October 5th, 2008
12:43 PM ET
6 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.

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  1. Kevin

    What is a terrorist? Somone who wants to destroy the United States...the key is the 'united' part. Uh, isn't Paiin the one who glowingly welcomed the secessionist group? That, my friends, is someone who wants to destroy these 'United' States.

    October 5, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  2. cejh

    Why does CNN spend so much focus on Palin and McCain. Is this an underhanded way to show support for them?

    October 5, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  3. Strategy # 1

    Talk about anything other than the consequences of Deregulation on the economic mess we are in at the moment...

    October 5, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  4. Jake

    Lincoln is and will always be known as the best president of the US, and 95% of polls throughout the years have proven that no one comes close to him. Not a single pull with him out of the top 5, most of them him being the best. On topic though...

    McCain ONLY has the war to run on Bat, which is funny, because there are 500 families that want to know what happened to their fathers, husbands, and brothers in Vietnam, when McCain has sealed all of the details about what happened because if that gets exposed, the fact that he purposely bombed schools and innocent communities in Vietnam when he was a pilot.

    He rather himself look bad, and he had the chance to expose this information and save 500 lives, and instead let them all die. It was the failure of the McCains, Nixon, George HW Bush, and other high ranking officials through the times that hid the facts of what happened over there, and that half of the POWs were never released (over 500 people never release), and many were worked to death, tortured to death, and the rest were later executed once Vietnam realized that the US was not going to fork over the $4 billion that was promised to them if the war would end.

    McCain let too many people die to hide his disgrace. If you really want to get that man fired up, just ask him, 'how do you think your father feels about your disgraces in Vietnam?' Now that would be interesting to see McCain's reaction.

    October 5, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  5. Robert From VA

    McCain's buddy Bush is a bigger terrorist than anyone. At least Ayers never tortured anyone in the name of the United States.

    October 5, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  6. democrat

    Do you know who were the only ones to leave the USA the day after 9/11 when all air space was closed?
    Yes, you guessed right...Bin Laden family....approved by whom? and why?

    "Beware the leader who bangs the drums of war in order to whip the citizenry into a patriotic fervor, for patriotism is indeed a double-edged sword. It both emboldens the blood, just as it narrows the mind. And when the drums of war have reached a fever pitch and the blood boils with hate and the mind has closed, the leader will have no need in seizing the rights of the citizenry. Rather, the citizenry, infused with fear and blinded by patriotism, will offer up all of their rights unto the leader and gladly so. How do I know? For this is what I have done. And I am Caesar."
    – Julius Caesar

    October 5, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  7. Janet

    Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Anybody who was taken in by Bush and then turns around and votes for McCain and the same policies deserves what they get. I'm deeply concerned for this country and the rest of us who are trying to live with their misjudgements.

    Anyone with an ounce of concern for this country should be able to see that they way out of this mess we in, isn't to vote for four more of the same.

    Not only is McCain another 4 years of Bush, but he is trying to mislead and win this election by stealing ideas from Obama while he trashes him. Aren't you tired of hearing from Obama what he will do; and hearing from McCain what Obama will do. Time has run out on McCain telling honestly what McCain will do. McCain says country first. I DON'T THINK SO!!

    October 5, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  8. 6PACK

    McCain has been a thorn in Bush's side since Bush came into office. Americans are not stupid enough to buy this ongoing attempt by the Obama camp to say 4 more years of the same. McCain is no Bush. Is this all Obama has to offer the American people? Dishonest name-calling and backwards thinking?

    The economic problems America faces are a result of the Democrats in the do-nothing congress. If the Democrats had listened to McCain Fannie May and Freddy Mac would be doing just fine. Democrats often listen to McCain, look at the Kennedy-McCain Immigration Reform. Brilliant lawmaking shoved under the rug by partisan Democrats who were not willing to share the praise. Partisan Repubs in Washington hate McCain. Saying he is 4 more years of Bush? Get real.

    Maybe Obama should focus on actually providing solutions instead of empty rhetoric. OBAMA HAS NOT SAID WHAT HE ACTUALLY INTENDS TO DO ABOUT ANYTHING. More committees and more government bureaucracy are the only things he has promised. That is not a SOLUTION.

    A celebrity president who only knows two things: voting present and voting the way he is told? No thanks. That is change of the worst kind.

    October 5, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  9. 12 HOUSES to 0

    SURE WE TRUST MCGREEDY.

    WE LOVE THOSE THAT MAKE US POOR & FRIGHTENED.

    WE ELECTED BUSH TWICE. WHATS ANOTHER 4 YEARS ?

    October 5, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  10. T. Awo

    I was ALMOST surprised when I saw the news article about Ayers-again-Obama was 8 YEARS OLD when the guy was a terrorist- are we going to hold all 8 yr old then accountable for this- how old was Palin then-4 or 5?
    The point is I need to see an increase in jobs and less taxes for me, because i need it, not because I want it. I need to believe my president is cool-headed enough to step back and think in a crisis. I don't want a friend as president, I don't want someone like me to be president, I want a person who can look at the world and say I think I can fix it. I think the people, given a chance, can fix it.

    October 5, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  11. Lisa, MD

    Thank you Global J for that comment :-)

    October 5, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  12. SARAH PALIN THE MAVERICK HAS SINGLE-HANDEDLY CHANGED THE PERCEPTION OF AMERICA’S WOMEN!

    Prior perception: This woman has effectively removed all “blonde” jokes from the public stage.

    New perception: It is now time for brunettes to ascend to center stage!

    October 5, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  13. GARY

    THIS IS TO YOU NAIVE HATING SUPPORTERS OF OBAMA. OBAMA PROMISES YOU ALL THE WORLD LIKE HE IS THE MESSIAH. YOU MORONS BELIEVE EVERYTHING HE SAYS. LET ME GIVE YOU SOME FACTS IN LIFE. THERE IS ONLY TWO THINGS QUARENTEED IN LIFE AND THAT IS PAYING TAXES AND DYING. THATS WHY MCCAIN DOSN'T PROMISE HE STRAIGHT FORWARD TELLS YOU THAT HE WONT EVER TURN HIS BACK ON YOU. COUNTRY FIRST. OBAMA IS A BIG CON MAN FROM CHICAGO. HE IS A BIG JOKE LIKE HIS HATING SUPPORTERS. ITS TIME TO GET OUT OF THAT FANTASY WORLD WITH OBAMA AND COME TO REALITY. YOU WANT YOUR COUNTRY SAFE ,VOTE MCCAIN. YOU WANT MORE TERROIST INVITATIONS ,VOTE OBAMA. NOVEMBER IS DEADLINE, DONT MAKE IT D DAY FOR OUR COUNTRY.

    October 5, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  14. Nick

    to Democrats Trust McCain....do you read any further than the headlines on CNN? Probably not.

    October 5, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  15. As the 'Paign Turns

    Wonder what would happen if Obama asked McCain to join him in dropping the negative campaigning and come together to talk to people about what they really plan to do to make it better for everyone? Do you think McCain would jump at that chance?

    Nah....

    October 5, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  16. Joe Kismarton

    Time for some reporters to dig into this troopercate scandal in Alaska
    bush&cheny/rove have their troops on the ground trying to block this
    developing story! They don't want any of this to get out,because in Alaska its an impeachable offense.And they know she is GUILTY as
    the sun comes up every day.

    October 5, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  17. Danielle

    You know, it wouldn't be so bad if the McPalin campaign had a solid plan for what they will do for the country.

    October 5, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  18. ANGIE

    Mccain is trying now to distract everyone from the economy because he has nothing to offer NOW HE IS REALLY GONNA TAKE THE LOW ROAD NOT THAT HE HASNT THE KARL ROVE PLAYBOOK IS GONNA BE IN FULL SWING AND THEY ARE GONNA USE THEIR BIMBO VP CANIDATE TO DO IT becareful mccain some mud just might come back and stick! Senator Obama its time to get down and dirty MCCAIN KEATING FIVE, MCCAIN MAFIA TIES, CINDY DRUG HABIT STEALING DRUGS, SARA PALIN TROOPERGATE SARA PALIN WITCH DOCTOR PASTOR LETS GO OBAMA NO MORE MR NICE GUY!

    October 5, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  19. a REAL American

    It seems to me that Obama and the Democrats are enjoying the recent financial and economic mayhem, kinda like when they were licking their chops during the toughest years of the Iraq War. Everytime something goes wrong they say, "see? It's all the Republicans' fault!" Right, Pelosi? What has the Democrat-controlled Congress done for me lately (sorry to steal your lyrics Janet Jackson)? They've had two years to try to fix things because, like Obama, they all saw it coming, but did nothing about it! Obama sat on his behind when the markets collapsed but did nothing.... and you liberals call that "presidential?" At least John McCain realized that a speech couldn't fix it all and went back willingly to do his job in Congress.

    October 5, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  20. undecided 10%

    I find it hard to believe ANY major political organization believes we the VOTERS are so STUPID as to be willing to support them when ALL they do is issue statements of slander and NEVER tell us what they are going to do in office.
    Obama is telling the world what he will do if elected. Can't say I have EVER heard the same from McCain.

    October 5, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  21. Donna

    Obama a terrorist sympathizer? Obama un-American? How about McCain's ties to Gordon Liddy? Or about Palin's marriage to a former memger of the Alaskan Independence Party?

    The fact is that the McCain/Palin campaign is dishonest and dishonorable. And–thank God–it is failing.

    October 5, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  22. Sally from Cali

    Palin and her husband support the Alaska Independence party. A party that would like to secede from the United States just like the Confederacy during the Civil War. How un-American can you get?

    McCain is one of the Keating 5. In an economic crisis that makes him a member of an elite group of criminals who got away with it.

    October 5, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  23. SF, Carrollton

    The next 30 days cannot come fast enough for me...

    October 5, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  24. Chris

    Glad to see Obama isn't going to take this thing sitting down.

    If McCain/Palin want to start a fight he needs to be able to throw some hard punches himself...(lord knows they gave him plenty of ammo).

    This ad made my day...he isn't going to go on the defense, and he won't let McCain take the limelight through lies....

    October 5, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  25. carol

    This is where Senator Obama is gaining ground rapidly, on the economy......he talks to people about the struggles they are having and goes on to explain what he intends to do about it.
    John McCain on the other hand talks a lot and tries to look as if knows what he's talking about.....but we all know by now that he does not!!!
    Senator Obama has no competition in this election year, the stakes are way too high and the mistakes of John McCain and his party are too great.
    If you really want change in this country and it is badly needed.....there is no other choice come Nov.....using slogans...COUNTRY FIRST...REFORMER...I CAN FIX IT...I KNOW HOW TO DO IT.....will just not do Senator McCain, you have been in power for the past 8 years and try as you may to 'say you are different", frankly is nonsense.

    NO OTHER CHOICE.....OBAMA/BIDEN 08

    October 5, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
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