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

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

Obama is sharpening attacks against McCain and the GOP.

Obama is sharpening attacks against McCain and the GOP.

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. NH for Obama

    they have been lies, check fact it spells out all the "lies". Cnn does a good job too but they get into the real details. Obama might be a politician but he is honest. He might tell half truths or parts of a story, but he doesnt completely make thing up out of the blue. McCain and Palin are nothing new, same old stuff, lies and rethoric. we need change, not McCain adding Palin to his ticket and now calling themsleves REAL CHANGE FOR AMERICA! give me a break. If it was Truly America First McCain you would have picked a qualified VP, not a female to try to grab female votes. its disgusting.

    September 12, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  2. John in Ohio

    "Not a tax cut, STOP lying to people Obama, rebate check is what you are proposing.
    And that is another form of welfare."


    You do realize that the Bush Administration did the same thing, and McCain supported them in it? Remember that check you got earlier this year that you probably cashed at Walmart and used to buy Dale Earnhardt memorabilia and ammunition? That was "welfare". Thing is, Obama will do it by taxing windfall oil profits (something Palin has done in Alaska!), but Bush did it by going in more debt to the Chinese and calling it "economic stimulus".

    September 12, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  3. The right to vote!

    I am so glad the ladies of the view asked McCain tough questions. Man! He was really having a hard time owning up to the lies and even denying some too. I hope CNN does a fact check on his statements on the view.

    well done, Barbara, Whoopi, Sherrie, and Joy. I wish you had more time to ask him questions.

    I bet that Sarah Palin will not be on the view now, because they will try to keep her away from answering real questions. This is a joke!

    September 12, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  4. Lynn NDakota

    OK, you Hillary voters for McCain. You honestly cannot think that McCain is the better choice. Where is your pride? Hillary 2012 is slowly fading into the background. If you help elect McCain and his self absorbed VP choice, there will be no Hillary in the spotlight. The Barracuda has her sites on that job folks.

    September 12, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  5. Janet, American Up North

    Truth and Honesty the Republicans haven't put them in their Language Book! OOPS, Palin try to have those books band in Alaska!

    What about the Money sent to Palin in Alaska? That so call Thanks But No Thanks for the Bridge to Nowhere, but we will keep that money and Make a Road to Nowhere and pocket the rest!?

    What is the real issues that Palins and her Neo Cons don't want the rest of America to know, since they want to break away from the USA?

    The Republicans Spin Doctors, Bush and Cheney attacks and destroy lawyers are trying to hide?

    Real Change from McCain and Palin, WOW Dumb and Dumber Speaks Again!

    September 12, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  6. KJ, GA

    I can't believe half of this country is actually buying the republicans lies and smears. This is ridiculous...Obama, keep hitting back, be aggressive!

    Oh and: Fox/Albuquerque NM, you don't really know a thing do you? Otherwise, you would'nt ignore that McCain/ Palin have documented lies!

    September 12, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  7. McCain/Palin

    Nobody tells more lies or half truths than Obama and his campaign. Does he think people are stupid????

    September 12, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    DLH September 12th, 2008 4:44 pm ET

    What's scary is that Obama said he's been in 54 of the 57 states and we can't set our thermostats on 72 degrees, drive SUVs, and eat as much as we want because the rest of the world isn't going to go for that.

    Wow. This is the best you can do? This is what it all comes down to? Suddenly, the popularity of the Palin/McCain ticket, not to mention eight years of Bush is clear.

    September 12, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  9. DanFango

    The Republicans realized long ago that a lie can get halfway around the world before the Truth gets his pants on. They are masters of the art , all of them; Colson, Segretti, Atwater, Rove.

    And of course, they all follow the Grand Master, Josef Goebels. People are always more ready to believwe a big lie than a small one.
    Lying Works.

    September 12, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  10. Rena

    Bottom Line –

    Senator Obama is looking out for all Americans and not a select few (like the wealthy). My goodness when are we going to wake up. When Obama said no war; we went in and look at the disaster behind it. When Obama said no Holiday gas tax Repugs mocked him. My question is where is the holiday gas tax? Right , it was a gimmick for the fools that's falling for Palin. Obama said talk with our opposing foriegn leaders they scorned him; now they are talking with Putin. Obama said withdraw troops responsibly; Repugs said no. Now they are withdrawing 8000 troops. Obama said give a time line; Repugs said no; now they have given a time line. Obama said put more troops in Afganastan, Repugs said no. Now they are putting more troops in Afganastan. So, my second question is, who has the better judgement? Who is responding more like a true leader? Well let me help you out it's not McKiller or McFalin the liar.

    Senator Obama is the Chief in Command!!!!! Mckiller is hanging on his pants for the next command so he can go out and fulfill the mission. A young man with great judgement and fresh ideas that will lead us to be a better nation.

    September 12, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  11. steve

    The Bush administration has been lying to us for more than eight years, but the Bush lies pale next to the crap McCain is feeding us. I think McCain has great faith in the stupidity of the American people and that would be the only thing that could get him elected. Let us hope that the American people aren't as dumb as he thinks they are and that the American people will resent McCain's lies. Yes, I think, there is a reason John McCain can't define honor; he doesn't know what it is!

    September 12, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  12. ????????

    you are so right.

    September 12, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  13. PUMA 4 HILL

    Okay Obaliar, some are fabricated... 90% are TRUE!!!

    Where's the BEEF?


    This very questionable creep is not fit to serve us in any capacity.

    September 12, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  14. nesto

    Paris, you should take a little time to check what Obama has for you as far as taxes are concerned. I am sure you do not belong to those who earn 5 million a year. He will surely help you more than you want to know.

    September 12, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  15. Rick K

    His line today was well phrased: "George Bush won't be on the ticket in November, but his policies will."

    September 12, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  16. Dj

    I have come to the reality of understanding that America (as a whole) is still as racist as ever.

    For McCain to allow and defend these lies is indicative of the fact that he knows it too! And, worst of all, he is using this racial divide for his own personal agenda.

    Rove did it for Bush in 2000 and 2004... If the American people allow it the happen again, their fate will be unspeakable.

    September 12, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  17. Tori in Florida

    McCain ads are full of lies. I've never heard Obama say anything about rebate checks. You all need to check your facts. What I have heard him say is that people making under 250K a year will pay less taxes than those making over that amount. And maybe no one is posting because we are out working our second or third jobs to make ends meet, thanks to the Bush.

    September 12, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  18. Change you can believe in bu can't actually DEFINE

    Mr. Obama, are your promises to hit back and hit back hard part of the previously promised change in out political culture? B/c it sounds like more of the same to the rest of us. Gosh, what an empty suit the chosen one turned out to be. Impeach Pelosi and Reid for forcing this hack down the DNC's throat.

    Hillary 2012.

    September 12, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  19. bk

    why don't they ask Obama about sending his lawyers to Alaska and contacting the state troopers union. The trooper tazered his 10 year old son and was seen drinking in the patrol car. He also has several other things on his record. Gov. Palin did call and complain about the trooper tasering his son. This is what anyone would do if they knew a child is being abused. The commishoner has already said he was not ask or told to fire the trooper. The fact is the trooper should have been fired. Ten year olds don't have a voice. That is a democratic legislator and its all about politics, with no reguard for the child.

    September 12, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  20. LOL

    Oh how the GOP only Wish they had Obama as their Candidate.

    September 12, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  21. vote4Obama

    You will notice that overall those that support Obama are respectful and only want the very best for this country just like Obama himself. This is truly a decent and honest man and I agree with JayINNewHampshire, if people really look it's not how McCain and Paline say things it's what they say.

    And I couldn't agree more, that the McCain/Palin ticket is a scary thought.

    And because I am a vibe person, I have to play that element into this process and all I ever get when listening to McCain is BAD VIBES!

    September 12, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  22. S. Boatman

    Mccain Doesnt Have Any Idea How To Fix Any Of The Problems This Country Is Facing And Thats Why He Just Wants To Continue The Same Failed Bush Policies!

    September 12, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  23. Obama Supporter

    Obama is a man of integerity. Don't get down in the gutter with McCain. The American people will not be fooled. Not this time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 12, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  24. Ryuken

    I'm still voting against Obama because he didn't ask Hillary to be his VP. Even Biden said she would have been a better pick!

    September 12, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  25. John McCain, MIA

    I recently read a remark by someone who has known John McCain for a long time, speaking about the GOP nominee, "I know John McCain. John McCain is a friend of mine. And John McCain, you're no John McCain."

    So where is the real John McCain? The John McCain who promised a campaign of integrity, the John McCain who would not lie, the John McCain who championed straight talk, the John McCain who would put honor before winning an election, the John McCain who would put country before politics?

    John McCain, MIA

    September 12, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
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