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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soundoff (181 Responses)
  1. Renata Nicole

    I love this ad it is so funny.

    However, even though I am an Obama supporter I think people should remember to give McCain credit where credit is due. He has stood up to Bush on so many things, however his idea to keep the Bush tax cuts stinks. I really hope Obama wins this election. Everybody remember come rain, hail, sleet or snow to the election poll we must go.

    October 30, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  2. go blue

    I watched this ad two times. It was so touching! To me, it was extremely well done. Love it!

    October 30, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  3. sabuc for Obama

    Just voted and it only took 2 hours!!

    Get out and vote early and maybe we can go to sleep early and happy come Tuesday night!!

    October 30, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  4. Marc PDX

    I wish it was the close. But I think it's actually just the opening act...

    October 30, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  5. Amy

    I wonder why Bush and McCain fight so hard for tax cuts for the rich.

    Oh, that's right, they and all their friends are all filthy rich!

    They sure look like they're having a good old time in the rearview mirror!

    October 30, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  6. lucy

    Of course Obama isn't going to do everything he promises, no president can or does, but at least he will try. You guys making $40,000 a year and worrying that people earning more than $250,000 might have to pay an extra 3% are just silly. My husband and I have that kind of income, and don't mind spending another little bit to help people who need it – like the Christians we are. If you had more income, you might realize that the tax only applies to PROFIT, so expenses incurred in buying health care for employees or even hiring another one or two, will reduce the profit that will be taxed and will therefore REDUCE, not INCREASE, our taxes.

    I think it's really interesting that the pro-McCain people are so nasty. What do they hope to gain? When you listen to a McCain rally, it's all hisses and boos. There is none of that at an Obama rally. Why are the Republicans so busy spewing hate and fear?

    October 30, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  7. Texas for Obama

    I'm lovin the ad! It's effective and funny.

    I can't wait until the Repulicans lose. Maybe they will finally see that America is sick of their negative campaign tactics. Elizabeth Dole hit WAAAAAAY below the belt. John McCain is no better.

    October 30, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  8. Librarian for Obama/Biden

    We voted early in Florida for Obama/Biden! Sen. McCain should just retire and enjoy his remaining time on earth. Maybe, he should go to Arizona and try to do some charity work to improve the lives of children in that state. Pres. Bush and VP Cheney should answer to the crimes they have committed while in office.

    October 30, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  9. Brad S. in Knoxville, TN

    Just to let you all know that pollster is the definative source for all polling an I looked at Pennsylvania in the Marist/NBC poll for this state the last two and the first was taken 9/16-9/18 and 46 Obama 44 McCain 1 percent other and 9 percent undecided for a two point advantage! Now looking to the same poll from them today and taken 10/27-10/28, which had Obama at 47 to McCain 43 with Undecided at 9 percent, so Obama with a four point lead. This is a two point gain in this poll, which means the race is not tightening, and I wish the news media would report on this fact that Obama according to this poll is growing his lead in PA!

    October 30, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  10. McCain=the same

    Love the AD- I wish at the end the driver put the peddle to the floor

    October 30, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  11. PJ

    I love their ads. I wish they pulled an ad that used BIden's "we all know how this goes: the sequel is worse than the original movie" line. That was pure genius. Or maybe they did & I wasn't aware?

    October 30, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  12. Brad S. in Knoxville, TN

    John McCain has no plans for America except bombing Iran and keeping us in Iraq for decades to come. This is not what America needs when our poor economy is going into the sinkhole! We should be taking the 10 billion dollars from Iraq and create more new American JOBS!

    October 30, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  13. Hardworking American for McCain

    so sorry Obama. I voted already. My wife and I don't buy into your BS. You can't do it and won't do it! So we cast our vote for John McCain. That's the only real answer for America!

    October 30, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  14. Tony

    How many "closing arguments" is That One gonna have? Is he THAT scared that he's not going to win the election? Well he should be, because he's not going to.

    October 30, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  15. globalgroove

    To those who are screaming about Obama's Aunt...have you considered that perhaps she does not want help? I have many friends who live paycheck to paycheck and also have wealthy relatives but do not seek help from them. nor would they take it if offered. It's called being PROUD of what you have. Stop hating so much. It hurts your cause.

    October 30, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  16. sally

    Nominate tulsa from the comments below to serve as a true American advisor to congress. Very well said and needs to be said more and louder.

    October 30, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  17. Patricia

    Just can't let this one get away. You all know Obama has quite the family scattered all over the place. By now we all are aware of the big spender's brother George living in a hut in Kenya, right? Just read that his poor old aunt Nyetunei (sp. whatever) has been found living in a slum in Boston. So much for being his brother's keeper. Just imagine the family festivities in the White House when he is crowned.

    October 30, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  18. Sunshine

    After Obama is elected, you'll all see how our value will rise again in the world. How the world will look at America as the great country. How the dollar will spike. We will be of value again.

    October 30, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  19. J.D.

    I've got a closing argument: "Palin". 'nuff said.

    October 30, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  20. Sunshine

    Republicans stop being arrogant, wake up from the fake dream ,be humble and get real.

    October 30, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  21. AFAM

    Brillilant.Go Obama. he looked calm collected presidential. mcain looks grumpy mad. i am a fighter. mcain wouldnt fight for no one mark my words,didnt bush say he was a untier not a divider. what happended. lol. all mcain and sarah palin want is to get your votes and do buisiness as usually. trust me mcain and sarah fans. i know this. the republican party wouldnt let mcain help the poor people. what do you think Gop stands for Grand Old party.Party for the rich.

    October 30, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  22. Rob

    Hey Sally – Apparently you and tulsa live in the same looney bin (I imagine with some of the other Obamaholics posting here). Anyone who can say with an honest and straight face that Obama is the best thing for this country either have absolutely no grasp of reality or they're hope is for the downfall of America.

    Barrack will ruin the country. And you fools will leap off the ledge if he tells you. Sounds like a fanatic to me.

    October 30, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  23. Sunshine

    Come down Republicans from ur high Castles, come down from ur illusions.

    October 30, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  24. AFAM

    nobama have you asked yourself this question. maybe his brother and aunt wants to stay there. i am an african and an american citizen. i know more of this than you would ever know. people that live in africa dont want to come to america because they dont want to deal with the snow and the cold plus they dont want to adjust to a differenty lifestyle. do your research before you start talking.

    October 30, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  25. Mary


    October 30, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
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