October 29th, 2008
04:00 PM ET
5 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. Annette

    McCain has supported ACORN in the past, so all this talk about ACORN this, and ACORN that...please stop the political drama. ACORN turned in the names of folks systematically as they have done in the past. If there were any real legs to the accusations of ACORN, I think we would have heard more by now, and more and more and more. More of the same political drama.

    October 29, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  2. Terrell of Escondido Ca.

    ENOUGH!!!!!!!!!!!!! STOP IT!!!! GET OUT AND VOTE.. THE TIME FOR TALKING IS PAST. EVERYONE KNOWS THE TRUTH!! ANYONE THAT HAS TRIED TO LIVE AND WORK AND PROSPER AND RAISE CHILDREN OR TRIED TO OWN A HOME IN THIS COUNTRY CANNOT IN GOOD FAITH BE UNDECIDED STILL.
    OBAMA/BIDENO8

    October 29, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  3. mik

    ACORN should have added how repubs have been playing their voter suppression game. repubs have been trying to cheat in at least 8 states. they have no morals or values. truly disgusting.

    October 29, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  4. Preco, NY

    Timely and well executed!!!!

    Tell McCain and his campaign of slime, NOT THIS TIME!!!

    ENOUGH!!!

    October 29, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  5. joe-6-pack

    John Mccain you did ask for it.

    October 29, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  6. tulsa

    babs,
    you are a complete idiot.
    This ad show EXACTLY what the RNC has been doing for all these years.
    They are doing it again.
    As the ad says, NOT THIS TIME.
    WE THE PEOPLE ARE TAKING OUR COUNTRY BACK.

    October 29, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  7. david

    Good for ACORN. History is relevant to this campaign, because history is a continuum, and we see the same things going on now that happened back then. 48 years isn't that long ago. Better to shed light on the problem of voter suppression against blacks and other people of color, than to keep quiet, or try and pretend it doesn't exist.

    Also, anyone who claims there is reverse racism against whites is a fool, and doesn't know the meaning of racism – white people have never experienced racism in this country, so don't even try to claim otherwise!

    October 29, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  8. JohnGalt

    It's time for the GOP to be exposed for the creepy carnival style politics, being sold by McCain & Palin. Those two remind me of the sweaty barkers, selling tickets for the two headed mule, in a jar side show. I like how the tables are turning on an over-bloated GOP that's sinking like the Titanic. It's about time.

    October 29, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  9. Hall for Obama

    Not this time, we will vote and it will count! You can dig every bit of dirt in the world up but I have made up my mine and nothing will stop me now.

    October 29, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  10. maggiemae

    Remember America???
    Remember when ROVE ran the "dirtiest campaign ever" for BUSH?
    Remember what that negative...FEAR BASED campaigning gave us??
    Two WARS.
    SPYING on INNOCNET CITIZENS
    and SPYING on our own MILITARY.
    The "light" around the world...
    has been totally blown out!
    REMEMBER AMERICA!!
    NOT THIS TIME!!

    Remember that McCAIN and his wife PROMISED to RUN A POSITIVE CAMPAIGN!
    Remember the war hero...the man of honor...allowed his VP candidate to whip up their crowds...with negative FEAR BAITING...to the point their crowds screamed KILL HIM!
    McCain has made BUSH look like a ballerina....as far as running dirty, FEAR MONGORING ROVE LIMBAUGH CAMPAIGNING!!
    NOT THIS TIME AMERICA...
    VOTE FOR THE HOPE OF OUR CHILDRENS FUTURES...
    DO NOT VOTE FOR FEAR!!!
    FEAR will give us FOUR MORE YEARS OF THE SAME....
    spending, deficits, tax breaks for the rich...
    and more jobs being sucked out of AMERICA!!
    Joe the plumber....won't lose his job when more manufacturing plants get sent overseas!! But our jobs will!!

    October 29, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  11. TOM

    And to think McCain blew all his campagn money on Sarah's new clothes. .

    October 29, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  12. Tim

    “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.

    ....just like how what a domestic terrorist did 40 years ago has no relevance to the Obama campaign.

    Wait...what??

    October 29, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  13. KG, Twin Cities

    Why are the difficulties with voter caging and alleged voter registration fraud only in areas that are predominately minority and poor? Because it's easier to victimize and intimidate the downtrodden.

    go Obama!

    October 29, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  14. ed

    Has the GOP hit rock bottom yet?
    I think so every day but then there's something new.
    Reminds me of when Stevenson said to McCarthy "Have you no shame?"

    October 29, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  15. paul (reformed republican)

    I don't think this was a very smart move. Playing the race card, in any fashion – by either side of the political sphere – is not a wise move.

    It is why Obama made the intelligent decision to avoid it. ACORN should have followed that lead. Running this ad may have a detrimental effect on the Obama campaign.

    October 29, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  16. TOM

    And to think McCain blew all his campaign money on Sarah's new clothes

    October 29, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  17. this one is for That One

    The Democrats are not to be trusted.....make sure your vote counts.....vote early....don't wait until the last day !!!! OBAMA/BIDEN08

    October 29, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  18. Larry, PA

    Barack should NOT be convinced that this election is in the bag, because it isn't. He knows that and so do Obama supporters. This thing isn't over until it's over. PERIOD.

    Obama/Biden

    October 29, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  19. James

    Just to be absolutely clear, no one in this country has a RIGHT to vote in a federal election.

    Now, if you state decides to grant that priveledge to its citizens, it is not allowed to discriminate.

    ACRON needs to read the constitution before it makes untrue claims such as "Voting is your right"

    October 29, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  20. BOB S S

    ACORN , HURRY HURRY GET ALL THE DEAD AWAKEN , SO THEY CAN HEAR THE NEWS .

    DC IS ADMITTING THAT THERE LIAR , CAN NOT BE THE PRESIDENT .

    NO CITIZEN . HOW DUM THE DC BUNCH MUST BE STARTING TO FEAL .

    YEP. ALL THAT MONEY DOWN THE DRAIN , I SAY IT'S A BLAME SHAME , IT COULD OF WENT AN HELPED THOSE FROM IKE. . BUT NOW TO SPREAD BARRY'S LIES.

    BYE, BYE, BARRY . / NOW JOE , UH HUH .

    October 29, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  21. Simmy

    Will you McCainies please return to the mother ship-Fox?

    October 29, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  22. FL for OBAMA

    The double standard of McCain's connections to YPM (an actual arrest) is astounding. Not this time.

    October 29, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  23. Lee

    For what ever harm they may have caused – I am so so so glad that there is someone such as ACORN out there to stop anyone from stealing these danged elections!!!

    I don't care if it is only 1 voters rights that get trampled on – 1 is TOO MANY!!!

    America – WE ARE BETTER THAN THIS!!!

    October 29, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  24. Jojo Jones

    ACORN is in Obama's back pocket. This is purely a rude advertisement preying upon racial divide. This is what is keeping racism alive. Be gone ACORN!

    October 29, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  25. ts

    Now the REPUGS can't try nothing this year. They have been stealing our votes for the longest , we can't let them get by with this time.

    October 29, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
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