September 8th, 2008
09:35 AM ET
14 years ago

New ad declares McCain-Palin 'original mavericks'

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="The McCain campaign is out with a new ad Monday."](CNN) - Republicans John McCain and Sarah Palin are out with a new television ad Monday, declaring themselves the "original mavericks."

The 30-second spot, set to air in key states, says McCain and Palin will "make history" and "change Washington."

"He fights pork barrel spending," the ad's narrator states. "She stopped the Bridge to Nowhere. He took on the drug industry. She took on big oil."

Palin's statement claiming to have opposed the now-infamous "Bridge to Nowhere" has been disputed by opponents who note she supported the major earmark when she campaigned for governor of Alaska in 2006. According to the non-partisan, Palin didn't oppose the project until Congress had already nixed it.

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  1. erika

    Why can't Mccain-Palin if so energized and experienced find a new word and not steal the CHANGE slogan from Dems!!! Stick with Maverick or did you find out that it only really means lazy cattleman. See Maverick was a real person check your history of the 1800's people.

    September 8, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  2. MD in GA

    If Senator Obama loses this election it will be because of the racism in America. No matter what the polls show, no matter what people are willing to own up to.

    If America would rather have an elderly Senator with questionable to poor judgement (and questionable longavity as President) and a totally untested self proclaimed hockey mom turned Govenor vs. a young man with 12 years in the State and US Senate, 12 years teaching CONSTITUTIONAL LAW, and years in actual community service, (not to mention a long time Senator with a proven postive record as a potential VP), with a positive message of change for the first time in nearly 8 years, then the only real reason something like this would happen is racism.

    If it looks like a duck, waddles like a duck and quacks like a duck, IT'S A DUCK...

    September 8, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  3. Tom

    Such liars! She was for the Bridge to Nowhere before it became a political liability, and she still took the money that was supposed to pay for it. My fellow Americans, don't let this ticket play you for fools! They are Bush and Cheney with a war medal and lipstick. McCain deserves honor for what he did in the military, but that will not help him be a good president. He will help the rich and the corporations just like Bush and Cheney. If you want real change designed to help YOU, vote Obama/Biden.

    September 8, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  4. for Obama

    Palin thinks she tough by identifying herself with a pit bull. Well, a pit bulls behavior depends on how they are trained. Your are on John McSain's leash and he pulling and using you to get what he wants. By the way, "what does a vice-president do all day?" Those were Palin's words. Doesn't that tell you a great deal about her? Well, it should.

    September 8, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  5. LT for Obama

    The last gimmick, the gas tax holiday, did not work for McCain the Palin gimmick will not either.

    September 8, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  6. Gary Chandler in Canada

    Palin is "'hoping to change McCain's mind"". SHE SAID on drilling in Nature Preserves. How is THAT 'going after big oil'?'
    McCain went against Repubs and Dems when he opposed the King Holiday.
    He opposed the military torture of detainess, (good politics); but made sure the CIA could still torture detainees, (good politics)
    There ARE rumors swirling about his activities as a POW, as well as Kerry's. Funny;;; they BOTH formed a 'bipartisan' Committee to seal any files and documents which could clear up the rumors!!??
    (Like Bonds and Clemens running an invetigation on steroid usage!)

    September 8, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  7. Robert J. and Marian Turner

    Wake up America! The issues are yet o be spoken from McCain and Palin. The supreme court nominations is so important and McCain wants another Clarence Thomas! Health care, the economy, the debt, the war, etc. are at issue here. Another four years of Bush! No way!

    Wake up people. The time is running short and your vote is very important. Don't be fooled with the Republicans. It will be very difficult for OBAMA to pull us through this mess created by the Republicans. McCain is no different than Bush. Sarah is not qualified to be VP or President. She has had no experience with foreign affairs. Heaven help us.

    September 8, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  8. Brenda

    Folk, check out the definition of mavericks ... they are not loyal to any one ... do their own thing!

    September 8, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  9. Alex in TX

    If McCain is the orginal Maverick, he's been in Washington for 28 years and the problem has gotten worse.

    Best case scenario, he is a Maverick and one the is completely ineffective.

    Worst case scenario, he's not, proclaims to be and is a liar.

    Either way, he's not getting my vote.

    Real Change = Obama/Biden '08

    September 8, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  10. Lawrence, OH

    An origianal maverick has voted with Bush 95% of the time. These smoke and mirrors will NEVER work.

    Obama 08

    September 8, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  11. Mr Shields

    You know the difference between McCain and Palin?......... Lipstick

    Nashville Tn.

    September 8, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  12. johnson


    September 8, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  13. Fool's Gold

    Grandma Palin kept the money for the infamous bridge, but didn't build it. Where is the money????

    September 8, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  14. Dan from Kitchener

    The news medias were complicit with the invasion of Iraq by not exposing the truth to the public. Now they are well on their way to destroying America by not exposing the GOP lies and distortions.

    At the present time with the polls showing a dead heat America is becoming the laughing stock of the world.

    September 8, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  15. S. Boatman

    The Only People Who Believe This Ad Are The People Who Were Going To Vote Mccain Anyway! People Have Already Decided Who They Are Voting For! This Ad Wont Flip Any Obama Supporters! Personally I Think The Flat Out Lies Make It Humorous!

    September 8, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  16. Mary (Texas)

    Oh you silly democrats – you are soooo JEALOUS – it is soooo funny....

    Now OBAMA has been tossed out like yesterdays garbage – how does it feel?? You see the truth always seems to come out. He is not electable!!! He threw Hillary under the bus now he is paying for it!!! My advice to him is to go back to law school and figure it all out. He just DOES NOT get it!!!

    Democrats, have a wonderful day!!!

    September 8, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  17. You Did Not!!

    Pardon me while I go get myself an emesis basin.

    September 8, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  18. Lim

    As an independent, I find it amusing to see the Obama's campaign
    (and Obama himself) squirming.

    Sometimes it does take a woman to do the man's job, as the RNC
    has figured it out. Too bad Hillary was dumped by the DNC!

    September 8, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |

    In the wonderful world of the politic "SPIN" has replaced truth...!!!!!!
    Aren't you glad the Republicans are" TOPS" ....!!!!

    Yes..., its that old–retired–white–man from Ma. (a former republican)


    P.S. Help save our country and lifestyle vote OBAMA 2008 & 2012

    September 8, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  20. John

    Republicans are fired up about electing McCain and Palin in November.

    What else is above Obama's pay grade?

    And why did he protect infanticide in Illinois?

    September 8, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  21. Lisa

    This is insulting and I wish people will see this for what it is. This woman is nothing but a prop and it's a disgrace.

    September 8, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
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