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. Bob

    Apparently if the Republican smear machine can't find any actual dirt on the opposition candidate, they'll either make stuff up (like when they said that Obama didn't care enough to visit the troops in Germany) or engage in childish insults like this ad. But more than anything else, all it does is make McCain look mean, petty and a little desperate. It's like this supposedly heroic figure turns out to be just another Karl Rove stooge.

    July 30, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  2. Bill

    Mr McCain is allowing his heroic past to be lowered to this?! How sad, because this will be what he is remembered for. Now he is very pitiful and desperate. I will always remember John McCain for what he was, an honorable, brave man. How sad for this man.

    July 30, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  3. libby

    McCain is an idiot and anybody voting for him is an idiot. Childish ad. McCain is getting worse and worse.

    July 30, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  4. Danielson

    No to offshore drilling is a legitimate point...just back it up with legitimate facts–unless we nationalize the revenues...that "stuff" goes to the highest bidder. How's that workin' for you now?

    How's that workin' for you in 10 years with double the global demand? That's right–you're not "saving" a dime, we're putting a band-aid on a gash in our energy security, and we're not requiring the Oil companies to explore the 70 million acres they DO have rights to domestically, but are ignoring.

    Taxes on electricity is a distortion of position–Obama has suggested that EVERY energy supplier be taxed higher based on the amount of damage they do to the environment...meaning...the carbon scrubbers they were SUPPOSED to install in 2001 (repealed by Bush and the 'pub Congress) NOW have to be installed in order to be in BASIC (not advanced) environmental compliance.

    In 2005, incidents of childhood asthma within a 25 mile radius of NON compliant power plants was up...get this...1500% percent. NOW do you feel bad about higher taxes to do the right thing?

    As for being an American abroad who draws crowds of curious admirers waving American flags...rather than throngs of protesters BURNING America flags...I can't honestly say that a little "celebrity" bothers me in our potential President.

    McCain is a battered, doddering shell of the man who ran honorably in 2000, and the sooner we all recognize this, the quicker we can MAYBE get the country on the right track again.

    July 30, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  5. Vigla

    The McCain campaign is SOOOO desperate... People are tired of this nonsense... He has no ideas, looks tired, can't speak well, can't remember what he says, and IMHO is not fit to be President of the US.

    Remember Reagan's second term when "he couldn't recall" anything and he let his cronies run the show? That's what we have to look forward to, but worse!

    I want someone who has the energy, intellect and judgement to be POTUS.

    Obama 08!

    July 30, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  6. Mark, B'ham., Al.

    Obama's European Celebrity Tour showed the true side of Obama as well as his voting record. It was obvious he admires and desires the USA take up the European Socialism/Welfare State Agenda. Also Obama is Chicago Politics which is ultra liberal politics and is as screwed up integrity wise as Louisiana politics. Obama has MoveOn.org and othe 527's to do his bidding for being the smear campaign. The Swiftboaters' integrity is saintly compaired to these organizations.

    July 30, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  7. mike

    Regardless of which side you on; even his so call republican base can't stand him,because he DOESN'T know what he stands for he is all over the place.

    That AD was on the same footing of high school.very strange attacking someone because he is popular; very strange.


    PLEASE ADVICE John McCain to go to Barack SITE, he does LAY out HIS platform/ ISSUES which is quiet BOLD with a VISION heading into the 21st century.

    On the other side McCain site deliver nothing but.. VOTE FOR ME or ELSE the TERRORIST WILL HIDE UNDER YOUR BED.

    JUST fear . fear . fear . fear .

    nothing is optimistic. its the tired same ole policies.

    July 30, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  8. J. Wood

    I heard today on a Canadian radio program (CBC) that Oliver Stone has made a movie on George Bush...his earlier years. I am hoping that this movie will disspell some rumors, for example: that he Bush is not as stupid as he has presented himself over the past 6 years in the media, that he & the "Dick"(Cheney) are not really putting our neighbour into the toilet...economically speaking plus maybe the final scene in Oliver's movie is George Bush is going to be tried at the Hague for war crimes( as he is instrumental for killing over a million of innocent people; children, Elderly & women during these wars).

    July 30, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  9. non-white & non-black person

    what else is new! McCain is afterall following in Bush's steps. He is no longer a so-called Maverick. He has been flip-flopping so much on major issues. He is going to self-destruct, so Dems sit back and enjoy!

    July 30, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  10. kat

    kinda funny, but britney spears is a republican.

    July 30, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  11. Bill in Indy

    McCain is doing what all politician's do who are losing - he's attacking. It doesn't really matter that his ad is crap, he just needs to attack. It's his last hope.

    July 30, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  12. Lorna, NY

    If he speaks intelligently, he is arrogant, if he is confident, he is an elitist. If his speeches attracts a lot of people he is acting as if he is already president. What do the American people want, another IDIOT? Obama is an intelligent man who is no different from Bill Clinton in a lot of ways. He met with economists to talk about the issues WE are faced with and people have a problem with this. Personally, If he wins, he should be prepared to take over on day one. Americans need to educate themselves and be grateful that we finally have a candidate that will make us look good. I cringe every time George Bush speaks to world leaders, no, wait, I cringe every time he opens his mouth. McCain offers nothing new. I am waiting for him to detail his plans and he is spending his time focusing on Obama. Should he not be focusing on the issues we are facing everyday?

    July 30, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  13. Vigla

    That's it, I'm convinced. You PUMA punks are just plain clueless... Talk about drinking the kool aid... Cool aid drinkers will believe anything, including how voting for McCain is somehow helping Hillary. You are all hypocrites.

    July 30, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  14. Brian in Michigan

    Same old, same old from McCain. He has no ideas, so he fills up time telling us what Obama is saying.

    If I want to hear what Obama is saying I'll listen to Obama; not through some guy who is showing the early effects of alzheimer's disease.

    July 30, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  15. Ron Nebraska

    Anyone voting republican this time either makes over 200,000 a year or is terminally ignorant.

    July 30, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  16. William, from Cali!

    Can we just stay with the "Real issues"! this is "totally Below-board" politics.................................................."We can do better, than this"!

    July 30, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  17. JimS.

    Allison- Mclean, Va, to say that Cindy McCain has "done nothing with her life" is ridiculously unfair.

    I'm not a McCain supporter, but there's no reason to trash Cindy McCain. She does take an active role in running her business, and she's been active in charitable causes for years. There is nothing to be gained from trashing her, and you don't know her anyway.

    Let's take the HIGH ROAD, Obama supporters. Trashing CindyMc. doesn't help Obama.

    July 30, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  18. Wow

    Yes, the Celeb Obama is responsible for the poor state of the economy; the high gas prices; the Iraq war; the epidemic of home foreclosures that are a direct result of the policies of Bush and what was, until recently, a Republican controlled Congress. Senator Obama will also be responsible – unfortunately of course – for trouncing Senator McCain in the biggest landslide ever! I can't wait to see it happen...

    July 30, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  19. GREMMIE69

    The question is: do we want corporations controlling our government, or do we want our government controlling corporations? We have seen the results of 8 years of Bushonomic free market corporate governance and there's nothing "free" about it. The government regulates nothing. The corporations go wild, and when they collapse, the government bails them out with hundreds of billions of corporate welfare debt which our children and grandchildren
    will have to pay back. Is Obama the answer? I sure hope so because this country will collapse completely if we have to endure another 8 years of McBushonomics.

    July 30, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  20. KenM

    Here's a guy sellin' snake oil (all fluff 'n' no stuff) 'n' the media 'n' lemmings are buyin' it...hook, line 'n' sinker

    July 30, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  21. ERE

    It was only a matter of time before McCain showed how old and how tired he really is...thankfully he has many, many, many, more months to keep showing what a "bush" league president he would make.

    July 30, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  22. Daniel, Loganville. Ga.

    Very nice lets see if this ad gets as much free advertisment as the JM ad...I won't hold my breath...The quality of this ad alone puts JM to shame.

    OBAMA '08

    July 30, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  23. Bill

    McCain is so jeleaous of Obama right now it's laughable. Obama was a bit hit in the Mideast and Europe, drawing crowds up to 200,000 in Berlin. Meanwhile, McCain is back home thinking up stupid TV ads.

    Say good night, John.

    July 30, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  24. Mike in San Diego

    Just tell me one thing in McCain's ad that is false? Is Obama not a celebrity? Does he not oppose offshore drilling? Will he not raise taxes on some portions fo the country?

    Tell me Obomabots, what is false here?

    July 30, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  25. The Truth

    In your face old man McCain.

    July 30, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
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