September 27th, 2008
01:20 PM ET
6 years ago

Obama ad hammers McCain on economy

CNN

Watch: In a new ad, Obama says McCain doesn't get it when it comes to the economy.

(CNN)– Keeping the economy front and center, the Obama-Biden campaign released a new post-debate ad Saturday, saying when it comes to the economy, GOP presidential candidate Sen. John McCain 'doesn't get it.'

"Number of minutes in debate: 90," the announcer says as the words are typed across a blank screen. "Number of times John McCain mentioned the middle class: Zero."

Watch: The latest Obama ad says McCain 'doesn't get it' when it comes to the economy

The economy took the lead in Friday night's debate, as both candidates looked to highlight their plans bring the United States out of what some are describing as the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression.

A recent CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll found when it comes to the economy, 47 percent of voters questioned find the GOP are responsible for the current economic problems, while 24 percent said Democrats are more responsible.

The 30-second spot, 'Zero," includes portions of Friday night's debate where Barack Obama looked to pain McCain as lock-step with President Bush on economic policy.

"The fundamentals of the economy have been measured by whether or not the middle class is getting a fair shake," Obama said Friday night. In terms of tax policy, "you are neglecting people who are really struggling right now," Obama told McCain. "I think that is a continuation of the last eight years, and we can't afford another four."

According to the Obama campaign, the ad, known as “Zero,” will begin airing nationally Monday on cable.

Update: McCain campaign spokesman Tucker Bounds released the following statement in response to the latest ad:

“John McCain repeatedly pointed to Senator Obama’s vote in favor of higher taxes on families making just 42,000 a year, and his proposal for $860 billion in lavish new government spending which is a crushing burden on middle class families and the Main Street economy," Bounds said in a statement Saturday. "If he was honest, Barack Obama knows he was unable to debate the merits of supporting higher taxes on the middle class, and bloated government spending during a looming economic crisis – it’s simply indefensible.”


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (130 Responses)
  1. Nija

    McCain does not have the clue at all.

    September 27, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  2. Bob

    Mccain won the debate

    September 27, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  3. NJ

    The Dems are acting too much on the Celebrity scale. The Ads do nothing but waste money.....like Obama's plans as president!

    September 27, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  4. Nick

    Bob, you say Mccain won the debate, Did you watch the same debate that I did?

    September 27, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  5. Matt

    Obama, a colombia graduate and Harvard law degree holder and President of Harvard law Review, The Next President of United States!!

    September 27, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  6. according to 100 year mccain

    mccain is so wrapped up in iraq he has no time to think about america's economy.

    September 27, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  7. NJ

    the economy plummet when the house became more democrats.
    I believe McCain's experience and knowledge is what this country needs. Not an on-the-job training as Obama would ltake it. AND of course, CNN is so biased on everything that resembles Obama that I am sure this comment will get shut-down but I am seeing a trend here...... Wake up people.......dont vote on color, age, or sex...vote on who will keep you safe as Commande rin Chief!! And that is McCain.

    September 27, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  8. Mark Weller, Ohio

    I do not understand how McCain could have made such a mistake...

    He is too much focused on his perceived foreign policy experience.

    September 27, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  9. Charlotte

    In the debate,neither one said how they would vote on the bailout? I was bored by the the stump speech answers. With the economy being what it is, don't expect any of the campaign promises to be kept that allude to a tax break. Obama wants to move the troops to Afghanistan, how will that save 10 million a month? Is the cost cheaper there? I don't see how moving troops to another location will cut cost. Empty promises, much like our gas tanks

    September 27, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  10. Marie Ontario

    The current financial crisis is the sole result of the GOP's policy of deregulating the financial markets and has been supported by John McCain at every turn for the past 22 years. With this in mind how in the world can 24% of the public blame this on the Democrats.

    John McCain's economic gura Phil Gramm was responsible for much of the deregulation and described Americans as whiners and the country is only in a mental recession.

    McCain state he doesn't know much about economic factors and Obama has laid out a plan to benefit the middle and lower income families and McCain proposes tax cuts for the rich.

    What don't Americans understand about the above facts????????

    September 27, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  11. S

    Obama lost the debate, just like he lost the debates to Hillary. But then, as now, the liberal media tries to "spin a win" for Obama. Even CNN has to admit that it's Flash Poll that was so widely referred to is actualy skewered in favor of Obama.

    CNN Statement: The CNN/Opinion Research Corp. survey is not a measurement of the views of all Americans, since only people who watched the debate were questioned and the audience included more Democrats than Republicans

    The media is in Obama's pocket, always has been

    September 27, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  12. Tim

    Obama is a lightweight. He lost hands down.

    September 27, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  13. Michael, watching from Canada

    Good foreign relations requires mutual respect…..

    When you shake someone’s hand, you should be able to look at them in the eye.

    But no, at the beginning of the debate when Obama approached McCain and shook his hand, McCain could not look at Obama……in fact, McCain almost grimaced when he shook Obama’s hand!

    Whatever happened to respect?

    McCain was rude, condescending, and during the debate, exuded an air of superiority, looking down at his opponent.

    How can anyone hoping to raise the image of America around the world show such a superior attitude? Regardless of which country you come from, God did create all men and women equal.

    Yes, America is the most powerful nation in the world…….

    But, no matter how powerful a country is, it is not power (and the almighty Bush/McCain superior attitude) that engenders good relations…..

    But whether you show some respect to the other party!

    September 27, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  14. R. Cooper

    Obama represents the future. McCain represents the past. He's History!

    September 27, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  15. Mack

    Obama is one to talk...he doesn't get it either until someone tells him what to say or do..I would rather have a President who makes mistakes but atleast thinks for himself. John McCain is the only one who can see us threw the mess this country is in...

    September 27, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  16. judy mitchell

    McCain's list of world leaders is commendable, but when most Americans don't think they will be affording a turkey for Thanksgiving, it hard to glean any support for GOP. The struggle at home is of much more importance than world politics. Get our troops home; let Wall Street solve their own problems and get American, John. You are so out of touch with Americans, it is a pity.

    September 27, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  17. Larry, CA

    BARACK OBAMA IS NUISANCE TO THESE DEBATES. HE HAS NO SUBSTANCE AND NO IDEAS. HIS LACK OF EXPERIENCE SHOWED IN LAST NIGHT'S DEBATE. THOSE WHO SAY BARACK ONE THE DEBATE LAST NIGHT DO NOT KNOW WHAT IS GOING ON. SHAMEFUL.

    September 27, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  18. Brian

    McCain won the debate, IF you don't take into account a lot of his points were fabrications. He might as well just say Obama is a space alien and people like Bob and NJ would believe him

    September 27, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  19. Delphine

    Barack Obama did a great job.He's the only one who inspires people and keeps the spirit up, during this campaign.
    God bless Barack Obama.

    September 27, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  20. Elly

    I thought Obama did great on the economy!!
    How can you expect a man like McCain with 8 or 9 houses , 13 cars,
    and multi millions to relate to average Americans!!
    MY bet like Chris rock said would lie with the man who has a couple
    Million, 1 car and one house...Obama
    I thought Senator Obama stood his ground well and looked very presidential ..... his answers were more toward positive vision for the future and getting the US on respectful ground again.On the other hand McCain did not even have the courage to look Obama in the eye all evening and sounded like* WAR* all evening and more war and victory at any cost!!! A very cowardly act not to look your opponent in the eye but yet very McCain bc his instincts are not to talk to his enemies but shoot first!!!
    At what point do Americans stand up and say *enough* for a war that was illegal in the first place!

    September 27, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  21. carolflowery

    Yours may be THE point about the bracelet thing.

    John McCain spoke of his with reverence, as he did at the end of the debate.

    Barack Obama just threw it out there like "me too!", it was totally disrespectful, for crying out loud, he didn't even know the man's name. That, to me, indicates the regard in which (lack thereof, actually) he holds the individual members of our armed services.

    September 27, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  22. Undecided White Male, That has now Decided

    One man stood and looked the other in the eye and looked Presidential. The other who has run on being a Maverick looked scared and would not look the other in the eye.

    Who do you want talking the other world Leaders? McCain looked weak and run down and if he won’t look leaders in the eye and is unsure of himself that’s not the Commander and Chief we are looking for.

    Obama showed me he will go and look at the other world leaders in the eye and get the point across that America is the world power it once was and will regain our respect as the world leader. Now that’s the Commander and Chief we are looking for.

    Think about this….This was supposed to be John’s strong point, and he kept talking about Obama’s lack of experience. But at the same time he chose a running mate with ZERO experience on foreign policy. HELLO AMERICA do you see a problem here.

    Obama not only beat the Maverick at his strong game but has a running mate in Joe Biden that has as much or more foreign policy experience than McCain.

    Clear cut winner, Clear cut choice. A Presidential confident looking man in Obama? Or a at times cowering looking man that didn’t have much substance to talk about and throws out the same old lies time after time. A third term of George Bush.

    Not this time, the stakes are too high and Obama convinced me he is the Man for the job for President of the United States.

    September 27, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  23. Bayou Joe

    It is not about the economy. It is not about foreign policy. It is about Obama's qualifications to serve our nation and his willingness to defend it against all enemies. In that category he fails all the tests.
    Wait I forgot he hasn't been tested. Now on the other hand, McCain has been tested, has done it, will continue to do it and their is no doubt about where he stands when America is attacked.

    McCain-Palin 08. Palin- (fill in the blank) 12.

    September 27, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  24. Jasmine

    I'm confused, Is Foreign Policy really John Mccain's area of expertise? If so, he should have won by a landslide. That did not happen.

    September 27, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  25. ANGIE

    Mccain does not care about you me the ones that actually work and make this country grow MCCAIN CARES ABOUT BIG OIL LOBBYISIT last night obama won the debates as far as im concerned
    OBAMA = 21ST CENTURY VISION FOR OUR COUNTRY CHANGE!
    MCCAIN = THE SAME OLE SAME OLE THAT HAS NOT WORKED!
    MCCAIN -Is so out of touch with the economy, With world relations clearly one could see MCCAIN HAS NO DIPLOMACY SKILLS HE WOULDNT EVEN LOOK AT OBAMA MCCAIN IS VERY ARROGNANT MCCAIN WILL BE A MY WAY OR HIGHWAY PRESIDENT DONT WE ALREADY HAVE ONE OF THEM NO BIPARTISANSHIP LAST NIGHT FROM MCCAIN!

    September 27, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
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