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. LT for Obama

    First of all, Obama nor his campaign have said anything to smear this woman, they have been unbearably kind where she is concerned.

    If they have a problem, take it up with the media and us bloggers. We are the ones who are digging up the facts and some are spreading false rumors.

    As for hunting wolves, she should know, doesn't she hunt wolves from aircraft and condone pulling wolf cubs from their dens and having them shot? The answer is YES.

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

    Love it, now just put names on the wolves like "Iran" "Russia" and the like and she'll know what it is like to live in the real world!

    September 10, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  3. Stephen, NYC

    And as for McCain/Palin policies.... Still nothing.

    September 10, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  4. Jerry in Boston

    The McCain campaign has not one shred of decency.

    When they realized that joining Obama in denouncing ad-hominem politics wasn't a winning formula, they dropped it like a hot potato. Now they are warmly embracing the relentless Rovian lie factory like an old friend.

    Stick with what you know I guess.

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

    Sad, ugly, and stupid.

    But then again, who is surprised at this point.

    R.I.P. Honorable John McCain circa 2000

    Hello Rovian sleazeball Bush III & his pitbull

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

    Ok this is getting ridiculous. Just like at the convention the ads the repukes are running are negative and without substance. Abby is right, if the stupids dictate this election by falling into the pit of deceivery, they deserve what they get.

    September 10, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  7. Real Real Change

    And this would have what to do with the war, the economy, energy policy, New Orleans, the environment, education, the Supreme Court, etc etc etc????????????

    McCain = Politics
    Obama = Issues

    September 10, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  8. RuthieM

    I just don't get the American people... This is getting more and more ridiculous, these McCain/Palin lies. All they know how to do is pour lies on Obama and they get away with it. The American people will be sadly unfortunate if these two get into office. Go Obama/Biden '08!!!

    September 10, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  9. Accountant Guy

    Get over it McBush. When you are running for VP this is to be expected. Stop whining and get over it, and take McPalin with you!!

    Obama/Biden '08

    September 10, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  10. Dan , TX

    McCain – why are you going to raise taxes on millions of families? McCain wants to tax your employer health benefits as part of your income. Why don't you talk about that.

    McCain will raise taxes on the poor and give the money to the rich. How does that make sense.

    September 10, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  11. Kim, Charlotte, NC

    Oh course this will be aired in Michigan, West Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania.....................LOL

    September 10, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  12. Jerry

    I have to admit, I was on the fence between Obama and McCain. After seeing McCain's slimy politics, however, my mind is made up. And he calls himself "honorable?" Hardly

    September 10, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  13. David

    McCain...you are the dirtiest player in the game.

    September 10, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  14. Betsy

    Give me a break! Suck it up McCain! You picked a fraud as your VP! You made your bed, now "lie" in it! GOP is not the GOD party! ENOUGH!

    This southern, white woman is not for this McCain/Palin joke!

    September 10, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  15. Gary of El Centro, Ca

    After all the blatent attempts to destroy Obama by the hard right, this is totally laughable.

    September 10, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  16. Ken

    How long can Jonh McCain hide behind this womans skirt? When is he going to address the Issues? She is a barrier being used to shield McCains ties to the current Administration. These ads that the McCain campaign are putting out are a SMOKE SCREEN to hide his REAL AGENDA. Just more of the same that we have had the last 8 years. The American people are on to his tactics. He is beginning to look pretty foolish and Desperate.

    September 10, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  17. Former republican white man from california for Obama

    ABBY I could not agree more if the American people are so stupid that they can not check fact on there own and realize what a load of crap this is then the truly deserve what they get

    September 10, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  18. gina simpson

    Here we go again....this crap didn't work for Hillary....it also won't work for McCain. American's are tired of the negative campaigns and the fear and smear.....lies and spin.

    Obama rises above the fray always.....he will be our next President

    September 10, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  19. Abby

    Obama campaign can’t afford to get into the gutter politics with these professional dirt bags. Ignore her.

    September 10, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  20. john

    The Democrats should hunt her down and point out the distortions she seems content to keep propagating. New Republican slogan "we're still lying but you voters are still too stupid to get it."

    September 10, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  21. mike

    Yup, yup, Americans have IQq of <90. we are all stupid Mcsame, yes we will now vote for John McSame because we are all stupid!!! Doh, whats my name, where am I, what is 2+2? LOL!

    September 10, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  22. Ryan Butler

    Why not let Palin be attacked? While Obama and McCain have strove to run clean campaigns with relatively little mudslinging, the first thing Palin did – in her acceptance speech – was to go on the attack.

    September 10, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  23. lol

    obama is showing the world, that he is the typical politician, that he claimed he was not. what a hypocrite he is. the sexist dnc, and obama camp deserve to lose, after the sexist treatment they gave hillary!

    September 10, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  24. CL OT

    The truth hurts. The dems say one thing but do another. I'm sure thats a real shocker....

    September 10, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  25. Bob Indianapolis, IN

    SO I guess that means she'll do like she usually does and rent an airplane so she can shoot them from the air, where it's nice and safe...

    September 10, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
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