July 1st, 2008
10:05 AM ET
14 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. Geneva

    Hey, ask McCain the reasoning for attacking Obama's religion? Why attack his origin? Why not focus on the world GWB messed up...you think!

    Go Obama!

    July 1, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  2. California Gold

    McCain is no officer nor is he a gentleman. His style of politics is old hat, knee in the groin, stab ya in the back and smile while denying responsibility and speaking against the idea of back stabbers.

    The American voter understands and rejects the mentality of "I can smear you directly, enlist my supporters to smear you, once the damage is done (another "mission accomplished") it's up to you to unring the bell.

    This is not the character, values, behavior or judgment necessary to rehabilitate this country both domestically and globally.

    July 1, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  3. Andrea, Ontario, Canada

    "Phil Newton Oregon July 1st, 2008 10:06 am ET


    Sue July 1st, 2008 10:08 am ET

    McCain, just let the Americans freely express themselves. They see Obama just like I do: a tragedy for America.

    Pro-choice, pro-dem July 1st, 2008 10:10 am ET

    You know how whacko and extreme the bitter Clinton-istas are if even John McCain is running away from them.

    They should all move to Canada. It's cold and bitter up there, just like the souls of the Clinton-istas."

    Excuse me? Who said that we're cold and bitter? Besides, you guys can keep your own nutjobs.

    July 1, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  4. Michael G- Ventura ca

    Hillary--It's time to get your devouted followers to shut up. They are a disgrace to the Democratic Party and to YOU- Unfortunately, your actions in the primary caused this. Very sad that the one's who called us cultists and kool aide drinkers throughout the Primary are the ones acting like THEY are that!

    July 1, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  5. ProundToBeDemocrat

    At least Mccain is better and civil than Bush/Rove everwhere. You can not change repulicans, but Mccain is Better than the conservative Republicans.

    July 1, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  6. mel

    McCain, talk of military a lot but he speak of nothing local
    here a home. Wesley Clark have more military experiences
    and he served in the army for 38 years on the ground. His
    military background is strong than mcCain. Yes, I respect
    him for his service but it not a good reason to be elected
    president. This is not about the war,it's about get american
    out of this mess with the economy and oil issues,which he do
    not talk very much about. I can care less about Iraq and Iran.
    Wesley Clark,he did nothing wrong,McCain just want to create
    an problem with Obama.he have a problem himself reaching
    out to american peoples. So he go out on the attack like most
    republican do,he also spoke of John kerry service in the service
    when ran for office,how do we forget.

    July 1, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  7. Phil, FL

    McShame and his war-mongering buddies are really giving us all the information we need to know about what the Repukes intend to do to our country.

    July 1, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  8. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    It sure took Obama long enough to say something about MoveOn. Of course he still let them fund raise for him and get out the vote during the primaries. Mr. hypocrit doesn't have the integrity to be dog catcher let alone president.

    July 1, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  9. Clinton, no, wait, McCain Supporter

    To Literacy is for Loosers (sic):

    I imagine you would think, and share the thought, that "literacy is for loosers (sic). For your enlightenment, it's "losers," not "loosers."

    I see you've been able to avoid spelling in particular, as well as thinking in general. Do say something more coherent in reply to my statement. We would all appreciate that.

    PS: coherent means clear and logical.

    July 1, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  10. Michigan for Obama

    Human observation: when you don't have a "good product" to sell, you need to put the compeition down in order to feel and look good about yourself.

    ...I sometimes feel sorry for the McCain campaign...

    July 1, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  11. Laurie-SF

    I am so sick of Obama pandering to religious groups. He will say and do anything to get a vote. For years we Democrats were criticizing the Republicans for being the party of religion and forcing their views on the country. Now Obama is doing the same thing. Wright vs Falwell, Pfleger vs Dobson. This is sickening. If Obama is going to become a Republican, I am voting for Nader.

    July 1, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  12. Remy

    McCain is now with Lieberman who cries that America will be attacked. How and who? If he has that information, why cannot he provide them to autorities?

    Does McCain need an attack on America by the so called TERRORISTS?

    If Lieberman knowas those terrorists, I hope, they are from his JEWISH MOSSAD and no body elese.

    Americans must take care of the JEWISH plans and their criminal records.

    I hope a JEWISH attack may happen with the knowledge of REPUBLICAN camp!

    July 1, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  13. Jim C

    Stop being such a wimp. At this rate, you'll never defeat the evil Democrat.

    July 1, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  14. Bama

    yes HE can! after all, Obama is the Messiah, right? i cant wait to bask in his glory, quit my job, and watch him walk on water.

    July 1, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  15. Giovanni

    I don't see anything wrong with these sites... The Truth will set us Free from the O'bots!

    July 1, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  16. Independent-woman-4-Obama

    I am glad that McCain pulled ads off some of those pathetic-hate-mongering-lying web site. What have we come to?????????? Is the ONLY way to WIN to destroy your opponent???????????



    Most of those "SWITFT BOATERS" are scared people, they are afraid that if someone whom they do not agree with is in power their way of life will be threatened! THAT'S JUST NOT TRUE!






    That's what's disturbing and pathetic about the swift-boaters. They don't think!

    I am praying that we, the People, will think for ourselves this time and say NO to the madness!

    July 1, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  17. jr

    As I read these daily blogs it has become painfully apparent to me that so many of you posters who support Obama, seem to be filled with volumes of hate and rage, and are devoid of respect for anyone including yourselves. I guess your desire to elect him is based on your need for his health care plan, which might pay all of your Psychiatric costs.

    July 1, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  18. Phil, FL

    Wow – free psychological analysis on here everyone !!!!!!

    I'm sure it's from someone who is qualified. Maybe a republican that went to a psychologist once? Sure makes him qualified !!!!!!

    July 1, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  19. pp

    only a self pitying man who has no confidence in him being alive or being a human begs,or eats others left outs..,,and a criminal mind born out of bankrptcy of mind ( not money pls!) steals..and want to seduce others with selfish motives.....alas...politics inherents these vices since the birth of human kind....

    only generation next or the people who understand it and become a guide, friend and philospher to them can earn respect...all others live in their make own believe ideas and dreams..and they finish with them...sad bu fact of one only life time....sigh....need to look other side i think...

    July 1, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  20. Young Voter

    If you are concerned about the deficit (aka the grandchild tax b/c we are giving it to our children and grandchildren to pay off), civil liberties, the Constitution, or inflation, neither BO or McCain will do anything for you.

    Bob Barr, the Libertarian candidate, has put these issues at the top of his agenda.

    Bob Barr 08

    July 1, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |

    its not pandiring to reach out to religious groups their are secular AND religious americans he needs to reach out to bouth ...we are one nation...obama 08

    July 1, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  22. Jon

    I myself believe the Democrats to be Unpatriotic. Just look at their voting record and rhetoric (we are losing the war) over the past few years. Shame on the Democrats and shame on Obama for not being honest about all this!

    July 1, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  23. Dave from Menifee

    That was a good thing. I know Obama talks highly of Mccain service to this country and his sacrifice as a prisoner of war. This is a very good sign that we may get to some real problem solving and not a lot side issues that in the long run don't serve us well.

    July 1, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  24. RB

    Yes, this guy was a Hillary supporter but now supports McCain. Many of the Obama supporters claim Hillary and Obama are the same. NONSENSE! Hillary and McCain are close to the center. Obama and Bush are at the opposite ends of the political spectrum. I, like many Americans, are closer to the center...not unlike McCain. McCain is NOT another Bush! I have always voted for Democrats but not this time. Better ANYONE but that lefty loon Obama. I supported Hillary financially but have already sent my first check to McCain. I recently got my first request from Obama. Doubt they will write me again asking for money after the reply I sent back to their request. Can't wait for MoveOn.org to call me asking for support. Their ears will burn for a long time. McCain all the way!!!

    July 1, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  25. kim hussein taylor portland, oregon

    this is same old, same old, neocon republican games--say whatever you want, then retract it, or let someone else do your dirty work for you. thank god these immoral losers will all be gone soon!!!

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

    now there's a group of geniuses, they didnt realize that stop-obama.com was an anti-obama website before placing their add on it??!?! WOW, i certainly dont want people that STUPID in my white house!

    July 1, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
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