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. BoB

    What? Obama said he would raise taxes ? OMG " Fake Fainting " falling to the Ground, bump head on countertop , hit floor , both legs a jerking , and health care went up = TYPICAL OBAMA SUPPORTER

    July 30, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  2. Lance

    I know who I am voting for:


    July 30, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  3. jeff

    Karadzic is having a war crime trial, I wonder when are we going to start the same with the whole "Bush Administration" and by the way including Mccain for invading a soverign nation, A nation that has nothing to do with 9 / 11. Obama did oppose the war from the begining and this one reason is enough to vote for Obama,

    Obama 08

    July 30, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  4. GERRY


    July 30, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  5. Mauri

    Obama doth protest too much. He should know that we the people can see through all these slams, scams and artificial presidential trips to the world-wide stage. Same with McCain's ads. Just because something is OLD doesn't make it obsolete. If O would shut his mouth, nobody would remember the Britney/Paris parallel beyond today. However, it will surely now go into the weekend.

    July 30, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  6. Sheryl

    The McGrumpy team needs to chill.

    A swing state voter...

    July 30, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  7. BoB

    Pelosi, Obama, Reid , And Congress = PORC

    July 30, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  8. sue calgary

    Mc Same is acting like an old man grasping straws! What happened to the High Road? Stick to the Issues!!! guess he will stop at nothing!


    July 30, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  9. Susan from Scotts Valley, CA

    Kansas Repubilcan – "Without Sarcasm?" Have you been watching your candidate? He sits there and smiles this scary smile as he attacks Obama right and left.

    And did you watch Obama with the leaders he sat down with last week? He DID look presidential. I am so hopeful that I can finally be proud of my President again.

    McCain on the other hand looks pitiful and scary. I do have to admit that's a tough combination to pull off.

    July 30, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  10. Tom in MA

    I thought MCain's ad was right on. He's another celebrity with no real accomplishments and no real clue.

    July 30, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  11. Neil

    Brandon Hillary PUMA 4Mc, get over it your candidate lost, stop being bitter and a whiner like your loser choice, Hillary Clinton.

    July 30, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |






    July 30, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  13. deroy

    obama has yet to shown why he should be taken seriously as a leader. he should go work as a governor or hold a responsible job first.
    being a community organizer and state legislator does not prepare you for an executive position. he's strictly another chicago pol on the make.

    July 30, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  14. Chris

    Pathetic... While it is not surprising that McCain is using the mud slinging rhetoric that many under-dogs desperately cling to, but it is especially sad that he has to use images of troubled young women, such as Britney Spears, in his attack. Perhaps if he returned to some of his past political substance and stopped trying to parallel Obama with a rock star, people would listen. As it is now, it is simply sad and pathetic, I think many expected more from Senator McCain...

    July 30, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  15. Mike Getzin

    The comments left by McCain indicate the same dirty Republican attack dog tactics which should alert any Anerican about the dishonesty of this Party after 8 years of corruption that has destroyed this country. McCain stands for the same dishonesty and supports the corporations that have ruined the economy with outsourcing of US jobs, supports illegal immigration reform? , wants to continue the mess in Iraq, and disregards the public rage over the mess and lost stature the US has suffered under Bush, who is supporting him for President..... Obama, even with his perceived inexperience and views is a breath of fresh air in a monoxized political environment, and I'd rather see a positive potential change than another fall into a black hole we cannot survive under another Republican- frankly the whole partty should be replaced.

    July 30, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  16. Chris from NY

    That's all knows how to do. Attack, attack, attack, drill, drill, drill. He doesn't have any new iniative for the welfare of the American people. What an old bag of ideas.

    July 30, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  17. Aunt

    McCain Just Because Your NOT The "the biggest celebrity in the world," doesn't mean your going to be a better President!

    You Are So Jealous and A Liar and show very poor judgement in running these ads. You Make Our Politics here in America appear

    July 30, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  18. Goldstein

    vote no for mccaine vote no for the same 8 years.
    are you better off today ? that will be answered in november


    OBAMA 08

    July 30, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  19. Joe

    The Republican slime machine is starting to crank it out. This year it will fail because McCain is inspiring to no one.

    July 30, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  20. TerryDo--PumaPac-40+

    Better Same Old Politics than Change just for the sake of Change.

    Change a word that can mean anything and nothing . Instead of trying to denigrade McCain why doesn't Obama speak about the change he refers to.

    Because the only change we see Obama talking about are all of Hillary R. Clinton ideas, solutions and policies.
    That is a form of change, change your non-issues policies for Clinton's.
    That is the change we believe you accomplished.

    You are a made man Obama, made from the research and propaganda from Axelrod and Plouffe company. You, Obama are their experiment and it will self-implode very shortly.

    Obama will never be acknowleded as the legitimate democratic nominee.

    It looks as though Obama is stuck on the 49th percentile and that is not change, it is stagnation

    July 30, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  21. Trent DiGangi

    Man, the McCain camp is already soo desperate. Read these words carefully. John McCain has ZERO chance...Unless the slime machine tries to steal a 3rd election.

    July 30, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  22. Trent Dillard

    I wonder if they had that ad in waiting knowing full well that McCain would at some point dip his hand into Rove-&-Bush's Bag of Hate and Fear!

    July 30, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  23. Matt, Manchester, CT

    Obama definitely doesn't know the first thing about playing the game of politics. All you loser Obama zombies better convince him to get a thicker skin if he's going to even remotely get through this campaign season. If he thinks it's bad now, just wait till September.

    July 30, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  24. Paul C. Palmetto Bay, FL

    The Republicans are nothing if not predictable. These tactics worked twice so they can be excused if they try again. It will be interesting if the American voter can focus long enough to know that McCain accomplished nothing in the 25 years he has been in the Senate so I question if he will address the dozens of promises he says he will accomplish as President.
    He promises to stop ear marks but did he mention it in his 25 years of experience?
    He promises to end the Iraq war but has he made any effort in the 6 years it has been going on except to say 'stay the course" .. "Success is just around the corner".

    July 30, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  25. Lynette

    The Obama campaign's response to the lastest nasty McCain ad is good, but it does not strike back at the McCain campaign as hard as I would like.

    July 30, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
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