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. Boomer

    McCain is out of ideas. If you like what the Republicans got us into, vote for him. If you don't, vote for Obama/Biden. It really comes down to that. How can McCain and Palin call themselves mavericks when they are just proposing the same old Republican policies that have been around for the last eight years?

    October 7, 2008 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  2. Agbons David

    What's happening here? Is Senator John McCain at war with Senator Barrack Obama? It's enough! Enough of this outrage!!
    Frankly my Opinion – Sr. McCain called Obama to this mudsligging. Obama choosed to fight back – it's human nature. Anyway, trust Americans, they will not by fooled by hypocracy...After the election, the world will decide if Americans are trully smart.
    My advise – don't give in to fear! look out for the candidate who tries to use fear to bamboozle you to steal your vote. Remember fear is a result of ignorance.

    October 7, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  3. young and informed independant WASP( woman against sarah palin )

    give it up McCain...
    you will never win. there are to many people itching for REVOLUTION!!

    October 7, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  4. Another grumpy old white woman for Obama

    We know who Obama is.
    The problem is we know who McCain is too.
    Experience means nothing when it is all negative experience.
    You are whipping a dead horse McCain.
    Yes we can. Yes we will.

    October 7, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  5. Karen - Missouri

    Obama is right...McCain NEVER gives ALL details about his plans...because he will do the same as all Republican party candidates have done...screw up this economy and put more Americans at risk, even education systems and have to use questionable practices to win an election...even Reagan used voter caging.

    I'm tired of the lie and deceptions of the Republican party. As a once independent voter, I will never vote for a Republican again even if I have to vote for the donkey! I remember wage/price controls and voodoo economics...and they DO NOT WORK!

    McCain has been so erratic that he is downright scary! He has made a joke and mockery of our elections and high offices.

    I hope many more Missourians wise up and vote Obama.

    October 7, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  6. Independentandlovingit

    I guess the Republican's are use to having hugh servings of their own Medicine shoved down their Lying throats. About time. They started the lies and misdirects, and Obama, tried to keep it civil as long as possible, but we are not taking John Kerry Swift Boat attacks laying down!

    October 7, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  7. JO

    in my opinion i do not believe mccain is the best choice. he definitely is not on point. why call obama a liar.l because of the simple fact that he wants to help the economy better. the childhood life should not have an impact on what's going on today. the subject is highly unbelievable. i say john mccain just set back, relax, and take a good clean lost like a true man...

    October 7, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  8. Tom Swift, Shopton USA


    McCain holds the title for the biggest lie of all, when he said Sara Palin was qualified to be Vice Maverick and therefore ready to be President, should the need arise.

    That was a whopper.


    October 7, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  9. former gop

    McCain, please stop humiliated our once great country more than you already have.

    You and your VP pick are behaving like catty cheerleaders.

    America, let's take back the flag!

    October 7, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  10. Ed, Santa Fe NM

    Obama is ahead; he doesn't need to lie....

    LIES are all that McCain and Barbie have left... in their desperation

    October 7, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  11. Gloves off

    = = =
    To Senator Barrack Obama:
    It is time for you to take the gloves off. Along while ago I respected Senator Mr. McCain. No more. Your opponent Mr. McCain distorts facts or even simply lies. He is with out honor. He is twofaced, talks out of two side of his mouth and simply makes too many flip-flops. His mealy mouth running mate Governor Mrs. Sarah Palin only advertises with a shrill and grating voice her ignorance. Her strength lies in making fun of other people and spewing insulting jabs. She thinks she is successful and dynamic when her ill conceived sarcasm elicits laughs and chuckles in the audience.

    To the credit of most Americans the republicans’ dishonest campaigning tactics have been recognized. The Americans deserve an honest Government that represents the people. Senator Barrack Obama, fight fair, fight hard. Call a Spade a Spade.

    Take your gloves off. Do it now!

    October 7, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  12. jason, tx

    he is such a joke

    October 7, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  13. Scott NYC Independent

    Has anyone noticed the style of each candidates attack ads. McCain ads are images and statements that almost never have any endorsement for it's creditiablity.

    Obama ads almost always have quotes that other people or institutions have said making them creditiable. For example, the erratic ad quotes a major newspaper; its not stated as coming from Obama or Biden.

    October 7, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  14. J from DC

    It is good that Obama is fighting back. He also needs to keep ads going which highlight his common sense approach to solutions. People like his message, and solutions. We don’t like him doing too much name calling. Leave that to the Republicans. He can easily counter that with his message of hope. Which we have not heard much of lately. Obama needs to show us the guy we saw early on, who told us to believe in America and believe in ourselves. That is the message which proves his character in the end. Obama, stay above the fray. It is your strength.

    October 7, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  15. GOP can't win on the issues

    Does McCain realize that Obama has enough money to run ads talking about the issues and to hit back at slanderous swiftboat ads? I'm guessing not, give the man doesn't realize there is no such thing as Czechoslovakia, the Soviet Union, or the meaning of the words, "I'm going to take the high road in this campaign."

    I think, in the final analysis it will be said that McCain "swiftboated" himself out of contention in this election.

    October 7, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  16. Republican Base Voting OBAMA

    This is DUMB and the Maverick should not be doing this type of ad since he said that there is no place for this type of politics in the election cycle.

    Obama/Biden 08/12

    October 7, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  17. David, Silver Spring, MD

    Sarah Palin came out of her debate with a false sense of confidence. Just because he didn't attack her, and couldn't because of the debate format, she seems to think she succeeded beautifully. Now she's stomping around telling us how "fearful" she is of Obama.

    I'd be more afraid of her pushing to allow Alaska to secede from the Union, what with her husband being a member of the Alaska Independence Party and all.

    October 7, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  18. Keating 5

    I am really ashamed with Palin especially when she brought racism into this campaign. This is what Palin said about Obama, he is "unAmerican" and is this because he a black man. We are in 2008 and I feel as though we are in the Jim Crow area. She sounded so childish when she was talking about Obama in front of her supporters. I also did not realize that when you are under investigation, people can refuse to corporation with the law. Mccain and Palin thinks that they are above the law. I respect the American Legal System and their behaviors are dangerous to the American people. The world hates the Americans. Mccain and Palin are a disgrace to the American people and to the entire country. PALIN, you are "unAmerican" and don't know how to communicate.


    October 7, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  19. Matt

    I don't think that anyone is surprised the race has come to this...negative, slanderous, and deceitful campaign ads. We knew it would happen around the end of September or beginng of October when one candidate started pulling away in the Polls. McCain is on the defensive, however, I do find it funny that he is sending Palin to do the dirty work. She has been stumping some negative stump the past few days and I must say I am already tired of it.

    October 7, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  20. Bill, ca

    The greatest liars in this campaign are McCain and Palin.

    Thats why repubs are loosing.

    Democrats have the majority in the house of reps and Obama can start implement right away new measures to help the economy.

    McCain can't, thats as simple as that.

    Obama / Biden 08

    October 7, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  21. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    It's time for McCain to answer to the Keating 5 question!!!

    It's time for McCain to explain how he qualified for flight school with his shoddy Academy record!!!

    It's time for McCain to explain the choice of Sarah Palin!!!

    October 7, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  22. AL

    John McCain is so out of touch with the needs of real America he has no other choice but to go negative with his AD's. He has nothing with substance to talk about.
    McCain and his pull string Barbie doll should have spoke of issues these past few months to let the American people know exactly what they planned on doing to help us. Things such as ECONOMY, college aid, health care, mortgage's, gas prices, heating costs, food bills.. OH WAIT a moment, I guess with 7 homes and 14 cars theses issues are not on the top of HIS priority list.

    October 7, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  23. Bulldog

    I am so happy to see the Democrats finally punching back after 3 elections in a row where they did not. Good job Obama, they want to throw stones you throw bricks.

    October 7, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  24. Bob Indianapolis IN

    If I were McSame, I'd invest in some asbestos pants because he is such a liar, his drawers might burst into flames any moment...

    October 7, 2008 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  25. November 5

    I am taking the day off to laugh at the GOP.

    Finally the anti-gay, anti-family, anti-peace, anti-poor, anti-American nabobs of the right, and a special shout out to the arrogant we-are-the-only-true-Christians on the right wing, can all take a hike.

    Watch as the legislation moves back to peace, as the Supreme Court turns back to fairness, as the country moves away from stagnation, and on to progress.

    I'm putting on less scoop of sugar in my coffee today because life is getting sweeter already.

    October 7, 2008 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
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