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.”

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  1. The Independent One

    This is an edited version of my last post

    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 had in 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 more votes, 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 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  2. E. Scott

    Lets talk about Obama's church which he would still be a member of if he wasnt running for President.

    July 31, 2008 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  3. Denise Groves

    What have the people in the McGrumpy campaign been sniffing? Obama never issued the first negative campaign, they did.

    July 31, 2008 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |

    The more we see an hear Obama's name mentioned .

    From Religon, to acting out a Bogus celebrative trip , an picks his Quier , ABC< CBS< NBC< . to put him Front Page News. Why not take the heat , if you want to call it Hollywood. When you ask for it an can't takr it . Well get out . Better off if he would never of gotten in to start with.

    Don't start compairing shoes. How many pair did Rezko , give you with hidden stach. $$$ That you lost on the Bulls Game.

    Next we will be purchasing Postage Stamps with his Sore Lip in Full Detail . UH HUH . FLIP FLOP . Back to Hollywood.

    July 31, 2008 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  5. christine


    July 31, 2008 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  6. Bradley In Colorado

    The truth comes out as always!

    Obama 08

    July 31, 2008 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  7. shannonL

    John McCain, a RECORD you can believe in.

    Actions speak louder than words.

    July 31, 2008 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  8. Jan Illinois

    How about the facts fellas!! Just the facts of how you plan to solve our problems in America. No more empty rhetoric or dreams or fancy speeches that talk about each other or anything but your solutions.

    July 31, 2008 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  9. Former g.o.p.

    Tucker Bounds quote had me rolling. A true McCannite, just making things up.

    July 31, 2008 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  10. Former g.o.p.

    McCain is such a small man, with no new ideas. The only way to win is to smear your opponent.
    nixon/agnew, bush/cheney/rove and mccain/tucker bounds and rick davis.
    Do you smell that stench bubbling up from the g.o.p.?

    July 31, 2008 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  11. KP

    Great! When do we get to focus on the issues that matter to the American people? Seems like this campaign is headed down the same old road to nowhere. It was the late great George Carlin that said, "All we do is rearrange the deck chairs on the Titantic every four years."

    July 31, 2008 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  12. Nat

    Is CNN's David Gergen a PUMA in disguise?? I used to respect this man's view but after hearing him promote Hillary Clinton's bid for VP at every given opportunity (the same man who said during the primaries that Obama will have to watch his back if the Clintons are on his ticket) he just disgusts me! I guess it is open season for flip-flopping!

    July 31, 2008 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  13. Jaystorm84

    History is repeating itself again. With the way Bush has racked up the biggest deficit in U.S. history (after starting his presidency with a surplus) and is driving this country into the ground, it will be up to a Democrat to balance the budget and pick this country up out of the gutter (again). Just like the Bush-Reagan year's ran this country down and Clinton had to bring it back up, Obama will have to do the same. The republican's say their conservative's, what exactly do they claim to be conserving??? All's they know is to take from the poor and spend, spend, spend..., God help us if John McCain (McBush) get's elected.

    July 31, 2008 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  14. real dem

    McCain's campaign has totally swayed from there non-negative campaigning as he had promised. Shouldn't be surprised seeing that McCain is linked to Bush in almost every facet imaginable. For them ( and the RNC) to have the gaul to try and forget the most horrible 8 years in US history and deter the american people from focusing on the real issues shows the lack of respect the republicans and McBush has for this country. I bet that those that voted for Bush will vote for McCain and drive this country further into the ground. I feel sorry for you. How blind can you be? To continue this trend is futile and it shows the world that the USA is really Bias and not everyone is created equal. Hmm, I wonder if CNN will post this because they haven't posted my comments lately.

    O'bama 08

    July 31, 2008 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  15. Raymond Duke

    This man and his campagin want to holler the low road express. You talk about the kettle calling the pot black. Obama who made sexist remarks about Hillary and duck hunting( Of course anyone with a brain knows you use a shotgun to hunt ducks, showed his own stupidity). Then he has his rapper friend for years who he said has great talent , rap and say Hillary was an Irrevelant Bi--ch, say JOHN McCAIN should only be in a chair but paralyzed. The same one who has friends that are domestic terriost and stated they regretted not killing more americans in the bombings they did here. You know AYERS and that bunch. A reverend who is friends with Farrakkun the leader of the black muslims, and says GO___mn America and reffers to white people as WHITEY and CRACKER. Then you got people on top of that in his campagin calling anybody who did not vote for him as uneducated , gun toting, religous nut WHITE RACIST. After throwing poor old granny the typical white person under the bus after she raised him when his mother didn't. I think I would just keep my mouth shut.

    July 31, 2008 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  16. legally

    Oh look, Obama's down in the gutter too, race-baiting and generally making sleazy attacks in the name of defending his victimization...and why don't the media call it like it is? Typical.

    July 31, 2008 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  17. JA Cook

    We have documented lies by the McCain campaign. Why believe anything from them at this point. They have constructive nothing to offer. Just lies and distortions.

    July 31, 2008 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  18. Pedeen

    Mcain and his goons are running a pathetic campaign!. I guess their target market is the lowest denominator in the American society!. I had great respects for John Mcain but now I have changed my mind! Mcain seems to be a mature politicians however, Karl Rove have taken over! but the American people are more aware of dirty tricks!!. GOD BLESS AMERICA!! AND MAY JOHN MCAIN'S CAMPAIGN FLOPS! because they are nothing but flip flopers!

    July 31, 2008 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  19. scott

    After 7 plus years of democrats tearing Bush apart and calling him every name in the book and now the same people calling McCain-McWar,McBush,McWhatever it becomes a big story when the CHOSEN ONE takes a little heat. What will it be little if MCHussein becomes President? Question him and you will be labeled a racist for doing so.

    July 31, 2008 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  20. PP

    Lets accept it, the background of this presidential race is simply about white or not white, we all became human from monkeys in africa, the one who travelled to cooler places became white in color over time as environment made it happen, I am brown, but the basic abhorrence, abomination, animosity, animus, antipathy, aversion, bitterness, contempt, detestation, dislike, enmity, feud, grudge, hate, hostility, ill will, malevolence, malice, malignity, odium, prejudice, rancor, repugnance, resentment, revulsion, spite shown to other than white by an average white/uneducated/un-informed/senile persone is universal and too evident , though very subltle many times.

    We can not chnage it vnow, it will go with time when this world becomes a global village and we stsrt respecting eachother as human and accept we are not perfect but we can always try for it for the sake of global humanity.

    Everyone needs hope to survive otherwise we all should commit sucide and die. These are bad and selfish times everywhere but we donnoo. We should not envy the rich but rich also have responsibilities for the society because of which they have become rich. Most of them just dont feel or do anything about it. They forget we live only one life and once thats all is the game designed by God.

    Things will settle themselves, this world has been ruled and being ruled by ignorants who miss the basic purpose of life to which they were brought in without choice and will go without choice.

    You will agree this world need a new world order in order to survive the humanity and for next generations. There are few leaders who think about it. Others are same as usual self serving despots and obviously their croonies who lick their boots to serve their own purpose.
    To be different you have to be different, to change things u need to change yrself and yr way of thinking. Immidite problems everyone has to face and faces. Ther is no going away and therfore we the humanhave survived. But we had coruage to look beyond it.

    Climb the tree and see the jungle and decide where to go.reat u have to go to find your good mssion. Being experienced as cutting bushes and wondering around the jungle without knowing where u want to go is clearly stupid and not for the human for this age.

    we have come a lot further and need not go back we need to dream think and act to go further and beyond for our next generations as we are indebted to them to bring us to this world.


    July 31, 2008 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  21. Sandra

    I guess it has got to get ugly. Although as a concerned American about gas prices, mortgage meltdowns, high prices in grocery stores and health insurance. I would rather be hearing how we are going to combat these issues that Bush has so affectively left us to deal with. If you ask me I believe that the economy and the war aren't that separate. We are paying too much to rebuild another nation while our country is falling apart. Now McCain wants to start a distractions and Obama is falling into his web. Although Obama has a right to counteract on his campaigns behalf. I really wish we did not have to take it there. CNN refuse to entertain us with the back and forth on issues other than the real issues we are being hit with and maybe it will all just come to a halt. Just maybe you (CNN) can be the wisest of them both.

    July 31, 2008 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  22. PP

    Sorry the last sentence should read we are indebted to our past generations: who have brought us to life, to provide a better life for our next generation)

    July 31, 2008 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  23. Xavier

    McCain has gone frm proud maverick to a sorry excuse for a man. The McCain of yesterday would be ashamed of the McCain of today. He has shown his true colors. He is no different than Bush, Rove, Chenneyor the rest of those elitists morons that have put us in the whole we are today. Karma is a funny thing, and it will come and bite them in their butts one day.

    July 31, 2008 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  24. Jim Q

    Mr. McCain's nasty, personal attacks are evidence that his campaign has nothing of substance to offer the American people. Voters are interested in issues and potential solutions, not the gutter politics that the McCain campaign is serving up. Let's talk about solving our foreign policy mess, balancing the budget while providing health care and social security. That's what we want to hear!

    July 31, 2008 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  25. Molly Weasley

    The fact that McCain says he's "proud" of this ad shows how low he's fallen. He's a senator with a lackluster record and little accomplishments over 25 years. An independent analysis of ads so far in this campaign showed that the Obama campaign had run something negative about McCain in 10% of its ads but that the McCain campaign had gone negative two-thirds of the time.

    July 31, 2008 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
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