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. lol

    obama, maybe the whining about the alleged attacks you suffered during the primaries against hillary worked, but not this time. how are you going to stand up to world leaders if you can't face the republicans. the whining is making obama look weak! mccain/palin08,hillary 2012!

    September 15, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  2. PD Thomas

    Hit 'em Obama...hit ;em every day 5-6 times a day for the next 50 days. Use every dime in the bank. Use a 50 day strategy with a lie a day...you have 51 so far to choose from!!

    September 15, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  3. ♪♪♪ ۩ The WhistleBlower ♪♪♪

    What else do you want McCain and the republicans to tell you? ............. the truth?? .....hell No.....

    The only strength of the GOP is the ability to lie and make people afraid.

    So please, Dems .... allow McCain to lie and create fear.
    The only thing that worries me, is that the GOP has succeeded in draging a large number of Christians through their dirty political path.

    Christains who worship the God of Peace and liberty for all, are now mainly Pro-war, and anti-civil liberty, against universal healthcare.
    Shame unto their neocon pastors like John Hagee, and Jim Dobson.

    GOP = Grand Old Pharisees

    September 15, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  4. Republi-CON

    It's only natural for lies to spew from the mouth of LIARS, but it was a cold day in hell yesterday when Lucifer's handyman Karl Rove admitted that McBush was lying..and the Devil was spotted wearing a winter jacket

    September 15, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  5. Brian Rich

    The problem for McCain is that all of Obama's quotes and statements are true and accurate, while McCain is clinging desperately to any kind of lies and smear he can get away with.

    Example: he thinks Obama wants sex education for kindergartners, but what Obama actually wanted to do was show kindergartners where on your body it is acceptable for an adult to touch you and where it is not acceptable. He was trying to help protect children from sexual predators, and McCain tried to use that against him. Sickening, pathetic and completely disgraceful.

    September 15, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  6. Tina

    Sounds like what he did to his wedding vowels. Can't vote for a liar and cheater.

    September 15, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  7. Susan

    McCain is another 4 years of Bush. Plain and simple!

    September 15, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  8. Anonymous

    But McCain was a POW.

    September 15, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  9. Debby

    I wonder how many times Obama voted with Bush since his short time in the Senate. Might be 90% to and that would even be worse than McCAin's record.

    September 15, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  10. Darryl

    I love this current ad from the Obama Biden ticket. I love it be cause it true.. Even while on the "View" he was confronted about his lies and still he call them the truth..

    My request to ever on who will case a vote do your research on all.

    As for Sarah Palin she ran her Office of Mayor and Govenor like a Mob Boss.. Please do you own home work don't take my words,,

    Do your own research.....

    September 15, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  11. GetItWrite

    Is John McCain running against himself? According to the accuracy of this article he is...

    McCain didn't accept the Democratic Nomination for President...

    "Democrats pointed to 51 so far since McCain effectively captured the Democratic nomination."

    September 15, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  12. Dave

    John McCain of 2008 is the inverse of John McCain of 2000. He can't have it both ways–the public is starting to catch on..

    September 15, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  13. Joe Regis

    It is about time the Dems shed the nice guy coats and stand up for America. Unfortunately, the more vile and deceptive the repubs are the more people will vote for them. Therefore, the Dems need to expose them for what they are or allow the people to be fooled once again.

    Look at where we are after 8 years of republican administration, enough is enough.

    Vote for the change we need, vote for

    Obama/Biden 08/12.

    September 15, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  14. Lisa M

    Looks like McCain and Palin campaign tactics may be raising money for the Dems

    "His campaign announced Sunday it had raised $66 million in August. The new total bests the campaign's previous high of $55 million, which came in February during his tough primary fight with Sen. Hillary Clinton."

    I have never seen a Dem raise as much money as these have.

    September 15, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  15. Really CNN

    McCain captured the democratic nomination. I know you want to see him and Palin win but do you have to join their campaign in promoting all of these lies that end up being "mistakes".

    "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."

    What does that even mean? Can you find out before posting any comment you get from their campaign. This means nothing. Seriously CNN, seriusly.

    September 15, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  16. Blaming Karl Rove Isn't an Argument

    FACT

    September 15, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  17. Gary of El Centro, Ca

    I'm glad someone else is counting the McCain lies.......I don't think I can keep up. He has set quite a pace for himself and I'm glad to see some indications that the Obama team will be starting to strike back.

    September 15, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  18. Stacy from Loudoun County VA

    "Democrats pointed to 51 so far since McCain effectively captured the Democratic nomination."

    McCain captured the Democratic Nomination too? Wow!

    September 15, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  19. J UAN CARLOS

    N-----O------N----S---–E----–N----S--E

    September 15, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  20. Irony

    McCain is crying crocodile tears.
    When the bully says "he hit me first"

    John McCain, you are a disgrace, and you bring shame to all Americans.

    September 15, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  21. LS

    Precisely!

    McCain has lost respect from so many people because of negative attacks. Can you just imagine how the rest of the world and leaders view just the type of person John McCain is? Not a comforting feeling whatsoever.

    Just the thought of McCain representing the United States makes me feel really uneasy.

    September 15, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  22. Obama, my sweet lord, halleluja, krishna krishna

    McCain votes with Bush 90% of the time.

    Obama votes with Pelosi and Reid 96% of the time. If Congress has a 9% approval rating, what does that say about Obama?

    Of course, none of this matters, because studies show that 99% of all statistics are made up on sight.

    September 15, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  23. James

    ---- Again, It`s the Economy, Stupid !!!!!!! ---

    September 15, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  24. bam

    I hope the media will ensure an accurately informed electorate by doing some investigative reporting, instead of simply parroting the campaigns' latest talking points.

    Btw, it would be interesting to learn of developments in planned "political" marriages. Has Gov. Charlie Crist called off his December marriage now that he's not the vice-presidential nominee? Is Bristol Palin married yet?

    September 15, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  25. Andy

    I think McCain captured the REPUBLICAN nomination.

    September 15, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
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