October 5th, 2008
12:43 PM ET
10 years ago

New Obama ad tries to focus nation's attention on the economy

The Obama campaign released another Sunday that has economic themes.

The Obama campaign released another Sunday that has economic themes.

(CNN) – With a month until Election Day, the Obama campaign is trying keep voters’ attention focused on their pocketbooks and retirement savings accounts.

In “This Year,” the latest in a string of Obama ads with economic themes, the Democratic nominee uses images of locked factory gates and anxiety on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. “Erratic in a crisis. Out of touch on the economy,” the ad says as images of Sen. John McCain getting off an airplane and riding a golf cart appear on screen.

The commercial comes amid talk of McCain preparing to adopt a more aggressive strategy in the final month of the general election campaign, first reported Saturday in the Washington Post.

“Struggling families can’t turn the page on this economy,” the ad says.

The McCain campaign has not responded to CNN's request for comment about "This Year."

The new ad will begin airing Monday on national cable outlets, according to the Obama campaign.

(Full script after the jump)

Script, "This Year," 30 seconds, national cable:

ANNCR: Three quarters of a million jobs lost this year.

Our financial system in turmoil.

And John McCain? Erratic in a crisis. Out of touch on the economy.

No wonder his campaign’s announced a plan to “turn a page on the financial crisis”…distract with dishonest, dishonorable “assaults” against Barack Obama.

Struggling families can’t turn the page on this economy…and we can’t afford another President who’s this out of touch.

Obama: I’m Barack Obama and I approve this message.

soundoff (700 Responses)
  1. shannon

    I am completely disgusted with McCain's tactics, he is a true bully... I am scared to think how the rest of the world will view us if in fact he wins...

    and I like

    McCain/Palin= Unstable/Unable

    October 5, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  2. Amy

    The truth hurts, McCain! You have been erratic during this entire financial crisis. Personally, I think you're trying to make people forget that you yourself said that you don't know much about the economy.

    Obama may have only been in Washington a fraction of the time McCain has, but he has the temperament and judgment to lead us through trying times.

    October 5, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  3. Dem For Change

    "You Obama Talk — BUSH,BUSH. Stop it. The same -BUSH. I love to see Bush 4 more years than 1 day of Obama."

    Allan, you have to be a Bush/McSame supporter because you're just as dumb, if not dumber, than both those clowns. Apparently you are someone with money who could care less about the country and the people living in it. Do us all a favor, when Bush finally leaves the White house and moves to the middle east where all his real buddies are, please leave with him. We don't want nor need fools like you here in America, along with all the people who are actually going to vote for Mr. Alzheimer and Mrs. Bimbo 2008.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 08 – People who really care about this country...

    October 5, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  4. handycapt`

    I am sitting here in SHOCK.  Just a few moments ago on CNN Leslie Sanchez,  Republican ‘strategist’  was responding to a Wolf Blitzer question.
    She was EXTREMELY precise in her wording.  For example, when talking about McCain she said we are in an economic ‘downturn’, but  while when talking about Obama she used the word ‘crisis’.  Subtle word crafting, but intentional.
     I am appalled what she did next.  While talking about Obama she threw out the following:  “Look, let’s just call a spade a spade here”.
    Given her previous precision in word crafting I simply cannot believe this was unintentional.
     The Republicans are now resorting to stoking Racism in an effort to stop the downward slide of their dismal campaign.  There’s no doubt that if confronted, she will claim it as an unfortunate and ill advised choice of words and no Racist offense was meant.  They will use the old standby “People are just taking my comment out of context”.
     I watch these programs expecting a certain degree of Republican spin and talking point nonsense (see Sarah Palin debate footage for a great example) but any reference to Barack Obama as a ‘spade’ is unacceptable.
     Is there any way we can put pressure on CNN to remove Leslie Sanchez because of her apparent racist attitude?  Who can help?

    October 5, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |




    October 5, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  6. BIGG PLAY 84

    How can McCain and Palin expect someone to listen to them when they don't speak on any solutions or possible solutions to the problems we face. I would be ashamed to have a running mate (Palin) who uses terms like "It ain't so Joe" during the debate, would she say "it ain't so" to a foreign leader such as Putin. McCain needs to take a good look at himself and Palin and say "Suspend the election, I quite, I admitt I don't know what I am doing and that this action will save our nation, because Nation First.

    October 5, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  7. Anti Palin...Pro Women

    ................earth to sarah
    ................earth to sarah

    ........to me u r Still in 2nd grade.

    October 5, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  8. SeattleVoter

    Recent history clearly shows that going negative will not work to sway the votes of undecided Americans. Look at the debates for example. Each time a candidate (R or D) goes negative and loses focus of the real issues voters are turned off. Hillary Clinton did the same thing during the primaries and look where she is now... watching from the sidelines. McCain and Palin have become desperate in an attempt to win this election. Several websites based on updated statistics have run 1,000's of simulated presidential elections and McCain / Palin only win roughly 12% of the time because most undecided voters are turning to Obama / Biden on a 2 to 1 average.

    I hope for the sake of my family, community and country that Obama is elected president because the ramifications of McCain / Palin winning could be dangerous.

    October 5, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  9. think people

    Re: "Obama , Is A Terrorist Sympathizer ."

    First: you don't put a comma between a noun and a verb. Sheesh.

    Secondly: if you want to hold Obama responsible for the acts of someone whom he met when Ayers was a professor, on the board of a charity, and widely respected in the Chicago circles in which he ran, then you are not thinking. Obama was EIGHT–8 years old–when Ayers was affiliated with that radical organization. READ and LEARN something before you speak and make yourself sound like an idiot.

    Am I the only one who sees the irony that Palin accuses Joe Biden of "looking backward" when he is discussing McCain's recent voting history with the SITTING president–current affairs!–but she is trying to blame then- 8-year-old Obama for the actions of someone he sat on a charity board with forty years later? Seriously, who is looking back? THINK, people. You cannot be so stupid as to fall for this transparent ploy and scare mongering.

    October 5, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  10. suzyku

    mcblame/failin ticket has nothing to add, nothing to suggest, no solutions accept the same old bad ones therefore they lie, trick, deceive and go negative in hopes that the American people will be stupid enough to fall for it! We fell for it twice already, 2000 and 2004 and we got this horrendous team of stupid and evil and now this dangerous duo wants us to vote for the reverse, evil and stupid! No thank you. NO WAY, NO HOW, NO MCBLAME/FAILIN

    October 5, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  11. ex-republican latino

    The "swift-boat" got stuck in a sand bank.

    October 5, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  12. Thomas

    Yes, what matters!!

    October 5, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  13. mc shameful mc senile, mc dummy, mcsame

    this goes to show you that ALL mcbush and mcpalin can do is blame others instead of truly focusing on the people of this country and what we need.

    mcbully is all he knows what to do: fight me fight me
    mcpalin knows nothing so she has to say whateever, like haay y'all pretending to be britney spears...........

    and bat 242 sounds like a bitter old person, (or should i say henetty, limbaugh and other racists, who do not love this country but benefit from the hate and disasters and get pay millions to do encourage hate, discrmination, and bring the bars so low that anyone and I mean anyone with a skirt and lipstick can be VP)...
    Bat 242 get a life.

    October 5, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  14. mike

    McCain erratic? that is a compliment the way he has been behaving lately.
    His unstable behavior is clearly the early signs of dementia. Check the symptoms.
    I used to like the guy, but he is losing his mind.
    The desparate avoidance of any substantiative issues by the McCain campaign is getting very disturbing.. especially after he talked the talk about 'no negative campaigning.'
    The McCain ship is sunk and Palin is just trying to salvage her career at this point.

    October 5, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  15. Dick in Sioux Falls

    A question for all Congressmen and women on both sides of the aisle: Why not, when the financial markets are blaming failed mortgages and foreclosures as the culprit in the current crisis, instead of giving a virtual blank check to the Secretary of the
    Treasury, do the following:

    Give $500,000 to every adult person in the United States. Make it mandatory to pay off those mortgages first of all. This would take care of 95% of the problem loans. In addition, you would be taking one step in history to restore what corporate America has taken from Middle Americans in jobs transferred overseas. You would take a tiny step in doing what the Constitution requires in "Promoting the General Welfare", instead of just promoting the welfare of the privileged. When I observed to a banker friend that I t hought it was immoral to transfer the tax load from the shoulders of the rich to the backs of all AMericans, when Ronald Reagan reduced the maximum income tax rate from 70 % on income over $400,000 where it had been (or higher) for more than 50 years to 28% for everyone making more than $29,750; hr replied: "Dick, in capitalism, there is no morality. The only morality is the bottom line, no matter who gets hurt."
    It is high time to demonstrate to our people and the world that we can combine morality with capitalism.
    Giving $500,000 to every adult male would insure college education opportunity for every young man and woman in America; prevent seniors from having to choose between buyiing groceries, paying the rent, or paying for their medication. The people in this country who really need a golden parachute are the humble people who have been the glue building and maintaining our society, often working their whole lives at minimum wage, and now struggling simply to exist.
    The total cost would be about $180 Billion, and if taxed, the bottom line would be $84 Billion. Since it would pay off the bad mortgages, supposedly the villain in this whole financial crisis, why do the financial markets need the additional $616 Billion?
    This suggested action would prove to be a huge stimulus to the economy. Housing, Auto sales, Retail sales of all kinds – these would be a tremendous boon for the Stock Market and the Banking Industry. What more do we need than that?

    October 5, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  16. American Upset

    For all the Reps posing as Dems, the gig is up!!!! Only the most corupt party feels they can post as though a person with a brain would vote for Mc Cain

    October 5, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  17. Kara

    WHY isn't anyone talking about Palin's family and co-workers ignoring an investigation into her abuse of power. Why isn't the Obama campaign reminding everyone that she is under investigation. Do Americans really want a lying, power hungry woman who ignores her family to go after a job she isn't even remotely qualified to hold.

    October 5, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  18. Darin in Dallas

    Again, The McCain is showing how they haven't really figured out how to deal with the momentum of a country wanting to change course. McCain, regardless of what he says IS a product AND leader of the team that brought us the last 8 years. Resorting to "old school negative" will on be a reminder of what turns people off, we will feel it, it will be a "whaaaaat"??? moment when the ads run, when they are talked about at the water cooler, etc. This was made crystal clear to me by having a conversation with my Father in law last week, a business owner, very successful, and a long time republican, stated at dinner that he has changed his vote to Obama. THAT was shocking. If this is happening in Texas, I think it's happening everywhere. The polls are showing it. Going negative will not change this it will only repel people. McCain could actually repel more republicans and hurt his party even more. Is THAT what he wants his legacy to be?

    October 5, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  19. A good citizen

    Poor Sahara, Poor McCain instead of focusing in this national crisis, they are trying to find a little something about Obama that can take him down....I believe he was in 3rd grade when the terrorist thing happen. Poor Sahara once again. She is a marionnette. You better respond about the trooper Gate instead and focus on your family. Don't destroy your career like C. Powell with Bush. McCain is ain't worth it, trust me.

    October 5, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  20. WOW - Cedar Hill, TX

    November 4th is the day where the country will be so proud that a new change is going to take place over the next 8 years.


    October 5, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  21. Ringwraith

    Bat-242 You sure you're not talking about our smirking chimp Prez? Let's see.... smoked pot and snorted cocaine
    Bought himself out of the war in southeast asia
    couldn't even hang with the National Guard and went AWOL

    Yeah, a fine example of his future standing in the word as the most unqualified, unstable excuse to ever bear the title of POTUS.

    I can see why you'd be proud of him
    Crawl back under your rock and don't come out until you're told to

    October 5, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    McCain is trying ANYTHING to win. First was his selection of Palin until the country began to realize how extremely ignorant and unqualified that she is. Then he tried to pull another stunt by suspending his campaign to work on the bailout. Now all he has is to try and attack Barack personally with these lies and distortions. We have seen ENOUGH

    October 5, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  23. Bushido

    You would think that Gov. Palin's ability to bold face lie time and time again would start to bother her and her large family. Considering the focus on family values and her love of Christ that was previously portrayed to us? This ability to lie over and over again should concern us all. Not only is Sarah Palin not honest enough to lead America, she should be impeached in Alaska. I feel very sorry for them now that we have all had the opportunity to meet the liar in charge up there.

    October 5, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  24. Jay K. Salem, OR

    Doesn't any of the McCain supporters realize that every recession over the past 91 years has a republican in the white house at it's beginning? Every Single ONE

    Doesn't the McCain supporters realize that the last time that we had more than 4 years of government control (Senate, Legislature, and Administration) that we had a major sotock market crash?

    Don't the McCain supporters notice the odd correlation between republicans and economic instability?

    8/8 recessions: Republican President at the beginning
    6/7 stock market crashes over 91 years: Republican as president
    1 Great depression: Republican control of government

    Shouldn't this tell you something?

    October 5, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  25. Jesse from Jersey

    To the registered Republicans who are now voting for Obama:

    I applaud your ability to change your mind. I understand that you may not necessarily agree with the Democrats on social issues, but I am glad that you understand these are not the important issues of the day. Our current economic and foreign policies are destroying the fabric of this country. We may not be able to restore our image to what it once was, but that doesn't mean we should isolate ourselves by failing to try.

    October 5, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
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