August 20th, 2008
11:00 AM ET
12 years ago

Obama, McCain ads slam rivals on tax policy

A new Obama ad targets McCain on taxes.

A new Obama ad targets McCain on taxes.

(CNN) - Barack Obama and John McCain both released tax policy attack ads Wednesday.

Obama’s campaign unveiled a 30-second TV spot – the latest in a series of negative ads running in major battleground states – that takes aim at John McCain over tax policy.

"Can we really afford more of the same?" asks the announcer asks. The ad accuses McCain of planning to give major tax breaks to oil companies, big corporations and “companies shipping jobs overseas” while giving millions of Americans “no tax relief at all.”

Obama's campaign said the ad, titled "Three Times," will hit the airwaves Wednesday in Colorado, Michigan, Missouri, New Hampshire, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Wisconsin.

John McCain’s campaign said Wednesday it was releasing its own attack ad in “key states” Wednesday, its second negative radio spot this week.

“Celebrities like to spend their millions. Barack Obama is no different. Only it's your money he wants to spend,” says the announcer in “Millions,” adding: “Obama's got plans - big plans - for your money” that would mean “piling more debt on the backs of your children and grandchildren.”

McCain has not yet released a new television spot this week, but has dramatically outspent Obama on TV spots in several critical fall states in recent weeks, including the crucial swing state of Florida.

soundoff (159 Responses)
  1. Wrinkled Old White Man

    McSurge has a lot of nerve saying anything about piling debt on the backs of our children and grandshildren. Financing a war on borrowed money (which he has been in support of) is what is piling debt on our children and grandchildren

    August 20, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  2. Raymond Duke

    It is always amazing how McCains ads or listed as negative by CNN but Obama's never are. CNN you would not be a little biased would you. Spin it every way you want to but Obama's plan is nothing but tax increases. If you read it you will find that he wants to give our federal tax dollars to people who don't work and on welfare. Like we aren't giving all these slugs enough as it is.

    August 20, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  3. Viet Nam Vet MACV 68-69

    McCain has funded the wrong war with our taxes much like Johnson in Vietnam. He should have been after Al Qaeda in Afghanistan, but instead McCain surged ahead and wasted our resources. Tax big oil and those making more than $250,000, but I am making the switch to Obama, we need new leadership, not tired old Bush, I mean McCain.

    August 20, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  4. ginger

    testy? easily annoyed.

    John McCain get a grip. Obama is fighting back at your negative ad attacks. Come to think of it, if you believe McCain would make the better President, why the negative ads?

    August 20, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  5. kayla

    gator hands mcsame, has no idea about the economy. all he knows about is "my friends, surge and war. is this what you want for a president? a 72 yr old that is. he calls sen obama an empty suit, well mcsame is an empty tank. nothing in his head. surge, war, surge, war

    August 20, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  6. b Jiggy

    heres a simple but true quote: If what u see in your windshield, is the same as what u see in your rearview mirror, then your goin the wrong way. I said that to say, McCain appears to be more the like president we are leaving behind than Obama does. So if the quote is true, Obama is the way to go.

    GO dems 🙂

    August 20, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  7. Brian

    mcsame is going downnnnnnnnnnnnnn!

    August 20, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  8. Mat

    I love that we live in a country where we have the right and freedom to decide on our own who we believe to be President. That said, it is a sad situation that a lot of voters in this country will be making their decision based on pandering, lies and giving a false impression of a candidate.

    Our country is in a horrible situation, we are hated around the world, we are in several wars, we owe trillions of dollors to others, our economey is a joke. But we're close to putting a Republican back in office? I think the reality is more so that this country overal is not ready for an African American to be President.

    August 20, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  9. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    To Mike in Fairfax:

    German u-boats sank several ships off the U.S. coast before we declared was on them.

    When we declared war on Japan, Germany declared war on us, and then we declared war on Germany. We would have eventually engaged them, just like we did in WWI.

    And for another history point of fact, which you right-wing intelligentsia don't like, there were NO terrorists in Iraq until we hit the soil there – period!

    August 20, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
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