July 31st, 2008
11:10 AM ET
12 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. jason, tx

    you go Obama!

    Key states must have a screw lose since they have narrowed the lead toward McCain's side at this point. Hmmm... not too bright.

    July 31, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  2. Tony Z- MD

    I am really starting to wonder. I remember someone else saying read my lips no new taxes. First year in office- what happens. Than again he understood economics enough to know that 8 years prior he called it Voodoo.

    I have yet to hear a clear McCain policy based on his stances. That is why the debates or town halls are going to be great. America will see what happens when you don't have paper in front of you.

    July 31, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  3. Michelle

    Bush ran on the "change" slogan.

    So did Castro.

    Besides, Obama never says what specifically the change will be, how he will accomplish it, how it will benefit our nation, and how
    our nation will PAY FOR IT.

    "Change" is just a gimmicky, nebulous slogan.

    July 31, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  4. NotFallingInLine.org

    Obama's arrogance knows no bounds.

    First, every idea, every slogan, and many lines that flower Obama's rhetoric have been lifted from others. Each time we hear members of the media discuss Obama's positions or whether Obama is changing his positions, we have to ask (after we stop laughing): When has Obama ever stayed in one position long enough to formulate his own position on anything?

    Second, with the media's help, he did the same thing to Hillary Clinton... he attack her daily on the campaign trail and then accused her of being nothing by negativity against him, the Chosen One, the One we've all been waiting for, the Gift to the World.

    Obama is a bad punchline to a horrible joke.

    Barack Obama: Gift to the world, not.
    Arrogance beyond all measure.

    Knoxville NFIL

    July 31, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  5. Marc

    The arrogance of this man! I plan on voting for someone who has demonstated he can work both sides of the aisle and is an American war hero. I've no interest in being lectured and talked down to the next 4 years while he and his celebrity friends enjoy the White House and travel overseas on mini-vacations. I'm encouraging all my friends here in Virginia to look closer at this snake oil salesman and realize what he and his wife are planning.

    July 31, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  6. Amy

    Stop wasting your time by responding to an idiot.

    July 31, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  7. Bill from ALabama

    Obama is a sinking ship! He is severely lacking in experience,and his past connection witht he likes of the Rev. Wright,Father Pfleger,and Bill Ayers,has sent fears throughout this land. We do not believe your disavowing these people,is genuine. It is just necessary to become politically viable. Well, the verdict is back,and we're not buying it. I think the polls will continue to dwindle for you,but PUMA will finish the job of sinking your ship.

    July 31, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |


    July 31, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  9. bridgette

    The commercial was just silly. And it was beneath someone that has as many years doing this as McCain.

    July 31, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  10. New is better than Failed

    Is Obama the "risky" choice? Perhaps. But we're at a point where we need to scrap what's been tried and done (and failed) in favor of what hasn't been done, even though it might be risky.

    Friends, we really can't afford another four years of sliding further into an abyss. Things can get worse. My stomach and heart ache over the prospect of it.

    As honorable a man as John McCain is, he is showing that he is not the best person to help us right now.

    I want to feel good about living in the United States. I want to feel secure about my future, and I want people around the world to once again respect our nation. Don't you?

    Please think about these things when you vote this fall. It's your choice, and you can help repair our nation by voting for a fresh start with Obama.

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

    Are you kidding me? What exactly are YOUR ideas, buddy?! That's right, "Change" and "Hope". Great ideas! Dope!

    July 31, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  12. Accountant Guy

    That is because McBush has nothing to contribute to this country. The only thing he can do is make up negative things about Obama. That is pathetic, much like him and the republican party!!

    Obama '08

    July 31, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  13. James From Chicage

    I think Obama has it all wrong. No one is trying to scare people about Obama, they are just telling the truth. If Obama is elected we are in deep trouble my friends. Heis arragont, cocky and he and his supporters truly believe he was born in a manger. He struts around
    like a super star and talks down to people unless he know the
    media and camera's are on. He is no mre qualified to be President
    than Cafferty,OMG what a thought that would be.

    All of Obama supporters are saying he dosen't need Hillary, well
    there is no chance in hell he will win without her.

    July 31, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  14. georgie

    so cnn, maybe thats because Americans are starting to stt the real obama. maybe some notice his cockeyness more and more. maybe we are starting to see the racism he is trying to invoke on us by saying he doesn't look like the other presidents on the bills. and then saying that it wasn't about race. Hate to tell him but he already said it, and he did say black.

    July 31, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  15. Mike Obama

    Obama act presidential nominee of Democratic Party and dont be a cry baby. We want to elect a commander in chief and not someone who would like to cry on somebody's shoulder. As a commander-in-chief there are uphill challenges to face, many dictators to handle, many terrorist to tackle. If with some ads you feel offended then I am sorry you should not take up this job and remain with what you are comfortable right now and gain some experience and learn to be tough while gaining experience.

    July 31, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  16. ProudToBeDemocrat

    You can not change the Evil republican party, all they do it attack with false smears. All the democrats need do is educate the American people on the history of the republican party, on what they did for the last Eight years, their racist and sexist views, their false christianity the uses God as a wage to do evil things and so on. If we can do this republicans have not change to win ever again.

    July 31, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  17. Saad from NJ

    I 100% agree with Senator Obama. As much as I respect Senator McCain for his services in armed forces, him running the ad yesterday about Obama being a celebrity versus telling people how he plans to fix almost every sector, whether Government or Private that we have in shambles, he really does not have any new ideas. He really does not.

    July 31, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  18. Terry

    What Barack said is True. McCain knows the only thing he has to offer is a negative campaign. If the media talks about McCain's negative ads then they don't have to discuss the real issues that americans are going through. That also explains when John McCain's NY Times OP Ed was rejected. It was all negative and didn't offer any solutions.

    July 31, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  19. R.I.F.

    "...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."

    Opps.. CNN does it again! Your bias is so transparent. The Obama campaign released their ad AFTER McCain's ad. The focus wasn't to compare McCain to Bush but call McCain out for all the negative ads that he's been running. Your article makes it seem as if Obama is the guilty party. McCain ran FOUR straight negative ads against Obama. They have to eventually run something since the television media won't call McCain out for the lies and only helps McCain by running his ads in endless loops.

    July 31, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  20. Sam

    Obama should stop whining and complaining of being attacked every time McCain points out Obama's short-comings. I can't remember when a Presidential contender has cried "poor-me, poor-me" more than has Barack Obama.

    July 31, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  21. James

    It is indeed a very telling sign that you've got nothing when all you can talk about is why the other person is terrible.

    This is true of bullies in playgrounds, to bored suburbanites.

    We as americans are tired of it.

    Tell me what you will do for the country, inspire your country to be better. Harping on why the other guy is bad insults my intelligence, I can think and judge for myself.

    The very essence of an ad like the celeb ad is that the electorate is stupid, i can influence them to think a certain way.

    No Thank you John McCain

    You still have 96 days to earn my vote the right way so please change your strategy

    July 31, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  22. norml

    of course. obama's correct.has been all along.but,people from both sides will come out and spew their hatred of each other.i say we settle this the easy way.a game of one on one basketball,mccain vs. obama.first one to 10 ,wins.there.election over. hate gone. obama president .nations problems begin to be solved.world happier.less tension.cheaper gas.safer environement.and a rock star,loved by the entire world,except a few racist right-wingers.

    July 31, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  23. Mike, TX

    Perhaps, but Obama has no ideas what-so-ever. Read his speeches, there is NOTHING THERE! He's a talking-head reading a prepared script designed to "wow" the listener into euphoria.

    You can read about a similar speaker and those who really listened by going to any newspaper of the 1930's when they wrote about a charasmatic German politician of the era.

    July 31, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  24. Capt. Smash, Salt Lake City, Utah

    McWar/Bush and the GOP have a new GOD! Its called BIG OIL they will do any thing to maintain BIG OIL'S profits. They get down on there knees and pray to there new OIL GOD; EXXON/MOBIL.

    12 BIllion in profits people in 1 qtr.

    July 31, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  25. Dan

    If McCain thinks he's going to waltz into the White House, void of any new ideas and visions for this country he'd better think again. Running on Geoge Bush's third term will get you a front row seat at Barack's inauguration.

    Obama 08

    July 31, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
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