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. Lorna, NY

    What about the lobbyists working on his campaign. I don't care about what happened 40 years ago.. I care about what is happening right now. As long as Obama focus on the issues, he will win by a landslide. I still have not heard from the McCain campaign how they would fix this country, instead all they are doing is negative campaigning.

    October 5, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  2. Sarita

    Democrats Trusts McCain- you are not a real Democrat.

    October 5, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  3. welches, oregon

    And Obama keeps rising in the polls....

    Obama has been vetted by the American People for almost 2 years – this is nothing but old unsubstantiated lies.

    as of yesterday – Gallup:
    Obama 50%
    McCain 42%

    October 5, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  4. jim in pennsylvania

    geez golly-lipstick- wink at me again miss lipstick... i hear u put out in alaska to

    October 5, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  5. Rick

    No one currently running for office on either ticket nor their spouses have ever belonged to or been the keynote speaker for, an organization that advocates secession from the United States and forming an independent country except Sarah Palin (keynote at 2006 and 2008 Alaskan Independence Party Convention) and her husband Todd (member of Alaskan Independence party and officer there for 2 years)

    You really sure you want to start talking about terror sympathies because the move to treasonous sympathies is just too easy for Caribou Barbie and her 1st rebel dude hubby.

    October 5, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  6. j

    McCain is erratic. His behavior is confusing and it's difficult to figure out just where he is on the positions (i.e. is he for deregulation, the position he's taken all of his life, or is he for regulation, the position Palin seems to think he supports). He's voted with Bush over 90% of the time. He voted for the bailout even though it had earmarks, which seems to contradict his position that he wants to eliminate earmarks.

    I think his campaign is poorly managed, riddled with lobbyist, and he seems to be changing his tune every day or so because he can't seem to find anything to resonate with his base or anyone else for that matter.

    He clearly doesn't lead the Republicans, as Monday's vote on the bailout shows, so how will he lead the country?

    I think he'd sell his soul to be president and it shows.

    October 5, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  7. Lucy

    The American public who has just got shafted for a $700 billion bailout wants to know what each candidate's plans are to guide us through this financial meltdown. I'm tired of McCain throwing out a slogan like "I will give every American family $5000. for healthcare". What does it mean when Americans have just been robbed of $700 billion and a "family" debt for this bailout will be much more than $5000. The healthcare system is broken. How does this plan address that problem as well as the 3/4 million people out of work with increasing job losses expected. What about people with pre-existing conditions or chronic illnesses that max out your insurance on the first hospital visit? America is very angry with what has happen on the Republican watch. We need to see the Republicans as upstanding citizens who are working to make American better not some politician that will say anything to get elected. We don't want any more slick politicians that have sold us out and left us with a bill of over $700 billion dollars. I sure it has cross every America's mind that we are being scammed. Quick slogans, fact check showing McCain is running ads that determined to be false , and refusing to discuss the issues other than in terms of a slogan or a chant makes him look dishonest. Believe me America's been burned and we are checking those facts. Discussions are needed to sway us. The same old, same old, just increases our anger.

    October 5, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  8. McCain is getting Deperate

    That's good Sarah, Give a shout out to those third graders and then get back to you juvenile name-calling.
    You are toast

    October 5, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  9. Soccer Mom

    I am a registered Republican who once voted for John McCain in AZ. However, it is painfully obvious John McCain today is not the John McCain of yesterday. The nomination of Sarah Palin was transparent pandering to women voters, and put the campaign before the country. There isn't a snowball's chance in Phoenix that this woman is in anyway qualified to be VP, or God forbid, President. And Sarah Palin- shame on you. Barack Obama gracefully told the press and his campaign to back off your family issues. How do you respond? With preposterous and unsubstantiated claims against Obama. Stick to the issues, Senator Obama. We are listening.

    October 5, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  10. Felix

    Barack Obama, please continue to stick with the issues that effect all of us in this country, and counter the old politics of destruction that only the Repoublican party and the McCain campaign know. There was a time that I respected Senator McCain, but alas that time is now gone, and now I only feel sorry for the Senator for letting the Karl Rove like portion of the Republican party change him forever.

    October 5, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  11. no more four

    I appreciate any candidate who does not resort to falsehoods, character attacks, and remains steady when faced accusations and bully tactics. I will not repeat the names of the other candidate, but I must say he and his "gang of thugs" are not equipped to lead our country out of this mess. Obvious by this latest barrage of NONSENSE. Again, SHAME on them.

    "I am asking you to Believe, not just in my ability to bring about a real change in Washington, I'm asking you to believe in yours." Sen. Obama

    Obama/Biden '08

    October 5, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  12. Lisa Burke

    Palin,should be home taking care of her little baby...What kind of Mother is she....Special needs Children really need a lot of Love and
    attention....Shame on you Palin...

    October 5, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  13. Ravi Randeniya

    McCain/Palin are desperate for voter attention and this is the only way to go – down right dirty and nasty. They have nothing substantive to offer, the polls show that. Little they know that they opened a can of warms for Obama to hit back, just ask Hillary.

    October 5, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |

    I have simply come to the conclusion that any republican who is still voting for McShame and Painin are either 1) a die hard republican that simply does not care about the issues or 2) has a "well at least Palin ain't black" mentality. How dumb do can you be and still breath! The most
    frightening possibility that exists in America today is that this woman could be called upon in a national emergency.

    October 5, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  15. Rick S

    Palin is a dimwit- think about it if this was an african american spewing shout out this and what the heck that- they would say that person was stupid and not folksy. And the McCain camp has got to be the dumbest campaign in history- why show your cards- now all of the attacks will be seen through this prism- them talking about non issue things in the face of an impending depression- they want to talk about something someone did when obama was 8 yrs old- well what about keating 5 scandal- not only was mccain of age (40 or so) but he was also a senator- or should we talk about todd palin the first dude who was part of group that wanted to seceede from the U.S and just left the group 2 yrs ago and who Sarah was "palling" around. I think this lady should get a brain and leave the ticket- she gives women a bad name- or people with names a bad name. She will be forever damaged in her political career from now.

    October 5, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  16. Weepy

    HEY! It's the STUPID who think it is JUST the ECONOMY that is the MOST important element of this presidential race.!

    WHAT IS IMPORTANT is that our president is someone who has EARNED the privilege of serving us in the oval office. Mr. McCain has EARNED that place of honor. Glib, smooth talking lawyer types are a dime a dozen! But can they be trusted? We ALL know better!

    The ZERObama hangers-on have had the "wool pulled over their eyes." What a sad state this country has sunk into!

    October 5, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  17. Henry Miller, Cary, NC

    Trusting a Democrat to manage the national economy would be like trusting a glutton to manage a restaurant. One of the defining characteristics of Democrats is arrogant, self-righteous, greed, the utter certainty that they know better than you do what to do with what used to be your money. They feel not the slightest compunction about taxing people into poverty, secure in the certainty that "it's for their own good."

    On the other hand, the people who stole and ruined the Republican Party aren't any less arrogant, greedy, or self-righteously certain that they know what's best for you, and if they tax you into poverty to fight some crusade somewhere, well, that's what their idiot God decreed.

    You had your chance, America, with Ron Paul and people like him who know that for individuals to trust governments is an irresponsible abdication of their own responsibilities. Governments are never responsible to the people they govern. They never feel any responsibility to those who pay the bills. All they ever feel, like most living organisms, are instincts to survive and control their environments.

    Power tends to corrupt, and all you have to do see the proof of that is to read the news. And since the most powerful single presence in American society is the Federal government, the most corrupt presence in American society is the Federal government.

    There's not a lot of hope left, Americans. The best I can suggest to to vote them all out of office–every single incumbent Congressman, every incumbent Senator running for re-election, every Governor, every state legislator.

    It won't make much difference, but at least the resulting confusion might keep the morons from screwing things up even worse.

    October 5, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  18. chicago08

    obama/biden 08
    obama is a true leader and i believe he will make a change to this country!!!! McSane/Falin need to sit down and shut the hell up!!!

    October 5, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  19. Jen, Gainesville

    McCain/Palin = unstable / unable

    McCain is 72. He does not have a career after this election. This is why he is gloves off and does not care. But Palin should care about her career after November and should not be so stupid to jump from the cliff with McCain.

    October 5, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  20. G Dorrough

    Does Alaska not have an anti-rabies program? If so, Palin apparently didn't get her shots and should not have been granted to the lower 48. Either get her a muzzle, or she can single handedly kill any possible hope that McCain might still have for winning. Most of us are so tired of the misleading and sometimes totally erroneous ads and sound bites that reverse psychology is about to take on a whole new meaning.

    October 5, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  21. El Duque

    McCain And His Airhead Puppet Are Completely Lost.

    They Tried To Steal President Obama's Platform Of "Change".

    Then Came Up With The "Team Of Mavericks" .

    Now They Are Resorting To Name Calling & Fear Mongering.

    You New This Was Coming When They Played 9/11 Footage At The Convention.

    Republicans Have Dug An Economic Hole To Deep To Get Out Of.

    They Should At Least Try To Go Out With Some Dignity......................


    October 5, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  22. shell

    send him off to the nursing home and her back to the wild frontier. This is not the type of behaviour America needs in the white house. She's a disgrace to the GOP.....

    October 5, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  23. ben

    Obviously desperation has set in. Why else would McCain have this lady out on the trail spreading/smears about Obama. Makes one wonder about the character of both; Palin and McCain. There's plenty of factual stuff, ie Keating Five on McCain, Troopergate and extra infedelity regarding Palin if the Obama wanted to resort to this kind of thing. Maybe the McCain team doesn't want to talk about the issues that are important to all Americans. Yeah, that's why they're doing this.

    October 5, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  24. Mark

    "Erratic"? That would be the understatement of the year. I think McCain is suffering from demetial!!

    October 5, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  25. charles

    cnn stop this nonsense what do you mean tries. the add is not trying it is focusing on real issues not some nonsense from people who are so out of touch that they have run out ideas on how to fix the economy. l dont call that trying to focus on the economy l call that focusing on what matters most to the voters which is the economy. so cnn stop yr spin please.

    October 5, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
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