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. Unity

    Exactly. If McCain had any substance or character, he would be laying it out for all to see. But he's not. He is interviewing for the highest elected office in our land by solely being negative about the other candidate. He is counting on the public not to check his veteran's voting record, enormous donations made to his campaign from BIG OIL and an obvious two-way beneficial relationship with them – in a year when the ordinary person was robbed blind by them, and what about all of the flip flopping on MAJOR PLATFORM ISSUES and serious gaffe after gaffe.

    If America does not question – we just may wind up with four more years of severely limping Bush policies. Not a pretty sight!

    July 31, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  2. SaveTheDramaFoObamasMama

    sounds like the Messiah is doing the same thing he is accusing the McCain camp of doing.

    The candidate for change. hahahaha. What a joke!

    July 31, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  3. Susan

    Right on the money. They have nothing to offer other than a doddering, old, evil, candidate who has no honor!

    July 31, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  4. Mark in Florida

    Obama is spot on correct. Obama has been correct on just about everything. When are the American people going to wake up and realize this country cannot afford 4 more years of McBush.

    Pay no attention to polls. They will remain close until Obama evicerates McBush in the debates, townhall or otherwise. McSame does not have any new ideas. The definition of madness is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. McCain embodies this arguement.

    It's a no brainer people, Obama will be a great president.

    July 31, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  5. Cathy

    I'm sick of the big wigs getting all the break with our government. It's time for the little people like you and I to get a real voice in the White House. McCain's push for off shore drilling will just add more billions of proftis to Exxon. NO MORE!!!!!!!! I'm just so sick of it!!!!!!!!!!!

    I know Obama represents me in the White House.

    Thank You!!!!

    July 31, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  6. Jasmine in Marburg, Germany

    Senator McCain is not telling the whole truth in his ads and has lost respect and credibility with me. His comic book ad with Britney Spears and Paris Hilton have something in common with his own wife; all three are pretty, blonde millionaires, have a history of substance abuse and run-ins with the law, except that Britney and Paris haven't stolen from charities like Cindy has. Exactly what voter group was he trying to target here? Was he trying to pretend that he knows who Britney and Paris are? McCain promised a "Straight Talk Express", but he sure ain't talkin' straight. Perhaps he really is out of touch, not to mention desperate, because he's ruining the positive reputation his PR people have built up for him over the years. He's becoming a lying, playground bully.

    Senator Obama's ads have stayed relatively clean by comparison, considering the close polls. He has maintained dignity. He wants to bring honor back to the White House, he doesn't want a dirty campaign. In studying the history of both men, each is qualified for the Presidency in his own way. Obama's record shows him to be the more intelligent of the two. McCain is starting to show himself to the public to be part of the "old dirty politics club".

    Senator McCain, if you want to win this election, get on the "Straight Talk Express" and stop talking down to the uneducated. If you lose, you will have lost with dignity. Accept it. That's better than going down in history as someone who does not tell the truth and made a fool of himself.

    July 31, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  7. Silence Dogood

    Let me get this straight: The Empty Suit with no specific ideas, in a speech critical of McWar, accuses him of having no new ideas and being critical of Empty Suit.

    I can only shake my head in wonder.

    He already has politics as usual down pretty well. He is going to do great in DC. Sadly.....

    July 31, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  8. Puff

    Try to remember Senator that not all of us fall under your spell and your speeches. Take a look at your rants about John McCain. You are like a broken record. Maybe you need a new speech writer.
    Sorry, I won't drink your koolade or take your hope dope. I'm clean and not voting for you no matter what.
    56 yr old white woman! HA

    July 31, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |








    July 31, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  10. Chip Pudims

    What does BO offer us outside of abstract platitudes, such as hope and change. There is no substance behind his eloquence presentation. His pressence in the Presidential race reinforces the Democrats lack of a peception to what the process is all about. Even "beauty contests" have more than a bathing suit segment!

    July 31, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  11. Roslyn

    If I were John McCain, I would fire my political advisors and public relations staff immediately. His ad depicting Obama as a SUPERSTAR is hypocritical at best. As an everyday shoe, McCain walks wears shoes that cost the equivalent of some Americans monthly rental payment. Who is really living the life of a SUPERSTAR? Obama appears in public with clothes that look like they were purchased off the rack of the Men's Warehouse. No offense against Obama, but honestly look at the styles of the two men.

    July 31, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  12. Ms.Viv

    John McCain complained about Obama not going overseas and because Obama got more attention from his visit he complained. This ad reeks of jealousy and his claim that Obama gets more media time is true. However, the reason Obama gets more attention is because he is scrutinized more than McCain. McCain is an adulterer, but that is never mentioned. He did give up information when he was a POW, however I do not hold this against him because no one knows how they would react under those circumstances. CNN all of your coverage concerning McCain is mostly favorable. I have always lived which other nationalities all my life, but your reporting looks like because Obama is African-American he has to work harder than McCain.

    July 31, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  13. Wiseman

    What would you say of a nation that voted for president Bush twice into office, a majority of its people do not know the difference between Sweden and Switzerland, Austria and Australia.

    Americans are dumb!! I will not be suprise if they make another dumb decision and vote for Senator McCain.

    July 31, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  14. georgia

    It is true.
    & the thing is they know they have nothing but still think so littlle of the public that they'll continue the sham as long as there are takers !!

    July 31, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  15. Rick

    Even if McCain has no new ideas at least he has some ideas.

    July 31, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  16. Sean

    Sure, McCain's spoken out against the Bush administration in the past. But since this campaign started, he's reversed himself on virtually all of those issues and is now in lockstep with Bush.

    Obama has a legitimate point when he says:

    "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?"

    The definition of insanity according to Einstein: "doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results"

    McCain is asking us to be insane.

    July 31, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  17. Don Patrick

    Obama and staff keep fogeting to ask the definition of Win in Iraq,
    Also they should remind the public of the long experience of Chaney and Rumsfield that Republicans select when saying he is not ready to lead because of inexperience.

    July 31, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  18. Jen

    Yes, it is correct. John always talks about Obama. He did that , he did this. He may do that or this. He doesn't have any vision for ideas , how he can move this country in the right direction. Sick of this o...man.

    July 31, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  19. Sean

    NObama '08

    July 31, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  20. Michael, Torrance, CA

    What change, Obama? That's all anyone ever hears from you. Change, change, change. These things you talk about changing, how do you propose to change them? I for one would like to see a blueprint of what you intend to change and how you expect to go about changing it. Without that, I have no intention of voting for you. At least McCain is telling the people what he intends to do and how he's going to do it.

    July 31, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  21. Steve

    If John McCain is so experienced and has all the answers, then why is he whining like a baby about press coverage and then playing smear tactics on a third grader playbook:

    1. Calling him names like elitist( raised on food stamps, can't bowl),
    2. Non-American( didn't wear a flag and once),
    3. Uunpatriotic ( didn't put his hand on his heart during the national anthem, nobody usually does!! is usually reserved for the flag salute),
    4. The old "tax and spend liberal" (unlike the reduced tax for the rich and spend even more Republicans, $9 trillion in debt),
    5. Obama just says words !! (problem is that words all makes sense, unlike the words that came out of George W. Bush's mouth over the last seven years)
    John McCain whatever happened to your straight talk express, you used to actually have some integrity, and like a typical bully Republican with no real answers on what you can do to help this country.

    July 31, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  22. NotALemming

    Yeah, but all of the Obama ads have been peaches and cream, right?

    The biggest problem with this guy is that he claims the mantle of "change" and acts like he somehow transcends politics as usual. He is, however, an extremely gifted politician in the traditional sense (and little more), and transcends nothing. He's the same as all of those other Washington jokers....

    July 31, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  23. Xavier, Saint Louis, Missouri

    Obama is right! McBush and the GOP are so desperate that they have nothing left in the tank, so they attack Obama because people all over the world want to see and hear him speak. McBush on the other hand, can't pay people to look or listen to him.

    I can sum it all up in one word: Jealousy

    July 31, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  24. Shawn T

    yes yes republicans, please lets hear you dispute this...

    July 31, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |

    its about time someone exposed McSame for who he really is: a dirty negative person. thank you Obama, you've got my vote.

    July 31, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
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