July 1st, 2008
10:05 AM ET
15 years ago

McCain campaign pulls ads from some anti-Obama web sites

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[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/06/12/art.mccain.6.12.jpg caption="McCain ads appeared on several Web sites run by Hillary Clinton supporters."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - John McCain's campaign will stop advertising on several pro-Hillary Clinton Web sites that have attacked Barack Obama for being unpatriotic and, in one case, compared the Democratic nominee-in-waiting to Adolf Hitler.

A spokesman for McCain said Monday the campaign was not aware their ads were running on the offending Web sites, and has taken steps to block those sites from their online advertising network.

"When we find stuff like this, we take care of it," said McCain spokesman Brian Rogers.

McCain has made it known he is reaching out to former Clinton supporters, and there are nearly two hundred well-trafficked blogs and online communities run by former Clinton supporters who refuse to support Obama. But the three sites on which McCain's ads appeared are particularly hostile to the Illinois senator.

One Web site, called Stop-Obama.org, is a group blog comprised of disaffected Clinton supporters, some of whom are now supporting McCain. Three different banners ads, one of which featured McCain standing side-by-side with Sen. Joseph Lieberman, were running on the site until Monday.

A recent post on the blog outlined the "simple parallels" between Obama and Hitler, and accused Obama's audiences of having the same cult mentality that characterized followers of the German dictator.

McCain's ads have also shown up on a pro-Clinton Web site named "Obama WTF" that accuses Obama of being "spineless," having "communist influences," "courting Jew haters" and being "in the pocket of America haters."

SavagePolitics.com, another anti-Obama site that has been targeted with McCain ads, has called Obama a "bold faced liar, a thief, a sexist and a racist."

The McCain campaign pulled the ads Monday evening after they were pointed out by CNN.

Rogers said the campaign often has no control over where their ads show up on the Web. That’s because the campaign uses a third party vendor - in this case, Google - to distribute their banner ads across a broad array of political Web sites by searching for certain key words.

When the campaign is made aware of ads appearing on offensive or irrelevant Web sites, Rogers said, they notify the ad distributor and have the sites added to a list of blocked URLs. He noted the McCain campaign has already blocked "tens of thousands" of such sites.

It's not the first time a campaign has been forced to remove ads from controversial Web sites.

Mitt Romney's campaign found itself in the politically awkward position of advertising on the Web site Gay.com in late 2007, prompting the Web site to pull the ad shortly after it was discovered.

Last September, Barack Obama's campaign removed a campaign advertisement that appeared on the Amazon.com page for the controversial book "The Israel Lobby," which asserts that a network of influential pro-Israel activists hold undue sway over U.S. foreign policy.

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soundoff (231 Responses)
  1. Josh

    "The McCain campaign pulled the ads Monday evening after they were pointed out by CNN."

    Thank you CNN.

    July 1, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  2. Nate

    Clinton supporters are voting for McCain for a variety of reasons. I don't believe any woman who was voting for Hillary because she is a woman would vote for McCain, if they are that's not the reason they voted for Hillary. I believe these people are voting based on brand name, not issues. They knew the Clinton name and now are more familiar with McCain's name. Some people say it's trust. Of those people what is it you trust. You trust the republicans to get us out of the mess their policies have created. You trust McCain even though he's changed his position seemingly to appeal to the far right. It's ok to change your mind but these are things he proportedly staunchly believed in. I think it has more to do with you don't trust Obama because of his name, his race, or his "lack of experience." What kind of experience are you looking for? Our foriegn policy guru's have really hit the nail on the head lately. So have the economic advisers who created the mortgage mess. So have the greedy politicians who sold out to big oil.

    July 1, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  3. Jeff

    Michelle, let me first say that I can tell you're one of the Obama camp's overeducated supporters. How can I tell? Your superb grasp of the English language! "pissed off" ..."move up there primaries." Stellar language skills!
    As for Democrats uniting, has it ever occurred that we democrats that will not support Obama in the fall have reasons other than being angry? We question Obama's motives and sincerity. We believe that Obama has his own best interest at heart and not the best interest of the nation. Obama reminds us too much of G.W. Bush, he is running on nothing but arrogance and rhetoric, much as Bush did in 2000. We will not support a candidate we don’t believe in just because he is of our party. Sorry, some of us don’t care to be lemmings and jump off a cliff just because others do. We will sit back and enjoy the show. And if Obama wins and surprises us by showing us he is able to lead, we may support him in 2012. For now my motto is “anyone but Obama!”

    July 1, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  4. lil

    I cant believe that mccain ran ads on those web sites to begin with.
    I think the people who run those ads think like hitler and are ran by the
    same people who voted for hillary because Rush limbrugh (or whatever his name is) told them too. They are not independent and
    were never democrates but always were republician swiftboaters.

    July 1, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  5. PartyUnite

    Keep reporting CNN, Fox seem to have drop the ball.....

    July 1, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  6. Rob indetroit


    July 1, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
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