July 30th, 2008
08:35 PM ET
14 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.”

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soundoff (671 Responses)
  1. Catherine

    John McCain has nothing to run on. He is parroting Bush's failed policies and is too befuddled and confused to even remember what he has supported or been against in the past. We don't need a man who can't remember his own votes and positions in control of the WH. John McCain is dangerous, and he's terrified America will realize that he's too temperamental and confused to run for President, so he smears Obama every chance he gets.

    The risky choice is McCain – he's not fit to be President. 8 years ago I would have considered voting for him. Today? He's too angry, too petulant and too confused to be anywhere near a position of power in this country. And he knows it – that is why he attacks Obama with baseless, sophomoric childishness. McCain used to be better than this. It's a shame he didn't quit while he still had honor.

    July 30, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  2. Not sleeping at the switch

    Well there is an ad that shows FACTS and cannot be refuted even by McCain...Translation...........NO MLM COVERAGE!

    July 30, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  3. Anna Colburn

    I dont want the Candidates to be nice to each other!

    this is just the election!

    Can they take the heat?
    Can they ride the wave?

    Can they stand up to the pressure?

    What happens when pressure is about something really important?
    Something that matters more than their Public Image?

    If they can't handle this, they can't solve your problems! Or mine either!

    July 30, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  4. Another Republican voting for Obama

    Where is Karl Rove? I know he's hiding somewhere back there in the McCain camp. This is the same type of false attacks Rove was able to throw at opponents his buddy George Bush.

    July 30, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  5. sjp

    by the way, anybody else notice that its republicans (bush, mccain, romney) pressing for off shore drilling that will pour more money into the pockets of oil big wigs, while not saving us americans a dime. obama is also 100% correct here, its time to wean ourselves and country off of oil, unless of course you want to stay dependant on big oil.

    July 30, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  6. Josh

    John McCain is a clone of the failed Bush/Republican era. Their chapter in American history is towards the end and our nation is ready for the wonderful epilogue. If this nation has trepidation about Obama as president, they are completely blind to what a McCain administration would bring.

    Obama's elegant and professional rebuttal to McCain's ad should prove to everyone how he can act with grace, respect and logic in his approach to domestic and foreign policy. The US is waiting for Obama to take office, its almost a waste of time to give McCain the time of day.

    July 30, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  7. Sick of Republican Tactics!

    Excuse me Mr. "Kansas Republican", but don't you remember how all you Republicans starting crying because General Wesley Clark made a very accurate opinion on why being a pilot who was shot down and captured as a prisoner of war (from a failed war in Vietnam) doesn't make him qualifed to be president of the U.S.?

    McCain isn't just pointing out anything valid about Obama, he's spreading lies and negatively manipulating the facts because he can't convince voters with his same old failed (Bush) policies!

    Obama isn't crying, he's making a valid point that we shouldn't concentrate on the same old way of doing politics...lie, lie, lie about your rival. He want's to campaign on what he would do different and better, not just tear down the other person with twisted lies and propaganda!

    July 30, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  8. Obama 08

    Uhhh...Mr. McCain. These tactics worked for Bush twice. We will NOT be fooled again.

    I'm still waiting for your first non-attack ad. You know, the one where you explain why we should vote FOR you and not AGAINST the other guy.

    I believe that America is too smart to vote for John McCain.

    July 30, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  9. Bob

    Good, serves McCain right. It's a little early for negative campaigning, but Barack has to protect himself and his campaign.


    July 30, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  10. henchemann

    Dirty politics are fine for Republican'ts but a no-no for Democrats? Republican'ts WROTE THE BOOK on playing dirty.

    Looks like McCain is the one not ready for prime time. He gets SUCKER PUNCHED EVERYTIME.

    Lightning fast response time from Obama.

    July 30, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  11. APS in Hawaii

    Here we go again, some garbage from Obama as in the primary. He can say anything he wants and the news media will protect him. McCain is right, what plan does Obama have for America? His style of campaigning is old already. Oprah is probably banking this ad too. If Obama plans on winning, he better start putting out plans. This response rubs Hillary supporters the wrong way and reminds us of how the press is going to protect their cookies and milk candidate. I understand what the McCain ads are saying, "Where's the beef?"

    July 30, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  12. Yinka

    Senator McCain is a hypocrite and a flip-flop in every respect. He dared Senator Obama to travel to Iraq, and then criticises him for the success of the trip. He ridiculed Obama's 16-months time-table to leave Iraq, but has now embraced the same thing now that Iraq's Prime Minister likes the 16-month time-table and President Bush supports it.

    Senator McCain can never be trusted, and does not deserve to be voted to be President

    July 30, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  13. jimtranr in Oregon

    The sad reality is that–all the maverick talk and image hype to the contrary–both John McCain and Barack Obama are "old politics" types. Both have done what it takes to get to where they are as presidential candidates, and some of that doing isn't pretty–McCain making nice with Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson, Obama backpedaling on FISA and public campaign financing. And that's just to name a few recent examples of the same-old, same-old games these guys have played throughout their careers.

    A pox on both of 'em.

    July 30, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  14. Biffington, Biff

    Kansas Republican...


    So maybe Mc-walking-cane could appear presidential by actually presenting a plan for something besides how NEXT to attack Obama.

    July 30, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |

    I am STOMPED by the stats that Most Americans want off shore drilling!!!!! Aren't these the same folks that voted for BUSH???? I rest my case!!!

    July 30, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  16. CT voter

    Well done! Take the high road, let the republican trash sink in the load road!

    July 30, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  17. mb--texas

    good job stay on top of McCain and gang so negative it won"t
    sell this time.

    July 30, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  18. Ralph

    For a moment when Obama did not respond to the injured solider ad, I thought Obama adopted Kerry's mistakes. Today's response ad proved me wrong.

    July 30, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  19. Joe the Troll

    Kansas Republican shows that many people just don't have the eyes or the brains to see the truth when it sits right in front of them. No one can honestly or objectively tell me that McCain has done anything but badmouth Obama and then steal his ideas as if they were his own. I'm glad Obama is going to fight back. All of America should fight against McCain and his ilk.

    July 30, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  20. Thi Le

    What is wrong with getting old? Obama supporters will get old some day anyway and you will learn how bad it is when your kids tell you same thing as you doing now.

    Regarding old politics. Let's look at Obama, he is behind all kind of OLD politicians to support him, he is behind all kind of OLD/large businesses and investers to support him, and he is behind to all kind of OLD/large and media to advertise him. Senator Obama can change the appearance of OLD politics but the core is still there, he is just a great (well trained) "SPEAKER" for them. We will vote for a President, not for a speaker.

    BTW, please do not change the name of other people. Senator McCaine, NOT McSame. I think CNN should not post comments that address to wrong names

    July 30, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  21. Doris,Memphis,TN

    Kansas Republican, Barack takes a licking and keeps on ticking!
    We've got us a fighter!

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

    Kansas Republucan; are you well? Who's saying anything about victimization? Grandpa Mccbush is the one crying to every reporter that he need attention. All Barack is doing is defending himslef against republican bigots like you. and next time, please make a valid piont without the silly name connections!

    July 30, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  23. Roger from CA

    Kansas Republican: Really?? Responding to an unfair attack is not "presidential"? I have a funny feeling that if Obama just took "his licks," as you say, and did nothing, folks like you would be hooting and hollering with glee, and egging on the McCain camp to follow up with more and more such shots.

    It really amazed me during the primaries and debates, this labelling of Obama as "thin-skinned" whenever he would point out that a particular question or criticism was inappropriate or irrelevant.

    And, by the way, nice thinly disguised racism: I think recent weeks have shown that Obama is no "victim" and no "friend" of Jackson, Farrakhan, etc., at least in the way you imply–that Obama is typical of the older generation of African-American politicians whose stock and trade (as the charge goes) is playing off white liberal guilt. Obama has demonstrated he is not willing to pander to any group, and has earned Jackson's testicular threats to prove that.

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

    It's okay to hit Barack with attacks on the issues, but not his race Kansas Republican, makes you sound small-minded.

    Allison, McLean, VA, you are so right. Paris didn't steal her drugs.


    July 30, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  25. FRED, Atlanta, GA

    Kansas Republican: you don't know what your talking about sounding just like MCLAME!!!! Why can't your candidate simply state what he's FOR instead of who he's AGAINST!!! It is the same OLD politics. Obama appears VERY PRESIDENTIAL and that's what people like yourself are simply AFRAID OF I have yet to see Mccain act presidential all he and his campaign and surrogates do is ATTACK ATTACK ATTACK ATTACK tell your candidate to tell people what he's about and what he's for, we already know he was a POW we need something NEW and CONCRETE you think that will happen?

    OBAMA 08/12 YES WE CAN & YES WE WILL!!!!

    July 30, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
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