October 8th, 2008
12:11 PM ET
6 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. jim

    The negative campaigning continues for McShame. After a dismal performance last night, the contrast between these two men could not be any more extreme. McCain = No New Ideas. Obama = Vision, Energy, Intellect. VOTE OBAMA.

    October 8, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  2. morris graham

    I will not be voting for that one! (mcSame)

    October 8, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  3. Danni

    He looked presidential to me last night.

    October 8, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  4. Independent but Leaning

    Unfortunately, I don't think people care who the real Obama is. A lot of folks are just enamored with the guy, and could care less about the facts. It's actually pretty scary for those of us who have researched Obama and followed his ever changing campaign promises throughout this election year.

    I'm just praying that if he wins, God will help us through the next 4 years.

    October 8, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  5. Get Real

    This is so funny. If Barack is not Presidential why does McCain continue to steal his ideas?

    Stance of Pakistan
    Stance on Meeting with our Enemies
    and yes The 'Mortgage Bailout" barack proposed similar legislation in Sept and early Oct.

    McCain/Palin – you two are not Presidential or Vice Presidential

    Obama/Biden '08

    October 8, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  6. Typical White Person

    Obama is a joke, not a president. The number of times he said "aaaaaaaand" last night – in a drinking game we would all have been out by 9:30. We moved from the "uh" count to the "aaaaaaand" count of how many times he has to collect his thoughts. Pa-leeze.

    October 8, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  7. Glenn; North Carolina

    These are the final acts of a desperate campaign. Remember sports fans, only 27 more days remaining until the liberation of the country from the tyrrany of the current administration.

    October 8, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  8. mark

    Not only is McPalin out of touch with America he is out of touch with his own campaign. This is actually scary. The only candidates who have even attempted to take the moral high ground and act stately are OBiden. Its tough to throw stones at petty dictators when you are petty yourself.

    October 8, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  9. Pete

    When McCain referred to Senator Obama as "that one" last night, I said to my wife that I couldn't believe that Senator McCain would refer to a professional peer in such a fashion. I didn't think it was a racial epithet; rather, I so it as good old fashioned disrespect.

    Oh...and it wasn't very presidential either.

    Obama '08

    October 8, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  10. vogue

    We noticed last night who looked PRESIDENTIAL........dog gon it .....you betcha ......it wasn't MCCAIN.......

    I enjoyed watching OBAMA smack down Mccain on EVERY issue.....

    Mccain was trying to be funny ......................not

    I still can't figure out why the McCain camp continues to talk about taxes....Obama made a fool out of him.........

    "Mccain plan .......give everyone across the board 5000 tax credit
    EVERYBODY.....that means the poor TEACHER who makes 50,000 will get the same TAX CREDIT as the CEO who makes 800,000. it make NO sense.

    SMACK DOWN..........CHECK MATE...........


    October 8, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |

    Hillary Clinton issued the following statement responding to tonight’s presidential debate:

    "Tonight's debate proved once again that an Obama-Biden Administration will provide the fresh start America so desperately needs.

    "The biggest risk for American families is four more years of the last eight years and mavericks in charge of the United States economy. Mavericks in Washington and on Wall Street got us into this mess.

    "As we saw, Senator Obama displayed beyond a doubt that he understands both the gravity of the financial crisis facing America, and the challenges we face in Iraq and around the world. Senator McCain offered only more of the same failed policies of the Bush Administration. It's time for a change."

    October 8, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  12. Tabeth


    it is shamefull to see what John MAccain and Sarah Pallin are doing.
    There is no sbustance in their ticket. When american want to hear how to better our lives, they resort to smearing President Obama.

    If he is a terrorist, why don't you lock him in?

    Just because he is successful, you become jealous about it!

    It is just shameful...thank you Very Shameful

    October 8, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  13. Rudy NYC

    Bad timing after last night's debate performance. He lost....and now.

    A man with suspect judgment and motives wants America to believe his judgment is credible.

    October 8, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  14. Sandy

    Does anyone else find it so ironic that for a man who has video clip after video clip showing his flip flops and have almost every news media discredit the things he says on a daily basis, to insight riotous rhetoric on the campaign trail, for him to say anyone is "non-presidential" is a joke! I think Mr. McCain is pretending that no one can see him and that he's pulling the wool over everyone's eyes. Someone tell him "we can all see him" for what he is. A joke and Palin is the scariest person I have ever seen in politics. This woman needs to go back to Alaska and stay there. We don't need someone like her in our lives to tell us what we should and should not do. That's what OUR OWN mothers are for. And her mothering skills are obviously not there either!

    October 8, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  15. Peggy from Iowa

    Disgusting, Dishonest, Disrespectful, Dis...Dis...Dis..everything. I cannot wait for them to GO AWAY AND GO AWAY FOR GOOD

    October 8, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  16. Maggie from Virginia

    This is such a lame ad. McCain's campaign manager should be fired.

    October 8, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  17. Independent

    I wonder if we can count on the state of Florida screwing up the elections for the country again this year? I wonder if they will send in independent teams to provide more oversight – they couldn't even get the primaries right – so whats makes anyone think the presidentail election won't have more problems. Not looking forward to another florida mess.

    October 8, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  18. Roy Arellano (San Antonio)

    And slandering your opponent without giving credible solutions for what is burdening our nation as grand as ours is presidential?

    October 8, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |

    It is obvious that both of these men are a horrible choice to Govern our great Nation.

    Is this really the best we could do?

    They have done NOTHING but dance around issues and avoid anything that could "hurt their chances".

    We are screwing ourselves... We are in for four years of speeches diverting us from all of the mistakes that will be made, that is not change, it's sad.

    October 8, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  20. Hunter

    The McCain campaign is a pathetic disgrace. I have lost ALL respect for this bumbling, angry, bitter old geezer.

    October 8, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  21. Irma in North Carolina

    Boy I think Mccain better wake up after last night. After the remark about that one. And that Mccain would not shake hands with Obama after the debate and how he took off right away. Obama stayed and mingled with the crowd, Obama drew points from that one.

    October 8, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  22. A-Man

    FELLOW REPUBLICANS help send a message to our party and send McCain and Palin packing. No way no how is Palin going to look to lead our party. Lets vote Democratic and send them packing. As a person who has always respected McCain I believed it was people behind the scenes making the pathetic smear ads and what crap pours out of Palins' mouth. After watching the debate and noting how McCain told lies only when he went second to the point Obama had to basicaly call a time out because he was sick of it to again correct the record, I now see this is not just the work of behind the scenes people. I truly believe my dear McCain has lost his morals due to Cindy. Mitchell Obama is polite and stays clear of the crap, but every time you see Cindy speak she puts down Michell, or Obama's character. I think Cindy is evil and has corrupted the good McCain.
    ALSO one thing that really bothered me was how McCain said he voted against alternative energy so many times due to the add ons. This would be noble but these same add ons are in all the bills he did vote for, the big tax cuts, the defense bills etc so it just does not hold water. From the day McCain met Cindy he has been a worse person.

    October 8, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  23. John

    You know, calling Obama out for what he is isn't desperate, folks. He has legitamate ties to some very questionable people. He is so inexperienced. How would you like your 401k managed by a newbie? Honestly...

    Part of me wants to root for Obama so you all have your way... then someone will have to come in and clean up the mess just like Reagan did after Jimmy Carter. However, the stakes are way too high.

    October 8, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  24. Watching this election closely...

    Interesting... considering even BOTH CNN Republican strategist (Castellanos AND Sanchez) said he was "Presidential"...

    October 8, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  25. Sherry for Obama

    Give it up John.....It aint gonna happen.

    He is so desperate and has nothing of substance to say so he always reverts to smears.

    Well guess what McCain....youre the one thats not presidental.....

    October 8, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
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