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. john

    Wont republicans take any responsibility for the last 8 years? There is no proof that the next 4 years would be any different under McCain-Palin.
    What about the 11trillion debt? If the big corporations and the rich don't take the fair share of the debt, who is going to pay that off.

    October 5, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  2. Andre

    Obama thus far has been remarkably consistent and showed amazing foresight and patience ... qualities of a remarkable leader. McCain on the other hand comes across as an anxious warmonger who loves to engage in pubescent rhetoric as indicated in quite a few of his campaign speeches which were laced with childish insults.

    Indepent perspective!

    October 5, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  3. Matt from Ohio

    And yes Bat-242, it is inevitable, President Obama come January 20th, 2009. I like the sound of that.

    October 5, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  4. Palindrone

    I'll take Obama's judgment and leadership over McFlip Flopper any day.

    Palin scares the heck out of me.

    October 5, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  5. Priscilla

    McCain/Palin are not fit to lead this country. Obama/Biden are totally in touch with Americans and their needs. They are the Presidential team we need.

    Yes We Can – Obama/Biden!!!

    October 5, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  6. amila

    Finally someone on issues. I hope people have brains so they can see whats really going on, rather than talking about McCain's BS.

    October 5, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  7. etim

    McCain is a very unstable person and the current economic crisis has proven.McCain was indecisive,making decisions that shocked or surprised his own campaign staff. First, suspending a campaign to force himself into negotiations that never involved or required him, saying the presidential debate should be postponed when Americans wanted to hear from their future president,saying he wont debate until there is a deal and came back when there was no deal.In fact there was no deal until 7 days later.
    McCain showed that he can't multi-task,a simple prerequisite of a leader,poor sense of judgment cause he wanted a game changer and a deflection of Americans from the economic crisis.
    God save us if he becomes president, we will wake up the following morning to nuclear war on our hands because of his erratic and unstable poor sense of judgment.Gob save and bless America from McCain/Palin

    October 5, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  8. Country's Worst

    Now, I finally get that "Joe Six-pack" thingy that Sistah Say~rah's been pushin' here lately...

    They are hoping that Cindy can sell enough beer that voters will be drunk enough to vote for them on Nov. 4th...

    Palin, you might want to drops your rocks...for Oct 10th is next week, so tell us, what are you tryin' to hide?


    October 5, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  9. Ben

    Mccain care less about:

    How much America is using in Iraq.

    The financial meltdown

    Palin Vapidity

    Katrina victims and New orleans

    Didn't we have enough of 8years?

    October 5, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  10. Vladimir

    America, we can not afford Mccain and Palin. They don't have a solution for an economy also Helth Care. No away, No How, No Mccain / Palin. Obama and Biden 2008

    October 5, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  11. mama4obama

    I love how Obama sticks to the issues and avoids making personal attacks. That is the sign of a grown up people. McCain remainds me of junior high school with the backstabbing, lying, viscious personal attacks. Palin and McCain are 2 peas in a pod.

    Its time we elect the right person into office, one with vision and ability to get the job done.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 08 and beyond

    October 5, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  12. Joe R., NC

    Watch for McCain to imitate Palin on Tuesday, ignoring the questions from the town hall audience and changing the subject again and again back to Ayers, Rezko, and Wright.

    But just Google "Keating 5" or "Rick Renzi" or heck, just look at what the McCain campaign has done to a completely legitimate legislative investigation of Gov. Palin, effectively shutting it down until the body reconvenes in January and issues Contempt citations against Palin and her husband.

    If you're gonna get down in the mud ...

    October 5, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  13. Mike, FL

    now that McCain is cornered, he is walking his predictable, disgusting last move and brings this Ayers gibberish back up; the Obama campaign should bring up the Keating5 scandal with all their might, in all battleground states and until election day!
    I hope they knew this was coming, the most disgusting campaign in history is also the most predictable.
    Shame on you McCain, shame on you, for doing this to our country!

    October 5, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  14. Winnie in Montana

    Wow – good job Sen. Obama. in the midst of these attacks by McCain's attack dog, you are sticking to those issues most important to me – and to most of the American people. I am sick and tired of these underhanded tactics employed by the McCain campaign. It makes me furious. And to Bat-242, go to Russia, please. We don't need an electorate as narrow-minded as yourself. Prior drug use? Oops, Bush used cocaine and is a recovering drunk. Please prove to me that the "First Dude", Todd Palin has never smoked pot. I live around snowmobilers and they loooove their weed.

    Someone needs to point out to Palin, with her upstanding Christian upbringing and her personal "witch doctor", that old maxim from the Bible about throwing stones.

    October 5, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  15. vobichlan, montreal

    Aside from keeping his eyes on the economic ball, Obama must slap down attack dogs like Palin. Ignoring her spitting poison round can be a fatal mistake just like Kerry did and perished. It's most commendable taking the high road but, like my dear Mother used to say, no shame to put down a rabid dog blocking your way.

    October 5, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  16. pam

    Palin as well as McCain are truly unstable people. They are willing to say and do anything and that is the mark of 666. The people guiding their campaign are evil beings and their souls are owed to the Devil! This is politics. It's evil!

    October 5, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  17. RunTh

    Funny to see how GOP supporters are totally brainwashed

    October 5, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  18. Marcia Lozon

    So exactly what is it Allan (Bush four more years): are you a racist, a biggot, or just plan stupid?

    October 5, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  19. Rob

    McCain has given up the state of Michigan. Now he has given up on the main issue of this presedential election, the economy, the financial crisis.

    McCain's campaign is finally bankrupt now.

    October 5, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  20. L.A.

    That's right, Sen. Obama. Stick to the issues. Show these republicans what an election is about. US!

    October 5, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  21. jack NY

    Obama remains a dangerous option for voters.
    Compare his "rallies" and the children singing for Obama to Hitler's rallies and youth groups.
    Can America afford to be the next................??

    October 5, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  22. james

    God help America if the people let McPalinlipstick change the focus of the current debate to slash and burn politics that more divides us at a time when Americans need to focus on serious issues. They have stated this the strategy. What portion of, we will not focus on the issues, does America not understand?

    October 5, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  23. Michael G-Ventura ca

    Are we sure we want to discuss real issues? I mean the gop has Sarah calling Obama a terrorist sympathizer, and McSame saying Obama is a defeatist, illing to "surrender" to Iraq.
    What a great idea!
    Stick to the issues and quit fear & smear!

    October 5, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  24. Donald, Canton, NC

    The McCain/Palin ticket is in shambles and is grasping for air.

    Their entire line reminds me of "Two Grumpy Old Men", nothing new, just endless, irrelevant rhetoric designed to fire up their base. Only the base isn't biting.

    Clearly, the past two weeks have shown the performances of both McCain and Palin are incapable of formulating coherent policies to rescue this failing economy, restore the confidence of the American people in the political process, restore America's standing in the world as a leader - not a bully, and protect our basic freedoms and liberties.

    The past eight years have drastically dimmed that beacon of light on a hill espoused by Ronald Reagan and Sarah Palin. Only darkness and political courruption/abuse is prevalent as a result of Bush's policies and attitudes - particularly the free hand he gave Dick Cheney. And now Sarah Palin wants to expand his grab for power????

    October 5, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  25. Joan

    Bush years= 9/11, war. war, Bailout
    McCain/Palin= more of the same

    October 5, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
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