October 30th, 2008
11:39 AM ET
10 years ago

Obama camp releases ‘closing argument’ ads

 The Obama-Biden campaign released two new ads Thursday.

The Obama-Biden campaign released two new ads Thursday.

(CNN)– The Obama-Biden campaign released two “closing argument” ads Thursday, one negative spot looking provide ‘perspective’ on Sen. McCain’s similarities with President Bush, and one positive ad touting the direction the Democratic candidate plans to take the country.

“Wonder where John McCain would take the economy?” and announcer says in ‘Rearview Mirror,’ as a car drives down the road. “Look behind you,” continues the announcer, as the driver of the car readjusts the rearview mirror to show an image of President Bush.

“John McCain wants to continue George Bush’s economic policies,” the announcer adds.

The second spot, ‘Something,’ echoes the approach of Wednesday night’s 30-minute Obama campaign ad. “Something’s happening in America,” the announcer says. “People from every walk of life…uniting in common purpose”

“Barack Obama. Endorsed by Warren Buffett and Colin Powell. A leader who’ll bring us together.”

Both ads began airing Thursday in key battleground states, according to the Obama campaign.

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  1. Obama The Socialist

    News poll of likely voters shows McCain-Obama race tightening: Last week, Obama led 49-40 - but, heading down the stretch, McCain is closing, 47-44.


    The American people are starting to see what you really represent for the future of our great country. Your a radical man that dodges questions on your ideology.
    Ayers, Khalidi, Wright – Great group of friends Obama.

    Vote for the American Dream
    Vote McCain

    October 30, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    With an ad like this he will bring us together when the oceans water stops rising & liberals are smart. LOL

    October 30, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |

    As if we needed more proof that McCrypt has a "man crush" on the shrub!

    October 30, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  4. Karen

    To No Hillary=No Obama,

    I was a Hillary supporter and when she lost the Primary, I did not immediately change to Obama. I researched Obama, McCain, the Green Party, etc. When Obama picked Joe Biden as his running mate I was miffed it was not Hillary but after considering I understood why. Still wasn't sure and continued my research. Then McCain picked Palin and my decision was made. There is NO WAY NO HOW I WILL EVER VOTE FOR A TICKET WITH PALIN ON IT.

    Please please please do not let your hurt feelings cause you to vote for McCain/Palin. The potential harm to this country if Palin is anywhere near the White House would be catastrophic. Please please please don't use this election for revenge. It is a priviledge to have a vote – please use it for good!

    Oh, and Noah and LIP – Get a clue!

    October 30, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  5. bill

    GET BUSHES ULGY LIEING FACE OFF MY SPACE.this is the most misserable lieing person on the face of gods great earth.caint wait till januray when he gets out of OUR HOUSE.HOPLEFULLY IN CHAINS

    October 30, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  6. Sue in MI

    I love the Republicans resorting to name calling and scare tactics even on these boards. Do you think we are all dumb? Most of us are college grads, able to research Obama and McCain (and the infamous Palin) and we can read and spell and use grammar correctly, too! We don't insert "that" and "also" every other word; we never cheated on our taxes; we never abused the power granted to us by a state; we don't fly our families on taxpayer dollars to fancy locations; no one ever bought us clothes to create an image; we never told anyone we were "like you" when in reality we are worth a million dollars; we don't lie to get our way or scare folks; and if we have a case to make for something, we are clear and to the point.

    We are voting for and spending money on Obama because we believe in his message, we want to get out of an unjust war, and we are sick of the far right protecting children on one hand, and fully supporting war and the death penalty with the other. Do you not see that in God's eyes, all deaths committed by man are murder? They are all the same...just because you say you are a Christian does not mean you believe what Jesus taught, or you would be right there praying for the end of this war. I'm sure the Muslims who practice peace are just as appalled at GWB and his preemptive strikes on sovereign countries as we all were at 9-11. That is not Christian behavior.There really is no difference. Obama will at least try to negotiate and find a way for all countries to live together. McCain is all for torture and bombs. And you wonder why we support the Dems this time? I don't.

    October 30, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  7. Sarge in Florida

    CNN why is it that I have a strong feeling that you are a bunch of raciest who really don't want Obama in the White House...Just about every News organization is giving McBush interviews on their program to slam Obama...McBush doesn't have the money that Obama had to pay for his ads...Are you guys the second coming of FOX?

    I'm a WHITE MAN who already voted early here in Florida..STOP PROMOTING HATE !!!!!! Don't we have enough of it in this sad world?

    October 30, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  8. RealityKing

    "A leader that will bring us together" – as long as you don't question the agenda....

    October 30, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  9. Lorna, NY

    Barak, you had my vote at "WE"!

    October 30, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  10. PATTY



    October 30, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  11. patty


    October 30, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  12. McCain?

    for 8 years the Bush/McCain policies have killed us....now we see McCain running the Bush 2000 campaign and we know, in our heart of hearts that McCain will do the same if elected. Barack Obama can bring out the best of us, McCain has shown the worst of us...we see them in his rallies, we read them on the blogs. but no more! this is America, we need a leader who is working for the people, not a man who will through away his integrity to win an election...America really can not afford another Republican Administration...America can not afford John McCain. can anyone tell me how has John McCain been tested? as an air man he crashed 6 planes. as a POW he gave up Military information after the 4th day. as Senator he gave favor to corruption like in Keating 5. as a husband he cheated on his wife and left her. as the Republican nominee during the economic crisis he was erratic and all over the place causing more damage than solution...IF John McCain has been tested, he has FAILED time and time again

    October 30, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  13. Peter (CA)

    LIP-please get a clue.
    McCain started this election comparing himself with Bush so that he could get the right wing vote. Only when the economy that Bush and his cronies ruined started collapsing around them did McCain start distancing himself.

    His message is as erratic as his campaign. The move was smart on Obama's part because it all ties in to change. Something this country needs but something that scares people. This is why we should vote for Obama, this is why I already have voted for him.

    October 30, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  14. Arkay, MI

    Judy from PA wrote:
    If you want Colin Powell leading us into another war, vote for Obama.

    You cannot be more wrong Powell is the only guy in GWBs cabinet who tried to stop the mad rush to Iraq war. But He finally succumbed to pressure from others and the 'Decider'

    October 30, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  15. President Barack Obama

    CNN, how come you very seldom include a link to Obama's ads in the article compared to John McClown's ads. Whenever McClown has an ad the link is usually in the article..... WHY?

    Barack Your Vote08!!!!

    October 30, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  16. tulsa

    No Hillary = No Obama,

    Oh my, a bitter little thing, aren't you.
    You and McCain go well together. Bitter, angry, small.
    Obama and Biden have more experience, intellect and organizational skill than McCain, Palin and Joe the plumber combined.
    LOL... Joe the plumber. He didn't even show up for McCain!
    Face it dearie, Obama went 30 minutes with clear direction, true stories and real solutions never ONCE mentioning McCain.
    Johnny boy did 30 minutes with Larry King and had to mention Obama 50 times!
    It's obvious he has nothing to say for himself, where Obama has a PLAN.
    Get over yourself and Vote Obama.

    October 30, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  17. John McCain is a racist


    Back in February of this year a reporter asked Mccain about Latinos. Mccain replied "They are good for manual labor." The reporter then asked "Is that all?" Mccain smiled and turned away from the reporter who didn't have a camera but he filmed it on his cell phone that is why mccain didn't think he was live. Very interesting to know what mccain thinks of Latinos

    October 30, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  18. Peter (CA)

    LIP-please get a clue.
    McCain started this election comparing himself with Bush so that he could get the right wing vote. Only when the economy that Bush and his cronies ruined started collapsing around them did McCain start distancing himself from Bush

    His message is as erratic as his campaign. The move was smart on Obama's part because it all ties in to change. Something this country needs but something that scares people. This is why we should vote for Obama, this is why I already have voted for him.

    October 30, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  19. Connie from Indiana

    CNN , Please tell Jack Cafferty and David Gergen to go to MSNBC then I will not bother watching CNN. Refused to SELL Obama 30 minutes then ran McSenile twice on Larry King for FREE, Is that what you all call free trade?Boy did Larry King really suck up to McSenile. Did Fox news buy CNN and not tell us? VOTE EARLY INDIANA , VOTE OBAMA

    October 30, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  20. sandee in Portland

    You know what Noah....I don't care if Israel is safe. I want my country safe and strong first. It's time for us to take care of ourselves first not other countries.

    When I grew up, our country's economy was based on manufacturing. Not any more. It used to be the mothers stayed home and took care of their children and homes. Not any more. Now both parents have to work to make ends meet and let their children be raised by strangers. Now our economy is based on service industry jobs (minimum wage jobs). Bush has been touting for years about all the jobs being added. The problem is those jobs were minimum wage jobs, not jobs where people were making enough to support their families. If we don't bring back well paying jobs for our people, we will be a 3rd world country in no time at all, and we're well on our way to being one.

    I thought the infomercial was excellent. Very positive and uplifting with no negativity. As far as this Bush/McCain ad goes, at least it's just attacking McCain's policies and not his character when McCain's ads and speeches attack Obama's character, not just his policy.

    Also watched McCain on Larry King Live. All negativity. No information about his actual plans, just more lying about Obama. This man shouldn't even be a Senator much less a President. Fox news said McCain is now starting his robocalls in Arizona. Pretty sad when you are in trouble even in your own home state.

    Retired and voted for Obama

    October 30, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |

    Obama Great job! Hit McCain on the issues and lets make this election count.

    Go Obama!

    October 30, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  22. tulsa

    Tell me, where do you get this?
    Just like most of the Republican bloggers here, not all, but most, you just make stuff up.
    You can choose to join the new American revolution, or be angry even when our new president does right by you.
    He is inclusive, you see. You are welcome to disagree.
    He has welcomed protesters into his rallies. He welcomes all Americans regardless of rac, gender or political affiliation.
    I know this is hard for you to accept, but it's true.
    Vote for America, vote Obama

    October 30, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  23. Evie Turner

    Is it me or are the Republicans still trying to "save face". Obama is trying to "buy" the Presidency? Please someone tell me Greta Van You Know did not say that on her show?

    Does Fixed News really only hire those who have to ALWAYS slant the story one way? Buy an election? Yes, yes I see now...no one in the last what 50-some elections has EVER bought, stolen, fixed, taken an election. Come on Greta. You got to come stronger than that... At some point, we have to either say it is a duck now and forever more because it is talking, walking and acting like one.

    Buy an election, indeed. We can't keep just throwing words around like they don't mean anything. If McCain even THOUGHT he could have raised as much money as Obama, he would not have accepted public funding. Obama knew the fight he was in after H. Clinton. And, no matter what, continuing to elect the same tired politician who has been in Washington for 30+ years has not helped and will not help America. Barack is indeed the change we ALL NEED.

    October 30, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  24. President Barack Obama

    Bill..... I know you support Obama & We appreciate that but your Grammar is awful.....
    Barack is going to make it easier for you to attend college if you voluteer your service. Look into after Barack is elected POTUS...

    Barack Your Vote08!!!!

    October 30, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  25. Rob

    Hey mav,FL – Since when was the American dream to be attacked by our enemies, give all our money to the government, and sit by and watch them crash things into the ground? I thought you were delusional when you heaped such praises on Barry's informercial (if I respond in the next 30 minutes do I get the free 'Bill Ayers Terrorist at Home' bomb making kit?), but your comment about his family being the American family and him restoring the American dream you just proved without a doubt how delusional you truly are. So how are things in make-believe land.

    Barry O – no substance, all talk, no action. America's Nightmare!

    October 30, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
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