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. tom, valley forge, PA

    Obama has no new ideas, rather he offers to repeat failed policies of previous tax and spend liberals and socialists. If the country is so eager for "change", then why can't he pull away in the polls? Even Dukakis had a larger lead at this point. Obviously it is too early to know for certain but, despite the hype and cult of persanality, I believe he will crash and burn in November leaving many pundits and media types again wondering, "Why?"

    July 30, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  2. deji

    i think McCain is lacking ideas...

    July 30, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  3. The Lorax

    Take his licks without crying? This is the race for president of the United States not some elementary school play ground.

    Funny he should use Paris Hilton and Briney Spears. They and their families are doubtlessly voting for McCain . Spears family are white souther baptists from Louisiana who do you think they've been voting for all these years? The Hiltons are old money billionaires do you really think they would vote for someone who supports labor unions and higher taxes on the wealthy?
    McCain is ridiculous.

    July 30, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  4. Isaac

    Oops McCain did it again, for a man who has been in politics for the past 30years I can see McCain cannot resist his nature, the nature of Washington style of running campaigns.

    It was expected, we all knew that it was bound to happen, so much for running as clean campaign. Well I guess McCain is right, he is the one with the experience, experience of dirty smearing campaigning

    July 30, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  5. Jim Schimmer

    Kansas Republican – Why do you have to be a racist? Why? Fine, I understand Obama i ahead but do you have to stoop so low and do you have to degrade yourself and act like a pig and be a racist to win votes? to convince people?

    Why Kansas republican? Why do you republicans have to attach someone's integrity, character, morale, race, religion?

    Why? Why? I would like to know why?
    You make me sick, i swear.

    July 30, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  6. aware

    Ludicrous! Obama is the quintessential politician. The arrogant, obfuscating Obama wouldn't even visit troops abroad without his press entourage. If it isn't politically expedient, don't expect to hear from Obama.

    Senator McCain is an American hero ready to be president with all the experience, gravitas, wisdom, knowledge, judgment and common sense necessary for the job! 🙂

    This former Democrat has had it with the narcissistic Obama! 🙁

    July 30, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  7. TheTruthHurts

    I'm so disappointed in McCain. He has simply been LAME. He needs to fire this team and start talking about what he is going to do. This reactionary, disjointed and negative campaigning is pathetic and not even worth the good money I'm sure is paying for it.

    July 30, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  8. Tennisguypitt

    At least Obama's being honest... It's pretty clear.

    Obama '08

    July 30, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  9. McCain 08

    I heard Obama defeated terrorism with one of his speeches....

    July 30, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  10. tom, valley forge, PA

    Yes the picture makes McCain look older but do you think the seniors didn't take notice? Seems to me they vote more consistently then any other block. I wonder if they took offense. .. Perhaps as much as blacks would had a picture of Obama made him appear to be "more black." They're in it now, take the gloves off. Women and children first! I love this time of year!

    July 30, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  11. tony

    This is sad. First McCain called Obama's health care plan "Hillarycare." Then he compared Obama to Britney Spears and Paris Hilton. I thought this is going to be a "respectful campaign focused on issues," as McCain once said. What has happened to the straight-talking McCain?

    July 30, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  12. Sherry in Kentucky

    That McCain add really makes me ill. I thought he was going to be different. . . but he's just taking the same low road as the other Republican slime. The Republicans don't deserve the presidency, nor a single house or Senate seat.

    July 30, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  13. BIG WIG

    It will back fire on him like it back fired on hilliary. Let's see who'll have the last laugh.

    July 30, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  14. Xavier

    Nothing more pathetic than an old man trying to be hip by throwing out the names of pop celebrities. McCain the maverick is dead, and McCain the sell out is sorry to look at.

    July 30, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  15. JoeBloe

    Kansas Republican:

    So obviously you are upset about McCain whining when Obama got a lot of media coverage overseas? And you have to be upset that McCain changes his mind every day and then denies ever saying what was caught on tape? I know for sure you are livid that McCain said he would run a clean campaign ON THE ISSUES but now has decided the only way to possibly win, is to attack anything that comes out of Obama's mouth, even when McCain himself agrees some of them are good ideas. I will also join you in your outrage over McCain's outright lies regarding Obama.
    What a president he would make! (sarcasm)

    John McCain is more like John McKerry. Actually comparing him to John Kerry is mean to Kerry. At least Kerry didn't change on a position and then back again all in one week! I understand changing your mind. Everyone changes their mind sometimes, but to say one thing and then reverse yourself 1 or 2 days later... and then back AGAIN, just screams political opportunist!

    July 30, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  16. Indy in AZ

    It really is all down-hill for McCain. This is just as pathetic as it gets, problem is, I know its only going to get worse.

    Kansas Republican:

    I think it's your guy that can't take any licks, and talk about crying and sarcasm.... Lets throw whinning in the mix, and McCain has perfected it all to an art form. How's that Kool-aid working for ya, buddy?

    Give me a break!!!

    July 30, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  17. NoMcSame

    McLiar. You lied to your wife about your age and she did the same to you so why wouldn't you lie to the American people MY FRIEND? It's in your nature to do it I guess.

    July 30, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  18. Independent

    John McCain just had a town hall meeting yesterday in NV and today in CO.

    It was absolutely pathetic. All this guy says is "my friends I know how to fix that" but then he gives not even the slightiest solutions to the problem he was asked about.

    Wake up America! Not again, not again!


    July 30, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  19. Sten, CA

    Why did Obama camp wait so long. Same OLD should be boldened. I can't wait to see an ad where Cindy is putting a diaper on John.

    July 30, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  20. Joe

    This really is politics at its worst. But what should we expect from the Republicans? Remember, these are the people who ran the infamous "Playboy mansion/call me" ad against a Black Democratic candidate in the Tennessee Senate race two years ago. Unfortunately, those who are controlling the GOP have little to say constructively about the issues most Americans are concerned about. What does this ad say about the GOP strategy? That is why they have to engage in gutter politics.

    In the interest of credibility, keep in mind, that the GOP has controlled the White House for 8 years and that is how we got to $4 gas. And John McCain has been the leading congressional proponent of a cap-and-trade carbon bill that would tax electricity.

    If Americans want politics and Washington to change, then we have to stand up and say that enough is enough.

    Say no to fear vote and give hope a chance.

    July 30, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  21. kasiasue

    McCain is pretty old school - now he's grasping at straws to knock Obama down - pitiful man.

    July 30, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  22. Dave

    In his constant belitting of what those who favor his opponent stand for, McCain would rather lose half a nation than lose an election.

    July 30, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  23. mike

    Way to discredit yourself again PUMA shills. Requst that the campaign stand and policies and then threaten to vote for the guy with little to no policy and what he does offer directly contradicts Hillary.

    You idiots gets worse by the day.

    July 30, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  24. BDT in Vegas

    Kansas repub,Obama is not going to let old man mccain say what he wants without fighting back.8 years of BUSH AND CHENEY along with your repubs is enough !!!!

    July 30, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  25. Donna

    Kansas Republican...surely you are not calling Obama a crybaby or a whiner are you?? that is really a joke considering how much WHINING McOld has been doing...even the media knows that all he does is complain...like the little grumpy old man that he is...

    Obama's camp should have had images of DINOSAURS walking the background of McCains picture...they are about the same age!!!

    July 30, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
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