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. Douglas Democrat

    What's this? McCain shamelessly lying in a political ad?

    In other news, Generalissimo Francisco Franco remains dead.

    September 13, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  2. Courtney in Vegas

    Well America! Don't act as if its a surprise that John McCain and his Repulsive Party; would sink this this level of attack. No matter what the TRUTH IS. If it means to cast a shadow of doubt on their opponent, so be it. This is exactly what we can expect if we lose our focus and allow Him/Her into the White House. But wait ! There is hope- "Ol' say can you see, by the dawns early lights" Barack Obama and Joe Biden. YES WE CAN! YES WE CAN!

    September 13, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  3. nina

    Honestly, Americans need to wake up and really think about who they are going to vote for and why.
    If anyone saw "The View" yesterday with McCain on, that itself should be enough to make you think twice. And if you haven't seen it, you should look it up.
    Look at McCain's body language, his responses and temperment.
    A few things to take notice of:
    About his attack ads, when questioned about the authenticity of its content – McCain basically said, if Obama had agreed to do town hall meetings with him, his campaign wouldn't have taken the course (negative) it has.
    About overturning Roe vs Wade – a lot of double talk, but answer, "yes"
    About Palin, he could not answer what or who she is going to reform. He refused to agree that she has in fact asked for earmarks, although his ads tout her as against them.
    These are just a few of many things i noticed.
    America, please look carefully at who and what you are voting for.
    Look at who is talking issues, health care, economics, the war, the mortgage crisis etc.
    And look at who's slinging mud and avoiding the issues most important to the heart of America.

    September 13, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  4. Manion

    OK. Fine article but are we going to see an article which disects and explains the truth everytime an anti McCain or anti Palin commercial is aired? That would be a never ending stream of articles.

    September 13, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  5. Joe - Chicago, IL

    Wow, one bald faced lie after another from McCain. If he's lying this blatently in his campaign, imagine how he'll conduct himself in office?

    September 13, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  6. Michael

    Does McCain seriously think we're going to take his word on ANYTHING after all these BS ads he's running?

    September 13, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  7. Joe

    another McCain ad. Another lie.

    September 13, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  8. Andy

    I wonder how much John McCain sold his soul for to these lobbyists and Roveians. I used to respect John for his "straight talk" but this man is incredibly desperate and extraordinarily dangerous. If he is willing to lie right to peoples face day in and day out and then defend his lies as truth before he even gets elected, how is he going to be any different than Bush? This man used to stand for something. This is a disgrace.

    This republican is voting Obama/Biden 08-12

    September 13, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  9. Paul Jareesue

    I think the Media should have a "lie town" show every night. And make it popular not just one of these stupid fact check 5 minute shows.
    It is the responsibility of the media to cover facts not fiction and spread that accordingly...
    this has not been happening and it is a shame it is happening in the so called best country of the world. Are we really the best anymore...or have we lost all our ideals

    September 13, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  10. Marisela

    Lies! Lies! Lies! This is the foundation of McCain's campaign. McCain is a liar!

    Barack should call him out. Then he should attack him with the truth which must prevail this year. We cannot have 4 more years of these lies!

    September 13, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  11. Annie Oakley

    That's all McCain/Palin have to peddle: LIES.

    They'll lie to Americans to win an election. What will they do if they get in the White House? Haven't we had enough lying the past 8 years? Do we really want 8 more years?

    Wake up America! Wake up!

    September 13, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  12. Jen in PA

    Lies. When you got nothing, you lie, and hope the voters don't notice. If McCain wins this on the basis of lies, we'll get the exact kind of incompetence we deserve.

    September 13, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  13. Mk

    So is McCain's new campaign strategy to
    USE Sarah Palin to get people to acutally pay attention to him.
    to USE Sarah Palin to raise money so he can continue to blatently lie to the American people via televised ads?
    Is McCain's SO SEXIST that the only thing he thinks Palin is good for is FUNDRAISING?
    Nobody actually thinks this died in the wool, "old school" Republican respects women do they? He is willing to lie to the entire country about Palin's earmark history, her bridge to nowhere history, what makes anyone thinks he tells the truth when it comes to his "respect" for women?
    Don't forget it ain't PALIN who is at the top of the ticket.
    Though I now most Repubs actually wish it were so.
    Palin is....BUSH IN A SKIRT. Thinking, rational Amercians know this. They also know a LIAR when the see one. McCain may once have been a Maverick and a reformer but now he has become the republican ROBOT.

    September 13, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  14. Patsy Madison, TN

    When you think that the GOP can not go any lower and tell more lies, here they come again. They are a disgrace to our intelligence.

    September 13, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  15. Kenny

    Mccain should be ashamed of the kind of campaign he is running, he has taken the Karl Rove playbook to an extreme, he is clearly now not even trying to tell the truth anymore.What a disgrace the man is.

    September 13, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  16. Barbara

    Face it, McCain is PANICKED that he made a colossal mistake in that VP he picked, and he's now figuring if he tells the same lies over and over, well.....we'll just eventually believe them to be true. Worked for Bush, so he figures it will work for him.

    FACT: Palin WAS for the bridge before the money got pulled and THEN she said "We'll pay for it ourselves." Yah.

    FACT: Palin takes earmarks, even though she & McSame state they are bad and evil, then LIES about taking earmarks.

    FACT: She is being investigated for a questionable firing. Now, for all you who say "They work at the discretion of the Gov and can be fired at will" yes that's true. But why oh why go on the RECORD praising this man's contributions towards domestic violence awareness, talk about how great he is, fire him two months later and then seriously expect everyone to believe that you had an issue with him?!

    I'm amazed and outraged that the Republicans and their HIGHLY PAID mouthpieces (Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck, Rush Limberger) can lie so blantantly, then sit back and cry crocodile tears about legitimate questions for Palin being "sexist and mean." A bigger bunch of pansies I've never seen.

    Boo freakin hoo. If a girl wants to play football with the boys, do you think she's not going to get tackled? Please.

    September 13, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  17. Chris

    This is so sad. Campaigns are a dirty business but how can the McCain campaign just flat out lie. Their votes were identical. It was the far right-wing Republicans that blocked this legislation. I have always thought that John McCain was a grade above George W but he is resorting to the same tactics. It makes me certain that if he is elected, this trend will continue. I hope that the truth will finally prevail.

    September 13, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  18. Jeff

    What's new John McCain lies... His campain is an insult to the intellegance of Americans, but I guess a lie can go a long way.

    September 13, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  19. AYESHA

    bush also looked idiot and dumb and he won two elections. Only qualification to win US presidential election is how dumb and stupid r you?. how easily you can be briefed(brain washed)?. I still do not understand What a US president actually does?

    September 13, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  20. Jacob

    McCain's campaign is in sorry state and shame on them. Don't they think that when you have so many ads out there people lose interest in you and not necessarily the political process, especially in this year's election, and to also find out each time that the ads are all and always false and can be debunked in seconds. They should know that there are more places to fact check information now than there was in 2000 or 2004. And more states congresses and national congress are making information more accessible to the public now than ever before, even in Alaska that is little less known.

    Even if their interest is to make people lose interest in the election, they should have known that because this is an historic in every proportion:

    – if elected, will be the 1st time a president will be the oldest.
    – if elected, will be the 1st time an African American, after Bill Clinton (as being perceived will be elected.
    – if elected, will be the 1st time a VP is not considered in a millionaires club.
    – if elected, will be the 1st time a female VP will be elected that is heart-beat away from being a President.
    – it is the 1st time the primaries has ever been longer than 18 months.
    – it is the 1st time, 3rd parties are having more influence than ever before.
    – people have already seen what all that comes with Bush and the past 8 years, and they don't want to go down that path again.

    The bottom line in all these, the VOTERS, especially those that have been aroused during the primary. I guess the McCain group only taught about winning the parties nomination, but forgot about the power of numbers and did not believe in the Lies then, but it is expedient now. In a system that truly works, everybody is better off, including the wealthy, but under the current system, it is only the wealthy that benefits much more, over and over again.

    Well, when you children tell you lies, just go ahead and praise and encourage them to be better at it, remind them though of what is called Perjury and the likes.

    Enough is a word for the wise, it is only a fool that despise wisdom.

    September 13, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  21. Denise

    Who is he expecting to reach with this? Illegal immigrants with fake social security cards? Is the reason it is in spanish is so that his Republican base that was against this bill will not know what he is saying? He has totally lost it. We are doomed if he is the next President.

    September 13, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  22. Mbafan Aondoakaa

    I think its very low of McCain and his campaign team to post an advert on something they both voted for, trying to fool the people in those states and the world at large.

    September 13, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  23. BigTallMatt

    Still holding my breath to see when CNN is actually going to use the word "LIE" in reference to the new series of McCain campaign ads. You sure like to carry water for Mavericky McSame (TM), don't you?

    September 13, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  24. DA

    McCain is a liar. We've had one in office for 7yrs. Do the American people really want to take a chance on another one?

    September 13, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  25. kathy wise

    I cannot understand how out and out lies can be legally run in political ads. Any other form of advertising is regulated and false claims not tolerated. But when it comes to politics... whre it is extremely important to get the truth..l. it's ok to lie.

    September 13, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
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