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. bakersfield

    isn't obamas response politics of old also

    July 30, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  2. Dustin

    Great ad! John McCain keeps showing that he's put "self" rather than "country" first. Unlike McCain's ads this contained no false or misleading information. Way to stay above the fray!!

    July 30, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  3. susie

    Obama has no substance! He is always trying to play the race card. He should go back to Europe.

    July 30, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  4. Kent Hancock

    After years of playing up Swift Boat ads. After years of fluffing McCain. After years of paying the salary of the likes of Glenn Beck. CNN should dedicate itself to the truth this time out. Call lies lies. Do not let the policies of Rove/Bush/Cheney continue.

    July 30, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  5. Winston

    I dont blame Obama for striking back. he has been pretty cordial the past couple of weeks. While McCain attacked and trashed him during his Middle East and Europe tour. Obama showed due respect by not attacking McCain or Bush during that trip.

    McCain has no program. He has no Charisma. He only has his Negativity to show for. There will soon be a backlash against this guy.

    July 30, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |

    Funny to see people get so worked up over any attack of his highness Mr. B.H.Obama...
    What a joke... These comments just make him look more like Paris Hilton... What are you all sticking up for, why can't it simply be brushed off the shoulder...
    Lame... Maybe there should be a "speech" about it...

    July 30, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  7. 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.

    I am sorry I forgot the honorable Louie Farrakhan….How did that happen now the list of people Obama admires is in place. what kind of bus do you think Ludacris will enjoy being thrown under

    July 30, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  8. Paula

    Congrats to Obama for not playing dirty. McCain's judgement is clearly lacking to a rational human being.

    July 30, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  9. Jay

    McCain compaign = Rove compaign
    McCain administration = Bush administration

    July 30, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  10. Susan

    I can't believe this off-shore drilling issue is even a conversation. It's as dumb as the gas tax holiday or the invasion of Iraq, for that matter. Action for the sake of action (tail wagging dog) is not the way to run a country. At least Obama has the spine to stand up against as short-sighted recommendation like driling off of our coasts. McCain's stance was totally predictable.

    July 30, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  11. Rob indetroit

    It's Time for Obama to take off the gloves Mcshellschock is down dirty in the mud. there is no honor in telling lies to win election.

    July 30, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  12. thatjayguy

    As an ad man myself, I can't believe the MSM is running these for free in their news...

    Just look at the picture of the 'Low Road' ad up above with McCain's picture and the slogan: that size ad would get about a buck a click anywhere's else ( and CNN gets a lot of clicks these days...) but the MSM puts it out there no charge...
    I don't get it...

    But hey, if it's free !

    July 30, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  13. Marc

    The McCain campaign just got owned by the Dems. Game, set, match.

    July 30, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  14. PS

    I am so dissapointed with McCain. I used to like him, but his disgusting tactics against Obama are disheartning.
    My advice to McCain- play good. No stupid figure pointing. Whatever happened to mutual respect!!!
    Also...Comparing to Britney and Paris???- what was McCain thinking!!?????

    July 30, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  15. Jonathan, Hartford, CT

    I hope that the Obama people have done their homework. So, far, they have hung in there but they are loosing ground in the polls. With all of the money the Obama campaing has to spend, I should think that thety would be way out in front by at leat 20 points. Instead, they keep loosing ground. The Dems have lost too many Hillary supporters. He needs to get beyond and above his ego and choose Hillary his VP to save this election. It is for the common good, not just Obama's ego. He and we need Hillary on this ticket. Wihtout her, no matter how much money he spends he will loose this election for all of us. We must urge him to do the right thing.

    July 30, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  16. OBAMA 08

    Mccain should be ashamed. This is a dirty old man's trick! He lied to the American people by saying he will not enagage in negative politics! Unfortunately.....MCCAIN IS MCSAME OLD POLITICS!!!!

    July 30, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  17. R. Cooper

    Do you really expect the McCain to take the high road? This recent conduct is typical of losers. McCain's back is against the wall and no one is paying him any attention. He's down in the polls. Obama, always takes the high road. I think it's a little too late for McCain to learn such manners. He should still try to learn how to log onto the internet.

    July 30, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  18. JC

    Same old politics is something Obama is quite aware of – he is afterall a disciple of the crooked Chicago political machine where they use every means possible (short of hiring a hit man) to remove or smear their opponents. His becomming a senator unopposed was an awesome example of great political manuevering – merely get all of your opponents administratively disqualified and then the people have noone else to vote for.

    July 30, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  19. John from WA

    Brandon Hillary PUMA 4Mc – nice to throw the "Hussein" in there, it really makes your argument seem rational and well-reasoned. Not to mention the lunacy of any HRC supporter that votes for McCain, someone who stands opposite Clinton on every major issue.

    Kansas Republican – the line about "Jackson, Rangel and Farakahn" doesn't make you look like a bigot at all, does it?

    July 30, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  20. Rob indetroit

    Paris Hilton ? your wife the crypt keeper looks like a younger paris hilton hide the DRUGS.

    July 30, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  21. S. Boatman

    This Is A Good Ad From The Obama Camp! Mccain Looks As Old As His Ideas! I Hope Mccain Runs Out Of Moneydoing All These Negative Ads!

    July 30, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  22. Chris

    Negative campaigning is attacking your opponent deliberately with the sole intent of making him (or her) look bad. Explain to me how McCain's ad wasn't negative campaigning...

    July 30, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  23. RB from NH


    I saw the McCain ad and it was disgraceful!

    Blaming Obama for the high price of gas????

    We do NOT need this garbage in the White House again!!!!!


    July 30, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  24. eam

    i thought obama was above using ads like this. i gues he lied again hmmm seems to be a habit, wonder what other habits he still has, been sking lately obama?

    July 30, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  25. bill s DE

    I should would like the media to research the candidates
    when they LIE and reported it.

    July 30, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
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