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. ANGIE

    Hes getting really pathetic!

    October 8, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  2. Reese'-Rich VA

    Oh well, I guess if that is all you got is negative ads. so sad.

    October 8, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  3. Mark

    Hahahahah...McLoser is losing his bearings ...again!!!

    October 8, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  4. Kurt

    McCain has, finally, figured out a way to, decisively, defeat McCain.......

    October 8, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  5. SENATUS POPOLUSQUE ROMANUS

    McCLOWN is the last person who should come up with such silly criticism.

    All he has to do is to stand in front of the mirror and take a long, hard look at himself.

    October 8, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  6. MD, TX

    I don't know who will win the election this year, but the media has definately lost. Brokaw's moderating of last night's debate was awful.

    October 8, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  7. Greg in MN

    Funny, he looks and sounds presidential to me.

    Isn't it funny how every candidate on the Dem side is always "the most liberal"?

    I've got news for you McCain...being called a "conservative" right now isn't such a good thing. That brand is not flying off the shelves.

    October 8, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  8. viola

    Obama said what I wanted to hear..looked good..and is the best choice for the next President of the United States..McCain looked like he was having a hard time getting through this debate..He dont look well too me..

    October 8, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  9. Brent

    I hate to say this but, if he were not a black man this ad would not be running. Bill Clinton said the same type of thing while campaigning for Hillary and he lost alot of respect. Not sexist, but racist!!!

    October 8, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  10. BOOTSTOMPER

    Please send McCain back to Arizona and Palin back to her igloo.

    October 8, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  11. jaye

    John McCain just dosen't get it.... he stumbles and stammers around, and his horrible attack ad's are turning people off.
    Anyway, Sara Palin is treading on dangerous territory – she is trying to paint Senator Obama as a terrorist (in her folksy way) and is riling up her supporters at her speaking events. Is she baiting one of her "joe six-packs" into taking aim at Senator Obama with a loaded rifle?
    I'm beginning to think she and McCain will stop at nothing to win this election.

    October 8, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  12. The Stallion & The Champ vs. The Relic and Moose Poop

    Grampy's lyin' as he breathes before the debate glow has left his sorry, deplorable, grimacing face. What a pathetic excuse for a president he would be ... And who thought anyone could be more detestable than Bush? With the help of Failin' Palin and her empty head and conscience, we would have the biggest pair of stooges to every occupy the White House.

    October 8, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  13. PA

    Not presidential Heaa, how about that heaa, barracuda heaa...

    October 8, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  14. Mccain is a liar

    More pathetic lie's and distractions.

    CNN I would just like to say thank you for the fact checking you are doing every day, it seems the campaign's have paid attention and most of what they said last night if not all seemed to be true, probably because they are seeing how extensively you go over the facts on your news channel. Thank you again for weeding out the lie's and spins, the country cannot afford to vote based on lies this coming November.

    October 8, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  15. Rebecca

    It is becoming increasingly difficult to understand the McCain campaign. This ad is just wishful thinking. I feel sorry for Sen. McCain, but he did bring this on himself. He lost credibility when he selected Ms. Palin. He seems to have no grasp of economic and his policies do not appeal to the general public. This man should be ashamed of his current campaign!!

    October 8, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  16. cool onlooker

    When the loser is running out of time, this is what he can do the best.

    American people are not that gullible. Their judgment and sense is right on and lifting up everyday. Who is more decently presidential, who picks the more knowledgable running mate, who is answering questions more directly, who carries more hope for future America, who has less enemies on the world stage... enough is enough.

    McSame better not waste too much $ on attacking ads like this. It won't work any more. Otherwise, what's the point to "rightfully suspend" the campaign and deal with $ crisis?

    Obama/Biden '08

    October 8, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  17. randy

    With John McCain's temper, I wonder what new low he will sink to next.

    October 8, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  18. Tommy

    Not presidential? That is a joke, right? McCain is the one who is not presidential. He is too old to be anything but a retiree! Did you see him shuffling his feet trying to walk during the debate? Someone should have given him a walker! A couple of times he was just wandering around on the stage like he didn't know where he was. And after the debate when Obama was still out shaking hands with the audience, where was JMc? It was like he had to rush off to take a nap after such a stressful event. And he thinks he's presidential? I think not.

    October 8, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  19. Bruce

    This is too bad that a man like Mccain used to be can stoop to this type of campaign.
    To be honest last night he did not look presidential at all..he could not look anyine in th face without his eyes darting aroaund...a sign of lying, also he need to understand that I am not "his friend"

    October 8, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  20. Wendy

    "Not presidential"? I smell desperation.

    So what is the definition of presidential? Is it hate mongering, mud slinging, condescension, behaving erratically and calling names or is it just having a pot belly and white hair?

    I'll tell you what's "not presidential"....it's a politician who should know better trying to incite violence and fear in the US citizenry rather than focusing on the problems facing said citizenry....and using a big-mouthed hockey mom to do the dirty work.

    Either he condones her behavior, or cannot control it. Either way, a bad thing.

    October 8, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  21. Patrick

    What a joke.

    October 8, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  22. Peggy

    Not Presidential? I would have said he sure looked it last night...seems like the American Public thought so too.

    October 8, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  23. THE 2008 REPTILIAN TICKET IS MCKEATING5 WHO TOOK 112K IN OFFICE AND AN ALASKAN GOV. THAT ABUSES THE POWER OF OFFICE. DOES AMERICA REALLY NEED TWO MORE CROOKED REPTILES IN THE HIGHEST OFFICES IN THE LAND? YOU DECIDE!

    Mr. Magoo finally speaking about a subject that Mr. Magoo is an expert on.

    Mr. Magoo has not been presidential since he picked the bobble head with ovaries.

    "That one" will go down as one of the best President's in history.

    You are the national jock and Gidget is the national punchline both of whom will fade into obscurity when SNL goes into reruns!

    October 8, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  24. Solomon, NY

    When all else fails, out come a barrage of low blows from the McCain campaign. This is the definition of desperate

    October 8, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  25. Bonnie in Hershey PA

    Quite a boring, uneventful 2nd debate, but I managed to stay awake. I was captured by the time following the debate as the candidates and their spouses mingled with the undecided voters. While Cindy the trophy wife hung behind her aging husband, Michelle was very noticeable in that she made a point to talk to as many (probably ALL)people as possible and not just a quick hello and a handshake; she actually held conversations of which the voters seemed very interested. The old guy and his wife disappeared from the scene within minutes, but when I turned off the set 10-15 minutes later, the Obamas were still having their pictures taken at the requests of many of the voters and holding conversations. That, "my friend" impressed me! P.S. I was undecided and am an independent 58 year old white woman.

    October 8, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
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