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. Brian

    She took on big oil? Her husband is only a former BP employee!

    September 8, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  2. Alan

    Dems are running scared. Biden not such a good idea now, huh? With Hillary you'd have been a slam dunk. So much for party unity.

    McCain/Palin 08

    September 8, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  3. Tony

    What skilled liars the Republicans are.

    Seems McCain has pulled ahead of Obama with the post-convention bounce.

    The stupidity of teh American people, especially women, NEVER ceases to amaze me.

    Ask yourself one question: Depending on who wins in November, should something happen to McCain or Obama, who would you rather have step in as president? Biden or Palin.

    Biden with years of experience, exceptional foreign policy experience, having met with many world leaders, or :

    Palin, who has NEVER met with one foreign leader, who has NO FOREIGN POLICY experience, who has shady credentials, and who we virtually know nothing about?

    You choose. Just think of your families, friends, communities and the country before you pull that lever.

    September 8, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  4. Morals and Values for sale!

    Lies, Lies, and Lies. However, neither bases care about these things. As we saw in the teen pregnancy issue, which now all of a sudden is above being judged(by the Religious Right because it hurts their poll numbers) and ttruthfully, the only thing that matters is winning.

    Morals don't matter to the party who claims Morality(you have an admitted adulterer and the mother of a 17 year old unwed daughter) and values don't matter. It's all about winning.

    Obama, you are correct, the American people ARE stupid. So Stupid that they will vote against the candidate that will do the most for them, out of spite.

    If you aren't a card carrying Republican, and you say you aren't voting for Obama because of the Issues, You are LYING.
    Who is actually the President does not matter, its what they DO that matters.

    Anyway, I only wish McCain would have taken on his INFIDELITY as strong as he took on the drug companies or maybe he got mad at them because Cindy got hooked.

    September 8, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  5. Bob

    Sure every town they go together SHE is the one who increase your electricity higher...Means that is the only thing she can do... Can not wait the debate, talking about her experience... scholar ship.... etc..etc..etc... More we will learn about her, more the polls will go down with this stupid ticket....

    September 8, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  6. Jen in PA

    Palin the next Reagan? Wow, joke. Reagan, I'm sure, would be flattered to be compared to the pork barrel queen. Except for their acting experience, that's a totally terrible comparison.

    September 8, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  7. Uncle Sam

    Now with less than two months to go until the election, the national polls show a close race, despite the built-in advantages which the Democratic nominee enjoys. I believe that Sen. McCain's selection of Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska as his running mate was a stroke of genius and will energize conservatives and inspire working women and small-town Americans.

    I fully expect John McCain to emerge victorious in November. I understand that the odds are stacked against him and that his younger, more polished opponent would surely be the safe bet. But I know something about John. Despite what his critics would have you believe, John McCain is not your typical Republican, nor is he your typical politician.

    John's unique life experiences have forged his character and have helped him to become the heroic statesman he is. I am betting that, in the days to come, the American people will come to appreciate that fact.

    September 8, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  8. Morals and Values for sale!

    McCain isn't up 10 points in ANY poll. That was based on LIKELY voters. Which, doesn't take in account first time voters in which Obama has Millions of.

    September 8, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  9. Mary

    Palin is like the Emporeror's New Clothes and hopefully we as a nation will realize it before it is too late...but we are a country of lemmings, so I have my doubts. Obama will not stoop to insults or dirty tricks and maybe he won't win because of it....but that is a risk worth taking. The Republicans can have the White House...we have the a stalemate for four years sounds okay.

    September 8, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  10. Palin should scare you

    Hillary broke through the 'male only' presidential candidates club, so McCain thinks just any ole woman will do for v.p. to get him some votes from women voters. Sarah Palin does brighten up his lackluster slate, but she is more of a 'hockey mom' than national leader. When she cracks those one-liners, I just can't help but see her as nothing more than an appealing stand-up comedian doing her female politician schtick. The thought of her being behind ole geezer McCain, just a heartbeat away from replacing the oldest person to ever run for the office, should scare any rational person.

    September 8, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  11. Observer of polls

    Check out and It seems that Obama's probability of winning the presidency is now about equal with McCain. What a change of fortunes from last week. McCain appears to be benefitting from a big surge (pun intended).

    September 8, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  12. tg

    "He fights pork barrel spending, (he has not shut down the lobbyist)
    "She stopped the Bridge to Nowhere. (She supported the bridge)
    He took on the drug industry. (No results)
    She took on big oil." (why is alaska suffering like the rest of us then)
    McCain has been in office for 26 years, please tell me what kind of change can he bring that he couldn't accomplish in 26 years....
    My 15 year old did a comparison on the "ISSUES" and picked Obama as the best for the job.
    If Sara cannot sit down and give interviews on her record than how can we trust her to be VP or let alone President if something was to happen to McSame....This whole repbulican party is LUDICROUS!

    September 8, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  13. Ian

    If McCain says that Palin opposed the bridge to nowhere then I'll take his word for it.

    September 8, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  14. Debbie

    Palin is a joke

    As Governor, she gave the Legislature no direction and budget guidelines, then made a big grandstand display of line-item vetoing projects, calling them pork. Public outcry and further legislative action restored most of these projects–which had been vetoed simply because she was not aware of their importance–but with the unobservant she had gained a reputation as “anti-pork"

    September 8, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  15. Sue

    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').

    September 8, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  16. Rachel - California

    Are they really allowed to blatantly lie like that?? Because let's be honest, she still took that 200+ million in federal aid anyway from that Bridge to Nowhere.

    September 8, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  17. Danny

    AND SINCE WHEN DID HE BECOME A MAVERICK? These people are funny. After being supported by Lobbyist for all this time McCain now sees that Americans need change. Selling an aircraft at a loss and not for profit does not qualify one to be a vice president. I feel sorry for Americans.

    September 8, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  18. Will-South Dakota

    He has 30 in Washington as an INSIDER, she kept the money and didnt return it the American Taxpyers...mavericjks right.....followers of the corruption that is the GOP,

    September 8, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  19. Tony, NY

    My CEO is a women and believe me.. we can't risk a women as president. Just think of the mode swings! I have see them!! And who knows.., Sarah might have a hissy fit one month and invade Georgia, USA..., by mistake!!

    September 8, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  20. timber (ex dem)

    Why no big headlines about McCain's HUGE jump in the polls?? He is 10 points ahead! Finally people are seeing through that empty suit Obama and his tired old VP Biden. Biden has been in the senate for 30 years, is that not "more of the same"? The DNC screwed up big time by annointing Obama instead of allowing Clinton to run and crush McCain. I guess this is why we keep losing presidential elections. The DNC needs to be cleaned out completely.

    September 8, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  21. Debbie

    Mccain please get real ......your girl is a fraud

    While Sarah was Mayor of Wasilla she tried to fire our highly respected City Librarian because the Librarian refused to consider removing from the library some books that Sarah wanted removed. City residents rallied to the defense of the City Librarian and against Palin’s attempt at out-and-out censorship, so Palin backed down and withdrew her termination letter. People who fought her attempt to oust the Librarian are on her enemies list to this day.

    September 8, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  22. Sen.McCain't Change

    these people are incredible.. and anyone believing this crap is just as incredible..gullible even. Has not the lies of this current administration and his cronies taught us nothing? Ask the innocent bystanders in Iraq and the young,full of-potential-and- promise american soldiers that lost lies lives ,BASED ON LIES, if they should be believed!

    Mavericks? these are just 2 of a long list of cronies willing to say and do anything to keep the current status-quo

    September 8, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  23. John in Ohio

    What's the difference between a hockey mom and a vice president?

    Not much apparently.

    September 8, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  24. ran

    I can only hope that this time those people who voted for any
    republican in the last 2 elections will open their eyes and ears and see and hear what the rest of us have and stop the ruining of this great country.

    Vote Obama/Biden and only Democrats this time and see our country get back to her greatness again.

    September 8, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  25. Done with Dems

    Ramble on libs. Your unicorn riding presidential nominee is riding into the sunset. Please chase after him and don't return.

    September 8, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
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