October 7th, 2008
12:00 PM ET
6 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. Phil Newton Murphy, Oregon

    I carefully check the candidates' statements.

    While Obama has made claims that have been distorted, only the McCain campaign has outright and consistently lied.

    His campaign the last two weeks has been based on one outright lie after another.

    Doesn't he thimk we pay attention?

    October 7, 2008 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  2. Julie-Washington State

    I think they both need to stop. This is why politicians have a bad name...we are always being told our candidates are liers and crooks!
    Both Candidates said this was going to be a "nice" campaign that stuck to the issues. So I gues they both lie!!!
    Senator McCain and Senator Obama please stick to the issues and what you will do to help us. My wellbeing depends on what you will do to turn the economy around.
    Stop the mud slinging, this does not do our Country any good!

    October 7, 2008 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  3. truckers for mccain

    John McCain has been open and honest about the Keating matter, and even the Democratic special counsel in charge recommended that Senator McCain be completely exonerated. By contrast, Barack Obama has been fundamentally dishonest about his friendship and work with the unrepentant terrorist William Ayers, whose radical group bombed the Pentagon and the U.S. Capitol. Nor has Barack Obama come clean on his close friendship with Tony Rezko, a felon convicted on bribery charges who subsidized the purchase of Barack Obama’s home. It's obvious that Barack Obama is frantically attacking because he knows that most voters find these kinds of friendships, and the failed judgment they expose, to be unacceptable for our next president

    October 7, 2008 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  4. Rodger

    McCain will say and do anything to take the economy out of the peoples view. He is the same as Bush...has no answers!

    October 7, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  5. Tim

    This is true. His own campaign said that if they keep talking about the economy, they will lose!!!! That's becasue McCain doesn't have a clue and not that the idiot stated he would cut Medicare, he definitely wants to change the subject!!

    Oh, one more thing...CNN, You have the link to McLoser's add, where the hech id the link to Obama's add?? If you are not going to put bith candidates links on your ticker, then don't put any of them. Stop giving McNasty free advertisement.

    October 7, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  6. Lucy

    WOW, McShameful Loser ought to just turn tail and run back to Arizona
    and send McMoose Bushkiller back to alaska.Even Karl Rove CAN'T believe the 2 McShamefuls can win NOW. For once, they can't STEAL another election, WE'RE NOT GONNA LET, DOG GONE IT!!!

    October 7, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  7. BRIDGE & ROAD TO NOWHERE

    McCain & Palin are the worst jokes that I'm not finding FUNNY.

    October 7, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  8. Molly KC

    How much more juvenile is this going to get? Is it November 4th yet?

    October 7, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  9. Billy

    This from ABC News:

    "Palin then went on to blame Katie Couric's questions for her 'less-than-successful interview with kinda mainstream media.' At that, Palin supporters turned on reporters in the press area, waving thunder sticks and shouting abuse. Others hurled obscenities at a camera crew. One Palin supporter shouted a racial epithet at an African American sound man for a network and told him, 'Sit down, boy.' "
    (Another crowd member, upon mention of Obama's ties to Bill Ayers: "Kill him!")

    Sick Sick Sick.

    McCain and Palin should be ashamed of themselves. They are loading a gun that some idiot wacko is going to use. Freedom of speech ends when it incites violence. These two need to be removed from the public eye.

    October 7, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  10. Michelle Marietta Ga

    MCain has gone too far. He and Palin are digging their own grave. Who is advising these two morons, it has become clear that McCain and Scary Palin have no substance or any game plan to help America with the economy, taxes or the war.

    The McCain ads are a distraction from the fact that he has no idea of the current issues facing the American people. Tonight all eyes will be on McCain, he needs to communicate what he is going to do as POTUS.

    Disgusted with the Republican in Georgia.

    October 7, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  11. Tim

    This is true. His own campaign said that if they keep talking about the economy, they will lose!!!! That's because McCain doesn't have a clue and not that the idiot stated he would cut Medicare, he definitely wants to change the subject!!
    Oh, one more thing…CNN, You have the link to McLoser's add, where the heck id the link to Obama's add?? If you are not going to put both candidates links on your ticker, then don't put any of them. Stop giving McNasty free advertisement.

    October 7, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  12. Terry, Dallas Texas

    Can you smell the fear coming out of the McCain camp? It's like watching a football game where the favored home team is down by 21 with 5 minutes to play and they are just in shock. Can it really be happening? The Republicans are in danger of losing the White House? I love the way everyone on the right has gone from being smug to being angry and defensive. All they can do at this point is call us names and tell us that we will still lose this election somehow. Better hurry up with that October surprise I keep reading about.

    October 7, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  13. mildred w greear

    NO MATTER WHO WINS, THOSE WHO SLIME ANOTHER CAN NEVER BE CLEAN AGAIN. EVERYONE LOSES.

    October 7, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  14. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Lying isn't saving retirement plans or investments. Lying isn't saving homes. Lying isn't decreasing the cost of food, gas, insurance, home mortgages and education. Lying isn't increasing the stock market and saving banks. Enough is enough.

    October 7, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  15. Kim

    McShame on you.

    In the days of crumbling Wall Street and our economy one thing YOU said stands out and that was that you weren't real strong on the economy. Remember that?

    Just like Jack Webb said in Dragnet, we want ""Just the facts, ma'am(sir)"

    October 7, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  16. Eve

    I'm sick of the media treating on negative ad the same the opponent's negative ad. Tony Rezko doesn't cancel out Charles Keating. Charles Keating swindle people of their life savings and was in business with McCain's main source of income, his wife and his father-in-law. Balanced coverage doesn't mean everything one side does is done in equal degree.

    October 7, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  17. Conservative Crisis

    William F Buckley must be spinning in his grave. The Republican party is falling apart at the seams, as common sense conservatives find it virtually impossible to accept McCain's VP choice. November 4th will signal the end of the conservative era. The unholy alliance between the GOP and religious extremists has forced moderates into the democratic party, and will result in not only a landslide Obama / Biden victory, but Democratic majorities in both houses of Congress. The nightmare is nearly over.

    October 7, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  18. Liar, Liar, Minneapolis

    McCain has nothing to offer the American people, so he lies to distract people. Even the devil himself, Karl Rove has said that McCain has gone too far with 100% lies in his ads. He doesn't want to talk about our failing economy, so lets just lie. The Ayers lie is so bad, I can't believe Dumb and Dumber can look the American people and try and tell us that Obama was involved with this man when he bombing gov building – OBAMA WAS 8 YEARS OLD AT THE TIME – STUPID!

    October 7, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  19. crystalforobama

    Mcain is the biggest hypocrit I have ever came across. his allegations of Obama have already been proven false. He has alot of nerve to say that Obama does not have a plan for this economy when Obama already explained his plan but I haven't heard not one word about what Mcain plans to do to help this country get back on it's feet. And in no way as to what Ayers did when Barack was a child really has no relevance today. Barack was only in grade school at the time when Ayers was protesting the viet nam war which none of our american soldiers should of been there in first place.

    GO OBAMA!!! YOU ARE THE DUDE.

    October 7, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  20. Aaron

    I would have to go with: "Pot calling kettle black."

    October 7, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  21. Tommy T

    They call each other liars. The difference? Obama continues to run a generally honorable campaign. His attacks are usually based on fact. McCain, on the other hand, will say anything, regardless of facts or common decency. If there was any doubt left, he is showing that he is unfit to be president. We've had eight years of lying and deceit from the GOP. Enough already!

    October 7, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  22. Jennifer

    john mccain is an awful racist power-hungry opportunistic old egomaniac.
    i am disgusted by how much he has degraded himself throughout this campaign.
    my vote goes to Obama/Biden.

    October 7, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  23. Sylvia

    Obama is the only one hiding behind a curtain that the main stream media put up for him....God help this country if he is elected!!!!!

    October 7, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  24. TheTruthHurts

    Whatever. I'm voting early next week along with millions across the nation. WIthout fraud, McCain has no chance. GO AHEAD Johnny. Give it your best shot - without guns that is.

    October 7, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  25. Mccain is a liar

    It's the economy stupid! God I'm so sick of this, stop playing preschool antics making fun of the other guy, start giving us YOUR solutions, my god this is pathetic, his campaign are like bullies, GROW UP!!!

    October 7, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
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