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. angie in dallas 28

    keep the POSITIVE comments coming BARACK-ERS!!!!

    we know the truths and we must keep supporting our team in a positive light.
    i know the anti-obama supports are the same people paid to blog anti comments but true americans who have been hurting and are longing for something better.
    30 days and we will have the most important president of our generation .


    October 5, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  2. Al from Georgia

    I am hoping that after fooling the electorate twice, McCain's tactics won't work a third time. I am not sure we have seen the worst from McCain. Is this what he wants to be remembered for? Very disappointing behavior. Especially since he was a victim of this sort of low ball campaigning in 2000.

    October 5, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  3. Janvier

    allan.....which world do you live in...4more years of bush....thank God,people like you are minimum to no existence to think bush was a good president.....anybody else no bush nor someone with same doctrine....america deserves much better...please,get yourself informed about your economie,jobs lost,foreclosure,war and etc.....since the guy took office with a surprise

    October 5, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  4. TS

    Can someone stop Palin and Rove from destroying social security ?

    Hopefully,McCain,72, will retire now.

    October 5, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  5. joe

    system is broken and we need an experienced guy to fix it.vote mccain.we tried a newbie in bush and see what we got.no more on the job training.

    October 5, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  6. adam



    October 5, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  7. Amy

    Once again... it's the economy stupid. Guess McCain/Palin didn't get the memo.

    October 5, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  8. Cindy

    No Drama Obama vs Erratic McCain, your "McCain/Palin = Unstable/Unable" should be made into a bumper sticker! Great summary!!!

    Go to print with it!

    October 5, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  9. Claudia

    I completely blame CNN for not reporting on the Facts.

    It is time to awake!

    Obama is so popular only because people don't know what he really stands for.

    He does not have experience, and he is wrong for the country

    October 5, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  10. Ken

    NOBAMA will tell the American people whatever to make them believe that he is a better choice. WAKE UP AMERICA! HE IS THE WRONG CHOICE!

    Just look how he spends the money that all of those "blind people" following the "Pied Piper" during this contest to be the next President!

    NOBAMA has ties to Ayers, Wright and Resko! Do we want a President that has ties to a know terrorist? I don't!



    McCain/Palin 2008

    Hillary Clinton 2012

    October 5, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  11. Mike - Portland

    Everyone take note – we're seeing the historic meltdown of the Republican Presidental ticket. McCain has gone from a respected, decorated war hero who has done good while in office to a desperate, sniveling, whining, sad little man. And at the center of this melt down – Sarah Palin. Instead of McCain picking a running mate who could compliment and enhance his lack of domestic expertise, he picked a woman aimed at only satisfying Rush Limbaugh and crew. An now McCain pays the ultimate tribute to George W. Bush – divert from the issues and turn the campaign into a a nasty smear on character and outright lies. I hope the American people are smart enough to demand the candidates talk about the issues and punish those who don't.

    October 5, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  12. Joe Regis

    With the Republicans the regular Americans folks have known only hard time over the last 8 years. Enough is enough.

    Change is coming to Washington. This time no mistaken it.

    Obama/Biden 08/12.

    October 5, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  13. BKMC

    McCain is mentally instable and Sarah needs some mental growth, that couple is very dangerous for America and for the world as a whole. 8 years of a morron in the White House has brought America on her knees inside and outside, economically and politically. America cannot afford a 4 more years of failed policies and lack of vision and understanding.

    October 5, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  14. 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 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  15. McCain Fan no more!

    I'm so disappointed with McCain for using the same tactics that Bush used against him in 2000. I thought he was above that, and the obvious desperation in his campaign to use such distasteful tactics is sad. No matter how hard I try, I can’t condone this. Palin, Fundamentals of the Economy, Suspension of the Campaign, and now accusations of terrorist ties is just too much to stomach. Thank you Obama for staying on topic. At a time like this it is so important to have smart, clear, and steady leadership.

    October 5, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  16. Sarita

    Allan, you completely blind to the fact of how Bush has run this country to the ground and how Palin and McCain will do the same thing.

    October 5, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  17. Tony in Georgia

    What an old man did in the 1970s have absolutely no effect on what is going in 2008! I don't care about a man no one has ever heard of. I care about the economy! I care about the fact that we are spending so much money in Iraq. They have a surplus and our country is falling apart. I will be voting for Obama/Biden this fall.

    October 5, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  18. Barry In Las Vegas

    When it came time for leadership Obama, once again, voted Present. His resonse to his own party leaders in Washington DC was "Call me if you need me." He sat back and waited to see which was the wind was blowing. Obama is not a leader.

    October 5, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  19. Tochi

    The right wing was singing lyrical about Pallin's debate performance. A coordinated effort with those running Mccains campaign to give her credability, so she could get up on her high horse and start spewing bigotry and right wing lies. However they are not facing John Kerry this time, they they are going to get slapped right back.

    October 5, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    Really? If so, who cares?

    October 5, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  21. Clarice Harris


    October 5, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  22. Atlian

    I thought Sarah said in the debate that the Dems were spending too much time looking back instead of forward. Well the Dems are looking back 8 years and the Repugs are looking back 40!!!! Do they not believe that people can change and turn their lives around? Is that not a Christian belief? Show me proof that Barack has terrorist views or shut up.

    October 5, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  23. Mike-WA

    Yah ... you betcha ... by golly ... doggone it … say it ain't so [6-pack] Joe ... 'wink' 'wink'. The corruption of the Christian Republican Church Party never ceases to amaze me.

    October 5, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  24. C W

    Only an idiot would think Obama is a terrorist sympathizer. And not for one minute was that post made by "Democrats for McCain". You Repubs are soooooooo transparent in your childish efforts to keep the focus off your own desperate, erratic, silly campaign.

    Luckily, the American people are waaaaay smarter than you think!

    October 5, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  25. landi

    Well all know what a female pitbull is called!!

    October 5, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
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