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. Mercedes

    By the way, the republican spanish congressman should sit down with McCain and teach him the difference between Latin America and Spain and their location and relations to the United States. Seems to me that he has a problem knowing who our enemies and allies are.

    September 18, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  2. Justin, ny

    ummm... McCain may have once been in favor of better immigration reform, but then he VOTED AGAINST HIS OWN BILL

    September 18, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  3. Monica for Obama in Indiana

    ha, ha, ha, add limbaugh to the whiners now.

    September 18, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    "Obama is now stoking racism in the country," Limbaugh said.

    Wait, Limbaugh said "Mexicans are stupid and unqualified", Obama quotes him, and now Limbaugh is saying Obama is the racist. Wow, just wow.

    September 18, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  5. deb in az

    he will not win

    September 18, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  6. Ryan in California

    He said he was running a clean contest prior to the last couple of weeks. After MCcain was dirty. He THEN said he was taking the gloves off.
    He was not dirty before. He is simply fighting back as of late.

    September 18, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  7. RICO

    Limbaugh has openly expressed hatred for the Spanish and Mexican citizens. THIS AD IS THE MOST HONEST OF ALL!

    VOTE OBAMA...HE'S OUR ONLY HOPE!

    September 18, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  8. Tamarra

    I am surprised that Limbaugh actual have the intelligence to figure out someone was insulting him.

    September 18, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  9. Lance, MI

    Remember when McCain was asked to apologize for the Paris Hilton ad, he laughed and said everyone should get a sense of humor. Well, we have one now.

    Obama/Biden 08

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

    Wow. I listened to Rush a little bit this morning. The Master of Quoting out of Context himself was blasting this add for quoting him out of context on his comments about "stupid Mexicans." The hypocrisy of right wing pundits is without end...

    September 18, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  11. Survival of the Fittest

    WOrds matter and truth hurts, doesn't it?

    September 18, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  12. Martin

    Obama is doing this because he knows he's lost the White House and as Latin American thats low blow even for this black man

    September 18, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  13. Mel

    John McCain has flipped-flopped on immigration the same way he has done about his views on evangelicals, the Confederate flag, Bush's tax cuts, the enviromental policy, etc etc. Yes, once upon a time he use to buck his party on immigration. Now, however he is talking about border security and fences just like Limbaugh and Lou Dobbs. This group should take their complaints to Senator McCain rather than Senator Obama for calling him to account.

    September 18, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  14. conny

    MORE DIVERSIONS FROM THE REPUGNANTS

    September 18, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  15. That Other Jerry

    I know these ticker items are written in a hurry, but could you at least try to get them right? McCain's immigration stance nearly SANK his CANDIDACY, not SUNK his PRESIDENCY. Maybe the article itself should have been in Spanish...

    September 18, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  16. RR in AZ

    Carma is amazing isn't it!

    September 18, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  17. Mark Fullerton, CA

    Rush is a big cry baby! I have no respect for someone who dishes it out on a daily basis and cries foul the first time someone gives it back.

    Todays neo-nut republican party is a complete disgrace and should take a long hard look in the mirror!

    September 18, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  18. McShame go retire

    The McCain express is crumbling.

    All those lies and distractions will be his downfall, because americans remember well previous repub campains, full of smear but nothing on real solutions.

    He is stealing Obamas playbook now, because in experience, judgemnent and vision he can;t hold water to Obama.

    Well Johnny Boy, you're surely are digging your own grave and Sarah Palin is just your gimmick toy, to confuse americans.

    Well we all can see what McCain is up to now.

    He would be a bad president and gets us furhter down.

    The world is waiting for Obama and real changes, not for McCains gimmicks and empty speeches.

    Obama / Biden 08

    September 18, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  19. banderson

    I am absolutely glad that Senator Obama is using Rush Limp's words against him as Rush Limp seem to do all the time against Obama, Clinton and any other democrat out there. BTW, how is it stoking racism to restate something that a individual himself has stated repeatedly? Now I hope that he goes after that other individual Sean Hampster.

    September 18, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  20. McCain invented the Black Berry

    Great one BaRRRRRRRRRACK .....

    September 18, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  21. Biff Biffington RETURNS...

    OOOOoooohhhhh

    they HATE it when you throw their words back at them...

    i mean... the NERVE of you to remember what they said and did...

    September 18, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  22. Jason

    This is "new politics"? Shame on you Obama campaign! And the fact that Obama supporters are cheering this on shows that they themselves are just as much hypocrites as they accuse the Republicans of being.

    September 18, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  23. Lifelong Republican supporting Obama

    Good job, Obama! You keeping doing what you are doing. Right-wing extremist Republicans like Limbaugh need a taste of their own hate-filled and angry medicine. I approve of the ad because I think McCain has shifted his position on immigration reform and on a host of other issues just to win-over the extreme right-wing base of his party. When you sell your political soul to the political devil, you will always get burned.

    September 18, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  24. Don

    Hit them hard Mr. Obama they can dish so they should take the medicine and chew it.

    Obama/Biden 08,12

    September 18, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  25. Palin has more experience than Obama

    You do not see all the Obama backers talking about how Obama is a new type of guy who will not use dirty trick. They use to say that a lot. Now the talking point is "well they do it so good for him doing it." Y'all should know this one.....Spare me the fake godie goodie mess. Obama is nothing about change. He is like them all. The only difference is his lack of experience to do the job in the White House.

    September 18, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
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