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. Trina in New Mexico

    Isn't it possible to ignore mudslinging, and continue campaigning? If you play in the mud with your opponent and shift focus off the economy, you may lose.

    October 7, 2008 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  2. Vaxe

    That 's what they do to distract the public from talking what is good for the great nation ours. We need to to know what the candidates is doing to save the econony of this country and put America back on track. shame on both of them

    October 7, 2008 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  3. Will-South Dakota

    McBush is so out of touch, he's allowing Palin to interject outright racial slurs telling a crowd that Obama " isn't like us" meaning he isn't "white and right like us" thats down right so horrendus and to allow someone in the crowd to yell " terrorist" when McCain asks " who is Barak Obama?" to me as a man of color when a person yells that out it's reference to people of color and McCain allowed this by acting like he had a senior moment . Now if the Straight Talker is honest he'd come out today and publically admonish Palin and repudiate the terrorist wording, McCain has turned into McSleaze. People of color across America have a reason to fear McCain/Palin

    October 7, 2008 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  4. Gtnaustin

    And here come the Republican 527's. So much for "Change" John. You have no PROVEN beyond a resonable doubt that you ARE NOT about change but about running the same, tired, garbage slinging campaign that the American taxpayer (YOU BOSS) is SICK AND TIRED of seeing.

    IT'S THE ECONOMY STUPID!!!! as has been said before. We are scratching to get by and you want to throw garbage up on the tv, talk garbage at your political stops and NEVER ONCE talk about a plan to fix this country. You are WAY to out of touch with the cmoon American. Being a kept man has not done you well other than you standard of living which is so far beyond the average American that you can't even begin to relate which makes you NOT the person to led America.

    October 7, 2008 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  5. Mk

    The McCain campaign, just a month ago said they knew they were lying and didn't care. The press and almost everybody else chastised them for lying, and now we are supposed to listen to them call the other campaign liars? Just exactly how stupid does the McCain campaign really think we are? They insult EVERY American with their attitude that they can spew anything they want to us and we will believe it.

    October 7, 2008 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  6. The real McCain!!

    McCain wanted to smear Obama? Well he has something else coming! Just because Obama is the TRUE EPITOME of change DOES NOT

    October 7, 2008 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  7. G. Robinson

    We all know the Senator McLiar is the one spreading lies and trying to mischaracterize Senator Obama. John McSmear has reached an all time low for running the most dispicable Presidential campaign in history. Why would any sane American want him to run this country? Anyone who votes for him is either racists or absolutely out of thier mind. McInsane has a reward all right, but it won't be sitting in the Oval office. Try again in four years McBush. Maybe being nearly 80 years old will give you some wisdom, but right now at 72 or however old you are, you should pack it up and return to any one of your 9 or 10 or 11 homes – ASAP.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 08-12

    October 7, 2008 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  8. may

    is it true! they lies all the time.

    October 7, 2008 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  9. Obamacan

    Senator McSame and my ex-republican party have only one problem. We already know know who's trying to lie his way in the While House and who is trying to talk about the issue.

    Republican for Obama 08

    October 7, 2008 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  10. Sweetie

    If Obama wins this election we will be a nation in deep do-do!

    We can not afford his Plans or Lack of Experience!

    We need a Leader with Experience and a Track Record!

    I'm hoping after the debate Tonight folks will realize how dangerous the Left Wing Nut Job in Training Pants really is!

    PS McCain is NOT Bush!


    October 7, 2008 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  11. Rudy NYC

    I think the narrator in the McCain ad is the party most guilty of not telling the truth this round. What the narrator says escalates what independent organizations have said about various Obama ads.

    Where's the lie in the cited Obama ad? McCain's own campaign did admit that if the main talking point remains the economy he will most likely lose the race, AND they will turn up the bubble machine on attacking Obama's character.

    October 7, 2008 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  12. America demands answers

    T o all the GOP bloggers who have gone into hidding cos you John Maverick McCain has lost it comletely..."Woman shot herslelf cos she was loosing her house.....Man killed family and himself cos he lost his job"
    All Mr maverick's answer is "Who is Barrack Obama"?

    This is absolute insanity, out of touch, and unpresidential.

    Pls tell Mr Maverick that here in Illinois Obama have 80% to 16% with 4% undecided pull out cos no matter what happens he cant win in Illinois..He pulled out of michigan but running in Illinois? wahat an incompetent campaign.....Do you think u will loose michigan and gain Illinois? Obama is from illinois...HELLO O!!!!

    October 7, 2008 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  13. john

    Looking forward to hundreds of Nobama and McSame posts to this non-story. Is there anything here that is actually news?

    October 7, 2008 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  14. DB - Colorado

    Why can't McCain focus on the issues facing this country? His slogan 'Country First' is an absolute farce as he attacks Obama over the silliest things. Not to mention the release of his attack dog (with lipstick) Sarah Palin. Both are without a strand of moral fiber in there sad dark bodies, Amazing what greed and the hunger for power does to people while 'Joe Six-Pack' suffers.


    October 7, 2008 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  15. Baze

    McPain are losers. They both missed their chances for face to face libel of their opponent, and now here they are playing johnny come latelites in a last stitch attempt to salvage their pathetic campaign.


    October 7, 2008 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  16. Doris,Memphis,TN

    It's the "Economy Guys". People are hurting to the point of committing
    suicide. They are killing their families and then turning the gun on themselves. Americans pull together in a time of crisis. Barack Obama
    and Joe Biden are the only choice we have. God Bless America and
    strengthen those who are weak.

    October 7, 2008 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  17. Shirley

    Judy say that ain't so. McCain said he was an honest man and now the deal is out that he was a participant. Man he has lied to everyone and to think that Obama eight(8) was a terriorist. Now let Palin rebunk this with her non-speaking non-reading attitude for the people.

    McCain didn't realize that when you go looking for dirt you find it on someone else but there is some out there for you toooooooooo.

    Yea baby McCain is out of touch with the people so, Mcain stick to the issues.

    October 7, 2008 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  18. Joe in DE

    We are seeing a lot of half truths (or less) with intentional distotion. McCain is most quilt, pribaly because he is behind.

    October 7, 2008 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  19. Baby B

    McCain...time for your nap.

    October 7, 2008 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  20. Noah

    No, McCain DOES have a plan for the economy. It is obama who has not yet detailed anything particular for his plan. He just gets the benefit of the doubt because the average Americans are uninformed and blame the current economy solely on Bush when the Democrats are more to blame because of their being in bed with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. McCain was ahead in the polls before the economy worsened. Average Americans are not informed and do not know anything about Obama but that doesn't matter because they think the economy is Republican's fault. I hate to say this but the average American voter is not very smart (and mostly liberal).

    October 7, 2008 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  21. The real McCain!!

    McCain wanted to smear Obama? Well he has something else coming! Just because Obama is the TRUE EPITOME of change DOES NOT mean Obama has to seat back and see his name and his character and integrity drowned in the mud. He is standing up for himself and SIMPLY showing McCain and the RIGHT WING that SWIFT BOAT STYLE attacks will NOT have room and American Citizens deserve FAR MORE than that!! Like Sen Obama said: Sen McCain is "OUT OF TOUCH, OUT OF IDEAS AND OUT OF TIME"

    October 7, 2008 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  22. Miller, IA

    Who will be the bigger man and stop the negativity and concentrate on the issues at hand. As we are in these troubling times all the campaigns can do is attack each other with negativity. Why not just point out the differences between each of your proposals and let the citizens of the United States of America make the choice instead of making it so much about the wrong things that it's starting to feel like we are deciding which one of the candidates will do the least damage. Looking forward to the debate tonight to see if one of them will step up to the plate for the people not just themselves.

    October 7, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  23. Billy

    It's only been 3 days of negative campaigning and I'm totally turned off from it.

    McCain has traded in all of his past honor and reputation for these dirty tricks. I cannot believe this is the man I respected in 2000. His "Country First" theme has become a joke at my workplace. I'm so disappointed in him.

    October 7, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  24. Spencer from VA

    Bush = Rove = McCain

    That is the connection. No way, no how, no McCain, no Palin.


    October 7, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  25. Peter of Oregon

    I approve of Obama's ad because it states the truth. McCain is trying to change the subject.

    October 7, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
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