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. ladawn

    I still cant believe people are willing to vote mcsame let alone believe the garbage tv ads he uses to convince people to vote for him. americans are really dumb if they believe his attacks and vote for him. i guess they are the same people who voted for bush's second term in office....I PRAY THEY LEARNED THEIR LESSON...

    GO OBAMA 08'

    July 30, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  2. E.J.

    It would really have been convenient and useful if this story had linked to the actual video in some way.

    July 30, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  3. Jackie

    why would we want to go from one old fool (Bush) to another old fool(McCain)?? We need fresh ideas and solutions to our nations problems and that spells Barack Obama!!

    July 30, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  4. Reality Check

    I hope the Obama camp took lessons from the primary with Hillary. This is an election and nobody should be over confident until people cast their votes.

    Good luck

    July 30, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |

    Kansas Republican:

    Are you ready for a continuation of Dubya's Policies with McCain as president?

    You must have voted for Dubya, right?

    Liking the results so far?

    July 30, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  6. Smiley from Conyers

    Kansas Republican, you need to stop listening to Sean Hannity and start thinking for yourself. You're only repeating what you're hearing. I'm sure you've never researched any of this information yourself!

    July 30, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  7. Obama 2008!

    John McCain has nothing to offer as a candidate for president, except for the promise of continuing the Republican policies that lead to the major downward trend of the past eight years.

    This most recent attack on Obama is proof that McCain has nothing of value to offer the American people. Attacking Obama's "celebrity"? LOL! Somebody's jealous! John McCain's advertisement asks "Is [Obama] ready to lead?" I think the answer is obviously "YES"! Look at the success of Obama's campaign - overcoming racial obstacles, and winning over many people who might have otherwise voted for Hillary Clinton. Look at the reception the rest of the world has give Obama! Polls indicate that 75% of Europeans prefer Obama to McCain. World leaders like Obama! America needs to be liked by the rest of the world; our future depends upon our relationship with other countries.

    McCain said, "Sen. Obama doesn't have the strength to speak openly and directly about he will address the serious challenges that confront America. How will he be strong enough to really change Washington?" I think it is fair to say that John McCain is being disingenuous or is lying. Obama has proven his strength time and time again, talking about important subjects that most people are afraid to broach; things that are actually part of our daily lives, such as health care, the economy, and our society. It took guts to make the speeches Obama made to let people know what he thought about race, religion, and patriotism; McCain would never have the courage to tell us what he thinks about such things. Here's the best part: Obama has, from the beginning of his campaign, expressed his belief that America should talk with our (so-called) "enemies" just as we have open communications with our allies - whereas McCain took the outdated weakling point of view that we should simply take our ball and go home and try to ignore any animosity. LOL! Yeah, that takes strength, McCain! The truth is that Obama's the guy with courage and strength; Obama's the one who will face problems and work to solve them rather than hide and hope they go away.

    July 30, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  8. Anna

    But get your facts straight, Allison!
    Cindy McCain has done quite a bit for humanity, and is actively involved in numerous charities!

    And actually, Paris engages in Charity work too.
    Like the time she got the DUI after drinking (a single margarita) at a Benefit Ball.

    July 30, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |

    Obama will always look smart, calm and professional while McCain continues to look like an out of touch grouchy old man. The more negative the ads from McClueless' campaign, the better Obama looks and the Obama campaign is just so much smarter than the idiots for McOver.

    July 30, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  10. Eric of Newport Beach, CA

    Way to go Obama! Same old politics is as old as the guy running against you. People are a lot more intelligent than McCain gives them credit. He is insulting the country with his attacks. I see it as being desperate!. Shame on you!

    OBAMA 08!

    July 30, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  11. ran

    mccaine and the republicans don't get it they never have or never will. people want a change to how our gov. works. the way our founding fathers wanted it to work:FOR ALL THE PEOPLE. this is what we will get with OBAMA and a democratic senate/house. CITIZENS vote only DEMOCRATIC this time.we must save this great nation from the republicans who only want a dictatership.

    July 30, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  12. Indedpendent Josh

    Wonderful response.

    July 30, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  13. P, CA

    And if we all acted with hate like you, Kansas Republican, we could call this country "New Iraq". You ready to volunteer your wife to be a su1c1de b0mber to take down all these "girly men?" Because all this hate is just turning us into what we're fighting in the Middle East. T3rrorists trying to scare the other guy. That's not an opinion, it's a definition.

    You hypocritical haters don't scare me. The rest of the people who genuinely care about our fellow Americans are saddened by the fact that anyone has to "take licks" and "throw punches" at all. What ever happened to policies and personality?

    Yeah, this'll get posted. CNN, you haven't posted my last five or so. You ready for me to get my word in yet?

    July 30, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  14. Another Republican voting for Obama

    The Republican Party under the rule of George Bush and Dick Cheney will say anything to get the American people to believe that opening enviromentally sensitive land will bring down gas prices.

    The real plan is to get as much land freed up for the big oil companies before George Bush and Dick Cheney leave office.

    So what the latest polls are saying is that we have a bunch of naive Americans willing to believe the lies coming from the Republcan party. Haven't they fooled us enough? How much more of beating can we take?

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

    Does anyone have the link to this new ad? I would love to see it!!

    July 30, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  16. Media Bias Against Obama

    Yeah the good, smart black senator from a broken home is just like paris hilton.

    July 30, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  17. tigerakabj

    Obama is like Paris Hilton and Britney Spears? McSenile is an idiot, especially since he probably doesn't know who Spears and Hilton are.

    McSenile can take his stupid ad and go off a cliff. He can't run on jack so his trying to make Obama look bad. What a joke this guy is.

    Obama/Sebelius 2008/2012.

    July 30, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  18. Joey MN

    Obama camp: don't buy into this negative campaign ad trick: this is exactly what they want!!! Stick to the positive message and just ignore all of the BULL they throw at you. That way, you will be able to address the republican's boring, drawn-out, base-less attacks during your VICTORY SPEECH come November.

    July 30, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  19. Mark

    I am sorry as a republican this add that McCain camp but out us just plain Stupit. I cant belive that John McCain will aprove this message. O well...This is the reason hes not doing well.

    July 30, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  20. Alexandra of Los Angeles

    Mc Cant is getting desperate. Obama all the way we don't need another Bush in office.

    July 30, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  21. rita forte

    Why is it that you linked to McCain's ad earlier today, but not to Obama's now? Careful, your bias is showing.

    July 30, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  22. Tom

    KR, He is Black, so you are against him. Plain and simple truth. Your code words tell it all. Get over it, Obama will win by 15-20 points. And I am NOT an Obama supporter, but I will vote for him over "The Manchurian Candidate."

    July 30, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  23. B.P

    McCain is a boring, old fart. I'd rather be waterboarded than to listen to the crap that comes out of his mouth!

    July 30, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  24. raz

    Hey obama you have seen nothing yet we are saving all the dirty secrets of yours for the last month of the election. You have nothing to offer to the american people. you have yet to explain what change is ??
    how many issues you have flip flop on obama??iraq, free trade, health,public fianancing and the list goes on. we can see through you obama you are nothing more then a glitch on the graph. I will take my chances with Mccain anytime over your cocky attitude.
    God bless america.


    July 30, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  25. mike

    this shows that McCain's transformation is almost complete. say anything, say it often and loud as hell. because there are plenty of people who just want 'talking points". you see them on the blogs, they lunge at this stuff. They want talking points they can use in polite company.
    'can you say "southern strategy" ?

    July 30, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
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