October 25th, 2008
01:05 PM ET
5 years ago

Obama ad: Will you be better off four years from now?

The Obama-Biden campaign will roll out a new ad in key states Sunday.
The Obama-Biden campaign will roll out a new ad in key states Sunday.

(CNN) - Just a day after John McCain's campaign launched a TV ad attacking Barack Obama's readiness to lead in an international crisis, the Illinois senator unveiled a new ad Saturday that puts a new spin on the age old question: Are you better off today than you were four years ago?

The two-minute ad, "Defining Moment," will begin airing in key states on Sunday, according to the Obama campaign.

"At this defining moment in our history, the question is not, 'Are you better off than you were four years ago?' We all know the answer to that," Obama narrates. "The real question is will our country be better off four years from now? How will we lift our economy and restore America's place in the world?"

In order to "build the economy of the future," Obama says there has to be a focus on "urgent national priorities: reducing the cost of health care ... breaking our dependence on foreign oil ... and making sure that every child gets the education they (sic) need to compete."

The McCain campaign has fired back at Obama's new ad. “If Barack Obama is elected President, this may be considered the first in a series of 'defining moments' more commonly called job-killing tax increases," McCain spokesman Tucker Bounds said in a statement.

At a rally in Norfolk, Virginia, Saturday, Obama's No.2 discussed the ad and blasted the McCain campaign's tactics.

"You know how we’re finishing out the campaign? Barack is going up, instead of anything negative, we’re going up and laying out our plan to fix the economy. That’s what we’re running on," Sen. Joe Biden said. "What is the McCain campaign continue to do? They want to do anything but talk about the economy."

Updated 1:05 p.m. with McCain campaign's response


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Joe Biden • John McCain
soundoff (515 Responses)
  1. jaye

    Our entire country will be better off if Senator Obama is elected!
    Vote democratic across the board!!!

    October 25, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  2. the snarly old hawk squawks in fellowship square

    Hey Tainopower,What colour is the sky in your world?Folks,this isn't that tough a decision.You could not possibly be better off today than you were at the start of Shrubs ruinous tenure and the prospects of you being better off after four years of McCain are bleak at best.
    Change is what is needed not only on the domestic front but the countries standing in the world view.A country that has given so much to so many is now the most detested and vilified on the planet.And all that has happened under this administration with the support of John McCain.

    October 25, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  3. Olu Oluseye

    Obama has said it all this is the President Americans need right now....Pls let all us support him.
    God bless America

    October 25, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  4. RA

    It's just getting pathetic to watch the desperate flailings of the extreme neoconservative right trying to find anything they can to scare us about Obama. He's Muslim, they say. Oh, you won't believe that lie? Then he's a terrorist. No, you know that's a lie too? Well then he's a socialist. What, you know that's not true either? Okay, how about this one? Obama wasn't really born in the US so he can't be President. Sheesh!

    Okay, here's a bit of a lesson from the son of a US Naval officer who was stationed in Germany when I was born. The child of an American citizen born abroad is a natural-born citizen. The constitutional phrase, 'natural born citizen', is a bit vague and that is why it was clarified by the first Congress of the United States to explicitly include the children of Americans. Of course, none of this applies to Obama, who was born in Hawaii, but even if he hadn't been, he would still be eligible to be President by being the child of an American citizen, and therefore a natural-born citizen.

    October 25, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  5. Veteran for OB

    Jefferson Values: Apparently you Love Reagan, the man that made deficit spending and deregulation cool. The man who laid the foundation of our economic meltdown. Trickle down economics give to the rich and stack the deck against the poor. Reagan was no scholar, neither is Bush, and neither are McCain and Palin.

    If you let fools run the country, you wind up getting fooled.

    October 25, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  6. Paula Lacey

    If it wasn't for the GOVERNMENT, we wouldn't have Social Security, Unemployment Benefits, Free Education for all, nondiscrimination in jobs, schools,and housing for all. Could these be the reasons that the rich don't want the government involved. Could it be because they are wealthy, these services are not necessary for them which leaves them with more money to buy more things they don't need and won't make them happier or have inner satisfaction or contentment.

    October 25, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  7. Bob In Baltimore

    You won me over big time with that ad, especially the part about the lobbyists and special interest money grabbing greed mongors.

    God speed my friend, go get them!

    October 25, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  8. Gezellig

    It is interesting to see people question Obama's status as a natural-born citizen, given that McCain was born in the Panama Canal Zone. It seems that McCain has a bigger problem with this than Obama.

    I remember when Barry Goldwater ran in 1964, and some questioned his eligibility as Arizona was not yet a state when he was born there. I am not sure there is much merit in any of these cases; although I would like to hear the arguments for McCain's eligibility.

    October 25, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  9. Robin

    To: TAINOPOWER

    If you were intelligent you would produce the "order" from Judge Surrick and not this bogus lie. DO YOU ACTUALLY THINK A BLACK MAN CAN RUN FOR PRESIDENT WITHOUT AN AUTHENTIC BIRTH CERTIFICATE!!! OKAY THIS STUNT IS MORE DESPERATE THAN MCCAIN'S VOLUNTEER ACCUSING A BLACK MAN OF ATTACKING HER!!! LET IT GO AND ACCEPT BARACK OBAMA IS THE NEXT PRESIDENT!!!

    October 25, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  10. Dan

    PALIN PALIN PLAIN!!!
    My biggest problem with McCain is PALIN! I am sick sick sick of hearing that she is strong on ENERGY. Why? Because Alaska produces 3% of USA oil and there is a big pipeline project ongoing. What a daft inference to make. Do these people realise that ENERGY does not end with "crude oil"? What does she know about wind,solar,clean coal,nuclear etc! Is Alaska an expert on these too?

    ENERGY EXPERT = No
    LIE EXPERT = Yes
    ATTACK EXPERT = Yes
    HOOD WINKER = Yes

    Please be wary of how the try to get away with fake qualifications.
    Supposed champion for autistic and down syndrome children? She came on TV 2 days ago to attack eamarks for research to find cure for autism. She did not even realise what she was attacking.

    Is that who we want a heartbeat away from Presidency. God forbid if 72yr old McCain does not make it through the firsr term.

    A VOTE FOR McCAIN IS A SURE VOTE FOR PRESIDENT PALIN
    AND THAT IS A DISASTER! I SAY DISASTER!

    BE WISE.......................VOTE OBAMA-BIDEN 08'

    October 25, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  11. David

    This is for Igor in Russia who posted earlier: Since you are not allowed to donate to Obama, I will make another $25 donation today. So now you can feel a part of this movement to rebuild America as the beacon of Hope, Opportunity and Prosperity in the world.

    October 25, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  12. john

    All that Joe the plumber garbage is just pathetic.

    McCain is just like Bush. He wants to help the rich just like Bush has been doing this 8 years.

    I am voting Obama all the way

    October 25, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  13. YES WE WILL - TEXAS

    The Republican Party is going to emblode. Palin is going to keep throwing McCain under the "Straight Talk Express".

    I'm not better off but I will be when Barack Obama is elected President and turns this situation around.

    Obama/Joe, "the Senator"

    October 25, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  14. engineer1950

    The bottom line is that the Republicans have so badly mismangaed our government over the last 8 years that they do NOT deserve another chance to govern. How can anyone place their trust in the Republicans? Their Rule of our country has resulted in one scandal after another, resignations of Cabinet members, War, energy costs skyrocketing, and now, an economic depression!
    What does it take for some of you to see the Hand Writing on the Wall? Some of you have made terrible decisions in your voting patterns. Please don't bring the rest of us down with more bad voting desions.
    We need fresh agendas and ideas from people who have intelligence and will study the situations cartefully before making decisions. We don't need Joe the Plumber.

    October 25, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  15. Thomas5

    Actually, yes I am better off than I was 4 years ago. Got a better job, finished school, have more money in my bank account.

    October 25, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
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