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. tom

    McCain has totally given away any resemblance to ethics in the past few
    weeks in the creation of these untruthful adds. I really wished that the press would start saying an untruthful ad in the header instead of the last sentence or two. The header should have read untruthful McCain add slams obama. I trully think McLair would be a better name for McCain

    September 13, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  2. Wendy SMith

    Personally I have had ENOUGH. I am tired of Political candidates -sworn public servants- LYING to the American People. Lying, misleading, distorting others records, beliefs and policies. WHY CAN'T THESE PEOPLE JUST TELL THE TRUTH?

    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.

    WHY IS THIS EVEN LEGAL?

    September 13, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  3. sario

    Have a look at the Newsweek poll: Questions 22-26.

    OVER 50% of the people polled in that poll DO NOT know that:
    1. Palin said 'thanks but no thanks' to the Bridge to nowhere only AFTER it was clear Congress would NOT fund it.
    2. Palin is against abortion in the cases of RAPE and INCEST (only supports it IF the mother's live is in danger).
    3. Palin has serious DOUBTS about the role of human activities in causing global warming.

    It is really telling how uninformed the people that are polled are.

    September 13, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  4. kathy

    Listen up people – this country can't take another 4 years of a republican.. i don't care who McBush's vice president is – they are repubilcans – there are too many unemployed people and others who have had mortgage foreclosures to elect another republican. I'm not sure it matters who is running for the democrats – reality is we can't survive another 4 or 8 years with a republican. Forget the fact Palin is a woman and get back to reality.

    September 13, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  5. Yvonne,

    Who stole John McCain's body? Who is this man; I don't recognize him.

    September 13, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    All I can say is that McCain is demonstrating every day just how incompetent he really is! Lies, misconceptions, half truths, distortions, denials, etc. are only making the Republicans look so pathetic and unpresidential. He no longer stands for much of anything and is being used as a puppet with the RNC and Palin pulling the strings. What we don't need is another puppet telling America what is best for us! We can decide for ourselves and it sure ain't McCain! Everyday his campaign is becoming more scary.

    September 13, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  7. Jeff

    "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."

    Just like the rest of the recent McCain-Palin attack adds the attacks are deceptive and are geared to throwing out a constant stream of lies about Obama hoping that the public will fail to investigate the issue and that some of them will stick.

    At one time I thought McCain was an honorable person. It has however become apparent to me over the course of the campaign that he, like so many other traditional politicians, will tell whatever lie necessary to get him elected. He publicly admitted as much regarding his flip-flop regarding the flying Confederate battle flag from atop the South Carolina Statehouse.

    McCain may have been a hero and served honorably in Vietnam but, in my opinion, ambition has now transformed him into a protypical politician who doesn't either value the truth or honor except as a weakness to be exploited in one's opponent.

    September 13, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  8. Leon, VA

    Here we go again with another add that is misleading and filled with lies from the McCain camp. When is this stuff going to get the proper media exposer that it deserve. The Republican party seems to think that we are going to fall for this crap again. The funny thing is that, they may be right. According to the recent polls it appears that most American's are falling for these lies coming out the McCain camp. When are we as American's going to wake up. The Republican party has been doing the same crap every election year. Base on these lies we're going to put another cannidate in office who truley don't respect the American people enough to be truthful. The two parties may disagree on their issue's but at least be honest about it and by far the McCain camp have turned into hibitual liers and the media is doing anything about it. Especially Fox news! There is something definetly wrong with that station. They cannot be objective at all. Fox news is by far the most irresponsible new's outlet in America. Come on people wake up! By the way, Sara Palin have to be the biggest hypocrite in government. This lady really think she can blow smoke up our rear end. I don't have a real problem with her confidence but I do have a problem when someone is portraying that cockyness from out right lying. Give me a break with the lies. The McCain/Palin supporters can at least be honest that the lies coming from the two of them (McCain/Palin) has went way too far. All of you McCain/Palin supporters need to contact Senator McCain and Governor Palin to let them know they should really stop with the lies!

    September 13, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  9. hubiel68

    Cast identical votes?
    That just show how McLair and his campaign loves to tell lies. I just read in the Book of Revelation 21:8 this morning, that all lairs will have their part in the lake of fire which burn with fire and brimstones.

    why would anyone wants to lose their soul to lie on another person. Thats beyond my wildest dream.

    The office of President is not worst loisng you soul to enteral seperation for God.

    Be careful John McDevil you are tredding on danger ground.

    September 13, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  10. The Voice of Reason

    LIES! LIES! LIES!
    Soon everything they say will be perceived to be a lie if they continue this strategy. The McCain campaign seems to be saying that when I lie, if I stick to the lie long enough, people are so dumb that they will eventually believe me!
    The MCCain/ Palin/ Rove strategy will not work this time because of "Fact Check" and other organizations that can tell people the truth!
    It is also obvious that the MCCain/ Palin/ Rove campaign has no ideas because they never follow up with what they intend to do to fix the many problems in America.
    MCCain is no reformer and it's obvious that he putting Career First and not Country First.

    September 13, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  11. Steve

    Add this under Sen Joe Biden being the poorest active Senator. According to his buddy, rich starts at $250K. I guess Biden will be a bit poorer after that tax hike his Buddy proposes! Maybe he needs a new Buddy!

    September 13, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  12. Brian

    Did McCain attend any of these major Immigration rallies across the nation in 2007 to hear the concerns of Hispanic Americans. Senator Obama has listened closely to the concerns of these hard-working people by being an advocate for making health insurance more affordable for these families, promoting change in public schools by supporting independently -run Charter schools which will provide better education for our children, and supported raising the minimum wage to help these Americans who work 2 or more jobs to help pay their rising food and gas expenses...

    Hispanics help fuel the American economy by spending billions of dollars a year. Not granting Amnesty to those who have live and worked here, and have children born here, is one of the most UnAmerican and Unpatriotic things we can do to them...

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

    More lies from McCain Do you think its pathological or is he just an old fashion dirty liar?

    September 13, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  14. Dan Hugos

    No surprises here – facts have nothing remotely to do with what appears on a McCain cxampaign ad. Obama could say "Republicans have done a great job" and the next McCain commercial would slam him for going negative. It's a conscious Republican strategy to keep the facts from getting out about what a truly lousy job they've done with all the power they've had for 8 years. It's a continuation of down-is-up and 2+2=5 baloney from the GOP. It's utterly comical that they would try to cast themselves as the party of change.

    September 13, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  15. Maher

    John McCain needs to stop all this negativism and start talking about how he will be addressing the real issues.

    September 13, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  16. Steve

    Add this under Obama states some ads are fabrications and lies. I guess that means SOME ads are true! I bet its the really ugly ads that are true!

    September 13, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  17. grandma

    Enough is enough 'Yes, we can change'
    for McBush Wining at election is first then the country

    September 13, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  18. ICantVote

    "But Obama and McCain cast identical votes in the major congressional showdowns on the issue last year" – CNN just called out their lie. How can campaigns get away with blatant lies?

    I used to think McCain was a decent guy. Now he is "approving" all these ads that are full of lies.

    September 13, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  19. Voter

    Attack rather than offer their own policies/solutions in an ad?

    I'm not surprised... when you don't have anything, you don't talk about it... just smear/lie/attack

    September 13, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  20. OBAMA GET'S IT!

    ONCE AGAIN HE'S TELLING LIES, IF YOU GO TO FACTCHECK.ORG THEY SAY THAT MOST EVERYTHING McSHAME HAS SAID ABOUT OBAMA ESPECIALLY IN THE SPANISH ADS ARE COMPLETE LIES!!!! SO MUCH SO THEY DON'T EVEN BOTHER TO LIST THEM INDIVIDUALLY.

    McSHAME IS A SHAMFUL LIAR!

    September 13, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  21. craig

    Again.. Shameless.. Hypocracy

    September 13, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  22. Independent Voter

    "But Obama and McCain cast identical votes in the major congressional showdowns on the issue last year. "

    How is this not lying?

    September 13, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  23. Candia

    McCain is such a hypocrite. In addition to what the article says, McCain also first sponsored an immigration bill with Sen. Kennedy (which fell through), and then later said (when he was campaigning), that he would not have voted for the bill now.

    September 13, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  24. Xavierism

    I do not want Mexican illegals to be given amnesty. I do not want them here in this country. It's a shame that both parties stay hush for fear of offending Hispanics.

    September 13, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  25. Charlotte

    Immigration reform is a difficult issue. As a nation of immigrants, it will not be an easy task. McCain voting the same as Obama shows he is not a typical Republician, but a real reformer.

    September 13, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
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