July 31st, 2008
07:30 PM ET
14 years ago

Obama campaign launches 'Low Road Express' Web site

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/07/31/art.lowroadsite0731.bo.jpg caption="The Obama campaign launched a new Web site Thursday."]
(CNN) – A day after the Obama campaign released an advertisement entitled “Low Road,” the presumptive Democratic nominee’s camp is following up with the Web site “Low Road Express.”

The new site collects media coverage – editorials, fact check articles, and video clips - about the strategies and tactics of Sen. John McCain’s campaign in recent weeks.

The Republican National Committee recently launched two Web sites focused on Obama. On Wednesday, the RNC rolled out “Audacity Watch,” a Web site that collects together video clips of media coverage about Obama and an RSS feed of information from GOP.com. Earlier this week, the RNC also launched “BarackBook,” a site that parodies Facebook, a popular social networking Web site where Obama has amassed more than a million supporters.

The Obama and McCain campaigns have traded fire this week as McCain released an ad entitled “Celeb” that likened Obama’s public notoriety with that of Paris Hilton and Britney Spears. The Obama campaign quickly responded with the “Low Road” advertisement.

UPDATE: McCain campaign spokesman Tucker Bounds issued the following statement about the Obama campaign's "Low Road Express" Web site: “Barack Obama’s campaign created his global celebrity status - we are celebrating it and informing voters of his inexperience. If there’s a low road in this campaign, Obama’s campaign paved it when they launched the first negative attack ad in this election.”

soundoff (343 Responses)
  1. Rave

    Low Road Express will turn into Gutter Express by November.
    Yet, Mr. Obama will be cheerful, respected around the world, strong in what he believes and what is good for America and win the General election
    OBAMA (2008 -16)

    July 31, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  2. bakersfield

    could this be considered low road- pointing fingers

    July 31, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  3. Soman

    The childishness continues with, "they started it".

    July 31, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  4. Jan Illinois

    BO spoke today and once again said Nothing. I dont care about Britney or Paris I want to know WHAT he is going to do about Americas problems. Enough with the cute come backs or what McCain is doing, if he's going to be the President tell us How he's going to get THE JOB DONE now before Nov. I for one am sick of talk without results.

    July 31, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  5. Scott L

    Obama is showing his true colors. He is going to get demolished in this election. I know a lot of independents who were once for McCain, but then switched to Obama, but are now back in the McCain camp where it is safe.

    It was funny, one guy was like France and Germany love Obama! And the indie guy was like yeah but they are socialistic countries...gee, go figure.

    July 31, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  6. Krissy

    Obama launched the first negative ad?

    Much like with his comments that the surge caused the Anbar Awakening, McCain is again trying to re-write history.

    July 31, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  7. Lorna, NY

    Tucker Bounds is an IDIOT!!!

    July 31, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  8. K of TX

    One Question:


    Time for REAL CHANGE.

    Obama '08, '12

    July 31, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  9. Jeff

    If Obama loses, he will still be my hero. America will deal with same problems for another two terms and I love it. Let China take over as the leading superpower while americans cling to failed policies.

    July 31, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  10. Patricia

    Because the media was hammering McCain for his negative ads so mercilessly (although they were wrong), I felt sorry for him. Today I feel sorry for Obama because the media is doing the same thing to him. They put their own twist on what the candidates say whether it is actually the truth or not. It is getting to be time for the election and get this over with.

    Race: Black against White. Maybe Obama thought it would work because sexism worked for Clinton. Only God really knows who the next President will be. We can guess and second guess all we want. We aren't the ones in control

    We are all so short sighted right now and thinking only of our own woes. Bush's ratings are low, mostly due to the war and cost of the war which affects out economy. But if the war basically ends and he helps with foreclosures and helps relieve gas price woes, he will go down in history as a great president – just not until historians put all the big picture together.

    July 31, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |


    July 31, 2008 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  12. Michigan for Obama

    "I want to campaign the same way I govern, which is to respond directly and forcefully with the truth,"
    ~ Barack Obama, 11/08/07

    July 31, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  13. Des,Toronto

    Way to go Obama,dispel the rumors and lies immediately,do not get swift boated!! McCain has no plan and he is all confused abd out of touch.

    Obama 08

    July 31, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  14. NPA

    I like the website. It's smart, terse, to the point, and all the quotes saying that McCain has taken the low road come from third parties - both republican and democrats.

    July 31, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  15. Kenneth M.

    When they say arrogant, do they mean uppity?

    July 31, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  16. Roger from CA

    I'm sorry..... what???? OBAMA launched the first negative attack ad???? This is not even a matter of interpretation. Please, America: pay attention to these lies!!

    And I still don't get the logic of this "celebrity" angle. How does "celebrity" equate with "inexperience"? Ronald Reagan was a celebrity, but I'd think that Mr. Bounds would rather eat his ill-fitting suits than say that disqualified the "Gipper" from politics. Was Chuck Heston too inexperienced to lead the NRA? How about McCain-supporter (on all but oil drilling) Arnold Schwartzenegger??

    Funny, it seems to me that, contrary to such August examples, Obama toiled for YEARS as a community acitivist, law professor, and state senator before ANYONE ever heard of the man outside Illinois. So, he spent years thinking about and shaping public policy issues before he spoke at the 2004 Dem Convention. Sounds like political experience to me.

    The difference between Obama and McCain is not an issue of experience, it is that Obama is not beholden to the same dead-ender policies of the Bushies, and the Republicans generally.

    July 31, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  17. LINDA

    The Straight Talk Express has taken a nasty turn into the gutter. Sen. John McCain has resorted to lies and distortions in what sounds like an increasingly desperate attempt to slow down Sen. Barack Obama by raising questions about his patriotism. Instead of taking the Democrat down a few notches, these baseless attacks are raising more questions about the Republican's campaign and his ability to control his temper.

    The most offensive line comes from McCain himself. The Arizona senator has repeated that Obama "would rather lose a war in order to win a political campaign." That is one of the more outrageous statements by a major political party candidate seeking the presidency. The looming choices about the long-festering war in Iraq are not between winning and losing but about how quickly or slowly the United States can reduce its military forces without jeopardizing recent security gains. Even McCain acknowledges that, and insulting Obama in such a reckless way is not presidential.

    That is only one example of the darker tone enveloping the McCain campaign since several of Karl Rove's acolytes took the wheel. A new McCain ad suggests that while Obama traveled abroad last week he "made time to go to the gym but canceled a visit with wounded troops. Seems the Pentagon wouldn't allow him to bring cameras." That's a compelling punch line, but it's below the belt.
    That's intense. McCain chose this path. He sold whatever was left of his soul to the Rove machine. It was a risky decision and it sure doesn't look like it's paying off. Instead, in the past few weeks, McCain has completely reshaped his image. He's become another puppet of Karl Rove, just like George Bush.

    And, the Obama campaign decided to fight back with a new ad, "Low Road," documenting just some of independent sources criticism of McCain — and linking McCain to the candidate he's morphed into — George Bush: John McCain how much lower can you go. And your wife will be working with CASTRO GET REAL MAN…WE DON`T WANT COMMANDER WITH CASTROL IN THERE POCKET….GEEZ


    July 31, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  18. Pat 34

    Good for you Obama. Kick McShame's Butt!!!

    July 31, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  19. Chuck

    Isn't fearing "the politics of fear" also just another version of same 'ol politics? Obama is scaring votes his way, and he is playing from the old politics handbook like a pro. Even Hillary Clinton likened Obama to Rove.

    That just makes him an even sleazier hypocrite. I just wish more of America saw through the sheep's clothing

    July 31, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  20. Roberta Beehler

    Talk about a flip flop! I thought Mc Cain was supposed to run a clean campaign. This is just the lowest of the low.

    July 31, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  21. Low Road

    Lowest of lowest, out of date Johs' express. It is indeed so sad to see McCain sink this low. Pathetic.

    July 31, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  22. ChrisD

    Lame ad. Kindergardenish. Oooo your taking the "low road" McCain or anyone else if you question anything about the Messiah.

    July 31, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  23. Colin

    CNN links to the sites trashing Obama but not the the Low Road Express? Interesting...

    July 31, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  24. Colin

    Oops, sorry. I retract.

    July 31, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  25. Willy

    The BHO "Flash" in the pan is gone. All that is left is the liberal media and Obama kool-aid drinkers trying to keep the spark lit. He's done. Go on back to Chi -town Obama.

    July 31, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14