September 13th, 2008
09:49 AM ET
1 year 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. Obamacan

    what is McCain talking about? He flip flop on immigration to get his party's nomination. McCAIN SHOULD SHUT UP!. Obamacan in Colorado

    September 13, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  2. Spanish For Obama!!!

    No mc,no palin no WAY REPUBLICAN

    September 13, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  3. james

    Senator Mccain is an honorable man who can not lie
    It was his campaign people that was lying.
    The danger we face is that 'Mccain approved this message'.

    September 13, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  4. Jennifer

    This does not surprise me, given the Republican tactics to date. The thing that is the most amazing about John McCain's campaign of lies is that he is adopting the unethical advertising techniques of the same sleazy people who helped Bush slander him in 2000. It is the height of hypocrisy to campaign this way. As a moderate, I will note vote for McCain. He has become a tool of the far right "win at any cost" machine. And he would be a worse president than Bush because he is even more impulsive.

    September 13, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  5. John

    It just doesnt make sense to run this ad because they both voted the same way twice on this issue...I think Obama should respond with the following ad...

    “John McCain and his congressional allies say they are on the side of immigrants. But are they?"Which Side Are They On?”

    “The press reports that their efforts were 'poison pills' that made immigration reform fail, “The result: No guest worker program. No path to citizenship. No secure borders. No reform. Is that being on our side? McCain and his Congressional allies ready to block immigration reform, but not ready to Change.”

    September 13, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  6. PhilZ

    What ever happened to "straight-talking" McCain? He has gone totally sleazy with the false/misleading ads ever since the former Rove/Bush people came on board his campaign.

    This ad is just another desperate attempt to distort Obama's record and make McCain look like a big hero, but Sleazy Sarah and Lying John won't fool most Americans. Thank God!

    September 13, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  7. Ann,Canada.

    Mccain is stated to have experience, I wonder whether it is in terms of how many years he has lived or his years in the senate. When it comes to wisdom and judgement you would think he is youbger and unexperienced that Obama and Palin.

    Nominating Palin for a runningmate proved did not only prove his poor judgement but that for him McCain comes first before the country, leave alone the empty words.

    McCain you did what you could do during your time, Pls think of a gracious retirement and leave the young, physically and emotionally strong an stable to lead.

    September 13, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  8. kaydeedee, nashville

    More deceit from McCain. So what else is new? But so long as people don't know they're being manipulated, they will probably believe it. Any Hispanic voter who thinks A Republican administration will be "on their side" is truly uninformed.

    September 13, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  9. Franky

    Immigration?? I haven't heard this in years!! LOL!!! To be honest, I think my boy may have more things in common with Senator McCain on Immigration than anything else! LOL!! Or let alone, they probably agree on practically everything! LOL!!!

    September 13, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  10. Barbara

    Which man do you want to model the morals, ethics, and integrity you teach your children and grandchildren?

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

    Obama/Biden '08 – education, integrity, honesty

    September 13, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  11. Tim

    Can someone tell me who is the real John McCain?

    Is he going to change Washington? Hmmm..... if he really believed this himself he would have made this a big part of his campaign from the beginning and not in the 4th qtr of a Presidential race and only after see how Barack Obama's change message was resonating with the American people.... sunds like a follower to me.

    How can McCain be an agent of change when he has voted with George Bush more than any other Senator in office, even more than his own Republican peers (those is his own words).

    How can McCain be an agent of change when uses the same President Bush smear politics of lies and untruths?

    How can McCain be an agent of change when he said the tone of his campaign and the poison that his camp is directing towards Obama would have been different if Obama would have agreed to do as he asked with having the old school style of debats. What does that say about McCain? I'll tell you, it means it's McCain's way or the high way. Yet he wants us to believe he's an agent of change and that he'll work with both his friends and those that he disagrees with..... he attacking Obama because he didn't want to due the old school style debates is all you need to know to ask who is the real John McCain.

    McCain says he's a reformer and will take on his own party but yet when it was time to make one of the biggest and most important decisions as a presidential candidtat he didn't have the nads to stand up to the conservative base of the Republican party, so he selected Sara Palin as his VP. Yeah, great way to show your strength McCain.

    Can someone tell the American people that this election is about real issues and not lies and distortion. We can't spit this country in half, so we need somone to govern all of us and not just the rich.

    September 13, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  12. anconcernAmerican

    McCain is dishonest and mentally unstable. How can we trust him, his compaign is all about lies.

    September 13, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  13. qq

    hahaha mccain is a loser!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! all the hispanics are supporting Obama and i am one of them

    September 13, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  14. peruchy

    mcsame is a liar. Hispanics will not buy this. They know the truth. Rebulicans fillibustered the comprehensive immigation reform.

    September 13, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  15. McShame

    What a LIAR this McShame is... Disgusting!!

    September 13, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  16. Jeremy

    The lead on this article should be:
    McCain creates another lie to bamboozle the ignorant.

    I volunteered for McCain in 2000. I had been saying to my friends that although I am for Obama, McCain is a good man.
    I was mistaken. This is outrageous and should be labeled as such, not just noted with an afterthought at the end of the article.
    Please expose these blatant lies forcefully. There is no way to argue they are not complete falsehoods.

    September 13, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  17. madeleine

    I don't know how other people feel about that but running an ad which contains lies or half truths shouldn't be allowed.
    The content of ads should be checked for accuracy of facts before an ad can air. This is basic protection of customers and we're shopping for a president.

    September 13, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  18. Iroko Nija

    Here you go again, from McSame to McLies? Ho...I cannever be decieved.
    OBAMA / BIDEN '08'

    September 13, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  19. BV

    Lying McCain at work again. What a piece of scum. This is unforgiveable as a leader and a person who promised to run a clean campaign.
    Of course, he often doesn't remember what he did or didn't vote for. Maybe he just forgot. Bet not!!!

    September 13, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  20. jboogie for Obama

    I think it's funny how Sen. Mcnot runs these ads that are full of lies, I hope the smart Americans can see what he is doing. Another thing he does is try to use his military service as an advantage, heck i'm a veteran too. He's gonna loose again , thats for sure.

    September 13, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  21. Steven Alan Ramsey

    This is the normal attacks that we have come to get use to from the Republican Attack Machine. Such misleading attacks gives both McCain and Obama a bad name. One, that McCain is simplying lying, and two, that Obama isn't on the side of immigrants. The Democratic Party is clearly the party sympathetic to the concerns of immigrants. We can't say the same for Republicans.

    Obama/Biden 08
    Nixon 08

    September 13, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  22. 17 year old future politician

    Wow..McCain voted the same way Obama did, and then says Obama's stance on immigration is wrong...wow

    September 13, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  23. Jonathon

    They can lie in any language it looks like. Don't reward lies and theft with 4 more years!

    September 13, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  24. C FL

    Talk about spin.

    i No mas McCain ! El no dice la verdad.

    Obama/Biden. i Si se puede !

    September 13, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  25. IBMMuseum

    Huh, they voted the same, but McCain says Obama is the badguy here? Despite McCain´s support, it was members of his own Republican party that killed true immigration reform, not ¨Obama and his Congressional allies¨. McCain is the same as Bush, he even uses the same flawed tactics and mistaken reasoning.

    September 13, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
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