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. pete

    John McCain practices the "old politics" because he is so old! That's all he knows.

    July 30, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  2. Zuq

    Let's be real. Does McCain think we would compare Barack to Paris and Brit? Wow, he is out of tune. I wish McCain would tell us how he plans on balancing the budget in 4 years while fighting the world and not having a clear plan on the economy. The economy is horrible John Bush McCain. Of course, you don't know that. But we the American people all know someone who has been laid off recently. That's the economy we live in today. We need change to survive! That's why all of these polls are wrong. WE WILL VOTE AND WE WILL VOTE FOR BARACK OBAMA. Jeb Bush can't stop us.

    July 30, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  3. Heard Enough

    First, they tried to label Obama as "unpatriotic" because he didn't wear a lapel pin like John. Next they tried to label him as "arrogant", which is Republican-speak for "uppidity", as in a black man who won't stay where he belongs. Now, they're trying to label him as "blond"...

    Wouldn't you think if there was ANYTHING good to say about McCain, that the Republicans would be advertising that instead of this "name calling" they've resorted to?

    I'm not sure which scares me more – the Republican's desperation to continue King George's monarchy, or the number of idiots willing to accept this childish behavior from someone who wants to "lead" America...

    July 30, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  4. Glenn

    Why would John McCain try to use Britney Spears, that standard bearer for good clean American living, to denigrate Barack Obama? In an interview of Britney Spears by Tucker Carlson of CNN on Wednesday, September 3, 2003, Britney tells of how ‘she has faith in our president and every decision he makes, and that we should just support him’. Why would John McCain do this to someone with whom he stood shoulder-to-shoulder in their blind support of Bush’s Iraq blunder?

    July 30, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  5. mike

    About time. Now lets go on the offensive against McSame and tell everybody he is an old grouch.

    July 30, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  6. Stephen in Red Bluff

    Well, Benjamin (Repub), SD...haven't you heard McCain's newest weekly "message?" Today, he unveiled his "Country First!" sound byte.

    Let's see how much traction this one gets before it's abandoned for something else (something a little flashier or "in the moment")!

    I also like how McCain's "Celeb" ad puts our presidential vote to us as a choice between a celebrity or "an American hero." I get that he's implying that Obama is just a famous face, but just who is the hero in this contest? Certainly NOT McCain. He may "know how to win a war," but it seems to me a rather difficult task to take on from a POW camp.

    July 30, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  7. Steve

    B. Hussein Obama . . . What a coward.

    July 30, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  8. Vinnie

    McCain is grasping at straws. This is only going to hurt him. Who is his campaign manager a democrat? I hope he keeps it up. Bush3 is really scarry.

    July 30, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  9. An American

    John McCain is losing his bearings

    July 30, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  10. Tony, Miami

    Obama 1
    McWhatever 0

    July 30, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  11. Dem

    I bet Obama has 12 of these already lined up lol

    July 30, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  12. henriettap

    I'd say that McCain really is trying to be like Obama he is studying his every move,he can not seem to get on track whats up with him?If he could get his head on straight he might say something intelligent.

    July 30, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  13. RJ, CA

    Funny how Libs like to quote McCain "gaffes." Here are a few Obama "gaffes":

    – In May 2008, Obama indicated he could see dead people when he said: “On this Memorial Day as our nation honors its unbroken line of fallen heroes, and I see many of them in the audience here today . . . "
    – In June 2008, Obama falsely claimed his father served In World War II.
    – On May 13, Obama mistakenly said that Arabic translators deployed to Iraq were needed in Afghanistan, when Afghans don't even speak Arabic.
    – On May 9, Obama claimed to have visited 57 states.
    – On March 29, Obama said he did not want his daughters to be "Punished With A Baby."
    – In May 2008, Obama confused Iran with Israel, saying that U.S. should "Act Forcefully And Appropriately On Any Attack Against Iran, Nuclear Or Otherwise"
    – In February 2008, Obama said he was running for "Commander Of Chief"
    – In October 2007, Obama said he would tell Iran "You Should Develop A Nuclear Weapon"
    – In September 2007, Obama referred to 120 degree heat In Iraq as 20 degree heat:
    – In May 2008, Obama claimed his uncle helped liberate Auschwitz.
    – Obama falsely claims his parents got together "Because Of What Happened In Selma," Alabama In 1965 - four years after he was born.
    – In June 2008, Obama referred to an "inhaler" as a "breathalyzer" and then a "inhalator" – twice.
    – In September 2006, Obama said that there were 18 years between 1978 and 2006.

    All really silly stuff on both sides . . . but the Obamabots only focus on those by McCain. Pitiful!

    July 30, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  14. Willow, from Iowa

    While I respect Obama for attempting to make this a campaign focused on the issues, McCain is going to be just as negative for the next 98 days. I'd like to see Obama push back a little bit. Although he will probably take the high road.

    McCain thinks like the typical neo cons, that we are too stupid to decide for ourselves, they must decide for us in our own best interest. McCain keeps saying the same things over and over again, hoping that sooner or later, we'll believe it.

    July 30, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  15. Scott L

    At least McCain is calling him out with his own mouth. Obama just has his puppets talk for him...weak.

    July 30, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  16. Democrat -WA

    I wish someone would point out that the demand for oil has only gone up about 15% over the past 10 years and the cost has gone up over 600%. I think it should be important to point out that we are paying what the market will bear for oil. Nothing more, nothing less. We need more competition for oil, not more oil.
    I would earnestly like to see the media dig into these issues and shows us some substance. Inform America and perhaps we can get more traction with Americans and get some real action from our politicians. They do what they need to in order to get elected. We drill for oil here and we'll just be paying the oilers here the same price for oil that we are paying OPEC. That doesn't help us folks that are down the ladder a few rungs.
    C'mon America, let's get informed instead of regurgitating politico spew. I have nothing against the energy industry. I do however take exception to being milked like one of the energy industries personal cash cows.

    July 30, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  17. Marina

    McCain? Lets be real......Obama doesn't put streaming video, of which he could, of him singing Barber-Ann (reference to Iran) or any of his other mis-steps, mis-speaks, etc. Doesn't McCain know that he's just making himself look more stupid? Will someone please tell him he can't compete. The sad truth is that if Obama unleashed what he could on McCain, he'd look like he was attacking the poor OLD guy. Give me a break; when is this election going to get fair..

    Obama NOW

    July 30, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  18. Ashamed to be from Kansas

    Yep, they don't call him McSame for nothing. He's pathetic!

    July 30, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  19. paul

    I like McCain, but he's been a maverick for his whole career and this is an example of where it's hurting him.

    I'm sure he loves the Britney/Paris ad, as they reflect the whining going on in the McCain campaign plane. But McCain needs some cooler heads to say, "Senator, I know that imbalance is unfair [though the matter is really debatable], but we need to stay on message. Let's talk about how we're going to get the economy humming again."

    July 30, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  20. William Huggins

    We need change....
    Sorry McCain, Old people don't change,
    Ask my dad

    July 30, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  21. Karen - Maryland

    I am so heartily sick of the McCain ads. Its is rather sad and pathetic.

    Also, to the PUMA's on the board – just s few things to think about if John McCain becomes President:

    1. Chances of us going to war with Iran – 100%
    2. Chances of our troops staying in Iraq for an indefinite time – 100%
    3. A larger deficit – 100%
    4. Women losing their right to have an abortion – 100%
    5. Women losing their right to use contraception (there a draft memo in HHS that would make the most popular methods of contraception (the pill, the patch, the shot, the ring, the IUD, and emergency contraception) a form of abortion).

    Would I have liked to see Hillary win – yes. However, I can see the bigger picture. By voting for John McCain, you are condemning thousands to misery and death. Just something to think about.

    July 30, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  22. TREP

    I do not see how anyone can claim that McCain will protect American values. What values are you talking about? He has not held a firm position on anything except the surge. (We'll ignore that he has tacitly accepted Obama's 16 month time table, or is it a time horizon.) He has flipped on taxes and only recently embraced the Environment. He used to be against torture, but now is not. He talks about responsibility, but has not cast a vote since April 6th. He has promised to run an honorable campaign, but has not done so yet. I do not know what he stands for, except the surge in an ill-advised war. I want someone to defend McCain's ideas and show why they are superior to Obama's not just tear down a man whom you do not like.

    July 30, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  23. McCain is 71

    I see that the Republican propaganda machine must be circulating an e-mail that says we can get oil from new offshore drilling to the consumers in two years.

    I have even seen "Obamalism" say that "we have already proven" this whole two year plan.

    Even John McCain admitted that the impact of new offshore drilling wouldn't be felt for a decade.

    Now all of a sudden it is two years?

    To those voters that are undecided: Just think about what it says about a candidate's position on certain issues when his campaign has to propagandize the campaign and try to fool voters.

    Gas tax holiday? Ridiculous idea that benefits oil companies.

    Offshore drilling? Ridiculous idea that benfits oil companies.

    Iraq war? Ridiculous idea that benefits oil companies.

    How many of these do I have to list before people understand what is going on here?

    July 30, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  24. Miguel Gomez

    In the end, when November comes, that old timer will have my vote .... and contrary to the believe of some cnn talking heads, he has a good shot at getting over 60% of the Latino votes.

    July 30, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  25. proud army and navy mom

    Lets see Rev Wright, Rezko, Ayers, Flager and now Ludacris…….Let me take a wild guess "That is not the Ludacris I know"

    Obama claims he has 11 of the racists songs on his IPOD and that he is very talented. The pattern of Obama's friends all seem to have one thing in common.

    I am probably just reading into all of his friends to much……I am sure they are all just misunderstood

    July 30, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
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