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. solarbill

    When are we going to stop blameing Bush about the economy? CNN needs to reserch and go back to what and who started this time bomb. If CNN is truly interested in telling the truth to it's viewers you will see that this is not Bush's fault. Just like 911 was not Bush's fault. CNN do your home work and bring us the truth about the sub prime mess, Fanny mae, Freddie mac, And everyone that has had their hand in this mess dateing back to the Carter and Cliton administrations. TELL ALL AMERICANS THE TRUTH!!

    October 5, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  2. Moon Maiden from Lake Michigan

    Holy flying cows, palin is needed in Ak.
    She can spew her political tactics there with Troopergate.
    This is not what America needs now, lies and evil.

    October 5, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  3. IowaLib

    Dear John McCain,

    I remember John McCain from the 2000 election. I was impressed with John McCain. Indeed I liked John McCain. I knew John McCain, and you, sir, are no John McCain.

    with apologies to Lloyd Bentsen

    October 5, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  4. Forever Conservative -except 2008

    Is Ms Palin saying that the secret service is protecting a terrorist? What exactly is she saying? Also I am keen to see her as eloquent on the issues. McCain / Palin – you are losing me!!

    October 5, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  5. soccer mom for obama

    palin is dispicable talking about soccer moms that she wants to represent.

    let me tell you, the soccers moms that i know are smart, family oriented and care about the environment. the exact opposite of you.
    so please stop talking about soccer moms because you don't represent us at all.

    we will never vote for a stupid, careless, discipable woman like you.
    go home and raise your family.
    your family is all broken and dispicable.

    obama 08

    October 5, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  6. Ray Fisher

    Just as anyone knows, its hard to drive with a distraction. The McPain Campaign is distracting itself by focusing upon attacking instead of solutions. The events surrounding America's current situation financial, political, security, etc... do not blend with the fear machine upon which the Republicans have relied. Fear of terrorists, wallstreet, bankers, Muslims, Iraqis, pirates, energy costs, 401Ks, retirement plans, economic collapse, etc.... ad nauseum. Everyday they offer another Fear Factor as in Today's Obama with known terrorist slander!!! Americans can tell the difference with many things, but to say a candidate may be a terrorist is pretty much overboard particularly when your party leader is a traitor!!! Get over it Republicants as the only thingAmericans fear are the Republicans themselves!!!

    October 5, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  7. Martha Hussein Baker for Barack

    Barack Obama is a true leader with the brains and judgement to help America in this time of crisis. We don't need another bunch of C- students who don't know squat about the important things that affect real citizens.

    BTW – wasn't "Joe Six-pack" a character in LouAnn Platter's 'Manger Babies' puppet show on 'King of the Hill'? Sarah Palin does remind me of Peggy Hill. Only Peggy is smarter and not as mean spirited.



    October 5, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  8. Michael

    If McCain's VP pick must resort to name-calling, what does that make her? Republicans seem to rely on fear as their primary vote-getting strategy. What does that say about their impression of voters in general?

    October 5, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  9. Diana Ewing NJ

    Cnn, what responce could they have except to try and blame the unemployment on Obama.... that has been his whole campaign..

    McCain is not stable, he is a reactor.. just waiting to go off.

    October 5, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  10. Jean

    As a liberal democrat but only a moderate fan of Obama, I find the attacks by the McCain campaign ridiculously desperate. If there was substance to Obama's past relationships, they would have been addressed by this time – even with the media as biased as it is.

    Senator Obama, please continue to offer intelligent solutions to the mess we are in and don't stoop to the GOP's pathetic level.

    October 5, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  11. Connie

    I just heard on television that nine million Americans are without jobs,. One might ask if we quit shipping jobs out of this country, put our people back to work ,that would be nine million more tax payers. to bad the McSenile camp would try to turn up the heat when they have the Keating Five, Cindy hooked on prescription drugs, stealing from her own foundation, his affair with Cindy while he had a disabled wife at home with three children , we can see he doesn't put family first, and then picking the airhead for VP. Connie from Indiana

    October 5, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  12. TexicoFrom Mexico

    everyone must go see the movie "W" on the 17th! See what you voted for and see what putting McSame and Palin would be like only worse.
    Can you see Palin talking tough turkey with China or Russia? My god they would eat her alive and we would be invaded!

    October 5, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  13. Amanda

    What happened to the old John McCain? You know the one with principles, well I guess gone with his principles, gone with my vote. I will vote Obama, I cant stand how he has changed, lied and just feels he and his partner can say anything except what I want to hear which is a solution maybe an idea how to fix the economy? Obama band wagon here I come!!

    October 5, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  14. clarence jonesville

    The economy is in terrible condition,which Sen Obama ia always addressing and working on plans to get it going back in the right direction,while the bush duet(mccain-palin)can only think of things that are completely false about the right man for this country(OBAMA) and finding some nitwits that would believe any thing, to help spread their lies.All you shallow minded puppets remember who mccain will be giving his tax cuts to,if you are not in six figures its not for you,then you will be crying for the right man to do something for your sorry life

    October 5, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  15. Michael

    Courage, not fear.. Obama!

    October 5, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  16. JoJo

    Where is Biden ? Hiding behind his mother-in-law's skirts ? He is a coward. And not good at multi-tasking.

    October 5, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  17. Sam

    Looks like the "Coon Cult" is roaring pure trash and lies as usual!!!!

    October 5, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  18. Thebe

    Proof positive that although Palin can get her hands on a major newspaper, she doesn't read for content.

    October 5, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  19. hutch

    Palin is trying to divert attention from the Troopergate controversy but it aint gonna work. Mccain/Palin never states what plans they have for this country but it's either obama this or obama that. America, what do Mccain/Palin ticket have to offer to drag us out of this mess?! Nothing other than Karl Rove fear tactics to get them elected. Iam not voting for McCain but should they win, it's the end of America!!

    October 5, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  20. GA4OBAMA

    good. stay on message! don't stoop to mccain-palin level.


    October 5, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  21. Edge of cliff

    Barack Obama For Radical Change. Thanks but no thanks.


    October 5, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  22. Russ

    40 years ago McCain promised to give military information to the communists in exchange for medical treatment, he got the treatment and all we have is his word that he didn't give the information. Now we see that his word is worth nothing.
    On another note, I beleive that if John could drop Palin for another woman he would do so in a heartbeat, he's done that before as well.
    John Mccain is all about expediency, do whatever it takes to get what he wants, and to hell with morality, fairness, and the right thing.

    October 5, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  23. JoJo

    Lifelong Republican – Liar, liar, pants on fire. I know you and you have been a registered Democrate all your life. But you are consistant with the moral character of your party.

    October 5, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  24. Allen

    John McCain admitted that he, John McCain, doesn't understand the economy. So then why should we put him in charge? McCain doesn't understand the economy, and his side-kick Palin can't even run her own car-wash business (the state of Alaska faulted her business for not doing paperwork properly). In contrast, Senator Obama knows that we must have better regulation on Wall Street, and he knows what it's like to be poor – his own family grew up on food stamps. We need change in this great nation. We need Senator Obama.

    October 5, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  25. Oseki Otens Evans

    Not only is troopergate Palin a dummy, she lies as well. Must be terrifying for her kids and her paid for son-in-law. When CNN asked the McCain campaign why the word "terrorists" was in plural, they answed as usual "we`ll get back to you on that`. It`s funny how those wanting to rule the USA, build their platform on lies. People still gonna vote for these republican folks?

    October 5, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
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