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. elizabeth Braune

    Why can't candidates debatge without becomeing personal and nasty and if the media are going to have them as guests, they need to show more professionalism and a little more respect. Isn't it amazing that Mr. Obama was so nasty toward Hilliary and now it's as if they are bosom buddiesexcept that he didn't choose her for a running mate.

    September 13, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  2. Duane, Richmond VA

    It's becoming obvious that the truth is not going to stand in the way of John McCain's smear message of the day strategy. He's obviously betting that there are a number of voters who are uninformed and will choose to remain uninformed about the facts. Being a voter who does stay informed and who has actually looked at the candidates platform and voting records, I find this tactic to be offensive. Why on Earth would Americans want another President who is willing to slant the truth or just outright lie in order to have his way. It seems that those kind of politics by McCains twin George W Bush are what have gotten us into the mess we are in today.

    Not all of us are fools, but he's betting that at least 51% of the electors will be.

    September 13, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  3. roger

    Love your elecction and primary coverage. Been following from the begining . Please give us a break with Pailin! To much time devoted to her same old stories for the past two weeks.

    Roger, Ottawa Canada

    September 13, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  4. Winkzilla

    Republicans have no moral character and think lying to the American people is sactioned in their misguided and self-aborbed belief that they speak for God.

    Enough is enough!

    September 13, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  5. Becky

    McCain is really scarring me. Another lying ad.

    September 13, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  6. observer

    McCain is the most dishonourable man that I have ever seen. Frankly, I simply don't trust this man

    September 13, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  7. Annette, Washington, DC

    Well it's information age on truth too! Obama/Biden08.

    September 13, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  8. Susan

    McCain is nuts! As far as the view when asked , and he denied he had changed and to name one, let's start with immigration, how about taxes, how about medical insurance, how about veterans issues where he rates a D. The crap keeps coming from the Reothuglicans, but none of it is sticking, because it is all lies. Sarah Palin is no better. All of a sudden she is shifting her views to the center to garner votes. Won't work. We know where you stand and you don't cut the mustard. You are a worse war monger than John McCain!

    September 13, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  9. Helena

    More lies & deception from the McCain/Palin campaign. All these negative attacks on Barack Obama are going to backfire on them. John McCain has lost his integrity.

    September 13, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  10. Ben

    When was the last time that McCain has run an ad that wasn't an outright lie or severe stretch of the truth?

    This is sickening and it's getting old. Americans want real facts and it's sad that a good portion of those seeing these ads will never follow up to do any fact checking.

    There really should be some independent organization that is allowed to appove/ diapprove these ads, but that would probably never work. Why can't McCain just tell the truth?

    September 13, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  11. CarolO McBain MI

    McCain needs to be careful if he doesn't want his wife's drug addiction all over the internet and the fact she stole the medications from the poor peoples clinic intended for those that don't have 100 million. And The Keating Affair. And HIS numerous affairs, the cheating on his wife that lead to his divorce, etc.

    September 13, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  12. economist

    Gallup tracking polls are consistently indicating about a twenty point lead for Mr. Obama over Mr. McCain among Hispanic registered voters. The McCain Campaign knows they need to do something; and that something is to confuse the debate in the hopes that Mr. Obama loses his edge.

    September 13, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  13. Bill

    I just don't believe a thing McCain says anymore. When I see everyting he did this past two weeks and then find out he is circumventing campaign finance laws wit donations to his campaign compliance fund, I don't believe him.

    September 13, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  14. Mary

    I always thought John McCain stood for honor and his values mean't something. I am beginning to think he sold his soul.

    September 13, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  15. J Williamson

    McCain apparently thinks that the facts should never get in the way of a good story. Typical Republican tactics – mislead, confuse, and lie.

    September 13, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  16. What's Best for USA

    Remember how Bush lied about why we should invade Iraq? Surely people see McCain is just as willing to lie to have everything his way. Electing this man will set our nation back years. Use your heads and do what is best for the nation, not a party, not a woman, and certainly not for the color of the skin. McCain has no integrity!!!

    September 13, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  17. Alice in Florida

    The Obama train is running out of steam..........

    Keep huffing and puffing your old tired liar chants of "HOPE, CHange, unity" – I think all your windbag chants and the chants of your demented followers are contributing to global warming! The planet can no longer sustain all that hot air!

    Your TIRED old speeches sound SO yesterday, Empty Suit

    The Obama train has done been ridden off the tracks

    There's a NEW Superstar in town

    DEAL with it, Empty Suit!!!!!!!!!

    ONLY voting for McCain/Palin in 2008 so that I can vote for Hillary in 2012!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 13, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  18. JC

    no lo creo, McCain

    September 13, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  19. Latina

    McCain can lie all he wants. We are not stupid. We know who will support our community and it sure is not the old man.

    We are all voting Obama!

    September 13, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  20. Another grumpy old white woman for Obama

    The whole world is reading these blogs. Everyone knows that Bush lied about the Iraq invasion. Every one knows that McCain is a liar and an adulterer and that is how we are viewed by our "enemies" and allies alike. Now Palin is threatening Russia. As if she had any right to threaten any country. At this time of world chaos this is the LAST thing we should be doing.
    Who is going to believe anything the Gopers say? Not me. And not my friends in Europe. We have lost all credibilty and respect in the world at large and many of us are willing to repeat our poor judgement of the last 8 years. It is past time for diplomacy and civility. We are not a nation of "pit bulls" but we give that impression to the rest of the world. " Lie down with dogs, get up with fleas".
    Obama 08-16

    September 13, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  21. djb

    Why should McCain start putting out "truthful" ads now? He lies about Obama's tax plan, his energy program, his sexual predator program (now known as sex education for kindergartners). He lies about Palin's rejection of the "Bridge to Nowhere" (she kept the money) and her lobbyists getting earmark money for Wasilla. These lies seem to work, don't they? Well, I hope he can live with himself. Personally, I would have a hard time living with his being in the White House.

    September 13, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  22. Jon

    When you have no platform, no message, and no morality, why not use lies to win an election?

    Throw enough mud and some will stick.

    Great job McCain. Way to adopt the tactics Bush used to defeat you in 2000. You are not the same maverick you once were.

    September 13, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  23. no way no how

    clearly, he is desperate for the white house, as he will do or say anything to win, including flat out lying. the media should be doing more to call him out on the lies (as joy behar did on 'the view' yesterday). shame on mccain.

    September 13, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  24. margie(alabama)

    another lie help us

    September 13, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  25. elizabeth Braune

    Why can't candidates debate without becoming so nasty and personal; and the media feed s into it and are so disrespectful. Is that a good example of how to debate and how to report. I am sorry to see Mr Gibson's rudeness toward Sarah Palin. Chris Matthew is certainly missed. He could interview both sides without becoming downright nasty.

    September 13, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
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