September 18th, 2008
03:49 PM ET
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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. LS

    Isn't Limbaugh that guy who has the word "IDIOT" tattooed on his forehead?

    . . . yep, that's him.

    September 18, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  2. LIZ

    OH how desperate are they to use Limbaugh!!!! LOL...too funny.

    September 18, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  3. Mark

    Well, the truth hurts doesn't it McCain. You were once a an immigration reformer but caved to the right-wing who want border fences and deportations first. Sorry but the lies are McCains..not Obamas.

    September 18, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  4. Don

    Is this is the new politics Barry, lets see ur disciples defend you in 5,4,3,2 and 1.

    September 18, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  5. Derek in Seattle

    So whats the problem? Limbaugh is a P.O.S. like McCain. They both swim in the toilet bowl called the republican party. I'd say they have plenty in common.

    September 18, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  6. Marie

    Good! it's about time that someone called this racist/homophobe out for what he is. Isn' funny that each and everyday CNN carries the Repubs. talking points for them?

    September 18, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  7. Linda31

    see how it feels McCain???? those are your cronies. A clear link can be seen and don't you do the same thing last week?

    September 18, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  8. Latinos for McCain(son idiotas)

    My favorite Image at the Republican Convention was the big sign that read "Build The Fence Now! Build the Fence Now!"
    God help the latinos that support Limbaugh and O'Reilly!
    Si Se Puede en 08!
    (Yes We Can in 08!)

    September 18, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  9. Grampa Simpson

    Tasting the GOP medicine is bitter isn't it? This ad is tame compared to the garbage the McCain camp is producing.

    September 18, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  10. Blue Collar Workers for Obama

    A taste of your own medicine Republicans.

    Most Republicans I know are racist and the truth hurts. They would like to see all immigrants (non-white) sent back to their home country.

    Finally the Obama campaign is hitting back.

    Go Obama / Biden '08...

    September 18, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  11. Typical White Man

    Honesty and Truth have little place in the Obamessiah's campaign. They need window dressing and distractions for him to stand a chance. No doubt all of his disciples will be filling this board with endless excuses for a man who can do no wrong...3 2 1

    September 18, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  12. Madtown Man

    It is funny to me that the republicans make comments and policy decisions, but then when they get called out for them, they say that the comments are "offensive". Has anyone seen some of the ads that have been run against Obama? The next Moses? Brittney Spears and Paris Hilton? Taxes on Americans? Wow, just more smear and fear. I guess they don't like to be told how foolish they really are.

    September 18, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  13. Arkansas Undertaker

    Its about time Obama is hitting back. The truth hurts doesnt it McCain? The ad should have also mention that hate monger Lou Dobbs and all of his hurtfull and hateful comments about immigrants.

    Down with Lou Dobbs and Rush Limbaugh!!!! They are racists and along with McCain/Palin will hurt the Latino Community.

    September 18, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  14. Sharon, TX

    Oh please, as if Limbaugh has the audacity to accuse anyone of racism. Pot say hey to Kettle! Limbaugh, button it up and go back to your racist radio show.

    September 18, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  15. Bob Texas

    Mr. Limbaugh is a disgrace to America and the GOP hide behind his insults. They can't have it both ways!

    September 18, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  16. BKMC

    McCain has changed his position on immigration completely, who does not remember his debate with Mit Romney about immigration. Obama is reporting that position and correctly. No how, no way, no McSame and no Palin

    September 18, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  17. Yasriel

    The mere pick of Palin cemented that fact that McCain of old is not the same clueless McCain today.
    McCain is now so far to the right that he s about to fall off the right edge of the see-saw.

    September 18, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  18. ct voter



    September 18, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  19. tigerakabj

    Please. John McCain abandoned the very bill that he wrote to win the Republican nomination b/c it wasn't popular within his party.

    And Limbaugh can shove it. He sits on his fat keaster all day running his mouth. As usual, Obmama quotes these people in the exact context and they say, "That's unfair!" The truth hurts and this is the first step to taking down the likes of Limbaugh and his ilk.

    Obama/Biden 2008/2012.

    September 18, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  20. mb

    jake tapper at ABC news already wrote a scathing critique of this ad. of course, we wouldn't expect CNN to do the same.

    Go see Tapper's breakdown of this ridiculous ad.

    September 18, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  21. KJS

    I live in Arizona – the Republican Party here is dominated by racists and xenophobes. To steal an old joke – an Hispanic voting Republican is like a chicken voting for Colonel Sanders.

    September 18, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  22. RYAN kr Jr

    Truth hurts, American people, if you think McCain/Palin will fight for you–you better wake up from slumber.

    September 18, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  23. pat C.

    obama is playing fire with fire and the republicans can't stand the heat from there own games. it was all fine and dandy as long as it was mccain doing the dirty ads. this proves obama has a wonderful temperment ,thinks before he leaps ,makes sound judgement decisions...... but don't cross him because he is tough as nails mccain!

    September 18, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  24. kennis

    What a shock, more lies from the campaign trail. Disgusting.

    September 18, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  25. james

    well all the white people around me have a few choice names they use when they refer to any black person. they think im one of them then i set them straight with all there ignorance. fact is obama isnt going to get much of the vote from whites. i dont care if mccain admits he is satan. the white folks in the south will not under any condition vote for a black man! its that simple. i live here i see it i was raised in it and its true!

    September 18, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
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