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. Cynthia

    Senator McCain seems to only be in attack mode. He should get back to the issues and tell the American people what his plans are. The ad linking about to Spears & Hilton don't make sense. No disrespect to Spears & Hilton but one seems to be an airhead, been in jail for DUI and the other had some mental issues and Senator Obama has none of those. All the commecial does for me his to confirm that the ugly green monster (jealousy) has risen its head. Eventhough I do not support him, I thought Senator McCain was better than that but obviously not.

    A better commerical for me would have been linking him to Denzel Washington, Will Smith, George Clooney – ladies doesn't this sound scrumptious! lol

    July 31, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  2. NotFallingInLine.org

    Obama's arrogance knows no bounds.

    First, every idea, every slogan, and many of the 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 during his short career in public office to have formulated his own position on anything?

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

    Hillary Clinton is a gifted leader with an amazing command of the issues.

    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 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  3. Wendy

    Yea, that sounds right.

    July 31, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  4. Matt

    I have a question for everone regarding how the most recent polls are conducted. Who are these people calling? Is it only land lines or are they calling cell phones as well? Are they able to call people on the no call list?

    I apprieciate your input.

    July 31, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  5. Dem

    I have yet to see anything out of the GOP other than...

    attack obama

    attack obama

    is that all they have?

    July 31, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  6. vtiz4obama

    That is exactly right, Senator McCain is having trouble engaging a real political debate with Senator Obama, reason why he is just attacking him as much as possible and probably hoping that Obama will make a political mistake he could use at his advantage.

    July 31, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  7. MsSapphire, Little Rock

    Don't worry Barack.....I just made a contibution to "OUR" campaign so you can continue to fight the nasty McSame camp. I will continue to donate until you are POTUS!!

    God Bless You!
    Obama 08!

    July 31, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  8. LS

    How can Obama be too risky? Just look how things turned out with Bush in office – talk about risky. McCain is the one who should be labeled "Risky", not Obama.

    McCain hasn't said one thing since he started his campaign that has been worth listening to. McCain doesn't talk with concern about us, the economy, etc., not one thing McCain says has been heartfelt, absolutely nothing.

    This country is going to regret it if McCain is elected president, just like how people feel about Bush and what he has done.

    I didn't vote for Bush – but sure do feel bad for people who are suffering right now because of him.

    July 31, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  9. Proud army and navy mom

    Sen Obama is absolutely right. mcattack is the same old, same old. Mccain is a desparate man and it's real ugly.

    July 31, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  10. Brian G, Sugar Land, TX

    Even my 78 year old mother says it's is time to turn over the leadership of the country to the current generation of politicians and community leaders.

    At 58, I couldn't agree more. Wise woman, my mom.

    July 31, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  11. Ken

    Obama has hit the nail on the head. The [R] party has not had a successful new idea that has actually helped the country since Eisenhower. It is certainly no surprise that McCain would follow in that shameful trait. It is the party of failed old white men who revel in their right-wing heritage.....there is nothing there that will move this country forward in this new millennium.

    In fact, although I laugh at [R]s calling themselves 'conservative', they do have the one dismal conservative trait that has been continually harmful throughout history, just as it is now: they do not want to change, to move forward. If America continues to embrace that warped message, as they have since 2000, Bin Laden and our other enemies won't have to lift a hand to destroy our country.

    July 31, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  12. Ken

    Okay, Barack supporters we are on the last stretch. Let's get out there and support Barack.

    Obama 08

    July 31, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  13. Oregon here

    Yeah, like "Read my lips" famous words from a republican that did not hold up to be true......... America wake up!!!! People are being paid to travel across the country to tell people not to vote for Obama. I just hope that this election will be Of the People, By the People & For the People this time aroound.

    Obama 08

    July 31, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  14. Venus

    There you Obama!

    Remind McSame that he should stay focus and what is he offering...

    Since McSame is running for Bush's 3rd Term...

    He has no new plans... which is why his Straight Talk Bus/Plane stays in the ditch...

    McSame really takes the low road about Obama's speaking abilities and success. Why? Because McSame wish he had those abilities!

    I bet if McSame could get over 200,000 people in any country to show up and listen to him... it would still be a major news story!

    July 31, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  15. Denise Groves

    nope. he has hired rove and his henchmen. same ole same ole. even members of the gop are complainng about the ads

    July 31, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  16. Tony C.

    Couldn't agree more.

    McCain is a bitter, angry, old man with old ideas looking to pick up where Bush left off.

    Really sad how after 8 years of the worst president this country has ever had that so many support McBush.

    I truly believe being a Republican is a birth defect and they just can't be taught and don't GET IT!

    Should McBush win in November, prepare youselves for as many as 3 Supreme Court appointees, an undending war, huge take hike, etc. 8 horrific years and those who would vote for McCain just haven't a clue.

    July 31, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  17. Rick

    Obama is no better than McCain. He is adding fuel to the flames as much as McCain.

    Both candidates need to focus on their own campaigns instead of showing their fear of the other by bashing them.

    Show us something productive will you both or is this an example of what we should expect when you get to office?

    July 31, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  18. mayahh


    July 31, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  19. Tom

    I can't imagine listening to McCain and seeing that smirk on his face for 4 years. He is the dullest president in history and make no mistake about, we will go to twar.

    If Barack has to go to war with Iran it will be because we have to, not because he wants to.

    Obama 08

    July 31, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  20. Peter

    All true...

    July 31, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |

    I read on yahoo.com that the celebrity message that McShame delivered in television ad is gaining traction. AMERICA, I have one thing to say about this country: If you don't stand for something, you will fall for ANYTHING!!!

    Dont be fooled again by the GOP tactics to do anything to win. This is why our country is in shambles now.

    July 31, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  22. James in central Florida

    Hey! McSame, McBush, McLame, yadda yadda yadda....whatever the Liberals want to label John McCain....come this November, he's going to walk all over Mr. BOdiddleysquatt.

    July 31, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  23. Dennis in Chicago

    Everyone has this view that John McCain is some kind of political maverick that marches to the beat of his own drum. While it's true that McCain has from time to time stepped out of the republican line and opposed the wishes of his party his record is pretty marginal as an independent. And now that he's running for President he's changed his mind and mitigated many of his prior counter curent positions. He opposed Bush's Tax Cuts as reckelss but now not only does he think they were a good idea – he wants to extend them. He has over the course of congressional career opposed drilling in ANWR and protected coastal areas but now he's aligned himself with Bush on opening up protected coastal areas and has even gone as far to say that his buddy Bush should get credit for the recent decline in gasoline prices. McCain today is trying to make hay out his alleged anti-earmark / pork barrel record and has empathically stated that he has never asked for an earmark or any "pork barrel" appropriations. Guess it's the old age because he seems to forget the federal money he requested and got for the Rheinquest Center at the University of Arizona. To me Mccain's got issues and the biggest is that in spite of all the effort to sell himself as "Mr Maverick" he's nothing but a politcal hack that has spent way to long as part of a party and congress that has brought us to the conditions we faced today. He's had 20 plus years to get things done and on par his performance has been mediocre at best. Step aside John it's time for new blood.

    July 31, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  24. Tony C.

    John McCain's attack ads are:

    1. False (as yoou hear on t.v. and read in the papers, by not only Democrats, but Republicans as well.)

    2. The Britney Spears, Paris Hilton, Obama ad, plus the ad accusing Obama for the price of gas would be too funny if McBush weren't so desperate.

    DESPERATE ACTIONS BY A VERY DESPERATE MAN! Hard to do anything other than pity McCain.

    July 31, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  25. Kathryn Irby - Metairie, LA

    He's too senile to have any new ideas!

    July 31, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
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