October 31st, 2008
04:47 PM ET
5 years ago

Closing McCain ads take swipe at Obama

Sen. McCain releases two new ads in his final push to win the White House.
Sen. McCain releases two new ads in his final push to win the White House.

(CNN)–With only four days before election day, Sen. John McCain is ending the battle of the airwaves with a pair of 30-second spots.

"Obama Praising McCain" echoes a Web ad released a month ago: “Praising McCain." That spot spot shows prominent Democrats commending the Arizona senator for his stances on public policy and his leadership abilities within Congress. "Even Obama has Praise for the Maverick," read the screen.

In the new 30-second spot, an announcer begins “The truth on global warming”: the only other speaker in the ad is Obama himself. "The Lieberman-McCain bill establishes limits for greenhouse gas emissions. It's a framework that's not only good for the environment, it's also good for business," says Obama. "I want to thank Senator Lieberman, as well as Senator McCain, for the outstanding leadership that they've shown.”

The second spot, “Freedom,” brings the focus back to McCain’s biography. “I've served my country since I was 17 years old, and spent five years longing for her shores,” says McCain, evoking his time as a prisoner of war in Vietnam.

“I came home dedicated to a cause greater than my own. We can grow our economy. We will cut government waste,” he says, adding — in an apparent subtle swipe at Barack Obama - “Don't hope for a stronger America. Vote for one. Join me.”

The campaign said the ad will air in key states. On a Friday conference call, campaign manager Rick Davis said he expected McCain to out-spend Obama on the air in the race’s closing days.



Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (141 Responses)
  1. Greed is not good

    So? 2 Senators from different parties have similiar views on Global Warming. Big Deal.

    October 31, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  2. rm

    This is weak!!!

    October 31, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  3. Nia Hussein- Phoenix, AZ

    Typical last minute politicing unfortunatly for mcCant he would be better served sticking to issues rather then avoiding them by being on the attack. Matter of fact he would have probabaly been closer to Obama...oh well..karma will bite him come 11/4

    October 31, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  4. tulsa

    So McCain thinks that praise for doing something good shows what? Obama is weak?

    Actually, it shows me that he is honest. Too bad I can no longer say the same for Senator McCain.

    Funny, I remember McCain saying that his bid for president in 2000 was not for the betterment of America, but for his own ego.

    So John, were you lying then, or now?

    Either way, you are a loser. You could have done so much better.

    October 31, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  5. Amy

    I knew it! I knew he would bring up his POW status before this election was over!

    Vote for the future!

    October 31, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  6. Lisa P

    Don't hope for a stronger America. Vote for one.

    I plan to. Obama-Biden 08!

    October 31, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  7. Paul, MO

    Whats new... Pathetic McCain! You are not the John McCain i thaught i was going to vote for... I'm extremely dissapointed in my party.

    I have already voted.. for Obama! Democratic for the first time in my lifetime.

    October 31, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  8. Vet4McCain

    Go McCain, tell it like it is. I only wish people were listening. Obama said he wanted to fundamentally change America. Socialism should just about do it!

    October 31, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  9. Kathy in CT

    The "Obama praises McCain" ad is great - shows Obama as a bipartisan, gracious, courteous and courageous leader who has no problem extending a hand, and some praise, to a colleague.

    Only the angry, hostile McCain people would think that this is a plus for McCain, or a negative for Obama.

    October 31, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  10. Gene

    My god.. a political ad from McCain that doesn't slam Obama.. but instead shows that Obama knows how to reach across the isle and shows that he's more than willing to give proper credit where it's due.

    Wish Obama could put out an ad like this... but I have yet to see McCain even once say "you're right" or "that's a good point" or "good job". All McCain knows how to do is look for the negatives in people.

    October 31, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  11. Ryan

    Outspend Obama??

    With what money?

    October 31, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  12. Chris from St. Louis

    That's what is great with Obama .... He gives credit to where it is due.

    Sen. McCain .... Learn from Obama. Stop spiteful attacks and rein in your hate mongering supporters. Your ads are really bad and turn people off, especially in Missouri.

    October 31, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  13. Mark from AR

    McCain is a Keating 5 crook. Palin is the worst possible VP candidate. You figure out who to vote for.

    October 31, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  14. FL for OBAMA

    Only McCain and his Bush/Rove henchmen could take something genuine and turn it into a hit job. Their slash & burn politics are just nasty and gross. Sad.

    October 31, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  15. wow.

    Isnt it amazing how Obama has such respect for John McCain and he simply cannot show it back?
    He's using the respect Obama has for him as a negative attack ad.

    October 31, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  16. hurriCAIN PALIN

    Senator McCain you are no hero, you are in fact a terrorist.

    Your campaign advisor & "Transition Chief" William Timmons was a Saddam Hussein lobbyist for 5 years.
    You pal around with Gordon Liddy, domestic terrorist.
    You are a member of "The Project for a New American Century" – a radical extremist terrorist organization.
    Your VP candidate's husband Todd Palin is a domestic terrorist in the Alaskan Independence Party.
    You accuse Obama of knowing Rashid Khalidi, yet you yourself have given Rashid Khalidi & the PLO $500,000.00!!! So by your logic, if Obama is a terrorist sympathizer like you claim, then you Senator McCain are a state sponsor of terrorism. You are, by your own twisted logic, a terrorist by your own admittance.
    You have met with Chilean Dictator Pinochet, a terrorist.
    You're coordinated effort to use FOX NEWS, the Bush Administration, your campaign, Sarah Palin, and The Justice Department to commit voter fraud, voter intimidation, & voter suppression is an act of terrorism.

    John McCain you are a disgrace!

    October 31, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  17. vahe

    okay thats one thing you helped us but you voted 90% with bush it doesnt help you on this crook

    October 31, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  18. Enlightened Voter

    mccain, I truly can't wait until the 4th when you and the clueless pathological liar palin receive a crushing defeat and I don't have to hear either of you two and your lies, attacks, smears ever again!

    October 31, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  19. Observer

    Oh. So, are you trying to say that Barack Obama is endorsing you, Mr. McCain? You should have fired your campaign staff many months ago-this is lame as it gets.

    October 31, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  20. Listen Up...

    This is stupid. Obama is gracious and praises many people. So WHAT!

    October 31, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  21. v.ananthan

    OBAMA IS MAKING PLANS FOR 2009 WHEN HE HAS NOT DONE ANYTHING SIGNIFICANT SO FAR FOR THE PEOPLE OTHER THAN RUNNING A BRILLIANT CAMPAIGN WITH UNKNOWN/ UNTRACEABLE CONTRIBUTIONS……

    I AM SORRY OBAMA I DON^T BUY THAT….

    McCAIN / PALIN 08.

    October 31, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  22. hmm...

    im thinking the whole praising mccain thing will have the reverse intended effect.... barack shows that despite having differences... he is willing to find common ground.. and give credit where it's due..

    October 31, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  23. Bob, San Francisco, CA

    Sure, they can use Obama's courtesy and respect for his opponent to their advantage, but they can't even say one thing nice about Obama.

    And can you conservatives come up with intelligent arguments against Obama instead of lies, propaganda, and ignorant fear mongering? I'd like to hear it.

    October 31, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  24. Kim

    . McCain is always touting the fact that Obama hasn't been tested, but he has. Please, someone, tell me how. While his experience as a POW was certainly horrible, I don't think this is a sole qualifier for being tested.

    October 31, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  25. joe

    Let's make TOOT hoot on Tuesday

    Bear down, and help get out the Vote for Obama

    Wave a victory – peace sign out the car window
    if you have a Obama bumpersticker or see
    a car with one.

    Help get the Vote for Obama

    October 31, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
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