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.


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soundoff (244 Responses)
  1. Pascal

    THIS MAN MCCAIN (ALIAS MCBUSH, MCSAME, MCPAIN) IS SO DIGUSTING! JUST WATCH HIM TAKE OUT THE PENCIL AND TELL THE PEOPLE HE WILL VETO AND VETO AND VETO. ABSOLUTELY DISGUSTING. HITLER LIKE

    September 9, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  2. Please and Thank You

    Mr. Voted '191' times PRESENT has no experience period, end of issue.

    Oh he talks the talk but doesn't have the EXPERIENCE to know what and which side of the sidewalk to walk on.

    Obama, these are serious times, America needs serious and experienced leadership, when you debate experience America will discover that no matter what your ROCK STAR Status and Pelosi, Reid and Dean FORCE FED down the throats of the 18 million Hillary Clinton supporters do, YOUR 15 MINUTES OF FAME ARE UP!

    September 9, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  3. Claire

    CNN: Why didn't you post what the bill McCain was talking about was? You guys REALLY need to start doing some basic research and posting summaries here, instead of just what everyone says.

    September 9, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  4. IndependantMom

    Senator McCain is NOT honorable!! I have lost all respect for this man. How desperate he must be to win to lie and distort the way he has. This white woman has now made a donation to Obama-Biden (the sane choice).

    September 9, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  5. Linda from AZ

    Why is the response always never a counter idea just more attack and attack. Don't be fooled again by the Rep machine of smoke and mirrors.

    September 9, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  6. Griff

    What do you do? When government invest in Business! They give them a grant, to employ more staff. They take the money and employ a new group. But then lay-off another.

    September 9, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  7. Jsdc007

    McCain is showing us that he's a sleazy liar, no better than Karl Rove. And to think that I once considered voting for this empty shell of a man. McCain believes its his turn now, that this is his last shot at the presidency (I doubt if he can run at 76 if he loses this year) and will do or say anything to win. Perhaps, if McCain were taught sex ed as a child, he wouldn't have turned into a nasty, philandering brute of a man who after cheating on his wife with countless women, married the richest one. Perhaps, if his running mate had botherd to teach her own daughter sex ed., young Bristol wouldn't be knocked up at 17.

    September 9, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  8. McCain 08.12

    We have won this election and we did without Hillary and her screaming women(?). Go back and back me some cookies. Palin is the real female choice.

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

    VOTERS the republicans ,BUSH/MCCAIN/PALIN TICK ET must NOT WIN this election.it will be more of the same of the last 8 years.the next 4 year will be worst .EVERY ONE OF US THE LOW INCOME AND MIDDLE INCOME MIGHT AS WELL TAKE EVERY THING YOU HAVE ,TAKE IT TO THE ATLANTIC OCEAN,PACIFIC OCEAN, RED SEA, BLACK SEA OR ANY OTHER OCEAN OR SEA DUMP IT IN THERE AND WATCH IT FLOAT AND GET WASH AWAY TO NO RETURN. OUR ECONOMY IS IN A DEVASTATING SHAMBLE.

    September 9, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  10. Dmitriy

    Obama will teach our pre-K kids sex ed. Nice. Now that's a change you can believe in.

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

    I see desperation in Mccain's camp. They will lie, cheat, and now, a perverted dirty old man. Palin, on the other hand, knows so well about abstinence, that sex education is not necessary. As a responsible parent, we should be teaching our children about the bird and the bees. If we don't, we will have babies having babies, or children victimized by predators.

    I cannot believe McCain is running an ad that completely undermines sex education to our children. I cannot believe this.

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

    Come on guy's, is it the moderators job to remove as many Republican responses as they can??? Let one of my posts go through please!

    McCain is right. Obama likes the public school monopoly. We need competition in our schools. We need to be able to have our kids go to the school of our choice.

    Even CNN's Roland Martin says Obama is wrong on this!

    Vote McCain/Palin 08.

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

    John McCain has lost all honor. He's lost all control of his campaign.

    Are you proud of this one, too, Senator McCain? Do you have any idea what you look like these days? You should quit. Right now, it looks like you would rather win an election than save your honor.

    September 9, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  14. Apollonia Creed

    Why isn't there a head line about the Obama campaign response to this ad? But there is a headline about the McCain's campaign response to Joe Biden's clearly appropriate remarks about special needs children and stem cell research?????

    September 9, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  15. Derek in SF

    Dems are so dumb. Specualates all these bad things about McCain/Palin. They have the exeperience.
    Obama/Biden...no experience on a high level, thats what we should worry about.

    September 9, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  16. CM

    wow. Turning an stance to educate children against sexual predators into a negative education stunt for the GOP. And someone actually said McCain is an honorable man? You are judged by your actions sir.

    McCain has done more against educational programs than anyone else running for office in this race. If Obama has done nothing then what is worse? Nothing or fighting against education?

    John McCain...

    Against veteran benefits
    Against universal healthcare
    Against educational benefits
    Not educated on the economy

    Not right for this country

    September 9, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  17. McCain 08.12

    I am so glad we don't have to pander to Hillary supporters anymore. It was making my skin crawl. Palin is the best choice, Hillary can go back to checking up on Bill at 3 am.

    Palin 2012

    September 9, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  18. Nathan

    McCain's convention speech had convinced me that he would be a respectful president. Now I'm at a lost for words. I'll just have to pray to God that McCain doesn't win. I don't know if I can handle a President who will attempt to take a law meant to protect children from peodiphiles and warping it.

    September 9, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  19. TONY

    John McCain has lost any honor I ever had for him....what a discusting ad! I will be voting for Obama. Sorry John, you just lost me. . .

    September 9, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  20. Mrs. Independent

    The republicans are disgusting this election year. It amazes me how repulsive and desperate they are. This ad is so untrue and mischaracterizing. Maybe if Sarah Palin's had taught her daughter about sex education, then she would not be the situation she's in.
    HYPOCRISY IS ALL THE GOP ABOUT, THEY PREACH ABOUT MORALITY AND VALUES, BUT THEY DON'T LIVE BY THEM.

    September 9, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  21. Wayne

    Now I know the problem with America. Its not Bush, it's the incompetent and ignorant American voter quite literally voting for their very own demise. This would be hilarious if I wasnt also American.

    McCain=Karma. He is precisely what we Americans deserve. He is the destruction from within. We killed 100,000+ Iraqis for NOTHING. Yes. We deserve what we will get with McCain and Palin. Extension of Bush policies will certainly put a lid on the American dream.

    September 9, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  22. Bob

    Good grief! Another example of a "respectful" campaign from McCain.

    September 9, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  23. royster

    you liberals are a mess. both campaigns are putting out tough ads. also, guess what? ya wanna blame bush for everything? how bout the dems have been in control of congress since 06 and have done nothing but have a 12% approval rating. yeah, thats getting the job done!

    September 9, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  24. Wayne

    Palin's daughter is pregnant. Obamas daughters are not. I think we know who is the better parent.

    September 9, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  25. pa.joe

    McCain supports vouchers.
    Vouchers take money from public schools and gives it to rich kids parents to help pay for private schools.
    Vouchers aren't nearly enough to pay all the expense for a private school.
    That's why the poor even with vouchers can't afford private schools.
    It's like another tax break for the wealthy.
    This is much like McCain health insurance plan where he wants to give folks a $5000 tax credit to buy health insurance.
    A $5000 tax credit equals about $1000 less tax paid for the year.
    That $1000 divided by 52 equals $19.32 a week more in your paycheck.
    $1000 won't buy 1 months health insurance for a family.
    But it will put $1000 in the hands of the wealthy who can already afford to buy their own insurance.
    McCain/Palin represent the rich but they hope the rest of us can't add.

    September 9, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
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