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. Bart, Terre Haute, IN

    Ummm...'Not Presidential' is the best the McCain camp can come up with? Wow. There are legitimate lines of attack that can be used against Senator Obama, but the McCain camp has routinely forgone them for inconsequencial attacks like this.

    Both candidates have run their fair share of negative ads, but I've counted more positive ones from Obama's camp. I can't remember the last positive ad that McCain ran. We want to hear what you're going to do, not how bad you think the other guy is.

    McCain, at this point, reminds me of John Kerry, actually. "Vote for me, because he's awful, I'm not him, and I'm a Vet!"

    Come on, McCain. Let's see some answers instead of attacks.

    October 8, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  2. Elle

    What a crock of crap. Does McCain really think anyone believes this stuff? Horrible.

    October 8, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  3. Aaron Wilson

    Sad. McCain is getting desperate to turn the tide.

    October 8, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  4. jaye

    The McCain campaign is seriously desperate. He and Palin are seriously going down the wrong path in trying to tie Senator Obama to terrorist.
    I hope the secret service is keeping a tight reign on Senator Obama's security – all the race and terrorist baiting from McCain and Palin could have serious consequences from one of palin's joe six packs.
    Someone needs to muzzle her and quick!

    October 8, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  5. Kathie, Houston TX

    McCain is nothng but an angry old man who finally realized by conceding to Bush when he first ran for president he threw away his chances. He is no maverick, has lost touch with the american people and frankly he just needs to go home (if he can remember where his one of many houses are)

    October 8, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  6. Chipster

    Palin lied about earmarks, status of the Alaskan NG pipeline, state agency reports on the health of polar bears, Ayers, tax cuts, and salary cuts. She even lied about using a teleprompter when the teleprompter was visible to the media! How stupid can you get?

    A McCain/Palin ad even claimed that FactCheck.org calling Obama's attacks on Palin "completely false" and "misleading" when Factcheck.org disputed anonymous e-mail falsehoods and bogus claims about Palin posted around the Internet. Factcheck.org never attributed any of it to Obama or his campaign.

    The astonish fact is: Palin is still making the same claims that newspapers and TV anchors have already refuted! Is she tone-deaf?

    October 8, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  7. David Orbach, New York, NY

    Obama was sure more presidential than McCain last night.

    October 8, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  8. Stephanie

    McCain,
    Let the American People decide who is Presidential and who isn't. We will see on November 4th how Presidential both of you are.

    Obama/Biden '08

    October 8, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  9. jay

    Besides, JFK and Clinton, Obama is one of the sexiest presidents.
    it's funny they are all democrats

    October 8, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  10. EDW

    Obama was absolutely presidential. I really like the fact that he understands that health care should be a right. Canada has health care for everybody. The American people should have a RIGHT to have health care.

    October 8, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  11. Marc

    I'm not for many of Obama's plans for our country but to say he's not "presidential" seems incorrect, and pointless. Whether you like him or not, he exhibits leadership qualities necessary in a President. McCain needs to change strategy.

    October 8, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  12. luvamerica

    Yes, Obama won and McCain is in denial, so he has no other choice but to make this add. Mccain is so negative and desperate. Obama done an excellent job last night. McCain did not even want to shake hands with Obama and that alone is sad.

    October 8, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  13. Johnny

    We all saw who was more Presidential in last night's debate.

    It was " that one". McCain- not so much!

    October 8, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  14. Brian

    Now McCain isn't looking presidential. More like a cry baby.

    October 8, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  15. Ambrose Smith, Borrego Springs, California

    Scraping the bottom of the barrel eh Mac?

    You have run out of ammo!

    October 8, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  16. Independent for McCain

    Under Democrats, american will have to pay more taxes, only McCain will make sure to cut tax to help the ecnomy

    October 8, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  17. Tony

    Obama is 2 for 2 in the debates. The swing states are leaning his way, he is up in New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Florida, New Mexico, Michigan, etc.etc.

    When someone like McCain and Palin have no records of their own to run on they resort, as the republicans always do, to lying, distorting, accusing and attacking.

    That is a reflection of how badly Mccain and Palin are doing. America is finally waking up just in time to pull back the curtain on these two jokers adn see them for exactly who they are and most don't like what they see. McCasin is drowning in quicksand and Palin pulls him down deepr and deeper every day.

    October 8, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  18. Annonymus

    This is a sign of desperation on McCain's organization and himself.

    All those who read this comment should realise that the republican candidate and his organization is not in caotic mode.

    Do you really want such a person as your president?

    October 8, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  19. jeremy - tx

    Here's most likely what's being said in the McCain campaign strategy meetings right now...

    "My friends... whatever the majority of the United States is saying about us... let's turn it around and say it about the Obama campaign. Surely the American people aren't smart enough to pick up on it, my friends... (pause) my friends..."

    Unfortunately for Mr. McCain, Americans are far less dense than his running mate.

    October 8, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  20. John

    How pathetic. Is this what John McCain is down to ? Grade school name calling ? An honorable man would concede at this point. Just go home McCain , try to save a little dignity if you still can.

    October 8, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  21. Jatovi, NC

    Until the McCain camp can say how they will differ from Bush, I don't care to hear from them. In the debate last night McCain himself said he'd keep the same tax cuts in place that Bush has placed in. So once again, until the McCain camp can say how they will differ from Bush, I don't care to hear from them.

    October 8, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  22. Will from NYC

    OMG just the opposite.... next the GOP will tell me the sky is red.

    October 8, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  23. KJL

    Is a shuffling old man who repeats himself, can't stop talking about the Vietnam war, and chooses an unvetted running-mate McCain's idea of "presidential"?

    Sounds like McCain is a racist, something we don't need in this society.

    October 8, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  24. JB

    More obfuscation from Senator McInSane and his campaign minions.

    Obama / Biden ... landslide 2008.

    October 8, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  25. Nimi from NY

    I don't know which choir McCain is singing to. We have watched Obama grow into being and looking presidential while the opposit can be said of McCain.

    October 8, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
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