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. Cecil

    That's What The GOP Does.
    Lie, Distort, Divide, and Attack.
    Look At There Campaigning History.

    Remember What They Said, It's Not About The Issues!

    Issues Are Jute Window Dressing For The GOP.

    All They Want To Do Is "P.O.W." and "Bridge To No Where" Lie Us To Death!

    September 9, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  2. dan

    wait a minute, didn't the republicans constantly attack obama not having any legislation? They friggin mention one in this ad. Are they nuts?

    September 9, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  3. Donna from Colorado Springs

    Everyone knows that the McBush campaign is the lowest form of lies and misdirection around. They turn and twist every word around to favor them and make themselves look good and kind and Obama look like he's not patriotic, he's inexperienced[Palin has SO MUCH MORE experience] and that McBush is the ONLY MAN that is worth running for president. What a lovely Christian woman she is!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! She's a backstabbing, tell them what they want to hear, person! How uppity of McBushs campaign for Rick Davis to say that "this election is about personality, not issues" Are you kidding me??????????????? And to protect Palin like she is some delicate flower from the mean old press! How dare they want to ask her any questions that might actually show just how inexperienced she really is! Do they think she's some kind of a rock star or something? Is she better than Biden? Give me a break! She flip flops better than old pasty face! She knows full well that SHE DID FAVOR THE BRIDGE TO NOWHERE. She's lied about it and many more things over and over. Why is the country putting her up on a pedestal? Are people so forgetful or stupid as to think that the McBusg/Palin ticket wont bring change, just more of the same bull-- we've seen over the last 8 years? All of the white women that McBush is attracting should think about how he doesn't care about womens issues, will overturn Roe v Wade, and how Palin is opposed to abortion IN ALL CIRCUMSTANCES! iS THAT WHAT THEY WANT? They would set back womans rights 100 years! THINK BEFORE YOU VOTE PEOPLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 9, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  4. Joseph

    So Obama explains his dedication to improving education.

    Then McCain explains his view.

    Oops, that would be a reasonable response. But, Nope, Ol' McCain / Palin decide to toss a dagger or two in response.

    What that tells me is McCain HAS NO PLAN TO IMPROVE EDUCATION!

    But, then, why should he? McCain hasn't thought about it in nearly 3 decades in Washington. Why would he start now?

    Kick the all talk McCain express to the side of the road. We need to move our nation forward.

    Read Obama's plan on Education – It is actually quite reasonable and takes the best of both right and left ideas into account. I was very impressed.

    September 9, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  5. McCain 08.12

    Thank you pumas!!!! You can go back to cooking my dinner now, we don't need you anymore. Palin has just sealed this election.......suckers

    September 9, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  6. Cecil

    That's What The GOP Does.
    Lie, Distort, Divide, and Attack.
    Look At There Campaigning History.

    Remember What They Said, It's Not About The Issues!

    Issues Are Just Window Dressing For The GOP.

    All They Want To Do Is "P.O.W." and "Bridge To No Where" Us To Death!

    September 9, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  7. Joe Regis

    McCain – Palin naked-lies exposed. How about the expense accounts and the personal expenses. We will need answers and we will have responses.

    No more repubs this time.

    Obama/Biden 08/12.

    September 9, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  8. Marie

    Just one more article talking BAD about the other side.

    Boy, I am so sick of hearing about what the candidates say their opponents have or haven't done. I think we need a NEW RULE - candidates cannot talk about anyone but themselves. As far as I am concerned... we should put bags over their heads and distort their voices and start listening to the ISSUES!

    I am beginning to believe that the person who digs up the most dirt, wins!

    Black, white, male, female, kids with pregnancies, kids with disabilities, whatever- The candidate should be chosen based on their stand on the issues - the war in Iraq, the economy, the environment, immigration, stem-cell rescue - to name a few!

    I think they all need to "clean up their act." How about a little integrity. Time for a new "talk" and a new "walk."

    McCain- I can appreciate your service to this country, but for me, it will take a lot more than that for you to get my vote! You say COUNTRY FIRST, well then start HERE - PERIOD!

    September 9, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  9. Genna

    How can a McCain approve this type of ad? Wow, somethings wrong with this guy...scary!

    September 9, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  10. Clif , Atlanta,Ga.

    It seems like McCain has stolen everything from Obama in order to try to get elected.McCain has gone from the (straight talk express to no surrender tour to new change) McCain wants America to forgive him and his party for sinking this country to all time lows for the last eight years. No thanks McShame and puppet Palin.

    September 9, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  11. Dave

    Couldn't they just come up with another Willie Horton ad? The Republicans will stoop to new lows to scare people into voting against their self interest. Obama supported a bill to PROTECT young children from sexual predators!

    Since McCain can't win on issues, he's gotta run on fear, fear, fear. The scary black man is coming after your children...

    Enough is enough!

    Obama/Biden '08

    September 9, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  12. gwg

    More Obama is the truth and McCain is the lying. Get a grip on reality.

    McCain/Palin 08

    September 9, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  13. Jefferson says, "revolution, get-some, go-again

    If these knotheads somehow win this election, I'm officially a revolutionary from that point forward.

    September 9, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  14. Barbara CA

    The McCain/Palin ’super-hero-agents-of-change' shtick is not working for me. Obama offers answers for serious issues that are important to today's voters, McCain answers with attacks on Obama. Where are McCain's answers? I want to hear what McCain’s changes will be. So far the media is requiring very little of McCain and Palin when it comes to the issues.

    September 9, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  15. Jean, CANADA

    McPOWWOW....are you CRAZY??!!!! Did They REALLY just put out an ad like that????

    This is just TOO MUCH....

    congrats CNN......PURE CRAP!!

    OBAMA, 08, 12

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

    Obama is risky and I just don't trust a man who was in the senate for 143 days and decided that he wanted to be the president. he hasn't done anything in his job and is risky.

    McCain is an honorable man and a man who will protect our country and our values.

    I see Obama is not ready and even Joe Biden said that obama was not ready. Hillary said Obama lacks the experience for the job.

    Heavy comments by the lions of the Democratic Party.

    Let's support the Republican ticket all the way to the White House.

    Well said! All of our best presidents spent more time in Washington. Washington, Lincoln, Teddy and the future Palin.

    September 9, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  17. Ohio in the springtime

    McCain has stooped to an all-time low. This ad helped me make up my mind. Obama wouldn't have done this. SHAME ON YOU MCCAIN!

    September 9, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  18. Cecil

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

    Kindergarten sex ed is age appropriate. Basically:
    "don't talk to strangers"
    "good touch/bad touch"
    "go to a teacher, cop, or parent and tell"

    That's What The GOP Does.
    Lie, Distort, Divide, and Attack.
    Look At There Campaigning History.
    Not Surprise!

    September 9, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  19. Moon Maiden from Lake Michigan

    OF COARSE MC LAME WOULD SLAM OBAMA ON EDUCATION. I WONDER WHY....
    COULD IT BE THAT HE HIMSELF IS A BIT INTIMIDATED BY OBAMA'S INTELLIGENCE
    THIS IS JUST THE TIP OF THE ICE BERG.
    OBAMA'S POLICIESD ARE WHAT WE NEED IN AMERICA.
    AND FORGET THESE MEDIA POLLS, ARE WE GOING TO CONTINUE TO HAVE THE MEDIA BRAINWASH US AND TELL YOU WHO TO VOTE FOR .
    GET SMART AND GET REAL.

    September 9, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  20. Independent Voter in Missouri

    I respect education and real science.

    The McCain team does not.

    September 9, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  21. my view

    mccain and palin are scumbags.

    September 9, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  22. dl

    Why does noone ever bring up Carol McCain? The woman that John McCain DESERTED after she wasnt pretty enough anymore from a freak accident? Why no mention of his adultery that his refuglican party hates so much? God help us if McCain is elected.

    September 9, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  23. Pat Riot

    I'm not sure where these "McCain and Palin are liars" thing came from. Check Factcheck.org. They are anything but liars. Both parties are equally guilty in spinning the truth in their favor. That is just an unfortunate side of politics that comes with any presidential race. Let's put this bickering aside. Conservatives are afraid of socialism and liberals are afraid of fascism. Vote your beliefs but stop criticizing the candidates. The world isn't going to end either way it may just become more uncomfortable for the losing side.

    September 9, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  24. COUNTRY FIRST McCAIN/PALIN

    I've been reading alot of the post on some of these stories and I have never seen anything like the hesteria I'm seeing in the obama supporters. My God, you people are SICK !

    September 9, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  25. Brian

    Kindergarten sex ed is age appropriate. Basically:
    "don't talk to strangers"
    "good touch/bad touch"
    "go to a teacher, cop, or parent and tell"

    Again, more LIES from the McCain camp.

    How dare yo say that how do you expect us Republicans to sleep with anyone if you educate them about good and bad touches before we can get our hands on them? Protecting children is such a liberal stance! It's time to drill them for oil

    September 9, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
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