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.”

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
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  1. Paula Diane

    Who writes this crap for McCain?? How immature and unproffessional. Who wants this old senile guy playing nananabooboo as president! Yucko!

    July 30, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  2. Ralph

    What ever happened to the McCain of 2000? That McCain would do so much better than the McCain of 2008.

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


    July 30, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  4. Brian in Boston

    This from someone I thought was honorable whether or not I agreed with his policies. I get the point he's trying to make but he's looking pretty desperate.

    July 30, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  5. Not An Idiot

    Kansas Republican >>> Victim??

    Whose been whining for the past weeks ..... Mc Cain .......

    Mc Cain's ADs are full of DESPERATION!!!

    Can someone plz inform me on Mc Cain solution to the economy etc ... anybody???

    July 30, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  6. Betty

    I am so disappointed in McCain. I always respected him, even when I didn't agree with his politics. What happened to his promise to run a clean campaign. He seems to have no ideas except to tear down Obama. If Obama wasn't such a gentleman he could trash McCain on so many issues, such as his meeting with 'president Putin of Germany', his repeatedly talking about a country that hasn't existed for 15 years, his confusion about who's fighting who in Iraq, etc, etc, etc. If Obama had made any one of those mistakes, they'd have crucified him.

    July 30, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  7. phillip , monterey ca

    go figure...
    i mean come on mcsame and the rejects i mean republicans are looking very weak at the moment i mean for real are these type of attacks all they think of ? they belittle him for being a well like world figure (you would think its a good thing for the president aka the most powerful man on the planet to be well liked abroad) they say he is getting all this "great " media coverage but he is getting mostly negative air time with the media and mcsame is getting by fair mostly positive media coverage . they say he " snubbed" the troops in germany but mccains voting record shows he voted against 9 bills that would have improved life for wounded vets, ed benefits, housing etc, so who really snubbed the troops? he argues about the surge working, ofcourse it had a good effect anytime we put that many american troops anywhere in the world they are going to kick but , but at the same time what is this " victory " that mcsame is talking about this war has dragged on for too long, too many american lives have been lost, and its killing our economy and to think we should have never been their (just like sen obama said go figure) . and lets not forget that mcsame is jumping on the bandwagon on sen obamas ideas ie more troops in afghanastan, the " timetable" of troop withdrawl. so the rep have been throwning all this negative crap and nothing sticks but they would much rather sling mud and not have it stick than talk about issues... go figure

    July 30, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  8. SpinyNorman

    This is a great response: on-topic, mature and timely. I'm amazed at how silly, off-topic and often outright dishonest the McCain campaign has been going in an attempt to gain any points at all. In contrast, the Obama campaign has been dignified, truthful and topical.

    Well done!

    July 30, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |


    July 30, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  10. Independent in NYC

    "Same old politics" is that the best the Obama campaign can come up with? Sounds like a broken record to me. This may not be the Kerry's campaign and they may be ready, prepared and quick to respond to whatever the GOP throws at them but you know what? They seem to be getting Kerrys same old numbers at the polls. Not good. Obama can't even get a 10% lead over some old fart who just recovered from Cancer treatments? Sad sad sad.

    The flying circus tour didn't do anything for him other than to reinforce his status as an arrogant, presumptuous, rock star with gimmicky speeches and nothing to back it up with.

    Obama and his campaign wont be ready come November when the results from Ohio and Florida come in and McCain wins the presidency early in the evening.

    So long Obama. Your days are numbered. You were SELECTED not ELECTED.

    Hillary Clinton 2012. Rock on PUMA's!!!

    July 30, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  11. Guamster

    John McCain and his ilk are just pathetic. Same Ol-Same Ol is right.

    July 30, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  12. Mallory, NY

    Barack needs some adversary situation because he doesn't seem to do well under pressure. He's been great, but he's been winning. How is he under fire? I want to know that my next president will be tested and ready to deal with the evil-doers of the world, namely Iranian leaders.

    And OMG, Barack please don't hold the Saudis hand like that idiot Bush. It looked as if the Saudis were leading him on a leash. Not very American.

    July 30, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  13. OOPS! He did it again!

    To Kansaa Republican:

    If anyone should "take their licks" it should be Surgent McSurge. He needs to get out of the gutter, or can he do that given his past history of failed politics and lying in it with his millionaire wife he cheated with while his first wife was suffering in pain from a terrible car accident, as she lay at home and listened to tails of his cheating!!! The end to that saga is he divorced his first wife for Cindy McSurge shortly after he returned from the military! Senator Obama is not being sarcastic as you claim, what he is doing is running the honorable and respectful campaign they both promised to do at the beginng of the general election. And, as Senator Obama stated earlier today, McCain can't think of anything positive to say about himself, all lhe does it talk about Senator Obama. Why? Because he knows if he talks about Senator Obama, he'll get noticed by the media, and, he has nothing to say positive about himself because he hasn't done anything!

    It seems to me, and everyone listening or reading this can pick up on the fact that McSurge is very jealous and envious of Senator Obama's successful overseas trip, and instead of "manning up" and saying he's jealous and felt left out because no one was paying him the slighest bit of attention while he posed in the cheese aisle, and looked for some cheese to go with that whine of his, he not only uses his ads to attack Senator Obama, but he's at the same time for those of you who didn't catch it, attempting to attack and smear Britney Spears and Paris Hilton!! What did those two celebrities ever do to him, except perhaps get more publicity than him........Senator Obama is the better candidate and the better candidate deserves more attention. Senator Obama is more like the old ad about E.F. Hutton – When Senator Obama speaks, people listen!!!!

    July 30, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  14. Paul

    Allison – YOU RULE! That was a great comment. Took the words out of my mouth. Cindy is like Paris, except I know Paris is not a home wrecker, at least not yet.

    July 30, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  15. Truth

    Kansas Republican,

    You may not even be aware of it, but saying "playing the victim" and saying BOs "friends" Farrakhan, Jackson and Rangel, all of whom are African American, shows racialized thinking in your mind that is negative towards African Americans. It is that kind of thinking that I believe is keeping the polls relatively close.

    First, BO has repeatedly repudiated Farrakhan, has spoken of responsibility in the African American community unlike Jackson–who wanted to "cut BO's n..ts off" for talking about responsibility, and has in not way buddied up to Rangel. So how are these three people his friends? Only because their African American? And BOs add in response in no way accuses McCain of attacking BO racially, so why do you think BO's add is "playing victim," particulary in a racial way?

    Sir, your response shows racial ignorance at best, and racism at worst. I urge you for the future of this country to try to think in a more open minded way.

    July 30, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  16. Steve

    Obama has run a dirty campaign from day one. He lied about Hillary why should we expect him to change now. For a campaign of change the only thing he has changed is all the promises he's made. Oh yeah and his plans on Iraq. It's funny how the press forgets that half of his own party didn't support him. Remember Hillary's 18 million votes?

    July 30, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  17. Linda

    This is a little on the negative side too.

    How about both getting to the issues that matter to the voters. The economy, gas prices, poor wages and medical cover.

    The world trip did nothing for the voters unless all of Germany is voting in the elections. This educational trip should have been done before running in the primary to ensure the nominee was ready for leadership. As far as I am concerned he still is not ready.

    July 30, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  18. Valerie, MN

    Senator McGrumpy is not the winning ticket. We can and will do better.


    July 30, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  19. Retired Veteran from New York City

    This is right on. The McCain's camp don't even have a clue about this election, they continued to used the same old tactic about the opponent and this year it will backfire big time.

    I can understand the philosophy of the Republican campaign, when you have nothing to offer you got to concentrate on the opponent to deviate the weak minded people to look the other way. The same old Washington tricks will not work anymore.

    It is in my view a total disgrace to compare a U.S Senator to Whitney Spears and Paris Hilton, it is an insult and it is a shame for the Republican to get down so low just to show their displeasure with Obama. My question to Mc. Cain is: How could a Maverick Senator like McCain, has been in the Senate for 100 years and let a Junior Senator like Obama make him look so silly and stupid?

    July 30, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  20. Anne

    The glib media responses from Obama and/or his campaign are getting to sound identical with "the same old politics". He can't take a hit without a counter attack that is an outright lie (i.e. Paris Hilton). You know Hillary is looking bettter every day while Obama whines. Where is Cafferty when you need him? Jack's next question will be: Why does McCain keep sounding like the same old politics? Yeah for CNN's yellow journalism.

    July 30, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  21. Jenna

    And the same old Obama who cant decide decisively on anything. It's strange, I can be seeing something he says with my own eyes and hearing it with my own ears but he says, no your not really hearing or seeing what you think you are. Give me a break, he needs to start being honest and stop the pandering...

    July 30, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  22. Tennessee Democrat

    Kansas Republican:

    "If Obama really wants to appear "presidential," he should take his licks without crying and throw his punches without sarcasm."

    Uh-huh. Would that be just like McCain, who has been crying about Obama's success and putting up ad after ad loaded with sarcasm?

    July 30, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  23. Abby

    Poor Obama – did the media or other candidate dare to say something bad – but – true about the golden boy????
    What a FRAUD – get over it obama – you are not qualified and the American people will never elect you to lead our country.

    July 30, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  24. Darren

    @Kansas Republican: rather than being petty and partisan, let's be real for a second, here. Instead of thinking of "Obummer" as a "victim," how about you think of those ads as some bully talking trash in the school yard. And you know what bully's eventually get? A pop in the head and put in their place. That's what happened with these rebuttal ads.

    By the way, KR, I'm in the middle of this whole blue-red state mess. I think both guys are genuinely good. I'm just not approving of the BS tactics the GOP is using right now. We got real problems to deal with in this country - and name calling isn't solving anything.

    I say BOTH candidates go back to their corners, touch gloves, and come back fighting without hitting below the belt. STICK TO THE ISSUES!

    July 30, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  25. A Voter for Intelligence/Honesty in Govt

    For people wanting Obama to respond to McCain sooner; his campaign wanted the focus on his trip not on dealing with McCain's sniping which is probably one of the things McCain hoped for...

    now he's back!!

    July 30, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
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