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. William J.

    Why does this post purport to be about Obama's ad but only link to McCain's? That doesn't make any sense.

    Neither do McCain's spokespeople. Has anything intelligible ever come out of their mouths? These to be the most juvenile, amateurish PR people I've ever seen. They must think we Americans are pretty stupid. I for one am fed up with McCains old, stale ideas and his negative campaigning. Americans are hopeful people, not haters, and McCain's negative campaigning looks desperate and shameful.

    If you'd like four more years listening to folks that treat you like second graders, McCain's your man. I on the other hand think America is ready to fulfill its destiny for greatness, so I'm voting for Obama!

    July 30, 2008 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  2. oldwhiteguy

    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.”

    Since Tucker Bounds does ALL the talking for John McCain why isn't HE running...oh thats right McCain is stuck in OZ- pay no attention to the man behind the curtain!

    July 30, 2008 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  3. Alphafemale

    The ad does not quote media outlets claiming he has "gone negative" it quotes several media outlets saying the charges ARE FALSE – BALONEY – NOT TRUE. Get your sorry reporting straight.

    July 30, 2008 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  4. L.Bowie

    Not Cute Grandpa.....

    July 30, 2008 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  5. Observer

    McCain would have done better to have Paris and Britney do a "McCain Girls" ad for him (you know, like "Obama Girl"?). Much more effective use of their names for him. I can just picture it now....

    July 30, 2008 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  6. Wisco

    Dang, I guess McCain's whole plan is to be "President Not-Obama." Doesn't he have anything to say about himself?

    July 30, 2008 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  7. Michael

    Why, why, why doesn't anyone publically ask the "maverick"
    Senator he has caved into GOP pressure to go so negative
    this early in the general election cycle.
    Sadly, tons of young voters will like the fact Senator Obama
    was connected to the starlets. Obama may gain votes from the
    under 25 crowd because of the ad.

    Obama moved the DNC to his headquarters. McCain has
    given his message to the fear mongers in the GOP.

    Maybe the GOP can run with out a candidate. It seems that is
    what they are doing anyway.


    July 30, 2008 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  8. Larry/TX

    It seems that some prominent Republicans are stepping up and criticizing Mccain, and rightfully so. Even some of his supporters, at least the ones who attended college, are turned off by this thinly veiled attempt to appeal to the voters worst instincts.>>>Don't trust someone who looks different, talks different, has a different kind of name. I have no problem with sonone who has rational based criticism of BO. But to appeal to people's prejuidices is another thing entirely, and is highly contemptible.

    July 30, 2008 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  9. Jack from California

    John McCain is engaged in the most dirty campaign since old bushie beat him back in 2000.

    John can't come out with his real platform because the American people have had enough of that stuff! So, he engages in mud slinging like all good republicans!

    July 30, 2008 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  10. Easy

    I love the Obama campaign. They are quick with the response. Take that McCain, R.I.P. the strait talk of express of 2000.

    I can't believe I respected you.

    Obama 08.

    July 30, 2008 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  11. Tired of living as a 3rd world citizen in the USA

    I cannot believe people will vote for any republican in 2008. Especially those that are living paycheck to paycheck. If you are not living paycheck to paycheck you probably do not have enough savings to survive 6 months of unemployment.

    Why can't we just listen to the words that come from the candidates mouths in there entirety (in context)? Not just the pieces the media want us to hear. Are we that closed minded? This is really pathetic. The road ahead of us as a nation is very long (still).

    I want my children to be proud of this country for it's Greatness. We have lost that and if you don't think so just look around.

    July 30, 2008 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  12. Mslola

    McShame is an idiot!!!!!!!!!!!! Just a sad old man with nowhere to go but negative. The best he can do is ride around with grandpappy Bush and speak in front of a cheese case and a German fudge shop.
    McOld needs to retire and go home and enjoy his family with the time he has left in the world.

    July 30, 2008 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  13. Phil, FL

    Why leave a comment ? The moderator went to a 6 martine dinner and never came back.

    Typical Republican CNN.

    July 30, 2008 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  14. Phil, FL

    CNN = Fox Jr – just disguise it – tho not very well

    July 30, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  15. Clinton, no, wait, McCain Supporter

    Great ad, McCain folks.

    Barack is all nervous, so nervous he had to crank his sorry excuse for a "reply."

    This ad captures so much in such a short time. Brilliant!

    It's hits too close to home, eh, Obama??

    July 30, 2008 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  16. Jeff Long

    I saw this attack ad and it was very lame. Obama, you are the weakest link!

    July 30, 2008 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  17. Texun

    Yup, McCain has taken the "dirt road", but it won't lead him to the White House. He has too much to hide–including his service record and his wife's income tax returns–to be fighting in the gutter. It figured that his campaign would take this turn after he hired several of Karl Rove's disciples. What kind of judgment does McCain have? None of the right kind! He's a bitter old man under the control of some totally amoral controllers.

    July 30, 2008 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  18. Parish

    Apparently he is ready to lead, because McCain is following in his footsteps when he changed his mind on a 16mo withdrawl timetable. Bush is following when it came to sending a high ranking official to sit in on the Iran talks.

    I cant wait till the conventions are over when the REAL race starts. All this other crap isn't even news worthy. Neither candidate has gone into detail with their plans.

    July 30, 2008 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  19. Maggie Muggins From Selwyn

    Get off McCain's back. He can't help it don't forget the aging process might be beneficial to fine wines and liquors but probably not the right recipe for President of the United States.

    Why don't people just look at the appearance of both candidates and honestly choose which person you would want representing your country for the next 4 years. The past 8 years with a rodeo clown at the helm has seen nothing but protests and flag burnings all over the world. And yes the U.S. image does matter world wide as you are not an Island unto yourself.

    July 30, 2008 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  20. Cherokee

    I am deeply disappointed with John McCain. What happened to the "Straight Talk Express?" Shame on you, John McCain, for becoming something that I never thought you would, Mr. Negativity.

    July 30, 2008 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  21. Brian, Pittsburgh

    Did McCain think Obama would just sit and take the false attacks?? This isn't John Kerry, Obama fights back, and will win.

    McCain's only chance at winning was to remain a 'maverick' and run against Bush's policies. Instead, he's become Bush's heir, and the American people don't want the same old failed policies. All the ads and talk is just filler, the choice is clear.

    Obama '08

    July 30, 2008 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
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