October 29th, 2008
04:00 PM ET
6 years ago

New ACORN ad: Tell McCain, the GOP 'not this time'

ACORN''s new TV ad says 'not this time' to alleged voter suppression and intimidation.
ACORN''s new TV ad says 'not this time' to alleged voter suppression and intimidation.

(CNN) - Embattled community organizing group ACORN is taking the offensive with a new ad targeting Sen. John McCain and the Republican Party, accusing the GOP presidential nominee and his party of attempting to intimidate voters.

The new ad, entitled “Not This Time,” is shot in black-and-white and features an African-American man who ages before viewers’ eyes. “It happened to him in 1960, 1965, and again in 2000. He was intimidated so he wouldn’t vote,” an announcer says as a traditional Southern hymn plays. “Tell John McCain: not this time,” the announcer says as the ad ends, and the phone number of McCain’s Capitol Hill Senate office appears on screen.

“Senator McCain needs to instruct his operatives and supporters to cease and desist. Nothing is more important to the fabric of our democracy than protecting the rights of American voters,” said Steve Kest, ACORN’s executive director, at a Wednesday press conference where the ad was released.

In a statement issued Wednesday about lawsuits recently filed in New Mexico, Sean Cairncross, the Republican National Committee’s Chief Counsel, said the only voter suppression has been that directed at false voter registrations.

The McCain campaign also swiftly responded to the allegations of suppression in the new ad. “I am not sure how any allegation relating to what might have happened 48 years ago has any relevance to the McCain campaign,” former GOP senator John Danforth, the co-chair of the McCain campaign’s Honest and Open Election Committee, said on a conference call with reporters. “Our response is that any kind of intimidation or suppression is illegal, it’s reprehensible, it is condemned by the McCain campaign, it has been condemned specifically by Sen. McCain himself.”

ACORN says the new ad will air 48 times on CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News Channel in New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C. The group said it is hoping to raise enough money to continue to air the ad through Election Day.


Filed under: ACORN • John McCain • Voter Problems
soundoff (224 Responses)
  1. Jamie, MN

    I'm sure he'll make up for not voting before by voting 5 or 6 times this year. Good Chicago politics...vote early and vote often.

    October 29, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  2. john

    So much for just being a get-out-the-vote-public interest group... Now those ficticious registrations have a lot more meaning.

    October 29, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  3. Chi4Obama

    I love it.

    And furthermore, I believe that the Obama campaign has FINALLY figured out Politics 101.

    It states that sometimes the best "Defense", is actually a good "Offense"".

    If your opponent is spending all of their time defending their stance. Then they don't have any additional bandwidth to attack you on issues like socialsim, higher taxes, etc.

    October 29, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  4. JW

    it is condemned by the McCain campaign, it has been condemned specifically by Sen. McCain himself.”

    And we know how this ends! Not that this would be first time he condemned anything.

    October 29, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  5. Chi4Obama

    The OBAMA 527's have been unleashed....

    October 29, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  6. Accountant Guy

    Good job, let the Republicans know that America will not be scared this time around. Get out and Barack the Vote America!!

    Obama/Biden '08

    October 29, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  7. Don

    Acorn, Acorn, Acorn...they really should not throw nuts...I am more concerned here why CNN and other news outlets are not giving me the news...I want to know why the LA Times will not release the viedo of Obama..Why are you and others only telling negative McCain stories and positive Obama ones. I am an Obama voter and I want to see the tapes and know about this story before I cast my vote.

    October 29, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  8. KT

    Good work! GOTV!! How repulsive are the values of the GOP to supress votes!?
    McCain disgusts me.

    October 29, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  9. EW

    This ad is blatent racism. Racism is a two way street, everyone. I know it's hard to see through the tinfoil, but please try.

    October 29, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  10. conny

    LOVE IT

    October 29, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  11. megan

    The GOP ain't strong armin' us this time! Game On! Obama didn't come this far not to put up a fight.

    October 29, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  12. Molly

    LOL...that's awesome!

    October 29, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  13. john

    to Preco....
    What does this have to do with the ad?

    to Paul...
    What is truthful about it?

    October 29, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  14. Mari

    It is time for change. Change from republicans brainwashing the naive. It is time for change. Change from racism to brotherly love for all fellow Americans. Countries look up to us for our freedom and prosperity-hmm-if they really knew the truth. Obama/Biden will bring the change we so desperately need! Get out and vote! Obama/Biden '08!!!!

    October 29, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  15. David, CA

    NOT THIS TIME! YES WE CAN! ONE VOICE.

    October 29, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  16. Looking Out For #1

    You have got to be kidding me!!!!

    Between this ad and the infomercial, Obama does not seem so convinced that he has this election in the bag.

    Remember when celebrities faded into the world of imfomercials and psychic networks, their career tanked.

    Go McCain!!!!

    October 29, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  17. nom deplume

    From the folks that brought you the subprime crisis . . .

    (and if you doubt it, file a FOIA request with the Federal Reserve).

    October 29, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  18. Navy Veterans for Obama

    Right on ACORN!

    We've been patient a long time DEMS!

    The GOP will be crushed in less than a week.

    Karma...what a beautiful thing!

    October 29, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  19. They're nuts

    ACORN does not fall far from the Obama tree.
    :-)

    October 29, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  20. dave harlow

    What a bunch of stuff this is. Talk about throughing it against the wall and seeing what sticks. This is the cheapest shot i have seen yet in this entire election.

    no one is trying to stop anyone from the polls.... cheap Dem bull again.

    October 29, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  21. sabrina01

    That's right they registered people and if it wasn't correct it DOESN'T MATTER THEY CAN'T VOTE ANYWAY WITOUT VERIFICATION AT THE POLL...SO THERE NO REASON TO THINK THAT THIS WILL EFFECT THE VOTES ..YOU MUST SHOW ID

    October 29, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  22. Buster

    Go ACORN! I love the way democrats and non-right-wing organizations have said "We're mad as hell and we're not going to take it anymore!" Go get em – punch the bullies in the nose.

    Meanwhile the McCain campaign mounts their soapbox and opines about voter suppression, while these hypocrits are sending deceptive mailers to Florida democrats trying to get them to switch parties, or at least confuse them. Can the RNC and the McCain campaign be more two-faced?

    October 29, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  23. NOBAMA

    All Americans should speak out against ACORN and their multiple PROVEN instances of voter registration fraud. All of us should object to them registering DEAD people and Disney characters as voters for Obama. They're working for Obama and they have received money from Obama's campaign. Of course they will attack John McCain to try and divert attention at least until after you have elected Obama. WAKE UP PEOPLE – IT'S NOT TOO LATE!!!!!
    Oh, why do I bother – I know CNN will not publish this comment either.

    October 29, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  24. wakeupamerica

    I love this ad! NOT THIS TIME. No more voter suppression. No more racial hatred stirred up by Palin.

    When is McCain going to repudiate Ashley Todd's hoax saying an African American male attacked her and carved a B in her face? Honor your word John. Oh that's right, you lost all of your honor!

    Let's take back our country and UNITE.

    Obama/Biden '08

    October 29, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  25. The New Civil War has begun (Sons of the Founders vs. The Socialists)

    It's your right to vote multiple times the same election, using false information. It's your right for your illegal and bogus vote to negate the vote of someone who followed the rules and the law and legally voted once.

    October 29, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
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