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. An American

    Tucker Bounds needs to cite the first negative attack ad, cause I don't recall that. It's called facts not attacks. Get with it McCain camp, and if you can't stand the heat then get out of the kitchen!

    July 31, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  2. Phantom of the Oprah

    Obama's self-impressed strategy of mocking and ridiculing OTHERS- while pretending he is the one being attacked- will backfire on him.

    Look at how the hatred from Obama and his supporters, LOST him the support of Millions of democrats. Hillary supporters will now NEVER vote for Obama- after his dirty low-down race-baiting, debasing campaign tactics.

    July 31, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  3. Not Sending Obama My Hard Earned Money

    I posted a message on Obama's website regarding the disgraceful "Kids" section on his website. Since that date, I have received an email from his campaign begging for money on a daily basis. Any advice on how to stop this? I have tried to emai requesting removal, however, this has not worked. Any advise?

    July 31, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  4. laurence

    why is it that my comments are always awaiting moderation? compared to some i've seen mines are rather tame. so tell me cnn, what is about me that stands out so much?!

    July 31, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  5. M.S. Indiana

    This is funny, getting back at McCain in a good way...

    Will give you 50$ for this one

    July 31, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  6. Ian MacIsaac

    So he's a celebrity now? I thought he was a typical politician. Typical politicians aren't celebrities, though...

    July 31, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  7. Roy

    So basically, they plan to mudsling by merely pointing out the mudslinging of the other candidate? Sounds a little holier than thou, ELITIST to me =]

    July 31, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  8. CM

    Thw difference with these two parties launching websites is that Obama's supporters actually know how to go online and see them.

    I could imagine McCain asking an aide to 'print out the web for me'.

    Go ahead and let the baby boomers decide this one like they did with their 'down to earth' Bush.

    We need to take back this country.

    Obama 08

    July 31, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  9. Silvia in Boca Raton FL

    Love the fact that the Obama camp is fighting back and fast. For all of those people who think that Obama has no experience, please can anyone tell me what kind of experience McCain has? He does not know what he is talking about, his spokepeople are so arrogant and clueless about the issues that the only thing they can do is to talk nonsense.

    July 31, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  10. Frank

    McNasty Attack Mode is in full swing. McBush offers negative message of death, destruction, adn despair.

    Obama is keeping to high road, Barack offers positive message of peace, prosperity, and hope.

    Obama '08

    July 31, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  11. Democracy itself over loyalty to democratic party

    Obama has used the lowest campaign tactics of ANY candidate- race baiting, labeling others as racist, encouraging his ugly supporters into engaging in divisive, vulgar and vile attacks against fellow Americans.

    In the end, Americans will say no to such dirty tactics of gut, eliminate the other candidate and then win by default.

    Obama's big mistake was exploiting racial tensions and playing the race card and capitalizing on how he is " different " than previous candidates.

    July 31, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  12. death blow

    The lowest road is the road Obama has taken.

    Attacking fellow democrats.

    Stirring up his supporters to do likewise.

    Getting AAs to threaten the Superdelegates into installing Obama.

    Thriving on the racial division he has created.

    revolution is inevitable.

    July 31, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  13. Dylan

    The McCain camp has completely abondoned the truth. It's gotten so ridiculous that if he indeed does becomes president, we can all say goodbye to the America our grandparents use to tell us about.

    July 31, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |


    July 31, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  15. Connie

    I grew up with two brothers and five sisters, my mother always told us one thing, if you dish it out be prepared to take it.John McSenile wants to hit below the belt, but John McSenile can't stand it when Obama fires back.As far as and ad with Spears and Hilton, who is John McSenile when he stands next to his own Paris Hilton, from rich family, met the married McSenile at a party and she sure is blonde.I am sick of the American people they complain about how we have been dumped on for the last 7 and 1/2 years and to think they will elect Geo.Bush's clone makes no sense to me.Why would we not want a president that is liked world wide. OBAMA 08
    Connie from Indiana

    July 31, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  16. Racist Fools for Obama

    Obama and his race-baiting... holding Americans hostage to a past that neither HE personally (raised by white people in Hawaii) nor Most OTHER Americans (immigrants or 1st generation) experienced or took part in.

    What white guilt? Most of us aren't white and most of us were not here during the slave days.

    Didn't BLACK AFRICANS sell theri own people into slavery?

    My ancestors were in no way involved- we are her only 2 generations.

    July 31, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  17. noMcBush, cambridge, MA

    If "celebrity" means someone famous, then....

    Ronald Reagan was a celebrity....G. W. Bush is a celebrity....Hell, John McCain IS a celebrity.

    July 31, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  18. Phantom of the Oprah

    America rapidly tires of the Obama celebrity bandwagon.

    It worked to gut HRC- but we won't allow the same thing to happen twice.

    End result- we will end up with McCain because Obama is NOT an option and HRC has been trashed out of the race.

    Clinton was and IS the BEST option.

    July 31, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  19. Michigan for Obama

    Good for them...the republicans are counting on voters to be afraid to vote for Obama ... I have faith that the Obama compaign strategists are ready for their attacks AND will maintain the integrity of the campaign that was promised from Obama AND McCain. Policies and proposals ONLY should be judged....and I'm counting on the intellect of the American people will come through...facts only...no mud-slinging!

    July 31, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  20. Jonathan, Hartford, CT

    See? this is all the wrong approach. Obama's on the defensive just by setting up this silly Web site. They are doing a number on that ego.

    July 31, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  21. Darryl Miller

    John McCain staffers said that John McCain does not talk for John McCain....

    July 31, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  22. Vig

    Boo hoo. Mr. Obama grow up. You want to be President, but can't handle the game. Go back to the senate.

    July 31, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  23. TheTruthHurts

    OK, where are the adults in the campaign. This "low road express" oughtta be the last attempt at dispelling the myths through a website. "fight the smears" didn't work but this one may have some staying power.

    Frankly, I just want this entire campaign to grow up. McCain is getting no points with me by appealing to the base nature of people instead of talking policy. Being proud of that ad is a political miscalculation.

    July 31, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  24. Jan Illinois

    Yeah Right!! BO always took the high road AFTER his people did the dirty work on Hillary, He just stood back and LET it happen, then he'd say AFTER the damage was done, No place in Politics for this. Turn about is fair play, if your gonna play, your gonna pay.

    July 31, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  25. Matt, Manchester, CT

    who is going to seriously sit here and say Obama is NOT using the race card? It makes me laugh how weak Obama is if he can only rely on that.

    July 31, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
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