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)


    It's about time Barack hit back on this ad. It took him long enough considering there were quite a few before this one.

    Barack tried to take the high road. But, McSame won't allow it. McSame is acting very very jealous and already defeated with this type of smug he's putting out. It's really sad of McSame.

    July 30, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  2. Greg

    What does that make Obama's politics? What is it when a Socialist candidate is one of the choices in November? Somehow this is a hopeful move to a future we can believe in...HA!!...yeah, right!! Not all change is good. The progressive/socialist change that Obama promotes is dangerous!

    I earn my own money. I don't want to be forced to share even more of MY MONEY with the govenment in order to help those who don't care enough to find a job for themselves.

    July 30, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  3. Jake

    So Obama responds to 'old politics' with old politics?

    July 30, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  4. al phillips

    This is NOT your grand father "Political Machine". We respond FAST and with a PUNCH

    July 30, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  5. WarHeroFmrPOW HijaxStr8talkXpress DrivzIn2GutR TurnzCoward XploitsTroopsAsProps UsesPatraeusAs PoliticalPawn

    Make that "media" outlets. Geesh, CNN, are your "editers" as "louzy" as your journalists and squawking, bubble-headed reporters delivering the hard facts and real news in Prada, Gucci, Donna Karin, Ralph Lauren and the like?

    July 30, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  6. Connie

    As an OBAMA supporter, I say you go. I guess McBush will not be getting any campaigns fund from the Hiltons. Connie from Indiana

    July 30, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  7. carol

    That writting seem to leave John Mccain behind as an old fella while we match foward!!

    July 30, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  8. curmudgeon

    Ole man McCain(cient) could not find both cheeks of his as in a strong wind. McCain=more Bush.

    July 30, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  9. rob

    noting that the message Republicans have for voters is simple: “He doesn’t look like all those other presidents on the dollar bill.”

    That was an Obama quote today referring to millions of americans who are republicans or support them. In the primary he said he would not make race a focus of the campaign but it looks like he and his handlers decided they can play the race card and get away with it.

    He is a typical liberal Dem and he will lose because of his leftist agenda and his inexperience. What will they call everyone when that happens?

    July 30, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  10. Adele

    I LOVE that add. Now that is how you do an add. It's direct and to the point.

    July 30, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  11. Ralph V - AZ

    The Obama camp should shoot back some negative adds to McCain, but instead of using Paris Hilton, they need to use the Crip Keeper to represent McCain!

    McCain's true colors are coming out. The guy is a lying 2-face counterfeit hero who doesn't deserve to be running for the office of President.

    President "Songbird McCain" has a sour taste to it.

    July 30, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  12. vic nashville,Tn

    Sen. Obama you are the one taking a Low road
    Shame on you
    Hillary 08 or Mc Cain 08

    July 30, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  13. Ted

    No Muslin likes to be shown what he really is.....

    July 30, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  14. wiser

    Senator Obama has only celebrity to offer America. What has he done? What are his accomplishments?

    Americans will not be fooled by an adoring press. We will not support someone with so little experience. The press can keep pushing Senator Obama on us but the voters will not elect him.

    We are not electing an American Idol. We are electing a president, which is more than a popularity contest.

    We will choose experience, judgment, and a genuine war hero over a zero every time!

    Democrats for McCain!

    July 30, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  15. Dem

    I don't think a response was needed. Every image in McCain's ad had thousands of people looking to Obama... I don't think McCain has ever spoken to 1000 people, how in the world is he supposed to "lead" if no one is following him?

    July 30, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  16. A Voter for Intelligence/Honesty in Govt

    Just saw the new ad on Huffington Post...very effective and professional.

    July 30, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  17. Peter (CA)

    You know Kansas--why can't your candidate take the high road also?

    Democrats have tried in the past to let these things go and where has it gotten us? Sometimes you have to get in the dirt with the pigs and wrestle them down.

    If your side is interested in a nice above-board campaign, call us.

    July 30, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  18. Anna Colburn

    Fair Game, Obama!
    Why don't you get that?

    He exploits the media for exposure (to get elected) and it is working for him. He came out of nowhere and achieved all this.
    And most people are impressed.

    Years ago I remember reading in Vanity Fair about Paris and her kid sister hanging out with celebrities back when it had to be explained that their 'connection' was Hilton Hotel heiress-hood. They were everywhere! The VF contributor wondered what they hoped to gain from all the exposure.
    Well, time answered that question.

    So, yes, there is a valid and brilliant comparison here.

    I really don't want the Candidates to be too Nice to Each Other.
    They are competing for one of the most powerful jobs on the Globe and I want to see how they handle things when the Heat is On.
    This is just an election, for goodness sake.
    What are either of them going to do when the STRESS is about something really important?
    When they (and the rest of us) have Something to lose besides their IMAGE?????

    July 30, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  19. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    Kansas Republican:

    You're a big fan of Karl Rove, aren't you?!

    July 30, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  20. Yetty

    Good. Let the games begin!!!!!

    July 30, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  21. Another Republican voting for Obama

    Experience is only as good as it's possessor

    Incompetent people have so called "experience"
    Idiots have so called "experience"
    Criminals have so called "experience"
    Liars have so called "experience"
    Cheaters have so called "experience"

    Experience is only as good as it's possessor

    July 30, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  22. Cynthia

    I agree with Senator Obama 100% that Senator McCain has taken the low road. When Senator Obama went overseas and did really well, I was feeling a little sorry for McCain but after the way he acted while Senator Obama was there and after his return, all of the feeling sorry for him quickly went away. The Straight Talk Express has turned into nothing more than the mudslinger express.

    July 30, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  23. M.S. Indiana

    Kansas Republican, just shows the old dog cant learn anything new..
    And what do it tells about McCain ???

    July 30, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  24. Jeff In Washington

    Obama is such a whiner. He has absolutely commanded 99% of the media attention during this election and he can't take a little attack. Folks.....this is an election! There are going to be attacks on both sides.

    Obama should quit whining and start talking about why we should elect him. I believe that his policies will push this country over the edge. Bad economy? Great idea Obama....raise taxes on people. Short on oil? Great idea Obama.......close off drilling everywhere to increase our dependence on foreign oil.

    Mccain 2008!!!!

    July 30, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  25. JC, South Carolina Conservative

    McCain is a loser. My choice is between Barr and Obama. Cindy McCain and Paris Hilton are 2 peas in a pod.

    July 30, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
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