September 12th, 2008
03:45 PM ET
13 years ago

Obama says some ads against him “fabricated” and “lies”

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DOVER, New Hampshire (CNN) –
On the first day of what his campaign called the “final stretch,” Barack Obama hammered at John McCain, and repeatedly linked him to President Bush’s policies.

“We can’t afford four more years of what George Bush and John McCain consider progress,” he said at a town hall not far from Portsmouth. “We can’t afford another President who is so out of touch that they think the economy is strong right now and promises to the exact same thing we’ve been doing for the last eight years.”

The Obama campaign seized on a comment from Thursday night’s forum in New York where McCain said it was “easy” for him to become “somewhat divorced from the day-to-day challenges people have” while in Washington.

“Maybe from where he and George Bush sit, maybe things do look fundamentally sound,” Obama said after repeating McCain’s quote and eliciting some groans from the audience. “Maybe they don’t see what’s taking place. Maybe they’re that out of touch. But I do see what’s going on and so do you.”

Even as Obama goes on the offensive against McCain in these final weeks, he has spent time defending his own campaign, reassuring voters that the recent “lipstick” story, spike in enthusiasm for the GOP ticket, and serious up-tick in negative ads does not mean his presidential effort is off-message or floundering.

At a New Hampshire town hall Friday, a man stood and asked Obama, “when and how” was he “going to start fighting back against attack ads and smear campaigns.”

“I know there are a lot of Democrats, and some Independents and some Republicans who really want change who start getting nervous because they’ve seen this movie before every four years. Right? You have ads that are being just fabricated, they’re just made up. And lies – that’s the word I was looking for,” said Obama.

“Here’s what I can guarantee you: that we are going to be hitting back hard – we have been hitting back hard but …I’m not going to start making up lies about John McCain … we’re going to make sure that anything that is out there that we are immediately responding to. But this election is too important, it’s too serious to be playing silly games.”

The Democratic nominee also pledged that families making less than $250,000 a year would not see any type of tax increase should he become president.

soundoff (554 Responses)
  1. Grandma for O

    Obama isn't the only one stating the ads are lies, so does

    September 12, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |

    Palin: "Somebody's big, fat resume maybe that shows decades and decades in that Washington establishment, where, yes, they've had opportunities to meet heads of state."

    Hmm, sounds like she says McCain is part of the establishment.

    McCain: "I am prepared. I am prepared. I need no on-the-job training. I wasn't a mayor for a short period of time. I wasn't a governor for a short period of time."

    Hmm, sounds like McCain doesn't think a governor would be prepared to be President.

    No need to lie, when the Repuglicans will simply bury themselves with the truth.

    September 12, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  3. Julianne

    Obama may lose, but at least he'll retain his honor and integrity.

    I can't say that about mccain.

    September 12, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  4. Tim

    The Republicans pretended to be concerned about Hurricane Gustav when they were in the national spotlight. Where are they now as Hurricane Ike is bearing down on Texas? What a bunch of frauds, and no one has forgotten the bungled response to Hurricane Katrina.

    Obama needs to hit back and hit back hard.

    September 12, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  5. Elizabeth in Texas

    They are lies! We're not dumb, Obama, we know! All you have to do is reasearch and use google. We know John McCain has voted 27 times against vets and misses 63% of votes in Congress. We know!

    September 12, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  6. April in Texas

    Well they are.. That sex education one that just aired is a total lie. I love

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 12, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  7. former hillary supporter now for Obma


    A man of integrity.

    September 12, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  8. JayInNewHampshire

    Look everyone it's not how McCain and Palin say things. It's what they say. It is very scary. No way no how no McCain/Palin .

    September 12, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  9. tennisguypitt

    Although I am a Barack supporter, a lot of them are lies, but some are true.

    Tell the truth, everyone.

    Obama/Biden '08

    September 12, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  10. J from DC

    Yes they are, and McCain is acting like a different man then the one he was years ago. The View Show asked him about it and he failed the test. His solutions are out of date, and his running mate is running from the press....

    September 12, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |

    Obama...the uniter

    September 12, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  12. sky

    Keep hitting them hard Barack. Our entire future depends on it. We cant let them manipulate us like sheep any longer. Democrats have to get tough, just as tough and nasty as the Republicans if that is what it takes because our country depends on it. Dont apologize for hitting them hard.....use the facts, expose them for what they are and do not back down or apologize. Its too important. It means too much.

    September 12, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  13. Nikki

    Go Obama!

    September 12, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  14. Noemi in Los Angeles

    Democrats Unite!

    Vote for the real BARACKuda this November!

    I cannot stand to see and hear all the shameful tactics the republiCAN'Ts are using. You all know what I'm talking about!

    Let's keep going fellow Obama supporters, the road may be long, but it will be worth it in the end. Please help register voters in your area, give them the REAL facts and remind them to vote!!

    OBAMA-BIDEN 08 + 12

    September 12, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  15. Calvin

    C'mon, Obama! Start lying!!! Why do you think McCain hired Steven Schmidt, the Rove protege? The truth may set you free, but it's lies and half-truths that get you elected these days!

    September 12, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  16. Chuck

    Pity, all of this "stuff" is falling on deaf ears.

    I think Hurricane Ike has trumped the Palin smears out of the spotlight. So sad.....

    September 12, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  17. stone

    Democrats should have picked Hillary. This is what you get for nominating a rookie with "0" experience - total implosion.

    September 12, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  18. Bruce

    Hold to the TRUTH. Make McCain admit to the lies and demand that he answer questions rather than repeat his acceptance speach.

    September 12, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  19. Bill in Colorado

    There is nothing this man will not promise a voter.........nothing. And you wonder why people do not believe him.......

    September 12, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  20. arc, Lugano CH

    Because the GOP has nothing else to run on. The GOP and its War Criminal Administration have ruined the country for 8 years.

    The Obama campaign is talking about issues. The McCain campaign is talking about Obama.

    Great Minds Speak of Ideas.

    Small Minds Speak Only of Other People.

    McCadaver is an old fool.

    September 12, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |

    – Keating Five
    – Defence Department Air Tanker Deal
    – Mc Cain campaigne chair is connected to company MOVING DHL
    – Blackwater Contractors

    September 12, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  22. Delphine




    whatever happens

    Barack Obama For President 08

    September 12, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  23. indy

    Obama is in a tough spot. If he hits back "hard" he's no longer the agent of change. If he doesn't hit back he looks weak. Biden isn't much help since nobody is paying attention to him anymore

    September 12, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  24. Carol Wallace

    McCain is definitely out of touch with the realities that most Americans are facing now. His comments prove that time after time. His choice for VP is out of touch also. She can't even answer a question directly without skirting around the issue, as witnessed by her performance on ABC last night. Let's go Obama, keep telling it like it is. I for one am with you all the way.

    September 12, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  25. Mr Big

    Obama is all made up anyway. What is he worried about?

    September 12, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
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