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. Tennessee Democrat

    OK...where's my comment? What does one have to do to get something posted here? Are incorrect spelling, poor grammar, and name calling required? Do you have to submit a certain number of comments before you get something posted?

    July 30, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  2. Viva Obama

    McCain 0
    Obama 1

    July 30, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  3. marcus

    Please please please I have a question
    Can any one tell me any of McCain’s actual positions on helping the economy, helping seniors and the self employed obtain affordable healthcare. Oh any analysis on his intention to over turn roe v wade and subjugate American women to back alley abortions once again. how about equal pay for equal work...I know he says they need training, which is sexist, women have been in management and running companies for quite a while now, I believe they are actually more competent than men in alot of instances, just hardly paid what they are worth, McCain I guess thinks women are under trained and still need to earn their way.....hummm
    will he ever talk about the issues that America is facing right now...all he and his campaign seem to do is complain about Obama, and the good things he is doing and motivating our citizens to do...yes make a change in your self so we can change our country for the better...

    July 30, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  4. texas DEM

    Hey Barack,


    or you won't win: Ohio, Pennsylvania, Arkansas, Florida or Michigan.

    July 30, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  5. Bruce

    This video represents the TRUTH as I see it! I don't care what you Obamaholics believe, say or do! We're all getting sick and tired of your god's flip-flopping, race bating, and talking about 'old'. Last I looked, Obama's is FAR from YOUNG!!! And Obama WANTS to be a SUPERSTAR!!!! If you cannot see that from his speeches and world tour I don't know what to say. All I will say is McCAIN! McCAIN! McCAIN! OUR NEXT PRESIDENT!!! YES!!!!!

    July 30, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  6. billylee8

    Er, wait... being popular worldwide is a "bad thing?"

    I guess that's the price you pay when the dumbest people in America support Bush PRECISELY because he's unpopular. And these people are apparently McCain supporters too.

    July 30, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  7. patwal

    Kansas Republican, what you'd REALLY like is for the Obama campaign to do like John Kerry, and not respond until it was too late. Not going to happen this time

    July 30, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  8. Denise

    If only Obama could be as smart as Paris Hilton.

    July 30, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  9. Mike in Cincinnati

    Obama has come into this campaign with a message that has genuine content. New ideas, ideas about the future, about changing the direction we are headed in. Some may not agree with all those ideas, but at least the content is there. And he has backed it up with his outstanding performance as the leader of his extremely effective campaign, and most recently, as a representative of the U.S. on the world stage.

    McCain's campaign seems to be simply one of criticizing Obama, leveling personal accusations in a way that tries to paint an image about his character that is blatantly false. No new ideas in his message. No sense that he will work to solve, or that he even has any idea of how to solve, the horrific problems that the last 7 years have left us with. Just personal attack and inuendo.

    It is clear to me who is taking the high road in this campaign, and who has the skills to deal with the complex problems of the coming decade. Again, you may not agree with all of his ideas, but Obama is a pragmatist who will indeed work for the solutions that we need.

    July 30, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  10. Johnny McC


    July 30, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  11. Old McGovern Democrat

    Will somebody please investigate whether McCain's support of big oil profits stems from the fact that his mother's family was connected to Oklahoma oil? That may be the reason he supports obtaining more drilling rights instead of drilling on the properties the oil companies already have leased. It seems he won't be satisfied until all of our environment is dotted with oil rigs. After two terms of the oily Bush clan draining our resources (both mineral and human, as well as financial), haven't we been bilked enough?

    July 30, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  12. Robert

    I used to find McCain interesting and respectable. I have been appalled at not only how negative and snarky he has seemed lately, but particularly how often what he has said has been PROVABLY false, with sourcing from right or left media. Why would he approve multiple attacks that are outright lies?

    I miss the old John McCain that I supported so strongly in 2000 when he first ran for president.

    I do not say this because I can't handle the fact that politics often involves negative attacks. I say it because it is hypocritical of McCain to continue down this path, and I don't think it will help him in the end. He is going to rally his base, but lose his independents.

    July 30, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  13. w.l. jones

    Who we celebrity Mr. Hoover or Mr.Roovelt ,,people we have a choice ,,chose one.

    July 30, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  14. tim

    this is the best they can do? Wow, Obama must be too young and fresh, because if they can't find anything substantial, they are in serious trouble.

    July 30, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  15. Bill, Covington

    All those planing on voting for the obama should come down and get a look at what those people have done for or to the city of New Orleans. There was mayor Dutch Morial, then there was mayor Barthalomew, then there ws mayor Mark morial ( dutch morials son) now we have mayor Ray Nagin (of : this will be a chocolate city fame) then there is represenative William Jefferson (with $90,000.00 in the freezer) cold cash. Now we have Derick Shepard under inditment, and the list goes on. And you people want to put one of them in the white House, what a sick disgusting bunch you must be.

    July 30, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  16. BA

    Obama people are not sleeping. This is not swift boat in 2004 era. No fear , No shaking. Bring it on McSame and Obama will give you the dose of your medicine. McSame needs to be celebrity in nursing home.

    Go Obama

    July 30, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  17. Terry Richmond, Va.

    Right on to Allison in Mclean! Obama should run this as an ad.

    July 30, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  18. Unity

    I want my president to have much more character than John McCain is displaying. To run a campaign at the highest level in the US SOLELY on putting down the other candidate is totally WEAK at best.

    July 30, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  19. K

    Is this really the best John McCain can come up with? What the heck is his campaign thinking?

    July 30, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  20. GOBAMA!

    Oh how horrible to have a presidential candidate that people actually are excited about. Obama is to politics what Tiger Woods is to golf. I hated golf until tiger...now it's extremely entertaining and exciting. Politics was a BORE before Obama came along...now it's actually interesting.

    July 30, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  21. Vote NO for Sen. McSpin

    McCain has taken the low road.

    Obama 08!

    July 30, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  22. Disgusted

    To think I once worked for McCain. Maybe they put Romney in as the candidate. At least he's not going off the deep end. Uncle Fluffy's gone off the deep end. Good riddance to bad rubbish.

    July 30, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  23. Sarah McBride

    This is ridiculous. Yes, the ad produced by McCain is immature. However, need we pretend that this is the only negative ad out there, and that this season of campaigning has been on the high road? I beg to differ.

    Also, wouldn't it be wise to link McCain's original ad relating to this story rather than only linking Obama's ad, in the spirit of bipartisanship?

    July 30, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  24. Frank, MO

    Calling it 'low route' is polite and actually lifting McCain up. I've lost respect for that man. I am not angry – I just feel sorry for McCain .. 'Sorry' to see a man sink that low.

    July 30, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  25. KEFA

    GO OBAMA! 08

    July 30, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
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