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. AB

    Okay – that's it – McCain has officially lost it!

    Does McCain not watch himself at the debate afterwards – you know – so he can do better next time?

    Does McCain not see himself in a mirror?

    October 8, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  2. CENSORED

    We all know what opinions are like. Sorry Johnnie Boy, but I'll make my own decision as to whom I think is Presidential!

    October 8, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  3. Veterans 4 Obama

    Well we will just have to see who is more Presidential Sen. McCain come November 4th.

    October 8, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  4. Virginia

    I really wish John McCain would stop saying "My Friends" when he is addressing crowds or a television audience. I found myself yelling at the TV last night "I'm NOT your friend!!" everytime he said it. So annoying.

    October 8, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  5. PUMBU

    Poor Mccain, Sarah Palin said Obama wished he hadn't picked Biden. I would like to know what she thinks now and what McSame is thinking about his desperate dumb pick. So who is presidential? Palin? what a joke McCain has become!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 8, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  6. Anonymous

    Mccain's too old and a racist but who's saying that in attack ads??

    October 8, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  7. Sujith, NE

    McCain – you are a sore loser ! Your/GOP pathetic ploys wont work this time.

    O8ama !

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

    It's downright pitiful.

    October 8, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  9. cjsk

    McCain has nothing to but negative things going for him right now. He and Palin can only try to win this election by bringing up lies that will not only work for him.

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

    McCain and Palin – the negativity and innuendo team – you have just lost my vote. The republicans have become a joke. I have voted republican for over 35 years but will not this election.

    October 8, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  11. Brian

    The clear message here is that they are saying a black man named Barack Obama is not Presidential. I'm surprise the ad didn't say "that one is not presidential!"

    Change on November 4th – we will move in the right direction together!

    YES WE CAN

    October 8, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  12. Doh!

    We're too smart for that junk.

    October 8, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  13. Lee from FL

    lol...seems like they didn't watch old man last night.
    but seriously, Obama came off more presidential that McCain did.

    October 8, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  14. wanda a.

    THERE GOES THE OTHER WHEEL FROM THE STRAIGHT TALK EXPRESS BUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    OBAMA/BIDEN 08

    October 8, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  15. sabuc for Obama

    Sad, sad, and very sad attempt

    October 8, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  16. Mary

    Ok that ad is a waste of money and quite stupid. Judging from watching the debates, McCain is the one who ppl are saying doesn't look or act Presidential. How pathetic!

    October 8, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  17. joe schmoe

    Had Hillary won the nomination, she would have been the most liberal senator. Senator Obama is not a liberal. Senator Feingold from Wisconsin and Senator Sanders from Vermont, those are liberal senators. Merriam Webster defines liberal as "suitable for a freeman, generous; not narrow in opinion or judgment; tolerant." I am a liberal and proud of it. Liberals are not evil, at least none of the liberals at my Methodist Church are.

    October 8, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  18. Safiyyah

    Okay, Can we talk about the ecomony and the men & women in a
    War that we should have never been in.

    Lets stick to fixing the American peoples problems

    October 8, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  19. Ryan in VA

    I like "THAT ONE" also. THAT ONE has my vote...

    October 8, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  20. Kelly

    Obama is a great speaker and nice guy, but that's not what makes a great president. He could be a great president in the future after a little experience in foreign affairs and other areas. Also, I believe his connections in Chicago make him tainted and especially his wealthy friends who are funding his campaign make him indebted to them for favors in the future. I'm an independent who is voting for McCain/Palin because I trust them to keep us safe and not spend unnecessary funds on special projects close to their hearts. Also, is Mrs. McCain going to be a guest on your network?? Michelle Obama is a wonderful person and wife, but no experience running a corporation or in politics. She's good friends with Oprah and that makes her a popular guest? I feel your network is slanted and isn't covering this election in a fair manner. WAKEUP and smell the coffee...OBAMA isn't the way to go for this presidential election. He'll make a terrific president in a few years not this election. VOTE MCCAIN/PALIN.

    October 8, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  21. mayah

    those that have eyes to see, let them see, those that have ears to hear let them hear,, OBAMA next president of the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA..

    October 8, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  22. tesy

    They are so deperate. I hope Senator Obama camp highlights McCain's performance in the debate of last night fro not being presidential such (1) " for not shaking hands with Senator Obama", (2) calling him "that One", (3) changing his policy on freeze spending by contradicting himself to buying the mortgages from banks, how ridiculous.

    Obama/Biden '08

    October 8, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  23. AJ

    Oh really? Look who is talking now ??

    October 8, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  24. Doh!

    THAT ONE for PRESIDENT!!!!!!

    October 8, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  25. meron

    Mccain should be ashamed of himself. That is all he got. Smears, talk trash. He had a chance last night on the debate to look presidential and be specific on the issue and he blew it. He does not get it. He looks angrier than ever bc he is loosing this election. Too bad!!!!

    October 8, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
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