September 29th, 2008
01:00 PM ET
10 years ago

Obama ad targets Fiorina

A new Obama ad targets Carly Fiorina.

A new Obama ad targets Carly Fiorina.

(CNN) - Barack Obama is targeting a John McCain advisor's former compensation as a Fortune 500 CEO in a new television ad running nationally.

The 30-second spot goes after executive pay and is specifically critical of Carly Fiorina, the current McCain advisor who was ousted as the head of Hewlett-Packard in 2005. The company doled out $21 million in severance to her, and reportedly another $21 million worth of stock and pension.

"John McCain's advisor, Carly Fiorina. The fired CEO who left with $42 million," the ad's narrator says. "Barack Obama says it's got to change."

The ad, called "Parachute," also attacks Washington Mutual CEO Alan Fishman, who reportedly could get $19 million worth of compensation, even though the bank failed last week.

"You've got corporate executives who are giving themselves million dollar golden parachutes and leaving workers high and dry," Obama says in the ad. "That's wrong. It's an outrage."

Fiorina had been a prominent surrogate for McCain, but she was promptly removed from the cable news circuit earlier this month after she said neither John McCain no Sarah Palin was qualified to run a major corporation.

soundoff (236 Responses)
  1. John McPalin

    I have personally asked McFlyBoy for his medical records and Sarah's tax returns in return for my vote. i won't be holding my breath.

    Seriously though, how many married men here have ever referred to another woman as their "soulmate" in a public setting? Hands please. It's a good thing they have 8 houses because there is no way she wants to be around him right now. And Todd can't be too pleased either and he hunts.....might pull a Cheney.

    September 29, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  2. greta

    what about the 20,000 employees she laid off and replaced them with employees overseas? hopefully that will be in part 2.

    September 29, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  3. Pier Giacalone

    Look, this is as plain and simple as it gets. McCain HIMSELF said in the primaries that he doesn't know anything about the economy. Palin's record is that she began as mayor with a huge budget surplus and left with an enormous deficit (sound like some one else we know?).

    The current financial crisis is being blamed on everyone from wall street to Washington to mortgage brokers to individual home owners but the common denominator is that more and better regulation would've prevented ALL of those responsible from visiting this madness on the rest of us. McCain has been an unequivocal DE-regulator his whole life.

    Forget about the culture war issues – just look up at the roof over your head. Do you want it to still be there in 4 years? For God's sake, vote for the candidates who have ALWAYS been in favor of tighter banking regulation and oversight. Obama warned off this day 2 years ago. Like him or not, he's on the ball where the economy is concerned. So whether it's with a smile or holding your nose or just a shrug, vote for him!

    Obama/Biden '08!

    September 29, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  4. Sarah's Scary Response

    Sarah's response when asked about her relationship with Russia.

    "We have trade missions back and forth," said Palin. "We do. It's very important when you consider even national security issues with Russia. As Putin rears his head and comes into the airspace of the United States of America, where do they go? It's Alaska. It's just right over the border. It is from Alaska that we send those out to make sure that an eye is being kept on this very powerful nation, Russia, because they are right there. They are right next to our state."

    Obama/Biden 08
    Vote the smart choice

    September 29, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  5. Helen, NY

    Obama has to away. He has nothing to talk about himself because he has done nothing to this country. He wants to bring these negative points in TV ad to score points. It is not going to happen. This is about the President of our great country and he ahs to be decent and well-experienced to handle challeneges. Obamna cannot do that. he is a Zero.

    September 29, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  6. D&D

    To Joe September 29th, 2008 1:31 pm ET

    I understand what you are saying, and I wish everybody could see things the way you do! But that's not the case, unfortunately, there are people out there who are ready to believe anything they see on ads, wrong or right, truth or lies, they believe it and act based on it!

    McCain started this nasty game as you call it, but it's not as nasty as you think, it's the game, and you don't have a fighting chance to win if you don't keep it up! And that's exactly what Obama understood he should be doing, play McCain's game and target the same undecided voters who need those ads to make up their minds!

    It's politics. As I usual read it in here, "if you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen".

    Being nice is a great thing, but don't let people to fool you around because of that.

    September 29, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  7. Charlotte

    How is this McCains fault?

    September 29, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  8. bigmike

    It’s just too bad that the only Americans apparently qualified to advise John McCain on how to deal with the world are those hopelessly corrupted by hundreds of thousands of dollars in recent payments from foreign countries, such as beleaguered Georgia. Good thing that guys like Randy Scheunemann (at right, with McCain), whose two-man lobbying firm took in a cool million from Georgia since 2004, have a superhuman ability to separate their analysis from any financial considerations.

    September 29, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  9. Candy West Virginia

    How anyone can support mccain/palin who makes less than 5 million a year is beyond me. The repuglicans and largely mccain who supported those corporate tax breaks and deregulation (which got us into this mess) have contributed to the huge job loss, jobs shipped overseas and the bail out mess we are dealing with now. And yet people are still considering voting for the two pathological liars because they can't bring themselves to vote for the best choice, the most educated and intelligent person with brilliant judgment. How pathetic you people are. I wish GWB had an island and all you could go live together.

    September 29, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  10. Sue

    What scares me is what Sara Palin will do to the women in this far I do not see that she is very quailified to be VP and God forbid if something happens to McCain and she has to step into the President's shoes.....if she doesn't pan out as VP she will be setting women back in this country for years.....who is going to want to vote for another woman for VIP or President if McCain and Palin get voted in and she can't do the job.......wake up women it took women a long hard fight to get the chance to vote in this country, and we have been trying to get equal pay and opportunity for far to long, don't let this woman set us back 200 years.......

    September 29, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  11. Maxine

    Mccain could not look at Obama in the eye in the debate Friday, because Mccain know that he has LIED so much about Obama Mccain could not look at Obama. Mccain performance at the debate was very poor!!!

    September 29, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  12. No Deal

    Brad Sherman, a Congressman from Sherman Oaks says that the bailout is like a thirsty man demanding water in the desert. When Congress gave him water, the man gave it back and said he wanted Perrier with lime. Congress gave him the Perrier, but kept the lime.

    This deal could have been better if Congress had not rushed to implement it.

    September 29, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  13. anonymous

    She said none of the 4 candidates could be CEO of a corp. not, just the Republican ticket.

    September 29, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  14. Republican not buying it..

    I've switched my vote to Obama after absorbing the last couple of weeks. Very disappointed in McCain and my party.

    September 29, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  15. ohio

    this lady is a crook i was watching documentry on youtube how she makes false informations about people.

    September 29, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  16. Donnie

    Sarah Palins interview with Katie Couric solidified my position, what a trainreck!!

    September 29, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  17. thousands of home were lost today are a reflection of those you hang with...liars and cheats, Bush and Chaney and the rest. we see who the real McCain is

    September 29, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  18. bigmike

    In May 2007, as Mr. McCain’s presidential bid was floundering, he spent a weekend at the MGM Grand on the Las Vegas strip. A fund-raiser hosted by J. Terrence Lanni, the casino’s top executive and a longtime friend of the senator, raised $400,000 for his campaign. Afterward, Mr. McCain attended a boxing match and hit the craps tables

    September 29, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  19. Former Clinton supporter

    Palin shames women- I'm voting for Obama!!

    Palin is a subpeona dodger!

    A liar! And ignorant!

    September 29, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  20. Asian-American

    Who is talking to who??? Tony Rezko? Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac? Obama, did you have a chance to look at yourself in the mirror and feel that you are an honest man????


    September 29, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |

    Would you go to a brain surgeon who learned everything at a 3-day Brain Surgery camp????

    Didn't think so.

    September 29, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  22. DJ Los Angeles

    The TRUTH HURTS. CEO's get Golden Parachutes while employees and shareholders get paycuts or laid-off. Nice to know where McWarmonger and Caribous Barbie stand and whom their friends are.

    September 29, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  23. HTA, Chicago, IL

    I like how she was fired but is now somehow some business tycoon. Her acquisition of Compaq made no sense to me strategically. However, operationally, it was a huge failure. She's not even qualified to run a major company.

    I would like to say that I do agree with her. Being a CEO and being a President of the United States are two different roles that require different strengths.

    September 29, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  24. Former Clinton supporter

    Palin shames women— I'm voting for Obama!!

    Palin is a subpeona dodger!

    A liar! And ignorant!

    September 29, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  25. Yay! Food-Stamp Mortgages for Everyone!

    Most if not all golden parachutes are negotiated PRIOR to said senior executive actually hiring onto the company. In other words, they negotiate their compensation package much in the way the average professional sports star does.

    Whining that Fiorina got an eeeeeeevil golden parachute is dumb. Instead of blaming the recipient, why not blame the idiots who offered it to her in the first place?

    Again, this is an example of simply dumb liberal tactics. Oh another thing you mainstream media wonks... keep making snarky comments and cutesy little routines about Palin... the voting public will reward you much in the way they rewarded the media in 1980 and 1984 with the back-to-back landslide victories for Ronald Reagan. Really, keep it up... you're the best advertising conseratives could ask for and to top it off, you're doing it for free.

    September 29, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
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