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. Jeff In Ohio

    Why don't you cover the issues instead of the ads?

    September 13, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  2. Nimesh Patel, Antioch, Ca

    To Anderson Cooper, Larry King and the rest of the CNN reporters....You claim that CNN is the most "trusted" source. Please help us people that so desire change by questioning these false attacks.....you guy's know deep down that the american peolple are been misled.....please!

    September 13, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  3. Robert Sanchez

    What is wrong with the Republican Campaign? Do they actually believe that America will just take what they say at face-value? What happened to the truth?

    September 13, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  4. A CANUCK

    I'm convinced that McCain is losing it....he is a Senior Citizen....he is too old to be president.....he is living in the past....his ideas are not of this century ....he should just take his "stepford wives" and retire with all the beer he can drink !!!!

    September 13, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  5. Yos

    I dont know about y'all. Regardless of what you think about Obama, McCain has proved he will do anything to be president. I dont know if I have ever seen a political party lie so much as this one.

    September 13, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  6. On to the White House

    McCain is a man who let YANKEE DADDY endorse him. He has no record of doing anything for Latinos. Stop With the lies McCain. Takes a break and have somebody translate the song GASOLINA. Guess what its not about the economy or gasoline prices.

    September 13, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  7. Ben

    McCain's campaign hopes that if they just keep telling more lies there won't be enough time to be called out on past ones.

    They've decided their campaign is going to be directed at the stupid, uniformed vote.

    September 13, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  8. buckfush

    After seeing all the disrespect full crap on tv, and, hear all the disrespectfull crap on tv and in the papers, its a wonder any good american would vote at all,

    September 13, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  9. Darren

    The CNN woman interveiwing Ed Koch lies about what happened surrounding the 'censorship' issue. Has CNN crawled into bed with FOX?

    September 13, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  10. Ovitshio Branco from Scranton

    I have heard John McCain say many times that if only Obama had agreed to do town halls with him he wouldn't have gotten negative. Now I don't know about anyone else…but this is very childish….it's like a child saying if I can't play with that toy I'm going home. I think John McCain needs to grow up because at this point he is not grown up enough to lead this country in these very hard times.

    September 13, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  11. paul oregon

    are all repub. liers or is it just the holier then thou evangelicals?

    September 13, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  12. audry

    more lies by the "not so straight talk express" He has given up his honor and integrity just to win an election. Say anything to win mccain. Lie to win mccain. Surely not the honorable John Mccain or the Maverick John Mccain.

    September 13, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  13. LyingMcCain

    Whatever happened to Cindy McCain's proclaimation at the RNC that "John McCain always tells the truth."? He should be ashamed of the way he is campaigning. He doesn't need to lie to get into office.

    September 13, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  14. Chris

    I believe the term is "lying scumbags".

    Is there nothing the Republicans won't lie about – black is white, the sky is pink...

    Unfortunately the Democrats are playing too nice to call them on it, each and every time.

    September 13, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  15. Rick

    More misrepresentations and distortions from the McCain campaign. They will do and say anything, and they have absolutely no regard for the truth.

    What a sad testament to the lack of ethics from McCain himself that he would let his campaign do what it has been doing.

    September 13, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  16. akay

    Is this a fact or another lie of McCain policy? We have had enough of this lies. Please stop it now or .........................................................

    akay International

    September 13, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  17. Nadine

    Repubs are desperate. Their ads tells more lies than a preschooler. Karl Rove time is running out, he's going to jail!

    September 13, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  18. Tony in Michigan

    Maybe I'm mistaken ,but weren't the Republicans in charge for 6 of the last 8 years?No brainer ,we all should see the truth of this crap!!!

    September 13, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  19. Redneck, Kentucky

    Bush tactics, Bush economic policies. It is time for the common man and woman to get up and reclaim our country.

    September 13, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  20. Rod, Elgin IL

    How in the heck do these lying republicans not get exposed for this. I think people are just looking for any reason to NOT vote for Obama for very OBVIOUS reasons.

    Combine that with an air-head, sharp tongued running mate for McCain...I just don't get it.

    I've begun to believe that this is the most gullible and ignorant of the developed nations.

    I feel like I'm going a little crazy seeing these and other UNTRUE adds released by McCain...blatant lies and hypocracy...I hope my caucasian brothers and sisters can begin looking beyond McCain-Palin's skin color to justify and accept their negative, cynical, unethical tactics.

    September 13, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  21. Joe slatz

    More McCain lies, exaggeration and innuendo. Why would anyone vote for that nut.

    September 13, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  22. Ommi

    No surprise!! the bush administration folks are working with the McCain camp so you put them together and you get nothing but FABRICATION & LIES.

    I just can't stand liers and thieves

    Obama 2008-2016

    September 13, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  23. bayarea democrat

    Oh great! Now blame Democrats for everything.

    September 13, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  24. Pokies47

    If John McCain is really serious about immigration then why does he have to slam Obama instead of telling us were he stands on immigration, is he afraid the Republican base will turn on him. He is a coward for not truly standing up to the power grabbing Republicans. All McSame can do is lie,lie,lie etc. I do remeber that McCain said he would never run this kind of campiagn. If you want bad judgement that's judgement and he is nothing but a liar,liar, liar. John your nose is growing everytime you tell lies. It's time to talk issues not lies and now your VP is helping you lie your way to the White House. John McSame the blur you are creating in ads is helping the public lose track of were you really stand on issues. I'm an Arizonan and John has cost us a lot since he started running for president, because he doesn't vote for us anymore. Because of this our state could lose our solar power contracts which is jobs. John does not care about us only him getting to the White House at any cost even his dignity.

    September 13, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  25. Pete

    Neither McCain nor Palin have any shame or any sense of decency. Both should be relegated to the scrap heap of history without delay.

    September 13, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
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