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. Debra


    October 5, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  2. mike

    Interesting how Obama tries to push responsibility on to others. Meanwhile his Acorn group pushed and prodded banks to lend this way. He declares more regulation as long as there is no responsibility on his behalf. THIS IS JIMMY CARTER REDUE A VOTE FOR OBAMA. AMERICANS SHOULD PREPARE FOR SPIKING INTEREST RATES, NO TO LOW GROWTH ECONOMY, JOB LOSSES, LOSS OF INNOVATION, SUB-STANDARD MEDICAL CARE. LOSS OF RETIREMENT INCOME, INCREASING GOVERNMENT MEDDLING.

    October 5, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  3. Barbara CA

    I am still waiting to hear one word on Senator McCain’s plan to move us out of our economic problems. I have not seen his economic plan which leads me to believe he does not have one. What I have seen is that he 'adopts' Senator Obama’s ideas; which makes me wonder what he will do on his own.

    Does Senator McCain have an original plan on changing the economy? What is his plan?

    You do the math America.

    One man, one vote.

    October 5, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  4. Tina Fey better than Palin

    I'd vote for Tina Fey for VP before I would vote for Sarah Palin. She's no Hillary Clinton.

    October 5, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  5. Not a Mooseketeer fan

    I'd have to agree that they are erratic about as much as a moose in a china shop would be.

    October 5, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  6. Independent Hoosier Voter

    Fear-mongering from the Democrats–and I though they deplored such tactics. I guess that's only true if they're not the ones doing it...

    New direction? Look again!

    October 5, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  7. Cantafford

    You all seem to have short attention spans.............ramble on about the same, name calling etc.

    You simply don't know or don't care to know how this crisis came about.

    Basically it came about from the smooth talking lawyers in Washington.

    Now we have a chance of electing two honest, reliable, hard working people.......who have promised to clean up Washington. And I truly believe they will try.

    Depending on what I read it was $6 billion and another source said $200 billion in pork that went into that recovery bill.

    It was Nancy Pelosi who excused congress from voting on the oil drilling. Which I feel was an irresponsible action on her part.

    All I see here in these blogs from the beginning of this campaign is a lot of nasty name calling.............dirty mouths...........no facts............just excuses and a lot of yellow jounalism..................Just a lot of headline politics..................without an indept understanding.

    McCain/Palin 08

    October 5, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  8. Nancy

    McCain is out of touch with everyday americans he doesnt know the struggles we face everyday he has his 7 houses and 13 cars his retreat and his wife wears dresses more than average person makes in a few months and he thinks we are all doing well..

    and Palin there is nothing good to say about her she says she is just an average socker mom. Yea right Lets hope people wise up before election day

    October 5, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  9. Instead of Preaching to the Choir

    All of us here, whether Independent, Democrat, Undeclared or Republican, have been speaking our minds for months. We follow the links to Factcheck.org when needing complete and unbiased info on statements made by both sides (or anyone else slinging mud and feces!).

    We are indeed preaching to the choir here as the people who really need to be made aware of the lies, misleading info and general BS, cannot/choose not to use computers, or do not have access, or do not care enough to do research. They believe what the TV tells them-they are sheeple and may surprise us all.

    All the talk we have here needs to be disseminated to those who do not ever come here and do not fully comprehend that what they see on TV and hear on the radio is NOT reality: they are advertisements bent in one direction to benefit one cadidate. It doesn't occur to many Americans to not believe what they see and hear...along with the fact that it also never occurs to them to really ask many questions or do any fact-checking.

    We here need to talk to those out there and make a point of being able to support our views no matter those views may be.

    After much research on my part I support:

    Obama/Biden 08-may the gods smile upon us (notice the plural!)

    October 5, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  10. Mccain = 4 more years of Bush

    When will people realize that Bush has led America on a path of self destruction? Why would someone say they would "rather have 4 more years of Bush, then 1 day of Obama?"

    They evidently must hate their country, to continue on this path of negligence/ government failure after failure after failure

    To bad these people are in the minority =)

    October 5, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  11. John Starnes Tampa Florida

    Since John McCain has made clear by his actions that he will do ANY dishonorable thing to try to become President for the sake of his ego, it is obvious that, just like George Bush, he would do ANYTHING dishonorable once IN the White House. Heaven help America if those self-described "mavericks" end up our leaders as "Country First" is clearly their LAST consideration.

    October 5, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  12. getalife

    McBlame is a liar. He wrote in his own memoir that he gave information to the Vietnamese during his captivity. That's not honorable. That's not a hero. That's not country first.

    October 5, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  13. Kettle

    mccain=leading 5 and connected to men who tried to get rid of America's two party system. The kettle calling the kettle black. Palin= troopergate, abuse of power.

    October 5, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  14. msylla

    Today i personaly think the world needs Obama more than Obama needs the world.
    You can see and feel it all across the world: Obama seems to be the last HOPE the world get at the present time

    October 5, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  15. Theresa

    McCain is trying ANYTHING to win. First it was the selection of Palin until people began to realize just how ignorant and unqualified she is. Then he tried suspending his campaign to work on the bailout. This hasn't worked so now all he has left is to resort to personal attacks against Barak Obama. America has had ENOUGH of this. If you can't win on the issues then you just need to accept defeat. McCain is demonstrating his lack of integrity.

    Obama/Biden '08

    October 5, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  16. Tiff of lithia springs

    Sound Judgement over so-called experience any day of the week.
    McCain's experience has been voting with BUSH majority of the last 8 years. THANKS BUT NO THANKS. It's the economy stupid.

    October 5, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  17. christopher

    Lets talk about links JM- Charles Keating, need I say more ?

    Obama/Biden there is only one choice.

    October 5, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  18. Bulldog

    What? Obama is not trying to focus on the economy. It already is the focus. Obama is just giving us his solutions vs. the McCain/Bush plan while McCain is clearly trying to divert attention away from the economy because he has no solution. McCain is all over the place. He doesn't know what to do. He doesn't have a plan. He says the economy is strong one day and in crisis the next. McCain has no idea what to do. All can do now is try to make Obama look scary by connecting him with people that have already been disproven. How dishonorable is that?

    October 5, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  19. Jerry

    Mcshame is empty and has nothing to offer. He is tired and worn out.


    October 5, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  20. Al P.

    McCain-Palin are trying to distract from real issues with ridiculous slander. They lie and lie and lie and lie. It is clear that this is what we would have to expect from a McCain-Palin administration. It's ironic that "Straight Talk" has now become a euphemism for bald lying.

    They should be ashamed of themselves. I thought McCain was supposed to have honor? I wonder how he sleeps at night.

    October 5, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  21. Lisa

    Why is he talking about issues that are important to America? Why is he not rolling around in the mud with John McCain and Sarah (six pack)Palin? Could it be, could one of the candidates actually care about issues and the importance of this election? Good for you Obama, let grandpa and his granddaughter get dirty while you act like a president!!!!!!!!

    October 5, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  22. Georgia for Change

    Alaskan Independence Party – Separatist – Palin Supporter / Member
    Alaskan Independence Party – Separatist – Palin Supporter / Member
    Alaskan Independence Party – Separatist – Palin Supporter / Member

    G. Gordon Liddy - Water Gate Convict - McCain Financier
    G. Gordon Liddy - Water Gate Convict - McCain Financier
    G. Gordon Liddy - Water Gate Convict - McCain Financier
    G. Gordon Liddy - Water Gate Convict - McCain Financier

    Who is really putting America First? Maybe by Country first, they mean the "Soveriegnty country of Alaska."

    MEDIA \ JOURNALIST: "Do your job and report the facts!" Where is the day light on McCain and Palin's anti patriotic ties? Unlike the Obama smear, the stories I noted have current and very concrete ties.

    Do your job and report the truth!

    October 5, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  23. Hall for Obama

    "Obama has to put the nation's focus on the ecnonomy, he doens't have much else to run on does he. No experience, prior drug user, has friends who hate America, belittles the military, yep he would make a fine, typical democratic president"

    John McCain – got experience on running round on wife- left disable wife for younger woman.
    John McCain – don't do drug but it ok if his wife to do drug
    John McCain – love America but pick V. P. who husband don’t like America
    John McCain – love people just don’t like poor white and poor black.

    October 5, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  24. Teresa W. of Newport Bch, CA

    The Southcoast Plaza in Costa Mesa, CA was swamped with presidential candidate signs, and people for Obama, McShame, and even Ron Paul.

    In Carson, there were so many Obama followers that the southwest/east of the center were cover with Obama signs....very few Palin signs were seen....inside the Home Depot Center you can see Obama signs as far as the eye could see on the westside of the center. The east side of the center were McShame/Panick signs. Saturday was exciting. You can hear the boos from the Cal State Dominguez when Panick made the incorrect statement from Mademe Albrechts quote.

    October 5, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  25. No Bimbo in the White House!

    Democrats Trust McCain,

    And you are no Democrat at all – what you are is a dumb republican redneck simpathizing this dumb bimbo who is less educated than a fifth-grader. By the way, Palin supported separation of Alaska as an independant republic – you didn't know that???. Why don't you educate yourself and maybe teach Bimbo how to pronounce NUCLEAR.
    You are so desperate!

    October 5, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
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