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. Sam

    Pat Buchanan
    Sean Hannity

    Is it just me or are most Conservative Republicans so DUMB???!!!

    October 5, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  2. Candy West Virginia

    john mccain is desperate and unstable and it's showing. Do we need him leading this country? And do we really want clueless palin behind him?

    October 5, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  3. Jeanette Amodio

    I witness McCain making irratic statements and decsions last week over the bailout. While Obama spoke to the top economist on the issue, gathered information, asked tough questions, and then came up wit a plan. Who do you think looked more intelligent, more presidential,more able to handle crisis? Action speaks a lot louder than words.

    October 5, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  4. Jeanine G

    Its the Economy Stupid!

    Good for Obama keeping the focus on the ISSUES, instead of trying to take issue with personalities.

    This year America isn't willing to be swayed by the fear, Fear, FEAR politics of the GOP and wants real answers which the "Straight Talk" Express isn't willing to give us.

    October 5, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  5. sallievoter

    "ERRATIC" is very very kind--mccain has gone off the deep end and is way out there in la-la-land. And palin.....well, she is in full scale takeover of the GOP ticket, and mcain doesn't even know it!!! her attacks are so pathetic-like a buzzing gnat that you want to swat.

    In 2000, Mccain was the victim of the "illegitimate black child" smear that devastated him and his campaign. here is what he said at that time about Bush and Rove who led the smears:

    "I believe that there is a special place in hell for people like those."

    his own words.....so, John, you are now looking for a front row seat in hell for you, Rove and palin??????

    October 5, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  6. Prince Joe

    Obama is the leader we need at this time in history.. American people are tired with all these of troblems.. McCain/Palin are out of touch..

    October 5, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  7. alvino

    I am ashamed that John McCain and Sarah Palin are allowed to spew venom that is untrue and has no bearing on the election. It almost appears that Sarah has become the witch that the traveling pastor decried.

    October 5, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  8. nuclular weapons= PALIN NEED TO CHECK A DICTIONARY


    October 5, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  9. James Bailey

    The question we face now as a nation is whether enough voters are stupid enough to fall for the McCain/Palin lies or if they'll see through them. McCain is obviously hoping that if he repeats a lie often enough people will think it's the truth.

    Maybe it's time for the Obama campaign or some sympathetic group to break out a Keating 5 ad to remind America of one of the lowest moments in McCain's career. Unlike Bill Ayers, who was just an acquaintance of Obama's, Keating was a close friend of McCain's. A close friend that McCain helped out to the detriment of the taxpayers who had to pay for a bailout when things went wrong.

    October 5, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  10. Maggie from Virginia


    Get use to it... Obama will be the next President and will be the best we ever had.

    October 5, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  11. Bill, N.M.

    Democrats better fight fire with fire:

    Mc Cain = Keiting 5
    Palin = Under investigation, member of alaska separtest party, not VP qualified, heck shouldn't even be gov. Dangerious!

    October 5, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  12. Frank in Pittsburgh

    McCain's message is all over the place. The next thing you know, he'll be up in Alaska with Sarah, trying to help her and Todd to get Alaska to succeed from the union. What a bunch of red blooded, mavericky type, gosh golly, gee wiz, mavericks!

    October 5, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  13. Geoff

    I supported Republican presidential candidates for 40 years, but no more. Bush was bad enough for the economy but McCain and Palin? Yikes, I thought we got past this sort of diatribe after 1930s Germany.

    Nope, just the new Republican party showing that sneering lies, hate, and facism still haunt us. I'm surprised those two Republicans aren't wearing brown shirts!

    October 5, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  14. Ann

    Before the ERRATIC team responds to this, what was their response to Sarah PaLyin`s claim regarding Obama`s ties with terroristsÉ It is obvious that until now, she doesn`t read newspapers let alone understand the article if ever she does. Shouldn`t she apologize to Obama and the American people for spreading these malicious liesÉ

    October 5, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  15. Sher

    did this article not merit a fact check?

    October 5, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  16. G. Gabelli

    Yesterday I attended my uncle's 80th birthday celebration. My 60 year old husband and I were the youngsters sitting around the table.

    Here is the astonishing political conversation we heard from staunch old-time, white suburban Republicans as we ate cake:

    Aunt Rose (92 years old): What is wrong with that Palin woman!

    Aunt Connie (80 years old): I was voting for McCain until he picked that woman as his running mate! Does anyone understand a word she says?

    Uncle Gabe (86 years old): But McCain knows what he's doing, and that Obama has no experience.

    Aunt Sara (84 years old and Gabe's wife, stands up, walks around the table and with a big grin, whispers in my ear): I'm voting for Obama! Palin is an embarrasment.

    Uncle Joe (the birthday boy): My grandson has been nagging me to vote Obama and I said ok just to make him feel good. But now I AM voing for Obama because Palin is just so dumb. My insurance actuary said there's a 1 in 6 chance McCain won't make it because of his age and 4 rounds of cancer. Palin is as dumb as a doorknob.

    Uncle Gabe: But, Joe. You're voting Democrat this time?!

    Uncle Joe: Yep

    Uncle Gabe: Ohhh, but.....

    Aunt Sara: Gabe, eat your cake!

    October 5, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  17. THE O

    Maccain has no plan for the country, And now he is using smoke and mirrors to change the subject. becuase he thinks people will forget that they are losing their jobs pensions and health care. and vote for personallity's in stead of good policy's. If America falls for it this time. we are truely screwed.

    BARACK THE VOTE!!!!!!!!!!

    October 5, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  18. pat C.

    obama is showing so much more leadership skills in the concerns of our economy and welfare of the people. mccain has nothing to offer that benefits the american people. palin is a dangerous woman and she nor macain should be trusted to make any decisons because of the shoot first attitude of both. palin has nothing to offer but smears on obama that prove to be lies and makes her look stupid and so fake. the public now sees thru her wink..wink...cutesie persona to hide the fact that she is clueless on anything other than what mccain has had her memorize.
    her background as a holliness that speaks tongues and prays gays into being straight scares me to death.
    obama is our leader and god bless him!!

    October 5, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  19. Debby

    I saw the ad , the problem is neither Dem. or Repub. are giving us solutions on how to get out of this mess. If Obama gets elected he really has his work cut out for him especially if he still plans to do his 95% tax cut with 5% paying for it. McCain on the other hand doesn't really have a plan either but at least he says he won't raise taxes so buisness can stimulate the economy again.

    October 5, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  20. Ray Fisher

    How about adding the fact that McCain's son is also involved in a failed bank resigning just two months before its recent failure during this bailout while Dad skated after the Lincoln Savings and loan bailout years ago. The McCain's are breeding failure as a family tradition!!!

    October 5, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  21. Wise White Guy

    Obama focuses on issues that have an impact on all Americans (especially those without trust funds). McCain/Palin play the same old politics and begin a brand new level of false attacks promoting fear among the uneducated in this country. The problem is that they are not playing with the same deck as they have in the past. More people than ever have taken the time to become familiar with the issues and have seen that Obama has a real plan and is an honest guy. The last minute smear and fear will not work this time because real change is coming from the bottom. The Republicans have disgraced themselves so many times already by telling blatant lies i cannot see how they have any credibility left except for those who have not paid any attention yet. That is why it is so important to keep getting the word out. Volunteer, make calls, talk to your friends, participate in GOTV, have house parties, buy your bumper stickers, change your facebook profile pics. Don't sit back and wait for others to make this change happen for you. Get ready for the Republicans to get more dirty than they ever have before. Soon they will stop rehashing the same old crap that held no water like Ayles and Rev Wright and begin a brand new smear and fear. You heard it here....they are just going to start making things up that they think will scare the public. They have already shown they have no problem with lying so that is the next step for them. And we all know that Fox News is bought and paid for by the Republican party so get your friends to stay away from that garbage. The time is now people so make it happen!

    October 5, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  22. American for obama------

    Sarah Chenney is a liar. She is worse than than Dick chenney

    October 5, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  23. nate

    This is what matters. End the McCain/Palin lies.

    October 5, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  24. alvino

    Hey McCain and Palin, you dolts! It is the ecomony stupid! We cannot survive four more years of a team who agrees with every major element of the failed Bush economy.

    October 5, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  25. chris24

    McCain and Palin are fools.

    Retreads of the same bs Bush has laid out for eight years.

    Now they are only left with poisonous attacks based on nothing.

    This is the same McCain that said he would never bow to this
    level of lies after what Bush did to him in 2000.

    I have lost all respect for Mr. McCain. (and never had any
    to begin with for his barking dog sidekick)

    October 5, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
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