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. Patricia in Las Vegas

    What an insult to the American people, the McCain/Palin campaign is. They are so up to their armpits in lies and slanders they are totally ignoring the issues, not to mention insulting the people of this country's intelligence. I want a leader ,not a school yard bully. I'm voting Obama/Biden!!

    October 5, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  2. Diane Fields

    I'm Diane and I approve this message.

    I'm just amazed at the lengths the McCain/Palin campaign will go to–right out in the open. I expect the 'terrorist', etc. stuff from the 527's (or whatever they are called), but not from the mouth of the VP candidate. It is shameful–and though I've seen many elections (my first vote was for Kennedy) and even was a young Republican in my high school days, this name calling from the candidates is about the worst I remember–and all on one side.

    October 5, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  3. Mary

    These are dire times and it would be wonderful if all of the bloggers would use spell-check before hitting the submit button. Cheney is not spelled "Chenny" and "I" is capitalized. All CAPS distract from the words you are
    trying to say, as does sloppy punctuation.

    If you want to get your point across, try to sound intelligent yourself. We are entitled to our opinions - but to woo the other side, you have to make people believe that you are smart, too.

    And, yes, I am voting the Intellectual/Experience ticket versus Geezer/Gidget.

    October 5, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  4. Michael714

    The Great Depression was caused by the bust of speculators’ boom and a rapid contraction in the money supply. The President and Congress then magnified the problem by erecting trade barriers, increasing taxes, dramatically increasing regulation of the economy and rising government spending. Does this sound familiar? Because it seems that Obama wants to try all these policies again. Unless one learns from history, they are doomed to repeat it.

    October 5, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  5. bk

    Obama better worry about all his anti-american friends. We are.

    October 5, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  6. Sis

    Go – Obama /Biden – Caution, Judgement , leadership and Responsibility.

    Down – McCain/Palin – Les, tricks, desperation and unstableness.
    Winks and two liners don't do it for me.

    October 5, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  7. Jeff

    And anyone with half a brain would realize that neither Obama or McCain have the brains to deal with it. What poor choices we made during the primaries.

    October 5, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  8. Lisa, USA


    October 5, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  9. Joseph Adewole

    Absolutely right! America will loose its position in the world if the damage done to its economy by The Republicans is not corrected on time; things are getting out of hand but thanks to The Dems that helped in getting the bail out issue resolved. Only the Dems are capable of turning things around...Americans better forget about John McCain with Sarah and face the reality of what Barack will bring to The White House and America as a whole.
    To claim to be the world's only super power, the economy must not be gloomy, America need someone intelligent to handle this, and to the Glory of God, you have Barack on hand......America is sincerely Blessed for having Barack Obama.

    October 5, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  10. Kathy in MInnesota

    Ya sure, ya betcha dat Palin lady is full of cow manaure. Dat John McCain feller don't know da difference between Lutefisk and Leftse, by golly!!

    Heck of a note!!!

    October 5, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  11. concerned american

    i think BOTH parties should get their act together & stop calling each other names like a bunch of babies & get to work on telling us what they are going to do to make this country right again. the issues are to important to be playing games. TELL US SOMETHING WE NEED TO KNOW.

    October 5, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  12. SleeplessInSeattle

    Senator McCain/Gov. Palin:

    Could you tell us something that we haven't heard so far from your campaign, like how are you going to fix the economy, how are you going to create new jobs and how are you going to improve our image abroad?

    October 5, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  13. Former Republican for OBAMA




    October 5, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  14. katiec

    At least two people are sane in this campaign.
    Obama/Biden are trying to talk about what America
    wants and needs.
    Mccain/palin are talking lies, distortions and attacks.
    Now, voters, who is best qualified to lead our
    No contest.

    October 5, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  15. Anonymous

    McCain/Palin are not good for America, or the world. How bad must things get before you republicans admit that Bush/Cheney, and followers have brought America down to the lowest level of my lifetime. McCain/Palin want to continue this downward slide with their policies of lowering taxes for the rich, sending more jobs to China, and caring not at all about the majority of Americans. The world community has seen more than enough, and our friends have doubts about the USA.The whole world is not wrong...the republicans of Bush/Cheney, McCain/Palin are wrong.

    October 5, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  16. Kimberly in AZ

    Its clear the mccain camp has nothing left but crazy lies, and BASE tactics. I thought they were told that us independents are not interested in high school rumors, we want facts and solutions, why cant he get that? At this point in the game all the scare tactics are done, we are not interested in that anymore. McCain lost his chance to turn this around, its over, he lost my vote during the VP debate. She was well reheared and completely condisending and fake. HORRIBLE job.

    October 5, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  17. Kaz H

    Wow, it seems no one does ANY research about their candidates! How in the heck is Obama a terrorist sympathizer? Honestly, tell me where you're getting this crap from. Bat-242: So? Bush has a DUI and got arrested at a football game for disorderly conduct! How do you get arrested for disorderly conduct at a sporting event? Everyone's disorderly. He must of tried really hard. I love the part where McCain/Palin are stealing Obama's message of change. Jeez, Republicans love stealingi n general it seems, stealing from tax-payers is one thing, but stealing from your opponent's campaign? That's a new one.

    October 5, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  18. Barney

    Stop censoring me CNN – I'm not offending anyone.

    Thank you Sarah !!! After 45 years of having to listen to a republican mother-in-law, she called last night and said she's not going to listen to any more lies from her party. Just in time, too. She's switching to DEM tomorrow – the last day to "register" (although she's only officially switching parties)!!

    Thank you Sarah!!!!

    October 5, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  19. Mike, Texas

    McCain/Palin= Could be worse than Bush TERM.

    October 5, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    PLEASE vote NO to the GEEZER/GIDGET ticket as someone earlier said. McCain has ADMITTED that he doesn't know much about economics (and probably doesn't care to). He's only interested in war-making.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2008!!

    October 5, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  21. A. Howard

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    McCain seems to riding on the skirt-tail on Palin. How sad!. Remove the one and only thing that has been able to energized his campaign and McCain is nothing. All of his life he's needed to cling to "so called beauty queens" to boost his ego and his need to control. He walked away from his wife because she no longer could fulful that need.. The man is
    unstable, unable, and suffers from "PMS" (Pathetic Male Syndrome)

    October 5, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  22. Dem in Chicago

    Not going to work for McCain/Palin. They're desperate/erratic. Stick a fork in 'em; they're done.

    October 5, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  23. Kyle in NY

    It was the Democratics in power that forced Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to take on risky loans in 1999. And when the Republicans sounded the alarm all the democratics voted against bringing it to the house floor. Since they had a majority it failed. A year later McCain was part of another attempt to bring the bill to the attention of the congress, but yet again, the democrats and their need to fill their campaign pockets (Obama 121,000 from FM/FM) and their belief that everybody should be able to get a loan whether they could afford it or not. Yes it was the greed of wall street and banks, but it was the stupidity of the democrats in power that put us in this financial crisis.

    October 5, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  24. Frank from Peterborough

    John McCain has some serious mental disorders and Sara Palin is a two bit hooker being pimped all over America by the GOP. Read the Enquirer they got the goods on little miss goody 2 screws.

    October 5, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  25. J. Cox

    I do not believe, in these trying times, any voters will buy into the propaganda John McCain espouses. These are serious times...

    I was a lifelong republican but early in this campaign I rejected John McCain's because his version of "STRAIGHT TALK" is nothing but hateful and ugly attacks !

    The last straw was John McCain's pick of Sarah Palin who is, in my opinion, nothing but an incompetent and feeble gimmic – so much for "AMERICA FIRST"? Who's kidding who?????.

    I am not only voting for Obama/Biden, but every democrat that is running in my state and changing my party affiliation to DEMOCRATIC. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH

    October 5, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
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