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

Is McCain's 'Celeb' ad accurate?


Watch more on McCain’s claim that Obama would raise your electric bill.

(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. Obama = Carter the 2nd

    His world tour was like a Rock Star. The 3 network news anchors followed like sheep.

    August 3, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  2. SK

    Yes...It is true..Obama will raise taxes on every successfullu business.

    August 3, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  3. Big D

    There's a lot of innacuracies in "The One" ad too. The 'quote' from Obama at the fundraiser about being a symbol is note a quote at all, but a second-hand remembrance from somebody (and others have claimed that the missing intro shows him to be humble instead). So it's unreliable and likely the opposite of arrogant. And the exchange about 'do you have doubts?' 'Never' is completely taken out of context. So these are distortions from the McCain campaign to make it seem like Obama is unfit. But who's really unfit if they have to resort to these distortions? At least Obama has a message to convey, not just constant negative attacks.

    August 3, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  4. z

    Do you think McCain has a "man crush" on the "O" man? Seriously thought, why is McCain talking more about Obama than the issues he want the American people to back him on in this election?

    August 3, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  5. z

    Do you think McCain has a "man crush" on the "O" man? Seriously though, why is McCain talking more about Obama than the issues he wants the American people to back him on in this election?

    August 3, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  6. Media darling

    Right on target.

    Americans buy into whatever hype the media feeds them.

    The media creates infatuation over nothing and spins emptyness into something of import.

    The media focuses on perceived beauty... not on substance.

    Americans are in awe of Celebrities- EVEN those with no talent and who have never actually WORKED to achieve anything of importance in their lives.

    Awe over an accomplished individual would be understandable... but awe for awe's sake because Oprah and the Media say so...

    Finally someone tells it like it is.

    I did not like McCain as a candidate but I will vote for him for having the couragage to expose the hype of hope and the audacity of hype.

    August 3, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  7. Jason, Los Angeles

    Does it even matter? The ad was so dumb, aimed, clearly, at uneducated Americans who think that success and education is not to be trusted. McCain is making the same blunders as Hillary Clinton's campaign: they would do well to focus on the issues, not on the competition. Oh, and for the record, I'm confident that Obama is ready to lead. Is McCain? All he is to me is a veteran at losing the White House bid. I wouldn't trust John McCain with my beat-up Toyota Tercel.

    August 3, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  8. Allan

    WE all need to call Obama A KINGHe love himself so much. His offer for my car's tire so smart and it show he really deserve to be PRESIDENT. We all need to vote for Obama and of course white people or we all racist. What a man, he not flip-flop, he play by wind,by poll. This what we all need.

    August 3, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  9. Chuck, Montgomery, AL

    McCain can call it whatever he wants – labels – BAH. McCain is desperate and will lose this fall. He is an elitist that wears $520 loafers every day. He was shot down – he didn't win the war in Viet Nam. He wants to go into Iran.

    Obama didn't elevate himself to "celebrity" – that's McWarmonger's label. The majority of the US and other countries like Obama. That's why people like him. More people like Obama.

    McWarmonger is jealous and will use any tactic to get attention.

    August 3, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  10. jeff

    I think it's true.

    August 3, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  11. Andy

    Absolutely not. This is just another one of the republican attempts at turning "We the people into we the puppets. What does Paris Hilton or Britney Spears have to do with the Mortgage crisis of rising energy costs.

    August 3, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  12. Sylvia P. Coley

    I will vote for Senator Obama!

    John McCain is taking his opinions and actions to be taken from other people. He even has trouble following a written document when he reads his speeches. Now, he has Bush's people behind him at least he has stablized. No way can this man even begin to be as brilliant, versed or prepared to lead as Senator Obama.!

    My choice for a Vice presidential running mate with Barack Obama is
    Senator Chuck Hagel! I trust him. He does not share some of the same views as Barack, which is what Barack wants, someone versed in the old Washing politics and the Republican party who will tell him the truth! Chuck Hagel understands what Obama is trying to do for the country and world! He is my choice. He will watch Obama's back, go forward with him in a bi-partisan way and balance out the ticket!
    This is something I have thought about for a long time. The democrats need to get out of Obama making his own selection.
    Tim Kaine is an Obama clone, an unknown. We only need one unknown, as the media tell us Obama is.

    McCain is unbelievable! This is a global economy. He needs to know how to operate the internet, at the very least! It is not that he is too old, it is that he has not kept up with policies, vision for this country and the world and I am sick to death of his copying Obama's materials!

    Sib, N.C.

    August 3, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  13. obama is unfit to be president of this country

    The ad is great and sooooo true. obama is a joke.

    August 3, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  14. gobama

    the real issue is john mccain is running to continue the current bush policies that have proven detrimental not only to americans, but has generated enormous negative vibes globally. Talk about the invasion of a country, talk about snubbing the UN and allies, talk about rule of law in the inJustice Department, talk about people losing their homes, talk about energy, talk about the economy....the point is that the whole world especially americans are tired of the neoconservative policies that americans and people around the world are willing to embrace anything other than john mcbush. So yes the ad may be accurate (except for the comparisons to the celeb slots) and more because of the aforementioned reasons...its over for the gop and they know it

    August 3, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  15. Patrick M

    I would like to have Paris Hilton or Britney Spears at the White House than an old man like John McCain. No country for an old man.

    August 3, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  16. Dems are stuck in the fix they rigged

    Obama will lose because of the celebrity bandwagon he created and rode. Because of the interference of Celebrities and the Media in the democratic party.

    Obama was pretty- empty and untested and unaccomplished- but pretty. So Obama was covered adoringly and accepted without any vetting. HRC got bashed and trashed. EVERYone told us HOW to vote- from Pelosi to Moore, from Caroline to Oprah... From Chris Mathews to Jimmy Carter.

    THE TRUE democrats are too intelligent to fall for the propaganda- we don't care for Paris and we don't care for Obama.

    WE CARE FOR truth, substance, achievements, accomplishments. We could give a rat's behind about the Media's drooling over the people THEY think are pretty.

    Because of the hype the media bought and peddled and sold on Obama's behalf.

    For the Media's blind eye to the trashing of women- and their own Hillary insults and debasement- while decrying racism.

    August 3, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  17. CB

    Just proof that we will have a pres. who will waste the tax payers money if elected. Every donor should request their donation be return, if this is the best he can produce.

    August 3, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  18. wayne

    I feel that when McCain speaks he"s talking at me not to me
    When he's says "My friends" he's not reffering to me
    When he says "Americans" He doesn't have me in mind.

    He in my opinion has a very institutionilized and isolationist view very much like the current president and it's administration who as we all know only answer to a select few.

    Anyone who would vote for McCain or choose not to vote has a vested interest in the current status quo. Which does not benefit me in any way shape or form which is why I am voting (not) for McCain

    August 3, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  19. Linda31

    No, because it has nothing to do with this policies. Obama has been "leading" since leaving law school. If anyone thinks he is a celebrity, think about when that happened? He became popular during this primary and now this election. I think this is mostly an insult to Obama supporters.

    Question is is McCain ready to lead? He has been in the Senate for 26 years and yet I am still unsure of what affect he has made in office. Not to mention the state he is from has him behind Obama in the polls. Seems like they know him well.....

    August 3, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  20. Molly Weasley

    The McCain campaign has a pretty poor record of telling the truth in this campaign, and this ad is no different. Check out if you doubt me.

    August 3, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  21. johnny

    McSame take your ex-lax.

    August 3, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  22. the new democrats stink

    It is and that is why it works so well.

    Millions have been thirsting for someone with the guts to speak the truth: The emperor has no clothes.

    Hillary knew it but could not speak it- party loyalty and all that crap.

    That made Americans EVEN hungrier for this truth.

    Obama will lose and McCain will win. BOTH CANDIDATES SUCK. But the Great Obama screwed the BEST candidate out of the race. So now we will derail his celebrity and media campaign.


    August 3, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  23. Phantom of the Oprah

    The truth hurts...

    Shame on the Media for not exposing the demogogue and for silencing HRC whenever she tried to speak this truth.


    August 3, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  24. The Nightingale Sings in Berkley Square

    Yep it is fairly accurate:

    WITH "HIS EXPECTANCY" IS ALWAYS, "c'est moi, moi et moi.

    Give me a break

    He is too foreign, too risky, too different, and has a funny name. In his own words. (Obama is not the one)

    Let's go to McCain. He is a patriotic, he loves our flag and our democracy. Elect him and he will protect our values.

    August 3, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  25. Sherry

    John McCain is jealous

    Obama is getting the attention that he is for several reasons...First he is the first african-american candidate to be nominated....He has charisma, intellect, thoughtfulness

    On the other hand Mccain was a war hero who has bitterness and a volitile temper who I feel shoulnt be close to pushing any buttons.

    Respect is earned and from what I have seen of McCain he doesnt get mine

    August 3, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
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