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. concern

    Republicans must think you’re stupid
    Republicans must think you’re stupid
    Republicans must think you’re stupid
    Republicans must think you’re stupid
    Republicans must think you’re stupid
    Republicans must think you’re stupid

    September 10, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  2. ATLian

    Nothing about the issues.

    September 10, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  3. Tell It Like It Is

    Here come the Hunters in Helicopters !

    September 10, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  4. Todd

    Key state = Let's show it to the media and they'll play it for free

    September 10, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  5. ENOUGH ALREADY

    This is so pathetic that McCain wants to dumb down America and make this election about PR spin and image and not the issues we face every day.

    Shame on you John McCain. Enough of the Swift Boat baloney already.

    September 10, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  6. Doug R.

    When is this Mr. McCain going to start discussing and addressing the real issues facing Americans and the United States?? He's a fraud and has absolutely nothing to offer.
    By the way...he and Palin have been getting a free and easy ride fron CNN, Fox Lies, and lots of other media outlets.

    September 10, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  7. Hillary 2012

    Go Mc Cain

    Obama is panic now he doesn’t know what he is talking

    Obama is worried

    We need strong candidate like Bill Clinton

    Mc Cain 08/ Palin 08

    September 10, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  8. Brian

    I would like to thank all of you for the entertainment. Your candidate's persona as a saint and the savior of our nation is imploding and he is unraveling in front of your eyes and ears and you are too blind to see it. He doesn't even realize he's not running against Palin.

    Keep up the fight and keep posting. Humor is good for your health.

    September 10, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  9. Deborah

    Obama and his attack dogs had better start planning where they are going to hide on Nov. 5.......

    Think of all the low down back room deals he has made in the past 18 months.....

    McCain/Palin-08-In a Landslide!

    September 10, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  10. Joseph, Los Angeles

    This McCain campaign is getting worse with each coming day. This race is not about Palin, it's about we Americans choosing the right change that we so desperatly need.

    How was Palin's speech today? Did she say anything different?

    I didn't think so...

    September 10, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    Poor, poor Sarah. Worst. Pitbull. Ever.

    This is all going to be used as justification of why Palin won't face the press. She'll get back from Alaska, and Tucker Bounds will tell us that she won't be doing any more one-on-one interviews because she has been so mistreated.

    People will eat it up.

    September 10, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  12. John in Ohio

    Wait, the Democrats are a pack of wolves in the Alaskan wilderness?

    So... Palin's gonna shoot us from a helicopter?

    September 10, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  13. Marquis Todd

    C'mon, let's talk about the issues. I mean this is getting old, all you hear is Obama's doing this Obama said that.

    I have a question for John Cafferty?

    Has the presidential election turned into homecoming week?

    Are we choosing our candidate based on issues or what type of person he/she is?

    Americans should be appauled by the way John McCain has handled this election. He has offered the American people nothing. Except; DRILL, DRILL, DRILL.

    My vote goes for Obama, the community organizer.

    September 10, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  14. Jim Smiley

    Maybe McCain could just give her her favorite rifle and she could go hunt the wolf pack.

    September 10, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  15. JP Brazill

    I would suggest that if the Dems keep comparing Obama to Jesus that should disqualify him as the Dems are still hot on the separation between church and state.

    September 10, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  16. Justin in CA

    Let her defend herself by talking to the press and answering question. I have no idea what she thinks about anything so the rumors and her Jesus freak views are all I have until she starts acting like she is running for vice president and begins the vetting process.

    I love when they act like you know everything about Palin but you still don't know anything about Obama. He has only been vetted over the last two years.

    Obama 08

    September 10, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  17. Vic of New York

    I don't understand... If you have a Barracuda – or better yet a Wolf in Sheeps Clothing ...why is the Moose-boy complaining about being hunted down?

    If your espousing Swift Boat politics, why are you crying when you get pushback?

    This is my problem with Republicans – a bunch of mama's boys who love to bully the other kids but come running home to mama when someone pushes back.

    What a pack of mamby pambies...

    September 10, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  18. Kate in NC

    I thought she was a big girl. She certainly thought she could handle big girl politics. Maybe not. Maybe she's not old enough for lipstick.

    We have real issues facing this country. Dear God, if this is how McCain is going to run his campaign – creating false issues, instead of dealing with a destablized economy – what kind of administration will he run?

    Get back to the issues and let Palin face the people with real discussions and interviews. McCain must be realizing what a HUGE mistake he made, considering what he is doing right now.

    September 10, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  19. Becky

    Sarah is in the big leagues now and she made at least half of the country HATE her in record time....So much for McCain's reaching across the aisle...If he tried to do that now we would slap his hand down.

    September 10, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  20. Hillary Supporter for Obama

    Poor Sarah Palin!! I feel so bad for her. She's just a fragile little girl isn't she? Good thing the big strong Republican MEN are there to protect her!!

    September 10, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  21. SV

    PIT BULL WITH LIPSTICK CAN TAKE IT ( PALIN )

    September 10, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  22. Brandon for Obama

    The McCain camp needs to get their messaging strategy correct. I work in advertising and they are not sending a cohesive message with how they are packaging Gov Palin.

    On one hand they say she is a pitbull with lipstick, a maverick. And then on the other hand she is the victim of Democratic bullies and sexism. Pick one, and be consistent with it.

    Sen Obama did not portray himself as a victim when at the RNC Guliani and Gov Palin attacked his character and demeaned his work as a community organizer.

    I call for all Americans, Repblicans, Democrats, and Independents to hold ourselves to a higher standard. Let's demand that ALL politicians get rid of these stupid ads going back and forth. We are deciding our president, not who is line leader at recess. Calling out substantial policy differences is one thing, but distroting truths and attacking personalities is another.

    If we as voters don't respond to their crap...they want put it out there.

    While Obama has had some ads labeled negative, I still commend him for his campaign. Overall he has been less negative and has had to retaliate to several attacks made against him...but you don't see him acting like the victim.

    September 10, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  23. VB Lincoln Park NJ

    How dare the Obama campaign raise questions on real issues!!!!!!

    I guess governor Sara Phoney doesn't wish to face the possibility of having to answer real questions showing her regressive, right wing, backward positions on everything.

    The debates should prove most interesting, when, hopefully, real questions should be asked.

    September 10, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  24. Drew

    toos cared to use the real word CNN? paint = lies, they are lying, report real news.

    September 10, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  25. Chipster

    And what does this ad say about:

    47 million people without health care
    equal pay for equal work
    outsourcing of American jobs
    heating costs with winter approaching
    depleted oil resources and the need for alternatives
    stem cell research
    veterans education and health care
    ending the war in Iraq
    global warming

    Huh? Huh? What does it say about those problems facing our people and our nation?

    September 10, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
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