September 13th, 2008
09:49 AM ET
1 year 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. Ken

    And the lying continues. Seriously America, is this what you really want in a President? A liar?

    September 13, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  2. Becca

    I can't believe it. Sen. McCain is willing to do anything to become president.....what a shame to see the extent he is willing to go to....LIES, Distortion.....even selecting a VP candidate that is under investigation. It's sad and dissappointing. Of all American politicians, he was the one I would never have expected to stoop so low. Poor John McCain wanted this job so bad he was willing to sell his soul. What happened to "Country First" John McCain?

    September 13, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  3. Donald of ORANGE COUNTY

    Is this a Campaign of lies, why can't people wake up an call him on it more, If the debate is going to be like this why watch

    September 13, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  4. emeka

    Mcain has not only proven his (Mcain) dishonesty, but has also proven that he personally needs to be reformed from the ways of Washinton.

    September 13, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  5. linda n carolina

    It is clear that McCain will stoop to anything to win this election. The man has lost all honor and integrity. He will bring nothing but more dishonor to this country and the world on our behalf. I hope Americans will be able to see what kind of man we have here. Rove...your tactics are going down in flames. Never again.

    September 13, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  6. sam

    Wolf – the "intelligent" one , can you please explain to us in your situation room , the meaning of "bush doctrine? are there many a definition of this doctrine or is it the one that was profoundly described by ABC'S charles gibson . is this a doctrine that has been written down by bush or is it a term that has been used by you reporters and journalists to describe some actions by bush -Please define this before we ridicule Sarah Palin – if you cannot please ask jack cafferty.

    September 13, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  7. Young Liberal

    I thought there were laws against slander?

    September 13, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  8. Mac

    More lies and deceit on part of the MCbush Campaign. It's clear Mccain will say and do anything to become the warmonger president of the US

    September 13, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  9. Pam Maley

    How does the McCain campaign get away with these out-and-out lies? This country needs an independent commission to review all ads for truth before they are allowed to run. I know that we cherish our freedom of speech, but there should be, if there aren't already, laws against raw and dishonest propaganda.

    September 13, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  10. marshall

    watever mc cain. i don't trust u and i don't believe in you. obama you have my vote. please google ANN KILKENNY!!!!! for the truth about sarah palin

    September 13, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  11. Daryl in Seattle

    Okaaay. So they voted the same on the issue, but McCain want so make it seem like they're worlds apart. The only thing stopping their vote? The same Republicans who have been running things for 8 years and who are now helping with McCain's campaign. Just proof that we don't need him in the White House.

    September 13, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  12. Mac

    I don't understand the news media and in particularly CNN. Why are you afraid to call McCain's ads lies. Be forthright and direct. The Republican candidate is a liar and so are his cohorts in this campaign.

    September 13, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  13. Capsaicin

    Hispanics will see through McCain's misleading statements like this one, just as they can see McCain's awkward pandering to Hispanic youth in his solicitation of endorsement from sleazy T&A reggaeton/rap star Daddy Yankee.

    September 13, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  14. Jane

    I wonder if someone got together a bunch of people from both parties and read the comments that were said by all of the candidates, not telling them who said what, do you think people would listen and would know then be able to think for themselves?

    September 13, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  15. Nando, Florida

    More lies from Panama MCCAIN who should not even be allowed to run for President !

    September 13, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  16. Carmella

    Obama needs to get proactive on these commercials. Seems like he is reactive instead of proactive.

    McCain is already lying and he's not even in office yet. He lied about his VP not accepting earmarks as governor and he lied about Obama supporting sex education for small children. I don't understand, people would rather have 4 more yrs of Bush than vote for a black man. Racism is still very much alive in America. Since when does the color of ones skin really define your capability or your incapability.

    How pathetic it is. Four more years of the same old BS.

    September 13, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  17. Hockey Mom. San Antonio

    Where is Michelle Obama?

    They must be hiding her because everyone has caught on to her elitist racist style. Obama is losing the white women's vote for a reason and her racisim is one of the biggest reasons.

    September 13, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  18. dan

    What a shock, do you really think John Mccain or his people would tell a lie? In 2000 I would have voted for him, at that time I thought he had honor and was a good person, he has turned into a lier and can not ever regain the high esteem that I held him in. John you should have ran your own honest campaign and left Rove out of it.

    September 13, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  19. linda n carolina

    CNN: The headline should read: Another Distortion Of The Facts.

    September 13, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  20. Dylan Los Angeles

    Yet again the McCain campaign shovels a pack of lies. McCain again loses all credibility with these absurb accusations...when in reality it was his own immigration bill that he flip-flopped on and now supposedly is against.

    September 13, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  21. Bitter Allen Hussein, Visalia CA

    So I guess this makes McCain a habitual liar in two languages.

    September 13, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  22. James

    Lies Lies and more lies ....the McLie camp seems to have found a grove .... they just cant seem to help find a new LIE every day .. habitual liers, dishonest

    September 13, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  23. Obama needs to start lying

    I think Obama should start lying like John McCain.....The Republican party wants to send all immigrants back to thier country. John McCain and Obama were on the same team during this vote. I think Obama was for a better immigrantion bill than McCain......

    Obama needs to start lying.

    September 13, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  24. commentator

    Following the ads from the GOP campaign these days it seems that it is okay to LIE at this level in american politics. It just seems that the american people are seen at least by some campaign managers as a bunch of kids in a kindergarten who won't differentiate a lie from truth. Its sad but it seems that they are enjoying doing it, even after their ads are one blatant lie after another. with this kind of politics i wouldn't be surprised if there would be multiple superpower countries in the world. after all its the Economy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 13, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  25. ENOUGH!

    Everyone should by now should realize who John McCain is. We are told "By their fruits yea shall know them." So far in this presidential campaign the fruits of John McCain have been one lie after the other.

    The way one campaigns is a good indication of the way one will govern. The party of morals needs to hold their leader accountable and those of us who care about honesty should not vote for McCain.

    September 13, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
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