September 10th, 2008
01:50 PM ET
14 years ago

McCain ad paints Dems as wolfpack hunting Palin

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/09/10/art.wolfad.cnn.jpg caption="New McCain ad paints Democrats as a wolfpack hunting Palin."](CNN) - John McCain's campaign released a new ad Wednesday that portrays Democratic operatives as a vicious wolfpack hunting VP nominee Sarah Palin.

“The attacks on Governor Palin have been called ‘completely false’...’misleading,’” says the female announcer in the 30-second spot, which points to a report from Factcheck.org shooting down many attacks on the Alaska governor. “And they've just begun.”

Watch: The latest McCain ad does a fact check on Obama

The announcer cites a Wall Street Journal column that 30 Democratic lawyers and researchers have been “air dropped” into Alaska “dig dirt” on Palin.

That column, by pundit John Fund, cites anonymous sources in reporting that unnamed Democrats have descended on Anchorage. The Democratic National Committee and the Obama campaign have denied sending anyone to Alaska to conduct research into Palin’s past.

“As Obama drops in the polls, he'll try to destroy her,” says the announcer, as images of a wolfpack appear on screen. "Obama's politics of hope? Empty words."

The McCain campaign said the ad would be airing in “key states,” although it did not say where, or how extensive the buy would be.


Filed under: John McCain • Sarah Palin
soundoff (556 Responses)
  1. hrsc

    She does act as though she's in heat.....Now were are the issues...

    We can all sling mud, again issues please...McCain can you spell HONOR!!!!

    September 10, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  2. Jeff Brown

    She's a big girl in a dirty business...get over it!

    September 10, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  3. Dismayed

    Give me a break. The facts are the facts. I guess she must know what those wolves must feel like then that get hunted from helicopters in Alaska where she made it legal to do so.

    September 10, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  4. FortDem

    Of course everybody knows that Juneau is the capital of Alaska...right?!?!?

    September 10, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  5. Truth

    CNN SHOULDN'T GIVE MCSAME AND PAL ANY MEDIA COVERAGE UNTIL THEIR VP START ANSWERING QUESTIONS TO THEIR NETWORK. This is the VP not a job at WAL-MART. No disrespect to Wal Mart employees.

    September 10, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  6. David in San Diego

    Ms. Palin has yet to sit down with any reporter and actually answer any questions.

    She has been paraded like a well-trained parrot, and she repeats the key [and often false] sound bites from her acceptance speech, written by former George W. Bush speech writers.

    When she does finally answer questions from some reporter other than a Fox "News" , shill [apparently she has agreed to appear on ABC]perhaps these questions will be asked:

    1. Are you the best qualified Republican to serve as Vice-President ?;

    2. In your opinion, when was the Earth created ?

    3. Do you personally believe in evolution ?

    4. Do you believe that creationism should be tought in public schools as an alternative theory to evolution ?

    5. What Orders, if any, have you ever issued as Commander in Chief of the Alaska National Guard ?

    6. What substantive decisions have you made as Governor of Alaska that in any way involved relations with other countries ?

    7.You supported the "Bridge to Nowhere" for several years, and accepted funds for that project. The State airplane was not sold on E Bay. The Governor's personal chef was removed from your buget, and transferred to another line item but continued to serve your family. When will you cease repeating these fictious sound bites in your memorized stump speeches ?

    8. Are you the most qualified Republicsn to serve as President of the United States should President McCain die in office ?

    September 10, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  7. Tired of McCain/Palin

    What's up with these ridiculous questions????
    I can't tell you how glad I'll be when Jack Cafferty returns. He's the only one at CNN who actually "Gets it" !!

    September 10, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  8. Jay from New Jersey

    Actually, didn't the Democrats send a crack team of 24+ lawyers and mud-diggers to Anchorage last week? Oh yea, they are a pack of hungry wolves.

    September 10, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  9. aaron

    If papa mcain would ever let her say anything besides the same speech over and over and over again, maybe some of these questions about her past would get answered. If she's really ready let the press ask her some questions.

    September 10, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  10. Unhappy With CNN

    It is obvious to me that most of the news outlets are hoping and wishing for a scandal. Even here on CNN it is clear. You know we American's are not stupid, and when the Debates come, and all people watch, they will learn what is going on...When Charles gives his interview....watch out!
    So Religion...Hmmm lets bring that to light, and you will not be able to compare it to Rev. Wright....Say have you guys even ran the story on his affair, which in truth...really happend.

    September 10, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  11. NW Dem

    I am just sick with my party. Obama first swift boated Hillary and now wants to do the same with Palin. It's disgusting the way he gets away with all of his campaigns tactics then cries foul when the same thing is done to him.

    I'm either voting for Sarah or staying home this election!

    September 10, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  12. Justin in CA

    And they the McCain campaign called America a nation of whiners, give me a break. Someone get McSame some cheese pronto.

    September 10, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  13. Theresa (Charleston, SC

    I am so sick and tired of hearing about Sarah Palin she is not running for President. Who care how many children she has and who care if she have a baby with a handicap. Do the new media know how many people have children with handicap, she is not the first and will never be the last.

    September 10, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  14. Obama Supporter 2

    It's funny to hear McCain speak about change when Palin and McCain are saying the S-A-M-E speech almost two weeks later. Wow buy a new speech. Change that. One more day of this and we may believe that Palin is a StepFord Wife.

    September 10, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  15. Mike

    Juneau, not Anchorage, is the capital of Alaska. Maybe the DNC will try to distort that fact as well.

    September 10, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  16. G. Penley

    The non-stop attacks on Sarah Palin have served mostly to demonstrate fear and desperation in the Democratic ranks. Very transparent tactics, Mr. Obama. You're running scared, and it shows.

    September 10, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  17. Hispanic Female Republican

    So why is it ok when the Dems do it as they did the first week Palin was announced as the VP selection?

    The Dems do it all the time, give me a break!

    McCain/Palin all the way!!

    September 10, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  18. Jim

    What disgusting hypocrites, my stomach can't stand much more of these republican style of politics.

    September 10, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  19. nelsonmobilizes

    I just watched the Obama "pig/lipstick" speech. It was clearly a metaphor about John Mc Cain. ENOUGH!

    This crap will STOP NOW. You almost had me sick of politics. You almost made me walk away saying "enough"! I am going to start mobilizing the common man and woman and bring the fight to your door. We are sick of hing gas prices. We are sick of having no savings. We are sick of having no health care. We are sick and tired. America, you pay taxes, we pay politicians salaries, THEY WORK FOR US. it is not the other way around.

    It is time to mobilize. Look for nelsonmobilizes and you will find us.

    September 10, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  20. H. Charles

    I'm with Abby. The majority voted for Bush and got what they deserved. A $400 billion deficit that WE have to pay for because our fellow citizens made a bad decision. Here we go again

    September 10, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  21. Tough Times Ahead

    It would be great to see what the real social/educational/cultural divide is in this country. This election will surely tell how informed or how ignorant America is. If McCain wins, this country is truly on a backward direction. If Obama wins, then this country has hope and may very well turn itself around.

    It would be really sad to see if majority of Americans will buy onto McCain's politics of fear and ignorance. If he wins, then you know that this country has more uneducated people than informed informed citizens.

    Lets hope people come out to vote to insure that we as a country move forward, instead of revert back to the dark ages.

    September 10, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  22. Uncle Sam

    Could someone please explain how McCain-Palin are to blame for the failures for the Bush-Cheney administration?

    September 10, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  23. laura

    I'm an independent female voter and leaning for McCain. Under Macain's presidency my family will be doing great. Under Obama's presidency my family would be taxed heavily and you know what I'm fine with that. If it helps my wonderful country and my fellow Americans then I'm all for the tax increase. I'm tired of these scare tactics and smear campaigns and I'm tired of the same GOP speech over and over. For the first time I'll be voting for a democrat. I hope people get over the hype of Palin. I did so there's hope.

    GO OBAMA/BIDEN

    September 10, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  24. Barack Obama Is Our 44th president

    Truly the republicans would rather remain engaged in ignorance than to address the real issues this country is facing. They have nothing better to offer the American people and the rest of the world but distractions, distortions, manipulations, bad judgment and policies, and no solutions to important issues.

    McCain-Palin know they will NEVER win on the issues. They haven't addressed any of the issues thusfar, particularly health care and education. All they know and all we have heard from them are attacks and more attacks. They haven't any answers for the issues that concern the American people. They certainly can not explain one thing that they would do different from Bush. They can not explain the last 8 years of their bad and failed policies that has put our economy in a hole. So it's apparent, McCain-Palin-Bush stance is to stay on the personal attack track.

    Certainly it is true – "a pig in lipstick is still a pig."

    I truly hope the American people will get it right this time and vote for REAL change and that is Obama. It's definitely time for REAL change in Washington, it's time to elect Barack Obama for president !

    The Obama-Biden team are wiser and stronger to solve the crucial problems that we have here and abroad !

    September 10, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  25. KC

    Don't worry, if anyone questions them they will just shoot them out of a helicopter.

    September 10, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
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