August 13th, 2008
11:50 AM ET
12 years ago

Obama ad: McCain's Iraq policies harm the U.S. economy

New Obama ad says McCain’s Iraq policies contributed to economic woes.

New Obama ad says McCain’s Iraq policies contributed to economic woes.

(CNN) - Barack Obama’s campaign is releasing a new ad pointing to John McCain’s support for the Iraq war as one reason for the faltering state of the U.S. economy.

“Economics … by John McCain,” says the announcer in the 30-second spot. “Support George Bush 95 percent of the time. Keep spending ten billion dollars a month for the war in Iraq while the Iraqis sell oil for record prices - giving Iraq a $79 billion oil surplus, and hurting our economy.

“Barack Obama’s plan: End the war responsibly. Better schools. No more tax breaks for oil companies. Barack Obama … the Middle Class first.”

The campaign said the ad is slated to hit the airwaves Thursday in 16 battleground states, including Alaska, Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, New Mexico, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin.

“In the Senate, Barack Obama has voted in lockstep with President George W. Bush nearly half the time, including the Bush-Cheney Energy bill which gave close to 3 billion dollars in new giveaways to Big Oil – a terrible policy that John McCain opposed," said McCain spokesman Tucker Bounds. "The truth is Barack Obama’s plan is a job killing machine that ignores the struggling economy and raises taxes on family savings, social security and small businesses.”

soundoff (187 Responses)
  1. Nando, Florida


    August 13, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  2. Emma

    Tucker Bounds is a liar!

    August 13, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  3. Jennifer Stewart

    Let's see if I understand this correctly. Obama is running a positive campaign and McCain is playing dirty? I'm sure I'm just confused, because the "new politics" sure looks like the "old politics" Obama is always complaining about.

    August 13, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  4. TH - USA

    Do yourselr a favor; see the movie "OBSEESION". it answered my questions as I'm sure it will yours.


    August 13, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  5. Mikey

    Does this sound like an oxymoron to anyone else?

    "Barack Obama has voted in lockstep with President George W. Bush nearly half the time"

    How do you vote in lockstep half the time?
    Does this mean Obama is NOT a knee-jerk liberal?
    Does this mean the Obama has voted in a spirit of bi-partisanship?
    Does this mean that Obama has supported Bush sometimes and opposed him others?
    Does this mean he votes his conscience and judgment – not blindly based on party loyalty of preconceived ideology?

    You know, a single accidental honest statement can neutralize a whole lot of biased propaganda in an instant.

    August 13, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  6. Vig

    To Hillary Clinton: You need to request that your name be placed in nomination at the convention. This is not so much about you as it is about the way in which your campaign was hijacked with the smears, the sexist comments, the repression by the media while promoting and fawning over Obama. The media used it's influence to promote favortism at the expense of women everywhere. Your candidacy is historic & it's symbolic. Your loyalty should be to all women, not to the Democratic party that sold you out. Reclaim what was stolen. Make a bold statement and set the record straight.

    August 13, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  7. RealityKing

    Obviously Obama think that Americans are too stupid to realise that the war funds are going straight onto the national debt and have nothing to do with the current condition of the economy...

    August 13, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  8. Que Quedas

    very misleading update CNN......everyone who has done their homework knows that the energy bill Obama signed off on has more money contributed to alternative fuels than any other proposed bill in Senate history......the republicans failed to mention that......Mc CooCoo did not sign the bill because he doesn't support the alternative fuels like he says..correct me if I'm wrong......the rethugs are overpayed conartist

    August 13, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  9. Brian - Trinidad

    Why can't Obama tell us how he's going to do all those things he's promising?Are we supposed to believe that he is just going to 'messiah' these things into reality?

    August 13, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  10. Barack the Tele-promp-ter Messiah


    Step 1. If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. If it stops moving, subsidize it.

    Step 2. If you get out of bed in the morning, you are to be taxed until you stop getting out of bed. All this is done to support those who refuse to get out of bed. Got your pillow and your Teddy?

    August 13, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  11. Peter (CA)

    For those of you not paying attention at home: McCain himself said he would continue 95% of Bush's policies. He was trying to suck up to Rush, Hannity, O'Reilly and their mindless zombies so that everyone would accept he is a conservative.

    I agree with you Dave, we should look at these posts. The ones that insult Obama calling him the Messiah and the ones insulting his supporters by calling them Obamabots, stupid, and mindless liberals.
    Pretty hateful stuff from "values voters".

    August 13, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  12. KG

    Has any of you liberal Democrats noticed that Obama has gone from an immediate withdrawal in Iraq, to a withdrawal by 2010, to a drawdown as conditions on the ground warrant (Bush's policy), to now ending the war responsibly? How's that for being sure how to handle a crisis? What's Obama's Iraq policy tomorrow going to look like? The man's a political novice. Changes like the wind.

    August 13, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
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