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)

    McCain better be careful. When you use the likeness of a celebrity w/o their written consent, you can be sued!!! He will have the Hiltons after him for every penny his campaign has!!! What were his advisors thinking??

    July 30, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  2. chris in va.

    Brandon, here's a news flash for ya, it wasn't the media who ruined Hil-LIAR-y she did it to HERSELF!!!

    P.S. Shouldn't you be contributing to your messiah to get her failed campaign out of debt rather than here spouting your irrelevant gibberish.

    July 30, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  3. Noelle, MD

    McCain may win. I mean, it's not good to get to ahead of yourself. There are voters out there who are angry and afraid. That is not a good combination for November.

    Obama should be tough, but chill a little.

    July 30, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  4. Sacto Joe

    "Oil rose more than $4 a barrel on Wednesday after U.S. government data showed an unexpected drop in gasoline stocks as suppliers facing weak consumer demand cut production and imports."

    Well, there it is, folks. We slow down and drive less, the inventory of gasoline increases, prices drop, and the refineries cut production. That in turn bumps the price of oil, which in turn will drive prices up.

    WHERE'S THE OUTRAGE??! And where are the Republicans who should be investigating this blatant price manipulation? Oh, that's right: They, and McCain, are in the pockets of the oil barons.

    July 30, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  5. Marge Hibbing Mn

    I guess he'll say he can walk on water and McCain can't...because believe I think they guy really things he is a god.

    July 30, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  6. Rave

    John McCain has lost his mind.. he knows he is an old goat and can not win no matter what he does.

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

    It should have been a clip of the melting face in 'Raider of the Lost Ark.'

    July 30, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  8. Sherry

    So true....John McCain said he didnt want a smear campaign but thats just what he has done.
    Hes not a man of his word.
    Why is it that the republicans always attack the candidate their running against?
    They misconstrue what one says and attack attack attack.....Not very christian if you ask me....And they always use their religion as a means to get votes.....but dont act christ like in the process.
    More like a wolf in sheeps clothing.
    McCain feels he needs to try to make the Obama look bad to make himself look better.

    The truth always comes to light...........Obama is the bright star.

    July 30, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  9. Jan

    Good for John–about time someone called this guy on his qualifications–Obama and surrogates have smeared McCain from the start–I, for one, am glad he is fighting back! This is not a nation of rich people –we identify with someone who wants to keep America great–not tear it down like Obama! McCain 2008

    July 30, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  10. sheila

    Did Brittney and Paris make this ad before or after they had their drugs for the day ? Perhaps, brittney should be more concerned about her children.

    Mccain looks like a looser!!!!!

    July 30, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  11. R

    i'm a Hillary supporter, and I wanna hear what Obama say to convinced me to vote for him. I need a debate already. I'm tired of the media's polls, and same old stories. Interview them about policies already. 1-on-1

    July 30, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  12. Dave, San Jose


    July 30, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  13. California Girl

    Republicans are in denial. They are going to lose big time. Good by GOP. You really screwed up our Nation.

    July 30, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  14. Concerned Canadian

    John McCain has offered no policies or solutions to earn this presidency. He has spent all of his precious time attacking Obama and speaking at town hall meetings of hand picked audiences. He is simply unoriginal, uninspiring and unintelligent. How on earth could people want this guy for president.
    As a concerned Canadian neighbour, I've watched your country go down the toilet these past 7 years and I've heard the derision and disdain expressed about your supremely arrogant and stupid current president.
    How on earth can Americans not leap at the chance to elect someone like Obama, intelligent, thoughtful, positive, full of ideas and inspiring to the rest of the world. You'd be idiots (again) to elect another Republican warmongering, wealth pandering, hate filled attack dog old geezer like McCain.

    July 30, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  15. Brett

    obama camp does not know how to soluation.... they likes to mocking everyone as they enjoy to.... McCain, Green party and Nader made list of goal for USA to improvement..... where is Obama's plan? not really, just copycat.

    July 30, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  16. pat C.

    this old fool is an idiot! notice today as he was speaking ,his whole message consisted of what obama says and wants. he has NO message to even talk about! obama is definately leading the conversations these days. and what is this bull about McSame lovin nancy palosi????!!! dam i can not even stand her john.

    July 30, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  17. California Girl

    Republicans are in denial. They are going to lose big time.
    Good-bye GOP. You really screwed up our Nation.

    July 30, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  18. Brian

    Brandon Hillary PUMA 4Mc

    Your right we need to hope that the next 4 years ruins America so Hillary will be voted in.......... err wait a minute that sounds very anti-American. Only Bin Laden shares your "PUMA" views of wanting more bad days ahead for America.

    All Americans UNITE and get rid of PUMA... the newest anti-American organization!

    July 30, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  19. EYE for an EYE

    Don't be SOFT.

    I will make my July contribution NOW

    July 30, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  20. Montana is Obama Country


    another good ad would be McSame saying - "you should walk a mile in my shoes" .. and then show his $520.00 shoes..

    Most people would like an opportunity to wear expensive shoes like an elitist McBush..


    July 30, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |


    July 30, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  22. Yeah

    I'm tired of the negative
    I'm tired of my our friends dying over seas
    I'm tired of not being able to afford anything

    As a voter that sits squarely in the middle of the two parties I think it is finally time for this county to change. You figure it out.

    July 30, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  23. DEM 08

    Not this Time!

    Not this Time

    These old tactics will not work!

    Not this Time!

    July 30, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  24. B. Brown

    McCain is not acting his age with these negative ads. Actually, he is acting rather childish or a better description is desperate.

    July 30, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  25. Susan Badar

    Wake up, Team McCain! This campaign run is pathetic at best. Instead of a smear tactic, tell us what you plan to do to help the people of the U.S. get through our tough economic times, our failing healthcase system, our decline in job due to Globalization by Corporations, to name a few. Smearing your the other guy is buying you anything. People want to hear what you have to offer, or just get out.

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