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. Mike

    Thanks McCain, you've just made me donate another $50 to the Obama campaign. Join me in helping mccain's tactics backfire by increasing your support to Obama whenever McCain goes negative.

    July 30, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  2. Jesse

    Obama is kinda starting to seem like a wuss as he tries to shift to the pollitical center for the general election. You should at least man up and stick to your beliefs, instead of Kerry-pandering to the center.

    July 30, 2008 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  3. joanne de Menna

    The McCain ad likening Obama to Paris and Britney is childish and jealous. I personally love the fact that the rest of the world is behind Barack – and the U.S. It's about time.

    Instead of focusing on "People Magazine" politics, Senator McCain should take another course in Geography.

    July 30, 2008 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  4. McIntyre1

    McCain's camp is really scraping the bottom of the barrel in this attack..God forbid people would actually like and respect someone running for President. What a feeble attempt at trying to make someone stronger look weak..poor old dog.. he really is such an old geezer.. and his camp is becoming laughable. Give it up Johnny.. you will never outshine Barack..never..

    July 30, 2008 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  5. McCain is OLD

    This old goat is getting some bad advice if he is trying to woo voters outside his familar block :Old, middle American trailer home and disgruntled grumpety old grumps who dump wike there porridge lumpy...

    July 30, 2008 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  6. John, London

    Its about time.
    The GOP Negative tactics shall backfire on them this year.

    Comparing Obama to Paris Hilton just lost McCaine team and the GOP youth votes and help to reaffirm the fact that McCain and the GOP is indeed a Geriatric Party with Geriatric ideas.

    Obama as Democratic Party nominee spoke in Berlin and over 200,000 people turned out to see and listen to him. Imagine how many shall turn out when he goes back to speak in the same city Berlin as President? Perhaps Million. YES. Thats the extent to which he's loved all over the world.

    Surprisingly, McCain too had been in Europe before where he couldn't even raised a crowd of 500 people. He comes accross as a dull, uninspiring man better suited to an Elderly Nursing Home.
    He's just gone a step ahead to confirm this by his ad.

    SHAME on McCain and the GOP.

    July 30, 2008 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  7. Sam

    Obama's complaint = a slam against Britney and Paris. Why does he dislike the comparision?

    July 30, 2008 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  8. Bill

    A nice uppercut after an underhanded shot seems fair to me...Old politics and the failed policies of the current administration have no place in a real America, and it will come to a stop when the American people start to demand accountability from their elected officials. If I remember correctly, they work for us, and I once heard that the customer is always right, more apparently, for better or worse. We need some sort of change in government now, if not yesterday. Bring on the debates.

    July 30, 2008 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  9. susie

    In 2004, Obama liken himself to Paris Hilton, it wasn't McCain.

    July 30, 2008 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  10. Donna from Colorado Springs

    McCain needs to read the paper as gas prices are not soaring as they once were.He does live in the past, and when he talks you hear the voice of George Bush. Constant attack ads are the sign of a man out of touch with the real issues of the day, and people are tired of them. From the mouth of the man who vowed to run a clean campaign concentrating on the issues, I'm sure that his ads will get very dirtyand viscious the closer we get to election day. It his stock and trade and the same type of campaign ads he ran against Bush senior. What a shame that the public has to hear the ranting of a man like that.

    July 30, 2008 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  11. Alex

    As a Reoublican who awaits who John McCain will pick as a VP running mate (and that choice will decide whether I vote for McCain or not), I find this latest commercial absolutely ridiculous, stupid and mindless. Whoever McCain has running this part (and others as well) is a moron. These types of attacks linking Obama to two females who have serious issues despite their money, is weak and the point of their ad gets lost in the mush of a disjointed ad. Whatever happened to running a clean campaign, or did you just forget John?

    July 30, 2008 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  12. Independant Thinker

    Obama ought to know, he has been practicing old time politics himself.

    July 30, 2008 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  13. Tammy - KCMO

    Kansas Republican July 30th, 2008 6:55 pm ET

    "Yeah! Anytime McCain says anything about Obummer, he's just terrible. "

    This wouldn't be an problem if McCain would stick to issues instead of personal attacks. People are tired of the Republican tactics when it comes to politics. McCain is so busy attacking Obama instead of stating where he stands on issues that no one knows what he stands for only what he doesn't like about Obama's stance on issues. He sold out to the Republicans, no longer having a mind of his own (which is probably why he doesn't state where he stands) and he's lost a lot of votes because of it.

    July 30, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  14. Christine

    I don't care if McCain is a hundred years old. I choose to vote for him rather than Obama. At least he has done something in his life to deserve the Presidency. This will be the first time in my life I have voted Republican.

    July 30, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  15. MBFLA

    So why doesn't CNN have the new Obama ad on this site?

    July 30, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  16. bill for barack

    Can McSame get anymore juvenile ?
    He's too old to be acting this way.
    Or is it an act after all ?
    At any rate, he's too old to be president.

    July 30, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  17. george

    Same and old. Two words that describe McCain precisely. Same. old.

    July 30, 2008 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  18. RD Larson

    John McCain is pitful and very afraid of Obama winning. I think he puts him self into the same spot as Hilton and Spears by using such a disgusting ad against Obama.

    July 30, 2008 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  19. Alex

    The old man is losing it. Did not he used to say this time around it will be different. I guess you cannot teach an old dog new trick. Anyway of his recent comments has any substance...just attack on Obama. Mr. McCain if you substance debt on issues or the scare tactic did not work for you on Bush. I just lost total respect for you. Anyways I was wrong in entertaining the idea of you being a decent opponent. You really proved that you represent the past.

    July 30, 2008 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  20. Stephen

    Can some one please explain to me how Obama's ad isn't an attack ad??????

    July 30, 2008 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  21. Ifzal (AZ)

    this clearly shows that McCain has no policy or a clear message. Old dirty tricks. if he wants to be the president he has got to show the people what he stands for beside supporting failed Bush policies. Barack in new, young but at least he has a clear message and he is talking to American people.

    July 30, 2008 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  22. Sarah

    I like the update part. Pointing out facts are the new low? take the hit man. Just point out that you have more followers and he's jealous...something along those lines. When are we going to debate? Talk about real issues? 2 wks before election? Get on the ball Media or your not going to have a Country to subscribe to your cable Networks.

    July 30, 2008 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  23. Ron

    Too bad Senator Obama has too stoop to this level to send a clear message to the voters. Wish he could stay above the fray but with the false and misleading statements being made by McCain, the RNC,and certain conservative groups, what else can he do but defend himself and state the truth.

    July 30, 2008 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  24. Perla

    The McCain camp is looking more and more desperate and without a real message.

    July 30, 2008 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  25. Jimbo

    Kansas Republican is a hypocrite and a fool. I am so sick of people like that. The GOP(gross old perverts) are the masters of the smear and dirty tricks. Edmund Muskie, Tom Eagleton, Tricky Dick and Watergate, Swift Boat Veterans for Truth? It won't work anymore. And after they tried to destroy Clinton, we get Mark Foley and Larry Craig, and that's just a couple I can remember. Help me out here people. Let's bury these creeps for good. Democrats in 2008!

    July 30, 2008 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
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