September 15th, 2008
12:27 PM ET
6 years ago

Dems hit McCain on tone of campaign

A new Obama ad is attacking the tone of McCain's campaign.
A new Obama ad is attacking the tone of McCain's campaign.

(CNN) – Democrats stepped up their offensive to paint John McCain and his team as deliberately dishonest Monday, as Barack Obama’s campaign released a new ad that accuses the Republican nominee of “deception,” and the Democratic National Committee launched a Web site tracking GOP “lies.”

“What happened to John McCain?” asks the announcer in the 30-second spot, “Honor.”

The ad quotes commentators calling the Arizona senator’s ads “vile” and filled with "dishonest smears" from a "disgraceful, dishonorable campaign."

“After voting with Bush 90 percent of the time, proposing the same disastrous
economic policies... It seems ‘deception’ is all he's got left,” says the announcer. The Obama campaign said the ad was running on national cable and in “key” states.

Monday morning in Jacksonville, McCain blamed Obama for the increasingly brutal tone on the trail. “Senator Obama's been saying some pretty nasty things about Governor Palin and me,” he said. “...That's ok. He can attack if he wants, but all the insults in the world aren't going to bring change to Washington.”

Last week, Obama’s spokesman used similar language to describe McCain and his campaign ads, accusing the Arizona senator of “cynically running the sleaziest and least honorable campaign in modern presidential campaign history.” On Sunday, former Bush strategist Karl Rove criticized both campaigns, saying the recent McCain charges against Obama went “beyond the 100 percent truth test.”

The McCain campaign strongly rejects the charge, and says the judgment from the Obama team and many journalists reflects bias against the Republican nominee’s presidential bid.

As the new Obama spot debuted, the DNC launched a Web site - "Count the Lies" – focused on statements from McCain and his surrogates. Democrats pointed to 51 so far since McCain effectively captured the Republican nomination.

The McCain campaign quickly responded. “As Americans face economic uncertainty, it is clear that Barack Obama would sooner hurl insults than discuss his record of seeking higher taxes during a down economy, opposing additional off-shore drilling to reduce energy prices and voting the partisan line nearly 100 percent of the time," said McCain spokesman Tucker Bounds. "This latest ad by Barack Obama is a desperate effort to move away from talking about his thin, but alarming record on the issues, and it isn’t going to reform Washington or strengthen our economy.”


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (345 Responses)
  1. jaye

    John McCain talks about his honor ad nauseum – but, he has no honor, and his raunchy campaign lies prove it.

    September 15, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  2. Country First????

    Senator McCain would rather win an election than put Country First .... he proved that by chosing Sarah Palin as his VP – nothing like putting the country at risk

    September 15, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  3. Lyndon,CA

    Irrelevant, America votes in black and white!

    September 15, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  4. John in Ohio

    When Karl frigging Rove says McCain went too far, McCain has gone way further than too far.

    It's like having your business practices gag a rat.

    September 15, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  5. mitchell

    constantly lying will not bring change.

    obama '08

    September 15, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  6. ct

    Nice!! Well done guys!

    September 15, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  7. Enlightened Voter

    Very true Obama and factcheck.org has backed up everything your saying calling mccains ads 'blatant lies'. mccain and palin are liars who will do and say anything to win this election.

    September 15, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  8. Linda from Prescott AZ

    Yep, McCain is a sleeze alright. What happened to the high road. I thought Bush was bad in 04, but McCain is disgusting. He makes really ugly comments and then any answer/response is always considered disrespectful. Poor John. He should just retire period.

    September 15, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  9. Abby

    Now would be a good time to have an ad where John McCain says he knows nothing about the economy in his won words. Come on!!! Lets see the killer instinct!

    OBAMA BIDEN for Peace and Prosperity 08-16

    September 15, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  10. Sylvia B

    Go Obama!!! Since CNN and the Mean Stream Media will not do it, it is good that the DNC is stepping up to let the American people know what a sleazy, lying, corrupt man McLiar really is.

    September 15, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  11. John .A

    is the economy WOOZY or what? do we need 4 more years of the same failed economic policies?

    September 15, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  12. Tony

    MCCAIN VOWS, MCCAIN PLEDGES, MCCAIN PROMISES……YET HE HAS GIVEN NO PLAN, HAS NO ANSWERS, OR IDEAS ON HOW TO EVEEN BEGIN TO FIX THE ECONOMY.

    MCCAIN, PALIN AND THE REPUBLICANS AS A WHOLE ARE DEPENDING ON THE IGNORANCE OF WOMEN ALL ACROSS AMERICA TO CARRY THEM TO THE WHITE HOUSE.

    HOW DEMEANING, DESPERATE AND SAD TO EVERY WOMAN IN AMERICA!

    MCCAIN USED TO BE AN HONORABLE AND RESPECTED MAN, A TRUE ROLE MODEL, BUT NOW HE HAS SOLD HIMSELF OUT.

    GIVEN UP HIS HUMANESS, CHARACTER, SELF-RESPECT ALL TO WIN IN NOVEMBER.

    THAT SPEAKS VOLUME ABOUT A MAN'S INTEGRITY AND JUDGMENT. WAKE UP AMERICA!

    September 15, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  13. Joe

    Hey Obama if you can't take the heat get out of the kitchen. What are you going to do if there's a world crisis, cry to the Clintons and ask for their help?!

    September 15, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  14. Spencer from VA

    John McCain = Karl Rove

    Karl Rove = 666

    September 15, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  15. Kel in Auburn, AL

    At least Obama's being honest. John McCain's negative campaign of personal, venomous attacks will backfire if the American people are smart enough

    September 15, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  16. El Woods

    What the McCain campaign and the pollsters is NOT telling you is that the polls do not count cell phones. This accounts for a HUGE amount of people (especially in Ohio) who will be first time voters!

    Please, younger voters, this country needs your votes now more than ever! Your CAN make a difference.

    A vote for OBAMA will restore our country to one "of the people, by the people, and for the people," not of the BIG CORPORATIONS AND THEIR SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS!

    OBAMA/BIDEN "08 AND "12"

    September 15, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  17. PALIN POWER

    Hi Pot... this is Kettle...

    Attacking women, their children, refering to them as sweetie and pig... yea Obama... you're a real sweetheart... don't worry though... America remembers how you've behaved... that's why your losing in every poll.

    September 15, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  18. J. Dean

    If old man John McCain was notqualified to become our president in 2000, what makes him to qualified to become president in 2008, now that he is and old , an older man at 72 years old ?
    at the age of 72 years old there is not much steam and specially with McCain' old mentality, not even learning how to use a computer, is not qualified to GOVERN OUR BELOVED COUNTRY, EXPECIALLY AFTER EXPERIENCING 8 YEARS OF DISASTER UNDER GEORGE BUSH ?
    I AM A LIFETIME REPUBLICAN AND I APPROVE THE ABOVE MESSAGE.

    September 15, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  19. McCain the Copy-Cat

    Why evertime you post a Dem ad the link never work, but you make sure Rep. snasty ad work.

    September 15, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  20. Cindy

    It's about time- All McCain;s got are lies!!!!- this ad should play and play and play until everyone sees that the only thing that McCain's campaign is capable fo doing is to try to distract Obama from his consistent messages on the issues that matter to americans!!!!!!!!

    Go Obama - Go!!!

    September 15, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  21. M.B. from Berlin FOR OBAMA

    Well, 51 lies of McCain so far...
    Just wait for the four debates. Afterwards you can easily add a "1" in front of the 51.
    McCain '08 is a same-old politics guy, an old man, a puppet of his party and not the maverick "McCain" there was 8 years ago.
    THIS McCain, acompanied by that girl from Alaska, Sarah Failin, that's a real threat to America's future!

    Obama/Biden 08 – by landslide – For the REAL change, this country needs!

    September 15, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  22. Lesley

    It's about time...game ON!!!

    September 15, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  23. Hispanic Female Republican

    What a joke, the Dems, please as if they're campaigning it's as vile and corrupt...same ole same old...the Dems need to take a look in the mirror, Obama/Biden are the same ole washington!!

    McCain/Palin '08!!

    September 15, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  24. Rudy NYC

    McCain has voted with Bush 90% of the time.
    Obama has voted against Bush 90% of the time.

    McCain has found a couple of reasons to buck his party, but not often enough. 90% speaks for itself.

    Obama has found little or no reason to buck his party.

    September 15, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  25. Mark

    Of course the McCain campaign will deny these charges, but anyone who cares to look into the dubious accusations that McCain has been tossing around will see that he IS deliberately misleading the American People with many of his smears and accusations. I really think this ad hits it right on the head. McCain has nothing else to run on. The pathetic thing is that some voters are so lazy and apathetic that this sort of nonsense actually seems to work sometimes :(.

    September 15, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
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