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. AJ

    Yet, again, McCain cannot battle Obama head-on so he has to use lies or the skirt of his VP to get ahead.

    September 13, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  2. Michael

    Has anyone noticed that a great deal of ads coming from the McCain campaign are either quotes taken out of context or blatant falsehoods about his opponent? If John McCain ran legitimate advertisements about his own stances on the issues, people would turn in droves to vote for Barack Obama, so it makes sense that his campaign's tactics consist of setting up and attacking a straw-man of Obama and touting McCain's war record. And the American people are putting up with this?

    September 13, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  3. Kathy, Andover

    McCain, you just keep getting lower and lower . . .

    September 13, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  4. Reform is better than change

    By the way- I watched Palin both nights- she wasn't so bad.

    First- she never claimed that God is on our side in Iraq- WATCH THE FULL CLIP- she called for prayer for the commanders so that they might act in accordance with God's will or plan- another words, not according to the will of man. Since no one knows the grand design of things- that is the best we can do- be instruments for doing God's will and advancing God's plan, vs zealots of our own will. Obama himself has said similar things regarding doing God's work.

    Second- NO ONE- but Charlie Gibson himself, knew what HE meant and was referring to as "the Bush doctrine". No one could have answered that query ANY better than Sarah. You can not just define something in your own mind and then randomly ask people what do you think of "doctrine x" ?

    Finally- Sarah is more gay friendly than any of the other candidates.

    What a hoot. The homophobia, sexism and vitriol is coming out of the democratic camp this election. The tables have flipped. That must be Obama's change that he refers to. The NEW democrats are going to be the insulting, derisive, nasty, divisive, judgemental, sexist, race-biting ones.

    September 13, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  5. Ann, MI

    McCain has not one single plan to help the American people and he made a horrendous judgment call with picking Palin. All he can do at this point is lie about his opponent and hope people are either too stupid to check or too racist to care.

    September 13, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  6. rfd_dem

    This just shows how deceptive, dishonorable and manipulative the Republican nominee and his party are. The #1 and #2 in the Rep ticket scare the heck out of me to be in the White House... not because they have an iron fist on the law and governing, but because they will do anything to retain the party's power even if it means screwing up the lives of the people of the USA.

    September 13, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  7. Iowa for Obama

    Looks like the Republican party is pulling at strings. Shame on you, McCain.

    September 13, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  8. Tony Radell

    Its McCain by a nose! Proving once again slime works and middle Americans are idiots.

    September 13, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  9. Jorge

    More of the same McCain hypocrisey.

    September 13, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  10. Fools for Obama

    Why is everyone piling on Sarah Palin-

    She gave great responses- watch the full clips- don't just go along with the pundit's spin of what was said.

    The talking heads tend to take just a small clip and then distort its context and meaning.

    September 13, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  11. Daniel

    ENOUGH!

    John McCain and his campaign have to stop LYING in all of these ads. When is the media going to do their jobs and start questioning McCain directly on his accusations and call him out. Maybe the media should take a lesson from the ladies on The View...

    September 13, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  12. Joanne from PA

    Typical GOP strategy. Why isn't ALL the media decrying the out and out lies being perpetrated in ads? How are people to make an intelligent decision when these nasty ads, and accompanying sound bites are all they get? There should be at least a weekly debunking of all falsehoods. Maybe then this garbage could stop, and they'd have deal with the issues, only....that's what the voters REALLY want to hear about.

    September 13, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  13. harlan

    I was a McCain supporter,, not any longer... He has by fox news standards put out 3 completely false ads so far... I wont be voting for him.... I'm a registered republican Pima Co. Arizona... Honesty responsible and pragmatic decision maker.... That's what I'm looking for... I never thought Obama would be the leader in that department... 18 mo ago i never thought i would be voting for minority to be president.. I AM COME NOV..

    September 13, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  14. Andrew

    John McCain your rove inspired political machine is making a fool out of you. Obama attacked Palin on a personal level? Obama wants sex ed for kindergartners? Obama voted the EXACT same way as yourself on immigration reform?

    Desperate signs from a despreate man trying for one last shot of glory before he's put in the ground.

    September 13, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  15. Concerned American

    More of the same from McCain. My question is WHY aren't the journalists, who most Americans trust, NOT calling the McCain/Palin campaign out?? It took Barbara Walters and the view to challenge him?? Maybe that's why Americans appear to feel 50/50 about this race. Where is the journalism? Reporting? The interviews with the questions, of BOTH candidates?? You guys are waiting for I-Repoters. Jeez........

    September 13, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  16. Can't wait until November

    These people are despicable.

    September 13, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  17. Matt

    Sometimes I really wonder how the McCain campaign gets away with stuff like this. People will believe this stuff, and it's because people believe politicians for whatever reason. Shame on John McCain

    September 13, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  18. David, Chicago, IL

    Typcial Repub/Rove campaign tactics. When will they trot out the connabder of the Hanoi Hilton to say that Obama was one of the guards who tortured McCain?

    Do not trust a Republican as long as Karl Rove is alive. They all lie, and Karl has shown them new ways to blacken their souls.

    September 13, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  19. Kevin

    The GOP's constant chants of the supposed "liberal media" has worked to produce a horrible result – they have free reign to lie all they want, and the press is too scared to report it accurately and straightforwardly for fear of being called "liberal." Here they go again – a blatant, no question lie. Why can't CNN just call it like it is?

    September 13, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  20. Bill Brown

    Both sides lie and stretch the truth. Get over it.

    Of course – it's only Democrats who play victim.

    September 13, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  21. Take that Sean Hannity!

    The McCain camp just do not care about what is true or false. They are lying right in the face of the american people. The press needs to start holding them accountable for all these false advertising. McCain goal is to get elected at any cost.

    September 13, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  22. WI

    This is exactly why I will never go republican. They smear, they distort, and they attack. I have not seen one single piece of evidence that any good "change" will come out of them. The leaders of the republican party are bad news. People! Please see the truth here!

    September 13, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  23. Rob

    McCain is only for illegals because he thinks they will vote for him.All the old white men are dying and he's nervous

    September 13, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  24. Shocked

    Wait, a Republican outright lying in a negative ad designed to do nothing but get him elected whether on the basis of fact or fiction? Unprecedented! Unheard of! Outrageous!

    September 13, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  25. Ed, Ormond Beach, FL

    I was excited when John McCain was nominated to be the Republican nominee for 2008. Although I wasn't going to vote for him regardless, I believed that he was the only Republican that would restore civility and honesty to the election process, based upon his appearance as a Maverick, as well as the treatment he received in 2000. Mr. McCain's integrity has been hijacked by the Rovian tactics that brought him down before. Only McCain can stop the lies that are being spoken. A true Maverick would do just that. But McCain has refused to do so; in fact, he is encouraging it. Clearly, the only change that Mr. McCain can talk about is his change from a Maverick to a GOP lemming. Picking Sarah Palin as his running mate further shows that he has abandoned his Maverick image, as her beliefs and actions mirror that of George Bush and Dick Cheney. Her campaign for mayor, which was traditionally a non-partisan election, followed the same Rovian attack tactics that derailed McCain in 2000. Heroes sometimes fall. This is one of those times. People are sick and tired of the negative campaigns that have been run in the past. Although the polls, if you can believe them, show a close race, I believe that, when the curtain closes and the ballots are cast, most people will see John McCain's campaign as being based on an utter lie, and vote for someone else.

    September 13, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
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