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. R Wolf

    McCain has no substance when it comes to the issues, so he has to rely on stupid comparsions. Maybe if he had a real idea or solution, he could stand on the merits of the issue, not falling back on these insane criticisms.

    July 30, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  2. arlene, CA

    Same Old School Politics!! Same FAILED policies. Same as McBsuh. No thanks McSame. A good ad & completely true

    July 30, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  3. Allen

    McBush AD's are not only Nasty Lies but thay are incredibly Lame as well.

    July 30, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  4. Tim from Eugene OR.

    I think Obama has countered McCains negative ads with a great counter punch. It is not smearing McCain, yet it is factual. I wonder when I read these blog comments by some people what is it that makes people so easily swayed to think that four more years of these same divide American people experts is a good thing. If all we were voting for was for the one who gets to replace the aging Supreme Court judges, then the choice is clear.

    July 30, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  5. WeBoDave

    I liked Obama's comment today when he said McCain's ads have nothing positive to say about the Senator himself just criticism of Senator Obama. The campaign's paid criticisms of Obama are generally untrue and could be considered more true of McCain than Obama especially when they said Obama is not for energy independence and that Obama does not support Veterans. Look in the mirror John McCain.

    July 30, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  6. prairieguy

    McWhinner gets more pathetic with the old Rowe politics of the past.

    It won't work this time!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 30, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  7. Obama will lose

    All you Obama bandwagon people just amaze me. Voting for a guy with no track record, no experience, no relevance. Nice.

    Stupid democrats.

    July 30, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  8. anthony

    what a HATER!!!

    July 30, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  9. Robert in Seattle

    Repeating the mistakes of the past, at least this time we have an agent of change to challenge the GOP. It is time for Republicans to ask themselves if their party really stands for what the believe, or are they going to follow blindly along yet again, straight to the slaughter.

    What happened to the McCain promise to not do negative attack ads? Flipped on that as well I guess.

    He will say anything to get elected. Lying Pandering Gambling Adultering Big oil Puppet. Not this time!

    Obama 08 Democrats forever!

    July 30, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  10. Glenn

    Alright CNN, now will you air Obama's ad (for free) as often as you aired McCain's?

    This is McCain's most ridiculous cry for attention yet, but it gives CNN the opportunity to "report" about the news it cares most about: celebrity gossip. If only McCain had released an ad comparing Obama to Anna Nicole Smith.... That would have generated at least two months of cable news coverage.

    The McCain campaign is pathetic, and CNN, do yourself a favor and stop being complicit.

    July 30, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  11. bob in LA

    Obama shold not respond to these trite ads. the fact is If Mccain and his staff believe he is as popular,then he should fold his wheelchair and go back to Arizona becuase Britney's fan base is bigger than any politicians.

    July 30, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  12. Matt

    McCain is just using what worked so well for Republicans for so long; smear and innuendo. Wake up McCain, It's 2008 not 1998. Most Americans are on to you, and SICK of it.

    July 30, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  13. Venus

    It's about time Obama!

    McSame's camp is pathic! An ad with Obama and two white women?

    Why not black women or men?

    July 30, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  14. Aditi

    Cannot belive that ad. McCain is such a looser... He has some cheek to compare Obama with the likes of Brtiney and Paris, especially given the IQ and basic common sense points he definately has over McCain. God save this country if we elect someone this pathetic to lead us. Wish we could send him home right now, than listen to such garbage in the coming months.

    Prior to now I had some respect for his military record, now he is proving hmself worse than Bush, who atleast had the savvy to come up with better attack ads.

    July 30, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  15. EDW

    Huffington post is showing how charlie Crist does not agree with McCain's attack ads.

    July 30, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  16. aaa

    Paris and Britney are dumb as Mccain so it makes sense for them to work togather. obama 08!!!

    July 30, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  17. Tom

    I am a 60 year old voter and would have voted for McCain in 2000 but he lost all my respect when he kissed the Right Wing and Bush, particularly after the rumors the RNC spread about him having an illigimate black baby. Talk about doing ANYTHING to get elected. I am really excited that I have lived through the racially charged years during the 50's and 60's and our realization of the ideals of equality might finally be partially realized with the election of an African-American as President

    July 30, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  18. mary

    McCain is what we need in 2008.

    Obama neve4 fresident!

    July 30, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  19. dgordon

    It's good to see a response, but the American public has been brainwashed pretty severely. Its up to us to communicate to our own circles that the republicans have destroyed this country and are now resorting to their only alternative of attacking. We've got to get everyone to turn off the Fox propaganda machine and start thinking for themselves. We can do this if enough of us are committed. But it's not going to happen by itself. Help out, tell someone!

    July 30, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  20. Berndt Seattle, WA

    Once again, NObama and his camp show what try cry babies they are. If you're going to run for the office of POTUS, do us all a favor and grow a thicker skin and quit complaining when people point out your weaknesses. NObama and his folks continue to act as if they live in some fairytale land and aren't supposed to be held to the same standards as everyone else.

    At least Bill and Hilary Clinton can take a joke or a stab at them without getting all childish and pointing fingers. NObama is a total joke.

    July 30, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  21. Case

    McCain and the GOP are desperate.

    July 30, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  22. rayster



    July 30, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  23. Javier

    Typical Republican strategy; run a negative campaign, use personal attacks agains thier opponents, bring up wedge issues, create fear, lie and deceive the American public. This is because they could never win by running an honest campaign based on the real important issues that affect Americans everyday. Unfortunately, many Americans buy into their crap. Bush was elected a second term.

    July 30, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  24. ERIC, MN

    Does anybody even take McCain seriously anymore? I think all of his credibility has gone right out the window. You would think that someone with all of his experience would actually be able to talk about some of his own ideas, instead of only criticizing Obama's ideas. Maybe the MSM should start asking McCain what he's for, not just what he's against.


    July 30, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  25. Venus


    Obama's trip last week has gotten the best of McSame and camp!

    Even a lot the media writers are sooooo disappointed that Obama looked and ACTED like a president should!

    The 200,000 people in Germany is a nightmare for many people...McSame and most of the media.

    July 30, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
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