October 7th, 2008
07:30 PM ET
6 years ago

Cindy McCain says Obama running 'dirtiest campaign' ever

Cindy McCain said Obama is running a dirty campaign.
Cindy McCain said Obama is running a dirty campaign.

(CNN) - Cindy McCain lashed out at Barack Obama Tuesday, telling a Tennessee newspaper the Illinois senator has waged the "dirtiest campaign in American history."

The comments came hours before her husband, Republican nominee John McCain, was slated to square off with the Illinois senator at the second presidential debate, and are among her harshest to date of her husband's rival for the White House.

Speaking to the Tennessean, Cindy McCain also said her husband would use Tuesday night's town hall forum as an opportunity to correct what she suggested were misleading statements from the Obama campaign.

“What I have found is that it’s necessary to make sure the American people understand what we have to say, what we stand for as a husband and wife, and what we will do for the American people if we’re lucky enough to be elected,” Mrs. McCain also told the paper.

Both presidential campaigns have stepped up the intensity of their attacks, with only four weeks remaining until Election Day. The McCain campaign raised Obama's past relationship to 1960's radical William Ayers over the weekend, prompting the Democratic nominee’s campaign to unleash a 13-minute documentary Web video Monday detailing the Arizona senator’s involvement in the Keating Five scandal.

In an admitted effort to turn the dominating narrative away from the nation's ailing economy, McCain’s campaign also launched a new offensive against Barack Obama's trustworthiness Monday, releasing a new campaign ad that asks "Who is Barack Obama?", and tells voters the Illinois senator is 'lying' about his record.

soundoff (112 Responses)
  1. Mrs. Brown

    HA! HA! HA! HA! HA!

    Now that's funny!!!

    October 7, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  2. Lin lin

    Cindy – be quite and do your botox – your hubby started it ..if u think the Dems are gonna just ignor crap like Kerry did – LADY U HAVE ANOTHER THING COMING

    October 7, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  3. temi

    YOUR HUSBAND IS THE ONE RUNNING THE DIRTIEST CAMPAIGN EVER GRANDMA BARBIE!!!

    October 7, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  4. Sonam- GA

    This coming from the lady that said Palin had foreign experience cause Alaska was the closest American state to Russia?

    Really?

    here comes Millionaire Barbie to her husbands rescue!

    October 7, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  5. Nick - Arlington, VA

    HA! ....has she not met her own husband's campaign?....Cindy McCain never says a thing and I'm not surprised her and Palin, two good looking women, are talking about how the scary black man is trying to be President. PATHETIC

    OBAMA-BIDEN 2008

    October 7, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  6. rose

    This is just laughable. It is obvious we

    October 7, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  7. cecil

    Cindy McCain For Dummies!

    October 7, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  8. Does Obama Palin Comparison?

    Mahmoud Ahmadinejad would vote for OBAMA!!!

    October 7, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  9. Alan

    Good laugh

    October 7, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  10. Jill

    Give me a break !!!!!!!!!!

    McCain started it with all the negative ads. Did he think that Obama wouldn't defend himself?

    Look at all the lies Palin came out with.

    Cry some more Cindy. Just give your credit cards another workout.

    October 7, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  11. Connie

    This is so pathetic. Expected, but still pathetic.

    October 7, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  12. RO

    Cindy!!! Where have you been? Your hubby and VP select are the ones who are behind this? They better watch out..going to backfire!

    October 7, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  13. AJ

    its apparent who is actually running the dirty campaign...calling the other guy a terrorist sympathizer...thats low

    like obama said "lets all agree that we ALL put our country first"

    October 7, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  14. KP

    look whos talking now

    October 7, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  15. rose

    Is Cindy Mccain serious? This is just laughable. It is obvious we are not watching or listening to the same thing

    October 7, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  16. C W

    OMG! I can't believe this woman! Obama is running a dirty campaign?!?

    I get it – the only thing left for the Repubs to do is accuse their opponents of their own horrendous behavior – further insulting the intelligence of all Americans. Like we can't see THEY are the ones who've been acting in the most despicable, untrustworthy, dishonorable way!

    Shame on you!!

    October 7, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  17. Eve 4 Obama

    She is the biggest hypocrite I have ever seen. I mean: haven't you looked at your husband! I thought McCain was the lowest, then came Palin and I'm starting to think that Cindy might be the worst.

    October 7, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  18. Ted

    . . . Palin started it.

    Democrats 08.

    October 7, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  19. Mark, Cleveland, OH

    And Cindy's opinion matters because?

    October 7, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  20. Adam in Omaha

    Realy Cindy? Realy? That's funny, I thought it was the other way around.

    October 7, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  21. Aaron from Battleground Ohio

    I knew this would happen. Cindy McCain is scared that hubby won't win and she won't be first lady. They are so materialistic and the office of the presidency is just another notch in their belts. They don't care about the little people in this country, they just care about themselves.

    October 7, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  22. JMV, NY

    Seriously? You should turn on your tv sometime, Cindy. He's not even running the dirtiest campaign of this campaign. Also, any other candidate would have brought up McCain's shameful involvement in the Keating scandal months ago.

    October 7, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  23. Penny

    hey cindy, we've got news for you , you are not in the running for president. oh and guess you started the smear tactics

    October 7, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  24. Joe

    Out of touch, ...out of ideas, ...and running out of time.

    As the world economy falls apart (to be continued)

    October 7, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  25. name

    meh. sour grapes

    October 7, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
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