October 7th, 2008
12:00 PM ET
10 years ago

New Obama, McCain ads say opponent is lying

A new Obama ad accuses McCain of lying to change the subject on the trail.

A new Obama ad accuses McCain of lying to change the subject on the trail.

(CNN) - Hours before they face each other on stage at the second presidential debate, John McCain and Barack Obama each accused the other of deliberate deception in new attack spots released Tuesday.

Earlier: The word “lie” becomes a trail mainstay

"Who is Barack Obama?" asks the announcer in the new 30-second McCain spot, “Hypo.”

The ad includes footage from a Missouri television station that reported "Obama's presidential campaign is asking Missouri law enforcement to target anyone who lies or runs a misleading television ad."

The reporter on that story, John Mills, has since dialed back those allegations, telling a Missouri newspaper that "in the retelling of the story, it got out of control… If they think a group has put out a misleading ad, they’re basically going to call a press conference and say the ad is misleading. I’m sure the Republicans would do the same thing."

The narrator in the McCain ad continues by citing a string of Obama ads whose claims have drawn criticism from independent fact check organizations. "How hypocritical," says the narrator. "Obama's Social Security attack was called 'a falsehood.' His health care attack ... 'misleading'. Obama's stem cell attack ... 'not true'. Barack Obama. He promised better. He lied."

In “Subject,” the Obama camp continues to paint McCain as dishonest and out-of-touch, using a quote from an anonymous campaign aide to the Republican nominee that appeared in Monday’s Daily News: "If we keep talking about the economic crisis, we’re going to lose."

“He’s out of ideas. Out of touch. And running out of time. But with no plan to lift our economy up, John McCain wants to tear Barack Obama down. With smears that have been proven false,” says the narrator in the 30-second spot.

"Why? McCain’s own campaign admits that if the election is about the economy, he’s going to lose,” continues the announcer, as an image of that Daily News quote flashes on the screen.

"But as Americans lose their jobs, homes and savings, it’s time for a President who’ll change the economy. Not change the subject."

The campaigns did not reveal the extent of their ad buys. The McCain camp said that “Hypo” would be “televised nationally”; the Obama team said “Subject” would air on national cable beginning Tuesday.

soundoff (195 Responses)
  1. For Obama!!

    OH give me a Break McCain. You sound like one of my little children!!

    October 7, 2008 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  2. Praetorian

    Now there we go.
    We've finally found something the two of these guys have in common!!!

    October 7, 2008 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  3. HC

    When willa ll this nonsense stop?

    October 7, 2008 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  4. Corey W

    Despreate, desperate ole' dried up dirt bag, he and the bimbo need to stop there foolishness and its not working for them but against them.

    October 7, 2008 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  5. Hawk

    Hit em hard Obama

    October 7, 2008 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  6. SDunn

    John McCain is an angry man! Him and his horrible choice for a VP are spewing hatred at their rallies. People there are calling a sitting U.S. Senator a "terrorist" and yelling "kill him" without either one of them chastising their supporters! We don't need any more of this divide and conquer right winged cult voo doo!

    October 7, 2008 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  7. Jack Jodell, Minneapolis, MN

    The only important thing to note here is that McCain and Palin ARE lying, and have been doing so constantly.

    October 7, 2008 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  8. Tony

    It is over for McCain. You would think that he would try to go out with as much dignity as he can.

    Sad, bitter, pathetic old man.

    October 7, 2008 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  9. Spencer from VA

    Lies, lies and more lies. There is no credibility in the McCain camp. I guess he hasn't been paying attention to when you go negative, the polls shift in Sen. Obama's favor. So let him keep running his smear campaign. Attacking someone's character is not honorable. I can't wait to watch Sen. Obama scrub the floor with this old geezer tonight.


    October 7, 2008 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  10. Accountant Guy

    McBush is getting desperate because he knows he can't win on the issues so he is trying to win with lies. It is not going to work!! Pack it up and take eskimo barbie with you!!

    Obama/Biden '08

    October 7, 2008 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  11. WhoIsPalin?

    Obama has ran the most impressive and exemplary Presidential Campaign in the History of America. He deserves to be POTUS.
    CNN on WaPo it's reported that somebody at Palin's Rally said Kill 'em while referring to Sen.Obama, why are you guys not reporting this. Your Pro-McCain Bias is showing again!

    October 7, 2008 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  12. George, TX

    Tindan Carolina wrote….
    October 6th, 2008 2:59 pm ET
    A young newly married woman was at an airport to fly to Norway and join her husband. The airline said she needed $125. for extra luggage. Through tears the woman could not make them understand that she had no more money A young well dressed man stepped forward and gave her the money she needed. She took down his name and address and promised to repay him as soon as she got to Norway….which she did. The year was 1988 and the young man was Barack Obama. Thats what kind of man he is. That man will be our next president.

    October 7, 2008 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  13. Canadian

    Pain and Panic needs to suspend their campaign again, its so obvious

    October 7, 2008 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  14. Jeff Brown

    Poor John has no idea which way to turn, so he follows his gut instinct and becomes a rat!

    October 7, 2008 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  15. D.Kimbro OHIO

    It seems funny that as the politcal tide turns against Sen McCain, he now wants to do what was done to him. I remember the teary John McCain in 2000 when W. done the same thing to him. He will receive a lesson on how he should have handled it.

    October 7, 2008 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  16. Joe Regis

    I mean where is the civility, where is the pledge that I will not run a negative campaign? I call upon both campaigns to refrain from going down the low dishonorable road to the presidency.

    Both need to reject the low road and both need to take the high and honorable road to the White House.

    The repubs should reckon with what they have done over the last 8 years running the country.

    October 7, 2008 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  17. Robert

    McCain is shameless. His favorability ratings are going to continue to tank if he stays 100% negative. Obama seems like he s just responding in kind to unfair attacks, with mostly fair ones. The fact that Obama has not brought up that McCain was one of the Keating Five until yesterday is proof he has not been trying to push this campaign into the gutter.

    John McCain: Your fear tactics disgust me.

    October 7, 2008 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  18. Songbird McCain

    What a load of dung! With the recent behavior from both the McCain and Obama camps, I'm considering unplugging my TV for the next month. The economy is THE issue. Period. And any politician that has to resort to name calling, slander, smears, and flat out lies, obviously just doesn't get it. With the election just a month away, we have all made up ours minds as to who we'd like to see lead this country. The election should just be held TODAY so that we can get it over with and not have to suffer through another month of this BS!

    October 7, 2008 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  19. Sean from CT

    The big difference here is that

    1) McCain threw the first stone(s)
    2) Obama's claims are based on facts and quotes (unlike the far reaching the McCain camp is pulling. Ayers? Wright? Really?)

    Don't be deceived by the real hypocrite, McCain!

    Obama '08!

    October 7, 2008 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  20. ines

    I wouldn't trust McCain for the time of day.

    October 7, 2008 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  21. katiec

    How can Mccain have the gall to accuse anyone of lying?
    The mans whole campaign has been run on lies, distortions,
    attacks and phoniness.
    The Mccain we use to know is no more and he has thrown
    away any integrity and honor he once had to try and win.
    We do not want a man like this leading our country.
    How could we trust him? We cannot!!

    October 7, 2008 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  22. Kim, Charlotte, NC

    I can't wait to vote

    October 7, 2008 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  23. Central Scruitinizer

    I have read 3 times this morning that" if " Obama would have taken MCcaints offer on the 10 townhall debates, McCaint would be winning. Let me share an observation regarding the word "IF". IF a buzzard had an organ up its butt , we'd have music in the skies!!!! Accept the defeat REPUGS> To borrow a Monty Python qoute in regards to McCaints campaign "Its not resting, it's dead. Breathed of life , it rests in peace. If you hadnt nailed it to the perch , it would be pushing up the daisies. THIS IS A LATE campaign! It has run down the curtain and joined the choir invisible!!!" Have a nice day repugs , and try not to grit your teeth too hard as Obamalamba coasts to victory. Its no too late for you to come to your senses and join up with the Dems......

    October 7, 2008 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  24. Mark

    Slopping in the mud is so unbecoming of John. He should let Sarah do it!

    October 7, 2008 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  25. Pat

    John McCain's Camp is King of the Camp when it comes to lies and deception. Now he has his cohort Pailin throwing the punches whilst he stays in the background. What an example of a presumed to be Military Hero's Backbone and courage!

    OBAMA/BIDEN 08 For Truth, Courage, and Real Solutions.

    October 7, 2008 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
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