August 3rd, 2008
01:15 PM ET
14 years ago

Is McCain's 'Celeb' ad accurate?


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(CNN) - John McCain's campaign got a lot of attention last week for its ad that likens Barack Obama to Britney Spears and Paris Hilton.

The ad calls Obama "the biggest celebrity in the world," but asks, "Is he ready to lead."

In addition to the flashy imagery, the ad also claims that Obama would raise taxes on electricity. But is that claim true? CNN's Josh Levs reports.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (182 Responses)
  1. Scott Pruden

    CNN is out of synch yet again:
    1. Repeat unchallenged a candidate's outrageous claim
    2. Cover to DEATH the other guy's reaction to the unfounded attack
    3. Then and only then, after the fact, actuallly FACT-CHECK the bogus claim.

    Hint: You should FACT-CHECK first, ACURATELY report on the claim, THEN beat the story to death.

    August 3, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  2. CJ

    I would rather have the inexperience of Obama than McCain's Bush kissing policies he is now embracing. I thought the ad a waste of good money . Only made me donate to Obama since at least he seems a bit more mature in spite of McCains age. As far as the taxes , I am not in the 250K and above bracket . If I were Cheney , Bush , Romney . McCain etc etc , I might be worried my taxes would go up!

    August 3, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  3. Devon Spencer

    Obama is liked by many people and John McCain is not. He needs to get over it.

    August 3, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  4. The Independent One

    McCain's celeb ad is just stupid.....but Obama is looking like an idiot lately too.

    August 3, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  5. wake up

    is Obama popular...well lets see why. millions loosing their jobs and homes, people have to choose either gas or food or medicine, our schools are in shambles while the oil companies and their lobbyist who are working for McCain are making BILLIONS...then comes a man who is thinking about how to fix the Bush/Chaney/McCain debacle with REAL solutions...yeah i can see how that would make someone a celebrity. as we have seen in the last few months everyone is following Obamas leadership from Bush talking to Iran to the PM of Iraq urging Obamas time line. we have seen how 200,000 Germans wave American flags, how the King of Jordon cut his vacation short to greet Obama, we see how a man is in love with his strong intelligent wife...(his only wife till death do them part) how Obama is a great father while McCain's girl is running a muck in LA hot spots...more like Paris, Obama is hope McCain...well you already know THE SAME AND THE SHAME

    August 3, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  6. J. Weidenbach, Germany

    Obama has stated there will be no increase in taxes for annual earnings under $250,000.

    August 3, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  7. LAB

    The political "ad" that the McCain campaign has run, suggesting a likeness between Barack Obama and Paris Hilton and Britney Spears is specious on several levels. With all due respect, one must note that Ms. Hilton and Ms. Spears have had very public brushes with the law. Barack Obama is a legislator, that is a lawyer, and a law-maker. Barack Obama has done service to his local, national, and global communities, not community service, again this is observed with all due respect.

    Moreover, Barack Obama is a policy-maker, and an essential framer of the national dialogue. Ms. Hilton and Ms. Spears, at this time in their lives, are not. To be sure, these two women are to be commended and encouraged for the efforts and the notable progress that each has made in recent months.

    The crux of the issue is that the roles and responsibilities of anyone who would be President of the United States of America are serious and sacrosanct, not to be trifled with, nor entered into lightly. It is nothing short of demagoguery to squander the public trust in the unseemly manner exhibited by the McCain campaign "ad.".

    We, the American People, want, need, and deserve answers to questions regarding unemployment, education, housing, health care, national security, and the end to the War in Iraq. In the absence of answers, we want meaningful dialogue.

    Never, never do want to have our concerns debased in the way that the McCain campaign has done with this irreverent "ad."

    August 3, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
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