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. Iggy

    Why is McCain so so desperate to be in the white house with all these pack of lies he floats on his ads. This is a clear sign of a desperate, desperate presidential aspirant.

    September 13, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  2. Judy

    I like John McCain and trusted him to keep his word about a civil campaign. George Bush lied and said it was just politics, now
    McCain calls it just the business. George Bush governed like he campaigned and lied us into war. John McCain uses Bush neocons now. Fool us once, but we can't take it again. If he truly is a reformer he will start NOW before the election.

    September 13, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  3. Larry

    When did Obama suddenly get all this gray hair? Look at the picture of him on his campaign's website.

    September 13, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  4. Adrian Veidt

    Is this the integrity of John McCain? If so, I am not impressed.

    September 13, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  5. Ohio

    The only poison pills are the incessant lies the McCain campaign continues to run. How the hell is this legal...they manipulate and twist words like a pit of snakes. McCain and Palin coming to power would mark the fall of the greatest nation in modern history. This type of slander is not going to work this time.

    September 13, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  6. Gary Chandler in Canada

    Here's a challenge for you. Find one picture of Tod Palin, Sarah Palin for that matter wearing an American flag pin, before Limbaugh/McCain selected her!
    Also, the official website of the Tesoro Iron Dog, which Tod won 4 times, does NOT have an American flag anywhere on it, NOR can you see one American flag in any of the video clips of race starts, race finishes, or on Tod's helmet. How is it okay that he was an avowed American hating Separatist??? The party he joined states, 'i hate the American flag' in their mission statement!!!!!!!!

    September 13, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  7. Frank, MO

    McCain is a pathetic liar ... he is no good example for my children. He was a POW, we ALL know that by now ... but McCain is no American Hero anymore. He is a pathetic old man who is remote controlled by the neo-cons in order to get into the history books. Country First ? Just a slogan ... Ego First, McCain!

    September 13, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  8. Trollmaster

    When Republicans had full control of our government from 2000 to 2006 what did they do about immigration?

    September 13, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  9. Politics Rile Me Up!

    It's depressingly funny how McCain's ads are just complete lies now. It really seems like all the Republicans know how to do is act really sleazy and take elections unfairly. There are going to be a lot of people who see this ad and won't even know that both Obama and McCain voted identically on this issue. Hey, I have a great idea! McCain might as well start running ads that claim Obama is actually some sort of Lobster-like creature! If people believe that, then he'll win for sure!

    September 13, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  10. deborah

    THE REPUBLICANS ARE BLANT LIARS! on the immigration issue and all of the other issues. Actually, the republicans do not really deal with issues they have specific talking points and their message does not vary from those specific talking points.
    BUT
    They are making lies up as they go along each day.

    If the American people make this election even close and then give the victory to the Republicans America and its people will deserve everything it gets

    NOTICE TO ALL NORMAL AMERICANS!!!!

    The -- Republicans -- Do NOT -– CARE –about -YOU!!!
    They Republicans prey on lthose of lesser intellect.

    I can not believe that MCCAIN is able to sleep at night.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2008 our only hope to revive America

    September 13, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  11. Redneck from Kentucky

    Does McCain have absolutely NO HONOR? His latest barrage of attack ads had virtually no merit and are blatant distortions of the truth. Even the mainstream media and the fact check organizations are calling his ads misleading and untrue. I have made up my mind. This man has absolutely no business being President of the United States. He lies to the American public as bad, if not worse, than George W. Bush and Dick Cheney.

    September 13, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  12. jaye

    Well, is anyone confronting the ad????
    Is this ad, like all the other McCain ads, going to go unchallenged?

    Where is the democratic party and why is everyone so silent?

    September 13, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  13. James From Chicago

    How long is McCain going to keep lying. This man is out of his
    mind, how can he get away with it????

    September 13, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  14. MK

    The party in charge for the longest should get the blame for this mess and that is the GOP. McCain is amazing, really. Able to bold face lie to the public, pick a lame candidate fot VP, have absolutely no plans to change anything but run on a change platform and still think he will win this election. Who is really being polled? My young adult children have no home phone, only cell phones and they aren't being polled as is the case with most young people. Does McCain really think the young people of this Country want him and Granny Palin to ruin anymore of what is left? HA. The joke will be on him on November 4th!

    September 13, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  15. welches, oregon

    more lies from John McCain – so much for honor huh John?

    September 13, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  16. carlo

    McCain is emerging as the liar of liars, willing to say and do anything to get elected. After being obliterated by the Rove machine in 2000, I just don't understand how McCain can defend his widely panned attacks and lies.

    September 13, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  17. Andrew B.

    If McCain hasn't sold his soul to the devil, his staff sure has. He will accept and allow them to distort the truth, down right lie and not blink. Even when the distortations and lie are proven to be false, they repeat them, stand behind them and not blink. It's pretty sad and what does it say about McCain and Palin as individuals.

    September 13, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  18. concerned for my safety

    I used to respect John McCain for his exemplary military service, but now he's nothing. The way he allows his campaign to do things like this is despicable! How can you run an ad condemning an opponent for the same thing you are doing...he conveniently doesn't mention that.
    He is going to have this same type of leadership in the White House. The very same immigrants he's trying to gain votes from will be on the short bus home the same day he's sworn in to office if he was to be elected.
    It literally makes me sick to my stomach to even hear his name.
    He has the nerve to blame Barack Obama for not doing the town hall style meetings he TOLD him they should do as the reason his campaign is treating him unfairly. How dare you John McCain? What you should have been doing instead of holding a grudge is picking a running mate that isnt going to help your cause in splitting the country in half.
    Even if you win, Mr. McCain, I will never respect you. I bet you think running the country is going to be a piece of cake as you sit behind your desk in the oval office with your feet propped up...look around you. We have increasingly bad relations with several different countries at this very moment. And while you smoke a cigar with your lobbyist cronies you are going to give Sarah Palin a pop quiz on foreign policy then send her out to negotiate on our behalf.
    Ouch. Let me go ahead and pack because it won't be long before you send everyone who isn't a blue blood, pale skinned, rich American back to the country they originated from and douse this country in war. All of those troops will be sent to their death because of you and 4 years later Osama bin Laden and the other terrorists on the list will still be at large. You say you know where they are. BS! If you did, that would make you the stupidest man alive by putting the entire country in danger (including you and your family) while you selfishly use it as ransom to win an election.
    John McCain is a bigot. Translate that in spanish, you arrogant old fool.

    September 13, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  19. David

    Gee, the Republicans distorting the truth and trying to mislead voters with inaccurate information? Say it ain't so! But McCain's campaigning on change! Oh noes! More of the same we've come to expect

    September 13, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  20. JEANNETTELJ

    THIS ELECTION HAS TURNED INTO WHO CAN SLING THE MOST NEGATIVE ADS IN THE HOPE OF SWAYING VOTERS. WHAT HAPPENED TO THE ISSUES? THE WAR RAGES ON, THE ECONOMY IS A DISASTER AND EACH CANDIDATE LIES ABOUT THE OTHER AND HAS FORGOTTEN ABOUT WHAT IS REALLY IMPORTANT. PEOPLE ARE SICK OF ALL THIS!

    September 13, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  21. LG

    How can the McCain camp keep on going with all the lies. Are people really that stupid. Wake America get the facts. They will say anything to keep control of this country.

    September 13, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  22. genel

    It is a real shame that McSain approves false ads in an effort to scare potential border-line voters waivering on their options. McSain will lie at any cost to cheat voters out of a real opportunity. I hope the American people will look at reason, facts, and the smear of the McCain Camp, especially the Republican talking points of "Fear-Mongering"....

    September 13, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  23. Becky

    Who is this man and where is the McCain I supported in 2000? Another half-truth.. no honor.. no integrity. I am repulsed and disgusted.

    September 13, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  24. Apollo

    Seems senator "Man of Honor" has no problem tossing all that, along with his intergrity out the window for a shot at winning this thing. Just like every other slimey Republican he has a "reason" why he is being dishonest...."If Obama would have just joined me in the town halls"

    The people who trashed him in 2000 with the illegitamate black baby rumor are now his best friends. Power corrupts but you should at least wait until you have it.

    September 13, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  25. Aileen

    How can anyone believe that either McCain or Palin can be anything more than mere puppets of the Republican Party? We have already seen McCain change his stance on the issue of immigration (he was liberal, standing side by side with Ted Kennedy – now he is fitting into the Republican mold – the middle ground stance also held by Obama) and recently voted against providing war veterans with more benefits, true a la Republican. More of the same will ensue if he is elected – the extreme right will maintain control – unfettered, short-term corporate interests, which have dominated over the last 8 years and which have left this Country in the mess it's in now. If Palin becomes president, she will likely appointment Judges who will enforce the extreme religious groups' control over women's bodies, to keep the stall-hard extreme right ecstatic. The unfettered borrowing from foreign countries will continue and cause severe hardship for our children and grand-children. The current selling off of banks and other financial institutions to countries which are not true friends of the USA, could set us up for even more chaos than we are currently experiencing, should they decide to dump their financial support to quell any U.S. challenge in the political field. The complete incompetence and croneyism demonstrated by the Republicans in the Bush-puppet Junior era will continue. And we should think either McCain or Palin can change this even if they wanted to, with the force of the Republican administration in place? Dealing with Croneyism in the small state of Alaska is not the same as dealing with a powerful, nation-wide political bohemeth with a vested interest in maintaining the status quo. Palin’s Karl Rove-esque speeches already highlight who pulls the strings. The only way to save this Country is to vote for the Democrats.

    September 13, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
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