July 30th, 2008
08:35 PM ET
14 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. Generation X

    Hit them back, Barack. Do not be swiftboated by McShame

    July 30, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  2. Valerie

    I'm proud of Barack Obama and his team for this very effective response add. Not only did it point out the blatant desparation of McCain's "Celeb" add, but he went on to state his true stance on the issues that McCain has been trying to lie about. Bravo!

    Just one more reason I will be voting Obama in November!

    July 30, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  3. Miranda

    Poor McCain....these people on his staff have stripped him of all his dignity and he is just a shell of what he used to be. Archie Bunker was more personable.

    July 30, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  4. Bimmer

    This guy Obama is such a turnoff. He was unpatriotic before he became patriotic.

    He did not want to put the flagpin before he is trying to wrap himself in the American flag.

    Has the audacity to fool a lot of people through practiced-by-the-mirror flowery oratory.

    His sucess is American failure.

    July 30, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  5. Linda

    Kansas Republican...what world are you living in??!!!! After eight years of your party's shenanigans, blunders and lies, it time for you ALL to take a back seat. The rest of the country and the world are sick of it! Let the healing begin!

    It's the same old story: More sour grapes from McCain and his supporters. Sad, just sad....but you've seen nothing yet! Wait until Obama is President-Elect in November, you'll really be sad and crying sour grapes! The thought of that very, very, very, very old man as President is frightening and quite disturbing. Perhaps he can run for President of AARP....hmmmmmm?

    July 30, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  6. Pete

    Nice Allison... love it. what is sad though.. is that we all love our country.. but really despise what has become "politics"... Quite disgusting actually.

    July 30, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  7. MOVE ON !!!!!

    Brandon Hillary PUMA 4Mc July 30th, 2008 6:35 pm ET
    Dont let the obama kool aide drinking media do to Mc Cain what they did to Hillary..........McCain is Old School and Hillary is Old NEWS

    ****Come NOV they can play Checkers together****

    July 30, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  8. Vahjiin

    As gas prices continue to DROP across the country, when will the McCain campaign give appropriate credit to Obama? The McCain Campaign already seems so desperate, it is almost depressing.

    July 30, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  9. pam Eugene OR

    McCain can only operate on the "low road". I truly admire Barack Obama for always taking the hight road.
    He is not your ordinary politician. I have yet to see him throw a low punch or come out swinging like his opponents have. He has shown us a new way to play the game.
    Some times it frustrates me and I want to see him fight back and decry the lies.
    He never does because he is a man of honor and his morals and judgment always shines thru. What a fantastic role model he is for all of us.

    July 30, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  10. Your Future

    Why does McCain compare Obama to Britney and Paris? I don't get this. He isn't anything like those girls. What's next? A comparison image of Handbanana? He's more like that.

    July 30, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  11. realitycheck

    wow the acid in these Obama fans!
    These comments are something. I continue to be
    surprised at how the obama fans are so willing to
    cheer someone on who gives no specifics.
    This isn't a fashion show people. It's a little more important
    than that.

    July 30, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  12. America

    I would have a rock star, celebrity, confident leader whom the millions adore than a grumpy old dirty miserable low low life.

    July 30, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  13. Carol, Lansing

    McCain taking the low road – hell he's the one paving it.

    July 30, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  14. Jon in Northern Califia

    Regarding Polls...
    So what CNN is trying hard NOT to say is this:
    Obama is still winning, big time.

    Oh, yeah, and his fundamentals are far better than that of his Democratic forebearers. (No matter how hard right Republican-funded outlier polls are overweighted.)

    Still, should be fun watching those averages climb coming out of the Denver Convention!

    Can't wait for that the first Presidential Debate. Obama "the Statesman" vs. McCain "Yells At Cloud".

    July 30, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  15. bev

    McCain needs to stop the negative attack , this is what Hillary tried to do and did not work. We understand that McCain does not like the way people around the world like Obama, that when he went to Canada, Mexico and Colombia people did not even notice he was there, these things happen. His time to be president was a long time ago! Now it's time for a new leader , a younger, and smarter one OBAMA.

    July 30, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  16. Lance

    Lets be honest.......

    Both of these chumps are masters of the "politics of old".

    July 30, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  17. george from PA

    Tucker Bonds from McCain camp is right Obama opposes drilling but why. Because the oil companies haven't drilled and extracted oil from the current leases so why give them more (Bush and McCain constituents). Obama will raise taxes but on the wealthy americans who don't pay many taxes anyway (Bush and McCain constituents). If Tucker Bonds is going to counter with some criticism he should tell th ewhole story.

    July 30, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  18. Peter Esquilin

    Same old Republican tatic from a warey Senator who has been in Washington too long and cannot even do an impressive campaign and yet he had all this time during the Democratic Primaries and yet he cannot do anything right. Maybe somebody should lend him some gas money because the warey Senator needs a vacation because he cannot stay focus on anything, I guess thats a reqisite to being a Republican President.

    July 30, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  19. Bill L

    I would like for Sen. McCain to use his ad money to air commercials that tell us what he stands for and what he will accomplish as president – not what is wrong with Obama!
    How are we going to solve the country's problems? Negative ads about opponents turn voters off. Be positive and tell us what you will do and stop giving publicity to your opponent.

    July 30, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  20. sarah

    I think that McShame is a true scum bag. Wake up America, we need change! Let's get rid of the old policies and kick the repubs. out.
    McCain will need diapers soon as he is very old and teeters between lucidity and alzheimers.

    July 30, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  21. Michigan for Obama

    When you don't have a good "product" to sell, you have to just bad mouth the competition...how sad for the US.

    If I were a republican, I would be very upset that all they had was John McCain...the honorable veteran that he is but not presidential material.

    My thoughts....

    July 30, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  22. Obama our next President 08/12

    Kansas Rebuttican just who is throwing their punches simply because McWAR has no agenda , no mind.and nothing going for him and he is so jealous and blank the old croney its like someone else said he was standing in a Grocery store holding a loaf of bread and he thought that was his run ing mate send him to a rest home .

    July 30, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  23. Frank Canada

    The view from outside looks like Mr. McCain needs to change his campaign managers he is rapidly becoming no more than an object of ridicule.

    The old time politics of trying to confuse the issue and twist the opponents words into something other than what was actually said and/or meant just won't cut it in 2008 as people are becoming more sophisticated and not as gullible as they were in yester year.

    July 30, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  24. Montana is Obama Country

    McNegative.. you need to find substance to run on ... not rhetoric..

    July 30, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  25. William Spencer, NC

    You can't really blame McEmpty for trying this. Since the media gives him a free ride he has nothing to lose. Also, he has nothing else to offer except bashing Obama. He has no policies, no individual thoughts, no plans of his own. Since Obama left for Iraq, we have heard nothing from McSame except negative crap.

    July 30, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
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