September 23rd, 2008
10:15 AM ET
6 years ago

Daley slams new McCain ad

CNN

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

(CNN) – Former Commerce Secretary Bill Daley, the unwilling co-star of a Monday attack ad from John McCain's campaign, told CNN he was "shocked" by the spot: "I always had a good relationship with [McCain] - or I thought I did."

The McCain spot attacks Barack Obama for his connection to "Chicago politics," pointing to his relationships with convicted developer Tony Rezko, embattled Governor Rod Blagojevich - and Daley.

Daley accused McCain of hypocrisy for attacking Obama on lobbyists: "When I was at [telecom company] SBC, I had to hire [McCain campaign manager] Rick Davis to see John McCain," he said. "He wouldn't see anyone unless you hired one of his lobbyist friends. Telecom was his and Rick Davis was his telecom lobbyist. That was in '02, '03, '04."

He said that McCain voted for his confirmation as Commerce Secretary, and pointed to the Arizona senator's public praise of his work in the Clinton cabinet.

(For instance, during a May 1998 confirmation hearing for another Commerce official, McCain said that since Daley's arrival, "relations for the department have been improving. Mr. Daley's frank, honest style and hard work have been reaping rewards." And in 2000, he pointed to Daley's "valiant effort to clean up the Commerce Department's reputation as a dumping ground for the politically connected.")

Said Daley Monday: "I think [McCain] has totally sold his soul to get elected. The things he found important in 2000 he isn't doing now."


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  1. R.I.F.

    LOL!!! McCain gets slammed by everyone for his dishonest campaign.

    September 23, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  2. A Boston

    Airing out the dirty laundry. McCain is such a sneak!

    September 23, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  3. Vern

    No one should be surprised at what lengths McCain will go to get this presidency. Friends or not, you better get out of the way! With all Mccain lies it's no wonder he picked Palin because she lies as much as he!

    September 23, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  4. Ken

    "I think [McCain] has totally sold his soul to get elected. The things he found important in 2000 he isn't doing now."

    Only neo-tards don't see this, or they ignore it. They just want another [R]ightwing Bush clone in the whitehouse, and they have their candidate in McCain who has flip-flopped for the past 4 years to move his "ideals" even more towards [R]ightwing demagoguery. They are not supporting McCain because he is a maverick; they are supporting him specifically because HE IS NOT A MAVERICK - the record shows, and he himself admits, that over the last 4 years he has been an increasingly loyal [R]ightwinger.

    McCain/Palin....more of the same old [R] failure.

    September 23, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  5. McNOTHING

    McCain has sold his soul

    September 23, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  6. T GUY

    TALK ABOUT CHARACTER. MCCAIN'S WIFE IS AN ADDDICT AND HE HIMSELF CHEATED ON HIS WIFE. KEATING 5 SCANDAL , NOT A GOOD HUSBAND OR STUDENT . HE HAD ALOT OF HELP GETTING WHERE HE IS . SO MCCAIN SHOULD SHUT .

    September 23, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  7. ines

    I think McCain has sold his soul too. His entire campaign was run with negative ads and lies. Almost all, if not every one, of the major newspapers in this country are pointing out that McCain is lying.

    The poor choice of Sarah Palin as vp candidate aside, On the economic crisis, McCain came out with a roar – immediately saying what he would do and who he would fire. Well, he made another rash set of decisions that were backed up with a LOT of bravado – which he had to back pedal on.

    McCain is coming off as half out of his head – if not all the way. What a substandard choice for a presidential candidate!

    September 23, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  8. Shelly

    McCain will do anything to get elected. As the article says, even "selling his soul".
    Yea, I want this guy in the White House. NOT

    Why can't you people see that McCain/Palin is just the wrong choice?

    September 23, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  9. dbacchus

    "I had to hire Rick Davis to see John McCain," he said. "He wouldn't see anyone unless you hired one of his lobbyist friends" – WOW!!!!

    September 23, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  10. VIRGINIA will be blue

    "When I was at [telecom company] SBC, I had to hire [McCain campaign manager] Rick Davis to see John McCain," he said. "He wouldn't see anyone unless you hired one of his lobbyist friends.

    More of the same.

    No Way, No How, No McPalin

    OABAM/BIDEN 08

    September 23, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  11. suzie

    john mccain = the LOST maverick

    September 23, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  12. Maggie VT

    They apparently never do any fact checking!!!! It is amazing in this age of computers, someone in that campaign use a computer and find out the facts!!!! And on another site it states, "McCain is losing his head!!!. I am beginning to think the same thing. But the campaign did say they didn't care what they had to do, they were going to win

    September 23, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  13. Andrea E- Atlanta

    Wow!!!!!! So much for straight talk. McCain is a liar. He is sold his soul to devil to win this election. He is willing to see America destroyed just to win. He is pathetic.

    September 23, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  14. Shari, NY

    What a shame when you decide to tarnish your own image after 70 plus years!

    September 23, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  15. aurelia- canada

    Its a shame that some Americans will vote for this clueless MCCain. Come on America, you deserve better after Bush and his Republican Administration. The world is watching... Show us that you've got much sense than what we credit you for.

    Vote OBama for change, peace and progress

    September 23, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  16. McCain lost another one

    John McCain will sell his soul to win an election. what will he sell if elected....your future.

    September 23, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  17. Yes, we can

    McCain’s camp can spin, but the reality is this: McCain is surrounded by hardcore lobbyists and Roveian graduates who worked for Bush's white house. Did anyone see yesterday's article in Washington Post/NYT on these lobbyists? How can republicans’ run away from facts?

    September 23, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  18. Ex-Republican for Obama

    what a corrupt dirt bag McCain and company have been during their entire 26 years of service. It astounds my how dispicable this man actually has been over the course of his life time.

    We don't need crooks, lobbyists and old people in the white house...its people like McCain and his friends/colleagues that are what is wrong with America.

    Obama/Biden '08

    September 23, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  19. Shari, NY

    Ted of Canada, we appreciate people like you. What a beautiful world it would be if everyone was unselfish.

    September 23, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  20. Shari, NY

    Ted of Canada, we appreciate people like you. What a beautiful world it would be if everyone was smart and unselfish!

    September 23, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  21. DebM, Allentown, PA

    I supported McCain back in 2000, but he's nowhere near the person he was then. McCain has sold his soul to the devil, in the person of Karl Rove, for one last chance at the White House.

    BTW, someone said this elsewhere and it's true. If you wanted to buy a car, and all you could do was look at it, not test drive it, not hear the engine run, etc., would you buy it? Of course not!! Yet the Republicans are asking us to do that with Palin? It's ridiculous that this race is as close as it is.

    September 23, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  22. Jerry Ohio

    McCain now we getting the true side of you ,,,,,,McCain stop playing with American people intelligent we know you and Palin all phoney politician

    September 23, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  23. faye, NV

    A lepard can not change his spots, Palin/McCain is for change that will keep Bush agenda alive for four more years.

    Looking beyond being a war vet, he has become nothing more than a liar and conceited. Selling out does not make you morally better.

    September 23, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  24. Brennan, Seattle WA

    The lines about forcing people to hire his lobbyist friends just to speak with him should be top of the fold front page news. I hope that Mr. Daly continues to push the issue.

    Just because John McCain says he has honor does not make it so.

    September 23, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  25. Jean 2

    Now it is time to pity McCain!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 23, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
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