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. Jon

    Newsflash – They're BOTH lying and taking things out of context, and apparently now quoting anonymous campaign workers.

    In my opinion, neither one of these clowns are fit or ready to lead this country. Is these two seriously the best candidates we can come up with???

    October 7, 2008 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  2. Doug R.

    Actually, John McCain is the liar. Obama is responding to his deceptive, inaccurate, and false ads. McCain is a pathological liar, an adulterer, and a false patriot. He gets up on stage and barks. His campaign premise "Country First" is a lie. Palin is a flake who barfs up what the RNC tells her to. She has zero crediblity and no independent ideas. Neither of them know what they're doing...no plans, ideas, visions for this country. All negative smears. Nothing positive. They will be soundly defeated on 11/04/08 and then they can both go away.

    October 7, 2008 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  3. Bulldog

    Palin and McCain are pretty brave to throw stones when there are plenty of bricks that can be thrown right back. Good luck with that one.

    October 7, 2008 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  4. Cal

    I hope the American people recognize that the Republicans are just trying to distract us from the real issues. McCain can't win on ideas and policies, so he is just trying to manufacture doubts about the other side. Even Republican commentators on Hannity&Colmes last night all but admitted this, in my interpretation.

    The truth is that Obama has never done anything serious enough to require government investigation. On the other hand, McCain admitted to impropriety, if not outright wrong-doing, in the Keating Five scandal that caused American tax-payers quite a bit of money during the Savings and Loan crisis. Palin is currently under bipartisan government investigation in to allegations of abuse of power.

    I pray that America doesn't fall prey to thinly-veiled racism and jingoism.

    October 7, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  5. Marc

    Tired of writing informative and serious posts on behalf of my candidate John McCain because CNN only post pro-Obama messages. I'll just say this, ask yourselves why you put your faith in a man of no record with his ambiguous calls for change. That said, continue to post your "yes we can" and "mcbush" messages.

    October 7, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  6. rhoward

    As entertaining as the mudslinging and name calling can be, the real issue for most people right now is the economy and what are the candidates's ideas as to what to do about it. It would be nice if both sides respected the electorate enough to discuss the issues instead of trying to see who can come up the the sleaziest accusation to use against the other.

    October 7, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  7. al

    The individual McCain should be most angry with (and perhaps he is) is GEORGE BUSH, who used conniving tactics to help get nominated over McCain in 2000. If anyone remembers how McCain presented himself back then, he was friendlier, more sensible, less desperate, and less angry. Don't blame Obama/Biden for McCain developing these traits. McCain's downfall was initiated by George Bush. If you're a Republican I suggest you think whether you would have preferred to have had McCain as President for the past eight years rather than Bush.

    October 7, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  8. lili in nc

    palin is a racist for sure mccain is angry, old and grumpy and you want them to run our country

    October 7, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  9. Alice Brinkley

    Get real. Obama is too green to have ideas, except to be the ruler of the world. He wants to change our country to be like France: all bad!

    October 7, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  10. Jerry in Boston

    "If we keep talking about the economic crisis, we're going t o lose" – McCain campaign.

    Obama should take a leaf out of Palin's book. Nomatter what he's asked, ignore it and talk about the economic crisis.

    October 7, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |





    October 7, 2008 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  12. nmc

    mccain is saying that obama is lying about economic crisis because he keeps on talking about it. but just because he talk about it alot do not mean that he is lyin he is just trying to prove his point to america.IN the debate mccain will try to step his game up since his vice president lost in the vice president debate.I hope obama wins.

    October 7, 2008 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  13. Glenda Collins

    John McCain is just proving to me that HE is unfit to serve as my president. His actions, starting with his pick of Sarah Palin as his running mate, to his last ditch efforts to smear Barack Obama name; is proof that John McCain does not use good judgement under pressure.

    October 7, 2008 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  14. GOP are responsible for this economy

    Why is it that to see a McCain ad you have to go to YouTube? No one at JohnMcSame.com can embed a video? That little skill takes like 20 seconds to learn....how are they gonna solve a crisis like this economy if they can't even host their own ads on their own website? Oh yeah, they'll just do what a maverick would do. Sorry, I forgot their solution to everything.

    October 7, 2008 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  15. G_OBAMA

    McCain ads = Lies not based on facts
    Obama ads = Facts, supported by facts

    October 7, 2008 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  16. Cynthia; Bham

    McCain should be the last person to call someone a liar. He has been playing fast and loose with the truth for some time.

    October 7, 2008 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  17. stocks fall

    LOL...McCain calling someone a lier? thats rich.

    October 7, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  18. welches, oregon

    McCain's down by another point today on Gallup.

    Keep up the negatives McShame and your 'lil doggie. It's helping Obama!!

    If you like Hillary, vote Democrat – she'll never get a Presidential Appointment in a Republican Administration

    October 7, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  19. PSU Student

    Obama running an ad again with no substance and facts, just like his whole campaign. Didn't he say a few months ago he wouldn't resort to "same old" politics and bash other candidates? Also, he keeps saying he's going to "change" the economy, and "change" this, and "change that". Change only works when it is for the better.

    October 7, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  20. Jorge

    John McCain is more and more like a chihuahua every day:




    October 7, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |

    With 2 wars FAR FROM being won, the economy getting worse from day to day, the Dow Jones below 10,000 and voters worried about keeping their jobs with the added prospect of losing their health insurance coverage, the decision of McCLOWN and his CLUELESS Vice President to attack Obama is the clear sign that these two FAKE "mavericks":

    (1) Follow OLD Washington politics,
    (2) Have nothing CONSTRUCTIVE to offer and
    (3) Are in full PANIC MODE.

    It is no wonder that Obama is increasing his lead: voters are sick and tired of KARL ROVE's style smear tactics.

    By doing so McCLOWN's looks more and more like a CARBON COPY of G.W.BUSH.


    October 7, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  22. S. Boatman

    Hey Mccain! . . . Lets Talk About The Economy!

    October 7, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  23. summer

    Who is Barack Obama? I'll tell you...He is the next president of the united States Of America. So, step off McSame. You're out of there loser!

    October 7, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  24. Veterans 4 Obama

    Hey JMac...you need a tissue?

    October 7, 2008 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  25. McCrazy

    It's funny how when one campaign goes negative, both are seen as doing so. When Obama makes an ad, he talks about issues, economy, and the last three that aided in dc talked about his plans in detail. John McCain's ads talk about Obama's character.

    I am glad Obama ran this ad with that comment about making people forget about the economy. I found a quote from John McCain when he became the presumptive nominee this spring, where he promised he would run a clean campaign. He forgot to mention that was unless he was losing.

    He has become a pathetic man and clearly we gave him too much credit for being an honest and self respecting human being all these years.

    Here is some straight talk: "Go Away".

    October 7, 2008 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
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