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. John

    Talk about issues please! How will this affect healthcare, education, jobs? Yeah, you get it!

    Obama-Biden-08

    September 10, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  2. Paul from NYC

    The attacks have been called 'completely false', but most of them aren't.

    She did not say 'thanks, but no thanks' to the bridge to nowhere, she kept the money.

    She did not sell a plane on E-Bay for a profit, she sold a plane offline for a loss.

    September 10, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  3. J. Brown

    OMG fake outrage! How dare people question palin's political history! Its so sexist to say something negative about a political opponent!

    The fact that anybody is taking this seriously does not say anything positive about our population. What transparent tactics.

    September 10, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  4. Lisa

    The ad is stupid. They are stupid and I am sick of them.

    Lisa

    September 10, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  5. Ken, LA California

    Pig with lipstick is still a pig, I guess that makes republican prty a pigstyle

    September 10, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  6. American

    I know Hillary Rodham Clinton...I worked with her....and you Gov. Palin are no Hillary Clinton.

    "No Way...No How....No McCain...No Palin".

    September 10, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  7. Memnoch

    Hopefully the People recognize Rove's apprentice's smear tactics. They will try to paint Obama as the bad guy, despite him taking the high road on Palin and her family. Obama has not said made one personal attack on Palin. When Palin and McCain start telling the truth, maybe I'll start caring what I have to say.

    How you campaign is how you will govern.

    September 10, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  8. Susan

    Nothing new.
    Its going on from last 8 years when Karl Rove took the GOP campaign.
    McCain is also getting tips from him.

    I have lost all hopes now.

    September 10, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  9. Spencer from VA

    Since Dems are suppose to be a wolf pack, is that McCains way of stating is going to send rifle toting, shoot em up Sara after us? What a joke. Let her do a press conference or campaign by herself without a piece of paper or teleprompter in front of her. How about she be a guest on the Bill Maher show.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 08

    September 10, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  10. Becky

    "wolfpack hunting Palin"

    Not best choice of words, seeing how it is Palin who supports Aerial Wolf Hunting... Unless you're just trying to be funny.

    September 10, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  11. Frank

    Seriously, the republicans are paranoid ... they are the dirt slingers and blame others for not joining them when they sit in their own crap. McCain lost his way and his honor. Sad for such an old man. He is selling himself to the Rovians in an effort to be entered into the history books.

    September 10, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  12. ISSUES

    WHY IS IT THE REPUBLICANS CAN NEVER TALK ABOUT THE ISSUES, THEY'D RATHER TALK ABOUT ARUGULA, ELISTIST, SEXIST, PATRIOTISM ... PEOPLE, PLEASE DON'T FALL FOR THIS AGAIN!

    September 10, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  13. John

    I guess the hundreds of lawyers reportedly airdropped by the Obama campaign to "dig dirt" piggy-backed on the McCain lawyers dropped to clear the VP nominees scandal up?

    September 10, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  14. Independent Dave, Iowa

    Do you hear that whirling noise? It's our Founding Fathers spinning in their graves.

    The Vice Presidential candidate is more popular than the running mate. Mainly because she's attractive and wears stylish eyeware!

    What a SHAM!

    This election will go down in the history books as a mockery of democracy.

    September 10, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  15. proud army and navy mom

    Mccain is a disgusting liar who uses fear and covert racism as a campaign tool.

    ENOUGH....that should be our new campaign slogan Obama/Biden

    September 10, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  16. Airforce1

    Come McPlain you and your Bride to No Where Just Don't Get It.

    September 10, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  17. s

    When are the Rebublicans going to start talking seriously about the issues at hand, and not just slinging mud and more mud? They seem like little kids yelling insults at others on the playground.

    September 10, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  18. Melvin

    And to think that the party of morals are the repubs. Thats a bunch of bull.

    September 10, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  19. faye, NV

    What are the Rep afraid of, this Palin/McCain are running on old Bush Ideas and will farther this USA into a downward spin.

    Their tatics are to destroy two men who believe in the better for this country. People should look closely at Palin and her back and forth on issues. Thinking that God is causing the war, etc.

    September 10, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  20. Kathy

    McCain does nothing but lie, and here are some:
    “Because I know that as successful as I believe we will be, and I believe that the success will be fairly easy, we will still lose some American young men or women.” [CNN, 9/24/02]

    “We’re not going to get into house-to-house fighting in Baghdad. We may have to take out buildings, but we’re not going to have a bloodletting of trading American bodies for Iraqi bodies.” [CNN, 9/29/02]

    “But the point is that, one, we will win this conflict. We will win it easily.” [MSNBC, 1/22/03]

    And if he wants to change Washington, then he better get rid of the lobbyist:
    Seven top McCain officials were lobbyists, though the campaign stresses that none is currently registered to lobby Congress:
    • One: Campaign manager Rick Davis is a major telecommunications lobbyist.
    • Two: Senior foreign policy adviser Randy Scheunemann recently faced scrutiny over his foreign lobbying on behalf of the Republic of Georgia, which has been embroiled in a military conflict with Russia.
    • Three: Senior adviser Charlie Black was a foreign lobbyist for dictators in Zaire and Angola in the 1980s, fodder for the liberal group MoveOn.org.
    • Four: Frank Donatelli, the Republican National Committee's liaison to the McCain campaign, has had clients including Exxon Mobil.
    • Five: Economic adviser Nancy Pfotenhauer has lobbied for corporate giants like Koch Industries.
    • The final two lobbyists are McCain's congressional liaison, John Green, and national finance Co-chairman Wayne Berman. They both lobbied for Fannie Mae, the troubled mortgage giant.

    ENUF SAID!!!!!

    September 10, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  21. Ed from PA

    Funny that this comes out when Obama accuses the McCain campaign of swift boat politics... this ad is exhibit A.

    September 10, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  22. JJ

    How low can you go??? Pathetic!

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

    They should've ended the ad with Palin aerial hunting the wolves, it would've been the only truth in their entire ad campaign.

    September 10, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  24. Obama/Biden 08

    Grow up McCain this isnt KINDERGARDEN anymore protecting the little girlfriend... If this is the politics your wanting to bring to the White House you can just forget it.

    Geesh I get more DRAMA out of McCain/Palin speeches and Cries of pity than I do my whole day of soap operas!!!

    September 10, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  25. voter

    McCain you are slime. If you care so much about women's rights, then why did you vote aganist equal pay for women, women rights to choose and end discrimination in the workplace for women. Your rheortic does not match with your record. get real.

    September 10, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
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