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. ghulam

    Obama is the solotion for all the problems that world is facing now...he make policy acording to current century...Not as Stone ages policy to kill and get...

    Afgahnistan sucess depned on his fate...Obama save nations like afghanistan and iraq and so...as u will save your own nation.

    October 5, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  2. Margarita

    It's quite strange why McCain and palin still regard their hardworking countrymen/women as fools. It's time they realised that this stuff won't work anymore. Infact, it will rather work well for the DNC. It's so clear they can restore America's economy.

    October 5, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  3. scott

    I don't want to see Mr Hussien in the White House he might just blow it up. He is the one lying to the people . Mr Obama rather win an election than tell the American People the truth about his tax plan

    October 5, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  4. ML - California

    So......whose fault is that???
    And how dare the corruptive government make the people pay for the greed and corruption! Wait until election and none of these State Senators and Congressmen get reelected to their positions!

    October 5, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  5. Robert


    You got the trying right, everything else you got totally wrong. But try all he can he will never be a leader he thinks to much of himself, very uppity as I think some one called him.

    October 5, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  6. help me keep my house

    with Mccain/Palin in office life in America will be worst than life in middle east

    October 5, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  7. What?

    "I do take issue with some of the principle there with that redistribution of wealth principle that seems to be espoused by you".
    –Sarah Palin

    Her grammar is horrible. I read the transcript and had to keep going over what Sarah said.

    October 5, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  8. CJ

    Obama has to focus in on the issues, which this is an attempt to do. His economic plan is undoubtedly better than the last 8 years, which McCain will continue if he becomes president. Obama is a true, fresh leader!

    October 5, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  9. Keith

    Firsty a question, how does the CNN "poll of polls" not have a sampling error? If that's the case couldn't we just save a lot of money and not have an election? With some background of statistics I'm amazed at that statement. In my textbooks you have to poll 100% to make that statement. You also need to ignore the logic that different catogories of voters turn up in different percentages and many peple claim to be regstered and likely to vote when in fact they are neither.

    Will the bias never stop? When you read the CNN articles (except for only one) you get the idea that Obama and the terrorist had spoken a couple of times. ONLY in one article do you actually report that the terrorist held a fundraiser for Obama in his home. That seems like a fact that's worthy of reporting in each article. Couldn't you at least consistently report the facts and have some decorum of fairness to let the voters decide if it's irrelevent? When you decide, it only causes me to wonder what else you've decided for me.

    Obama looks like he's got this thing wrapped up. Why don't you use the next 30 days restoring your credibility? I am an expat and don't live in the US. I knew most journalists were liberials but that didn't really bother me. I knew Fox had tapped into the conservative section. On a recent trip to NYC, I found myself having to watch CNN, Fox, and MSNBC to try to find the truth through all the spin. Shame on you!

    October 5, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  10. Ali

    McCain and Palin's respnse to loosign: "If we can't win on the issues we will just make things up." They tell flat out lies and people are either too racists or not smart enough to know better. It is beyond pathetic. At this point the republican strategy is not just sad but unethical. Is that really the kind of people you want to put in charge.

    October 5, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  11. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    A month to go and the rancid McCain ticket still cannot do anything but its usual tactic of lies and smears. McCain is a Bush cohort and Palin is in the pocket of big oil. They haven't a single idea to put forward regarding the economy that Bush ruined.

    October 5, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  12. SK, Memphis

    McCain is unstable and has serious problems in decision making. How can he be made the leader of the free world with his impulsive, outbursts and look at his judgement – by picking Sarah Palin he confirmed the fact that he would say or do anything to become president! Thats what he has done in last 8 years by goind deep into republican's pocket, hiring the same attack machine that destroyed him, praising the same guys who he spoke against – he morphed into a bush clone – complete with liberman standing by his side. He played into rightwing recommednation of Newt Gingrich by pickin' Sarah Palin – clearly he doesn't care about the country 🙂 When country was suffering in economic terms he was playing political football with it. Its the Republicans First, Bushism First, More of the same First – not the country by any measure !

    October 5, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  13. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    Obama needs to tie the Republicans to every financial failure in the history of this country – and that would be the truth!!! He needs to continue putting his foot on McCain's throat in tying him to this failure and the fact that McCain thinks the economy his "hunky-dorey!" And then for good measure you mention that Palin's husband is a former Separatist, and if you can charge 9-year-old at the time Barack Obama to Ayers, then you canaddress the past in relative terms to Todd Palin, the everyday fisherman/oilman!

    October 5, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  14. HEF

    John McCain is now clearly desperate. States he could have won are slipping away from him. The public is quickly waking up to the fact that he does not possess the intellectual ability to be president of the United States. He put his country at great risk in a perilous time by choosing a mindless bimbo as a running mate. This is now backfiring terribly as she joins him in spewing the most malicious and undefensible lies we have seen in any recent politics.

    The writing is on the wall. Barack Obama will be the next (great) President of the United States, and no amount of Rovian tactics will stand in the way of this destiny.

    October 5, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  15. Doris,Memphis,TN

    Sarah Palin is the saddest candidate I ever witness running for a national position in the United States of America. She is totally
    incompetent and doesn't know it. I can not wait until this election
    is over so that she can go back to Alaska and be the most popular
    govenor in America. (The person that nobody ever heard of until John McCain, who puts Country First, made her his "wise VP choice".)

    October 5, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  16. Mary

    It's sad to see that McCain and Palin only go backwords.
    Ayer's is old news. Played into the ground and didn't make any difference.
    With these trying times we are in is this best they can come up with.
    Wake up America do you really want those two bozo's running our goverment.
    go OBAMA

    October 5, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  17. Fabian

    I wish Governor Palin can come up with at least one strategy to solve the nation's economic crisis. Tying Obama to terrorists isn't the best way to go,especially since it's obviously a lie. America will get it right this time around. It worked for Bush, but I am not sure if it will work for McCain. Americans are paying attention and cannot be fooled again.
    God save America from the neo-cons like Mrs.Palin. Don't forget her high school graduate husband will be making decions for the entire nation when Palin becomes your VP. Think twice before voting.

    October 5, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  18. Republicans for Obama

    Obama/Biden will bring back the glory of America

    October 5, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  19. Vic

    If John McCain had not gone to Washington to consult and counsel with the House Republicans, there would be no bailout bill. Rep. Boehner and other leaders have indicated as much. Even then, Nancy Pelosi blamed the Republicans for the bill's failing.

    McCain is not erratic. His actions are in line with someone who is one hundred percent engaged based on his experience with how this Presidential election situation actually works for the good of the country. His opponent has now dropped back from talking about issues, choosing instead the politics of do anything to get elected. Too bad.

    October 5, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  20. RJ

    This ignorant woman seems to be bit by a mad dog. I have been to Europe recently and I hear people saying how much they miss the American leadership which valued diversity, freedom, human rights etc.. They say that American leadership is feeding this BS to it's own people that other countries on this planet doesn't exist or everybody is ganged up against America. Look at how many countries we have included in the axis-of-evil list. The list is only growing. Russia, China, Iran, Iraq, Syria, N. Korea etc....

    Internally, the economy is gone. People are having a real tough time holding onto their jobs. Families are having tough time putting food on the table. Gas and grocery prices are hitting the roof. Severe credit crunch. Small businesses are closing down fast. Unemployment is reaching high levels. Health care system is broken. Education system is broken. Infrastructure is broken. Society was polarized like never before. Life long investments gone. Now we have a 11.7 trillion debt. Two broken wars with no end in sight. Military is streched to the breaking point. Veterans were neglected. Constitution was trampled. People were tortured. Citizens spied on. Justice department was totally politicised. Wall street is gone.

    Republicans created all this mess and Palin's idea to fix the problem is talk about what Obama did or didn't when he was 8 yr. old?

    October 5, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  21. Scott M

    Mccain is full of crap, he needs to focus on real issues than try and distract attention from his sinking ship and leaking diaper.

    October 5, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  22. Rick Rhodes

    Pointing out the economic woes to voters would backfire against the Democrats. It is the Democrats' agenda for socialized housing that led us down this path, despite the vociferous denials of leaders such as Pelosi and Frank. Those that make the most noise are the ones who have most to hide.

    It is in the best interest of the Obama campaign to keep away from the economy as a campaign issue. Pepole would rather believe that our troubles are biparitisan rather than laid at the doorstep of one party.

    October 5, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  23. Robert

    Global J- Yeah he is trying and that is all he will ever do is try. And the direction he wants to lead is not the direction that even you will want when you get there. Read a little about him, not what he wrote but what he has voted for and against, also look at present votes these will tell you alot about him. Then you might want to get some of Moa or Castro speaches and listen to them when they were first getting started. You might find they are close in what they say to what Obama is saying. So if you want to heard off in the direction, remember there are those of us here that will pull you out when you see what is really happening/

    October 5, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  24. norma

    The story of the Ayers is sooooooooooooo old. Give us a break McCain/Palin. We want to hear about here and now. I'm working 2 jobs, 7 days a week to make ends meet. The issue is POCKETBOOK-ECONOMY. McCain/Palin does not get it. They cannot relate to our "pain". Obama, you go, just stick to the issues and keep ramping it up-just issues. McCain/Palin can grovel in the mud and dirt but this electorate is SMART-we know what the issues are--scare tactics will not work this time. Enough is enough!!!!

    October 5, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  25. Edward

    Democratic Presidents are way better than Republican Ones:
    Real Growth GDP per capita (1929-2006): Dems = 3.8% Repubs = 0.7%
    (source: paper by Professor Elliot Parker)
    Stock Market Returns vs. T-bills (1927-2008): Dems = 16% Repubs = 0%
    (source: paper by Professors Santa-Clara and Valkanov)

    With Obama, "Happy Days are here again!"

    There is no economic reason to vote for Republicans unless you earn more than $250,000 per year and are selfish and want your taxes dropped.

    October 5, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
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