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. D Murray

    The only person I believe to risky is Senator John McCain; no new ideas, just a bunch of the same old stuff (scare them and they will vote for us). Senator McCain may have made a good president about eight years ago but this is a new day and time, we need change for this country to return to it's glory days. As far as senator Obama changing his mind on the issues, well I've notice Senator McCain changing his mind on a daily basis.

    July 31, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  2. Fred C Dobbs

    Quinnipiac – the last name in polling firms; must be if they are being quoted by CNN.

    Jack Cafferty and Wold Blitzer – time to retire!

    July 31, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  3. Major Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    Obama is right on target. McCain is to focused on negative campaign strategies instead of focusing on the troubled economy of this nation. Soon "talking the talk" will terminate, and "walk the walk" will begin......and America will see who does what....McCain had best get a good pair of Ferragamo shoes........he is going to need them.

    July 31, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  4. raheen PA

    That all you hear from Mcbush is attack attack and every ad he had come out with is tryimg to blame Obama when this man had been in the senate for 26 years OBAMA08

    July 31, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  5. James in NYC

    I have a question for McCain:
    If you are not going raise taxes but are going to continue with the wars then who on earth will pay the Deficit, restore Medicare, and contribute to Social Security? I know with the wife you have you don't need any of them but most American's will.
    I know, I got it, Britney Spears, Paris Hilton, and Miley Cyrus will all balance our budget, give equipment to the troops, and research new fuels.
    I am not going to vote for an antiquated Washington politician who will put us and the UN to sleep with old ideas and no new solutions.

    Not a third time!

    July 31, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  6. Mark


    The GOP should talk about issues or they are going to lose badly.

    July 31, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  7. Steve


    July 31, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  8. Trudy, MS

    McCain has two weeks to attack Barack because the Olympics will start. He needs this time to sling every kitchen sink imaginable. Not only does he have to throw the sink, but the refrigerator and stove as well.

    Of course, these dirty GOP tactics will not work because the American people understand that they've got nothing. They were in control of the White House and Congress for six years and we ran up the deficit. No, it's time for a real change, not some stealth change which will end in more war and economic woes at home.

    July 31, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  9. Pat

    2000 maverick has become a 2008 McScrooge. After losing in 2000 what makes him worth voting for now?

    July 31, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  10. Samantha, VT

    Thank you Barack, we know what the GOP is doing, and we've got your back.

    Obama 08

    July 31, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  11. Orlando

    John is lonely and he has losed his marbles.

    July 31, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  12. Kevin

    McCain has betrayed his core principles.

    July 31, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  13. Robert

    Obama is wrong. The problem is that he gets too much favorable coverage, so the McCain campaign has to show the viewers a balance of opinion. If the media didnt flagrently love Obama so much, it could be a much more civil and positive race.

    July 31, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  14. T. Trent

    Obama thank you for READING this OLD SIMPLE man!

    Same ole same ole Washington Politics!

    July 31, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  15. Mena Ama

    Desparation breeds negativity. By the way, what is Mccain's message again ?
    No FOCUS. Use the AD to talk about the issues. People are losing their homes and you talk about Britney and Paris ?
    I respected McCain, but I think he has lost it now

    July 31, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  16. mediahack

    The ads show that the McCain campaign is smart.
    People get so indignant about negative ads, as if they're conjured by sleazy dirty rotten people. In fact, negative ads ( or attack ads) are created by decent hard working Americans who truly believe that their candidate would be the better President. They use negative ads because they work.
    If Obama wants to win this thing, he'd better hope his ad people are as brilliant as McCain's.

    July 31, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  17. MMN-Milwaukee WI

    Tell’em Barack.
    McCain is spiting into the wind now, come November it will blow back on your face.

    July 31, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  18. Ex-Republican for Obama

    Yea, instead of taxes: McCain will raise the price of Gas, Groceries, Interest rates, increase the unemployment rate, ship jobs over seas. Lower veteran benefits, kill our soldiers and then tell us Obama did it.

    Obama will not raise taxes on ANYONE making less then $250k. Don't fall for McCain's lies, he will say anything to get elected then screw us all.

    Obama '08

    July 31, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  19. Allheart72

    How stupid can Americans be???? Republicans have done everything they can to screw up the economy and foreign affairs and we just keep coming back for more. Shameful.

    July 31, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  20. go away mongers- Ventura ca

    When you feel you have to tear down the opponent to make yourself look good- that's a problem! McSame is running for President by typical republiCANT means- fear & smear.

    July 31, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  21. Kelby from Houston, TX

    WoW! I said the same exact thing about McCain's ad. I also said it was immature but the negative ads clearly shows that even McCain realizes that he cannot win on his policies. So he ends up attempting to compare Barack Obama to Paris Hilton? That is a sad attempt borderline PATHETIC to get people to vote for you.

    I hope Paris Hilton sues you for using her image WITHOUT HER PERMISSION.

    I know why McCain is going negative, everytime he talks about the issues he gets a negative response from the people

    July 31, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  22. Marge Hibbing Mn

    That's all obama has is ideas ...ideas on how to steal an election. ideas on what to promise the dopes who are supporting him to make them think he cares. Any person who was in the state senate of Illinois for 7 years and did not do anything but sit on his butt and press the "present" button is not worthy to be even the candidate. Any body who then went to the US senate and sat for two 1/2 years and did not even bother to vote, is doubly a stupid twit. AND PEOPLE WANT HIM TO BE OUR CANDIDATE.

    July 31, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  23. Jerry

    MCSAME is so worry about Obama policy, but do MCSAME have his on policy, I wish MCSAME tell American how he going to fix our economy instead talking negative against Obama

    July 31, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  24. Steven, MA

    Yes, Barack's arrogant; he has the audacity to run against a multi-millionaire with 8 houses, and a private plane. He has the audacity to run against a senator who has been inside the Washington circle for 27 years. He has the audacity to run against a man who was only a "D" student, but beat voters over the head with his war record. How arrogant of Barack–NOT.

    McCain is the arrogant one, if he thinks we're going to lie down and take the baloney he's throwing. Now that's straight talk.

    The GOP is running scared, especially at this time. Hang in their Americans; we WILL take our country BACK.

    Obama 08

    July 31, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  25. McCain is 71 years old

    Who benefits from McCain's policies?
    Oil companies, corporations, and the wealthy.

    Who benefits from Obama's policies?
    Average Americans who need help right now.

    Vote your self interest.

    Are you an average American, or the president of an oil company?

    July 31, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
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