September 13th, 2008
09:49 AM ET
12 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. California Voter

    It's becoming a "he-said" "he-said" season in politics. Neither side speaks the whole truth and nothing but the truth. Each side stretches the truth to win voters. So what's a person to do . . .go back to the issues and the core-values of the candidates!

    September 13, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  2. Larry

    McCain is a liar. His people believe that the technique works and he tolerates the strategy. It may work since it worked effectively for the Bush campaigns and others. It will continue to work as long as the electorate allows it through complacency and pure laziness. In the event that it works again, we will receive the government that we deserve once again. Spin and slant are hard enough to accept. Pure lying is yet another. Allso, Sarah Palin did not stop the bridge, Congress did. When it died, she got the money anyway and kept it. She did not sell anything on eBay. Nevertheless, they continue telling the tales despite the unmasking of the fabrications. this is a terrific example for everyone, especially young people, that honesty is for fools.

    September 13, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  3. corrupt mc cain

    not even worth a spit on that swollen face of that corrupt, lying hypocrite

    as far as his claim of pow....more like a Pitiful Old Warmonger

    September 13, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  4. kb

    So sick of the lying scum. So much for the honorable John McCain. Hey lets start some rumors – how about that illegitimate black child, Johny – or have you forgotten what you vowed you'd never do?

    I've lost all faith in the Republican party. I was actually thinking some honor would be brought back. But they're really just the same as the money / power hungry scum that is in power now.

    Here's a Republican for the "right" reasons – I'm voting for Obama.

    September 13, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  5. ninja63

    Once again MCSHAME is telling nothing but LIES to the American public. do he ever think that the TRUTH is out there and people can see through his illusions

    September 13, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  6. Carolyn Ackel

    What a snake John McCain is! When confronted about his lies, he merely avoids the question and ask another question of the interviewer. In the beginning of this campaign, I had respect for McCain, based on his military record. After following his bid for President, while I respect his military service, he has never struck me as serious Presidential material. How did he get the Republican nomination anyway? After the last several months, that respect has diminished. He will do or say anything to get elected. Picking Palin, a nobody from nowhere who knows nothing showed a clear lack of good judgement. They are however, alike in the respect that they would do anything or say anything to be elected. I just pray that republicans get their head out of where ever they have placed it and dump them before we are all stuck with another four years of the Bush mess! by the way, I am an independent, have always been an independent and vote for the man, not the party. I would never vote for such an obvious dishonest, egotistical man such as John McCain. From the sound of it he is a war monger and I am sick and tired of America getting stuck with the tab and sick and tired of American boys being killed to satisfy the blood lust of our so called leaders!

    September 13, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  7. Sandra

    I just really don't have ANY use for John McCain any more. I used to think he was an honorable guy. But honorable guys don't just outright lie and then sit on television and defend it. I'm sorry that John McCain has so disappointed me.

    September 13, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  8. Brandon

    lies again...McCain is no maverick he is indeed a sidekick, just as Bush lied to Americans about the war , McCain is lying to win these elections but it will not work..

    September 13, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  9. simmerdownow

    Glad to see McCain is as deceitful in multi-languages.

    September 13, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  10. Richard

    The total lack of honor of McSame in his campaign is amazing. Pretty soon the line: "I'm John McCain and I approved this message" will have a single meaning. LIE

    September 13, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  11. Terry from GA

    When are McCain and Palin going to release their tax returns for the last 10 years?

    September 13, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  12. Dwele

    McCain always wrong...

    September 13, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  13. leon elkins

    what we ned is to enforce e -verify for employers with all employees. any company that do not use e verify should lose all governmenmt contracts for federal state county and city work in which tax payer money is involved.. lets get rid of the lobbiest. make illigal for any politian or family member ever to work for them. or take any money trips or speaking engagement for life not one year ot two.

    September 13, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  14. Helena

    Obama should just copy this ad but against McCain's vote record. What a crock!

    September 13, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  15. Juan Valdez

    Look no further than the GOP for the lack of immigration reform. McCain lies again!

    September 13, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  16. Illinois Boy

    nothing new. The Honorable John McCain is nothing but a manipulator. How he can look himself in the mirror we will never know.

    September 13, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  17. GOP For Obama

    It's time to do away with the Fascism...we don't need 4 to 8 more years of the same lies and trash, or the citizens that believe it out of brainwashed party loyalty. You may hear "my friends" but all I hear is "Sieg Heil"

    Obama/Biden 08/12

    September 13, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  18. KRD

    It's outrageous how the McCain camp is running on lies and deceit. Time and again, instead of talking about the issues that matter most to all Americans, the McCain camp is trying to make this election a popularity contest. Enough is Enough! How is he going to bring change to Washington if he can't even change the way he runs his campaign! Just the facts is all that's required.

    September 13, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  19. Sanva

    It looks more and more to me as if Eric Cartman took over the direction of the GOP campaign right before the convention. That's the only explanation that I can find for those tactics.

    September 13, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  20. Dwele

    if american people elected McCain they coud be elect the Bush for a third...

    September 13, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  21. Danielson

    Gee...McCain presents an absolute falsehood and calls it an ad.

    At some point, this won't even be NEWS anymore.

    The man is dishonoring himself, his service and his country...and he has forgotten the face of his fathers.

    September 13, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  22. gl

    I am ready tried of all McShame ads. He is so negative and needs to talk all this childish mess and talk about the issues of the American people. Why is McLiar keep puting out ads that are full of lies and not be called on in by the ethical board. This shoud not be allowed to put of ads that are full of lies like McLiar keep doing.

    September 13, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  23. Joe

    McCain is a joke. Period. If you vote for him you are as dumb as he is.

    September 13, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  24. Adrian

    Aren't we as Americans tired of being lied to by politicians. We've been lied to about a war that we should have never initiated and now we are blatantly being lied to about political opponents and their standings. Enough is enough. STICK TO THE FACTS AND TELL THE TRUTH! As an Academy graduate, Senator McCain, you should be ashamed. You speak of honor; but as a politician and potential future CIC, you have sadly compromised yours.

    September 13, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  25. Daryl

    and yet republicans embrace this type of politics. Lies liesl ies. That is all a rpeublican does.

    America is in very sad shape if republicans continue to exist

    September 13, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
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