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. Concerned Citizen, IN

    I agree with JoelWhy. McCain had a leg to stand on until he admitted he wouldn't vote for his own bill if it came up again.

    September 18, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  2. It's about time

    How do you like 'em apples, Republicans? Good to see the Obama campaign giving them a taste of their own medicine

    September 18, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  3. anon

    I love democrats: complain about "sleazy, deceptive" ads then put them out themselves!!!

    September 18, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  4. Lisa, MD

    Barack is looking more and more presidential everyday. I love it and I love the fact that Dems will not be distracted by shiny metal object anymore.

    Obama/Biden 08

    To The White House and Beyond.

    September 18, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  5. Chris in Jacksonville

    Rush has always been a staunch supporter of all minorities! Where is this all coming from? Oh and I have a bridge in Brooklyn to sell you too....

    September 18, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  6. Tom

    It seems the McCain campaign can't handle the truth–they don't speak it from their own lips, and they don't like to hear it from anybody else.

    September 18, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  7. LATINOS Insulted by Obama

    As a Democrat and Latina I was insulted by Obamas ad.

    The fact that he feels he can lie to us and use us in such a manner is dishonorable.

    Latinos were not amused by his pandering and will be thinking twice about whether we should vote Democrat or not.

    The only democrat that we trusted was Senator Clinton, and we were trying to embrace Obama but his latest ad was an insult to the intelligence of Latinos everywhere.

    September 18, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  8. TC

    LIMBAUGH IS A RACIST, A HOMOPHOBE, AND A TOTAL WHACK-JOB.

    ALL THE QUALIFICATIONS TO BE A GOOD REPUBLICAN'T!

    September 18, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  9. Love My USA

    The Democratic party is a disgrace in their lies and deceit.
    They should be putting out another ad apoligizing to all of us.
    I am so angary right now! BO is going Down , Down, Down into his BLACK hole of lies and deceit. Many of us are not going to put up with this racist person, yes racist, who is using his color to fool the non white residents of this country.
    Get the work out to everyyone, and ask them to vote straight REPULICAN. Lets hit them where it is going t to hurt.

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

    McCain's disagreement with his party's base "nearly sunk his presidency???"

    Excuse me, but when exactly was McCain president?

    September 18, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  11. R, Brooklyn, NY

    And while he was at it, Limbaugh also repeated the completely debunked story about Obama sending some sort of shadowy "agents" to Alaska. Never happened and everyone knows it.

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

    Limbaugh IS a big bag of republican wind.. has been!!!
    his opinions have no relevance to anyone

    September 18, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  13. LOL

    Do you hear that????

    It's the Pot calling, if ya know what I mean.

    September 18, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  14. Independant in WI

    A rather dumb move on Obama's part. McCain was the main signer of the bill.

    September 18, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  15. Chris

    Let's get fact check in here to clear things up for Obama. Every time that I have seen one of those articles about McCain, it is proved false. Whenever I see one for Obama it is proved true. Obama doesn't run a sleazy campaign, that's the GOP's specialty.

    September 18, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  16. Oh Boy!!!???

    Rush is a fat, stupid, idiot.

    If you have a child, and he/she turns fifteen, are they not yours?

    Same thing goes for WORDS.

    Stupid today, Stupid tomorrow.

    September 18, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  17. JUDE CT

    Limbaugh, Lou D and other media raciats propaganda pushers, it's pay back time.

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

    It must be the truth. Slow Limpbo doesn't like it. Keep them coming Obama.

    Obama/Biden 08/12

    September 18, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  19. elle

    Republicans want to play dirty....let's play!!!!!

    OBAMA/BIDEN 08

    September 18, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  20. Jude

    McCain-Palin are the biggest liars....

    September 18, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  21. Jon

    At least McCain has a record that proves that Obama is just making this up. Obama has no record to defend himself with.

    September 18, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    I'm sorry, but Obama is right on this. McCain even said he wouldn't vote for his own immigration bill. The facts are Obama's side in this case!

    September 18, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  23. Larry

    Another vote missed. I'm sure Rush was firmly in the Obama camp until this incident......................Sarcasm.

    September 18, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  24. Steven

    McCain was for his immigration bill before he was against it. Think about that – is that change? More like pandering to the right.

    September 18, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  25. Look Byond

    We all know that Limbaugh is full of hate.

    He has no way to turn.

    Why should Obama apologize .

    WHO THE HELL IS Limbaugh?

    September 18, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
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