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. Adding up

    What does changing your stance mean....I think flip flopping or that is what has been accused of in Obama's stance on off shore drilling. I think it is listening to people and encouraging popular vote. Democracy...what a concept. Of course McCain tightened his stance on the Hispanic immigration. He has to keep the image up for his little racist republican friends that this beautiful country is plagued with.

    September 18, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  2. ANAG LOS ANGELES, CA

    like Rush Limbaugh.should be talking after the comment he made-idiot.

    September 18, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  3. White Privilege

    For those who still can't grasp the concept of white privilege, or who are constantly looking for some easy-to-understand examples of it, perhaps this list will help.

    White privilege is when you can claim that being mayor of a town smaller than most medium-sized colleges, and then Governor of a state with about the same number of people as the lower fifth of the island of Manhattan, makes you ready to potentially be president, and people don't all piss on themselves with laughter, while being a black U.S. Senator, two-term state Senator, and constitutional law scholar, means you're "untested."

    White privilege is being able to say that you support the words "under God" in the pledge of allegiance because "if it was good enough for the founding fathers, it's good enough for me," and not be immediately disqualified from holding office–since, after all, the pledge was written in the late 1800s and the "under God" part wasn't added until the 1950s–while believing that reading accused criminals and terrorists their rights (because, ya know, the Constitution, which you used to teach at a prestigious law school requires it), is a dangerous and silly idea only supported by mushy liberals.

    White privilege is being able to be a gun enthusiast and not make people immediately scared of you.

    More to come...

    September 18, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  4. Nikki

    Go Barack!

    September 18, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  5. Kyle NY

    Obama said he was not going to be this kind of politician. But here he is telling bigger lies than McCain. Obama is proving he is a candidate who will do or say anything to get elected.

    September 18, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  6. Tell It Like It Is

    Well, there it is!

    VOTE FOR LIMBAUGH< THE REAL STRAIGHT TALKER

    September 18, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  7. EJ in Texas

    Rush Limbaugh calling anybody a "disgrace" has to be the funniest line so far I've heard in this election year. This coming from somebody who once touted "Obama the Magic Negro"!

    September 18, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  8. DJ Los Angeles

    Yeah Baby! About time Obama goes after the pulpit and lightning rod of the Republican "Base".

    Ohh, no, no...McCain. You can't have it both ways now. Your "Base" has made it clear how they feel. Limbaugh is the heart of soul (unfortunately) of the GOP base...and those hateful words indeed tell it like it is.

    September 18, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  9. ladym

    He had to get dirty in order to defend himself against lying McCain and the Repubs. He tried his best to stay clean, however the last straw was when McCain accused him of teaching pre-k's SEX EDUCATION!

    Anyone in their right mind has to fight back!

    OBAMA/BIDEN '08

    September 18, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  10. Tired of the Lies

    McCain flip-flopped on the subject of immigration for political reasons–his old views were damaging his chances of winning his party's nomination.

    If McCain didn't want Obama criticizing him on his new (mainstream Republican) immigration stance, he should have stuck to his guns, instead of just talked about sticking to his guns.

    September 18, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  11. C

    The article should also state that Limbaugh's remarks were taken way out of context. He was describing the Mexican government's views towards its citizens. he was not calling them stupid. Typical Democrat lies and deceit. Sounds like a desparate party!

    September 18, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  12. Dan , TX

    Does Limbaugh speak for a broad swath of the republican party? YES HE DOES. That makes him a speaker for the party of McCain.

    September 18, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  13. L

    nice try obama. The whole country know that McCain is not an extreme right wing conservative and even your own party says the whole bush 3rd term isnt sticking as its not true.

    and apprently the Obama campaign thinks that paying higher taxes is patriotic. so dont go into the armed service and serve your country, just work hard and give lots of money to the government so we can waste it for you !!!!!

    September 18, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  14. J from DC

    I think people need to show how the Republican Party feels about all the issues. McCain, is not the McCain of old. He has shifted on many of his old positions. I don’t think this is wrong. Just ask McCain today about his views, and see where he stands. Plus, you can’t have it both ways, you can’t say Limbaugh is right 90% of the time when he is downing Democrats, and then say he is wrong when his words don’t look good for you politically. So, is Limbaugh commentary creditable to the Republican Candidate, or not?

    September 18, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  15. M.Serafin

    If it causes stir it must be because it is hitting a nail...

    September 18, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  16. AVEE capitalcityVA

    Why is it ok for McCain to run any kind of ad be it true or a lie, majority of lies, but when Obama runs one or says anything that points out McSame being just that, he needs to apologize to someone. Mr. Balart, anytime you want to be an on air surrogate for your boy McCopy, just step up to the Mic.

    Unless you have more evidence than was put in this article, Shut UP! No one has time for this foolishness. McCain lies everytime he opens his mouth. So either get in the game on the issues, or join Fiorina. You should apologize for supporting such a shallow candidate.

    September 18, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  17. Silence Dogood

    Once again, Obama is using lies to promote fear and emotion. There is no other way to spin an obvious deception like this.

    I guess this is easier than just talking about why he has no specific positions or opinions on so many vital issues. It is like putty in a suit.

    Hopefully people are starting to see past the hype and smoke screens of baseless emotion.

    September 18, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  18. Vera /AB. Canada

    Limbaugh you are nothing but a bag of wind who pays for your input anyway.?

    September 18, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  19. Chris

    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 presidency. --–

    Try hard as you might MCNN (McCain News Network) you haven't gotten him elected yet.

    September 18, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  20. LYNETTE IN CA

    I SWEAR THESE IDIOTS ALWAYS THINK SOMEBODY OWES AN APOLOGY FOR EVERYTHING!

    GET OVER IT ALREADY! YOU'RE GOING TO LOSE!!!

    OBAMA / BIDEN '08 AND BEYOND!

    September 18, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  21. Hms

    Obam's Chicago style mafia politics at work again....

    September 18, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  22. Eli

    Sounds like O is reverting back to the old Chicago POLITIC. LIES AND MORE LIES. OH WELL thats what Im talking about CHANGE.

    September 18, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  23. Peggy - TX

    No different then Limbaugh quoting Rev Write. The mechanism used to construct the ad (Rush Limbaugh does not speak for McCain although he pulls for McCain and McCain has not distanced himself from Rush) may be a bit of a streach, but the bottom line is that the underlying message being communicated is right on target and resonates with reality. The ad is simply a quick way to reminds folks what they already know.

    September 18, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  24. No More Mistakes

    who cares what Limbaugh thinks. I listen to him just for laughs

    September 18, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  25. Chris, former Republican

    The Pill Popper will blow a gasket on this one. Ditto Heads are fools anyway.

    September 18, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
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