September 18th, 2008
03:49 PM ET
6 years ago

Obama's Limbaugh ad causes stir

Limbaugh says an Obama ad is 'stoking racism.'
Limbaugh says an Obama ad is 'stoking racism.'

(CNN) - A Republican congressman and supporter of John McCain called a Spanish television ad from the Obama campaign "offensive and dishonest" Thursday, and said the Democratic nominee owes the Latino community an apology.

"It is offensive and dishonest for Barack Obama to lie about John McCain's record on immigration and years of support for the Hispanic community, when it was Barack Obama himself who voted for 'poison pill' amendments that killed the effort at immigration reform. Instead of making false ads with baseless attacks, Barack Obama should be apologizing to the Latino community," Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart said in statement released by the McCain campaign.

The Spanish-language ad, launched earlier this week, aims to connect McCain to Republicans who have staked out staunch anti-illegal immigration stances - including talk radio host Rush Limbaugh.

"They want us to forget the insults we've put up with, the intolerance," the television ad's narrator says in Spanish as an image of Limbaugh is quoted saying, "Mexicans are stupid and unqualified" and "Shut your mouth or get out."

"They made us feel marginalized in a country we love so much," the narrator continues. "John McCain and his Republican friends have two faces. One that says lies just to get our vote and another, even worse, that continues the failed policies of George Bush that put special interests ahead of working families."

But McCain has repeatedly disagreed with his party's base on the issue of immigration and was a chief sponsor of an immigration reform bill last year that deeply angered conservatives and nearly sunk his campaign for the presidency. The Arizona senator is also no favorite of Limbaugh, particularly for seeming to take a moderate stance on illegal immigration. But critics note McCain shifted his own policy on immigration as the Republican presidential primary race heated up, advocating a "security first" approach.

Limbaugh also took issue with the ad, telling the Politico it had taken his past statements - one of which is 15 years old - out of context and was an attempt at "race baiting."

"Obama is now stoking racism in the country," Limbaugh said. "Obama is a disgrace - he wants the public to think he is Mr. Nice Guy while his thugs are in Alaska looking for dirt on Palin and he runs race-baiting ads and lies about what he has done and what McCain has done."

soundoff (270 Responses)
  1. RyanD.

    IF REPUBLICANS DON'T WANT REICH-WING RADIO SPEAKING FOR THEM, DENOUNCE THEM.

    INSTEAD, YOU USE THEM WHEN ITS CONVENIENT AND WHINE WHEN IT ISNT.

    TYPICAL GOP.

    September 18, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  2. Sandra

    People should take a trip down to Miami to see what the folks on the street really think of Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart...he's another bush cronie...

    September 18, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  3. youth vote

    limbaugh is a disgrace to my generationand poison to politics... he is a symbol of hate... obama is a symbol of hope... OBAMA '08

    September 18, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  4. Washington Women for Obama

    McCain-Bush-Limbaugh... all the same!

    September 18, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  5. You must be joking

    Wasn't it Rush Limbaugh that got fired from ESPN for remarks about Donovan McNab?

    Gimme a break.

    September 18, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  6. Jadie

    Inhale Limbaugh!

    September 18, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  7. Paul, NY

    1- McCain is a Republican
    2- Republicans ARE notoriously ANTI-IMIGRATION

    There is NOTHING wrong with Obama's connection!

    The add is very similar to those McCain released, which state that Obama will Raise taxes.. These adds fail to mention that he will only RAISE taxes for the RICH! And will LOWER taxes for ordinary families-80% of us!

    September 18, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  8. Barbara Chicago, IL

    Rush did say that Mexicans are stupid. Dont try to lie now.

    September 18, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  9. Independent for O'Bama

    Limbaugh calling anyone else a disgrace is laughable.. This guy is one of the chief reason our country is so divided today and the reason for all of the labels.

    Maybe if McCain would have stuck behind his own bill instead of letting his party push him around, then maybe this ad might not be appropriate.

    September 18, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  10. UCLAdy04

    These GOP hosts spew their vitriol on the air every single day, 24 hours a day...and the GOP party has ZERO problem reaping the benefits of the hatred these talking heads instill in people...yet they cry foul when their words are plastered on TV! It's crazy.

    John McCain said he wouldn't even support his own immigration bill...so who is lying now?

    Rush is a disgusting pig and he will pay the price for his actions in hell one day. In the meantime, he needs to stfu. Don't get mad at Obama for calling you out...be mad yourself for saying such racist and hateful things!

    September 18, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  11. No Hillary = No Obama

    Ok – all Latinos listen up – If you still want Hillary you can print her name on your electiion ballot as a write-in candidate and it will count – that's the law. Just print HILLARY CLINTON

    Obama has done NOTHING for the Lations even though he blows his horn as if the has done something for every minority and ethnic group in the world. That's one of the things about him – he has a knack for ingratiating himself to everyone and it's phony.

    September 18, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  12. milton

    look who's talking about racism, limbaugh your the worst inmigrant enemy in this world

    September 18, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  13. Republicans Hate America

    Oh did Rush get ofended by his own words? wow I love it Obama rocks man he's got all the republicans wound up on defense this is so refreshing to see! Keep hitting them Obama!

    Este latino aqui te soporta su presidencia a la Casa Blanca si se puede!!

    September 18, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  14. Limboring is a Moron

    Limbaugh is a moron. I don't even have to listen to the ad. If it's about Limbaugh, it's probably worse.

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 18, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  15. Ratgurl

    Awwww, did wittle Rush get his wittle feewings hurt? Boo-friggin-hoo.

    What he said before is now coming back to haunt him.

    September 18, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  16. Mercedes

    Congressman Lincoln Diaz-Balart should SHUT UP! Down here in Miami-Dade they are airing a ad on tv that shows his opponent as a very negative candidate. Well my question to Diaz-Balart is to look at the way he has ignored his own community. Not EVERYONE is proud of his political career. He should be telling the people on the spanish am radio station that they should apologize to Barack Obama. They have so many people calling in to the radio and saying thinkgs about Obama that is not correct. People down here believe that he is a muslim and kids in my sons' school believes this and they also thought that Hillary Clinton would remove the FCAT from the public school system. This is a democrate that will NOT vote for him. I hope that Joe Garcia wins this time. PLEASE LORD HEAR MY PRAYERS!!!

    September 18, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  17. Bendo

    what goes around comes around....getting a taste of their own medicine....can dish it out, but cant take it....wha wha wha I want my mommie!

    September 18, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  18. Peter of Oregon

    I personally don't mind if Barack Obama's attacks on John McCain are negative as long as they are factual.

    Most of John McCain's ads are offensive, negative lies, but Americans seem to hold Barack Obama to a much higher standard than McCain and Palin.

    My advice, is for Obama to stick to how he's going to make our lives better, and then compare his policy positions to that of his opponents.

    Be on the offensive yes, but don't lower yourself to McCain's gutter politics.

    September 18, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  19. Ryan

    Let's listen to Rush. He is pretty credible.

    September 18, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  20. John

    Maybe the book "Rush Limbaugh is a Big Fat Idiot" should add in McSames name as well. Republicans looking to distract everyone from their own incompetence.

    September 18, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  21. chris

    rush spews hate. this is nothing new.

    September 18, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  22. Joan

    Hey, Mr. Limbaugh, are you scared?

    September 18, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  23. TROY

    Limbaugh is one of the reasons I strongly believe in abortion.

    September 18, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  24. Dave in Indy

    Limbaugh calling someone a racist? Talk about the pot calling the kettle black... And last time I checked no Obama affiliates have boarded a plane to Alaska. Keep grasping for those straws Limbaugh & McCain

    September 18, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  25. Abby

    Obama up in the Gallup Daily by 4 points.

    As for this Ad, McCain, you live by the sward you die by the sward.

    September 18, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
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