October 29th, 2008
04:00 PM ET
9 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. vahe

    good one hit them bcak with more ads ACORN.. THANK YOU

    October 29, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  2. EW

    Kettle, you have a call on line one from the pot!

    Acorn could have prevented this by coming out and admitting that they were getting suspicious registration cards. Instead, they continued to pay the deadbeats that were comitting fraud and tried to hide the issue from the public.

    No matter how you feel about either candidate, pleae vote.

    October 29, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  3. Andrea, St Louis

    Palin, the governor of Alaska, described herself as "a gal who knows the North Slope of Alaska," an energy-rich region, and someone who took on the powerful oil industry. She made no mention of having sought and won higher taxes on oil companies, a position unlikely to win favor among conservatives.

    October 29, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  4. Glenn in California

    McCain's ONLY hope is to suppress voters, because otherwise, it looks like it's all over. R.I.P.

    October 29, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  5. sabrina01


    October 29, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  6. Cindy

    As a Canadian who has enjoyed the right to vote for 22 years (without problem or incident I might add), I find it absurd that voter suppression and intimidation exists in a country that calls itself the model of democracy. How can this happen? If a person is able to vote, they should be able to vote without incident...end of story. If not, it cannot really be called a democracy, can it?

    October 29, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  7. i am shocked

    Racism is what this is all about, and it is not anyone being racisist against Obama... it is the by far the other way around.

    I heard on the news today that there was a predominantly black college in FL that closed today so that the facility and students could vote early. They closed a school to be sure they voted??? Are you serious with this? Did they do this in 2004? 2000?...ect NOPE

    October 29, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  8. Bit

    I am crying looking at this ad.

    That's right........NOT THIS TIME GOP........NOT THIS TIME!

    October 29, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  9. Desmond Sequeira


    October 29, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  10. Billy

    WOW, the professor story is now CNN's headline story. CNN sure has thrown in with John McCain.

    CNN says it's balanced but when they repeat the McCain distortions, they are as in the tank for McCain as FOX NEWS.

    I hate to say it but CNN is losing my trust.

    October 29, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  11. Griff

    So say's a Nut!!!

    October 29, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |


    AFTER YOU WATCH IT YOU WILL NOT VOTE FOR OBAMA!!!http://www.canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/5411

    YOU CAN THANK ME AFTER THE ELECTION......................

    October 29, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  13. Jamie, MN

    I can't wait to see all of your faces when McCain wins. America isn't stupid enough to elect a radical liberal with no experience.

    October 29, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  14. Proud to be American

    Yes ..... Yipee! ..... Change is coming I believe..... stay steadfast folks we can do this ..... Barack the vote!

    October 29, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  15. Andrea, St Louis

    Barb and Babs--Racism has been played throughout the Republican campaign! Look at the stupid campaign worker that blamed a "black" guy who carved a backwards B in her face. You guys are stupid!

    October 29, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  16. Wayne

    First.. Acorn receives several MILLION dollars in Federal funds to operate.. They are SUPPOSED to be non party affiliated.. right...
    This group is SO CORRUPT you would have to be a complete Kool Aid Drinking idiot not to see it.. Their own workers are now coming out and saying how they were told to do things.. Being investigated in more than 20 states for voter FRAUD.. Google "acorn corruption" and you will have over 1,000,000 hits on news stories and other issues..

    October 29, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  17. 25 year old independent

    why do I think babs and barb are the same person????? I mean did you expect them to stay quiet while they could have been blamed for ruinning the election. Also I feel like this reverse race card gimmick is getting old...there no such thing as a race card any more it's 2008 not 1968. Those of you who still think there's a race care obviously there are some underlying issues that you are surpressing.

    October 29, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  18. Tony

    I thought ACORN was a NON-PROFIT organization. What are they doing talking about politics?

    October 29, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  19. Shannon

    and we should listen to a corrupt organization that is engaged in voter fraud why! I guess cheating comes easy to the Obama side, they are buying the election, so why not employ voter fraud!

    October 29, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  20. Obama is for UNITING of the PEOPLE

    PLEASE CNN.....I LIVE in North Carolina and I WILL not VOTE for Elizabeth Dole's and this was before she begin her vile tactics of ads this late in the election. Every time one is played on TV, I think about how LOW the REPUBLICANS will go to win POWER and Millions of dollars and once they gain it, WE are forgotten about (she only was in NC for 23 days within two years, quotes from radio in NC).

    She was to busy enjoying telling her rich and wealthy political buddies she was NC senator, but FORGOT to tell them SHE has DONE NOTHING for NC.

    Thank you CNN, I really hope WE elect a REAL senator on the 4th!

    October 29, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  21. Anonymous

    Interesting ACORN is lecturing about voting suppresion, when they supress the legit votes. But Librealism is a mental disorder they can't process logical thoughts

    October 29, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  22. Jadie

    GO OBAMA!!

    October 29, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  23. Carl

    This is impressive. It probably won't make any difference but at least shows that they are are just as concerned with the integrity of this election as democrats... yes I am leaving the republicans out because they have used voter suppression techniques for far too long and have tried to stop newly registered voters from actually being able to vote.

    Not this time!

    October 29, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  24. mms

    I'm glad to see them finally stand up to the GOP.We are not blind ,the american people know exactly what's going on.I applaud ACORN!!!!!!

    October 29, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  25. Uncle Fester

    The GOP is the biggest perpetrator of voter suppression and fraud in this country by a wide margin. The worst of ACORN is a blip on the radar compared to the crap the Republicans pull.

    October 29, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
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