September 4th, 2008
03:00 PM ET
12 years ago

DNC tries to link McCain to Bush in new ad

The DNC has launched its first ad of the general election campaign.

The DNC has launched its first ad of the general election campaign.

(CNN) - Hours before John McCain is slated to formally accept the Republican presidential nomination, the Democratic National Committee hit the airwaves with its first advertisement of the general election campaign, a negative spot aimed squarely at the Arizona senator.

The DNC, like the Obama campaign, is making the case that McCain is the same as President Bush.

In “More of the Same,” the DNC targets both McCain and Bush on the economy. Both men are shown three times in the 30-second ad making very similar statements that suggest the U.S. economy is strong.

The new spot began airing Thursday in Michigan, a state CNN currently considers a toss-up in the presidential race.

Earlier this week, the Obama campaign released “Same,” another ad that seeks to portray McCain and Bush as virtually indistinguishable from one another on several policy issues. Wednesday, the McCain campaign released “Alaska Maverick,” an ad that compares the records of Obama and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the GOP’s vice presidential nominee.

(full script after the jump)

Script, "More of the Same," 30 seconds

BUSH: The fundamentals of our economy are strong.

MCCAIN: The fundamentals of America’s economy are strong.

ANNCR: Michigan is struggling, but some people don’t seem to notice…

Bush and McCain – more of the same: tax breaks for companies shipping jobs overseas.

Billions more in tax breaks for oil companies.

BUSH: The fundamentals of our economy are strong.

MCCAIN: The fundamentals of America’s economy are strong.

BUSH & MCCAIN (speaking in unison): The fundamentals of our/America’s economy are strong.

ANNCR: It sounds like a broken record. Because it is.

The Democratic National Committee is responsible for the content of this advertising.

Filed under: DNC • John McCain • Political ads
soundoff (81 Responses)
  1. Smart Latinos for McCain/Palin

    Obama is the new Jimmy Carter. Weak, appeasing and communist!

    Mcain/Palin '08 The RIGHT side of History!!!

    September 4, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  2. Daniel-LA

    They made negative ads about obama and even called him MOSES and MESSIAH, so tell me what has the Republicans been doing for 3 straight days.....praising McBUSH beyond the stars. What a bunch of hypocrites. No plan for economy.Palin does not belive or know anything about global warming and evolution...

    This poeple will continue to promote America as a lone ranger in the world, and they say we will be safer like that? Give me a break.

    September 4, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  3. LeAnn

    Alike they are – ME! and mini ME!

    September 4, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
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    September 4, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  5. Democrat

    I'm a little confused. After all the talk what is Obama FOR? Seems like all he is for is trying to convince the voters that McCain is another Bush. Didn't Bush hide in the National Guard while McCain was over in Viet Nam? Bush had to have the support of many democrats to have anything done these past 2 years. Congress has been in control of the Democrats the last 2 years – WHAT HAVE THEY DONE? People here in the Midwest are dealing with the floods and what have the Democratic controled congress done about it – they decided to take a break. So lets get real peaople. I will be sending in my monies but not to the "One". My money will be going to McCain.
    Clinton Supporter for McCain.

    September 4, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
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