October 3rd, 2008
03:15 PM ET
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McCain, Obama camps release dueling tax policy ads

The McCain and Obama campaigns released new television ads Friday that focused on taxes.
The McCain and Obama campaigns released new television ads Friday that focused on taxes.

(CNN) – As Congress and the White House acted quickly Friday to try to rescue the nation’s stalled credit markets, the McCain and Obama campaigns released the latest in a string of recent television ads focused on the economy, taxes and governmental spending.

Barack Obama’s campaign hits McCain on health care in a new 30-second spot, “Prescription.” The ad focuses on John McCain’s proposal to grant a $5000 tax credit to help cover health care costs. The spot suggests that McCain’s proposal would ultimately shortchange taxpayers because McCain’s proposal also involves levying taxes on employer-provided health insurance benefits which are currently not taxed.

“Taxing healthcare instead of fixing it,” says the announcer says as the advertisement ends.

McCain’s new ad, “Tax Cutter,” takes up a traditional GOP line of attack on Democratic candidates, repeating the McCain camp’s frequent claim that Obama has voted to raise taxes 94 times. “He's not truthful on taxes,” an announcer says during the 30-second spot.

A CNN Fact Check found this charge to be misleading.

The Obama campaign took exception with the claims in “Tax Cutter.” “While the McCain campaign continues to feel no shame in repeating one of the most discredited lies of the election, their own candidate is offering a health care plan that will actually tax people’s benefits for the very first time,” said Obama-Biden campaign spokesman Tommy Vietor. “Barack Obama will cut taxes for 95% of workers and their families and make health care affordable and available for every single American,” added Vietor.

The Obama campaign says “Prescription” began airing nationally earlier this week. “Tax Cutter” will also air nationally, according to the McCain campaign.

Since the crisis in the nation’s troubled financial system began dominating headlines two weeks ago, both presidential campaigns have increasingly turned their focus and their messaging to economic issues, releasing a steady stream of television ads focused on the economy and related concerns.

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  1. Caribou Barbie

    Governor Palin, please discuss how your foreign policy positions will differ from the current administration's?

    Hey, can I call you Gwen? Heckuva job, Gwen!

    I'll betcha' my opponents are a-wishing that you had a Maverick representin' every Joe Six-pack, hockey mom – bless their hearts – ya' know? Darn right, a maverick does a heckuva job, not just kinda good, but honest-to-goodness heckuva job! As one of my heroes, Donny Rumsfield, once told me, "Golly gee willickers, that's a peach of a pickle!". So yes, I know a little somethin' about oil up here in the only Arctic state ;-)

    October 3, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  2. anton

    with this bill in place how can there be any kind of tax cuts? anyone stepping in at this point will have to increase taxes.
    i don't mind taxes as long as they put to work, this was however shameless steal.

    October 3, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  3. tulsa

    McCain the "straight talker"?

    No one but the far right believes you Johnny boy. (and even they know you're really telling lies)

    October 3, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  4. Independent for Obama

    I guess the alkasan moron truely took this oldies legacy forward by her nasty cheap shots, winking and giving answers like the one in 3rd grade at the debate last nite!! But then she thought she was debating a third grade contest that's why she suggested that all the kids in 3rd grade gets extra credit watching the debate!

    October 3, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  5. Ken in Dallas

    McCain's incoherent again, what's new?

    October 3, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  6. Matt

    Anyone else feel like singing "Oh Johnny Boy"?

    October 3, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  7. I approve this message.

    John Mccain more of the same.

    October 3, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  8. JONNA

    I can't relate to folksey. Palin's voice is soooo annoying. VP in training.

    October 3, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  9. bobbi

    i want my children and grandchildren to know the AMERICA that i have always loved and been so proud of, all they hear is recession , depression, and dirty politics, mccain and palin have given new meaning to trashy campaining, VOTE OBAMA-BIDEN.

    October 3, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  10. Dutch-VA

    The Low Road Express is on the road again. Thank God it's not in Michigan:P

    OBAMA/BIDEN 08

    October 3, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  11. karen-phoenix

    I've been a republican for 40 plus years. Sick to death of the republican party and what it has done to America. McCain will be even worse than Bush. I know I live in AZ. McCain does that "pork" stuff because he is just plain lazy!!! He has never and will never get or work for the state of AZ. He should have gone to jail in the 80's with charlie Keating!!! This year it's Obama/Biden all the way!!
    And why on earth did McCain pick that uneducated girl?!!! Watched debate. She sounds like a parrot! And a very uneducated parrot!
    I'm soooo ashamed of my republican party!!! And I'm sooo ashamed of the republican lies and ads!!!! Sorry America for what the republicans have done to you. I am to blame because I voted for them but hopefully its not to late!!! God bless Obama/Biden

    October 3, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  12. Anthony In Miami

    How many times does something have to be called a lie before people just stop lying? It's the old repeat something over and over again and people will believe it! Even your CNN site has discredited this on more than one occasion!

    October 3, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  13. Nancy florida

    Obama hit them hard!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 3, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  14. FL Voter

    The McCain campaign is the one NOT being truthful, continuing their misleading LIES even after the truth is revealed. Thank God for Factcheck.

    Obama/Biden '08
    Yes We Can!

    October 3, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  15. Bob Indianapolis IN

    Nine-tenths of what came out of Caribou Barbie's mouth last night was fact checked and found to be lies. Their whole evil campaign is going to get buried by The Landslide!

    October 3, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  16. Moritmer

    I grow weary of McCain and his lies.

    October 3, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  17. jm for sc

    Every claim McCain makes is mostly misleading.

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 3, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  18. Economist

    The economic crisis can only be blamed on BILL CLINTON and ROBERTA ACHTENBERG.

    They forced the banks to lower their lending standards so that poor people could buy houses.

    No wonder they now are voting for another round of handouts

    Vote McCain / Palin

    October 3, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  19. Frank from Peterborough

    McMain has lost all credibility and shows increasing signs of dementia as no one in their right mind would keep repeating lies that have been debunked so often. One foot in the nursing home and one foot in the grave and a banana peel under each foot. That's McCain.

    October 3, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  20. no trickle down...

    LIES LIES LIES LIES LIES LIES LIES LIES!
    McCain and Palin are looking rather stupid!

    October 3, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  21. jj

    Obama by landslide!!!!

    October 3, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  22. McCain Invented the BlackBerry, Palin Invented the Manure Spreader

    Time's running out for McGimmick.

    The numbers are hardening, and he's way behind.

    As announcer Chick Hearn usde to say, "The ballgame is in the Admiral Refrigerator. The door's closed, the light's out, the eggs are coolin, the butter's getting hard, and the Jell-O's jigglin!!"

    October 3, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  23. independent in Texas

    why does anyone expect McCain to start being honest now ??? what happened to the real John McCain..this one has lost his honor, integrity, is deceitful, and shameful...I used to believe in McCain, no more...ENOUGH
    Texas independent

    October 3, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  24. Florida Voter

    McCain stop wasting money on lies. American people are getting tired of it SERIOUSLY.

    October 3, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  25. Frodo

    This year congress directly went against the majority of American's interests. Having been confronted with Democrats AND Republicans both siding against the wishes of voters, a large number of voters are shifting to the largest third party, the Libertarian Party.

    Candidate Bob Barr is experiencing a groundswell of support after the two major parties voted against their constituencies while Barr has been steady in his opposition to a government bailout.

    October 3, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
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