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

Obama campaign launches 'Low Road Express' Web site

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(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. Griff

    Obama Mbaya Sana! Obama Mbaya Sana! Obama Mbaya Sana.
    Hatari! Hatari! Hatari! America.

    July 31, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  2. Peachy Keen

    Anybody with the name of 'Tucker' has to spend his life low roading others.

    July 31, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  3. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    RIGHT ON!.... McBush is a scumbag...typical GOP

    July 31, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  4. Matt

    Two wrongs don't make a right, Mr. Bounds.

    July 31, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  5. Ratgurl

    "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.”

    I notice Mr. Bounds doesn't actually define the ad to which he is referring.... perhaps because there isn't one?

    July 31, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  6. KenM

    Obama as well as his lemmings are just as guilty of negative attacks as well as playing the race card....Obama speaks of fluff 'n' the lemmings buy...

    July 31, 2008 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  7. NTurner

    Obama, Axelrod and Company reached a new low in dirty, Chicago-style politics months ago.

    Everyone knows, so he can take off the choir-robe now. You can't cry RACE everytime someone criticizes you.

    Plus, he's played the race-card so many times, it's like the "Little Boy Who Cried Wolf" ...so much over-kill no one believes it. And when the networks try to push the race-victim issue, it's a turn-off that's causing ahuge backlash.

    July 31, 2008 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  8. Boston For OBAMA

    The McCain/Rove machine have met their match. What happened to the straight talk express and no negative campaigning by the McCains?

    Make sure that hypocritical statement is added to the Low Road Express.

    July 31, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  9. informed voter in fl

    The world according to Obama. Maybe he should name his site "On the down low". After he loses this race, please tell us he is going to disappear back into Chicago bar scene. I am SICK of this joker and the smooth hold he has over common folk.

    July 31, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  10. robert


    Journalism about a web site with absolutely no link or even mention of the url. I mean.. seriously if you're afraid that giving a link would be perceived as advertising the site, why run the ticker article in the first place?

    I typically respect your journalism, CNN, but this was moronic and your "oversight" is totally transparent.

    no doubt about it, obama in 2008

    July 31, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  11. Aunt

    Grow UP Tucker Bounds!

    July 31, 2008 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  12. Aunt

    Grumpy Old Man McCain, with his 500.00 Shoes.

    What the McCain campaign doesn't want people to know, according to one GOP strategist I spoke with over the weekend, is that they had an ad script ready to go if Obama had visited the wounded troops saying that Obama was…wait for it…using wounded troops as campaign props. So, no matter which way Obama turned, McCain had an Obama bashing ad ready to launch.

    July 31, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  13. Phillip

    Anyone else find it profoundly pathetic that the nastiest thing that the McCain campaign can come up with to smear Obama with (and they are the Republicans, nasty is their game) is the fact that he's more popular than McCain is? It simply amazes me that they are even trying to use this as a basis for attack.

    Sadly, the average American is just weak-minded enough that hearing someone talk in a serious, alarmist voice about Obama's immense popularity while the right images are flashed across a screen will brainwash them into thinking that this is a horrible thing.

    July 31, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  14. Mike Dallas

    McCrypt just updates the Republican race attack play book by adding a few new words, i.e. 'exotic' or [insert daily euphemism for "different" here]. So, this Southern 57 year old white guy, hopes that Obama keeps ambushing McCrypt on the only road he knows how to travel, the low road. After all the "Straight Talk Express" seems to have a prepaid toll tag for that tollway!

    July 31, 2008 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  15. john Sullivan

    i'm a (sometimes) except 84 (jackson) and this year (paul) left guy. get tougher democrats! the right is soft!

    July 31, 2008 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  16. The Independent One

    This is purely a suggestion to cnn. I don't want this blogged. My Name is Josh Rivera phone number 520-481-0232. Please get this to someone quickly it needs to be considered. I have a strong, strong case that Obama will win Texas, or that Texas should at least be considered a swing state.

    Texas: 2000

    Gore 2,429,329 with 783,409 primary democ votes
    Bush 3,796,850 with 1,164,399 primary repub votes

    Texas: 2004

    Kerry 2,832,704 with 770,793 total primary democ votes
    Bush 4,526,917 incumbent


    Texas primary

    dems: 2,818,599 votes (783,409 in 2000, 770,793 in 2004)
    reps: 1,320,673 votes (1,164,399 in 2000, incumbent in '04)

    If you guys would look at the extremely dramatic turnout that the democrats of this last primary in Texas, you would see that a huge democratic movement is very much alive in Texas that was absent in past elections and primaries. If you look at the primary turnout for democrats during the '00 and '04 elections you'll see that they were well under 800,000 for both elections. The republicans obviously had an easy win there in both cases. In 2008, however, the democrats earned whopping 2,818,599, almost QUADRUPLE THEIR PAST PERFORMANCES IN THIS STATE!! The republican primary tunout grossed a mere 160,000, not even a 15 percent growth. The democrat vote well over doubled the republican vote. Now I know primaries are a different creature than elections, but I think they are far more accurate indicators then the polls which don't even gauge 5 percent of the voter atmosphere. McCain's personal support was very weak in Texas compared to either Obama or Clinton. I think an honest speculation of these facts can make a good case for the democrats winning this state, and an absolute solid case that Texas is at least a swing state. I appeal not for Obama or the democrats (i think my blogs reveal I hate both republicans and democrats, hence my name "The Independent One"), but as an appeal to accuracy. It is unfair to not give the people of America a more accurate appraisal of the election situation. I hope you guys call me to at least give me your views on this data.

    July 31, 2008 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  17. jane in CA

    McCain's negative attacks show desparate and will not work. Look what happened to Hillary. Sen. Obama, nothing wrong with being celebrity and fixing the country's problems at the same time.

    July 31, 2008 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  18. Malcolm, AL

    It is crystal clear that McCain has decided to take the Low Road – 4 negative ads in the succession loaded with personal attacks. He who said he would run a clean, honorable campaign. And to think I actually pitied him when W played those nasty black child rumors against him in 2000. He will suffer the consequences dearly for those ads.

    July 31, 2008 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  19. popeye

    Is anyone besides me fed up with all of this?
    Seems like it has been going on forever!
    We've become a joke to the rest of the world with this drawn out process and never ending mud slinging.
    I'm staring to think both parties are a joke and our Democracy may be too!

    July 31, 2008 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  20. McTraitor

    All McWar can do is go negative because he has nothing positive to say about himself and he knows his stances are flawed and failed.

    July 31, 2008 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  21. Phil

    If you ask me there is a level of contempt begining to come to the surface in the american people about the politics being run in the same fashion they always have. What can we expect when one of these 2 idiots get in the white house? I will tell you it will be partisan politics as usual. More cronism and corupt people in positions of power. The campaigning is showing this.

    July 31, 2008 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  22. Marie in California

    McCain was right.....Obama is an empty suit, no experience, and not qualified or fit to lead the country. He's just another celebrity rock star....glitter for the paparazzi.....like our very own American Idol. In fact, Obama is so good with the teleprompter that he could make a fortune in Hollywood.....especially since he can say absolutely nothing in such a very eloquent manner.

    The audacity of hype!

    Was for Hillary, now for McCain.....a man of substance, experience and integrity.


    July 31, 2008 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  23. Chris

    here's an idea....how about the media just shut the hell up with all the political slander stories. The media really knows how to take one of the nation's greatest events and disenchant voters with incessant coverage of political bickering. geez.

    July 31, 2008 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  24. christine

    mccain camp is so dump they put an add about paris hilton, boy it gets worse THE HILTONS DONATE TO THE MCCAIN CAMP AND PARIS GRANDFATHER IS MADE AT THE MCCAIN CAMP CHECK IT OUT AT Huffington Post website it gets worse he is going to sue it gets worse people check out

    July 31, 2008 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  25. get real

    Why doesnt BO camp launch an ad tying Mccain as the new poster boy and best friends of the oil companies? After Mc started pushing for OCS drilling, oil lobbyst donated $$$ to his campaign. Today we learned that Exxon made $1500 a second in profits! with two oil men in the white house and now....are we really supposed to believe Mc on his push for oil idea and low gas prices? GET REAL!

    BO should get an ad going soon on this, it will gain traction!!!!

    July 31, 2008 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
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