July 31st, 2008
11:10 AM ET
15 years ago

Obama says McCain ads show he has no new ideas

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(CNN) - Barack Obama is charging that rival John McCain doesn't have any new ideas and that's why the Arizona senator's campaign is focusing its energy on anti-Obama ads.

"You haven't heard a positive thing out of that campaign in a month. All they do is try to run me down," Obama said while campaigning Wednesday in Union, Missouri.

The accusation came the same day that the Obama campaign released an ad comparing McCain to President Bush, and the McCain campaign released one likening Obama to Britney Spears and Paris Hilton.

"Since they don't have any new ideas, the only strategy they've got in this election is to try to scare you about me," Obama said.

Obama said McCain and Republicans are trying to paint him as a candidate who is "too risky."

"Basically what they're saying to you is, 'We know we didn't do a good job, but he's too risky.' Well let me tell you something. When we are in such dire straits economically, when our foreign policy has gotten so messed up, what's the bigger risk: choosing change, or choosing to do the same things that got us into this mess in the first place?"

As McCain campaigned on Wednesday, he stressed his independence from Bush and highlighted times he's spoken against the administration.

"My independence hasn't always made me friends in Washington. I was not elected Ms. Congeniality in the United States Senate," he said at a town hall in Aurora, Colorado.

McCain praised Obama for his speaking abilities and success, but said "my concern with Sen. Obama is - that on issues big and small - what he says and what he does are often two different things."

McCain said Obama's solution is to raise taxes and promised that he would not do the same.

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soundoff (206 Responses)
  1. John mcCain

    Obama 2008

    July 31, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  2. Nikki

    He's right. McCain is all attack attack attack – what makes us think he'll be any different as a President?

    July 31, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  3. Ron democrat turned independent

    why should he have new ideas. unlike sen obama mccain as outlined his issues and is spending his time explaining how he will impliment them and what benifits the country will derive from them. sen. obama spends his time whining and telling us the obvious about the shape the country is in.(like we don't know were all stupid i quess) and telling us we must move forward. and how things in a perfect world would be.unfortunately the reality is the country is almost broke and spending spending your way out of the problem is not an option.obama as been campaigning for over a year now is programs should all be out by now however he keeps flip floping so they are not stable just like him. maybe thats why he as trouble beating a tired old man bucking almost insurmountable odds

    July 31, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  4. bill for barack

    This is educational. I didn't know that John McBush EVER had an idea – even an old one.

    July 31, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  5. Rob indetroit

    John Mccain is closing the gap on Obama, and pat buchannon ask whats wrong with Obama.?I think a lot of Americans need to ask whats wrong with themselves. If Obama was white he'd be up forty pts on Mcnuts how's that for the race card.

    July 31, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  6. susie

    Obama keeps talking about change. What does "change" mean? He does not answer that question. Obama's whole thing is delivering speeches that others have wrote.

    July 31, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
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