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. Clint

    Bill OReilly:
    I learned something about Obama.: that he's a sincere man and a tough guy. His policy is what he says it is. He's no phony. He's telling you: I'm going to set up a big government apparatus, I'm going to redistribute income and I'm going to use more soft power than hard power abroad. What he says is what he believes
    Hands off . Go Obama.

    September 13, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  2. Arianna

    My main question is how is John Mccain getting away with lying, LITERALLY lying, in the face of all Americans and NO ONE is saying or doing ANYTHING about it. If republicans win again....it will be official. America is full of the dumbest people. I don't want to believe it but the more I really look at what is going and how there are still sooooo many people that are falling for Mccain and the republicans lies....I lose more and more faith in the American people and their ability to think. I will feel sorry for this country if Mccain wins. Glad I wont have to worry though becuase if Obama doesn't win....I AM OUT OF HERE! GO OBMAMA '08. PLEASE! SO I DONT HAVE TO LEAVE THE LAND THAT I LOVE!!!!! DONT BE STUPID AMERICA!!! LOOK AT THE FACTS!!!! HAVE A MIND OF YOUR OWN!!! RESEARCH AND YOU WILL KNOW WHAT THE RIGHT CHOICE IS! OBAMA-BIDEN '08!

    September 13, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    Hey McCain. People are NOT stupid. Its going to come back to bite you BIG TIME. You are SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO out of touch with the American people. Remember that MOST hispanics were Hillary voters and will NOT support you.

    GO back to the drawing board. You are willing to TELL LIES to win and election. You do NOT know what honor is.

    September 13, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  4. Silvia in Boca Raton FL

    McCain is just pathetic. Does not he know that there is a public records of these sessions? How much out of touch can he be? Is he going to deny his own vote as well? Can the media point out the lies on these attacks?

    September 13, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  5. King

    yeah right.. stop this hypocrisy..

    America lets vote out these LIARS.... and they call themselves Christians.....from a bible believing holy GHOST FILLED believer who fears God

    September 13, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  6. dannette

    McCain chose a candidate who knows nothing, that is an insult in itself!

    September 13, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  7. Vera

    Bill OReilly:
    I learned something about Obama.: that he's a sincere man and a tough guy. His policy is what he says it is. He's no phony. He's telling you: I'm going to set up a big government apparatus, I'm going to redistribute income and I'm going to use more soft power than hard power abroad. What he says is what he believes
    Hands off . Go Obama.

    September 13, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  8. Vincent

    Obama doesn't focus on smearing John McCain, instead it is the other way around.

    I really think John McCain wants to unify the nation.... BULL
    I found it laughable when John McCain said with a straight face that he was most disappointed with some of the negative comments. He should look at himself first.

    Palin was simply a political choice, geared to make uneducated women and the extreme conservatives stand behind McCain and she has done just that. She scares the hell out of me.

    As a young voter, only 22, I am very disappointed in the constant lies and misleading ads and comments by the McCain camp,

    September 13, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  9. Matthew

    John McCain is a liar.

    September 13, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  10. j

    ok my question is, why are we putting up with all the lies that McCain and Palin are telling us? As a member serving in the military and have served in iraq for a year striaght, i dont want a commander in chief that will lie and put me or my country in danger. First of all, Palin/McCain's party needs to stop making his son's departure to iraq seem like she's done alot for this country. I have friends who have made the ultimate sacrifice over there and believe me we all wants to come home if we were giving the chance. they need to STOP speaking for the troops because not everybody wants to be over there especially after finding out later we invaded the wrong country.

    September 13, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  11. R.M.

    Mcsame deploying the gutter Carl Rove style politics is simply dispicable!! Shame on you Mcsame!!!

    September 13, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  12. Lily fom MD

    Also, why are you going with the subject heading

    "Claims on new anti Obama ad questioned"

    Why not "McCain LIES in new Obama ad". That would be closer to the TRUTH.

    CNN unfortunately, you are extremely biased and trying to turn people's minds away from Obama

    I bet you won't post any of my posts but the truth needs to be said.

    You are a biased news organization and should be ashamed.

    September 13, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  13. Obama_All_the_Way!

    That's right Obama you let them have it!!

    Obama/Biden 08 & 12

    September 13, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  14. D.C.

    WHAT ELSE TO EXPECT FROM THE LYING TEAM- BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY.

    September 13, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  15. Dee

    Isnt it time the media hit the McCain campaign hard on all their dishonesty?? The media needs to begin to show some responsibility rather then merely focus on the sensational items that are irrelvant to the election campaign. You have spent the past 2 weeks on the McCain V.P...way out of the norm & terribly unfair to the Obama canpaign .... and silliness like the lipstick on a pig comment. Its pathetic ! Other countries actually report on issues..not tabloid journalism. A presidential election deserves far better reporting then this has been. Im a Canadian & we too are now holding a federal elction campaign. Our media, although often criticized as media is..but when comparing th e2 its astounding how much more we focus on the issues then the US media does. Shame on you...your citizenry deserves better!!!

    September 13, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  16. Peter of Oregon

    With Republicans it's always an us vs. them approach.

    September 13, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  17. RML

    I would suggest McCain stay away from attacking on an issue he has been unsuccessful at managing in his own border state! His lying is only an attempt to take attention away from the truth. Hopefully people are smart enough to check the facts before they believe everything they hear. Unfortunately, the way the polls look right now they aren't doing that. Karma will come to McCain and his entourgage for their antics and unethical, dishonorable behavior.

    September 13, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  18. a _nebraskan

    so i think the mccain campaign is about at chest level now – chest level in mud. still able to breath...but getting deeper by the minute it seems.

    you have to wonder if the folks working on his campaign go to bed at night proud of their day's work. when ANY campaign gets down and dirty, you really do have to wonder if it is all worth it in the end...or is it just a pay check.

    the american people 2008

    September 13, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  19. nuhad mcclain

    john mcclain and his running mate and his whole campaign are nothing but filthy liars.

    September 13, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  20. Dalmo

    WAKE UP USA!

    In the truth, the project had failure due the rejection by majority of the republicans and some democrats. Obama, Reid and Leahy, as well as the own McCain, had voted in favor of the proposal legislative in 2007. And McCain moved of opinion during the primary elections to win support of conservative republicans contrary the immigration reform.
    More lies of this dirty cynical campaign of the republicans. When is that McCain and republicans speak some truth? Never.

    Hugs from Brazil for all conscious citizens in USA!

    September 13, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  21. rene martinez munkel

    terrorist , anti-democracy goverments and anti usa people are growin all around the world, we (this part of the world) need John Mcain for president, we experienced that the principals and determination of the republican the worl is safe and prosper.
    most of nicaraguan men are in love with Gov. Palin(with respet of her husband)
    nicaragua, central america

    September 13, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  22. Brian Sherman

    This is only the latest in a group of campaign ads released by the McCain campaign that distorts the truth and delivers false information to the American people. In fact, some of the other ads released by his campaign contain outright lies. It's a shame because millions of people in this country don't have the tools at their disposal to research the facts, and some don't have the time to do so. Many of these people rely on advertisements and appearances by the candidates to learn about the issues. My only hope at this point is that the McCain campaign is exposed for all the lies they have told in as many ways as possible. The American people deserve the truth and true change. Hopefully the upcoming Presidential Debates will clarify many of the mistruths that are being told.

    September 13, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  23. Observer

    The failure of immigration reform is due to the Republicans in Congress, not Democrats. Does John McCain even know which party he's in? I mean, surely he wouldn't lie in one of his ads.....

    September 13, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  24. twiddly

    Wow, how low can McSame go?

    He's using the Hitler tactic of The Big Lie.
    Say it often enough and the lemmings will believe it.

    I hope Obama responds in force.

    September 13, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  25. Donald

    This is really funny, the republicans framing a commerical claiming that they are friends of immigrants when in reality it's all a total ruse. Almost every GOP person I know is aganist any kind of laws favoring immigrants. When are people going to wake up and smell the coffee!? McCain-Plain have no interest in immigration but to pander to their core supporters while lying to everyone else. If the immigrant communities out there buy this hogwash they deserve to be deported!!

    September 13, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
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