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.

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  1. Nwando from Britain

    If that idiotic sidekick so cared for America and was willing to put country first, one would actually think that he would work so hard to show the American people how much he would try to remove them from this mess.........instead he has resorted to the lowest forms of lies and sheer hatred of someone actually trying to make a difference, just so he can win the election and give Americans for more years of the disastrous policies we have seen crumble the worlds financial market

    I'll hate to see America lose its world standing with a sidekick and a puppet for president and vice president

    October 5, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  2. 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 America 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 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  3. Haitians4Obama

    Why is it that Obama's camp doesn't bring the Keating 5, Troopergate and McCain's houses and cars?

    McCan and Palin had a chance to prove how they are going to reform by reforming the final version of the bailout bill with all the earmarks....and guess what they were all BUT mavericks!!

    So please, start acting nice so Obama considers a place for Palin in the administration on the energy front, that way, she'll get her shot in 2012. Maybe she'll become a democrat by then and the Republican party will have no future.

    oh yeah! btw, that is the only reason that the GOP is sooooo excited about their air-head, they have no one else for the next election lol.. they need a heart (Palin)..cause they are dying!!

    October 5, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  4. Novita

    Obama sticks on the problems, means Obama knows what we are worry about on our daily kitchen table. For GOP, now it's time to worry about our economy future than bother to thinking about how truthfull your lates gossip spreads by your PITTBULL....I thought there is only Husky in Alaska...now I know, Pittbull is also exist there LOL

    October 5, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  5. Ohio Voter

    As a voter in a state that could make or break the candidate, I can not believe the McCain/Palin ticket. We all have heard the rumors of Obama and Ayers. They have all been explained. I would think with the economy in such turmoil, there would be more to talk about beside more rumors on old subjects. McCain should bow out gracefully while he still has some dignity. It makes his whole patriotic symbolism of hisself a joke!!!

    October 5, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  6. World Citizen

    Obama feel what we feel and he can put Big smiles in our face again.
    God bless America.

    Vote Obama/Biden 08

    October 5, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  7. Republicans for Obama-Biden

    Nope, Nope, not going to work. Palin accusing Obama of terrorist connections shows how utterly desperate they are. Wouldn't it be better to develop and articulate an economic plan instead? Please, as a lifelong republican I ask you Mccain/Palin to leave whats left of our party's dignity.

    Palin should be the one accused of her shady connections, starting with her husband Todd's Alaskan Independence party, and her TrooperGate investigation.

    It is clear to me that Mccain/Palin do not represent our parties values,
    and that Obama-Biden, while I have my reservations, are the correct team of people to bring our country back on track.

    Obama-Biden 08!

    October 5, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  8. E.C.Coleman

    Barack Hussein Obama is Totally Unqualified to be in the race. He is completely inexperienced and tries to 'act like the President' and is sorely without substance or ethics. Most mature Voters have seen this lack of experience and qualifications and think he is a FRAUD. Young voters are the serious threat to this country because they do not understand or know that Obama is an empty shirt. These kids see Obama as a 'cool, hoops playing guy'..........well, big deal! They had better waken to the fact that Obama is full of empty promises and has NO IDEA how to accomplish any of it. What has he proven since he left school? NOTHING OF VALUE. What has he accomplished in the 3 years in the Senate? ZERO. All Obama has done is run for President the entire time he worked in the Senate. Obama never ever voted anything but 'PRESENT.' Obama would never take a stand. Obama is INDECISIVE AND WEAK AND CERTAINLY NO LEADER.
    Obama is UNPATRIOTIC and does NOT support the United States, but blames this country and panders to Europe and our enemies.
    Obama showed this disrespect when he trapzied to Europe and tried to copy JFK and talked DOWN about America and her people. This is NOT WHAT AMERICANS WANT TO ELECT AS PRESIDENT. ACTING THE PART, AS OBAMA IS TRYING TO DO, MAKES NOT ONE BIT OF DIFFERENCE. OBAMA IS A FRAUD. LOOK AT HIM, LISTEN TO HIM, AND LEARN IT NOW! WAKE UP .....VOTERS!

    October 5, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  9. jay

    McCain/Palin have no solutions. She refused to answer certain questions at the VP debate.

    All they will do is attack a person's character. I have to say this makes me appreciate Hillary Clinton more. She has already thrown the kitchen sink at Obama and McCain/Palin is trying to throw it again. It is not going to work now as it did not work then.

    Obama/Biden '08

    P.S. Our thoughts an prayers are with Joe Biden and his family illness at this time.

    October 5, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  10. Amazed

    "I love to see Bush 4 more years than 1 day of Obama."

    You can move to Crawford and watch Bush the rest of your life.

    October 5, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  11. Nonni

    This country is facing it's worst and you have Boso and Bosette trying to put Obama down with lies. This is not the time to blame anyone right now. They need to challenge this campaign with truth and what they plane to do for this country. When Bush won his 2nd go round I said well maybe he can clean up the mess he started, and it got worse, so many of us loosing are jobs, hopes and dreams, SO TO ALL VOTERS TAKE A LOOK. IT'S TIME FOR CHANGE

    October 5, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  12. arlene, CA

    Obama is doing great. Obama wants to move us forward & speaks to the issues that are important. McSame is stuck in the past, & offers us the same that we have been living with for the last eight years. McSame is coming out with lies & offensive attack ads, because that is all they have left, attack, attack, attack. I don't think it will work, it just proves McSame is falling behind & getting more frustrated, angry & will resort to anything. It will not work, that era of negative tacits won't fly. Palin tried that here in Carson, & got boo'd out of town ! ! No McSame, No Palin, No Way, No How.

    October 5, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  13. Nancy

    Shame on you John McCain !

    To allow your campaign to end up using gutter politics to win instead of focusing on what the American people need right now, is outrageous and shallow.

    And what is most revolting of all is that you are using Palin, who by the way couldn't find her way out of a candy store unless it what scripted, is totally reprehensible. Palin should not be throwing stones at others. She should be concentrating on her own problem "Troopergate" which is not smelling too good right now. The fact that she refused to cooperate in the investigation after McCain and his merry men took control of the issue is very questionnable. All this is proving that Palin cannot speak and think for herself. The McCain campaign has turned her into a talking barbie doll.

    October 5, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  14. Ron

    The Economy is clearly at a Crises Point ! Something must be done soon to reverse the disasterous course or America is doomed to repeat the Great Depression. Most experts agree that the De Regulation of the Finance Sector has lead us to this brink of collapse. John McCain has been a champion of this de regulation and brags about it. Four years of McCain is in fact the third term of the terrible Bush Presidency. McCain has voted in support of the Bush policies over ninety percent of the time.

    October 5, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  15. Vincent Spaulding

    McCain supported Reaganomics on Steroids since the early 1980s, and now we're all feeling the pain from those dismally failed policies. Even now, McCain favors the Bush tax cuts to the extremely wealthy and big business. TRICKLE DOWN doesn't work, the financial trickling stops where it starts, at the top. He won't be satisfied until he starts another Great Depression Vote Obama.

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

    McCain/Palin, please talk about important issues! Linking Obama to someone who commited crimes when Obama was eight is ridiculous! Also, this guy was pardoned in 1974 when Obama was still a child. This American former terrorist was pardoned by American leaders. He went on to be an education leader (he was bad when he was young... now he is trying be helpful for the good!?), this is beside the point people. Why should Obama show hate towards this man when this man was pardoned, and according to our government deserves to lead a productive life.
    How about Todd Palin who was a member of a group who tried to secede from the USA (remember the Civil War? South secede the from the North and form the Confederacy). Are the Palin's patriotic? Why is it when you don't agree with all the views of the Republicans... you are unpatriaotic?
    Everyone of these people who are running for office have no choice but to have met unpopular people in their time as public officials. Does that means they agree with people that they meet.. or friends with these people?

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

    I am disgusted (but not surprised) with the direction Palin just took this election. McCain has finally realized he can't win this on the issues, so he reverting to fear tactics. Any respect I had for McCain before is now officially gone.

    October 5, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  18. Disappointed from Indy

    Our Economy is on the brink of collaspe. We are fighting Two Wars.
    And McPitbull is telling us to worry about something that happen when Obama was 8 years old? Does the GOP think the american people are a bunch of idiots? Stick to the issues please.
    Which ever ticket wins, the American people get what they deserve

    October 5, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  19. November 4

    Palin and McCain are both liars.

    October 5, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  20. Rob

    Its all about the economy and the GOP is so scared . they are running from all the issues relating to the economy– because its Bush we can thanK for all of this mess . And lets face the truth Mc Cain is SOS , just another election – He's an old man–with old issues and lies–HE is BUSH

    October 5, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  21. Mike Gospel

    Mavericks? Mad & Madness
    Grime & Grit
    Lie & Lier
    Madman & Madwoman
    Shame & Stupid
    Say anything & Do anything
    Drill & Baby
    Idiot & Moran
    Hot Air & Empty head
    Kill & victory
    Extra & Extra marital
    Gamble & Hide
    Out of touch & Out of touch
    We had it & we are going to throw you out

    October 5, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  22. Cathy

    Democrats Trust McCain: Democrats/Americans DO NOT TRUST McCain or Palin. These two are a disaster for this country.

    What is most bothersome, McCain was TRASHED and left to die in 2000 by Karl Rove and the Bush campaign and it was shameful. BUT NOW McCain is using the same tactics and people to TRY to do the same thing to Obama...well it won't work this time.

    McCain has sold his soul to the devil to win this election. MCCAIN CANNOT BE TRUSTED!!! McCain and Palin is a disgrace to the democratic system of America.

    October 5, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  23. Jerry

    What makes some misinformed voters think that Senator NObama will be able to do didly with the economy, or any other concerns, for that matter? As we all know, he really has not reached across the isle. All he and his supporters can do is talk out of both sides of their mouths. Senator NObama has never done anything of consequence and he is not about to.

    Florida voters, in particular, don't be fooled by the Senator's rhetoric. Rhetoric is the one and only thing he can do well, besides lying his head off, of course.

    Yes, I am a life-long Democrat! And, win or loose, I am voting for MCCain/Palin!

    October 5, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  24. Cherie, PA

    John McCain, you and your vice president are liars! What a joke. Sarah Palin has NO credibilty and you send her to be the messenger of your antics!? I can't wait for November 4!

    Obama/Biden 2008-2012
    Hillary 2016

    October 5, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  25. Sly

    This is now just plain funny how the Obama campaign has McShame running around. With less than a MONTH to the elections, the GOP has been unable to get out a clear and consistent message to the people. It's interesting that Obama has steadily and consistently stayed on message and is now wrapping up support with 4 weeks to go. Poor McShame is now scrambling around and everytime he thinks he has clobbered Obama, he has to scramble to another state where Obama has pulled ahead. It's like watching whack-a-mole......tell me it ain't so Johnny boy....looks like your maverickyness is not going to work.

    October 5, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
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