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. Jesse, St. Louis Park, MN

    McSame = old man yelling at clouds

    Seriously though, why is he such a grump!

    July 31, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  2. Tony C.

    PerhapsWASHINGTON (CNN) - Congress can require White House aides to testify under subpoena, despite Bush administration claims of immunity, a U.S. District Court ruled Thursday.

    Former White House Counsel Harriet Miers is not immune from congressional subpoenas, a judge ruled Thursday.

    The House Judiciary Committee has been seeking to force former White House Counsel Harriet Miers to testify before Congress. The White House has been resisting, claiming she cannot be compelled.

    But the White House position "is without any support in case law," Judge John D. Bates wrote in a 93-page opinion released Thursday.

    He said the notion that "Miers is absolutely immune from compelled congressional process" is "unprecedented."

    White House press secretary Dana Perino said the administration is reviewing the ruling.
    Gee, and I thought McCain was going to select Harriett Myers as his running mate. I think she may have other plans with the White House's claim for immunity to keep her from testifying struck down by a Judge with some sense.

    Poor John....POOR HARRIET!

    July 31, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  3. a southern bell for OBAMA










    July 31, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  4. Howard

    Mr. McCain may not have any new ideas that Barack likes, but he is willing to work within the only system we have along with his opponents to solve problems. He has a proven track record by co-sponsoring many bills with Democrats. What has Barack done? Barack said in Hawaii at a conference of Native American Cultures his first day back from his rock tour that America needs to make reparations to "people of color for its tragic treatment of them in its sad past". Why has CNN not run this story. I suspect that CNN like other major Networks favors Barack and would rather not show his true socialist beliefs for fear of rejection. CNN knows what reparations would mean.

    I would also like to know why nothing has been Sen. John Edwards' escapades this past week in the posh Beverly Hills hotel room with his mistress and illegitimate infant? Hmmm more favoratism perhaps?

    July 31, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  5. McLAME

    Gramps has a GREAT NEW IDEAS!!!

    1) Let's drill our way out of oil dependancy.
    2) Let's extend the Bush tax cuts and watch the "trickle".
    3) Let's continue to flush money down the toilet in Iraq.
    4) Let's continue the GOP health care plan..."Don't get sick"
    5) Let's de-regulate everything, CEOs and the Top 1% need help.

    July 31, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  6. karen-phoenix

    I'm a republican voting for Obama! NO MORE WARS for oil. NO more Bush economics. McCain will be exactly like Bush and my grandchildren will have to pay and pay dearly if not by money then by a draft. NO MORE old experience in Washington! Out with the old and in with the new!!! At least with Obama we have some glimmer of HOPE!

    July 31, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  7. BR

    Because playing the race card is such a new idea. Kind of like the Messiah wanting to raise taxes, create universal healthcare, etc. Those are all brand new ideas. Wow, he is such a great leader. (Sarcasm).

    July 31, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |

    Obama the wanna-be rock-star without any talent


    Obama the wanna-be president without any experience.


    Sen McCain for your next PRESIDENT.

    %%%%%100%%%%%CRYSTAL CLEAR%%%%%100%%%%%

    July 31, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  9. Joe Reg

    Obama is the real deal.

    Obama will end the war and bring the troups home, McCain first said 100 years and now he is following Obama- the repubs are not to be trusted this time around, not this year.

    End the war, save the economy. Exxon Mobil $1,500 profit per second and the people will not see a penny of that, but when the big companies are about to go under, the people pay to keep them running- that is the repubs and McCain policy of the same.

    Landslide Obama 08/12.

    July 31, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  10. Dragon Lady

    "please don't take my star away !" once he gets a taste of the bright lites he can't get enough. Seems he also thinks all the people at the convention are there just for him ! ! Nuts isn't it ! Really, there are more important people in this world, AND at the convention.
    Your comment is awaiting moderation...... yea right.

    July 31, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  11. Matt

    Meanwhile, Obama is still running against George W. Bush.

    Obama keeps playing the race card and using scare tactics.

    Who doesn't have any new ideas?

    July 31, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  12. odera

    Mccain, for your age you should grow up and treat us voters with some dignity! tell us what you have in mind and how you plan on being different from bush so we can make some kind of sane judgement and not attack because you are out of ideas...GROW UP!

    July 31, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |

    Of course Mccaub has no new ideas. And, there is no
    way he can run on the republicans accomplishments and
    merits as there are none.
    The Mccain of yesteryear no longer exists. He is resorting to
    the dirty tactics he once hated.
    The fact that he is supporting swift boating, distorting facts,
    exaggerating and out and out lying tells us he has chosen
    the path of no integrity or honor.

    July 31, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  14. vicky

    The McCain ad grouping Barack Obama with Paris Hilton missed the boat. It is McCain who fits in with the Hollywood types e,g, his affair with his now wife and her drug problem. If Obama had a past like that you may be sure the McCain group would have exploited it . Would American voters rather vote for a man with a past like McCain's or a clean-cut man such as Obama. McCain is so busy twisting the truth in his speeches. I have heard him repeat so many times untruths that I cannot understand why he isn't blushing or snickering. Scary. CNN never posts my contributions so I don;t expect to see this.

    July 31, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  15. Robert

    It's beyond my comprehension that anyone can believe that Obama would be anywhere near as risky a choice for President than McCain. Here's an old school poitician (McCain) that has been a faithful follower and advisor to Bush, who is 100% in bed with Bush's political ideas that have gotten us into this countries worse mess in history... versus a candidate (Obama) with fresh new ideas and an agenda of desparately needed political change that even the leaders in other countries of the world approve of and want to work with.

    It should be obvious that the greatest risk would be voting for McCain as President...LET'S NOT RISK IT!! VOTE OBAMA!!!!

    July 31, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  16. Kennedy Ghetubba

    The only strategy Obama can use to respond to McCain's argument of riskiness is to choose a running mate who has experience and well seasoned and honestly I do not see anybody far much better that Hillary Clinton. For Obama to look at military credentials for a running mate against McCain is just to loose the election. If I was his advisor I will tell him to choose right now than latter because what McCain is waiting is to see who he chooses and honestly there is no other woman out there McCain can choose as a running mate better than Hillary. Hear me. !!

    July 31, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  17. NoMcSame

    That is what they do. That is all that they must do to win.

    July 31, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  18. aaa

    mccain is an old crook in washington he know how to make fraud happen like he did back in the days when he got caught doing fraud with his buddies.

    July 31, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  19. Holly

    I have been so impressed with the way Barak Obama and John McCain have been running their campaigns so far. Although disagreeing on different issues, they both have been fair and even complimentary to one another. It's been such a relief!

    I am disappointed and so "turned off" that negative ads are now appearing.Why does it have to get ugly? I feel that if a candidate cannot stand on his/her own merits without belittling the other, I am not so sure I want to vote for either!

    July 31, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  20. Nia Hussein- Phoenix, AZ

    Not only do they not have any ideas but they seem to be doing more bashing then talkin about issues that concern voters. They took a page out of Hillary's play book bash till your blue in the face.

    July 31, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  21. George

    Did he say no Taxes?????

    How in the hell does he intend to pay for his proposals? Even if he pulled out troops day one, there is still not enough money to do what he wants.

    I think this may come back to bite him in the butt!!!

    July 31, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  22. Reality Check Richmond Virginia

    McCain has ideas.........bad ideas. I guess McCain feels it would be better for his campaign to act silly and decietful than to argue for bad policy.......and it appears to be working, sadly.

    July 31, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  23. Dee, Tx

    People say that Obama needs provide more substance. That irks the hell out of me because all I hear from McCain is contempt for Obama. This narrative that the media has going is sickening. I heard Campbell Brown in her piece ask if "Obama was full of himself." What in the hell kind of journalism is this

    July 31, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  24. alpha

    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.
    DickBush trade in oil,so does MCain.
    Selfish Repulcicans
    OBAMA 08!

    July 31, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  25. jan phillips

    Tuesday night will be the only time I will watch the convention.

    July 31, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
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