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

New ad declares McCain-Palin 'original mavericks'

The McCain campaign is out with a new ad Monday.

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. Abidde-Abidde

    Obama must be crying his eyes out at bedtime. He must really hate himself now. He made a tactical and strategic blunder by not picking Hillary Clinton as his running mate. He allowed his personal hatred, distrust and suspicious of the Clintons to cloud his judgment. He knew or should have known that Hillary was the way – the only way – for him to achieve his presidential ambition. What does Senator Biden bring to the table? Foreign policy expertise. And what does Hillary bring to the table? Domestic and policy expertise, 20 million voters, grit and brilliance, and much more. I am a Democrat, but for this election, I am voting McCain-Palin. In order word, I am a McCain-Democrat!

    September 8, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  2. Rocky

    So it takes a year and some months to get to know Barack Obama, and people still don't trust him.

    Yet it takes a week and one speech to know Sarah Palin. And they trust her.

    Now, why is that? I think we all know the answer.

    America's going to be duped, yet again, into another four years of misery. People are buying it like they did in 2004!


    September 8, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  3. wow

    I love how scared you all are.

    Didn't you all say "Go away Shrillary, we don't need the Clintons, I can't stand Hillary..."

    Funny. Hillary would be up in the polls well over mcCain right now, and McCain would have had to pick another boring Romney....too funny that the dems did this to themselves.

    September 8, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  4. barbara

    This is not funny. It is frightening to think that McCain-Palin can lie
    so easily. How can they run ads that can be proven to be false. Isn't it funny that don't hear McCain bragging about the plane' "she sold on ebay for a profit." It wasn't long ago McCain's campaign was mocking Barack Obama and calling him a rock star and or/celebrty but now it's OK to parade Sarah Palin around. THEY MUST TRULY BELEIVE WE ARE STUPID.

    September 8, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  5. Sarah

    I don't know why people are failing to see through all of this. I love how Palin is a 'new rising star,' because she can read a speech that belittles her opponents. John McCain may have been a maverick at one point in his career, but he has bent over for the Republican party and the evangelicals just to try to win this election. Come on people, this is easy to see.

    September 8, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  6. therealist

    McCain/Palin will fight to reduce big wasteful government. Obama/Biden will fight to expand it.

    Both represent change, only one bucks the trend in maverick style..

    September 8, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  7. Gifty

    Obama and his camp despised Hillary and Bill calling them names. Claiming they do not need them to win election.
    Now he needs hillary and Bill.
    Hypocrite. Obama you fall is immenent.

    John/Sara 08

    Hillary 012

    September 8, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  8. Ray

    At least you have two people with some experience!

    Obama needs Biden like Bush needed Cheney. Then see what happens.

    September 8, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  9. Palin has more experience than Obama

    Sue September 8th, 2008 9:46 am ET

    McCain is now leading in the polls, so apparently we ARE stupid enough to believe this!

    The GOP is pretty shrewd, they know America is too racist to elect Obama and will play up the lies and fear right to the end. And it's working like a charm!

    Better get used to saying 'President McCain' (and eventually 'President Palin').


    Sure play that race card all you want!!!!!!!!!!! Obama backers never think it could be because people do not agree with Obama and it has to be because of race. Keep playing that race card all you want. People see that as the trick that it is. When Obama backers have nothing to point to like facts (good for them) or experience (b/c Obama has none) they pull the wore out race card.

    Keep it up Sue and others like you. That Dem Trick is played out.

    September 8, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  10. Matt, Pittsburgh

    I love all this squealing.

    McCain got an 11 point bounce after his convention. He's up by 4 now. Deal with it.

    I'm in

    September 8, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  11. mzgemini




    September 8, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  12. Bob Indianapolis, IN

    If by "Maverick" you mean panderers to the right wing of the party of Big Oil, earmarks, endless war and the favs of the lobbyists on K Street, you are RIGHT ON THE MONEY!

    September 8, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  13. TF

    Palin = GW Bush on estrogen

    The religious right wing will lie cheat and steal for their chance to run this country. Their ultimate goal is the day of reckoning. That means everyone must die so Jesus can comes and save us.

    Ask yourself do you really want to have her finger on the button. Remember she would only be one really old heart beat away from it and he's had 4 bouts of cancer.

    September 8, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  14. Doreen

    Sarah Barracuda is going to defeat Barry Obomber.

    September 8, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  15. jesse

    if you have to lie.cheat.mud sling.use down and dirty tactic to get what you want last,look at pres.bush.i don't hate pres. Bush i love him i just hate what he has done,to this country.the reason i fill this because he did't grab the around the neck and make them reaolize that they where working for the people,and not for thier own interest.

    September 8, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  16. Democracynow2008

    Another Poll shows Obama ahead of McCain the Hotline/FD 09/02 – 09/04 916 RV 40 46 Obama +6.

    My bet is that McCains jump or catch up to Obama or even a minor lead will decrease in the weeks ahead .

    I checked Real Clear Politics which is one of a few polling sites McCain shows a lead in most of the Polls except this one.

    I think McCain/Palin excited the Conservative base during the their convention and the Polling reflects this.

    Again understand I believe this is not longterm.

    Obama will take off in the Polls during the debates with McCain showing how weak McCain really is.

    Biden's debates with Palin will also show how not only she has no experience on Domestic and International affairs but that she comes off like a lets start a war kinda of politican.

    So thats my take on all of this.

    September 8, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  17. James

    The republicans are targeting the uneducated Americans in this country much like they did in the past two elections. I don't mean to be so critical (actually I do) but who else would buy manure because it comes in a special package all purty like. How do you get the stupid vote- put a card carrying NRA member who looks cute and tell the stupids of America she is just like them. Has anyone seen the picture of her dressed in her two-piece bathing suit that looks like the American flag while she poses with an M-I6? Duh-huh.

    September 8, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  18. Annie

    Palin is such an "original maverick" that she has to be kept hidden away. Has anyone ever seen such behavior in a presidential campaign? Is she that unprepared? And are we going to be stupid again?

    September 8, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  19. Amy

    CNN –
    WHy do you always make such a big deal when it comes to McCain advertisings? Is there a deal we haven't heard of?
    Obama has been releasing many ads but you guys barely mention them. Instead, you show full segments of Obama's ads.
    I think you need to stand for a more patriotic wisdom and see for yourself the reality of the economy, political system and see if you should be promoting McCain and Palin in such an obvious way!
    I am truly disappointed, and trust me there are many ones like me who feel that your coverage of the elections are very pro-mccain. We miss "the best political team"

    September 8, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  20. JB

    John McCain and Sarah Palin is the best thing to happen to the republicans party since Ronald Reagan. Just like Hillary Clinton on the democratic ticket would have been the best thing to happen the the democrats since Bill Clinton. The DNC should have supported Hillary. Another lost opportunity for the democrats.

    September 8, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  21. Kevin

    The most dishonest commercial of the campaign!

    September 8, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  22. Mike

    Probability of winning equal? Check the electoral map and see it will take a miracle for McCain to win. All Obama has to do is win Penn. and Michigan and it's over. So you can look at your GOP polls all you want, but the real political analyst know McCain is toast. And Obama is only down 4 to McCain in......wait for it, wait for it........Arizona! Wouldn't that be the most humiliating scenario ever?

    September 8, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  23. BJ in PA

    First, it was tainted toys from China. Now, we have VP Barbie spewing lies and poison from Alaska every time McCain says, "Dance, little puppet, dance." We know Rove isn't behind this. He was quoted saying that Gov. Kane wasn't qualified because he only had two years as governor of Virginia.

    September 8, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  24. SUE IN CT

    Picture this – The Wasila Public Library devoid of books Sarah Palin wanted to ban and replaced with 2 books – the Bible and her biography.

    September 8, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  25. Uncle Sam

    Sen. Obama recently said the following, after attempting to portray both McCain and Palin as Bush lookalikes, "That's not change. Come on! I mean, words mean something, you can't just make stuff up."

    This is too easy. 🙂

    September 8, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
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