September 13th, 2008
09:49 AM ET
5 years 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. gilbert

    Wow shady campaign! McCains campaign is just a small preview of what a McCain administration would look like...VERY SHADY! And ran my LOBYISTS!

    September 13, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  2. Robert

    John McCain has continued to lie recklessly about his opponent's record. This is the same man who claims that he is different from George Bush.

    He is different alright. He is worse than George Bush. His campaign tactics sting and by the way John Sidney McCain should be terribly ashamed of himself.

    He has lost all decency and is not fit to lead this great country.

    This country deserves leaders that have some decency.

    September 13, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  3. John in Louisville

    John McCain even lies about Obama in other languages! What is this, the 4th ad that flat-out lies about Obama's record (or McCain's for that matter)? He must think Latinos are stupid! He must literally believe the community does not know what the candidates stances are on their most important issue. Why else would he risk a lie like this?

    September 13, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  4. Barbara

    NYT today - Senator McCain would rather lose his integrity than lose an election.

    Obama/Biden '08 – education, integrity, honesty

    September 13, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  5. Sarah L., Fayetteville, AR

    That is extremely misleading and disappointing. While I am an Obama supporter, two months ago, I would not have hated having McCain as President. Now, I don't feel as though I can trust his judgment or character. He has shown an extraordinary lack of respect for the truth and a fair election process.

    September 13, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  6. Dolly

    Yet another deceptive ad from McCain.

    He is no man of honor. Not now, not anymore.

    September 13, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  7. Edwin

    How can McCain attack Obama for this, when Obama did exactly the same thing he did, and the filibuster was led by Republicans, not Democrats?

    I used to think politics was a sleazy business, but creating ads that are complete lies, documented lies - that is a new low. The Bush administration has demonstrated that repeating lies over and over again makes people believe it is true. What a sad commentary that Republicans clearly feel it is okay to lie to the American people to get their desired objective. What a disgusting party!

    September 13, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  8. obama

    shameless and a disgrace to the United States democratic ideal.

    September 13, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  9. GOP for OBAMA




    It is suckling at YOUR SAGGY BREASTS ! ! ! !

    September 13, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  10. alex

    McCain can't run an ad that talks about what he says before he has nothing to say. If he tried to remember the lines he'd scramble them like a dyslexic. The only thing he can do now is trump his sob-story Hanoi imprisonment like it has any relevence to todays affairs. What a chump.

    September 13, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  11. Rico Latino

    No surprise. The GOP is so predictable. First they choose an unknown and unqualified woman as a VP from the "largest State in the Union" (how many people actually voted for her?) and before the pundits get a chance to criticise her one-on-one performance with a national news personality - the GOP throws out a "wedge issue" grenade on immigration. Lookout DEMS! I'll bet money that the next step the GOP takes will be to have the courts approve election day voter booth police to check ID's on those who look like illegals! Sad.

    September 13, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  12. JP from Wisconsin

    Just how cynical can the McCain camp get? Every time I think they have stretched the limit for outright lies, they move the bar again. What an accomplishment. I guess he'll settle for whatever message he can deliver when the truth doesn't serve his objective.

    McCain folded like a cheap suit when the GOP base insisted they were the ones who would pick a VP candidate, not him. It would seem that having surrendered his independence so fundamentally right out of the box has caused him to abandon any sense of honor at all. What a shame.

    September 13, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  13. Phillip

    Perhaps McSame is having more "memory issues" about what he voted on?

    September 13, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  14. BadPolitics

    Not that the Obama campaign has never given in to partial truth in ads and punch lines, but I sure hope that this recent slew of false statements in McCain's ads will backfire. This is getting ridiculous...

    September 13, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  15. Real Talk

    McCain is starting to make Karl Rove look like a saint.

    September 13, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  16. Dennis

    Are these McCain people for real? Outright lies seem to be their only plan, and the shameless way they conduct themselves is stunning.

    I was an independent who used to respect McCain, and said I would vote for him if he ever ran. The way he has caved in to the sleezebags that have overrun the republican party is very disturbing, and brings into question his judgement and independence.

    I won't be voting republican after this display . . .

    September 13, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  17. P. Lee

    This ad is disgusting, and the depths of the republicans efforts to blatantly distort the truth are truly terrifying. I used to buy into the fact that McCain was an honorable man who wanted to run an honorable campaign.

    This is especially disappointing, given how McCain used to be a self styled champion of immigration reform and has compromised his views to bow to the mainstream republican base's view of being anti-immigration.

    Lastly, this ad isn't just in poor taste, it's completely factually inaccurate. There should be some accountability for networks that run factually inaccurate advertisements, and I urge the media to hold these candidates to some, or ANY standard of truth.

    As an independent, I will no longer be voting for John McCain, because he used to be someone I thought would have the backbone to fight for the issues he has a long history in congress of fighting for. Now the former maverick has put winning this election above his integrity and honor. Sorry McCain, you lost my respect and my vote.

    September 13, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  18. Independent

    Obama is an empty suit!

    September 13, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  19. Debbie, Texas

    MCCain needs to slam Palin on none of her children are looking forward to GOING TO COLLEGE. Is she going to raise 5 under-educated children like she and her husband is – we in America are trying to do better than that , this is not a good example.

    September 13, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  20. PA Voter


    Our Latino brothers and sisters know basura (trash) when they hear it!

    Obama-Biden 08

    September 13, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  21. Matt

    Are you or aren't you adding my comment? I really don't think it's that controversial CNN.

    September 13, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  22. BL, Cincinnati

    Shocker... McCain is LYING yet again.

    September 13, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  23. troyo

    surprise surprise, more lies from the McCain campaign. Straight Talk Express getting derailed

    September 13, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  24. Independent

    Another lie. Does the McCain campaign broadcast anything nowadays that is not a lie?

    September 13, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  25. Oregon4Obama

    Mccain has lost his mind in his attacks and ads.......

    Wait, wait.....what am i thinking.....they are the same people that made Mccains wife out to be a pill popping drug addict when he ran in 2000, now they work on his staff........

    so he hasnt lost his mind......he's just learned that if he follows Bush's team and his agenda....he will be president......

    Conclusion, More of the Same......Bush-McCain-Palin
    One made the plan, the other continues it, the other adopts it

    September 13, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
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