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

McCain camp responds to Obama's education ad

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="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. Liberals -blinded by hatred

    Liberals can't stand the truth about The One. Whine and moan all you like but the really hurts.

    Now which is worse, Obamarama voting to teach 4 and 5 yr olds about sex, or the liberal smears against the fabulous Gov Palin and her special needs child????

    Face it liberal scum, you can't handle the truth.

    September 9, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  2. Moe, NY

    McCain/Palin are the bridge to nowhere!

    September 9, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  3. Dexter in Houston TX

    Barack has done nothing but speak to the American people as intellects, but the "wanna be" Maverick and his Pitbull with lipstick want to drag the political process into the dirt. They both are disgraceful!!!

    September 9, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  4. Kelli

    WoW! I can't believe how low McCain, he completely twisted that around!
    I feel sick over this, it is discusting.

    September 9, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  5. Roger from CA

    What has Mr-fourth-from-last-at-Annapolis McCain done for education??????

    September 9, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  6. Nicky

    They are vile. This has to be about as low as they can go, right? Face it, folks: if the McCain/Palin ticket wins and we endorse 4 to 8 more years of basically the same policies, values, and "leadership" style that have led us to where we are now, the U.S. will be a joke, and virtually irrelevant as a world power within a decade.

    September 9, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  7. kristin

    MCSHAME SHAME SHAME- what won't you do to win this election.
    You are truly a disgusting "human" being.

    September 9, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  8. No McCain

    Really shame on McCain. This is now disgusting!!!

    September 9, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  9. Catya

    How low will you go,Lame Brain McCain???

    You are so desperate to become president that you will say and do anything. It's sickening.

    I'm getting so tired of you and that "parrot" you chose for your running mate.

    September 9, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  10. MikeH

    Nightingale, it's obvious you are a racist, why don't you drop the pretense of an honest discussion of the issues and just come out of your 'whites only' closet?

    Up to the point where Sara Palin was chosen, it was possible to debate who would be a better president, but Sarah is a right-wing religious nutjob thief and liar. No one can honestly argue she would make a good vice president, she's too venal, arrogant, ignorant, duplicitous, vindictive and prone to telling bald-faced lies.

    The Republican campaign is basing its hope on racism and ignorance, if they win America as I knew it, after the Civil Rights movement, will have died.

    September 9, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  11. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

    When will the idiots get that voting "present" is a political statement that is infinitely better than being absent... have you looked at Methuselah s record of absentees?

    September 9, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  12. Jean

    Obama has used nothing but lies and dirty tactics since he played dirty Chicago politics to be the only candidate in his first election.

    Obama's record speaks for itself and for him.

    ZERO faith!

    ZERO value of Country!

    ZERO respect for women!

    ZERO chance in November!

    September 9, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  13. Tony

    McSame and Palin. Stop lying.

    September 9, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  14. J

    Obama should apologize for his pig comments today. Way out of line.

    Biden should apologize for his special needs comments today. Way out of line.

    The Dems have foolishly nominated the wrong candidate(s). Hillary should be the nominee, she could win this election in a walk. She's qualified and electable and earned the right to be the nominee by winning more votes than any candidate of any party in history and she's NOT on the ticket??? Way to blow it Dems.

    McCain 08 and Hillary 2012. Country first, party second.

    September 9, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  15. Jerry Parmley

    I think all the politicians need to remember the saying "Mis-management is a betrayal of trust." The news today of the budget being $400 billion in the red is pitiful. The Senate, House and President need to be taken out behind the wood shed and taught a lesson. I don't know about the rest of the folks in this country, but I'm sick of watching the Democrats blame the Republicans and vise versa. Here's a novel idea how about the politicians "shut up" and get to work solving these problems. Nike commercial guys "Just Do It".

    September 9, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  16. TRBoston

    No surprise. These are the people who attacked John Kerry for serving in Vietnam when their own candidate had served in the National Guard. Karl Rove is the man who said his party should politicize 9/11. Karl Rove is a traitor. Steve Schmidt is a traitor.

    September 9, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  17. Johanna not voting GOP

    All of you people who are excited about having a pretty, soccer mom for a potential VP or even president of this country had better start looking at McCain & Palin on the issues, and not at her legs or McCain's heart touching story of his POW days! They won't change from the way Bush and the rest of the Republicans have been doing things. Don't listen to the lies from their lips, look at what and whom they've been supporting…..Bush's failed policies! They have both voted in support of all of Bush's "things to mess up" list, over and over again….and will continue to do so.

    September 9, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  18. Willcnnapprovethis?

    More crap from the right

    Hey Senator McCain you'd better hurry the SS Titanic won't leave without you and your fellow republicans!

    Obama/Biden 08/12 Hillary 16/20

    16 years of blue rule!

    CNN POST THIS!!!!!!!

    September 9, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  19. kim hussein taylor portland, oregon

    the problem for us dems is that our brains cannot fathom the ugly, dark, twisted places in the depraved minds of carl rove and the vile repugs.

    anyone who believes that obama wants us teaching sex ed to kindergartners needs to be sterilized NOW!!!!! and your voter card revoked for life!!!!!

    September 9, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  20. annie - former democrat

    bo knows alot about education. He took an educational grant with the help of ayres and divided between schools ayres owns and the radical group Acorn which is out there now doing phoney voter registration. bo has alot of education, good old southside chicago corrupt politics!

    September 9, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  21. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

    John McCain has been the Senator with the worst attendance record in the 110th Congress. As of last month, he had missed over 60 percent of votes. That is a worse attendance record than Senator Tim Johnson (D-SD) who had a minor little issue: a brain hemorrhage.

    September 9, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  22. dante

    We are a nation of sheep. I guess Rush limbaugh and his ditto heads have us figured out. A week ago America was introduced to Sarah Palin via a scripted speech written by a former Bush speechwriter. And I must say she played her part very well. Based on this performance there are many people that now believe she is qualified to be president. The truth of the matter is those were not her words and she is the least known of all the candidates. I would not object to Mcain or Obama for president but to give the American public less that 2 months to get to know Palin strikes me as poltical trickery. I will not vote for Mccain at this point because this decision is so ridiculous I have lost faith in the man. This nonsense is so foolish, Palin is the focal point of the election and not the Man that will shape our country for years to come. I love my country very much but i am disgusted by our politicians... all of them. They are a despicable bunch of manipulative people who's only agenda is power , not the best interests of this country. Sarah Palin best candidate the repulicans could find or the candidate the public can't get to know in 56 days . I say the latter. And we are actually considering allowing this stupidity to become real. God Bless America... we need your help

    September 9, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  23. Daryl from Seattle

    The GOP are such sleaze buckets these days. Same ol' divisive attacks, same ol' politics, and the ability to lie about any and everything to maintain power. Seriously folks, if you didn't like the G.W. Bush years, why even take a chance that we'll have to endure anymore economic suffering at the hands of these so-called conservatives.

    September 9, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  24. Napoleon Complex

    C'mon John. Just call him the "N" word and get it over with.

    September 9, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  25. rays

    McCain just does not get it. He does not understand how important education is to the future.

    September 9, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
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