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. justobserve

    Hit them on the heads! Substance always trumps personal attacks.

    July 30, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  2. Earl

    @Kansas Republican

    "Is America ready for four years of a president who is always a "victim" like Bo's friends Jackson, Rangel and Farakahn?"

    Are we ready for him??? Darn right we are! In fact, we're counting the days. You better get ready for him, too.

    None of the Republican's petty digs, none of the innuendo or insult or fault finding, makes a dent on public opinion. This is especially true since it is all negative, all the time. Nothing constructive or useful.

    If you guys got any new ideas, we are waiting to hear them.

    July 30, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  3. Mike

    Lets see, Paris Hilton wears five hundred dollar Italian shoes. John McRich wears five hundred dollar Farragamo Italian designer shoes.
    Paris Hilton, Multi millionaire heiress. John McElite, married to multi millionaire heiress. So help me out here. What does the Black Guy from the South Side of Chicago have in common with Paris Hilton ?

    July 30, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  4. Greg, MN

    I think McCain should be careful about what he wishes for. He has been complaining about the media coverage toward Obama, but with all the coverage about Obama, they have not covered all of his gaffes. So if the media does start covering him more, they will then complain about them covering all of his gaffes.

    July 30, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  5. Jerry, Florida

    Of course Senator Obama, his campaign and his bleeding heart, misguided supporters are going to strike back at Senator McCain’s ad. What choices do they have? The truth is, I myself, am not looking for a celebrity as my president. Other than his celebrity status and Teflon cover, Senator Obama just does not cut it as presidential material.

    Senator Obama's supporter can call Senator McCain what ever they want, as well as insult his wife and supporters, however, he's a true American hero. Not an empty rhetorical suit. If Senator Obama was really a Democratic leader, he would ask his misguided campaigners and supporters to show some respect for Senator McCain and especially to his wife. After all, it’s the true Democratic way!

    Yet, the Senator and his campaign and supporters will crucify any voter that dares to disagree with them. Threats and intimidation works only on some voters, not on all of us.

    Did I mention I am a life-long Democrat?

    July 30, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  6. Joman

    What is amazing to me is that McCain has some of the same Rove-ites on his staff that perpetrated Bush's telephone "push-poll" against MCain in South Carolina in 2000!

    For those who are not aware of this well-known fact – they called 10s of thousands of people and posed as tele-pollsters, asking something to this affect – "Does it bother you that John McCain has fathered an illegitamte black child?" This not so veiled reference was to McCain's naturally dark-skinned adopted Bangladeshi son.

    It was heinous but highly-effective and it was the death knell for McCain's campaign – which delivered W to the White House (notwithstanding Florida...)

    That was the moment that McCain should have responded as Obama has done here. Had he done so, he might have been President already. The fact that he didn't, showed his trade-off of courage for membership to the Bush bandwagon. He is still suffering from that one "error in judgment". Go-bama...

    July 30, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  7. Capt. Smash, Salt Lake City, Utah

    The Rethuglicans and the Bush Crime Family want to destroy the oceans, Alaska and the environment with pushing more use of fossil fuels. All you have to do is go to any large city in the US and everyone is gagging from all the air pollution. Just look at all the dirty air we breathe everyday. The brown dirty air is worse then 2nd hand cigarette smoke.

    The oil companies have a strangle hold on the government and its environmental polices. I choose clean air over lower gas prices any day of the week.

    Obama/Biden 08/12

    July 30, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  8. Chuck

    Mr McGoo will just keep on going blindly around hitting everything
    and everyone!!! Mostly he will be messing himself up!!!!

    July 30, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  9. Rock n Rollers For McCain

    [b]Gary of El Centro, Ca said:

    ….and that picture of McCain in the response ad makes him look 100 years old. Kudos to the Obama team![/b]

    Honestly Gary, if McCain looks like he's "100 years old", just what does Obama look like?

    July 30, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  10. BushMustGo

    Wait for crying Chris Crockers Leave Britney alone response! I hope Paris and Briteny sue McCain's sorry campaign. While McCain plays the celebrity card, today my single twenty something daughter's health insurance premium increased to $450 month. I filled up my gas tank $80 and my workplace announced layoffs.

    July 30, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  11. B

    Hey, why is Cindy Mccain always with Mccain? Dis she make any money form the sale of Budwieser to the Belgiums?..How will she profit?

    July 30, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  12. G

    Finally its about time the gloves are off. Stick to the facts Mccain not nonsense.

    July 30, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  13. Craig B

    Good ad

    July 30, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  14. Isidoro from Germany

    good job guys! I like it!

    July 30, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  15. Gil

    yes, Kansas Republican, he should just stop being so uppity and standing up for himself and all that crazy stuff.

    July 30, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  16. Waldo Parchment Sr.

    Let me state that I am not a USA American, but of the Americas, thus I would like to make a statement regarding the current campaign for President of the USA.

    I find that it seems a policy of the Republicans/Republican Party to constantly campaign, not on a rivals weakness, but try to (and like in the past years) win because of painting the the other person as a liar or not trustworthy. Mr McCain is constantly gripeing and whining about some-thing and tries anything to avert attention from his rival Obama, instead of forging ahead with his plans and or proposals.

    One more penny's worth is that I do not understand how the Republicans can always come out and state in no uncertain circumstance that they are the only ones that can keep America safe from Terrorists etc. Are they the only people that graduated from the College of Terror or what? I personally think that it is time for the Democrats to stand toe to toe with them on ths subject, because it is my belief that they made a mess of going to war in Irac and changed the lives of the people in the Caribbean basin, at least; It made travelling and cost of living, driving importing goods from the USA very difficult and as I said costly.

    I believe that Obama will or should win because he has the right idea of having personal talks with the nations involved and not the automatic threat of WAR, War drives a wedge between other nations that did not even take part in it. WAR cost a lot of money, a lot of your taxpayers money that should be spent at home. If I were an American I would not vote for a Republican, at least not in 2000 or 2008.

    Nuff Said;

    Thanks for the privalege

    July 30, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  17. Texas Dem

    Nice to see you post the link to McSame's ad but not Barack's. Not bias here.

    July 30, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  18. Rob

    Well Sleepy McLame is makeing slow progress. At least he did not compare Obama to 1960's celebrities like Ann Margaret and Gina Lolabrigida. (DR. NO )

    July 30, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  19. C W

    Bradon Hillary: Not only do you not make sense, you can't get it together enough to use a spell-checker (let alone know enough to use correct grammar, syntax or capitalization). Methinks you were never a Hillary supporter ... just another desperate, panicked McBush supporter in disguise ....

    July 30, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  20. Larry, Seattle, WA

    Finally, some honesty about Nobama. Such an empty suit.

    This guy is like a marshmallow. All hot air and no substance.

    Go McCain!

    July 30, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  21. Sileshi

    Everything from McCain is OLD. Even that Old joke of his about 'parlament is drunk.......' that he borrowed from Regan, needs change.

    July 30, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  22. Melvin

    Kansas Republican

    What goes around comes around!

    July 30, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  23. Timothy

    Obama, hit Mccain hard and let the American People know if they elect Mccain it will be other Bush term and this country will be in a bigger mess No to Mccain.

    July 30, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  24. The McCryptKeeper

    That is great! Now they should continuously run the Bush "Mission Accomplished"ad and show McCain hugging Bush. Cue Patty Duke theme

    July 30, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  25. john ippolito

    mccain and his cronies are grasping at straws. this "tucker" whatever his name – the spokesman- is a goof that needs a life!

    July 30, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
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