September 15th, 2008
11:30 AM ET
6 years ago

Obama camp hits McCain over lobbyist ties in two new ads

The Obama campaign is making a concerted effort to highlight Sen. McCain's ties to individuals who have lobbied Congress.
The Obama campaign is making a concerted effort to highlight Sen. McCain's ties to individuals who have lobbied Congress.

(CNN) – Barack Obama’s campaign continued its push to stress John McCain’s ties to federal lobbyists and to President Bush, releasing two ads over the weekend that hit the Republican nominee on both relationships.

It’s Over,” a 30-second spot that is airing on national cable and in battleground states, highlights high-ranking McCain advisers who have been employed as lobbyists. “If seven of McCain’s top advisors are lobbyists, who do you think will run his White House?,” an announcer asks in the ad.

A second ad, “His Administration,” focuses on William E. Timmons Sr., who has been tapped by the McCain-Palin ticket to begin to plan their transition to the White House should they prevail in the general election. “McCain just picked a Washington super-lobbyist to plan his administration,” the announcer says.

Both ads end with images of McCain smiling and waving alongside President Bush as the announcer says “we just can’t afford more of the same.”

In response, the McCain camp called Obama a hypocrite. “Suffering at the hands of his own underperforming, deeply partisan, do-nothing record – Barack Obama has hastily resorted to blatant hypocrisy or simple ignorance to his own lobby-driven campaign,” said McCain spokesman Tucker Bounds. “The truth is, Barack Obama’s campaign is saddled with former lobbyists, and John McCain is the only candidate who has led the fight to root out the influence of corporate money in politics, attacked Jack Abramoff’s circle of Washington corruption and implemented the most extensive conflict of interest policy in this election – no registered lobbyists allowed.”

That prohibition does not include former or recent lobbyists; several senior McCain advisers, including campaign manager Rick Davis and senior foreign policy adviser Randy Scheunemann, have lobbied in recent years for major corporations, industries, and foreign governments. But, consistent with the McCain campaign’s policy, neither Davis, Scheunemann, nor any of the other five McCain advisers featured in “It’s Over” is currently registered to lobby Congress.

The ads are part of a larger campaign by the Obama team, which unveiled a related Web video and Web site Friday. The Obama-Biden campaign also released a television ad, “No Maverick,” striking similar themes early last week.

Over the weekend, they disclosed that Sen. Joe Biden’s son, Hunter, had resigned from his position as a federal lobbyist.


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soundoff (111 Responses)
  1. Trysh, Los Angeles

    He just had the best line at his Colorado campaign. Obama said "IJohn McCain has 7 lobbyist working on his payroll. If you think they are working day and night to get John McCain elected, so he can put them out of work, then I have a bridge to sell you in Alaska!"

    Great Two-fer Obama!!

    September 15, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  2. My Comment is awaiting moderation

    anyone notice how after Palin was in Colorado this morning, Obama couldn't POSSIBLY get there quickly enough? The man is OBSESSED with Palin and GW Bush, neither of whom he's running directly against! Worst Campaign EVER!!!!!

    Hillary 2012

    September 15, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  3. IAMWMD

    Looks like John's gonna need Lone Star Wolf to join the "Straighttalk Express". If he keeps the lobbyist on board he loses. If he gets rid of them he loses.

    September 15, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  4. Fools for Obama

    WHY is Biden poorer than me- and has less saved up than me...

    Although I earn a small fraction of his salary.... I have to pay a higher price for MY Health insurance and ... I have a shorter work history than he has.

    How can this be?

    I make less and I have saved MORE.

    AND HE WILL FIX OUR ECONOMY?

    Again, the Obamabots really missed the point- too eager to call him a poor common man. Maybe... but earning a hefty wage for one SO poor.

    September 15, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  5. Erika, KS

    Wwwwwaaahhhhh!!!
    Oh poor Obama. Poor, poor Obama robots. They are so blind (I don't mean to insult blind people) but when things don't go their way, they cry foul and whine, whine, whine! LOL. What a bunch of cry babies. We don't need Obama in the White House. He offers nothing, but keeps telling us that McCain is Bush. Is that all you can come up with, hypocrite? Hate to break this to you, but McCain has decades of years of experience as a Congressman. Bush: not. Obama: No. You think McCain lies and Obama does not? This isn't a game, although you act like it is. After eight years of Bush, now is NOT THE TIME TO SEND IN A ROOKIE TO CLEAN UP! It's time for experience. Take the blinders off people. Obama has got you all duped.

    September 15, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  6. ERROL

    WHY DO PEOPLE WANT MCCAIN TO WIN?...HE IS OLD....GET IT? TOO OLD TO RUN THIS COUNTRY...HE IS 72 AND OUT OF TOUCH. HE DOES NOT EVEN KNOW HOW TO USE A COMPUTER FOR CHRIST SAKES. DO NOT ELECT THIS MAN...AGE IS NOT A PRECURSOR FOR EXPERIENCE.

    September 15, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  7. facts are facts

    Now there is absolute proof that the U.S. is in one of the deepest holes any nation has ever had to face.

    With John McCain throwing a shovel into that hole and Obama throwing a ladder into that hole Americans have a very serious decision to make and a very short period of time to make it.

    The question is just how many Americans will choose the shovel and try to dig themselves out of the hole they are in or how many Americans will reach for the ladder and try to climb out of this hole?

    Of course if enough people choose the shovel maybe they can dig themselves deep enough to get to China because that's where all the money is right now.

    September 15, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  8. Obamabots don't get it

    Why is Biden so poor for someone making so much money and having a good health care plan?

    HE is not an example of how to manage money.

    How can HE fix the economy? He hasn't been able to save any money in a two wage-earner family and with great wages.

    What's up with that?

    September 15, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  9. Just Wondering

    Talk about hypocrisy, Obama has several "former" lobbyists on staff. Biden has been shown on youtube saying there is nothing wrong with taking lobbyist money. Throw in Biden's ties to MBNA and their getting him to push through an anti-consumer bankruptcy law while his kid was a paid lobbyist for MBNA and you have the textbook definition of conflict of interest. Obama should clean up his own sleazy, racist campaign before telling attacking others

    September 15, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  10. Just Wondering

    Talk about hypocrisy, Obama has several "former" lobbyists on staff. Biden has been shown on youtube saying there is nothing wrong with taking lobbyist money. Throw in Biden's ties to MBNA and their getting him to push through an anti-consumer bankruptcy law while his kid was a paid lobbyist for MBNA and you have the textbook definition of conflict of interest. Obama should clean up his own sleazy, racist campaign before attacking others

    September 15, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  11. Veridico

    Until you dare to release the names of your "handlers", you should just be quiet.

    September 15, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  12. Roberto

    Please wake up people. How much more destruction of our country do you have to see before you realize the White House has been taken over by group of fascist who pretend to be religious in order to get the conservative vote. If you need proof that McSame is just like Bush then go to youtube and type in "Sarah Palin and republican hypocrisy". You will see and hear almost word for word McSame in 2008 saying the same things that Bush said in 2000. It's time for real change. I used to be republican so I know their mindset and their plans now that I woke up from the brainwashing.

    September 15, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  13. No Hillary = No Obama

    Obama has gotten this far by first harping on the fact he didn't vote for the Iraq War and Hillary did. Now it's about McCain voting 90% of the time with Bush agendas. This is what Obama is about – a Johnny one-note. He will find something to "use" to make himself seem competent to handle the Presidency. At least McCain stands on his own two feet and if he gets elected won't be complaining/blaming/accusing George Bush is to blame for his administrations troubles – Obama will blame everything on Bush -

    September 15, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  14. ginger

    Maverick, NOT.

    I love the video's on youtube that runs McCains many promises from 07. McCain has done a 360 degree turn.

    He slams Mitt and Rudy on their limited experience as a Mayor and Governer but picks Sarah Palin. This video can be viewed on youtube.com.

    September 15, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  15. Rodger

    McCain is no Maverick...not anymore! The polls will change, all the young people and people with brains, can figure out McCain's lies.
    Judgement for picking Palin, the war he supports, his Bush connection is indisputed! A maverick no more, honor no more, just the lacky of Rove politics...lie, lie, and lie somemore.
    Obama will win by a landside...400 electoral votes!

    September 15, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  16. SARAH RULES

    Unethical Palin and Unable adulter McCain are just more of the same.
    GO Obama and Biden

    September 15, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  17. The Fab One

    You know, it never ceases to amuse me how when things happen to the Republicans, it's always hush-hush and understanding. McCain and Palin are WORSE than Hillary, in that they'll say and do ANYTHING to remain in power!! At least Hillary didn't totally believe half the nonsense she was talking about when she trashed Obama; Sarah Palin will tell you lies on every campaign stop..........and actually sound believable!!! As the old saying goes, if you tell a good lie long enough, eventually, you WILL start to believe them!!

    GO OBAMA!!!

    September 15, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  18. The Fab One

    Lone Star Wolf, if your spelling is indicative of your ability to reason, we SHOULD elect Obama, so that more kids can learn NOT to misspell words like you do!!

    September 15, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  19. Candy West Virginia

    Obama hasn't taken lobbyist money and you all know it but I understand you have to spout the lies that the repuglicans spoon feed you. It's okay. Do they (repuglicans) tell you what to wear also? How do you repuglicans feel that johnny just admitted the economy was doing good? Oh I know, you'll say he was referring to another planet.

    September 15, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  20. Don

    What we need to do for the american workers is to de-regulate buisness. We has seen large improvement in the state of the credit card industry and in the energy companies. People are making large sums of money. If we further impliment these policies in other areas like, health insurance and investment banking firms (both of them), there will be huge somes of maney made.

    Don't forget, lobbyist and COEs are american workers too

    September 15, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  21. Reed

    Bush had lobbyists, so will McCain. Republican's have alot of "paybacks" to reimburse.

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

    Strange to see the old GEEEZER out without GIDGET.

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

    you think the preceding comments are appropriate....YOU have a problem

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

    GO OBAMA/BIDEN 08

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

    Seems these days mccain is either stealing obamas slogan of change or is know starting to sound like bush more and more REMEMBER WHEN BUSH RAN HE PROMISED TO REFORM WASHINGTON HE PROMISED TO WORK ACROSS PARTY LINES HE PROMISED TO PUT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE FIRST WHO DOES IT SOUND LIKE I WILL TELL YOU JOHN S MCCAIN! MY FRIENDS VOTE FOR ME AND I WILL GIVE YOU FOUR MORE YEARS OF THE BUSH POLICIES I PROMISE NOW THATS MY STRAIGHT TALK!

    September 15, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
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