July 30th, 2008
08:35 PM ET
14 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. Steve

    Obama: spoiled little rich boy. If he doesn't like what McCain says, he claims it's racism, or bigotry, or "old politics"... anything else than admit the truth: he's a no-experience senator full of everything you want to hear, but nothing to back it up with. Reminds me of a used-car salesman...

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


    July 30, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  3. Jack

    It's sad that Paris and Britney have more experience and are more successful at their jobs than Obama is in the job he is seeking. Maybe they can give him some pointers.

    July 30, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  4. Arack Bobama

    Paris Hilton and Britney Spears



    Is this what this election is boiling down to???

    July 30, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  5. Debby

    Well Obama's policies so far sound like same old politics as usual to. He hasn't done anything yet to symbol he will be a change in Washington either. His speech's mean nothing now.

    July 30, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  6. Mfume Bamboome

    If the shoe fits Obama ....
    well you know where it goes....

    July 30, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  7. Karen-phoenix

    I'm a 64 year old republican and after this administration will not vote republican. NOW I'm soooo ashamed of the republican party, their ads, their scare tackticks and everything they are doing. Obama is trying to run a clean election, above board and without scare tackticks but the truth and what will get us OUT of the mess Bush got us into. Go Obama!! Peace is patriotic!

    July 30, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  8. Barack 'n Roller

    Is this an attempt to appeal to the younger voters? Because if it is, it's pretty pathetic. Paris and Britney are sooooooo last year. If he wanted to go after the young'uns, he should've compared Obama to Heidi Montag and Kim Kardashian. Oh wait, Heidi has already "endorse" McCain, so he should have no problem courting the idiot vote.

    July 30, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  9. richard

    Obama continues to show he is not qualified to be POTUS. Please do the research people you are to barrow a phrase from Obama and Malcolm X being bamboozled and hoodwinked.

    July 30, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  10. barry

    guess what repugnants? this same old tired tactic won't work this time...the people are going to come out in unprecedented numbers and totally refute the politics of desparation

    July 30, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  11. David, Silver Spring, MD

    McCain insults us all by treating us like morons. Worse, he treats our democracy as something to be manipulated and mauled for his own personal gain.

    McCain would rather destroy our country than lose this election.

    July 30, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  12. Eco

    I like McCain but he is 8 years too late. I am a republican but to vote in a man who is over 70 years old is nuts. How many US 500 companies have CEO over 70. Or would you be happy to be in a jumbo jet flying across the pacific with a captain that is that old, regardless of experience. There is a reason why retirement is 65 years. Why is it that a lot of my Republican mates are looking forward to McCain. Is the US of A not bigger than the largest 500 company? What jumbo jet is larger than the good old USA. Right now I am leaning towards Obama because of McCain’s age. Chronological age gives him the advantage. I wish Romney was elected to be the nominee. In America, the buck ends with the president. Think about this folks.

    July 30, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  13. Nora

    Love it – high meets the low.
    Obama 08.

    July 30, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  14. pc

    McCain is no different than Bush – a CROOK! America wake up!! McCain is totally jealous of Obama and the only thing he can do is try to destroy him! McCain this will back fire! You'll see!

    Obama for President – Yes We Can!!!

    July 30, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  15. Jackie

    Interesting how Obama launches a negative ad to complain about McCain's negative ads. They're both guilty of it!

    July 30, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  16. Mary

    So Obama is still playing the "victim" role whenever someone compares him or his policies (kind of like he did with Hillary). I don't consider it a "negative" ad when candidates compare their policies. How else are people going to know where these candidates stand.

    After all the flip flops from the primaries, it looks like several of Obama's policies are the same as John McCain's (who has always been a Maverick centrist). I have to say that I prefer McCain's energy plan, though (he thinks we will need to drill for oil, build nuclear plants, and develop clean coal burning facilities, along with our "green" sources of wind, solar, and geothermal to become totally energy independent). I agree we need to be using all sources. Obama thinks we can get along with only the "green" sources, but I don't think that is a reality.

    I've also noticed that Obama does not seem to have a plan to reduce the national debt, although McCain feels that we must be prepared to do so, unless we want to leave the burden to our grand-children and great-grand-children.

    For those who like to criticize Cindy McCain for the drug problem she had (due to a car accident back injury), this problem was short term and she did go to rehab. I don't hear McCain deriding Obama for his cocaine habit, so people should get over this. Also, Ms. McCain has been a philanthropist for years, working with ONE and Doctor's Without Borders. She seems to be a shy person and has never asked to be in the spotlight because of her charity work. She has also never asked for a dime in government grants, as all the money has been her own. She also adopted a baby of color before it was "fashionable" to do so (like with Madonna and Angela Jolie). I don't know what Michelle Obama has done, but if she had given half as much time to charity work, then I'm sure we would have heard about it by now (along with photo ops and film clips).

    July 30, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  17. nola

    Thanks – about time to come back and hit him hard. I cannot believe that McCain has stumped this low that he cannot do ads that address his position of the issues that people wants answer for. By doing the type of negative ads that he has been doing anti Obama lets everyone know that he has no idea how and why to address them.

    Arrogant – Obama is a mere kid in comparison to McCain. McCain an old arrogant man that feels that just to be in his present is an honor for the people. He is so arrogant that he could not be seen with a wife that had any physical problems – so he divorce his first wife and married a woman 20+ years younger – so he could be perceived as a desireable catch. GIVE ME OBAMA any day.

    July 30, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  18. Aunt

    I can't berlieve how quiet CNN has been about the McCain Obama Attacks. Sen. McCain is acting Like A child.
    Isn't Weird That CNN doesn't even have the video.

    If Obama was caring on like this for 2 weeks, The CNN blogs would be crazy.

    July 30, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  19. John Air Force Vet

    Old politics-Old man-Old brain. Just plain too old for the job.

    July 30, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  20. Michael Whitehead

    McCain's latest ad strongly reaffirms his lack of direction. He has nothing left he can argue so he has to go negative. The American people will see John McCain for what he actually is - an old man who can offer nothing new for America. His policies and proposals are joined at the hip to the Bush policies and proposals - and look at what the last eight years of those policies have done to us.
    We don't buy it anymore, John. Start talking about your own ideas for change in America. Be positive, don't keep going negative. At least that way, in November, when you lose to Obama, you will be able to hold your head high.

    July 30, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  21. Ryan

    Mclame is obviously targeting the least informed voters i.e off-shore, drilling, gas tax holiday and baseless attacks. Same crap from the Karl Rove playbook. I'm hoping the Americans have wised up enough to not fall for these rediculous tactics again but unfortunetely it doesn't seem that way for many people.

    July 30, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  22. Desmond Sequeira

    Mr. McCain, I still refer to you as "Mister". But from showing a semblance of decency, you have been steadily declining..... from pathetic to more and more pathetic. The fact that you are resorting to sheer nastiness is a clear admission that you cannot be president except by appealing to the basest sentiments of human nature. And, sadly there is no shortage of that in the USA. After all, is that not how Bush got into office – twice? And now you want to be McSame/Bush?

    July 30, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  23. John

    Go John MCCAIN!

    July 30, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  24. bj

    I love the add about Obama. Looks pretty close to the truth to me. Just another empty headed starlet (or star) that tthinks only about themselves and will do or say anything they want to make themselves look good. Obama is every bit as shallow as the celebs he's depicted with.

    July 30, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  25. Keeping it real

    If he doesn't want to be seen this way then he shouldn't have put himself out there this way in the first place. I love McCain's ad for the fact that it's real. Obama got noticed first through social networks and then through chanting. He did that himself, he played the popularity card, no one did it to him.

    July 30, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
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