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. Tim

    Niel September 10th, 2008 1:18 pm ET

    FOUR MORE YEARS. 8 AINT ENOUGH.
    FOUR MORE YEARS. 8 AINT ENOUGH.
    FOUR MORE YEARS. 8 AINT ENOUGH.
    FOUR MORE YEARS. 8 AINT ENOUGH.
    FOUR MORE YEARS. 8 AINT ENOUGH.

    Neil, you are more new most favorite person.
    8 AINT ENOUGH
    8 AINT ENOUGH

    September 10, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  2. Ryan

    Whiners...you are right, Obama does have a policy...raise taxes and destroy our economy while dismantiling our military.

    God help us if Obama/Biden are in charge.

    September 10, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  3. TheTruthHurts

    This country is now on literally - borrowed time. We'd better wake up and make a choice that LEADS us out of this mess or our children, grandchildren are going to pay the price.

    Our economy is what allows our military power, our global democratic reach, our international influence. Our economic power is waning. We hitched our boat to fossil fuels and they are killing us because we only own 4% of world reserves. We decided that the worlds largest economy would be a debtor nation instead of a creditor nation. These ridiculous choices must be reversed - no matter who you support - or we're in for a long painful slide.

    I could not support Ron Paul, but I agree that too many are missing the point - caught up in USELESS DISTRACTIONS. We need to wake up and focus on what's important or our children will pay the price. Without the public behind these significant changes, it doesn't matter who we elect. APATHY is the enemy.

    September 10, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  4. BK

    The Obama campaign contacted the union of the trooper. Obama is behind all the dirt. Obama is just a polition, no change here. Chicago thug politics.

    September 10, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  5. Phil Newton from Murphy, Oregon

    Oh puhLEASE!

    September 10, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  6. Patriot

    Hey shocked, nobama has been using the race card anytime he feels threatened. Wake up libbie!

    September 10, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  7. Casey, Minneapolis, MN

    The scary part in all of this is that according to the polls, this ridiculous charade by the Republicans is somehow working. Truly frightening.

    September 10, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  8. JohnLee

    Attacks...what. No one knows anything about her? The republicans do far worse to anyone running so I'm not sure I believe they can call these attacks on Palin. What do they expect – everyone is going to just accept her because they say to? What kind of campaign is that?

    September 10, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  9. Margrit, Phoenix, Arizona

    For heaven sake enough already.
    Start talking Issues.
    Health Care needs serious overhaul.
    The CLINTONS were on the right track in 1993
    I was at the Hana Ranch in Hawaii when Hillary was there checking how social Medicine was able to work there just fine.
    I happened to be in a Dr's Office myself there as a young man came in with a serious infected foot.
    He said: "I don't know if you can help me, I have no insurance".
    The Nurse answered: "Don't worry, everyone gets treated here".

    I heard McCain say that the Clinton's plan was rejected by the American people.
    That is absolutely not true. The American people were never asked.
    It was rejected by the powerful pharmaceutical lobbyists.

    So – get down to the nitty gritty and start talking ISSUES instead of POLITICAL SQUABLING!

    September 10, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  10. tony

    Ok ! so now he's Jesus, God help us

    September 10, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  11. MaryanneAZ

    Where there's smoke, there's fire!!! We get that. No Way. No How. No McCain and definitely NO PALIN. That woman is the epitome of everything we women have fought against over the last 200 years. Not this time. Not this election. Obama/Biden '08

    September 10, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  12. ZANE

    This little"pitbull" came out yapping and yapping and yapping. She can sure dish it out, but doesn't want to take any. Hush up little pup!
    OBAMA in 2008!

    September 10, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  13. Dave in Houston

    The Dems are doing McCain's job - they're vetting Sarah Palin.

    And if they are showing how Sarah Palin really faces wolf packs, it should be from high up in the safety of a helicopter where she can cowardly shoot them from on high. Some sportswoman!

    September 10, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  14. Jason

    Obama is angry because he was getting away with the race card and now that Palin is playing the sex card they are on even footing in that respect.

    September 10, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  15. Al from Florida

    Enough is enough!! We can not be fooled by the nasty politics of the republican party again. I beg the media not to keep helping the mccain camp and running these awful smears over and over. TALK ABOUT THE
    ISSUES!!!! If the media doesn't run it over and over it will not gain legitimacy. We will not survive the next four years if we continue like the last eight.

    September 10, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  16. Kelby from Houston, TX

    HA! You wish. Look republicans and republican operatives, We are not hunting Palin. She is not a major issue concerning America. I know you wish we would start paying attention to these talking points but around my area gas is still 3.79 and up, millions of people are still losing their homes and the deficit is still growing. And you think that the Democrat, liberals and other people who support Obama are concerned about Palin? No. We have other pressing issues.

    BTW, how can Palin be America's most popular governor, but the press and the dems are supposed to be afraid of her because we have never heard of her?!??!

    OBAMA'08

    September 10, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  17. TC

    Governor Palin should not have allowed Senator McCain to put her in the frying pan if she couldn't stand the heat. I thought the only difference between her and a pit bull was that she wore lipstick. Now I know a pit bull is mean and vicious so since she is like a pit bull she should be able to handle the heat. Stop whinning, she put herself in this position so she is fair game and this is coming from a woman who has worked in a male dominated career field for over 20 years. Sarah handle your own and stop crying just like I handle mine on my job.

    September 10, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  18. PALIN GOT NO VETTING

    So, do not complain now when there is so much to work with in her past!

    September 10, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  19. Guy, MO

    I think McCain is afraid of her. I watched the convention footage when Cindy Lou was trying to stand on the other side of John and he pushed her in between him and Sarah. What's up with that? Is he worried he may get too close to his hot babe?

    September 10, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  20. Denise Worker

    At least when wolves hunt they do so on the ground, a level playing field with their prey. Maybe the Obama campaign should embrace the aerial hunting technique for hunting wolves espoused by Ms. Palin as Alaska's Governor (without the bounty for the hacked off foreleg perhaps).

    September 10, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  21. MK

    I can believe that McCain is like any other politician, and will do anything and say anything to win this election, which I am sure the McCain WILL NOT win against Obama/Biden.

    I can believe that it probably is true about the Republicans (McCain included) did indeed post an ad suggesting that Obama favored sex ed to 5 year olds.

    McCain might have led off to be a different kind of politician, but he sure did a bunch of flip-flops and now is acting as if he is the second coming of change.

    WAKE UP KEN!

    September 10, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  22. Greg in AR

    Actually, I think all those unnamed Democrats are really just out of work folks that have lost their jobs to Republican out-sourcing and are just looking for some of that left over moose Palin claims to have skinned. They need to feed their family too.

    September 10, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  23. JusLaugh

    As a woman, I am disgusted by the exploitation of Sarah Palin's gender by the McCain campaign.

    She is not a victim and by trying to portray her as such, they are setting women's rights back several decades.

    If we want equality, we must earn it, not manipulate it. That's what Hillary stood for and that's why she got my vote. This blatant exploitation by McCain is is simply degrading.

    She is not a victim. She knew what she was getting into. If she were a strong woman, she could take it without whining, like Hillary did. This is a ploy to get sympathy votes.

    September 10, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  24. Diane

    I am so totally confused as to why people are not realizing that John McCain is saying absolutely nothing during his campaign speeches , except insulting Obama. This whole election has turned into nothing but a circus among the campaigns, with the republicans being worse.
    Why is John McCain spending more time defending Sarah Palin, who by the way is set to give her first official press interview tomorrow, than he is talking about his policies and plans of actions. I'll tell you why, because he is exactly like the idiot that will be leaving office in the months ahead. Wake up people!

    September 10, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  25. DEM

    How is it that the polls are showing McCain ahead, yet the responses on almost all of these types of articles are 90+% pro-Obama? Makes me feel hopeful for the future of our country. I'm thinking that the suggestions that the younger voters (the ones who know how to blog and surf the web) are not the ones that get polled. Also... CNN!!! REPORT ON THE REAL ISSUES, NOT STUPID TABLOID FODDER!!!

    September 10, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23