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. Pippa From South Africa

    It is awful to see America is such trouble.

    Obama's past has NOT been sufficiently scrutinised
    by the media.

    Be careful out there!

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

    Democats trusts Mccain..you know you are not even a democrat..i am sorry that you are so disappointed that Obama has no link to terrorism what so ever and it hurts you so bad...

    October 5, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  3. RE-VP DEBATE...

    cnn are you "No bias and no bull" ? or "all bias and full of bull"

    Report balanced and true ...your credibility is already as low

    as it can go...You don't print all just want advantages Obama.

    All we hear from you is....OBAMA..OBAMA..OBAMA over and over

    it fells like a machine gun going off....I was a Obama supporter gone


    October 5, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  4. lil

    mccain your swift boat attack want work this time. People are more concern about jobs, their saving, buying food to feed their families,
    and here in the Georgia and South Carolina where they can find gas
    because most days we cant find any. After you find gas you have to decide if you will fill the tank or buy milk and bread because of rising
    I really dont care to rehash the Ayers, wright, thing thats all I have heard for the last 6 month from the Republican party on every show
    from every commentator its brought up everyday now we need jobs
    and security and all mccain and palin want to talk about is ayers and
    Its the economy stupid.
    Obama/ Biden the green men.

    October 5, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  5. K Buta

    I believe Senator Obama is addressing what is most important to us all – without financial stability we can't afford health insurance, schools, police, fire fighters, utilities much less our homes. Slander will not fix our economy. Also, perhaps McCain has forgotten Charles Keating in his own past?

    October 5, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  6. kimberly

    this is getting really nasty. to make such an outragous claim, an outright lie is really sick and shows real desperation. she can't answer a question, won't be questioned on her outright lies, record or abilities to be our vp, who the hell does she think she is? what does she think she is running for, the local pta? if she can't answer a question head on from katie couric for god's sake, can she stand up to putin, to the iranians. the only filter she is embracing is the thin veil of stupidity she sees through those square rimless japanese rims.

    October 5, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  7. Karen

    All statements made by either party can be checked out at FactCheck.org. Why don't people be responsible and do this prior to spreading this trash?

    Both parties have made false and misleading statements about the other. And, it is not against the law. But, I really wish both candidates would stop this type of campaign and each party start telling us what their plan/solution is to the important issues facing this country–economy, health care, war, bail out, political campaign reform and lobbyist reform to name a few of them.

    But, the American people need to stop circulating this trash too.


    October 5, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  8. Machiavelli, Baton Rouge, LA

    I am amazed htat McCain thinks he can will the people to focus on what he wants them to focus on through lugubrious attack ads.

    With people's concern on their jobs, mortgages, savings–what little Bush allows us to have–retirement, and putting their children through college, all McCain says is that "I am not strong in this area, therefore, I must run attack ads against Obama."

    I really do not believe these polls reflect what the true electorate is. I truly believe this will be a much larger victory for Obama than the polls reflect. President Clinton himself summed it up several weeks ago when he said, "Obama will win big."

    October 5, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  9. Mary

    The economy is the issue of the day and we will probably be contemplating this blink in time for the next thirty years! What we should concentrate on is why this happened and what to do about it. Where did it start? Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are a good starting point. Barney Frank has alot to answer. Oh and by the way, where was Barack Obama in this equation? Where was McCain?

    October 5, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  10. Purple

    How much more do we have to deal with. It is the issues that we are concerned with. McCain/Palin have not told us their plan for fixing the economy. Atleast Obama/Biden have described some sort of plan. Even if it doesn't work or they don't even try to employ it, it is better than saying nothing at all. I do kind of agree with Bill Maher, citizens are becoming to stupid to sit down and look at what each candidate has to offer and go from there on their decision. Who has the best plan for the economy, the war in Iraq/afghanistan, and repairing our standing with our allies.

    Let's get back to how to fix what has been broken over the past eight years.

    October 5, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  11. former rebublican turned independant

    republicans have no argument left
    our country is in shambles and all Mccain & Palin can do it is stoop to rumors and lies.

    How High School.

    Please. Let the adults get to work here and let's have an election already!

    October 5, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  12. jamie

    I hear a lot of finger pointing coming from both sides on this issue.Economys,are like a rollercoster, they go up and then they make a correction and added in with American greed this is what happens. Every President from the mid-70s and every American is to blame for the mess that all are going through now.Obama and McCain claim to have a plan? Well,lets here what it is! Obama,does nothing but talk about the things that need to change but never offers a plan? You need a plan and a stratigey first!The days of America are over...Just look around, look at your people, they are uneducated have no idea about the world around them and behave like politics is nothing more than one big sports event. America, is reaping its reward for greedy capitalist ideas and a so called democracy that is worthless! In my oppinion McCain comes closer to understanding the world than the young nieve Obama that has done nothing more than some petty community orginizing?? You Americans are fools...Fools that are falling apart cracking at the seems. Start saving some money instead of over spending just to keep up with the guy next door!

    October 5, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  13. Joan

    This is a difficult choice. Let me see. Bush/Mc Cain steal our children's properity for the next 20 years or a candidate with ties to "domestic terrorism". At least the Weatherman were cognizant of Washington's corruption and actually tried to change it. I'll go with Obama.

    October 5, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  14. Devan, MD

    Just like a desperate Republican – bringing up the past!

    Obama/Biden is what this country needs to get back on track – economically and politically!

    America, come November 4th, make the right choice. Vote for REAL change. Notice that the theme of the McPalin camp changes just about every week. NOTHING will work. This election is over.

    O'Biden 08!!!!

    October 5, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  15. Dan

    McCain is a total joke. Grumpy old man spewing nothing but hate and vitriol. And, of course, most of his claim are outright lies.

    October 5, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  16. Laura

    There is nothing worse or scarier than liar who tries to inspire hatred and fear does it with a wink and a smile. That to me is the epitome of a terrorist.

    No Way, No How, No Palin/McCain!

    October 5, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  17. Edge of cliff

    McCain is as much George Bush as Obama is Muslim.

    October 5, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  18. Plz Blink

    Move over Sara, don't let the Truth hit you in the arse on the way out!

    October 5, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  19. Robert

    Kel Turning VA Blue- I think in 2004 I was reading the same thing about Kerry or ever what his name was (being a vietnam vet we call him something totally different than the rest of the world and they would delete it on here) And if I remember right he is not in the white house right now, at least I don't think he is, although sometimes the one in there right now is way too much like Kerry for me. And then you want to put one in that is 10 times worse, the chosen one Obama, no thanks maybe you can use him to run you local ACORN or something he can damage to many people if he screws up. Keep him America does not want him, although I the Germany's really liked him maybe we could send him there, no they would send him back when they learned what he is reall like.

    October 5, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  20. Helena

    Landslide win for Barack & Joe! Way to go Barack! Way to go Joe!

    No Way! No How! No McCain/Palin!

    October 5, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |

    Come on OBAMA quit evading the Palin statement. What she stated to the news media day before yesterday is the truth. Although your network CNN and other media networks have tried to color coat it. You did not only work on committees with American Hippie Terrorist who was responsible for several deaths in car explosions and such. Then you hired him for your IL State Senator Campaign committee. Then there's your dealing s with the FELON, REZKO for a net profit to you for $860,000. YOU CLAIM TO BE A MAN OF CHANGE. MAKE THAT CHANGE AND TELL YOUR PEOPLE THE TRUTH.

    October 5, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  22. Edge of cliff

    That's right, Obama, stick to the issues.
    Who cares about character, judgement, or leadership?

    October 5, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  23. tina m

    Obama is honest. He can only lead us into the right direction. I have a real bad feeling about McCain.

    October 5, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  24. Jack from California

    It's the "ECONOMY STUPID" and when will John and Sarah learn this?

    John McCain has said repeatably that he doesn't understand the economic issues and then blindly supports the Bush economic agenda well, HERE WE ARE TODAY, are you happy?

    A vote for the lying duo of John and Sarah will continue with the economic greed for the rich – that is John's plan.

    October 5, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  25. moderate

    Palin and McCain are obviously desperate and they should be. Obama will be the next president and Palin can go home ...thank God.

    October 5, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
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