September 9th, 2008
06:35 PM ET
12 years ago

McCain camp responds to Obama's education ad

The McCain campaign is out with a new ad.

The McCain campaign is out with a new ad.

(CNN) - John McCain’s campaign responded to Barack Obama’s new education ad Tuesday with a tough new spot that said the Democratic nominee’s only achievement on the issue was backing bills to bring sex education to children – marking a rare campaign ad foray into culture war territory.

“Education Week says Obama ‘hasn't made a significant mark on education.’ That he's ‘elusive’ on accountability,” says the announcer in the 30-second spot. “A ‘staunch defender of the existing public school monopoly.’

“Obama's one accomplishment? Legislation to teach ‘comprehensive sex education’ to kindergartners.

“Learning about sex before learning to read?

“Barack Obama. Wrong on education. Wrong for your family.”

The campaign said the ad will air in ‘key states.’

Within minutes, the Obama camp battled back. “It is shameful and downright perverse for the McCain campaign to use a bill that was written to protect young children from sexual predators as a recycled and discredited political attack against a father of two young girls – a position that his friend Mitt Romney also holds,” said campaign spokesman Bill Burton. “Last week, John McCain told Time magazine he couldn’t define what honor was. Now we know why.”

The ad marks a reprise of a primary season attack on Obama by a former McCain rival.
More than a year ago, then-presidential candidate Mitt Romney attacked Obama over his assurance to Planned Parenthood that he believed some sex education should begin in kindergarten - prompting a response from the Democrat's campaign team that during his tenure as Massachusetts governor, the state had allowed those lessons to begin as early as pre-kindergarten.

Earlier Tuesday, the Obama campaign released a new ad linking education policy to economics, accusing the Republican nominee of voting to cut education funding and telling voters “John McCain doesn’t understand.”

The McCain campaign accused the Obama team of making misleading claims in the spot.


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (244 Responses)
  1. COUNTRY FIRST McCAIN/PALIN

    obama supporters..............................what a sad, hateful group of people you are. You're very pathetic Please, stop posting....................your cries are soooo desperate.

    September 9, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  2. Lacy

    and what may I ask, advances in education has McCain made? Other than supported the closing of the Dept of Education?

    September 9, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  3. Woman

    Shame on you McCain. That is why we call you McShame with McPain.

    September 9, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  4. Disgusted in Texas

    Wow. The McCain campaign has no way of defending itself, so it distorts Obama's record - Again. God forbid we teach little kids how to speak out and protect themselves against sexual predators. No, instead, they make Obama seem like a pervert. Is this the high-minded, honorable campaign McCain promised us?

    September 9, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  5. eric

    i can't stand john mccain and his campaign. i can hardly tolerate the ignorance of the voters that back him.

    why are you voting for a man who is accredited for his duty at war?
    we are a nation that wants peace.
    we are a nation that wants a strong economy.
    we are a nation wants to be respected not because of our missiles, but by taking lead on tough issues.

    vote for a man that knows what direction we need to go forward towards. vote for obama

    September 9, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  6. Dee

    I think it's sad. Millions of dollars, a lot of time and effort – all spent on bashing each other or defending themselves. Where's the issues? Why can't ONE of them step up and 'rise above' what we typically see from candidates?

    Why can't one lead by example – refuse to smear, refuse to hit below the belt? What message (again) are we sending to American citizens, children and people across the world? That we can't have an election without making it something akin to what would be on the front page of the National Enquirer?

    It's sad. In my opinion, McCain is stooping lower in his attacks, but in a time we need Americans to 'step up' and lead – any amount of 'stoop' is unacceptable.

    September 9, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  7. karrie

    Who are these people funning McCain's campaign? All white, young, they look like junior executives. One thing for sure: they're not afraid to jump down into the gutter. It's not about "issues" they say. Anything to win.

    It should be an interesting 57 more days.

    September 9, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  8. MARK

    McCain has stepped to an all time low.....He just lost my vote, I didn't think he was like that.

    September 9, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  9. He Need Anger Management

    John can't have our country for the simple reason that we'll have to turn our weapons over to him. He's a hotheaded me-first, sleazebag who would like nothing more than to start 2 or 3 more wars.

    We need someone with a level head.

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 9, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  10. Ed30041

    I didn't think McCain would stoop so low. McCain's tactics are disgusting! Although a candidate should be held accountable for their past words, positions, and actions, to take these words totally out of context is unconscionable, disgusting. While Obama is providing the voters with a vision of the future, McCain is resorting to slanderous rhetoric. I guess this is because McCain doesn't have a vision for the future that he wants to share with the voters. Put the issues and positions on the table and stop the slanderous rhetoric!

    September 9, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  11. Obamacan/McCant

    how sad this country is...so filled with ignorance they can see they are hurting. how can we believe anything coming from McCain/Palin camp...in my heart she gives some people the excuse to not vote for Obama not because of his policy but because he is Black. this is clearly not an election about the issues, it is about personality...Bush had a great personality when he was running too.

    September 9, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  12. RyanD.

    MCCAIN IS A SCARY CANDIDATE. PTSD WILL CAUSE YOU TO DO RASH THINGS AND MAKE POOR DECISIONS.

    September 9, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  13. David

    I am ashamed of McCain and nasty campaign smears. Well Presidential campaign are nasty but this is going to something. McCain and Rupublic "Enough", "Enough of your dirty tricks, Enough o the smears, Enough of the baseless argument – this is country need honest, truthful and responsible leaders" .

    Obama, this is the time to reinforce your word ' Enough". sharpen it so it is clear, and strong such that the trepublic lies cannot bend it or modify or ride on it because the McCAIN.Palin – Bush/Cheney should have a free ride.

    September 9, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  14. kim

    I've been a teacher for 17 years. I taught kindergarten for three years and was required by my district to teach "Good Touch, Bad Touch". It clearly gives children an understanding of how others can and unfortunately may take advantage of them and how to recognize when someone is doing so. My daughter is 5 and I have taught her much of what I taught my students and the importance of always talking to her parents if she feels something bad has happened. As an educator, I am proud of Barack backing knowledge over ignorance. John McCain has crossed a line that puts him squarely in the gutter.

    September 9, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  15. Mrs. Texas Teacher

    How in God's name can McCain/Palin make such a claim about Obama? It is obscene. I knew it was a lie before I checked it out, but I was pleased to know that I was absolutely right.

    These people are ready to say or do anything to get elected. What they count on is that the People are either too stupid to check out what they say or so much more interested in Christian Right principles that they won't want to know whether it is true or not.

    Hey, it worked for Bush/Cheney! I'm sure that Rove is coaching them, we know that Bush/Cheney are! Wake up, WE, the People, before it is too late. Don't be so foolish as to get swept away by Republican rehtoric! Check the facts! It's still the economy! And Obama is the only candidate who will work for the average person in this country. Count on that!

    September 9, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  16. concern

    YOU PEOPLE BETTER WAKE UP!! EVERYONE CAN SEE MCCAIN
    FOR WHAT HE REALLY IS BUSH/ROVE 2 THIS SHOULD PROVE IT
    4 MORE YEARS? NO WAY!! IF YOU CAN'T THINK FOR YOURSELF THINK FOR YOU KIDS CAN YOU SAY DAFT!

    September 9, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  17. David

    am ashamed of McCain and nasty campaign smears. Well Presidential campaign are nasty but this is going to something. McCain and Rupublic "Enough", "Enough of your dirty tricks, Enough o the smears, Enough of the baseless argument – this is country need honest, truthful and responsible leaders" .

    Obama, this is the time to reinforce your word ' Enough". sharpen it so it is clear, and strong such that the trepublic lies cannot bend it or modify or ride on it because the McCAIN.Palin – Bush/Cheney should not have a free ride.

    September 9, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  18. Michael

    I am so sick and Tired of McCain and the Republicans, this is just disgraceful!!!!!

    You "Sir", and I use that term with as much respect for you, as you seem to have for the intelligence of the voting public, are Shameful!

    September 9, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  19. Independent Voter

    Talk about sinking to a new low – McCain gets the prize walking away!

    And Palin's family could have used some sex education, I think.

    September 9, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  20. Knock Little Miss Ice Chip Palin and Botox Barbie McCain Off the Runway

    Looks like abstinence only didn't work real well with the Palin family.
    Hmm .. Just say no ... Didn't help keep kids off drugs either ... Looks like the birds and bees could have been singing a little earlier in the Palin camp.

    September 9, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  21. danana

    CNN – remove this ad from your site immediately! Please don't give free air time to this disgusting lie from McCain.

    And he said that Biden had sunk to a new low. Ha. McCain has sunk lower than any politician in my lifetime. Dispicable.

    September 9, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  22. Two of A Kind

    The only two people who don't believe Sarah is ready is Sarah and John. Nice couple, but not ready for America.

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 9, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  23. John

    !!!
    This is absolutely ridiculous. We cannot elect this crazy socialist.

    September 9, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  24. Eric in Ohio

    This has got to be the most discusting ad yet...I made up my mind to vote for OBAMA today!

    September 9, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  25. Theresa W.

    Unfortunately in the Land of the Free and Equality, we still have "more of the same". PEOPLE WHO HIDE BEHIND THEIR OBVIOUS AND QUIET RACISISM AND PEOPLE WHO REALLY CAN NOT MOVE BEYOND THEIR PREJUDICE AND DISCRIMINATION. You already knew who you were voting for before the election season began. Stop kidding yourself and being less than forthright with everyone else. Let's be honest! You planned to vote for anyone running against Obama in the Democratic Primary and anyone running against Obama in the National Election. We all can take one thing from this
    historical year. The Republicans could have SELECTED anyone and I mean SELECTED to run against Obama because this great country is still not open minded enough to have an African American or Black President. People like you make are country what it is today. Sara Palin is a joke and gives Americans an excuse and way of escape to hide behind there personal immoral & ignorant views expressed above. One thing is for sure! America has not changed and will not change. It will always be more of the same.Ignorant, racists, prejudice, discriminatory, and afraid to give minorities rights that whites have held for decades, centuries, and years. If Barack was white with a different name, he would be a shoe in for President especially running against McBush!,

    Signed ,

    Supporter

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 9, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
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