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. Deb

    Whatever happened to "Truth in Advertising?" Businesses must adhere to it, but obviously not politicians. And where's the integrity of John McCain to allow his people to put out such a bogus ad full of lies.

    September 13, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  2. ben-lagos

    Thank you CNN for the informations. McCain is McSame......the same old people....the same old Republican politics...tooo old to lead.......no McCain....no McBush....no McmoreWar.......

    September 13, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  3. robert

    The media needs to do a better service to our country and start calling out these candidates on their lies. At the end of the day the presidency should be won by the person who is most interested in serving the people based on the issues, not by the candidate whom is only willing to to distort the truth or do what ever it takes just to win, but has no solutions to our problems.

    No one should play games with our futures. This is scary.

    September 13, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  4. Marino Sail

    McCain miente en español también.

    Vamos, Obama/Biden! Libranos de esta gente.

    September 13, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  5. Disgusted with politics in America

    McCain has sold his soul to win an election. This campaign has lied daily, and is run by lobbyists who DO NOT share the values of Americans. You people better wake up and see the wool being pulled over your eyes. Things are getting worse with the economy, and if McCain has it his way, we are going to war with Russia and Iran. The draft will be reinstated, and Roe v. Wade is being overturned. Palin is being used like a garden tool to further this dirty old man's agenda. What mother in their right mind, would allow the media to scrutinize her family's business. I am glad her daughter is having her baby, but how is that going to keep food on my table. Wake up people, she is a distraction from the issues that we face day to day. I am tired of seeing my friends go off to fight an unjust war, and my family members lose their jobs and homes, we can't allow a 72 yr old man with no new ideas to run this country. Think about the future of our children and vote smart. We need youth, vitality, and someone with invigorating ideas to move us forward, let's not go backward.

    OBAMA '08!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 13, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  6. LS West Chester, PA

    The Republicans really are shameless.

    September 13, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  7. WAW

    Henceforth (and probably forever) anything coming from a Republican should be considered a bold-face lie until proven otherwise. This will simplify the entire election. Palin is there for one reason only, the religious right. Now they can "bow their heads and close their eyes" and the Republicans can lie like sailors. btw: "J.Mc" was a sailor!

    September 13, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  8. Black Truth AZ

    Once again the Mc(fill in the blank) is lying and not telling the truth! Mclie is going to do one thing this election and one thing only lie and will not deny it! So ask yourself do you want a liar in the white house or OBAMA?

    OBAMA/BIDEN 08/12

    September 13, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  9. Cyndi

    It's a shame that the only way McCain thinks he can win is by showing the nation HIS hypocrisy and radical disillusioned beliefs. These attack ads aren't cutting it with me. McCain promised to run a clean race and yet again he lied to us. Therefore, I have no choice but to change my vote and support Obama.

    September 13, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  10. CBA1999

    I have now decided that McCain and Palin will win. I hadn't thought this was the case a few months ago. However, I base this on three key points.

    First, Obama has such a huge ego that he believed that no matter what he did he still had it in the bag. He thought that Bush had screwed up so badly that no American in their right mind could possibly vote for the GOP again. He also thought that his novelty act would sustain...that was until McCain introduced the new novelty act in town.

    Second, Sarah Palin has ignited women all over the U.S. She represents them. Obama had his chance to pick Hillary Clinton which would have trumped McCain's pick but failed to do so. That was his first major campaign mistake. Since that fatal decision, he has been offstride, running alone – Biden is nowhere to be found, and Obama is running against Palin instead of McCain.

    Finally, like it or not, there are many Americans that will not vote for an African-American for President. The media is afraid to expose this issue, but all you have to do is have a few coversations with friends from all over the U.S. who have talked to their friends, and talk to your neighbors, and relatives and you'll uncover America's dirty little secret.

    Folks – write it down today, this election is OVER.

    September 13, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  11. Marino Sail

    Anyone seen Hillary's grace and ideals knows that Palin is NOT QUALIFIED to talk about her.

    I have a new acronym: PVMA (Palin Vicepresident M...A...)

    September 13, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  12. Don

    More lies from deflect central. When is the news media going to start calling McCain's hand on some of this. I guess the ladies on "The View" are the only really responsible group out there.

    September 13, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  13. G W Bush, Miami

    It Can't Happen Here? Just wait and see. By his use of patently untrue and ugly propaganda, it appears that McCain's campaign will push the limits in testing Sinclair Lewis's old fear from the 1930s.

    September 13, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  14. Denise

    When will the Mc Cain campaign stop attacking Obama....this is ridiculous.....how can the real subjects come on the for front when the democratic nominee has to defend himself continuously from slander.....come on ......and if people are stupid enough to vote again for Republicans....than you have not learn a thing about the last 8 years.

    Obama 08

    September 13, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  15. Kimberly from Houston, TX

    More McBush lies...

    September 13, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  16. Jack

    One of the reason this kind of lies gets conveyed largely to the public is the amateurism of the press in this country. Here, we have blatant lies about an immigration reform that has been perfectly documented but nonetheless, you would not see a single journalist ready to do an analysis on this. Rather, you would have a fade Wolf Blitzer or John King trying to mitigate this and pretend they are fair to both campaigns. But how fair is it to the American public when such blatant lies are not called for what they are?

    September 13, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  17. Republican Turned Democrat

    How sad is this!!! All the polls share information about democrats voting for McCain and Palin; however, you should also find out how many republicans are voting democratic. I will start the count for you...

    Obama/Biden '08

    September 13, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  18. Walt D

    Another lying and sleazy ad cut out of the fabric of Karl Rove and endorsed by John McCain. What a transformation McCain has made from 2000 just to win an election or at least the guy I thought who was decent and honest in 2000?

    It is enough! It is high time the media quite protecting him and expose the raw lies he runs in his ads because he is literally afraid to talk about the issues, because he wasnt to distance himself from Bush for hwome he supported 90% of the time. We deserve a better person in the White House then that? Otherwise, we're getting 'more of the same."

    September 13, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  19. Lies, Lies, and More Lies!

    John "Pinocchio" McCain should stop telling lies and approving messages that promote the spread of lies. John McCain is not a man of honor. "County First"? I don't think so!

    John McCain, how about telling the truth for a change?! You need to publicly repent from the sin of speading false witness against your neighbor. Like it or not, Barack Obama is you neighbor. STOP THE LIES AND HALF-TRUTHS NOW! In the eyes of God, all sin is sin. There is no little sin or big sin. Sin is sin!

    Shame on you, John McCain! You are providing a very poor example of how a campaign is to be run and how young men and women are behave as public servans.

    September 13, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  20. Brian

    This is starting to look like a trend for McCain. Seeming to mislead voters with his ads. Wish there would be more accountabitly by news organizations to call him out.

    September 13, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  21. ervin

    john mcsame should be ashamed of his self. i wish the gop would talk about the issues. all they can do is through mud. is this change? the kind of change we need in america.

    September 13, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  22. Joanne Slater

    Is CNN ever going to do a show on MCCains failed memory for HIS actual votes. Instead of running story after story about Palin. She will not be president (unless he drops dead). Get Back to the issues and report the truth about what the canidates are saying and what their actual records are.

    September 13, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  23. Rich

    How many false ads is McCain going to run before he really gets called out for doing so...this is just ridiculous...

    September 13, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  24. Matt

    This pathetic excuse for a presidential campaign has single-handedly created enough material for Al Franken to write a sequel to "Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them."

    September 13, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  25. DC

    Bottom-line

    The current policies would be the same policies if McCain were elected.

    If you want new policies, then Obama is the right choice.

    September 13, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
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