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

Obama says McCain ads show he has no new ideas

Sen. Barack Obama says Sen. John McCain offers a continuation of failed policies.

Sen. Barack Obama says Sen. John McCain offers a continuation of failed policies.

(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. Fred

    Hes telling the truth.

    July 31, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  2. David

    Sorry, but you have no change coming either.

    July 31, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  3. A Nightingale Sings in Berkley Square

    Could we even depend on McBush making it through a first term? His mind isn't very sharp and he could have too many senior moments. I think McPast-his-prime is too risky.

    July 31, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  4. eric

    It's sickening to think that McCain can claim Obama changes positions when anyone can go on youtube and watch McCain basically debate himself. There's one video where, within the span of 5 seconds talking with O'Reilly, he says he didn't vote for Bush and then said he did. Tim Russert put up a quote railing against nation-building and McCain debated against it, but then found out he himself had said those words Russert put up. McCain is a blatant and unapologetic liar. His supporters should be ashamed of their gullability.

    July 31, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  5. Rob - WA

    "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?"

    Amen to this. AMEN! It IS TIME to flush these Baby Boomers (Bummers)and older folks whos sole focus to to control the future for THIER OWN ends OUT and start NEW.

    July 31, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  6. A NATION OF WHINERS for OBAMA

    MCSENILE THINKS ALL HIS IDEAS ARE NEW.

    HE CAN'T REMEMBER WHAT HE THOUGHT

    FOR MORE THAN TWO MINUTES,

    July 31, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  7. nerakami

    I am holding every journalist/commentator accountable to the American people to provide the truth and nothing but the truth.... IT IS YOUR JOB !!

    The dishonest reporting by mainstream media has become laughable at best.... unpatriotic at it's worse as their highest priority is to provide the American public with unbiased, objective reporting... factual information on both candidates so the American people can make personal, intelligent decisions based on which candidate they think is best looking out for their well-being.

    For a commentator like Dana Millbanks to deliberately leave out the first part of Obama's statement in his column yesterday to push the GOP's untruthful message, is devious and underhanded. They are playing with the future of this country and ought to be held accountable by the American people. Thank God for the blogs where we can call out the lies when they surface. In my mind, the GOP has yet to realize that the American understanding of negative attack strategies has evolved to a greater level of maturity and at the end, there will be heroes and villains of the journalistic world. Each of them needs to determine moralistically where they stand, because we, the people are watching.

    July 31, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  8. Mike

    They are also blatantly false.

    July 31, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  9. Rudy NYC

    After the projected deficit number, the message I got was an ugly one. I thought it was law that we had to have a balanced budget. The caveat is that when the county is at war, there is no requirement to balance.

    July 31, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  10. James Hussein, SC

    That's not true! Everyday McSame comes up with new ways to call Senator Obama names.

    July 31, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  11. Luis

    This guy is a complete idiot......maybe he'll write another speech about this. That is about all he has to offer.

    All you Obamites drinking the Kool-Aid are a sorry bunch. They kind of mentality that has suicide bomber written all over it, LOL.

    Liberal morons, LOL

    July 31, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  12. v.a.

    of course he doesn't have any new ideas. the ideas that he IS able to conjure up, he forgets because of his impending senile condition.

    all mcmelanoma can do is attack attack attack. his negativity is getting him attention that his failure of a campaign isn't getting him.

    mcwart has no substance thanks to his flip flops. he's like a dagum fish out of water flopping around everywhere.

    July 31, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  13. Enough!

    Let's hear John McCain do as he promised months ago – to run a clean campaign that focuses on issues. He's going back on what he said, and it's because his campaign has no other ideas. Say what you will about Obama's lack of experience – do you really want a man with no FRESH ideas about how to repair our nation and strengthen its economy? Everything else takes a back seat, including experience.

    July 31, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  14. Bubba

    That's not true! McCain's done great things in Czecho-Slovakia, and his work on the Iran-Pakistan border conflict is unbelievable. And the other day he mowed his lawn and cooked weenies on a grill – show some respect for the old guy. He'll get going any day now, by cracky. He'll show you some new ideas! He's going to learn how to email and get a page on Facebook.

    July 31, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  15. Independent-woman-4-Obama

    That's right, all McCain and the GOP have is attacks. It is sad that so many people fall for their lies and misinformation!

    We, the People, should be disgusted with the fiscal irresponsibility of the GOP, of the way Bush/Cheney have broken laws and trashed our Constitution!

    What about the $10 TRILLION IN NATIONAL DEBT??????????????? This is Bush/Cheney's legacy.

    July 31, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  16. Abby

    This is not your old democratic candidate. Not Kerry and Not Gore. He is going to fight and win or lose with no regrets. I love it! But he will win!

    OBAMA 08!!!

    July 31, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  17. Onedayatatime

    What can you expect? New ideas require an open mind and a sincere desire to solve issues. McCain has neither. Also, I'm tired of hearing about how we have to respect McCain because of his "character" and service to our country. Anyone who treated his 1st wife with the disregard shown by John, cheated with and married Cindy only to disrespect her publicly, and frequently displays the uncontrolled temper of a spoiled 2 year old cannot, cannot, cannot, lead this country.

    July 31, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  18. Abby

    "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?"

    July 31, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  19. soy

    He has no ideas period. He's ideas are that of Bush hence why he's referred to as McBush

    July 31, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  20. Sherry, Atlanta

    When you reach McCain's age, are you suprised that HE'S NOT CREATIVE!

    July 31, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  21. James Hussein, SC

    Why is it that every time CNN has an article about Senator Obama it ends with Senator McCain's talking points, or it ends by attacking Senator Obama?

    I noticed that this has been going on for this whole Presidential Race.

    July 31, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  22. Onedayatatime

    Oh yea. I forgot. He did say he wouldn't raise taxes.....the day after he said he might.

    July 31, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  23. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    Let's see, Obama's ideas: raise taxes, spend more, raise taxes, spend more. What's new about that? When is he going to tell us how he will balance the budget? How will he pay for all his promises? If we move troops from Iraq to Afghanistan, how does that save money for other things, especially since it's already borrowed money? It's no accident that the highest budget deficit ever happened with a Democratic Congress. Don't blame Bush, he can't spend a dime if congress doesn't authorize it. Obama, your tax dollars down the toilet.

    July 31, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  24. mike cooney

    Dim-o-rats have not allowed a nuclear plant in America since 1970?!?! Dumb-o-rats have not allowed drilling where known oil is for 27 years?!?! Not one new refinery has been built since 1969??!! Demonrats WANT high gasoline prices so only the elitist snobs can drive cars that they complain are gas guzzlers! Deplorable rats are so Marxist ,even Karl Marx would not want what these tax and waste fools have created!!

    July 31, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  25. Shari, NY

    Let the polls say what they want! Wait until after the Olympics – wait until colleges reopen – wait until after Labor Day – wait until after the debates. Election Day will tell us the truth. McCain ads are not childish (as one of his defector’s said) but worse – infantile. Such tactics are an insult to one’s intelligence. His camp had hoped that Sen. Obama’s overseas visit would be a fiasco but it proved otherwise and so they are having sleepless nights. Those who do fall asleep are having nightmares so desperation has now translated into low down gimmicks. McCain will win when he starts attacking his buddy Bush.

    July 31, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
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