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. Ex-mod-GOP for Obama

    John McCain is selling his soul for one last shot at the White House. It's a sad, sad ending to the career of a once-great man.

    October 7, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  2. Jinny Lee

    McCain/Palin.... have totally lost it!

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

    The problem with Mccain/palin is that they attack but FACTCHECK.COM and other reliable sources always dispute their claims. If you are going to bring allegations, you better make sure the allegations can be proven. People will believe what they want to believe regardless if it truthfull or false. I hope that Obama continues to address the issues that is of importance to AMERICA!!!

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 7, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  4. carrie from houston

    What are you doing? Stick with the issues!!! You are better than this. You dont eat with crows... Soar with eagles like we are used to.

    October 7, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  5. Nabila

    It is amazing how the McCain team is quick to jump on any misleading news item on Obama only to have themselves trying to expalin later that the story originally was not theirs. I guess when a team gets desperate that is what they resort to.

    October 7, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  6. cjs

    This is where I stop watching the campaigns. McCain has gone to such a dark place, he said he would not go dark and look where he is, then he turnes it on Obama, give me a break. It truely saddens me to see a war hero, good politician reduced to an angry, ranting hypocrytical old man. McCain has lied more than Obama, but Obama is not clean either. The title of the new McCain ad fits what it is about. Hypocrytical much John!!!! Obama is rubbing around with terrorists? You are quoting his air raid comments completely in context right John? Considering what George did to you in 2000 I thought a man of "honor" would have some. You make me sick. Atleast Obamas attack ad addresses the economy as an issue.

    October 7, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  7. therealmarie

    Eventually either a campaign staff member, McPalin or rally supporter will call Senator Obama what they really want to call him, and the media will have license to eat it up by 24/7 repeating it. UnStable/UnAble supported and promoted by the McShame's B-B-Que MSM.

    October 7, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  8. Not fit

    I noticed a Washington Post article that reports that Palin supporters yelled racist comments at minority attendees at a rally yesterday. I'd advise readers to check this article out, and I believe CNN would find it quite newsworthy.

    October 7, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  9. Kate in Ottawa

    If we're looking for a measure of the character of these two men, read their respective books. McCain's is all about himself and his father and grandfather, Obama's is about everyone and everything. Obama's the one who comes across as caring about others, not about his reputation.

    Ok, now, can we get onto the issues?

    October 7, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  10. f kimbrough


    October 7, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  11. Matt

    I know it's kind of like their last breath, but McCain's campaign needs to really stop these ads. It might be just me, but it really makes him more and more like a whining 3 year old each time when they don't get their way. I know Obama's released negative ads in rebuttal, but at least he's taking more time on the issues. Almost half expecting McCain to call him a "poopy head" next.

    October 7, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  12. Susie in Bandon, Oregon


    It took me a long time to decide to vote for Obama. I was going to write in Hillary on Oregon's November ballot.

    Our ballots will be in the mail to our homes in a few days.

    Here is what you two will get from me IF YOU DON'T STOP THE NEGATIVE CAMPAIGNING:

    N-O-T-H-I-N-G !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I will NOT VOTE at all if these nasty ads continue! And I really mean it!

    October 7, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  13. Edge of cliff

    Barack Obama For Radical Change '08

    October 7, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  14. dwh

    I think that they both need to stop saying what is wrong with the other, and tell us what is right about themselves and their plan. I do believe that Obama has tried to stay on that path, but McCain continues to "badmouth" him, causing Obama to strike back.

    In my opinion, Obama/Biden is the right choice.

    October 7, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  15. mlavant

    Who is John McCain,does he know himself. Maybe he forgot like he always do. Go home John McCain and plant a garden or something,you're loosing your memory.Lately you've bocome desperate,trying anything to get ELECTED!!

    October 7, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  16. Ned Wisconsin

    Changing the topic to personal attacks will not change the outcome, at least that late in the process. Obama's 5-8% lead may or may not be cut a couple points, but not by enough to win for McCain. Additionally, McCain's increasingly negative and desperate attempts at smear might turn off independent voters and actually cause a point or two % gain for Obama.

    October 7, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  17. Guy Kasweka from Toronto

    I think the Mccain is getting a desperation disorder

    October 7, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  18. fbrown

    Very effective way for the Obama campaign to push back hard against John McCain and his deceit....About time!! Stick to the economy; keep runnning the clip of McCain saying the fundamentals of the economy is strong and contrast that to a crumbling Wall Street and lost jobs.

    October 7, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  19. Tony

    Take a good look people.

    McCain is an angry, bitter, self-absorebd, VINDICTIVE old man.

    How he and Palin could call anyone else a liar is laughable.

    After tonight McCain will be toast.

    October 7, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  20. Matt M.

    Once again, I'm amazed that McCain campaign would want to draw attention to Factcheck.org, where all of their lies are exposed - including Sarah Palin's current line of attack on Obama. It boggles the mind. It's just bad strategy. Or is that "bad tactics"...

    October 7, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  21. judy august

    who is running for presdient, McCain or Palin? She speaks while he looks . Palin is a pawn.

    October 7, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  22. Joe PA

    I Can not wait until Nov. 5

    October 7, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  23. Don

    Is McCain really that desparate? He should be!

    October 7, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  24. mr.g

    cnn why will you not print my comments?

    October 7, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  25. Deeday

    These comments are so nasty. It doesn't sound like the Americans we admire.

    October 7, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
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