October 8th, 2008
12:11 PM ET
2 years ago

New McCain ad calls Obama 'not presidential'

A McCain ad calls Obama 'not presidential.
A McCain ad calls Obama 'not presidential.

(CNN) – John McCain launched a new television ad Wednesday morning that calls Barack Obama flat-out 'not presidential,' hours after the two men squared off in a presidential debate that notably lacked few pointed jabs from either candidate.

The 30-second spot also continues the McCain campaigns newest line of attack against the Democratic presidential candidate, asking "Who is Barack Obama?"

Watch: New Mccain aide calls Obama unpresidential

“The National Journal says he’s the Senate’s most liberal," the ad's narrator says. "How extreme. But when pressed, how does he defend himself?"

Fact check: Is Obama the most liberal senator?

"They’re not telling the truth," Obama is shown saying in a television interview. "I hate to say that people are lying, but here’s a situation where folks are lying."

"Mr. Obama, we all know the truth…Not presidential," the ad's narrator responds.

The campaign says the ad will air nationally, though the extent of the buy remains unclear.


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (206 Responses)
  1. Republican Base Voting OBAMA

    Here we go and now the bleeding continues to run down the street. Let's get serious and elect a President that will do something about this failing economy.

    I and my family support Barack Obama and Joe Biden

    October 8, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  2. Novita

    What a desperate move!!!

    Just because he didn't make a knockout last night, doesn't give him the reason to throw another dirt to the more competent person...

    Now, I understand why business people love McCain, cause they have the same phylosophy in life. It's business, for the shake of my benefit, I forbid people to do all in the name of ethic and regulation, but when it comes to me...I am the exceptional, cause I am the base (he thought)....

    October 8, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  3. RIF

    The problem is anyone with a brain, a set of eyes, and a set of ears would beg to differ. I even heard most conservative pundits say that Obama is appering to be more presidential than McCain.

    If you don't like the McCain campaign strategy, wait until tomorrow. If McCain would handle this economy as erratic as he handles his campaign theni don't wont him anywhere near the oval office.

    October 8, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  4. Jean

    Just because he can get 1st time voters and 95% of African Americans to vote for him might make him President but it won't make him Presidential or Ready To Lead.

    How will your life be in 4 years with him in the White House?

    Remember... yYour vote now will cost you the next 4 years.

    October 8, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  5. Mr. Eko

    So this ad has basically ZERO substantive information in it. Nothing about policy. Nothing about McCain's leadership.

    Translation: "Obama is a radical liberal boogyman. I'm John McCain, and I approve this message."

    Honor and integrity are foreign concepts to John McCain.

    October 8, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  6. conny

    I know exactly what who Mcsame is talking about, the thumb told the hold story and then came the mirror.

    October 8, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  7. Winnie in Montana

    McCain is the one who is not presidential and millions of people know this. Again, he shows he is out of touch and out of his mind. And Palin, don't even get me started on her "presidentiality". She is the least presidential candidate I have ever seen; she isn't even vice-presidential. God forbid, she's one heartbeat away.

    October 8, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  8. Hey McCain- Thanks but no thanks

    You proved one thing during the debate last night- YOU WOULD BE MORE OF THE SAME, MORE OF THE SAME LIES, MORE OF THE SAME LAME TACTICS, MORE OF THE SAME MORONIC IDEOLOGY!

    October 8, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  9. Ike (Atlanta, GA)

    Well he sure look presidential last night to me. Unlike the McBush dude.

    October 8, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  10. Anna PA

    McCain looked like he needed a rocking chair last night.
    Obama did look presidential last night. He was calm and focused and nothing McCain say's with change the reality of the situation!

    October 8, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  11. Melba

    Well, not according to the majority of the American people. It will be an Honor to vote for Barack Obama.

    October 8, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  12. TAYO, NY

    Again, McCain at his gain ofr personal distruction.

    Who is not presidential?

    Certainly Americans are not ready to vote for a man who is refering to his fellow Senator "That one"!

    Period!

    October 8, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  13. jenoa

    I just think McCain needs a "NAP"!!!!

    October 8, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  14. Dan, Baltimore

    What does that even mean "not presidential"? This is absolute garbage and a waste of our time.

    October 8, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  15. MikeH

    McCain's ads are turning into self-inflicted wounds.

    On the heels of the town-hall debate, where all the mainstreet Republican analysts (even Pat Buchanan!), said Obama was the most presidential, after his cockapoo-with-lipstick VP launches lies, McCain comes out with an ad so basackwards, that even his supporters know its wrong.

    October 8, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  16. PA voter

    It's not presidential to refer to your opponent as "that one", Mr. McCain. If McCain can't even treat Obama with respect, how can we trust McCain to treat world leaders with respect? Does McCain have to agree 90% with another human being to give respect, like to George W. Bush?

    October 8, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  17. Ronda

    McCain, with each of these attacks, you shame not only yourself, but all of us.

    By opinion of you, Sen. McCain, has dropped so far it will never recover. I had thought you were a man of character. I guess that was not true at all.

    What happened to "country first?" You are basically leading a mob-like campaign in which invokes violent thoughts (and perhaps actions) against the person who is most likely to be our next president.

    For all your service, you will only be remembered by these attacks and how desparately you tried to win, leaving morals behind.

    October 8, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  18. TN for Obama

    This campaign really BEGAN with the Paris Hilton ad. John laughed it off with, "We just trying to have a little fun her." I guess he thought running The United States of America was a joke.

    His campaign has been filled with Rove-like tricks and gimmicks.

    Rove, fool us....once....uhhhh.......uhhh...

    WE WON'T BE FOOLED AGAIN ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

    October 8, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  19. Kevin

    Well...the ad is not appealing enough.."Not presidential"..how will it help people to come out from "Economic crisis"....I think McCain campaign should start addressing that one...

    October 8, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  20. EBJ

    I think after last night I finally decided who i am going to cast my vote for.

    THAT ONE!!

    October 8, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  21. Fred

    African Americans and minorities have been voting 100 percent for white greying men for all our history for President. Now, the racists complain that African Americans are voting 95 percent of the time for an African American. Don't you see the hypocrisy/ Why don't you point this out?

    October 8, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  22. Robert

    Did anyone else notice that Senator Obama said that when he is President he will line out of the budget overspending in various areas? Does anyone know that there is not a 'line item veto' for the President?

    I think he dropped a clue where the Democrats want to take the powers of the White House.........we don't need the left wing in total power of this Country. We need a checks and balance and putting McCain in as President will do that.

    Are you better off today than you were two years ago when the Democrats took over the majority in the Senate? NO!

    October 8, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  23. Kenneth Texas

    McCain is toast and Palin is a joke.

    October 8, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  24. Patricia in Ohio

    The pot is calling the kettle black. He is the one who left the debate and did not even want to socialize with the people that had the questions. But let McCain tell it town hall meetings are his strong suit. He proved that to be wrong last night. We all know who the better Presidential candidate is. Lets face it McCain it is time for the rocking chair. He left because he was tired and unable to show any Presidential affection towards the people there. Look at how long Barack and Michelle stayed. Where did McCain have to go? I think this was more important since he says he is the best man for the job.

    October 8, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  25. Mark

    Once again, the angry old troll is taking a mud bath.

    October 8, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
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