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. Eddie G

    I just looked up hypocrit in the dictionary....definition...John McCain.

    September 13, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  2. kalu

    THIS IS A PATHETIC ATTACK BY THE GOP TO DISCREDIT OBAMA ONCE AGAIN, AND GIVEN THE FACT THAT PEOPLE RESPOND MORE TO NEGATIVE ADS, OBAMA SHOULD RESPOND IMMEDIATELY. THE GOP IS DOING WHAT THEY DO BEST AND IS BEING REFLECTED IN THE POLLS. PLS, OBAMA CAMP, RESPOND ASAP!!!!!!

    September 13, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  3. NOT THIS TIME - NO MORE OF McSAME --- PLEASE!!!!

    MENTIRAS!!!!! ___ MENTIRAS!!!! _____MENTIRAS!!!!

    !!!NO MAS Mc MISMO!!!

    !!!NO MAS Mc SUCIO!!!

    !!!!NO MAS Mc FEO!!!!

    LIES!!!!!__________LIES!!!!!!!!!! __________LIES!!!!!

    NO MORE Mc SAME
    NO MORE Mc DIRTY
    NO MORE Mc UGLY

    YES WE CAN, ONLY TWO WEEKS TO REGISTER TO VOTE!!!!!
    OBAMA/BIDEN '08!!!!

    September 13, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  4. Naive Voter

    But we are still voting for McCain even though he lies... because his lies sound better than any one else's truths. We love being brainwashed! It's the american dream!!!

    /sarcasm

    September 13, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  5. Ms. Johnson

    Lies from the McCain camp. Are we supposed to be surprised?

    September 13, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  6. S. Boatman

    The Mccain Camp Once Again Shows How Desperate They Have Become! They Are Running Scared And Dont Know What To Do! Mccain Wont Even Back His Own Bill On The Subject . . . He Wont Back His Own Bill! He Is So Out Of Touch He Cant Agree With Himself! The Mccain Of 2000 Would Not Vote For The Mccain Of Today So Neither Should We!

    September 13, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  7. Calling all Christians..

    Wow, Now we've sunk to a point where one accuses the other for doing the SAME THING as himself??

    This proves that McCain doesn't have anything on Obama, but yet he is trying hard to destroy Obama's image. Even if it means he reveals himself as a dishonest person.

    Quite insane.

    September 13, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  8. Patti Zimmerman

    McCain sinks to new lows, despite all his puffery about running a clean campaign. Obviously he is desperate to win at any cost to his integrity. Blame Karl Rove? No, let McCain lie, cheat and try to steal his way into the White House, just like Bush did in 2000 and see him renounced by Americans who are fed up with Republicans. Obama/Biden 2008 for Change!

    September 13, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  9. serah

    What i have not heard the McCain camp say together with Sarah Palin, is what they plan to do for children and adults born with disabilities like down syndrome. Also, the evangelicals supporting Sarah Palin for VP should know that before God it is injustice for the toddler with downs syndrome who for now needs her more than the rest of America does. She needs to take care of the issues of her household first, if McCain is interested in the Palin He can take Todd Palin, to allow the "hockey mom" take care of her baby. I think this is true christianity, being responsible. Of course she can hire a nanny to take care of her child but at this point i think the child deserves to be with the mother 100%.

    September 13, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  10. LA in Washington

    Of course. More lies and half truths from McCain/Palin. I hope people think about how they will also lie if they get to Washington DC. Maybe we need the ladies from The View to run the debates since no one in the media seems to be calling them out on these continued lies.

    September 13, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  11. Florida Voter

    And yet another lie from the republican candidate. I wonder if I would stay married to my spouse if I caught them lying to me this many times.

    At some point and time we have to be able to trust our elected officials. Starting off with lies only reminds me that we have been lied to on a constant basis for the last 7 and a half years.

    How many times will I believe that it is raining just to find out that some one standing above me is taking a piss.

    September 13, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  12. Reese from NC

    Lies, Lies, Lies. That is all they know how to do. They are really banking on all their votes coming from uninformed voters. I am very happy they have underestimated the basic intelligence level of the American voter. This is going to backfire on them big time.

    September 13, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  13. Ben, NC

    McCain ad is pure lie. It is useless to keep expecting that they will at some point run a positive campaign.

    "You can put wings on a pig, but you don't make it an eagle."

    (The reference to Pig in the above line refers to a Pig that lives in a barn.)

    September 13, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  14. Rich C

    There's never much of anything true in any of McCain's ad. Why should an ad in another language be any different?

    September 13, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  15. Listen Up...

    Republicans love cheap/free labor without the human responsibility (health care, benefits), and want to criminalize these people at the same time.

    September 13, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  16. John in KY

    McCain is trying anything to smear his opponent, he wants the title of "Mr PRESIDENT" so bad, he will stop at nothing to get SYMPATHY votes (POW) & Palin is his crutch! Republicans don't want to lose their DYNASTY they've had in washington for the past 8 yrs. Get ready for more War & return of the Selective Service Draft if they are put in the WHITEHOUSE!!

    September 13, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  17. Janice

    I am absolutely sick and tired of McCain and Emperor Palpatine's utter B.S. In the words of Bill Mahar "Didn't anyone tell McCain he's supposed to lose this election?"

    If the American public is DUMB enough to vote in another republican, you all deserve your own destruction.

    September 13, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  18. John Ohio

    McCain is a dirty old trick politician,,,I wondering how many hispanic was at his convention.....Why we did not see any hispanic speak at his convention Obama had open arm with hispanic at his convention. Obama convention had so many hispanic people there...So look who talking dirty politician McCain trying to use hispanic people for votes

    Obama/Biden for hispanic

    September 13, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  19. Judy

    I can't believe the people of this country would put another idiot in
    charge. And Sarah is pathetic. Just for once I would like to see the
    republicans vote for the country instead of the 'party'.

    September 13, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  20. Brad

    This election reminds me of the 2004 Bush and Kerry...Bush went so negative, and guess what, the people bought it... these are the same people that gave Mr. Bush the lowest Presidential approval rating in history.

    Now 4 years later... here we are again, the exact same situation, different people, we may also get the same result as 2004.

    When will the American people learn, that when you win by cheating it will always comes back to bite you...John McCain or Barack Obama does not help you in your daily lives, no one does..face it.

    Do not make the same mistake twice, vote for the guy who understands how all Americans feel, the RICH, POOR, BLACK, WHITE,BAD,GOOD,LATINO,MEN, WOMEN,CRIME, HEALTH ETC.

    Do not make the same mistake twice.

    September 13, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  21. Tiffany J, Cincinnati

    More lies from McSame. Can we please just *vote* already?

    Haven't we all, for the most part, already decided on who we are going to vote for?

    September 13, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  22. Joe - Wilmington, DE

    Beware Republicans! This is exactly the same stuff that played a big part in sinking the Clinton campaign.

    September 13, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  23. Sharon Olds

    the more I read about McCain, the less I trust him. I hope the rest of America see him for what he is, shameful.

    September 13, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  24. dian

    Didn't the Obama campaign see this coming, especially after last night when it was obvious at the Alma Awards, as they encouraged voting in the November election, most preferred Obama. As Cheech and Chong left the stage they yelled, "Obama". Minorities are mostly for Obama and, so am I. Minorities are now the majority.

    Vote for real change!

    Obama/Biden 08'

    September 13, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  25. out of work

    Would you trust Mc shame to lead this nation ? Nothing but lies form this man so far. God help this nation if the GOP wins.

    September 13, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
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