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. robin

    It seems the majority of comments are anti McCain , and very childish. Why do they all have so much time to write in their "comments" . I have been thinking they need to go to work , do something creative . If Obama is elected , it will be such a let down , because they are still left with their own thoughts and feelings

    October 25, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  2. raj

    Great ad by a perfect campaign. If he runs the country like he ran his campaign, we have hope.

    October 25, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  3. Dr. Mimi De La Cruz for OBAMA

    TO ANSWER YOU SIR PRESIDENT,

    NO, WE ARE NOT GOING TO BE BETTER OFF IN THE

    NEXT 4 YEARS ONLY. WE ARE GOING TO BE BETTER

    OF F FOR THE NEXT 8 YEARS, BECAUSE YOU WILL DO

    AN EXTRAORDINARY JOB & WE WILL ELECT YOU AGAIN.

    October 25, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  4. Nakita Smith

    Please, please stop with all the lies and know the facts before you post. That is all that I will say on that negative post.

    Wonderful ad Barack Obama! Continue to focus on the future and you will win this election!

    October 25, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  5. obinna

    nice one, another breath of fresh air from the winning team...

    October 25, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  6. lim

    what a load of bull

    October 25, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  7. francheska ;-)

    Earl voting has been awesome, great turnouts!! ;-).

    October 25, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  8. Stuff

    Can you imagine the terrible ads McCain's campaign would have made if the GOP attacker story in Pittsburgh had been true? And of course, they would have blamed Obama.

    October 25, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  9. KJL

    McCain is Bush all over again, and Palin has been plundering the Alaskan budget like it's her personal piggy bank. McCain has admitted he doesn't understand the economy and Palin would rather go shoppings at Saks than study government. Nobody in their right mind would vote for these two. That's why so many top-level Republicans are jumping ship. They don't love Obama/Biden, but they're terrified of McCain/Palin.

    October 25, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  10. Patel

    Character Counts. Obama's steady hand won my early vote in CA

    October 25, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  11. Hugh Carpenter from California

    YOU'RE INSULTING THE INTELLIGENCE OF THE AVERAGE VOTER
    WITH ANOTHER PROPAGANDA SMEAR. THESE TYPE OF ATTACKS ARE LAUNCHED BY FOLLOWERS OF ULTRA RIGHT-WING CONSERVATIVE RADICALS, WHO THINK THAT PATRIOTISM IS AN IDEOLOGY THAT ENCOURAGES INNUENDOS, DISTORTIONS AND OUT-RIGHT LIES!

    "A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is
    putting on its shoes." –Mark Twain

    October 25, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  12. Matt in North Carolina

    John McCain has sold his soul.. I heard his speech in New Mexico today and i couldn't believe the lies, attacks and half truths that can out of his mouth..He has learned the Atwater,Rover book on politics very well..Try to scare the voter with fear and Lie.. Lie .. Lie.

    October 25, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  13. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    The real question of course is HOW COULD WE BE ANY WORSE OFF than we are now after 8 years of rotten Bush and the GOP......

    October 25, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  14. KLEE

    Barack – wanted to say sorry that your grandmother is so ill at this time in your life. I know she is very proud of you – she did a very good job to help you in your life and obviously was a very good influence. Go all Grandmothers (and pa's too) love and nurture your grandchildren – we can stand by our grandchildren and hopefully point them on a good path! (that can be for others in the community when the grandparents can't be there for the children).

    October 25, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  15. newday1

    Yes, it's time for a POSITIVE change. That's Obama's message and promise. The opposition is putting nothing positive forth. How many times can they put out lies such as Obama not being a citizen,etc.? It is so easy to check out the facts (factcheck.org, etc ) and see what is real and what is hate inspired fear. Who has time for rumors? Make time to vote for a change we can all make happen together. And finally, we have a presidential candidate supported by some pretty influential members of the opposing party too. Make hope a noun-not a verb. Vote Obama

    October 25, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  16. 59 old ladies for OBAMA

    THIS NATION WILL BE BETTER OFF

    FOR EVER FOR ELECTING YOU !!!!

    October 25, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  17. Sia

    Republican sleaze??

    Has the party always been this bad and I just woke up?

    John you are an honorable man, but it looks as if the party accomodates the lowest of the low. It should be American party first .

    The Republican Party has taken over the minds of the churches, the media ie Fox and any dirty trick to get their way.

    I have been accused of being a war monger, greedy and others choice words. I guess now I know they are right after watching Bush, Chaney and Rove and because I vote Republican. Voted Rebublican.

    Not you too.

    I regret any vote I cast for a Repug.

    If you love our country and want to help, concentrate on cleaning up your party and get the riff-raff out. Then I might come back.

    Send them all to Dubuy with Chaney.
    Sincerely
    A broken hearted voter

    October 25, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  18. Patrick

    What another brilliant campaign move. This says to independent voters like myself that Obama is focused and serious about the daunting job ahead of him. He has moved beyond the back and fourth of campaigning and firmly into presidential mode as a new welcome face to lead this country instead of to tear down the opposite party. If he really hammers this I see certain victory.

    October 25, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  19. Uncle Quilly

    Excellent ad. Not one mention of John McCain. It was all about the plan. Outstanding.

    October 25, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  20. CJ in Alabama

    Great ad for a future President.
    No negativity like the McCain ads .
    How refreshing!!!

    Obama /Biden 2008

    October 25, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  21. Osiris

    Way to go O!!

    Like we said it before and GEN Powell repeated:

    "Our strenght lies in our diversity."

    Unified, America will stand together and look to the future with
    great hope.

    Let's leave a better future to our kids!!
    America can't afford to be wrong this time around.
    The world has started a new realignment and we need a non-stuborn leader to put us in the best place possible.
    Good luck to your candidate.

    I voted. Make yours count!!

    Go bless!!
    OSIRIS

    October 25, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  22. ERIC

    President Barack Obama! Can`t wait. Awesome ad.....I sent it to my undecided friends. Thanks Obama! Looking forward to the next 4 years and beyond.

    Obama/ Biden 08/12 VOTE NOV. 4TH

    October 25, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  23. mayah

    President BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA, how sweet it is...Looking forward to officially using it with pride...

    October 25, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  24. nganenu

    Great ad! Go vote now!
    Nganenu

    October 25, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  25. CNN - Getting A Little Better

    Great ad:
    *Substance based
    *Top issues in PP format
    *Call-to-Action
    *Great camera shots – wide to focused – start with you
    *PAYGO explanation

    Positive ad in a media world of negativity

    October 25, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
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