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. GC from Virginia

    jr – I hope that was a joke. Did you read the article above. The PUMA folks were comparing Obama to Hitler. Hitler!

    There is hate on both sides...all three sides counting McCain. I hope voters will be able to look past what idiots on blogs say.

    July 1, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  2. @HusseinIsAmerican2

    these are right-wing republican sites branded as Hillary's..........way to divide the dems.

    July 1, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  3. Sujith, NE

    McShame – If you really mean it, its real simple.Just stop supporting the republicans posing as PUMA democrats on the internet.Yeah, its that simple.All you need is a lil bit of common sense to see thru this.

    PUMA? really? BS !

    Obama 08 !

    July 1, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  4. Good for you, John McCain!

    – By the way, Obama has a lot of gall to campaign in Independence, the home of Harry Truman, a man who stood his ground against America's enemies.
    – Want some of Harry's "glory" to rub off on you, eh, Obama? Can't be done, ever.
    – Harry was a fighter, not a quitter. He weighed all the options, made a decision, and stuck with it.
    – NO waffling around for Harry, as is daily the case with you, Obama.
    – Think Harry would have "negotiated" with terrorists? Not on your life.
    – Think Harry would have stayed in a church like yours for 20 years - or even 2 minutes? Think again.
    – Harry demonstrated patriotism through courage and commitment, NOT empty slogans.
    – You, Obama, can "posture" in any "symbolic" place you want.
    – You're still the emperor with no clothes - and all the kiddies will continue to go "AHHH" isn't he cute! And Harry's having a good laugh.
    – What IS symbolically accurate, though, is that gal offering you the shirt off her back
    – Because if YOU should become president, We'll ALL need her shirt.

    July 1, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  5. kim hussein taylor portland, oregon

    jon, i think you woke up in Backwards World this morning!!!

    obama is exactly right, and has been from the start of this fiasco. we were called unpatriotic for not supporting a "war" that the administration now freely admits they lied us into, THAT is unpatriotic-and THAT is the neoCON republicans!

    the occupation in iraq IS a disaster!

    the neoCONs' "war" is unamerican and undemocratic-and soon they will pay the price for it from a parent or spouse who lost a loved one or The Hague, but either way, these criminal neoCONs are going down and i cannot wait to see it. although i'm sure that the cowardly cheney, rummy, bush, etc.. will run off to Dubai the moment their time in the WH is up-COWARDS!!!!!!!!!

    July 1, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  6. Tommy Hussein in St. Louis

    Anybody who compares Obama to Hitler does so out of desperation, because they have no real argument, and certainly not enough intellect, to use against him.

    July 1, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  7. James

    I think these folks attacking Obama need to come out from behind the web and step in front of the camera. Good for McCain for pulling his ads.

    July 1, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  8. Raymond Duke

    The only good thing I can say about McCain is he is just one step ahead of Obama. McCain needs just to shut his mouth, give the speeches he wants and let the republicans run his campagin. Oh you might want to tell the pundits for cnn including Tubin to read texas law before going off have cocked and not telling the truth about the law. I got news for the people in the other part of the country here in texas that is a good law. Thiefs should be killed if the opportunity arises. These people are slugs to society and should be eliminated.

    July 1, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  9. Sue/PA

    hey JR...

    alot of these blogs are repugs posting as Obama supporters. they use to be Clinton repug supporters.. ( we call them TROLLS for short) so dont generalize us..the true Obama supporters.

    as far as McCain is concerned....he is, after all, a repug. and swiftboating in any form is what they do best.

    Not this time..Not this year!!!

    OBAMA 08/12...........The Peoples President!!!

    July 1, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  10. John Romano

    If McCain loses this will be why.

    Is McCain turning out to be a wimp?

    July 1, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  11. v.a.

    Pumas are Now Republicans,

    hahahahaha well put... where's the donation form?

    July 1, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  12. Brenda

    Grow up you guys. We don't live in fantasyland. He needs to protect himself, and he should stop the hugs. I want to hug him too, but he's in a very unique position.

    July 1, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  13. Cathy in MD

    Hillary Clinton needs to speak out against this! Unfortunately for him, McCain has inadvertently fallen into the dark trenches where the casualties of the war waged by the Clinton campaign hide out. They conspire to undermine and exploit what is good about this country. McCain seems so out of touch, I don’t think he can be held accountable. Watch out, Senator McCain. It's dirty work being a vulture. On the other hand, Hillary IS in touch, and should be held accountable. I think much of this hostility was cultivated by the tone of her campaign. Remember that these disgruntled, one-time Clinton supporters are among those 18 million voters for which Hillary demanded we show respect. Respect them? She, Bill, and all their surrogates should publicly condemn them.

    July 1, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  14. Steve


    Patriotism in the United States is speaking your mind and taking action for what you believe in. Mindlessly following the propoganda of the leadership is NOT patriotism. Our country was founded on the principles that you can have an opposing opinion. Read the Constitution (obviously Bush never has, but then again, he can barely read). Read the Bill of Rights. The doctrines layed out in those documents are what patriotism is composed of. What Bush and the rest of that bunch call patriotism is the machinations of people who play to people with simple minds and only a vague understanding of our country's foundations. Don't fall into the trap of wrapping the flag around every agenda you want to promote, right or wrong. The Nazis did that. Their population blindly followed them. Look what happened. Had their been the strong right to protest, perhaps World War II wouldn't have happened.

    Calling people unpatriotic simply because they don't see things your way is incredibly stupid. Get a life.

    July 1, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  15. Ruben Hussein Villanueva

    Go Dems !

    July 1, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  16. Brian

    The MISFIRE Express.

    July 1, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  17. Bob Stephens

    Swift Boat McSame, is anybody really surprised. Just the fact that he promised to run a clean campaign, tells you that when he flip flops ( which is at least once a day), that he will do the exact opposite. It is really sad that he is the best that the Republicans can come up with.

    July 1, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  18. Ted

    It is a true statement that Hitler made great speeches which brought him to power in Germany. And it is a true statement that Obama makes great speeches that might bring him to power in America.

    Hitler had an idea about how the world should work and acted on it. Obama has an idea about how the world should work and is trying to act on it.

    Make whatever judgement you want about other similarities but those are historically factual statements.

    July 1, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  19. Jeanette


    GW has to go to prepared, canned audience, like the military to get a response. Barack just starts walking down the street, and gets an enthusiastic crowd.

    July 1, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  20. Laidetea

    I'd never known the Obama campaign smearing any of the candidates since this Presidential run started. It's a crime shame to see Americans behave in such a manner to where it has become hatred against other americans. How sad.

    July 1, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  21. Jan from Michigan

    Sorry, folks, but McCain has run a far cleaner campaign then either Obama or Clintons–now that Obama and the Clintons have meshed, there will be far more dirty tricks behind the scenes. You people really are deluisional if you think it was McCain in all those ads. Hillary supporters are the ones who smeared Obama every inch of the way in the primaries. Now you are trying to blame McCain who was not even campaigning at the time. Wirght, Rezko , the priest,Ayers, and others were from your own trusted DEMS! Even the racist blabber came from democrats! How can you be so flagrantly dumb?! Or is it the drugs and koolaid?

    July 1, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  22. If You're Still for Hill... You Need HELP

    So I actually went to two of these sites... I hope whatever they have isn't contagious, did some of those people eat a lot of those contaminated tomatoes? If you ever meet any of these people in person, be sure to wash your hands, so you don't catch denial.

    July 1, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  23. Alice in Florida

    McCain seems to be the only person with integrity in this race. Obama sure has none.

    July 1, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  24. jfs Memhis, Tn

    This will be viewed as a plus for the McCain folks.....most of those websites are racist ....uneducated people that are hiding behind Hillary Clinton to vocalize hatred and divisiveness. There was NO Place for them in the Democratic Party and I am sure that you will not want them either( PUMA tsc.) Thank You Sen. McCain....wish you all had seen those sites for what they were sooner.

    July 1, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  25. Dale, TX

    This is Barack Obama's election to lose. He will be our next president period.

    I am a Dem, and I've lived with lots of presidents I didn't vote for, heck I didn't even vote for Clinton:
    Ford (no one voted for him)
    Bush II

    So the GOP will have to live with Obama.

    July 1, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
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