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. Paul

    If you ask any Asian-American on the street if Barrack has played the Race card. They will say "Yes"

    So this ad too is the most accurate of the ads. He is like Pied Piper and all the fans are following him into the lake.

    But yes all negative comments on Barrack Obama are not being posted on this website so at least you will read this!

    August 3, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  2. dee

    Our Deepest Fear

    Race baiting. adds give suggestions. then we buy the product.

    Black man made to be with two white women.

    Shame on McCain

    Obama called it right -Race baiting ads will backfire and cause more to turn to Obama

    Obama will win bigger 08

    August 3, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  3. Hitler youth for Obama

    McCain will gain from this- the ONLY person in America to call it like it is. Hid courage is amazing. To not fall for the Obama propaganda and self-proclaimed superiority and appeal.

    Obama is running because he is a pretty black (half black) man and no one dares say anything about his shortcomings and his dirty politics because of fear of the race card.

    Hillary HAD to play nice and let herself be gutted by the dirty tactics of the self-important Obama and his 24 hour spin machine and 24/7 free press adoration. McCain DON"T have to....

    For months the media disrespected ALL women- any vulgar Gender hate was a okay- and with that the BEST candidate was eliminated.

    Now McCain gains from the mistake of selecting and installing a celebrity pop star as the democratic nominee.

    August 3, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  4. Vietnam Vet

    It is a back door attempt to rehash the same racist Ad the guy who work for McWar did in Tennessee to Harold Ford and when they got caught, they yell reverse racism. Same old Republican BS, no agenda, no solution devert the public attention from the facts.

    August 3, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  5. sharon

    if mccain were to stand beside obama during those debates, methinks looks do matter. mccain would look old, fragile and sickly while obama would look confident, smart, intelligent and good looking. the more mccain talks, the less certain he is on the issues. he is in no position to defend the status quo and what else could he do but to attack obama like there's no tomorrow! mccain is simply jealous because obama is likeable and mccain is not getting the attention he used to when he was running in 2000. AMERICANS WOULD BE THE LAUGHING STOCK OF THE WORLD SHOULD MCCAIN BE ELECTED PRESIDENT.

    August 3, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  6. done with the dems


    August 3, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  7. Clint CA

    Of course it's accurate. Obama's celebrity status has been created, promoted, and packaged by the media for over a year.

    August 3, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  8. Jan

    Darn good ad–tells the truth. All flash and no substance.I'ts no wonder Obama will not debate McCain–he knows the polls will spiral even further downward.

    August 3, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  9. selected not elected

    HOW not?
    Obama himself created it with his carefully nuanced, choreographed, scripted and filmed campaign.

    Obama presented himself as the COOL candidate- rock concerts, free tickets, basketball game raffles, Oprah, RAP videos, and RODE THAT WAVE OF POPULARITY on Oprah's and Caroline's coattails.

    The media bought it first and gleefully created the myth of the Obama movement- to propel Obama forward. The Media then decided to sell the myth of Obama to the people... Obama was great... infallible... beyond criticsm. You obeyed Obama when he silenced your questions of him. Hillary... well she was the doormat to be stomped on.

    Americans prefer substance to hype... so your strategy failed.

    The MSM were quite blatant about their starry-eyed Obama awe and their disdain for the bread and butter qualifications that HILLARY showed us.

    The Media manically wowed out over Obama and it caused free thinking adults to want to vomit the OBAMA out. We have spit him out.

    August 3, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  10. Tim (Tennessee)

    The notion that black americans are reduced to just entertainers that could never lead the country is horrible and inaccurate.

    August 3, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  11. Charlotte

    Obama is not ready to lead anything but a pep rally. Rah rah sis boom bah...we can do it, yes we can, vote for me, I am the one. Yes, yes, I am the one, yes, yes I am the one..we can do it yes we can, vote for me I am the one..

    August 3, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  12. Phantom of the Oprah

    It would not work if WE ALL- including the MSM who is pretending to ask the obvious- did not agree.

    Obama= rock star.

    WE have been blasted, beat up, threatened, coerced, and inundated with that message for so long we will NEVER obey the command to accept the rock star as our president.

    August 3, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  13. Vic

    Absolutely! The fact of the matter is there is a lot more in common with the celebrity hype over these three than not. All three are thronged for no apparent reason by media. All three are forgiven fairly quickly by the media and still covered.
    All three have little substance and famous for no apparent reason, other than fascination.
    The only thing they do not have in common is that Men dream about the two ladies at night, and dream about Obama during the daytime.
    The only reason Obama is being covered and glorified, is some degree of redemption for white guilt for past perceived ills against black people generations ago. Also, the guy can gab like a lot of black preachers. The absolutely wrong reason to make this inexperieced talker President.

    August 3, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  14. Dems are stuck in the fix they rigged

    Totally accurate.

    That is why lifelong democrats will now vote for a republican over the celebrity American idol.

    And...we are glad McCain had the guts to say what the media has been afraid to say: Obama is running on his appeal to children... and their parents and grandparents went along with the youngster's awe of the ROCK star.

    Ask Caroline and Jimmy Carter.

    Such a silly reason to endorse the least qualified candidate and trash the MOST qualified one.

    August 3, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |

    not only accurate but all the viciuous attacks by

    Sen Obamas" supporters...If not true people would not care what

    its said ....America think long and reflect on what is going on in the

    2008 Presidental Election...Choose wisely...too much is at stake.

    Independent voting for McCain.......!!!!

    $$$down$$$housing down.....McCain has wisdom...dont think otherwise....So he shows to have humor as well..The sky isn't falling


    August 3, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  16. Allen Friedman

    Is it possible that McCain can become the president the same way that Bush did by saying nothing and using lies and nonsence to win the White House. Are the American people that stupid to fall for the same trick a third time but this time face a man that admits to think that war is a way to fix a problem and seems to be still in Viet Nam. Have we not learned from the past seven plus years how much the Republican party has destroyed a lot of the good that makes this country great? Obama goes to Germany and gets 200,000 people to listen to him speak, while Bush brings mobs of anti American protesters, I wonder why? Bush + McCain + Republicans = Larry, Moe and Curley in charge of this country.

    August 3, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  17. beverly

    cnn your great at the negatives that you post on senator obama, you are controlling when it come to comments that are positive on the senator, cnn late addition of wolf blitzer, obama is getting to much attention form the news station and the news reporter, is that senator obama fault. cnn ,and every news station knows why he getting so much attention, number one is he a black candidate, he the youngest, he's extraordinarily brilliant, he handsome. all that have seeked the presidency before him some of than were not have as smart as he is. if george w. bush can be a president, with no knowledge of what he was doing, he had to be led by the hand by his advisors that didn't care about him led him down a road of distrustfulness hasn't earned a legacy, what accomplishments does he have for a library. there are people that don't want change most of the average works want a change and i am one of them OBAMA WILL BE ELECTED PRESIDENT ITS TiME FOR A CHANGE ( OBAMA 08 )

    August 3, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  18. Edward

    Pundits will look back on this week's attack ads and conclude that this was the week when McCain lost hope of winning by abandoning his honor.

    August 3, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  19. Dems are stuck in the fix they rigged

    It is accurate and my first smile of this campaign.

    I hated the horrible way Hillary was treated JUST to exalt the great Obama.

    Finally, I can smile. The emperor has no clothes... I knew it... no one dared speak it... he was... you know... hush... half black... so ...hush.

    Hillary was the best... now McCain will have to do.

    Trash women at you own peril just to bow down before the race card of coercion.

    August 3, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  20. Steve Senger

    The McCain ad has hit the mark exactly. Obama is lacking in substance just like Spears and Hilton. The perfect example of Obama's lack of real substance is his campaigning to Euro-trash.

    August 3, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  21. hatred will kill the democratic party

    The truest ad this entire election.

    If Hillary COULD have done it- without being crucified- she would have been the next president.

    The DNC can not tie McCain's hands... and can not demand that HE adore Obama publicly ...the way they did with Hill.

    Bless John McCain for telling it like it is.

    August 3, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  22. Diane

    John McCain obviously feels that Barack Obama is ready to lead this nation. He's scared that the American people think so too, that is why he is sinking so low in this campaign.

    August 3, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  23. Carla

    I'm so upset. What happened to the issues? What happened to the concerns of the American people? Why does the news have to be continually filled with this meaningless drivel? I care about this great country. I care about the problems of war and recession. Why are these not the issues the press cares about and reports? Why do we have to concern ourselves with transparent attempts by political parties to damage their opponents? There's no accountability anymore. The media only cares about what will sell. I guess that's what upsets me most; that the American people care more about whether Obama is too thin than it cares about the breakdown of the American economy. Maybe the constant acceptance of greed has anesthetized the public. I don't know. All I know is that I started out last fall with hope for something new and now I am disgusted by the reality that there is nothing new to behold. My hope has been squandered by the polical process and the media machine.

    August 3, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  24. Kaz

    I respected John McCain very much, I wished him to be the president in 2000 instead of President Bush. Now John McCain's time is gone, he is out of touch with country. John's champaign gone too far with negative advertisement, John McCain is not the person as we knew in 2000.

    August 3, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  25. lexel

    A waste of money indeed. I agree with Mrs. Hilton who happens to be a McCain supporter. As McCain says they are "having fun and the ad has a lot of humor in it". I also hope they also anticipate a rebound implication of their own ad. I hope RNC and McCain (especially if he becomes president) would not sacrifice the American people just to have fun. I also hope they would learn to respect the intelligence of the American people. AND, I also hope if ever he becomes president, he wouldn't use American people's money just to have fun and perhaps WIN??....hmm...I forgot on what issue did he mention that.

    August 3, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
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