July 30th, 2008
08:35 PM ET
15 years ago

Obama camp launches response ad to 'Celeb'

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/07/30/art.ad.cnn.jpg caption="A new Obama ad hits back at McCain."](CNN) - Barack Obama's campaign launched a new television ad Wednesday night declaring John McCain has taken the "low road" over the course of the presidential campaign - a direct response to the Arizona senator's television spot released earlier in the day likening Obama to celebrities Paris Hilton and Britney Spears.

"He’s practicing the politics of the past," the ad's narrator says as headlines from various medial outlets stating McCain has gone negative flash across the screen.

"John McCain. Same old politics, same failed policies," the ad's narrator also says.

Earlier: McCain camp links Obama to big celebs

McCain's ad, released earlier Wednesday declares Obama "the biggest celebrity in the world," while flashing images of both Hilton and Spears.

"But is he ready to lead? With gas prices soaring, Barack Obama says no to offshore drilling and says he'll raise taxes on electricity. Higher taxes, more foreign oil - that's the real Obama," the ad's narrator says while crowds screaming, "Obama!" are shown.

The McCain ad is the latest in a string of hard-hitting television commercials from the McCain campaign. Earlier spots suggest Obama is playing politics with the Iraq war, is against funding American troops and bears some of the responsibility for high gas prices.

UPDATE: Tucker Bounds, spokesman for the McCain campaign, released the following statement in response to the Obama campaign's new "Low Road" ad: "Pointing out your opponent’s worldwide celebrity is not the ‘low road,' and neither is pointing out that he opposes oil drilling and supports higher taxes.”

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (671 Responses)
  1. Ian MacIsaac


    July 30, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  2. Bobby, Triangle, VA

    John McCain is an idiot!!!1

    July 30, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  3. Andy

    They should make the word "old" larger.

    July 30, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  4. Brandon Hillary PUMA 4Mc

    I love it stating the blant truth that the media does not want to cover is the same old politics. No the same old politics is moving your self to the center to appeal to moderates you didnt need in the primaries but do now hussein obama.

    Dont let the obama kool aide drinking media do to Mc Cain what they did to Hillary.
    No Double Standards. Each candidate should be accountible for their postions and records or lack there of.....

    July 30, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  5. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    Senator McCain, when does your wife, the heiress, release her tax statements?!

    You know, like everybody else has?!

    July 30, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  6. GG

    where is the clip, would love to listen to it!

    July 30, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  7. Brian

    Old politics would not survive this time. You know, divide and conqour!

    July 30, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  8. California Gold

    Nothing false or misleading about that ad.

    July 30, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  9. EDW

    McCain is weak and tired.

    July 30, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  10. justin, georgia

    I hope this is played 3 million times like mccain's ad was!! I mean dang!! old lies!!

    July 30, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  11. Not An Idiot


    But Obama you need to be swifter

    This will sure backfire on Mc Cain ... LOL

    July 30, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  12. Lesley

    It's about time!!!!!!!

    July 30, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  13. Benjamin (Republican), San Diego

    "Amen" to that! Great response to McCain's ads/campaign with no direction.

    I really DO NOT understand that even after making changes in his (McCain) campaign management, they still have YET had a direction or a clear message. So far, they've only proven that they're great at whinning and playing dirty... 😐

    Barry all the way!

    July 30, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  14. McCain Lied.

    An immature, juvenile part of me wants Obama to treat McCain the way he's treated Obama – attacking his character, slinging mud and making insinuations that he hopes will stick with the public. Some of that garbage does stick, after all.

    But then I realize that the RIGHT thing to do is continue speaking about policies, issues, and how he plans to fix our broken nation. In the end, good will triumph over bad.

    July 30, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  15. Former Republican for Obama

    I'm voting for Obama.

    July 30, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  16. MNcombatVetforobama

    I'm deeply disapointed in Mccain-He once displayed dignity and integrity, but has made a Faustian pack with a Rove like devil to get elected. If the country falls for this turnaround, then shame on us

    July 30, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  17. The Republican Conscience

    Emphasis on "strange OLD politics".

    July 30, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |

    I hate negative campaign ads, no matter who launches them. But right now, I think it's the only way to respond. If McStupid wants to waste his piddly campaign dollars on childish, baseless ads intended to try and beat his opponant down, then I say BRING IT ON! But he better be prepared when Obama pulls out the big guns.!

    July 30, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  19. Shawn

    McSame rides again!

    July 30, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  20. Sherry, Atlanta

    This is the Republician Base...why change now!

    July 30, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  21. The Dragon

    Obama's base "The Press" is mad at the truth.

    July 30, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  22. seah5 Ohio

    Poor Poor Obama

    McCain is a better man than Obama could ever be.

    McCain would be a better President than Obama ever could dream of.

    Obama only knows how to smear and run a dirty campaign, he learned well in chicago.

    Obama still stutters and stammers when as direct questions about his own policies. Showing he is merely a speech and knows nothing about doing anything, and does not care. He will need his staff under his bed to keep him scripted and informed when needed.

    Obama is Mr Hollywood, More interested in his image, than in running the country properly. He is vain, arrogant and a elitest.

    Obama will be a figure head of the government, the speaker the orator. while nancy pelosi and the DNC run the government, since he knows nothing and will be busy checking the mirrors for his image.

    July 30, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  23. MarkieBee

    McSame's Swiftboat attack ad was out for what, five hours, before the Obama camp responded with a smackdown of their own. I like it. Obama is so much better than Kerry and he came close to beating Bush. So McSame has no chance...that's why he has to attack instead of highlighting his successes and plans for the future – which he doesn't have. In light of the banking scandals, I think a great ad would be to rhetorically ask viewers which number was McCain in the Keating 5 scandal of the 1980s – 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5.

    July 30, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  24. McCain 08

    We don't need Hillary or her screaming women supporters to when this race. Go home and back some cookies.

    McCain 08,12

    July 30, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  25. Charla in NE Texas

    Just like my mother-in-law.....McWhine does nothing but whine and complain, and never has anything positive or constructive to contribute.

    July 30, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
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