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. Angela

    I'm so gald Governor Palin is in the race. I was strong Hilliary supporter until the question was rasied as to Obama/Biden sexist views...looks like Mc Cain is right considering Obama/Biden recent attacks.

    Obama couldn't be a worse candidate and his elitest approach of looking down on everyone is utterly replusive. Any woman that votes for those two male egomanics (Obama/Biden) needs to question whether or not they're truely interested in equallity for women.

    McCain/Palin in 2008 for the sake of our children!

    September 10, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  2. Please Report, Houston TX

    Not this time McShame the stakes are too high!!!Enough talk about issues.....Liar!!!!!

    No McShame, No McPalin!!!!

    September 10, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  3. NotFallingInLine.org

    Why isn't CNN talking about the fact that Adm. Mullen said we can NOT kill our way to victory in Afghanistan!!!

    Hey McWar are yuo listening???????

    September 10, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  4. 60 yr old white woman

    How unwise of them to use the 'wolf' term, given that the Defense of Wildlife group has a video of Gov. Palin advocating aerial wolf hunting and offering $150 for the front foreleg (graphically displayed in the video) of any wolf shot and killed. This is just sad.

    When McCain/Palin start saying something of substance, news should cover it...until then, don't give them any more free press. They shunned the press, it's time for the press to shun them.

    September 10, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  5. She Nees A Bigger Skirt

    "Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa...I dont want to talk to the big bad media. I have to adjust my tiara....."

    Face it John, Queen Sarah's skirt isn't big enough to hold the entire GOP.

    September 10, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  6. Rodham Democrat

    Another example of Sen. McCain trying to put all the focus on Sarah Palin....

    WHO'S RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT??

    Why is Sen. McCain hiding behind Gov. Palin???

    September 10, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  7. Gail

    Sarah Palin said that individuals make better decisions for themselves than government. ( see ontheissues.org) Why then is she against a woman's right to choose? Why is it ok for her to get up at the Republican Convention and give a speech full of insults, but it is not ok for the Democrats to bring attention to her lies?

    September 10, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  8. Big O supporter from Alabama

    We all know things spread on the internet are mostly untrue about candidates ,but trying to turn this election into a Obama against Palin battle just keeps us from focusing on the real issues .

    What is so sad is that this seems to work for the GOP , it did four yrs ago . I just know I care about issues , and second to that McCains age and leaving us with Palin as President . Now that folks is something to worry about.....

    The McCain campaign is spining this into all about Palin to get the attention off a 72 yr old Bush twin!

    Yep , McCain you sure put Country First-NOT!!

    September 10, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  9. cherish

    The HILARIOUS thing about all of this?

    THE FASCINATION WILL FADE, MCCAINBOTS, AND YOUR NEW STAR WILL BE LEFT TO REST ON HER RECORD...

    HER AWFUL AND OTHERWISE NON-EXISTENT RECORD.

    Her 15 minutes of fame are almost over and when the lights go down, everyone will consider the fact that she opposes each and every abortion regardless of it's reason, that she thinks America is supposed to do "God's work," that she doesn't believe in global warming, that she supported the wasteful bridge to nowhere, that she is a proponet of censorship and control via book banning, and that SHE IS MORE CONSERVATIVE THAN BUSH.

    ENOUGH WILL BE ENOUGH. JUST GIVE IT A WEEK.

    NO MORE BUSH POLICIES THAT ARE KILLING AMERICA!!!!
    OBAMA/BIDEN '08!!

    September 10, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  10. NotFallingInLine.org

    Why isn't CNN talking about the fact that Adm. Mullen said we can NOT kill our way to victory in Afghanistan!!!

    Hey McWar are you listening???????

    September 10, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  11. Bdiddy from Chicago

    She's a PIT BULL remember don't throw that out there if you can't stand in the ring and fight like a Pitt Bull.

    I can't believe women are allowing McCain to rescue her everytime. Where are my Real American women at?? The ones who were standing up for Hillary and now I guess they've gone back into the kitchen and let the men make all the decisions....

    If Palin is the real deal then she should get out from behind McCain and take it ...like a MAN!!!

    September 10, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  12. Who let the dogs out?

    They sent the dogs out on Obama, now it's ms pretty's turn.

    She wants to be VP, she better learn how to take a punch.

    Get her Dems!!!

    September 10, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  13. Raymond K Hessel

    McCain is right. We shouldn't ask her any questions or request that she clarify any of her positions. We should just let her sneak on in under the radar. How crazy of us! Ask the potential VP actual real questions! What were we thinking!?!?

    September 10, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  14. Jeff S.

    Let's relate the selection of Palin as VP to "everyday" living. Would any business owner or employer hire someone who they met twice and spoke with for 15 minutes to become second in command of their organization knowing down the road they could be number one? Does that make any sense to anyone? It surely doesn't make sense to me and we're talking about being second in command in the free world not just a company.

    September 10, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  15. redneck for obama

    she's the one shooting wolves from planes. how sportswoman-like is that? where's her e-mail records, that she refuses to release? does she think she's just like bush and doesnt have to reveal them? she aint been elected ,yet, and never will as vp.

    September 10, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  16. KW, Vail AZ

    McCain and Palin can't discuss issues if they don't understand them, and more importantly, don't have any new solutions.

    September 10, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  17. Job

    CNN, even when you try to be fair I can’t help but feel that you’re trying to divert the fact that the democrats are losing momentum. When the Republican had a legitimate issue with Obama’s inexperience, the “elite” media tried to defend their poster child. Palin now receives the “rock star” attention Obama once received. McCain – Palin is on the offensive, and you want to talk about race –Roland to be specific.
    So let’s talk about race shall we. It’s harder for a person to stand out in a crowd of “Majority,” but it’s easier for a person to excel above the norm in a crowd of “Minority” because the standard is not as high. Obama and Palin fall in the same category, minority. He’s black and she’s a woman.
    Everyone keeps talking about Paline’s experience and use the phrase “heartbeat away” to antiquate McCain. It should be McCain vs. Obama. You’re subconsciously lowering Obama to be a VP candidate. Personally, I rather wonder if Palin is the right person to be a heartbeat away than to have a heart attack knowing, Obama, is the heartbeat. It’s like comparing apple to orange. I rather hire an experienced professional and know the job is going to be done right… I don’t want a text book graduate applying an unshaped ideology with no historical experience that I can measure. The executive branch is not a place to test and apply your ideology. A good example is the Iraq surg. The reality is that our lives are in the hands of the most powerful person on earth. If this country does not have peace and security, how then does it expect its people to be productive? Social programs are nothing but a bandage – Self reliance to excel (In GOD) is the true essence of being a human.

    September 10, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  18. Candace- Texas

    The Republicans are so silly....Is McCain still running for President??? I forgot McCain in the midst of the Sarah Palin hype...the wolves will tear that pitbull (with lipstick) apart...if it were not for McCain shielding her.

    September 10, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  19. Rotting Elephant

    Hilarious! The party of hate is calling the other party "wolves."

    September 10, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  20. Daniel

    LET US DEBATE THE FAKE EVANGELICALS

    These Republicans call themselves evangelicals, well i have news for them...the hottest part of the devils mansion is being reserved for them. These are a bunch of hypocrites and double standard mongers who call themselves por-life while they do not have sympathy to stem-cell research which will impact/save lives. They hide under pro-life and are full of hate and extreemism. They complain that we need to stop islamic extreemists from being leaders in mid-east (i agree) but want to vote in christian extreemist in America. They know McCain lies about obama in all his ads and refuse to caution him (pro-lies). They will not do any research as long as the candidiate no matter how dysfunctional say "i'm pro-life",,,they take the bait. Palin cut budget fro physically chalenged children by 60% when she was Governor before she had her baby....nobody is saying anything about that. If they let this McBush ticket into office, they are saying that the last 8 yrs of suffering is okay for us and God will deal with these hypocrites......see where Bush, pro-life fiscal conservative has gotten us.Now McCain a fake version who by the way is an adulterer....(i hear d fakes say ...ohhh its okk!) will be better?If he was not good enough when he ran for president against Bush(who by the way was voted in by these FAKE evangelicals) that means we are in for worse years ahead than the last 8.......SAD, SO SAD!

    September 10, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  21. dittohead with forty names

    Stop making fun of Pigs,they taste good,are funny looking and are darn smart too,just look at Rush Limbaugh.

    September 10, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  22. Independent from GA

    I think the Dems are falling for the trick as it looks like the Reps ploy to distract Obama worked. We SERIOUSLY need to get America back to focusing on the ISSUES that affect everday working people. Not the top 10%. Obama needs to be more vocal about this and stop getting distracted by "outside noises".

    As one of the women Palin is trying to persuade, I don't think she or McCain is focusing on the issues I want to hear about. abortion, economy, healthcare, energy, foreign policies...etc... Once of the problems I have with Palin is that Bristol has the ability to make a choice in keeping her baby or not, but these are the same choices Palin wants to take away from America. Imagine if they were in China where you don't have a choice but abortion... How would that make them feel? People come to America for the promise of freedom, the promise of choice, the promise of a better life.

    We need to stick with the issues that matters most to 95% of Americans. I am simply dissapointed at how we Americans cannot see that this should be our focus. Age, gender and religion should be not part of politics... Instead we should focus on POLICIES. I hope that America is smart enough to see through this because our children and their children depends on it.

    September 10, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  23. Emma, San Jose, CA

    Why is CNN not calling McCain and Palin on their lies?

    September 10, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  24. bruja

    Sara: Thank you. It's about time somebody says something about the arial wolf hunting. (Palin is all for it. She can also skin a moose!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)

    September 10, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  25. r sisk, nevada

    The GOP slams everything and everyone with lies, defamation and deception. McSame needs to own up to the fact that he picked a virtual unknown without properly vetting her. The American Public deserves to know her questionable practices, past and lack of experience as well as why did McSame pick her. (anti-choice)

    If anything, the Obama campaign has been kind to Palin by keeping her family dynamics "off limits"......something the GOP would have never done. It's high time for the Democrats to point out the hypocrisies and LIES that is the GOP.

    Americans are waking up and realizing our lives aren't that good right now unless you are wealthy. AND WE HAVE THE POWER TO CHANGE THAT.

    September 10, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
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