September 22nd, 2008
11:20 AM ET
11 years ago

McCain, Obama lead off week with dueling ads


Watch: The McCain campaigns latest ad takes aim at Obama's hometown political figures.

(CNN) - For the first time since the financial crisis broke, the economy took a back seat in the ad wars Monday morning.

John McCain’s campaign released a new spot – "Chicago Machine"– that takes aim at the politics and political figures of Barack Obama’s adopted hometown.

Watch: The latest McCain ad takes aim at Obama's hometown political figures

“Barack Obama. Born of the corrupt Chicago political machine,” says the announcer in the 30-second spot, citing lobbyist William Daley, “political godfather” Emil Jones, much-investigated Governor Rod Blagojevich and convicted felon Tony Rezko. “With friends like that, Obama is not ready to lead,” he says.

Obama’s campaign responded with an attack of its own, telling reporters McCain was trying to divert attention from new reports his campaign manager had lobbied against stricter regulation of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

Watch: Obama ties McCain to Bush in new ad

The Obama ad uses a piece by McCain first highlighted by New York Times columnist Paul Krugman – a primary season critic of the Illinois senator's health care plan – late last week.

In a John McCain-penned piece in the fall issue of the American Academy of Actuaries that is highlighted in the 30-second spot, the Republican nominee says the health insurance market should be opened up “to more vigorous nationwide competition" and points to the banking industry as an example of successful deregulation. McCain, says the ad’s announcer, is "a risk we just can't afford to take."

The campaigns said the spots would be running “nationally.”

soundoff (285 Responses)
  1. bobby

    go sarah.... that sort of crowd shows that Palin is a celebrity.

    September 22, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  2. Pati

    Obama is using race as an excuse for not being further ahead. I would vote for Colin Powell – no problem. 92% of blacks for Obama, what other group is close to that. Obama is scary, bad judgment, bad friends. Wright, Ayres, Farrakhan. American haters all.

    September 22, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
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    In the middle somewhere democrat September 22nd, 2008 10:03 am ET

    Candy…Obamas ad are not truthful either. Check out CNN's fact check section. They are the only news site that does it. I have to say that neither candidate should waste money using these dumb adds. No-one is paying attention to them. I tune them OUT. I live in Ohio and I have yet to talk to anyone who pays any attention to them. I know a lot of people who voted for Hillary who plan on voting for McCain in November.
    I wonder why that is? Could it be race??? Since Obama's policies are the same as Hillary's? I guess people in Ohio will learn the hard way if McCain/Palin gets elected and then they'll complain and complain about how hard things are. Ridiculous.

    September 22, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  4. Scott Tucson forgot to add the close ties of Obama to William Ayers and Rev Wright. With friends like that, Obama certainly can't get a job with the FBI or Secret Service but the far left is going ga,ga over this Messia of theirs...go figure?

    September 22, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  5. Go McCain :)

    Let's see...Rezco, Rev. Wright, Bill Ayers.....& on, & on. NoBama has so much baggage. We all know who the real liar is!

    September 22, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  6. Ed, Santa Fe NM

    McBush is shameless. No surprise for a member of Bush's corrupt GOP machine...

    Tell us about RICK DAVIS, McBush. Tell us about the $2M he made as a lobbyist for FANNIE MAE and FREDDIE MAC.....

    September 22, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  7. APS in Hawaii

    Both sides of done things that they are not proud of. However, what is troubling is how Obama has had a week to put forth a plan with the Democrats about the financial crisis and he still does not have a plan. Is this a leader? What is he going to do about stating what is his idea for correcting the mess? He always criticizes others, put never puts out a plan of his own. Just for once, I wish he would have a position and a plan for something. Of course, the Obama supporters are used to this tactic, divide and conquer is all they know. Solutions are an after thought.

    September 22, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  8. John

    I'll tell you one thing that I've learned in life....never believe someone who claims to always be right. Barak.

    September 22, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  9. AC

    Obama. Now there's an honest man. Just ask him (and his apologists).

    September 22, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
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    Barb September 22nd, 2008 10:42 am ET

    Regarding the crowd Palin drew in Florida. When Obama draws large crowds, the Republicans calls him a celebracy but its a good thing when Palin gets large crowds. Its too bad that the top of the GOP ticket cannot draw even half that many people. They should change the ticket to PALIN/McCAIN
    Yeah but you have to ask yourself did she really draw a crowd of that size? Remember they lied about the other crowd size. They lie about every thing else.

    September 22, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
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