October 5th, 2008
12:43 PM ET
6 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. kathy

    please allow me to get as petty as Sarah and John McCain – for God sake, cut that woman's bangs. it was so distracting in the debate -every time she blinked her left eye her hair moved. And that voice – like nails on a chalk board. She kept talking about Biden living in the past – how long ago was that stupid beauty contest? 20 or more years ago?? How long ago was McCain a POW? More than 20 yrs – besides what has he done for the American Vets and or American military since he's been in the senate – nothing – he was a POW he sees nothing wrong with our loved ones being killed – he is a war monger and needs to let go of the past, Sarah. If your son doesn't make it home you've got no one to blame but the republicans.

    Seriously people, we need change and we're not going to get it with the same old Republican machine running Washington. There won't be any change – all the programs Palin is wanting to set up for special needs families, etc – Cindy will slap her in a corner and tell her to shut up – she's already had to hand over enough of the spotlight to her. If Palin gets Cindy to the White House then she has no more use for Palin. No one was consulting her and Todd about Michigan?? What makes her think her opinion will matter if they get to Washington?

    You may not love Obama, but you can't take more years of Republicans in Washington.

    October 5, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  2. ED S.

    As an Alaska Palin disgusts me. Even though I distrust and dispise the Clintons I would vote for Hillary over Palin for a VP, at least Hillary can think for herself. Never in my life have I heard such an idiot vomit up more Republican Party brainwashing. People who dont know much about Alaska politics would be even more surprised to learn how little power the Alaska Governoir yields. In a state where the federal government and native cooporations control most of the state the Governer is outcasted to the State Capitol thats almost in another country distance wise (and for good reason its in Juneau!). Also the Boroughs are the size of states in Alaska and the Borough Mayors have more say in the day to day goverment affairs then the Governor. As for your big days as the mayor of a 4 minute drive through city, Wasilla also know as the "Armpit of Anchorage" your big contributions there didnt amount to much other then building a sports arena operating in the red and earning the city as the Meth Capitol of the state. Congrats Gov Palin! Now go and out and not answer the questions people ask of you and instead spout out rectoric from McCain and the Republican Party/Bush/McCain/ Pathetic!

    October 5, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  3. Bs

    The first thing I want to say is that debates are exciting, informative and intentionally so. In my view, Mrs. Palin uses debating in a way it ought not to be used. For example, she sounds more like a preacher with language (new energy, revelation, maverick, change is coming and a whole lot more). This is not how she should campaign. We are not electing a Pastor for Vice President to tell us about the apocalypse.

    It didn't surprise me to learn that the Governor's background is from a new age Church in which she belongs. I don't think this will go over well with middle America.

    Hopefully, McCain,72, will retire now.

    October 5, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  4. Allison

    I am extremely proud how the Obama/Biden campaign is sticking with the issues during this critical time in the U.S. As the saying goes, actions speak louder than words; and the McCain/Palin campaign's actions are desperate and shameful. As a proud North Carolinian, I am pleased that Obama is spending his time in our state before the Tuesday debate. I predict our non-southern democrat, Obama, will turn North Carolina blue for the first time since JFK was elected.

    October 5, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  5. G Bown

    Your fact finder came on national tv and reported the statement made by senator Biden stated McCain said he would not sit down with Spain was false. When if fact it is true. Check out the 1st Pres Debate. I heard it with my own ears. Check you facts.

    October 5, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  6. Make

    When weak people cannot compete, they call the adversary witch, misterious, and any devil-like characters to rise a popular protest and hatrate against him(the advesary). This is what we are seing in the campaign, Mccain calling Obama the antichrist, today his running mate being instructed to call Obama "terrorist"...They will try more just to get Obama's image look antiamerican; they might succeed where people are'nt vigilent. Fortunately Americans are so smart that they know Obama and his vision more than Palin. At the end of the day Mccain will look ridiculous and is just putting stinky skills on his "GREAT AMERICAN" resume

    October 5, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  7. kathy

    please allow me to get as petty as Sarah and John McCain – for God sake, cut that woman's bangs. it was so distracting in the debate -every time she blinked her left eye her hair moved. And that voice – like nails on a chalk board. She kept talking about Biden living in the past – how long ago was that stupid beauty contest? 20 or more years ago?? How long ago was McCain a POW? More than 20 yrs – besides what has he done for the American Vets and or American military since he's been in the senate – nothing – he was a POW he sees nothing wrong with our loved ones being killed – he is a war monger and needs to let go of the past, Sarah. If your son doesn't make it home you've got no one to blame but the republicans.

    Seriously people, we need change and we're not going to get it with the same old Republican machine running Washington. There won't be any change – all the programs Palin is wanting to set up for special needs families, etc – Cindy will slap her in a corner and tell her to shut up – she's already had to hand over enough of the spotlight to her and she's not happy about it – Noticed her on stage with Palin, she is not happy! If Palin gets Cindy to the White House then she has no more use for Palin. No one was consulting her and Todd about Michigan. What makes her think her opinion will matter if they get to Washington?

    You may not love Obama, but you can't take more years of Republicans in Washington.

    October 5, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  8. Janice

    How predictable of the McCain campaign....Rove tactics repeated, when you're woefully short on solutions and talent. Ralph Waldo Emerson said it best: "A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds". And I might add not just little but shallow and desperate. Go Obama/Biden '08!

    October 5, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  9. gp

    Yes Mc Cain is reckles and that is what we do not need .Specaly seen who he have chosen for VP you see that his recklesnes do not alowe him to think in terms of big picture but is forced to make qick decisions that fit today not thinking how affects tomorow. His life is filed with decisions of that kind. That makes him not being maverick but GAMBLER. Difference is that maverick has a gols,ideals,intentions behinde his actions,but gambler has only urge to REACT (rather than respond or act ) consideering jus moment and wthat brings beneefit .He is Mc Shamles, so away with him and his mistres.

    October 5, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  10. Frank in Deerfield, IL.

    When you have nothing to say you say nothing. The Mccain/Palin ticket is a unfortunate representation of one of our major American political parties. Reading off of note cards, winking and unbecoming personal attack behavior is not enough. This is a sad day in American governance when that ticket represents one half of the best American can consider. The Obama/Biden ticket certainly have imperfections, but they communicate their proposed programs and policies in an appropriate manner for consideration by the American public.

    October 5, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  11. bobbie taylor

    I am a registered republican and so are the rest of my family. We want mccain to run his campaign base on issues and not on negative ad attacks, We all dediced to vote for OBAMA/BIDEN. In a way mccain is cheating because he's putting out negative ads that are totally lies instead of advertising real issues that are important to the middle/working americans. mccain just lost 10 votes from this family.

    GO! OBAMA/BIDEN '08

    October 5, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  12. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    Good to see that republicans approve of Obama's message and focus in this election.

    Lifelong Republican for Obama, Columbia, TN

    October 5, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  13. Francheska Georgia

    It is not hard to take my focus off the economy. Ilive in GA, a week ago I was driving fifteen extra miles just to get gas and was limited to $25 each time. GREAT!! I commute to Atlanta everyday to work. I expect to recieve my 401K statement in the next month. I will be almost to afraid to even look at it. Thousands of people lost their jobs this month. A 90 year old woman shot herself when sheriffs tried to evict her from her home. Let McCain and Palin go negative, lets see how far it gets them, especially when people have bigger issues to worry about than who Sarahcuda "says" Obama "pals" around with. I think that Michelle Obama would be the better judge to say who Barrack "PALS" around with. ;-)

    October 5, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  14. Erik, South Dakota

    Issues. Issues. Issues. What a novel concept: A politician who is plowing full speed ahead on the issues, not reverting to typical Rovian tactics. Oh wait, McCain's campaign is run by a Rove protege. If we vote for McCain and this hogwash "country first" line, we deserve what we get - deregulated health care, additional wars, and unilateral foreign policy, i.e. the Bush Doctrine, for those of us (Palin) who are aware of its existence.

    Obama/Biden, '08

    October 5, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  15. Gary Head

    "You don't need a Weatherman to see which way the wind blows..."
    McCain & Palin are making it almost too easy, don't be lulled 'though, get out and VOTE!
    OBAMA/BIDEN '08'

    The Gargaryun,
    Kansas City, KS

    October 5, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  16. Gina

    McCain/Palin talk trash.

    Obama/Biden talk issues.

    The choice becomes more and more clear everyday.

    October 5, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  17. LetsGetRealPeople

    This strategy by McCain to continually tear down Obama's character has to backfire even more than it already has. Who is advising this guy?

    October 5, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  18. Obama all the way

    Time will tell. Obama we got your back

    October 5, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  19. Susan from Scotts Valley, CA

    Keep focused on the issues and keep showing your leadership but also keep in mind that some international crisis will probably happen before the election like it did in 2004. For instance, some unexpected message from bin Laden will be released in the days leading up to election day to remind us of the 'single, biggest threat in the world – islamic extremists'. Then those that THINK that John McCain will be better when it comes to national security will waver. People need to remember two things: the steady leadership that Obama has shown in this economic crisis will serve us well in ANY crisis AND if McCain wins, it's likely that within he next four years it would be Palin, who knows almost nothing on international issues, would be the one that would be in charge.

    October 5, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  20. james

    I am a life-long Republican now voting Democratic. McCain and Palin, Bush and Cheney, Rove and Limbaugh do NOT represent my America. They represent the wealthy elites, who have been advantaged for too long. The needs of the the many, along with their votes on Nov. 4, will far outweigh the wants and votes of the greedy and corrupt few. Long live freedom and Democracy in this great nation! God Bless America!!!

    October 5, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  21. bibek

    I don't trust my future with McCain at all.
    I am a finance student an I don't think McCain understands the Economy.

    October 5, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  22. james

    Did anyone notice McCains congratulatory words for Sarah. I thought between all the Woo-Haas he was about to keel over on the spot. A vote for McCain looks more and more like a vote for Sarah, and she is definitely not ready for prime time.

    October 5, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  23. Lisa

    Democrats trust McCain: You are not a democrat, what you are is very funny been listening to the Gomer Pyle of the GOP, Keep those funny jokes a comin!!!!!

    October 5, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  24. rhoward

    With everything that is going on in our current economy, it is pathetic that the McCain campaign feels the only way to win is to revert to the same old fear and smear tactics that President Bush used last time. It's up to the voters not to let this happen again.

    October 5, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  25. Brian Rich

    Uh, the nation is already focused on the economy. It is a disaster, and it is the fault of the Republicans who controlled the White House from 2000-2008 and in Congress from 1994-2006. Time for the Democrats to have a shot at it.

    October 5, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
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