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. Kathy

    McCain is a liar, if there is one thing I value in a candidate, it is honesty. I could not vote for a candidate who has lied countless times.

    August 3, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  2. LaTreetha E. Sharpley

    I truly think that Mrs. Hilton, was correct. It does not make sense for any campaign to have the kind of ad that Senator McCain, did this week. What does two wealthy young ladies have to do with the problems facing the average American. It was not meant for a joke, it was to do what the Republicans have done before. Scare the American public to vote their way. It will not work this time. You have fooled the public twice and this time we will not be fooled.

    August 3, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  3. some guy in New Hampshire

    The question, "Is he ready to lead?" is legitimate, but it's deceitful to try to trivialize Obama by implying he has no more substance than Paris Hilton. Obama has put forward as many policy proposals as McCain has. Whether or not you agree with his policy prescriptions, it's just plain wrong to dismiss Obama as lacking substance.

    McCain is making a habit of taking this campaign down the lowest road. He says he's willing to lose a campaign if it means winning a war. I wonder if he's willing to win a campaign if it means losing the respect of the people he hopes to lead.

    August 3, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  4. Scott L

    Ummm yes it is true. OBAMA WILL RAISE TAXES. REPEAT. OBAMA WILL RAISE TAXES. What don't you understand?

    August 3, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  5. Janet

    McCain doesn't scare me in reference to Obama
    I will be scared if McCain gets into the WH
    I will be scared for my Sons
    I will be scared for my Grandkids
    I will be scared for my retirement fund
    I will be scared for my finances

    Because McCain offers the same politics and Bush, thats why I call him McBush!
    That name scares the Heck out of me! Say it McBush! Wow

    August 3, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  6. Proud American

    John McCain is the real joke. He has been following all of the failed policies of G. W. Bush like some kind of lap dog. Not only is he a flip flopper but its now apparent that he is no gentlemen. Then again Republicans have never stood for integrity.

    August 3, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  7. nathan

    Is McCain's 'Celeb' ad accurate?

    [B] Come on CNN, you're the journos [/b]

    This just in from Paris Hilton's Mum
    "It is a complete waste of the money John McCain's contributors have donated to his campaign. It is a complete waste of the country's time and attention at the very moment when millions of people are losing their homes and their jobs. And it is a completely frivolous way to choose the next President of the United States."

    August 3, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  8. John McCain

    This is the real John McCain.
    "Of course the U.S. government should pay compensation. It's the U.S. military's fault," said survivor Cho Kook-won, 78, who says he lost four family members among hundreds of refugees suffocated, burned and shot to death in a U.S. Air Force napalm attack on their cave shelter south of Seoul in 1951."

    Do we want someone who would drop "NAPALM ON WOMEN AND CHILDREN"!

    August 3, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  9. RJ, CA

    Hang it up, CNN! The ad was 100% on target. OBAMA IS NOT READY TO LEAD! PERIOD.

    August 3, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  10. Chris11

    YES! Obama is all flash and no substance! He is famous for doing absolutely nothing!!!!

    August 3, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  11. seah

    McCains ad was right on the money.

    Mr Obama is what money and a marketing and PR team has made.

    He came from no where, with nothing, he knows nothing but his script verse which he is constantly repeating.

    He stands for nothing, since he is always changing his position on things some times daily.

    He has nothing he believes in, so how can anyone believe in him.

    He is Mr Hollywood with a speech.

    August 3, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  12. linda from South Dakota

    like i said before,, mccain may be a vet but hsa done only what millions of men have done also,, served our country,, this doesnt make mccain a good choice for president,, hes rude,, lies,,, makes neg comments,, jokes that arent called for,, whats his problem? one never knows with mccain,, he has stated hes enjoyin his "SICK" jokes,,, pooo=mccain,,, go obama!!!!!!!08,,,

    August 3, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  13. P.U.M.A - true democrat for fair camPAINs


    That is why it works.

    No one but the Cult folowers for Obama can deny its truth.

    The Media knows exactly how it exalted Obama to star status and forced him on all of us.

    August 3, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  14. Cynthia

    Senator McCain can call him whatever he wants to and he is definitely ready. This same ad may very well backfire on Senator McCain because I heard that during the week that the commerical was ran that Senator Obama got in more donations that week than normal and a lot of McCain's Republicans disapproved of the ads that he put out.

    August 3, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  15. Democrats for the white house

    no stupid stupid stupid to compare a political figure to two pop culture celeberties. Naturally political candidates have star power when they run for an office esp the office of the POTUS. McCain is just jealous his base is not excited about him this way

    August 3, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  16. Sam B

    how does this help the national dialouge about the poor state of our country and economy. i used to really respect McCain when he show an independent streak and bucked the GOP, he looked like a man of ideas and character but this is the last straw for me, there is no way I can vote for him after watching his increasingly negetive adds about Obama's youth and exeperience have totallyy tunred me off, there is no way i could vote for him,....4 MORE YEARS OF BUSH STYLE POLITICS WILL RUIN THIS COUNTRY......INDEPENDENT FOR BARACK

    August 3, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  17. BlackMan4Mac

    YES !!! Let all the chicks hang together, HAHAHAHAHA!!!

    August 3, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  18. Rocky

    I doubt he's the biggest celebrity in the world but from the sounds of it he will raise taxes on everything else so wouldn't be doubt that electricity is on the list somewhere.

    August 3, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  19. Dave, Illinois

    You bet! The Obamites squeal over this add so loudly because it really hits home. Now the crybaby is claiming racism! This empty suit is a joke.

    August 3, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  20. Rocky

    I doubt he's the biggest celebrity in the world but from the sounds of it he will raise taxes on everything else so wouldn't doubt that electricity is on the list somewhere.

    August 3, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  21. sarah

    it IS true. this guy has such a thin resume that no one should elect him as dogcatcher much less the U>S. he has shown poor judgement by attending a radical church and subjecting his young children to hate filled so called sermons. he has some seriously questionable friends, calls his own grandmother a typical white woman, and in his book waxes poetic about his drug use. but somehow this person is being promoted as a serious contender for the job known as Leader of the Free World. the DNC has shamelessly pushed him, the media has shamelessly promoted him and WHY? because he gives a good speech? he is comepletely UN-qualified for the job they are trying to give him and the american people would be the ones to suffer should they succeed.

    August 3, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  22. Paul

    McCain is only famous for crashing a few planes and I think we know he's no longer ready to lead.

    August 3, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  23. The Lady

    No, that is why they have politicians and celebrities. They serve this country for totaly different reasons. I am sure if voters were flocking in numbers to see he him this would not even be a conversation.

    August 3, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  24. Point of view

    Yes Obama is large and has been able to run a positive campaign.
    Sometimes you have to defend yourself and call it as you see it!

    The only difference is Obama will be one of few Presidential figures with the intelligence and ability to complete a sentence. He is way smarter than you give him credit. I put my money on him to get us back on track. Economy is hurting and he offers more of Clintons approach and we all know the 90's were good for all.

    More of the same will only deepen our troubles! It doesn't take a rocket science to figure that out. The rich will get richer that's his oil buddies and of course his lovely wife Cindy.

    August 3, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  25. sssss

    mccain is not accurate anyways his a fraud.

    August 3, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
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