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. The Husseinist

    I really think it is a very unacceptable for Sen. John McCain to take on Sen Barack Obama, and believe that it is s one of the reason that we are questioning is ability to govern United States, since he always make a shame of himself in every single action that he takes.

    July 1, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  2. NC voter

    Meanwhile high-profile Obama supporters sling mud and Obama does next to nothing.

    July 1, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  3. James , Houston, TX.

    The real difference between Obama an McCain is that McCain threw Up His Hands to the Nam Commies and said NO MAS, NO MAS!
    " Did Anyone See Me"?. Because, "I Believe I'm A Hero" and ,"If I play It Right, Some Day I May Run For President", and Be like G.W.

    July 1, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  4. Obamabot in NY

    Have you heard the new one about Obama...
    How do you become a US senator for more than one day and think that you don't have to recite the pledge of allegiance or salute the American flag when you get inaugurated????Ignorance!
    If he was a Muslim terrorist why would he be giving up his life to make our country better?
    I am looking for intelligent reasons not to like this guy...All I hear is the same old news Rev Wright, Bitter people, and Muslim Man.
    I am tired of regurgitated FOX news propaganda. Say something concrete against this man and please don't mention the experience issue. GWB had governor's experience and look how great he did!
    Obama in 08!

    July 1, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  5. voter

    this appears to be a theme with McCain that he did not know the ads are being played in anti-Obama website. He did not know that his advisor charlie black has said a terrorist attack will benefit McCain. He did not know that the fundraiser at Texas is from an individual who says women should enjoy being raped. He did not know that the majority of his staff are lobbiest. He also says he does not know about the economy. Clearly, we should take his word that he does not know anything because he does not vet his staff and his policies are a joke. Thank you McCain for your honesty.

    July 1, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  6. Alice in Florida

    Why wasn't Obama at the town hall meeting? Oh, right, he's busy hugging people, emailing starlets, riding bikes, bowling, playing basketball, going on vacation, being adored by the MSM, reading speeches while he points his finger and holds his head at what he apparently thinks is a Presidential angle, throwing people under the bus, designing idiotic VERY presumptuous logos, hanging out with criminals, and scared to death of any questions or debate. All he can do well is read a speech and play the race card. He's gonna have a hard time pulling the race card with McCain, though. Poor Obama – there goes his whole campaign strategy right down the drain.....

    He is a skunk – pure and simple – black and white and stinks to high heaven


    July 1, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  7. NObama

    The Obamabots will, of course, remain ignorantly silent as MoveOn.org (Obama's master) launches its vile at Sentor McCain.

    Obamabots apparently are easily manipulated.

    July 1, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  8. Paula Hussein Mac from Canada

    To PRO-CHOICE PRODEM.. I am from Canada and right now it is 95 degrees.Also we are not bitter and I am a Obama supporter.. watch your words please. OUR soldiers are dying In Afganistan to support YOUR war.. I get a little tired of this unknowledgable crap about our country. Canadians are loved all over the world so get educated please.

    July 1, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  9. saga for Obama

    great way to follow Mr. Obamas lead Mr. McCain.

    July 1, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  10. Jeff D, South Bend, IN

    Quotes from McCain supporters in this thread:

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

    "Meanwhile high-profile Obama supporters sling mud and Obama does next to nothing."

    You both have such selective memory of the facts, it makes a person wonder if you need Joe Lieberman in the background whispering them into your ear, like McCain. You are so biased and loose with the facts that, christ, go vote for McCain already and shut up. Leave intelligent discussions to people willing to debate facts and not spew senseless garbage like you two are doing.

    July 1, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  11. Ariana

    mccain is mcannoying and needs to mcgo away!

    July 1, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  12. Dr.Mimi De La Cruz





    July 1, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  13. tina

    Nice job John, these types of websites are dispicable!

    July 1, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  14. Down with Obama

    PUMA's are not Republicans. We are Democrats and will not put up with the DNC's SELECTION of Obama as our candidate.

    I have voted Democratic all my life and I will NOT vote for Obama and will NOT vote for any of the Superdelegates that went against the will of the people in their states!!!!! Including John Kerry!!!

    July 1, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  15. Dan (Redmond, WA)

    Cult-mentality? Really? Look who's talking!!!

    July 1, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  16. voiceofReason

    If only people would take a step back from their SELF RIGHTEOUS EGO and see that choosing to vote for McCain over Obama since you're candidate, Hillary lost shows you never had true convictions of your own.
    You all just flip flop like the candidate you are flocking to, McCain.

    Vote your economic interest and for someone that is actually laying out a plan for what THEY will do, Obama. McCain hasn't given substantive or concrete stances on healthcare, economy. Only thing he touts is foreign policy experience of which he voted for a WAR in iraq.
    I give McCain credit for the attempt at decency I've seen him run with and great courage and character, I even like some of his ideas on taxes and immigration but the full package is OBAMA..

    Please do your research and make that education you have count for something as opposed to hear says and pundits from FOX news.

    July 1, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  17. Bishop

    "Meanwhile high-profile Obama supporters sling mud and Obama does next to nothing."<-Wrong!!! Pay attention to all the news, and not just what you want to hear...NC Voter

    And what are you talking about Alice??? You haven't got a clue about what you are talking about, but that is what I expect sore losers to say...

    I hope for your sake, Raymond Duke, you are not in the wrong place at the wrong time...I mistake you for a burglar...

    "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."

    Ahhhh....This is what OBAMA is doing standing up to silly uneducated people like some of YOU...

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

    The REAL truth will set you free, DUH. Not just what you want to believe...

    You McCain fans or VERY pathetic...I feel sorry for you 🙁

    July 1, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  18. Humm..

    McCain wants voters that are hateful and negative, that's fine by me. Take Them All Please...

    It's probably in the best interest of the good people, who don't hate or are negative, that they do go with McCain.

    July 1, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  19. Marcos

    I can't believe so many Clinton supporters won't support Obama. With as much as they have in common it just doensn't make sense. I have to believe that republicans may have infiltrated the Pro-Clinton groups and are fueling this Anti-Obama movement from within those groups. I understand being disappointed, but to throw away your values and beliefs out of spite is ridiculous and dare I say unpatriotic. Clinton supporters: please do not be divisive petty when it come to the direction of our country. The country needs your help to get back on the path to peace and prosperity. Our children need you. Let's put aside our feelings and do what is best for this nation.

    July 1, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  20. AJ

    McCain was quick to accuse Obama in having a role in Gen. Clark's dumb comment (without verifying whether Obama campaign or Obama himself had any role) about his qualification as a President but has so far said nothing about his buddy Joe Lieberman's (a turncoat) stupid comment about expecting a terrorist attack on US next year. It is a shame that someone like Lieberman would say something like this to bring in the "fear factor" since there is no other point on which McCain can outscore Obama in the coming election. It's also pitiful since Lieberman should be aware that the democrats lost in 2004 based on this issue and nothing else. See what we got during the last four years based on this lie!!! There is a limit to how long one can be vengeful for not getting the party nomination for senate election last time. Joe Liebernman you are pitiful!!!

    July 1, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  21. Crush Rush

    McCain voters are the same morons that voted for Bush and Cheney but dont want to tell us they did.

    July 1, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  22. ChicoSez

    The reason former Clinton supporters are forming groups like PUMA is that we feel that the dem establishment, Dean/Kennedy/Kerry/Pelosi pressured the super delegates to vote for Obama because the could control Obama more than they could Hillary. And yes, I really was a life-long yellow dog dem till this primary season. I have backed the dem party with money and time for decades, and I've got the cancelled checks and autographed pictures to prove it. Have any of you Obama people ever worked in an off year campaign or ever donated money to anybody other than Obama? You first election democrats think you are the new heart and soul of the party, well Ok. The dem party is now yours, without me and many otherpeople like me. Unhappy Clinton supporters walked out of the Iowa State Dem convention last week and they won't be back.

    July 1, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  23. Jenny, Rio Vista, CA

    It's so easy to spew hate when you can hide behind some nickname. I would bet my last dollar that 98% of the hate mongerers wouldn't open their mouths if they had the chance to say what they write in a public forum.

    If you are such loyal Hillary supporters why are you shunning her now when she is asking you to support Obama? Remember, she and Barack's ideas for the future are very similar and therefore wouldn't it be logical to vote for Barack rather than McCain.

    I honestly don't understand you. Please make me understand why you are going to vote for McCain even though you are a democrat. And I don't want the crap about him being a liar, a muslim, unpatriotic, etc. I want to know policy wise why you are going to vote for McCain even though you will not get healthcare, he knows nothing about economics, he is for keeping the troops in Iraq, he wants to bomb Iran, he is going to do nothing about gas prices. Please enlighten me.

    July 1, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  24. Generation X

    This is just what the republicans are use to doing....the same old same old meaningless junk.

    @ Down with Obama, you have officially been adding to my watch list of PUMA (Poor uneducated miserable adults) nuts. Look for the next issue. LMAO

    July 1, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  25. notfollowingthepiedpiper

    The PUMA organization is larger and growing larger every day, but the fact is, the PUMA MENTALITY is sweepingly and overwhelmingly prevalent in our country. The majority of Americans are somewhere in the middle on the "political meter". Obama 's pendulum swings WAY too far to the left. Most Americans are appalled at the thought of handing over the reigns of this country to a man who holds Marxist teachings and philosophy in such high regard (this is his own admission, not an accusation– read his books).

    July 1, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
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