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. James Bailey

    If there were a referee in this race McCain would be in the penalty box. This is ridiculous. This is why I think Republicans like our crappy education system. If the American people were smarter they'd never fall for this crap.

    September 13, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  2. fralene

    McCain's theme: Rove, Rove, Rove your boat, gently down the stream...

    September 13, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  3. Rishi Bagga

    Have the Republicans decided to completely stop telling the truth altogether?

    September 13, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  4. Barbara CA

    We are not looking for fairy tales, we want the real truth. If we are not told the complete truth by a candidate, for a long enough time, we just stop believing him. We begin to think that he does not have enough respect for us and our ability to use our own intelligence and common sense.
    When anyone asks me to play dumb, I just don't like it and I just won’t do it!

    September 13, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  5. Thomas

    McCain resorting to new desperate lies now on a nearly daily basis is destroying what little credibility he once had with the American people.

    Better he run a clean campaign and lose then grab in a panic at any floating board, still not win and lose all self respect and the respect of others at the same time.

    72 is pretty late in the game to try to rebuild a legacy you seem to be hellbent on destroying.

    I once respected John McCain. I can no longer say that and I find that sad.

    September 13, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  6. bigdawg50

    GIBSON: What "insight" into Russian actions, particularly in the last couple of weeks, does the proximity of the state give you?

    PALIN: They"re our next door neighbors and you can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska, from an island in Alaska.

    Now, Ms Palin thought that Charles Gibson was asking her could she "see" Russia from Alaska.... when he was instead asking her for her perspective about Russia's decision to send an overwhelming military response to Georgia to surpress the uprising!

    Mr. Gibson didnt even bother to ask her a followup question because he knew then he was dealing with someone that was dumber than a bag of hammers... so why even bother.

    September 13, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  7. Bridget

    McCain campaign lying again? You don't say! What are they thinking anyway - a Spanish language ad is going to make Republicans very angry. They're all about "English is the only language for the USA!"

    September 13, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  8. hnic

    ...and so why are these types of unethical ads allowed to run? Why is there no oversight...a bipartisan group that ensures that the ads are actually factual in there content?

    Airing these blatant lies is a disgrace – regardless of party!

    September 13, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  9. Les

    This is ridiculous! If the GOP can continually lie to the American public then the media has a right to inform. American's must know the moral corruption that is apparent in the vary people who are trying to propagate these lies.

    September 13, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  10. satti

    I can not believe how crooked the republican party is they are not ashamed of lying all the time. McCain said in the beginning of his presidential campaign that he would not run a negative campaign but I guess in order to win be president he has stooped so low it is unbelievable and the people to America believe every word that comes out of his mouth and his campaigns. Are the people of the United States of America that dumb. I rest my case.

    September 13, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  11. Rock

    Typical of republican politics. Why should they stop lying and being hypocrites if they are so successful with these tactics? I can't ever imagine voting for that party again. I was so naive to think that McCain would not resort to these tactics. This looks exactly like Bush/Chenney all over again.

    September 13, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  12. annie

    Could somebody in the media PLEASE explain to me how this kind of ad, which is nothing but lies, go unchecked ? Why do you let thim get away with this. This is news!! Out and out lies, especially put out to people who might not speak English, is no way for our country to elect our next president. Help us out here. You have a responsbility!! I'll be waiting to see how you handle this one. You have to earn trust!!!

    September 13, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  13. Pedro, New Mexico

    Si Senor. Obama no like us Mexicans. We vote McCain. Obama bad.

    September 13, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  14. Bridge To Nowhere

    Can the obama campaign please tie in the lies to the old washington, the karl rovian scare tactics to the bush administration, the Palin investigations to her apparent corruption, earmarks, and the bridge to nowhere. Can we the voters hear more about the notoriuos McCain temper and his unbalanced state. Can we please be free from big oils hold on washington, be free from the lobbyist; all of which both McCain and Palin are soaked in.

    Attack Obama! Attack! For the American People please Vet them in public!

    September 13, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  15. lol election

    mcpander going for the hispanic vote

    September 13, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  16. Tom in Delaware

    Wait a minute here.

    Somebody has got to be mistaken, because everybody knows that Barack Obama is never wrong, and has never twisted the truth to serve his own political means.

    You guys in the press need to stop pickin' on poor little BO.

    Please start diggin' up really cool stuff on Sarah Palin again please, and lay off of any tough issues about Barack.

    Oh...and LEAVE BRITTANY ALONE!.

    September 13, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  17. Becoming dissapointed in the American people...

    This new ad is absolutely absurd! To anybody that knows anything about politics this cries out desperation. When will the American people stop blindly believing the right wing rhetoric that steals the elections year after year. WAKE UP PEOPLE! THINK FOR YOURSELF!!

    September 13, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  18. JAMES H. DANIELS

    I really don't get this ad from Mccain. Everyone knows it was the GOP that killed comprehensive immigration reform last year. The Dems were in favor of it. In fact that was one of the main reasons hard line conservatives were against Mccain– the Mccain Kennedy immigration bill. They said it was an amnesty bill. Who does Mccain think he's kidding?????????

    September 13, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  19. bryan in San Diego

    Wow, John is really going low this year. I want the John of 2000 back.

    Obama-Biden 2008!

    September 13, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  20. FactCheck

    The Republican are lying?? REALLY??? Wow, if one thing the last 8 years have taught me is that nothing has changed for them.

    September 13, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  21. Phil

    McCain is full of S H_ T. His campaign knows he cannot run on the issues, so he won't. I plan on moving to another country, a SANE country, if the unthinkable happens and he and that NUTJOB woman are elected. GOD SAVE AMERICA.

    September 13, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  22. Peter Gasiorowski

    It seems that the truth doesn't matter when political expediency is involved. We have all listened for the past 8 years to an administration that time after time has said what it wanted people to hear regardless of the facts. This is just more of the same...

    September 13, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  23. Kyle

    Another day, another misleading ad from McCain.

    September 13, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  24. jane in Columbus,ks

    Hopefully Latino voters will be smarter than the other voters in seeing through yet another Repub lie. I am so sick and tired of McSame's negative campaign.I would love to see the people rise up and say "Enough is enough" but with the majority of sheep in this country doubtful it will ever happen.

    September 13, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  25. greenfun

    Much has been discussed about John McCain not being able to use a computer and in an ad from the Barack Obama campaign (shown above) it says, "Can't send an email," referencing McCain. An article in Boston.com from 2000, shows shows McCain cannot type on a keyboard.
    It took a blogger from The Corner less than a day to find an article in Boston.com that references John McCain injuries from Vietnam, showing he cannot tie his shoes, comb his hair properly or "typing on a keyboard," stating it was because of his severe war injuries, which limit his ability to do certain things with his hands.

    McCain gets emotional at the mention of military families needing food stamps or veterans lacking health care. The outrage comes from inside: McCain's severe war injuries prevent him from combing his hair, typing on a keyboard, or tying his shoes. Friends marvel at McCain's encyclopedic knowledge of sports. He's an avid fan – Ted Williams is his hero – but he can't raise his arm above his shoulder to throw a baseball.

    One has to wonder if anyone at the Obama campaign knows how to use a search engine.

    September 13, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
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