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. al from nj

    Please check into a story pertaining to Credit Card Fraud. Scott Johnson, a Minneapolis attorney was just on Fox stating that Obama is not screening credit card donations.
    What that means is that voters can buy a prepaid card and donate to his campaign.
    The month Obama received 150 million dollars of donations a doner named “Hitler” even donated to Obama.
    Please investigate this story.
    Fox news: October 29, 2008 5:50 PM est.

    October 29, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  2. Jillie

    Hey – Are Sarah's newly purchased clothes ups for grabs yet? Yeah right, .......still hanging in HER closet, "you betcha".

    October 29, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  3. Simmy

    Will you McCainies please return to the mother ship?

    October 29, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  4. Melanie, TX

    Unfortunately, the grumpy old man will still be in Congress causing havoc about his best friend (George W. Bush's) policies and having temper tantrums.

    We need to vote all the bums out and start fresh. John has been hanging on long enough–vote him out. Send in some fresh blood.

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 29, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  5. BC Hamilton

    Good for them. As much as I have my own–and 2008-non-specific issues with them–the racist underpinnings of the (ultimately baseless) attacks on ACORN's "voter fraud" needs to be told. It's nuts.

    October 29, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  6. park more

    Times should release the TAPE about OBAMA, Where is the DEMOCRACY that we are trying to give to other nations......

    October 29, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  7. Vicky from Milwaukee

    It must have been difficult for CNN to use this article. No picture of Alaska Barbie. I can't even remember what Joe Biden looks like. But guess what? I'm voting Obama/Biden and won't care if I ever see a photo of that Steford wife again.

    October 29, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  8. WELCOME TO THE OBAMA SHOW

    CNN I SENT THE TAPE INFORMATION ON OBAMA TO OREILLY AT FOX NEWS. I REALIZE THAT YOUR PRO OBAMA AND WOULD RATHER DESTROY THIS COUNTRY THAN SAVE IT.

    October 29, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  9. Pgoody

    Which party is trying to disenfranchise voters in Ohio, Michigan, New Mexico, Colorado, and others? It's not ACORN and it's not the Dems. Do your research people, Republicans have been purging voter rolls and using disgusting tactics for years and the media has remained silent as they give credence to the false stories about ACORN. Not this year and not this election.

    October 29, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  10. paul (reformed republican)

    To Don:

    You want to know why the LA Times is not releasing the tape?

    The answer is: The LA Times does not own the tape and does not have the legal rights to release it or air it. Only the rightful owner can give permission for that – and evidently has ruled that out as an option.

    October 29, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  11. ran

    People vote and in such #'s that there can be no doubt who the winner is. we do not want a Republican leaning Supreme Court deciding this election.

    Obama/Biden is our way forward. We have had enough with fear/hate/racism by the Republicans.

    Vote. Do not let anyone stop you. Vote early if you can. That way those who can't vote early will not have such long lines.

    October 29, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  12. Paul

    Sorry Republicans, but this year the people's voices will be heard on Election Day, and your lot is going to be out of a job.

    October 29, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  13. mike e

    Obama will win this one for sure. There not a single person I spoke to the last 4 weeks will vote for the rep.
    People are simply scared to death of the idea of another Bush term

    October 29, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  14. Catholic-mom-4-OBAMA

    GOOD FOR THEM!

    Its about time to tell the TRUTH

    To stand up for justice, honesty and decency!

    Everyday there are new vile attack ads, and LIES being told by the McCain/Palin/Republicans!

    For the last EIGHT years, we have had our Nation under siege by a government who spies on its own citizens.

    Goes to war with Iraq, on LIES.

    Dismisses the Geneva Convention, and tortures prisoners without due process..... insulting our Constitution!

    WE, the People, need to stand up and REJECT the politics of hate-lies-fear-and-division!

    October 29, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  15. Griff

    Mr Gupta! Science I failed at School... Now I know why! You ask a Question I don't want to answer... I may not be so Polite...

    October 29, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  16. Ellie

    Right is right and wrong is wrong. it's about time for this ad. It will be marked as one of our country's finest.

    October 29, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  17. Alice

    They need to air it right here in Newport News VA where fliers are being distributed in black neighborhoods telling folks that, when they go to vote, they will be required to pay back taxes, parking tickets and outstanding liens.

    Apparently, another set of fliers is telling them that the Republicans vote on November 4th and the Democrats on November 5th.

    McCain should be forced to make an ad to air in that area stating these fliers are incorrect and "reprehensible."

    October 29, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  18. mcgraw

    ACORN is doing a really good thing here

    Their so-called voter fraud is a fake story, concocted by a desperate losing campaign. Or, I guess I'll be proven wrong when Superman, Homer Simpson and Daffy Duck show up to vote! Please

    The anti-ACORN stories mask the real voter suppression story in this country – the ongoing historical one about intimidating and suppressing the votes of people of color – and ACORN is right to put it in the spotlight.

    ACORN helps to empower poor people and people of color to get out the vote. Which is why the right-wing establishment hates them so much. I never hear anybody from the right screaming about voter suppression against people of color!

    October 29, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  19. vahe

    good one.. We already saw voting fraud in Florida when people vote OBAMA mccains name pops up this is crazy people lets all fight for this.. if you vote for mccain it should go for mccain not Obama and if you vote Obama it should go for Obama

    October 29, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  20. Patrick

    Palin will come out attacking first thing tomorrow. ...."you betcha".

    October 29, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  21. Independent

    I have nothing against suppressing the vote of people who are not:

    1) alive.
    2) existent.

    ACORN has been indicted with voter registration fraud. Nothing positive can come of voter registration fraud.

    The Democrats in Ohio argued that voter registration fraud is not the same as voter fraud, since people at the polling places will be required to show photo ID. But I remember that in 2004 when Democrats blocked requirements for photo ID... how can you argue against photo ID and then later on say that photo ID means we don't have to worry about voter fraud?

    October 29, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  22. Chris F.

    It is about time ACORN stood up. Why was McBush praising the organization and now he condemns it I guess McBush will do anything to win Bush's third term.

    October 29, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  23. deb

    http://www.vietnamveteransagainstjohnmccain.com/

    October 29, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  24. Gregory

    “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,” Hence the concern over ACORNs registration practices...

    You know if you guys reported honestly you wouldn't get the misguided comments you get here

    October 29, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  25. this one is for That One

    The Republicans have tried many tricks in the past to stop people from voting. Democracy in the United Statesis not dead......but it's had a close call. Vote early. Vote Obama/Biden.

    October 29, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
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