September 15th, 2008
01:39 PM ET
6 years ago

McCain camp accuses Obama camp of 'Swift Boat-style' attack

The McCain campaign accused Obama's campaign of encouraging 'Swift Boat-style,' attack in a new ad.
The McCain campaign accused Obama's campaign of encouraging 'Swift Boat-style,' attack in a new ad.

(CNN) - John McCain’s campaign accused Barack Obama’s Monday of encouraging a “Swift Boat-style” attack ad, produced by an independent group, that debuted this week on national cable.

McCain-Palin spokesman Michael Goldfarb pointed to news reports as evidence the spot from Brave New PAC and Democracy for America had been launched “apparently at the behest of the Obama campaign.”

In the 30-second ad, McCain’s fellow prisoner of war Philip Butler describes the Republican nominee as “unfit to lead” – making the spot one of the first to mention McCain’s POW stint in a negative context.

"The prisoner of war experience is not a good prerequisite for president of the United States," says Butler. "He was known as a very volatile guy and he would blow up and go like a Roman candle. John McCain is not someone I would like to see with his finger near the red button."

The ad’s release comes amid reports that the conservative American Issues Project is planning a multi-million dollar negative ad buy aimed at the Democratic nominee.

None of these groups are allowed to communicate or coordinate with the campaigns in any way because of federal campaign finance regulations.

“It's unfortunate that Senator Obama has fallen so far, from opposing outside expenditures and supporting public financing at the beginning of this race to opting out of public financing and now ‘looking the other way’ on independent expenditures - no matter how vile,” said Goldfarb, in a statement on the campaign’s Web site titled “Obama Unleashes 527.”

Goldfarb criticized the media for reporting Obama campaign attacks on McCain’s honor, amid a concerted Democratic effort to paint McCain as ‘dishonorable.’ He also charged that Obama had also questioned McCain’s patriotism, although he did not provide an example.

In the news stories cited by the McCain team, unnamed sources within and close to the Obama campaign - which had publicly called for liberal groups not to run negative ads on his behalf – said they would no longer be raising those objections. The reports also noted a recent public silence from the Obama campaign on the issue. The Illinois senator’s campaign has publicly denied a shift in their position. John McCain’s campaign has not made a similar request of conservative organizations.


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soundoff (208 Responses)
  1. MB in HB, CA

    OH, PUH-LEAZE!!!!

    The more I read about McSame and his beauty queen (who scares the living hell out of me!) the more I think the man is losing his mind. I seriously think the man has lost it and the most telling sign is the fact that he plans to leave his beloved country in HER charge WHEN HE DIES IN OFFICE!

    PLEASE GOD, SAVE US FROM MCPAIN AND PALIN!

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2008, 2012

    September 15, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  2. Tim

    Your own medicine doesn't tasts so good does it McCain? McCain is a hot head who will fly off the handle, just like Buch did on Iraq.

    September 15, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  3. DJ in Colorado

    Is John McCain coherent at all? Oh I get it, do the crime and then accuse the victim. John McCain is pathetic and low. He has no honor. If all America needs is a POW to qualify him or her, can't we find another one? John McCain won't do.

    September 15, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  4. Voice of Reason = Obama/Biden

    The truth hurts. Does McCain have any experience beyond the POW experience? Palin is not much of a fall-back. If Obama won't go negative his supporters will. There is too much at stake. Anything to get people to see the truth.

    September 15, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  5. Craig

    I'm sure a few more out there can vouch for McCains instability. How did Cindy break her wrist? No, I mean really.

    September 15, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  6. H Jay

    That's funny! Even Karl Rove the master of politricks has stated that McCain has gone too far.

    September 15, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  7. carlo

    Is this the same man who REFUSED to apologize for the slanderous lies in his ads that HE APPROVED? It's a 527, and as McCain put it earlier, candidates have no control over the 527's. Remember?

    September 15, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  8. SPIN

    WHAT DOES THIS HAVE TO DO WITH OBAMA? ...

    September 15, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    Hahaha, this has to be the most ridiculous charge coming out of the McCain camp. Have you seen you're ads? I feel like they think America is some Orwellian society where they can just say whatever they feel like. The real swiftboaters are actually planning a multi-million dollar ad campaign to swift boat Barack Obama.

    Shame on the McCain Campaign!

    September 15, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  10. Sam from Philly

    Where are these comments about McCain's temper coming from? I've never seen him use language like "I can't stand" another sitting senator, as Obama's buddy and senate majority leader Harry Reid has said. As far as I've seen, he's never lost his cool on the campaign trail, despite vicious verbal and written attacks by the press, during some of his town hall meetings, and low blows from his opponent.

    Please, give me one example of McCain losing his temper.

    September 15, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  11. Mccain Palin=Bush

    I love It Obama did not have a hand in it But whoever did my hat is off to you the Mccain campaign is a Bunch of Liars i don't Belive Nothing they say they could tell that it was raining out side i would go out there in a tank top and flip flops on I will never trust a Republican on ther Word. Mccain campaign have been lying in ads for the past two Months now a Independent Group is airing ads I say woorah because just 2 weeks ago 527 for Mccain said they were going to run ads in ke battleground state to Lie about Obama. So whoever did give me you website so i can Contribute. Anybody know there website

    September 15, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  12. Ex GOPer

    This is getting ridiculous. According to McCain Obama is responsible for everything. CNN is happy to print this as actual news of course.

    Please,
    McCain stop whining.

    If you can't take the heat then don't start the political attacks and swiftboating politics you claim are so bad.

    September 15, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  13. Theresa - Minneapolis

    McCain accusing Obama of negative campagining. I'm seriously rollin' on the floor here! Just like he's all about change, huh?

    Next he's going to say "I know you are but what am I?"

    September 15, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  14. Matt from Oregon

    Hahaha, this has to be the most ridiculous charge coming out of the McCain camp. Have you seen you're ads? I feel like they think America is some Orwellian society where they can just say whatever they feel like. The real swiftboaters are actually planning a multi-million dollar ad campaign to swift boat Barack Obama.

    Shame on the McCain Campaign!

    September 15, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  15. SARAH RULES

    Wonders shall never end.
    Fist came the McCain and Palin lies and smears against Obama. When questioned about it, they state their bones were picked clean. Now Obama is a swift boater. This is just funny.
    McCain is just an idiot.
    Palin is a political gimmick whose 15 minutes of fame will soon end.
    Cindy is just a vulture.

    September 15, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  16. Obamabot Whaaaambulance-Brought to you by CNN

    This "story", brought to you by the paid for Obamabot fanboys known as CNN.....

    September 15, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  17. Rob

    Two things need to happen .. Obama needs to win the presidential nomination, and the white house needs to be changed to "The Presidential House.:

    The world is changing. With no dis-respect to the veterans of government, America's leadership needs a new face, a new personality, and a new direction.

    All events in thpast 10 years or so leads to one conclusion: The world needs to come together. Bottom line...

    September 15, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  18. Joe Regis

    McCain is doomed with all the repubs this year.

    no more repubs in the white house.

    Obama/Biden 08/12.

    September 15, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  19. Sam

    That's a good slogan Lee from Florida

    September 15, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  20. Abby

    Take it like a man, McWhiner!!!!!!

    September 15, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  21. Susan

    We need to look ourselves in the mirror and realize that if we don't vote for Obama and elect McCain, we are doing so because we don't want to vote for a black man. I am a white woman and am voting for Obama. To vote in McCain/Palin is a disgrace and nothing less. If this Country does that, it should be ashamed.

    September 15, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  22. JJ

    McCain this is all in your head, you whiner! :-)

    September 15, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  23. Joe Green

    Um, according to youtube, the video was released two weeks ago.

    This is NEWS?

    September 15, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  24. NoMoreEvil

    Say the same lie over and over again and it will sink in and we'll believe it. Thats the Mccain way........Repeat, repeat and repeat again...ok... the Lie is now Fact...

    September 15, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  25. TROY

    McCains boat has been sinking fast on its own....

    September 15, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
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