September 8th, 2008
09:35 AM ET
12 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. James in NY

    What a roller coaster ride these polls are, especially after a convention. Obama and Biden will succeed, lets give it a week. Two weeks ago no one, not even McCain's VP pick Palin, knew where she was going to be or what was going to happen in this race.
    Vote Smart,
    Obama/Biden in 08!

    September 8, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  2. Anonymous

    De-regulation of the mortgage industry has led directly to the current mortgage crisis and the government taleover of Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, putting American people on the hook for literally trillions of dollars in mortgage loans.

    Who is responsible for that de-regulation? Why, it's McCain economic adviser Phil "Mental Recession," "Nation of Whiners" Gramm.

    Enjoy President McCain's maverick change.

    September 8, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  3. Jonathan

    Just think of waking up on November 8th, and having the republicans
    back in the White House, AGAIN! This time lead by a WOMAN more
    dangerous that George Bush. Will gender matter then?

    Obama / Biden 08.

    September 8, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  4. Reality Check Richmond Virginia

    If McCain-Palin had no chance of landing in the Whitehouse this would be great comedy.

    September 8, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  5. steve gilbert

    Can someone explain how Biden supports the claim for "change" Puh-lease.

    The economy will fix itself people... but just watch politicians take credit for it!

    September 8, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  6. Go John & Sarah!

    If Obama had turned over a lead in the polls, CNN would be gushing with pride and excitement. It would be all over the ticker. John McCain in 2 weeks time turns the general election on it's ears, turns the media in to a hissy fit, and turns around previous leads over Obama, and no story????? The media must think we're stupid. To use a word my children use.

    September 8, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  7. Kelby


    I think that this is wrong.

    If Charles asks any tough questions both she and the repuglikan party will shout SEXIST. I say have a woman interview her, ask all of the tough question. Anybody heard about Oberman and Matthews?

    September 8, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  8. Yes Virginia, there is such a thing as being too old and mean to be President!

    Original Mavericks? Perhaps they were mavericks originally, but given their recent records of courting lobbyists and supporting the laundry list of tax breaks for the rich and the profit record setting corporations, perhaps a better title might be: "Original Sell-Outs!"

    September 8, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  9. MikeK

    This isn't American Idol!

    has everyone been asleep?? we just 8 years of an inexperienced ultra conservative governor from a resource rich state running things! Didn't George Bush run as a "reformer"

    If Palin is the next Regan why didn't she run in the primaries??

    September 8, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  10. Alex

    new polls show 7% more women went to mccain because of palin. Have these people even looked at Palin's policies? Do they think she is the president?

    September 8, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  11. Larry Kincaid

    In reality, what people are seeing is Karl Rovian politicking at work. And we ignorant American's are falling for it hook, line, and sinker. Forget the issues, make it all about personality. Who could be against a "war hero and a soccer mom". These two are supposed to represent family values – yet one ditched his first wife for a younger more attractive version and the other, well, her family could have been on the simple life with all those out of wedlock kids running around. Some values. But people, you know, don't worry about issues. Keep clining to your religion, Barack has been proven 100% right on that. People will ignore the issues (at their own peril) just to back someone who has the (media-driven) image of a Tough Guy (and gal). Laughable, but sad what we have become.

    September 8, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  12. GrammieJ from TN

    And we women are all "pitbulls with lipstick", I take full offensive at that remark. That was a total sexist thing to say on national TV.
    Mc/Palin are so out of touch with reality. How does someone with 7 or more huge homes understand the trials and struggles of the majority of Americans? Or someone who leaves their children "latch-key" understand how a young single mom survives in this world?
    Wake up folks, we are in deep "doodoo" with this out of touch ticket.
    Obama understand hard respectable work and how change is so desparately needed. He will work for the American people.

    September 8, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  13. CO

    Let's hear what Palin knows or doesn't know. She'll be challenged on everything eventually. Now she's being protected so she can't show her incompetence for the VP job.

    September 8, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  14. better tomorrows

    George W.Bush + white hair, Dick Cheney + lipstick. Please see through the evil, people. Just watched 'Inside 911' on Natgeo yesterday; after the horrible events of Sept. 11, 2001, what the republican-led government has done so far is to hand over exactly what Bin Laden wanted: Americans on his turf. Although he is not winning the 'war in afghanistan', he's not losing it either, is he? I'm an independent, and as far as I see it, I will vote for someone who promises me that atleast the mistakes of yesterday will not be repeated. McCain was with Bush 90% of the time, Palin is charming but a hypocrite; I don't see how the McCain – Palin ticket is different from the 2000 republican ticket.

    September 8, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  15. Carol

    Ignore the SOUR GRAPE DEMOCRATES – they had their chance for a great ticket. They chose the second best so – tough luck guys !

    We can WIN !! John – this is OUR DREAM TICKET – we will stand up and fight corruption with you. We want change we CAN LIVE WITH, not change as in the Nazi regime ! We do not have to follow the "weathermen politics" or any other crazy idoligies. This is AMERICA and we are AMERICANS !

    The nay sayers can go pound sand. The race will be tight but we will FIGHT on and WIN.



    September 8, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  16. Candy West Virginia

    I am highly insulted by john and sarah continuously lying to me and thinking that I have the IQ of them. The two of them are desperate to win and are showing us they will stop at NOTHING to win which is very, very scary. Why did mccain steal Obama's change theme? And why has bush and co. adopted Obama's diplomatic stance on North Korea, Iran and now Russia? And what ever happened to the gas tax holiday scam mccain promised?

    September 8, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  17. GA for Obama

    timber (ex dem)- you're no Dem..btw ENOUGH! McCain's not 10 points ahead it's 50-46

    September 8, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  18. Reality Check Richmond Virginia

    OBXRAY- I have no problem with Palins experiance. I do however have a problem with her nutty views.

    September 8, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  19. dollorbil

    10 points ahead where arizona you need to read more than one paper.

    September 8, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  20. Lefter & Lefter

    When will the democrats realize they they must put up a more centrist candidate? Oh yeah, that's right, they run them out of the party, right Mr. Liberman?
    Since the flower power generation of 1968, liberalism has been rejected by the overall public.. Carter won because of Watergate and Ford was never really elected. Perot beat Bush, not Clinton.

    September 8, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  21. Obama '08 in Little Rock

    With Gov. Palin, what you see is not what you get.

    September 8, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  22. alan boyer

    George Bush and Dick Cheney were Mavericks. They went at it alone in the United States and around the world. Mavericks don't do anything but isolate themselves and whatever is around them.

    September 8, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  23. EC

    Timber –

    Slow your roll buddy, the polls DON'T MEAN SQUAT buddy, anyone with a brain would know that. They don't reflect majority of voter's view and therefore is NOT accurate on any level.

    The question here is WHY hasn't your OLD MAN McCain maintained a BIG LEAD since day one? He's been in the Senate for 28+ years now, this should be a SLAM DUNK for him, WHY isn't he winning by 15-20+ points consistently? WHY?

    So he's in the lead now, so WHAT? Why hasn't the Maverick, Straight Talker, Reformer and NOW the Change Candidate maintaining a 15-20+ point lead since day one? I mean that's the million dollar question here....

    Sen. Obama has been maintaining his lead since day one, he's dropped down, but has ALWAYS come back and taken the lead. I mean this coming from a Jr. Senator? Wow..... that's odd that your tooting John McCain's horn here when he's NEVER maintained a LEAD since day one!!!

    Hummmm what's wrong with this picture?

    September 8, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  24. Michael 4 Obama

    one word...hypocrite. She supported it when it suited her political interests.

    September 8, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  25. bill, mississippi

    NO DOUBT both parties will try their best in selling their plan

    to pay with tax dollars

    the 300 billion minimum debt of freddie and fannie

    incurred during the plundering and defrauding

    by the wall street loan-sharks for the last three decades,

    insuring the even further financial gains by the same loan-sharks and war-profiteers,

    who have already made billions in housing / commodities / military-industry bubbles.

    Make sure you vote for the same sellouts to send to washington.

    September 8, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
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