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. independent in texas

    lol... how can this be the change ticket when palin is more george bush than mccain...

    she's trying to challenge the authoritty of those investigating her... i mean.... does the us really want another four years of this system manipulation.

    gas went up $1.50 in texas and now, on an election year it's constantly dropping and the sheeples are actually too dumb to recognize they were paying 2.90 last year and 3.50 this year . yet the economy is doing better to most because they're "saving" on gas....

    what a world with amnesia!!

    September 8, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  2. sarahinfla

    McCain brings the same tired speech and his bio, we gave him props for being a hero now that is old and worn out.

    This is her trial run the Republican want to stir you all up so no matter who wins this time she will be in place to knock off Hilliary...Hilliary supporters are sticking a knife in Hilliaries back!!!

    Talk about flip-flop..

    September 8, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  3. JW Mathews

    Yeah, right and I've got some land for you. Since when does a "maverick" attempt to get a state trooper fired, fibs about selling a government jet on Ebay, gets huge earmarks for her town after hiring a lobbyist. That's just Palin.

    Yup, yup, McCain's a great Maverick too. He's been in Washington so long that his campaign is even run by lobbyists. What about the "Keating Five", 7, 8 or 9 houses, Cindy's $300,000 outfit for the RNC, private plane and more. If the McCain family knows about the average American and the trials they face they must have read about it in a book.

    Give us break, Schmidt! How dumb do you think we are?

    September 8, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  4. Annette, Washington, DC

    Obama stay firm, and hit them with a dosh of economics, Iraq war and the cost of that war, and McCain says he is a fiscal conservative, I don't think so.
    FANNIE and FREDDIE. Drip the point until the voters, appeal to their instinct of living, remind them that McCain is a hard nose conservative, who will do nothing for our economy, but weaken it more then it is now.. This is the man that voted against the MLK King bill???? Remember! He's no maverick, he is an illusionist and a joke with his travelling sideshow. Who's the celebrity??

    September 8, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  5. gerri

    Wake up people,apathy only helps Republicans,they want voters to stay home.

    September 8, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  6. oldsoldierboy

    This election is not about the economy. If it was, it would be Obama in a landslide. McCain has voted against laws that would have helped hardworking low income families for decades and now he's asking us to forgive and forget. I haven't forget how I had to work for minimum wage $4.75 back in the 80's & 90's and had to watch people like McCain vote against a minimum wage hike time and time again.

    This election is about having a woman in the whitehouse. And this woman is the worst one of them all. Instead of having her underage pregnant daughter focus on getting back to school and getting her education she has her focusing on getting married to her underage boyfriend. Palin also has questionable religious beliefs yet people like her because she's attractive and speaks well which is a shallow minded reason to vote for her.

    September 8, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  7. James

    it's up to the voters to choose. this election is trully about the people and i hope you guys have to the judgement to see through that mccaina/palin viagra commercial. vote with your ears open and your eyes close.
    OBAMA/ the right choice for the world.

    September 8, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  8. California Voter

    It wasn't too long ago I heard people say they were voting for change over experience on the democratic side. Now those same people are saying that Palin isn't experienced enough. And the sexist comments are coming at her just like they did with Hillary Clinton. BTW, Obama repeatedly stated he was a "professor" which was technically not true. All these politicians parse their words to put on the best face possible to get the most most. And many of us are not supporting Obama because he has never explained why he was a member for 20 years where hated and racism was preached - not because Obama is black!

    September 8, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  9. Richard J

    obama has repackaged the same old democrat platform – that's not change. If we wanted to sing kum-bay-yah as the world grows around us, we would have elected Teddy, Dukakis, Gore, or Kerry.

    September 8, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  10. oh my

    should read
    his campaign is run by Washington lobbyist.
    she hired them to get 27 million in earmarks.
    he lied about Barack.
    she lied about the bridge to no where.
    he took millions from big oil.
    she took a power trip in trooper-gate.
    "change you can believe in?more like change we should run from

    September 8, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  11. Mccain is a Liar and Palin is Dick Cheney's Mistress

    Mccain and Palin are Liars How can you be a maverick when you voted with the worst President in history 90% of the time And on Palin how can you fight against the Bridge to Nowhere when you voted for it before you were aganist it or How can you be a Maverick when you lobbied to get 28 million dollars for a town of 8000 Idaho doesn't event ask for that much and they have 20000 thousand people Mccain Palin Equals another Lying Group of Politicans Obama and Biden is the Clear Choose in this Election YOu see what happen the last 8 Years when you made the Wrong Choose. Obama Biden 08

    September 8, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  12. JR, Boston

    I have also heard reports that she took the money for the Bridge to Nowhere and spent it on other projects in Alaska. And, she was known for requesting earmarks. I am really amazed that they are able to get away with such blatant falsities. All politicians "spin" to their advantage, but these are out-and-out lies. I sure hope the voters don't fall for it.

    September 8, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  13. Bruce

    This is just so STUPID!! McCain did not even think CHANGE was a good thing until he noticed that it was what the PEOPLE of the USA were demanding. NOW suddenly he is Mr CHANGE. Just how STUPID does he think the People of America are. Oh right he knows they voted for Bush twice so they must be DUMB

    September 8, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  14. Ted van Tol

    My goodnes , if McCain and Palin will be elected, what do we get next? Laurel and Hardy?

    September 8, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  15. Elizabeth

    As I feared, many American voters do not have discernment and vote CHEAP and GAUDY – all show and no character candidates. An old warmonger and a NASTY woman for the White House??? God help us all!!! If these TWO PATHETIC CREATURES are elected, then America will get exactly what it deserves!

    September 8, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  16. Palin=Bush/Cheney in Drag

    I'm glad they're dumb enough to run this ad. It gives the Obama campaign an opening to run a counter ad to show the Dumbed Down Americans that gave us 8 years of Bush just how much of a phoney Sarah Palin is. Are there still that many racists in this country who would rather watch the further decline of America rather than elect a man who isn't white to office? The Republican Party makes me ashamed to call myself an American.

    September 8, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  17. Cheer

    Gov. Palin was pregnant with her first child BEFORE she married her husband. Same situation as her daughter. How can this woman be a staunch abstinence supporter when she DID NOT practice it!! America, please don't be duped AGAIN by the smoke and mirrors ... research for the truth; then, base your position on facts not emotions and/or traditions.

    Where is the media coverage on this????

    September 8, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  18. The Truth Hurts

    wesley said: September 8th, 2008 9:39 am ET

    "The polls a showing McCain up 10 points over Obama."


    Where did you get this info. Wait a minute, McCain is that you?

    September 8, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  19. Gerald in Georgia

    It is amazing that America falls for the same Bait and Switch every time. The Repugs know just the right switch to pull and America falls for it everytime. What does that say about our country. We do the same stupid thing everytime and then complain idiots for the next four years.

    September 8, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  20. Mike

    Anyone who thinks a McCain Palin win will be a change of any kind is so, so, sorely mistaken.
    We've got a former military man who likes to sing about bombing things and a major mouthpiece for the oil companies in Palin.
    So more war and more oil profits.
    Sounds great huh?

    September 8, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  21. chenay

    i like you so much

    September 8, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  22. chenay

    you rock so much!

    September 8, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  23. Deborah

    I love the way the Left Wing Dem's are running scared!

    McCain and Palin are the "Real Deal"!

    They don't have to Lie or pretend they are moderate conservatives
    Because they are!

    I can't wait to watch ABC interview Sarah later this week!

    McCain/Palin-08-with a Landslide Victory!

    September 8, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  24. George

    Somebody needs to call them out on their lies.

    They LIE!!!

    Palin is the anti christ

    September 8, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  25. MiddleAmerica

    I would much rather take my chances with a Hero than a Zero..

    September 8, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
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