didn't really think about the issue so much until I had to worry about serving on jury duty and not being paid for it by my company's pay policies. Also, the taxes that I pay were giving someone a public defender and a trial to an illegal alien who should not have been living and working here in the first place.

    I have no issue with legal immigration. This is a country of immigrants and it adds to the richness of our American culture for people from different countries to come here in a legal way.

    The system should however be reformed so that families aren't spening years in waiting for visas. Also, I've been told that many of the employees in the immigration office often don't speak English clearly.

    September 13, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  14. Kevin

    More lies from McCain/Palin. I am beginning to wonder if this ticket any longer has the capacity to distinguish between verifiable facts and the "truthiness" that they so eagerly embrace.

    McCain will say anything to acquire the power of the presidency. That is not leadership.

    September 13, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  15. Willa-PA

    Republican are SLIME!!! It WILL come back to bite them...

    September 13, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  16. Brian Wilson

    But it was Obama who added the piece of legislation that killed it.

    September 13, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  17. Loretta

    More attacks!!!

    When will we hear what John McCain will be doing to fix our economy, Improve education, and provide health to every American?

    No more Lies, or attacks, just stick to the issues that matter most to the American people.

    September 13, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  18. Monica

    McCain has been to Mexico several times, he has sat with Mexican President and talked about migration issues, drug dealers, and the battle against crime. He did so before he was a candidate and once he was the Republican candidate.

    Obama was invited to Mexico, but he preferred to go to Germany. (Of course! In Mexico no body would receive him as they did in Germany! And ego is his first concern.) But well, Obama didn't know who Hugo Chavez was, so we cannot blame him for not knowing where Mexico is and why it is of the interest of the US.

    Bush Migratory Policy was rejected by the Congress. But Bush DID work on a migratory reform.

    Moreover, most racial aggressions against Latino population are realized by black Americans.

    Why would a smart Latino vote Obama??
    No way! That makes no sense!

    September 13, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  19. birdie3

    lol mc cain who i think palin is running. every thing is on her palin. mc cain has nothing to say but lies so this keeps him from talking about the health care taxa ect. what a joke
    lies are a way for him to keep his mouth shut .
    as for his war record well that great to talk of and hes a man for doing it . but what about the thousands who died for our country.where are there bragging rights. and now he wants to keep killing our young men and women . lets get over this weird womon and get back to the issues.lies
    again about the imigrants.how much more does cnn need to get back on the isssues,

    September 13, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  20. David

    Another lies... are the republicans. Nooo nooooo NADDA. We know McCain.. and where he stand....LIES LIES LIES

    September 13, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  21. Cynthia

    If dirty, full of lies and half truths ads win an election. Then, hands down the McCain camp will win. We know where the last 8 years have left us and 4 more years of that will have us in even more worse shape. If you are an your everyday Joe and Jane, living from paycheck to paycheck and are thinking of voting Repbulican, you might want to think again and at least consider and give the Democrats a serious look. Some of us know how to adjust and adapt to wheaver because we have done so since the beginning of our existence. Look back at history and think about when things really bad happened in this country, for example, when the stock market crashed, whowere the people jumping out of windows, off building and blowing their brains out?

    September 13, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  22. Lewis Odom

    There seems to be no low to the depths that Senator McCain will go in his political advertising. This latest Spanish speaking ad on immigration is a straight out lie. As CNN points out McCain's and Obama's votes have been identical. It was a Republican filibuster that killed the Senate immigration bill. The ad is a lie, but McCain, who approves these messages, doesn't care. He would rather win an election than tell the truth.

    September 13, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  23. Mark

    Two words for Obama...1) Palin, 2) Sarah.
    McCain is 1% ahead in polls now.
    Hmmmm, Obama is sure wishing he had picked Hillary.

    September 13, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  24. Tayo, NY

    ARE WE GOING TO ALLOW McCAIN AND HIS CRONIES TO KEEP LYING ABOUT OBAMA AND DEMOCRATS.

    THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE AND SOMETHINGS HAS TO BE DONE ABOUT IT.

    LET CALLED A SPADE A SPADE, McCAIN IS A BORN LIER AND HE IS READY TO DO WHAT EVER IT TAKE INCLUDING LOOSING HIS INTEGRITY. HE LOVES POWER AND WILL CERTAINLY DO ANYTHING TO GET IT.

    WE SHOULD STOP PRAISING HIM AS HONORABLE BECAUSE A LIER IS CERTAINLY NOT AN HONORABLE PERSON

    September 13, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  25. Danel

    Where are the honest and honorable campaign that you and Cindy promised? It looks like you are succumbing to Karl Rove politics.

    September 13, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
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