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. Raj

    whats wrong with McCain's campaign? Why are they so negative and full of lies?I was in an impression that he is very genuine, but he is slowly turning out to be a typical political with lies and will do anything and to any extent to get elected.

    I think I am losing respect towards McCain that I had till now.
    I am an independent voter and McCain lost my vote coz I can't trust him any more as he claims lies as truth which we all know. C'mon give us a break Mr Un-Maveric

    September 13, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  2. CJ

    I'm not surprised! lies, lies and more lies!

    September 13, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  3. bond_dallas

    The only to beat Obama is to smear him with dirty lies. His record on immigration is great not just for Latinos, but for all immigrants. Remember, his father was a foreign man. His family has different nationalities. He always talks about how his family looks like the UN when they get together. Unfortunately, there are many foolish Americans that will vote on racial lines, party lines and gender lines. But the worst of all, are those who will vote for the Palin/McCain because they think Palin is so simple. I connect with her. That is the dumbest reason to vote. you should vote for someone who can bring economic stability polices and national and internanational security.
    Foolish people. I can't believe they are buying the Palin/McCain nonsense. Unbelievable,,, 4 more years of plunging 401k, high gas, high groceries. More young soldiers dying in Iraq. Terrible. I hope Amrica wakes up and votes democratic for "Change"

    September 13, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  4. Happy in Oregon

    Anyone hear that the reason that Palin's son went into the military was because he was ordered to make a decision by a judge to either enter jail for his vandalism conviction or enter the military and he chose the military so he had no criminal record. Anyone else hear that same son has run away from home multiple times and has spent the last year in Michigan with family instead of being with his parents who he can't stand and won't have his picture taken with?

    The more I learn about Palin and her family values the more I know I won't be voting to get anywhere near the White House and into an office of power.

    September 13, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  5. Joe Ossai

    liar liar liar pants on fire McCain.

    What a lying fool of an man. Grandpa McCain stop lying

    September 13, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  6. akay

    What are your plans, McCAin?

    akay International

    September 13, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  7. Disgusted

    Has McCain made a single honest claim yet in this race? His stump speeches are full of lies, his VP nominee appears to be experienced in one thing: lying, and his campaign ads are lies.

    September 13, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  8. Jeff in No Cal

    When is the media going to hammer McCain for his repeated lies in campaign ads? I'm glad to see you talk about it here, but really, there needs to be major, prime-time coverage and analysis focused on this continuing blatant misinformation by McCain. What does this say about the man who wants to be President? Nothing good in my opinion.

    September 13, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  9. Patrick of Albany NY

    Despite all of the documented lies and unamerican behavior by the McCain-Palin campaign it means nothing. No one seems to care. It's sad.

    September 13, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  10. rae

    what has mccain ever done for the hispanics in this country? this man lies with such a straight face and it's scarey to know sooooo many people believe him. wouldn't you just love to see a hispanic journalist interview him? but we know that will never happen.

    September 13, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  11. Steve

    Just another lie from the McCain camp. Seems like it will never end.

    September 13, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  12. carrie

    They won the last election with lies and misrepresentation of facts .

    And after the smears and low ball tactics and lies at the GOP
    convention I would not expect to hear any truth form the MCCain camp.

    Not owning up to the truth has become standard for McCain and Palin.

    Just more of the same !

    September 13, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  13. Sherry

    Shame, Shame, McShame....

    It's horrible the lengths the GOP will go to to have more of the same. I hope people can see through all of the lies and do their own research on the issues.

    I honestly can't believe the polls are as close as the are given the state of things. You can't tell me a single mother of two that just lost my house, and can't find a decent paying job that the economy is "fundamentally sound".

    WAKE UP PEOPLE!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Drastic changes need to be made and the GOP are not the ones to do it. Don't you think it's funny how for 19 + months now Obama has been talking about changing our country and getting it back on track and now all of a sudden McCain is touting change???? Isn't it funny that all McCain can do is put down Obama, and not talk one iota about the issues. I won't even mention the lies coming from Palin's mouth.

    GET FIRED UP! This is OUR country! Not the anyone else's, but "We the People". Make your voice heard and get out to vote this November, it's probably the most important election of our lifetime.

    September 13, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  14. mike

    How on earth is the media letting John Mccain get away with ads like this. Why is there no backlash to outright blatant lies. As much as i don't care about The View, they are the only "media personalities" that are putting mccain's feet to the fire on these idiotic ads.

    September 13, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  15. Tony

    It is so pathetic and sad to see a man like John McCainwilling to sell his own integrity, morals and values to win the election.

    Once, McCain was a man to be respected, honored, and someone who was a role model.

    Now he is a sad, bitter, angry old man who lies as easily as he breathes. His ada are not only misrepresentations, or distorted, but bold face LIES. He seems to have no conscience, no heart or soul any longer. He is now all about money, power and position to the detrim,ent of his humanness and character.

    If he wins in Nocember, I hope it is worth the price.

    September 13, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  16. Undecided

    I am sitting here trying to figure out who to vote for.

    I don't understand why McCain is lying?

    Is this a political tactic that his advisors are telling him will help him win?

    It just doesn't seem fair to be able to flat out mislead the American people during an election.

    I am really turned off by McCain at this point.

    September 13, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  17. James Sarna

    This is a bunch of crap. The candidates should be forced to fact check these ads with some type of election commission prior to airing them.

    September 13, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  18. changing times

    McCain is a dirty lying dog. How can anyone vote for such a dishonorable man and his liar VP pick.

    September 13, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  19. woman for Obama

    It's obvious to everyone that McCain is running a deceitful campaign of smears and lies and will probably win because of it and nothing is being done to stop it.

    September 13, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  20. MD

    The lies keep coming and McOld keeps smiling. Maverick..not! Pathetic, desperate old man..Yes!

    September 13, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  21. D from the BX

    What else can I say that hasn't already been said about these feeble GOP attempts to discredit someone they truly fear.

    If the GOP had any credibility they would stop all this BS and make their campaign strategy about the truth and let it speak for itself.

    Hopefully the voters side with truth and not blatant lies.

    September 13, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  22. Ken

    This is an issue that both Obama and McCain fail at! At lease McCain does get the part that we MUST secure our borders before attempting to figure out what to do with the 12 to 20 million ILLEGAL ALIENS.

    I would like to see that before any talk about what to do with the 12 to 20 million ILLEGAL ALIENS, is to enforce the present laws. There will be a certain amount of ILLEGAL ALIENS that will end up self-deporting themselves.

    I have lived in a foreign country (Germany) and I had to live by that country's rules (ie. proper visa, work permit, any and all of that country's immigration laws. So I want to see the same here in the United States.

    September 13, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  23. MRB

    Cnn keep up the good work of unbiased reporting during this Historic election season. Time and time again, we have seen each side misrepresent or stretch the truth about each other's voting record or political stance. Your competitor, Fox News, does not follow this "mantra of fair and balance reporting".

    GO OBAMA/BIDEN '08

    September 13, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  24. jason

    this is exactly what Joy was talking about.
    McCain has been lying quite a bit lately. As American's, we should pay more attention to the facts. Don't believe everything EITHER candidate says, because they just want to be elected.
    At the same time, Obama has proven a better track record of discussing ACTUAL facts.

    September 13, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  25. Gerry in Virginia

    Well McBubba is at it again !!!!

    Blaming the democrats for a problem that all politicans (with few exceptions) are responsible for, including MR. McBush. This imigration problem has been around ever since I can remember (I'm 71) and NO politician either individual or as a group have found a workable solution BUT NOW IT'S OBAMAS FAULT ???

    I THINK NOT MR. MCCAIN..

    Since you've been in politics longer then Senator Obama, I believe YOU are more to blame then MOST of the Senate... Democrat or Republican. So stand up and own it like the great big hero you say you are.

    Other wise shut up...

    September 13, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
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