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. Ray

    Hey LET OBAMA talk, LET HIM WIN after all he is just a seed sent from a bigger picture to destroy america and it is no body's fault but WHITES (you know the ones that are at fault for everything). THIS EVIL MAN JUST MIGHT BE WHAT THIS COUNTRY NEEDS to WAKE PEOPLE UP…..

    GO OBAMA!!!

    VP::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::I AGREE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 30, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  2. Jim

    This is an excellent rejoinder to McCain's ridiculous ad. I applaud Obama's campaign for its effective and quick response.

    McCain's negative advertising actually reveals three things about him:

    1) insecurity / jealousy (of Obama's greater popularity).
    2) misogyny (yes, Ms. Hilton and Ms. Spears are women too and deserve some respect).
    3) desperation (highly negative ads signal a campaign in trouble).

    July 30, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  3. Ray


    You will not post unless it's cudos to FASHION OBAMA

    July 30, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  4. Leapfrog

    Nuthin' new under the sun, but let's hope Obama's popularity translates into him being able to get things done in Washington when he gets elected.

    July 30, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  5. Bryan

    Spot on.

    McCain, more than Obama even, has continually said he plans to run a "different" campaign focused on issues and without personal attacks, yet he has failed to do any of those things.

    Obama, on the other hand, has rarely gone negative. And when he does, it almost always an issue-based argument.

    July 30, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  6. PanamaSooner

    Good for Barack. McCain is going down fast and these last ads show it.

    Am I the only one that thinks McCain might be as dumb as W? He seems "way out there" at times...almost lost.

    July 30, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  7. Bob

    *yawn* Same old, same old from Obama. Criticize the criticism instead of answering it.

    Bravo, signore.

    July 30, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  8. Ryan, IN

    McCain used to be respectable. No more. It's a shame.

    July 30, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  9. Peace

    That's right expose McCain. LOL!

    July 30, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  10. Krissy

    I used to think McCain had integrity, even though I didn't like his policy ideas. Now I know better.

    July 30, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  11. R

    Is a negative ad about a negative ad still a negative ad?
    Seems like Obama is willing to use the "same old politics" too.
    All Politicians are hypocrits, I just hope everyone else sees that.

    July 30, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  12. Morgan

    The McCain ad has dangerous undertones and that needs to be addressed. The image of huge crowds of Germans with the monument in the background while monotoned chants of "Obama" sound is meant to evoke a Hitler rally. The choice of the two young blond celebrities is also quite intentional to contrast the young blonds with the "scary" celebrity black man. Both young women have had explicit images in circulation. Spears was photographed "flashing" a photographer, showing her genitals sans- underwear and Hilton had a video circulate of her having sex. So this new ad isn't just pathetic old McCain- can't run a campaign. This ad is targeting racist anxieties and you can bet it will have an impact on some voters.

    July 30, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  13. Ricky, Dallas

    It's about time Senator Obama put some dust into the eye of the repubs. Comoooon, why can't people see the light when it shines? Obama has been quite consistent on most of the issues. He was WIDELY accepted during his trip last week. McCain had promised a respectful campaign but is now acting desperate. He needs to hold on to his horses before the last bearing he's drops off. I am hugely disappointed in his actions.

    July 30, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |

    WAY TO GO OBAMA!!!!!! -B.

    July 30, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  15. christine

    mccain has gone negative with the help of MSNBC that cable network does not report anything about mccain they are always looking for what obama says and run with that on their network, i think they are so desparate ratings but that will turn people away and the good part of this is you can go on the internet and get your news these cable networks might end not having viewers at all people will be going on the inernet because they are so negative and they look for gotcha politics i am so disappointed in mccain that is not the mccain from 2000 this one is so desparate

    July 30, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  16. Eileen from Maine

    that 's odd. Mccains ads get round the clock free air time and a video link on the media websites.

    I guess it is more important to make sure McCains messages get out.

    Even though he, himself has been a celebrity since he got shot down and has been the media darling from when he first started running for president 10 years ago.

    I guess all those bit bbq invites to the media out to his mansion ranch in Arizona with all the servants really got you obligated for good.

    July 30, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  17. ClintonDems4Cynthia08

    Thats right. Both are "business as usual". We've got Urkel in a nice suit and some old man. Vote Green 2008. Cynthia McKinney.

    July 30, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  18. Denise Groves

    Get 'em Obama!!!!!

    McGrumpy is mad as hell that : 1 he is losing, 2, he isjealous of Obama's popularity, 3 he is angry because Obama did not fall flat on his face after Obama accepted his challenged has been acting like a lunatic.

    July 30, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  19. ChicagoJosh

    Good job Obama! Don't let them swift boat you!! Hopefully over the last 8 years, the U.S. voter will learn that it helps to actually think before voting. All those people who fell for the swift boats before wish they could have thier votes back. This time they'll know better!!!

    July 30, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  20. Bob

    "these Obama people are ready, prepared, and quick to respond to the Republican attack machine. I love it"

    Ready and prepared with what? An ad hominem for an ad hominem?

    Sounds like two kids playing in the sand.

    And whatever happened to Obama 'taking politics away' from "negativism" and "attack ads"? Sounds like the same old politics and same old policies over and over again.

    What a shame.

    July 30, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  21. RyanD.

    Get em!

    McCain hasn't went more than 5 minutes without talking down on Obama in over 2 weeks. He is obsessed.

    Obama 08'

    July 30, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  22. Independents for Obama

    I love it!!! Way to go Obama!!!! Stick it to McBush!!! Hit him hard!!!! He even sounds like Bush. "No new taxes" before and not "Well everything is on the table" He is such a joke.

    July 30, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  23. Bob

    Obama if you cant take the heat get out of the kitchen. You socialists are all the same. Promise everybody everything when in fact you only plan to raise my taxes on everthing from a to z. You are an empty suit. You have no substance, you have no experience and you scare me with your terrorist friends and anti-american clergy.

    July 30, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  24. Morgan

    I'm glad the Obama campaign is right on top of McCain's "swift-boating."

    July 30, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  25. Tigga

    For a man that said he will run an honourable campaign, John McCain has again showed that with all of these false, laughable and honestly stupid ads, that he has nothing to run on. This man is really confused and can probably run an old peoples' home better but not the white house.
    Very unfortunate.

    July 30, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
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