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. ME

    Obama rides of the coattails of the CLINTONS economic policies and successes, of course after calling them racists and secretive, and unsuccessful throughout the primary....wait, where are his talking points about how great Reagan and the republicans were sooooo great with such good ideas???.......too bad obama will turn into a Carter administration if elected....tell me what exactly Obama has EVER done to make ANYONE ELSE'S life better besides his OWN? Please go check out the Chicago Neighborhoods he supposedly "helped".....pitiful.

    October 5, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  2. Paul S Hickman

    Right on Obama –stick to the issues of the year. Noone is going to vote for "dirtbobbers'. We need intelligent leaders, not reactionaries to complex worldly problems. The world is now smaller and very very competitive. Brains will get the job done!! Obama/Biden 2008

    October 5, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  3. Disgusted with the politics

    "McCain – Desperate to be president" should be the headline of an ad. He will say or do anything to be president. One day he will be pro deregulation, the next day he extols the virtues of government regulation. I have lost all respect I ever had for the man.

    October 5, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  4. Nick F.

    Months ago, when I respected McCain as someone with a sense of honor even though I disagree with his positions on most things, I looked forward to a campaign of ideas and principles. I thought McCain would be different from the Rove-Bush-Cheney campaigner we are seeing now. Erratic? McCain has changed his positions so many times and has run such a disorganized campaign that this conclusion is unavoidable. Obama, on the other hand, has stayed on-message and has run a campaign that is a model of efficiency. Would that the country was run so well!

    Obama is the right choice.

    October 5, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  5. No, you are not!!

    Obama is not a terrorist-simpathizer nor you are a Democrat.

    October 5, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  6. Remember Palin is under Investigation

    How can any american vote for someone under federal investigation for abuse of power. Do you want the whole world laughing at you. If Palin is elected, you will no longer be a super power ...you will have no credibility. If you think the world's respect for you is low now, wait until Alaskan Barbie gets into office....We'll have no respect for you. We in other countries actually expect our elected officials to tell the truth, why don't you?

    October 5, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  7. linda

    who distract

    October 5, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  8. Juan Grain

    Republicans/Democrats and all folks need to think real hard before the pull that lever for McCain/Palin. This country is in deep because of the ideology that the current admin carried out. McCain/Palin subscribes to it as well. Some will say, well Bush had it tough, with the attacks on 9/11. Yes he and all of us had it tough because of that. But that is no excuse for poor decision making and lies to promote an ideology on the blood and backs of the everyday working man and woman. I was lied to about why we went to Iraq. Lenders wrote loans with no oversight, Hardly any government agencies had oversight, toy imports, food imports, border security, FDA, EPA they all had their guns taken away. Well, the buck stops there in the oval office. Senator Obama and Joe Biden will deliver the shift in paradigm that we so desperately need. People need to look in the mirror and have a heart to heart and get over their party, color, sex, and age and do what is right for America and the world. Vote for Senator Barack Obama and Senator Joe Biden to be our President and Vice President.

    October 5, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  9. Sally Nickell

    I am a 72 year young Democrat who made up my mind the minute Hillary Clinton exited the race. I would not have voted for an Obama/Clinton ticket either. I am voting for McCain/Palin ticket this election. It is too bad that Obama had to rear his head and get in the running. I do not like his politics, I do not like his eliteisism, I do not like what I have heard about him and the acorn problem caused by him and his financial campaign manager in pushing ahead with all the sub-prime loan for blacks when they could not afford them and when they could not make their mortgage payments and causing one of the great problems we have now - foreclosures. Thank you Obama. And that is another reason I would not vote for him. Another on is that CNN has taken his side and whenever I turn the TV on to CNN that is all I hear is Obama this and Obama that - I have been totally Obamaed out. If it were not for the the blacks, and the young voters he has mustered into his Jim Jones' like campaign, he would not be where he is right now. I can only hope that the common-sense voters will see through his physod (spelling) and not vote him into the office of President of the United States. At this time in our history, it is a job that should be taken on by a person of experience and a Mavrick and his running mate who really seem to want to take on the establishment and help the main street taxpayers. Thank you for reading this and thank Lou Dobbs for the good job he does reporting the politics of today in an objective and independent way.

    October 5, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  10. ohio

    all THE GOP VP are liars cheney now palin. palin sounds like a programmed robot

    October 5, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  11. E.C.Coleman

    LISTEN UP YOU IDIOT KIDS who sound off irresponsibly on this ticker..........
    There is absolutely NOTHING unstable about SENATOR JOHN MCCAIN. THERE IS SOMETHING HORRIBLY WRONG WITH A MAN CALLED OBAMA WHO HAS A QUESTIONABLE BACKGROUND, WHO HAS NO QUALIFYING EXPERIENCE TO HIS CREDIT, WHO IS TRYING TO TAKE OVER THE JOB OF PRESIDENT WITHOUT EARNING ANYTHING TO HIS CREDIT.
    OBAMA IS NEITHER WORTHY OR QUALIFIED TO BE PRISIDENT AND ONLY IRRESPONSIBLE PEOPLE LIKE YOU ARE SUPPORTING HIM. OBAMA IS A TERRORIST, ANTI WHITE SYMPATHIZER, MARRIED TO A MILITANT WOMAN. THIS IS FACT, LIKE IT OR NOT.

    October 5, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  12. 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.

    October 5, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  13. Shelley

    Palin targets Obama as a guy who pals around with terrorists. She needs to look no further than her own bed to find a husband who belonged for seven years to a party whose sole platform was to place a referendum on the Alaska ballot that would allow Alaska to secede from the United States of America. I cannot believe that more Americans and more of the news media are not talking about this.

    October 5, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  14. moi

    Americans, please keep your future president Obama save. America and the world needs him desperately.

    A concerned neighbour

    October 5, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  15. ME

    Obama paid bloggers out in full force again today.....
    Middle America will be speaking loud and clear next month.

    October 5, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  16. Come again?

    To the "Democrat" below – I bet you love Sarah Palin? The Republican base is made of uneducated people such yourself.

    October 5, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  17. R.J.

    "No experience, prior drug user, has friends who hate America, belittles the military, yep he would make a fine, typical democratic president."

    This sounds so much like President Bush!

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

    When you can't run on your record Republicans have turned to smearing their opponents every time. And now a desperate McCain is ready to do the same thing - proving once and for all what an amazing "maverick" he is.

    What a loser.

    And Palin is a dumb parrot.

    October 5, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  19. James

    McCain and Hannity sorry.Not this time.Move on guys

    October 5, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  20. Enough Already

    Palin is UNQUALIFIED.

    Now she is DETESTABLE.

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

    Old stale tried and failed dirty politics of McCain-Palin has reared it's ugly head again. No worries the American people will surely reject them once again. It's ALL about the economy stupid !

    I am gald Obama is staying focused on what the American people need !

    October 5, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  22. Stephen Black

    I have been watching this campaign with intrest from the UK.

    It beggars belief that McCain/Palin are even in the contest. Does anyone with any modicum of intelligence consider Palin good/competent enough to be V.P.? If nothing else the choice of Sarah Palin as a running mate should be enough to convince anyone that McCain does not have the judgement to be President.

    If Americans have any aspirations toward repairing their world image there is only one choice to make – Obama.

    October 5, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  23. Indepent for Obama

    Shameful and unstable, can Palin stop telling a lie and start to say something meaningful to any ordinary people: job, economics, health care etc? The "trooper gate" has really revealed what Palin's characters can be – is that what the country need now?

    October 5, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  24. Dave in NYC

    no matter which candidate you support, americans should be offended by anyone who claims their opponent is a "terrorist sympathizer."

    SHAME ON YOU! we a tired of this kind of hateful politics.

    October 5, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  25. McCain-Palin are LIARS !

    Old stale tried and failed dirty politics of McCain-Palin has reared it's ugly head again. No worries the American people will surely reject them once again. It's ALL about the economy stupid !

    I am glad Obama is revealing truths and staying focused on what the American people need !

    October 5, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
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