October 29th, 2008
04:00 PM ET
10 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. Lori

    John McCain and his campaign are sooo desperate that they are blaming Acorn for their impending defeat.

    I heard that they are now trying to tie Obama to some Palestinian guy as if to say if you have a muslim friend then you are a terrorist. I have a muslim friend so I guess that means that I am a terrorist and anti-israeli which sounds ridiculous since my fiance is Jewish and I am not anti-Israel. How insulting to muslims in this country who also love this country and serve this country like everyone else to know that there is a party that thinks that because you are a muslim/Palestinian then that means that you are a 'terrorist'.

    I feel soo turned off by the the GOP and their hateful rhetoric that has nothing to do with the issues and I am glad that as an Independent I will be voting for Obama this year.

    P.S. Did you hear about Palin's redistribution of wealth comment in Alaska. Isn't that the pot calling the kettle black?

    October 29, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  2. Janice

    Somebody needs to check out where the money for this ad is coming from, I bet there's no paper trail on this either.

    October 29, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  3. Igor

    Exactly! Not This Time ! No more Bush, no more McCain/Palin. The republican tricks don't work anymore, people are tired of losing their jobs . McCain said himself he doesn't know anything about economics and Palin only knows how to abuse her power in office.

    October 29, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  4. Mike from Calgary

    John McCain and Sarah Palin are DISGRACEFUL – they even TURN OFF PRO-LIFERS LIKE ME!

    October 29, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  5. Peter (CA)

    Nice to hear that the McCain camp is against voter suppression.....it's not true, but it is nice to hear.

    Hey right wingers...stop foaming at the mouth and check the facts.
    ACORN does register all voters. However, YPM and Lincoln Strategy only pay their workers if they register them as Republican. Workers then commit registration fraud in order to get paid. That is why the head of YPM has been jailed. What does this have to do with anything? Guess who paid YPM $5 for every Republican registered:

    Steve Poizner, California Insurance Commissioner and chair of the California McCain campaign.

    October 29, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  6. Sue in MI

    Good for them. Time to fight back against the lies and blatant manipulations of the Republicans. That's what you're seeing in the polls-we are fed up with electing liars and the ethically flawed candidates being thrust into our living rooms. How can Palin talk about Obama's PAST acquaintances when she lives with a secessionist and has herself admitted that Alaska is "the most socialist state" in the US? How does she sleep at night?

    October 29, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  7. Jamie

    Palin and mccain are working on my last nerve you have people just have to face facts that there will be a black man president and that's that mcain is too old palin has children to raise and maybe if she would have been home instead of trying to help run the country her daughter wouldn't be having a baby now so what her daughter can do that because they have money. i don't think so let's talk about issue palin is a dumb educated women and mcain is a old dragged out viagra taking man who if there were to take over would not know what to do.... barack the vote and show martin luther king died so that this could happen and people need to look at the facts and not skin color because bush made a total mess...........

    October 29, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  8. liz

    Good job ACORN, these people have the nerve to say YOU are trying to ruin voting when you are trying to help MORE people vote. Thousands of eligible voters are being taken off the rolls in the last month, I doubt they are from the rich white neighborhoods...

    October 29, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  9. Paul Thompson

    NEW ACORN/CNN Poll ------

    Obama 57%
    McCain 48%

    October 29, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  10. James

    Good thing they are showing the ad in crucial urban areas of swing states 😛

    October 29, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  11. Dan, IL

    ACORN, CNN, Ayers, the, 'Father' – they're all the same.

    Go McCain.

    October 29, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  12. AZ Lauren

    Good for them! It is wrong for McCain to keep attacking this organization who work to make sure that EVERY American is given their right to vote. They are required by law to turn in EVERY registration form even when they are obviously false and now they are being attacked for it. This is just more smoke and mirrors from the GOP to distract us from the real issues like the economy. And also another attempt by the GOP to fix the election in their favor by throwing out more minority/low income voter registrations.

    The writing is on the wall John and it ain't lookin' too good for you!

    Obama/Biden '08!

    October 29, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  13. Electra


    Check it out- Vote rigging Simpson style! Soooo funny and probably true!

    America you are the laughing stock of the world and your world standing has plummetted- Do the right thing- Vote for Obama! (please we are begging you!)

    October 29, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  14. Lilly

    Too late. Already voted McCain

    October 29, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  15. Shy

    Good ad run it until Election Day. Let them know that they are still focusing on Obama instead of the issues.

    October 29, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |

    ACORN's objectives are meritorious. If there are any anomalies happening within the rank and field of ACORN, I would blame it on the RNC infiltrants. They are the mites of society, the scum, always on the alert as to how they can inflict crime and get away with it!
    Case in point : the pitbull in lipstick mouthing such nonsense rhetoric about Khafidi an ex-PLO spokesman and his alleged link to Senator Obama when the truth of the matter was, it was McCain who gave this guy grants by the thousands of dollars!
    And please! Sarah Palin is the one sleeping with the enemy! Her husband is a member of the Alaska Independence Party, a secessionist movement whose founder hates the US of A and swears to detach Alaska from the Union by whatever means! I think it is time America rethinks the old adage "Dumb Blond" because evidently Sarah Palin is NOT blond but she is D–B!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    And if you argue that it's her advisers who feeds her misinformations and lies.....only an idiot will mouth fallacies because he or she does not know the difference!

    October 29, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  17. docrock,tx


    October 29, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  18. Kathy

    The nerve of ACORN!!!! They should know, they stole the election. We need to pull all of our funding for this bunch of crooks.

    October 29, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  19. Sean from Canada

    You people are all soooo funny. Both candidates are no good. We feel sorry for the lack of quality and choice you face in the next couple of weeks. America is in for even tougher times than right now, irrespective the candidate that is chosen. It will be a long road ahead and nothing but time will save this country.

    October 29, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  20. Pete

    That's a racist ad that should be denounced by Obama, but won't be. There is a double standard.

    October 29, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  21. M.LL

    So why don't folks like this do something about it at the time????
    No, it waits for the ad to come out in this election, and note:
    the man is black. Just a ploy for obama
    Go McCain.
    We will vote for who we suppport no matter what is said and that is that

    October 29, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  22. Wanderer

    *** When taking an exam, the FIRST answer is usually the CORRECT answer ***

    *** By now, we should have the answer of who we want to be the next president of the U.S. ***

    *** If we had the wrong answers for the last two elections, this time is, once and for all, our chance to CHANGE the answer. We do NOT need to think about it TWICE ***

    *** GET OUT AND VOTE to avoid long line ***

    - ANYTHING can happen between now and 11/04/08 e.g. snow, storm, accident, tornado, earthquake, get cold/flu, family emergency, etc -

    VOTE … VOTE … your VOTE

    October 29, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  23. Peter (CA)

    paul (reformed Republican)-good pick there

    Problem is the right wingers on these blogs continue to foam at the mouth and repeat RNC talking points. They got nothing but they keep trying to find something to divide us once again.
    It's what they do.

    October 29, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  24. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    All the negative ads do is make me want to vote AGAINST the ones that are war-mongering, fear-mongering, hate-mongering.

    I voted early for Obama/Biden

    Get out and vote early if you can in case there is a problems. Lots of republican tricks this year. Make sure your vote is counted.

    October 29, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  25. Eric M

    “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

    So, that the Republican Party has a long history of voter suppression and intimidation tactics which they are continuing today has nothing at all to do with McCain, but what Bill Ayers was doing back when Obama was a toddler has a lot to do with Barack?

    It's this type of stupidity that is costing McCain the election.

    October 29, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
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