October 25th, 2008
01:05 PM ET
6 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. kaz

    I feel so good....$50.00 more to champain...

    October 25, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  2. billy-bayou

    elect that obama thing and in six months you will all muzzlims.
    Enjoy the demise you have planed for your country.

    October 25, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  3. Who Cares

    "… and making sure that every child gets the education they (sic)[SIC] need to compete."

    Perfectly acceptable use of the singular "they". This is an example of a "semantically bound variable", and has been employed in written and spoken English since Shakespeare used it in 1594. In any case, it's infinitely preferable to polluting your prose with "he/she". Etymological Luddites will continue to foam at the mouth for the foreseeable future, but trust your own common sense and ignore them.

    So, to the original writer, please, simply report what BO said and spare us your editorial comments.

    October 25, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  4. DN

    Great add

    October 25, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  5. Mike in Sacramento,Ca

    Getting Mr.Obama in office will be such a need and cant wait until he makes this great nation smile again.

    October 25, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  6. A NATION OF WINERS for OBAMA

    WE WILL BE BETTER OFF FOR THE

    NEXT 100 YEARS & MORE, BY ELECTING YOU SIR.

    GOD LOVE YOU & PROTECT OUR NEW PRESIDENT.

    October 25, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  7. Gerri

    Sara Palin and Mcain must be stopped . The war will never end. If Mcain wins we will be no better off.

    Obama 08

    October 25, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  8. kaz

    Obama team thanks for the job well done. I feel soooooo good.

    October 25, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  9. Helena

    My vote, hope and prayers follow Obama while on his way to the future of my children and grandchildren. Tears of rejoice will be shared by other Americans who share my dreams and visions on the eve of Nov. 4, 2008. Vote, baby, vote!

    October 25, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  10. Rodger

    No negative and smears of McCain...only the truth. That's why so many conservatives and republicans will vote for Obama. We need a new positive change and Obama will bring it!

    October 25, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  11. Miami for Obama

    MY FAMILY HAS 9 OBAMA VOTES COMING IN FLORIDA; MUST WIN! I TOO AM FLOODED WITH MCCAIN SIGNS IN MY NEIGHBORHOOD, INCLUDING MY NEIGHBOR, BUT I DISPLAY MY OBAMA/BIDEN SIGN WITH PRIDE!

    I PRAY WE WIN BECAUSE MY SONS GO TO COLLEGE IN 3 YEARS, AND MCCAIN WANTS AN ALL AROUND SPENDING FREEZE EXCEPT FOR IRAQ, WHICH MEANS IRAQIS GET TO BUILD SCHOOLS TO GO TO, BUT MY CHILDREN CAN NOT GET MONEY FOR COLLEGE. THOSE PRIORITIES ARE BACKWARDS!

    OBAMA/BIDEN '08

    October 25, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  12. ham

    barack obama is great...i am an afghan and closely follow the US election. he is an inspirational leader...he will make a difference in the world...i apeal to all americans that plz vote for this young leader... he is good for america and for the world too....

    October 25, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  13. Joseph Ricciuti/Toronto

    Terrific add.

    As a Canadian watching from outside the political mayhem across our shared boarder, I never did understand how McCain can knock investing for the future in exchange for staying the course on spending . McCain needs to know the diference between Investment strategies and Negligent spending habits. He supports the same principles that has built a huge National debt, of almost $11 trillion and a $44 trillion unfunded liability for social security and medicare. Obama has an investment strategy that will transform America for a bright future.

    Good look Obama/Biden. Good Luck America.

    October 25, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  14. J

    I'm voting for "That One" otherwise there is a big chance that the next 4 yrs will look like the stone age.

    October 25, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  15. jefferson values

    HIS MESSSAGES ARE GOOD BUT HOW COME HE TAKES NO QUESTIONS EVER
    HE IS A ONE WAY TALK WRENCH

    October 25, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  16. A nuffer

    I already voted for Obama! I have never felt this excited since Bill Clinton won his second term! Obama is such a wonderful breath of fresh air! I absolutely hope every republican seat is taken and they are all kicked to the curb for destroying this country. Of course there are a few democracts who need to join them, specifically Pelosi and Reid for not impeaching the idiot who is playing president. By the way I gave up my party affiliation with the democracts when Pelosi screwed us, I now am an independent but think Obama is just right for our country at this time.

    October 25, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  17. Theo

    This is the real deal in driving home the message of change.

    October 25, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  18. QuiCul in Atlanta

    I love this ad. It is so evident that he has the ability to unite and lead us through all of the mess we are in. I know that the Republicans and the McCain camp would want the country to believe that we should be in fear if the Democrats take over with a majority in all facets of our government. But this is what it has come to. This is the only way we will be able to get things done and move forward into the future with a set of policies that support everyone and not just the few. Additionally, I think that I am not alone in saying that Obama will be a different kind of leader. If anyone has read his books, The Audacity of Hope especially, it is so clear that his intelligence and inquisitive nature make him less prone to partisan extremes, providing the balance we need and have been waiting for for a long, long time.

    October 25, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  19. Roger

    This man and his campaign are absolutely brilliant. Taking a tired old backwards-looking refrain and revitalizing to look forward. Amazing and simple.

    October 25, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  20. Democrat Not Fooled !!!!

    How My Life Will Be In Four Years , Depends On Me , Not Obama ! . I'm Not Going To Put My Future In The Hands Of A Media Created Trend , Does Obama , And The Media Really Think , We Can't Survive Without Him ?.

    We Have Before , And We Will Again .

    October 25, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  21. ray teng

    This is my 11 years old comments.

    Go Barack Obama!!!!!!!
    You will be a great president for U.S.A!!!

    October 25, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  22. D from South Dakota

    I am just wondering as if to how many people are going to actually show up on Election Day? Because all of these people talk about who they are going to vote for but people have trouble over actually going to the voting booths, apparently.

    October 25, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  23. Bill in Illinois

    For me the most terrifying thought of Big Mac being elected is that were something to happen to him look what we would be stuck with to guide our country, a woman who when she wants a new fur coat just goes out and shoots it. She appears to be just another boondoggeling republican who has no concept of what the "normal Joe" needs to get by.

    We need for something to change. There is no way that this country can survive if things continue on the same course as we have been and my belief is that is exactly what would happen were McCain to be elected.

    October 25, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  24. RonRebby

    Everytime I hear him speak, I want to do and be a better person and a better citizen!

    We have faith in your Barack! bring it home in 9 days!!!!

    October 25, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  25. David Goldman for OBAMA

    WE ARE GOING TO BE BETTER OFF, AS A NATION,

    FOR EVER FOR ELECTING BARACK OBAMA.

    BE A PART OF OUR FUTURE. GET OUT & VOTE.

    October 25, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
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