September 12th, 2008
03:45 PM ET
12 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. Sarah Bell

    That's right! Don't sink to their level. You're better then that Obama. We're better then that. We deserve more and so help me God, I will do everything I can to make sure we get Obama in the White House. Yes We Can!!!

    September 12, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  2. Will in Richmond, VA

    "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."

    .... sigh..... Come on, man....

    Lookit, when our country faced tremendous obstacles of wartime aggression, the citizenry made great sacrifices. Sacrifices that you yourself I wager by the sound of you, hold them in high esteem for making. This is only different in that the threats are environmental and economic. Sacrifices will need to be made. Your SUV may have to go. You may have to roll that thermostat up or back a few degrees. Sometimes, it's more about the common good than each person's personal comfort and interest.

    September 12, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  3. Dal CA

    Let the wolves go and hunt in Alaska. NOTE: No helicopters to be used in this hunt. Also no automatic rifles or any rifles at all. Just plain Bows and arrows Palin plainly bows and arrows in this hunt and no snow machines either.

    September 12, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  4. International Observer

    If the Americans are so stupid to elect a leader that promises 4 or 8 more of the same and reduce their standing in the world to a mere observer, maybe they do actually deserve it. The Chinese have shown that they can manufacture our toys as well as lend us let's just sit and watch the ride.

    If Walmart Moms, and rural American's don't care, why should you, Barack?

    September 12, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  5. dustin

    people making under 250,000 a year will save 3 times as much in taxes compared to mccain, fact.

    Mccains tax cuts favor the wealthy, fact.

    September 12, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  6. Earl

    I cannot for the life of me actually believe people will vote for someone

    who has LIED AND LIED just to become president.....


    People wake up to the SCAM....and it is a SCAM TO GET INTO THE

    WHITEHOUSE.......are you all so dumb you can't see it?....GEEZ

    September 12, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  7. Peggy

    Obama is running scared and ready to do or say anything.................... P L E A S E !!!!!!!!!! We don't need more socialism.........We need to stop paying people not to work. The only way to get our country back on track is to take it back from the Government. And the only way to do that is to elect people that hate BIG Government. In 2008 we need McCain/Palin. They aren't afraid.

    September 12, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  8. Morgan

    Okay try it this way:
    And the media keeps letting McCain slide with his outright falsehoods. So far the only news person with gumption is Barbara Walters. Way to go "View."

    September 12, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  9. Nugget texas

    Ohio, Michigan, Florida readers: PLEASE GET OUT AND VOTE FOR CHANGE! We Texas Dems(the lost Texas cause–always Republican down here) are counting on you! 8 is ENOUGH!

    September 12, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  10. RS

    It is true that in politics every side says things to their advantage, stretching the truth etc.

    But in this campaign it seems to me that any strategic manipulation of information that the Obama camp has done, is far eclipsed by the amoral and grotesque lies of the McCain/Team-Rove camp.

    It's time that the news outlets do a straight up comparison between the two and let the public know how much more ethical the Obama camp has been than the McCain camp which has become a UnStraight Talk Express.

    September 12, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  11. HD

    Wow...great to see Obama fighting back on the smears.

    Everyone watch McCain get grilled by the ladies on The View? It was a hoot.

    I don't think his campaign understands most Americans can hop on the internet and google his lies.

    Yeah for America...Barack is back.

    September 12, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  12. cevans, tx

    I honestly think the Republicans think it is okay to lie and be deceptive. The people do not have a moral bone in their bodies. And, what make it even worst, they call themselves Christians. God will deal with them in his own special way. The devils will go down in November. Lied about the war, lies about the economy and lies about the economy. They must really hate this COUNTRY to have treated the people living in it the way they have. Our only hope is that, GOD will have mercy on us and spare us another 4 years of this evilness...

    OBAMA / BIDEN '08

    September 12, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  13. Frank

    Alright Paris, I'd need to do a little more research for a fuller argument against that, but how about you tell John McCain to stop saying that Obama is simply going to raise everyone's taxes? Tell him instead to say that he'll raise taxes on the people who are getting them for no reason and give out lots of "rebate checks" if that is in fact what he intends to do. I think that the average voter out there would take much more kindly to whatever sort of truth "rebate check" is, then "OBAMA'S GONNA RAISE YOUR TAXES"

    September 12, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  14. American dream is alive and well!!

    DLH – that's because Obama has insight into what is actually going on with the world. Americans are slaves to consumption – maybe you should do your research to what American's are doing to their own health, as well as the destruction of the environment. Ever hear of global warming before? Like I said, do your research before you criticize Obama's plan to restore our good standing in the world – and maybe even save it.

    September 12, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  15. Irene

    WAY TO GO, OBAMA.........

    The TRUTH hurts McCain the most........give it to "em!

    OBAMA / BIDEN 08

    September 12, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  16. Nancy florida

    Obama i am sold to this guy i finally made my minde about this person and he is the man for our next president

    September 12, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  17. WML

    Obama has lied as well. He isn't the nice, new kind of politician he paints him out to be and I'm a registered Democrat.

    What gets me about him is this:
    1. He can't take a stand on much of anything... convenient to not have a record to defend when you're running for president. How will you take a stand as president? (he has well over 100 votes of present while he was in the Illinois senate.)

    2. He isn't a new politician. He talks well. He went back and chose a career politician to run with him and someone who knows foreign policy because he doesn't. Aren't these the same charges he leveled against Senator Clinton and now Gov. Palin? And, while McCain is older, he has a clean bill of health. She may not become president, while Obama stands a good chance to.

    September 12, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  18. Gorbashov - Long Beach, Ca.

    Hit then back fast and hard............but just don't react.............go on the offensive, and put them on the defensive.

    It would be four more years of the's make it stick!

    Talk about how McShame always votes against veterans benefits! Hammer the hypocrite!

    September 12, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  19. I am scared!!!

    Go Obama it is time you played hard ball with these gun clinchers, who at any moment may dedcide to shot any thing that moves. I am not concern who wins any more. It seems that most Americans are blinded. I was scared to death with Sarah Palin reactions to questionss asked and others think she did well. I did not know Bush had a sister?

    September 12, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  20. Rob from Honolulu

    So much for Obama being honest and fair – he is showing his true Chicago style politics. Distorting and taking out of context. When is he going to realize everytime he says that McCain and Bush are more of the same he loses votes. People want to know what type of change he is going to bring. You do not see him crossing over to work with the Republicans. There is always change, what we need is reform.

    September 12, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  21. Rob

    why isn't CNN saying it as well? The McCain campaign consists of nothing but lies – when was the last time any of their ads spoke to an issue or anything of substance? It's just noise and gimmicks coming from McCain to distract the media and people from the real issues which is the fact that Mccain offers nothing more then what Bush did. the media are the refs in this and need to take their responsability seriously... because these are serious times!!

    September 12, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  22. Jason in NY

    Obama's consistent hypocrisy is truly astounding. Obama, the election is indeed "too important and serious to be playing silly games"–so why are you starting and playing them?!

    You're the one whose campaign attacked Palin right after her selection was announced. You're the one who made the "lipstick" gaffe. You're the one whose supporters keep spreading a ton of lies about Palin–whether it's about who's Trig's mother, membership of the Alaska Independence party Party, banning books, and on and on.

    You're the one who questioned Palin's experience when you've never had any executive experience and have no major accomplishments in the Senate.

    You're also the one who lied to everyone that you'd use public financing.

    You're the one who said McCain would bring race into the campaign when he never did that and the only candidate doing that was you yourself by making such baseless accusations.

    Instead of whining and spewing more lies and empty words, why not define some of the CHANGE you plan on making?

    September 12, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  23. Wal-Mart Mom, Cincinnati

    You know Barack, you lost the election when you not only didn't pick Hillary but you both demeaned and debased her at the same time.

    Women, especially white women have left you in droves and you are now permanently trailing in the polls. You can't demean Sarah Palin because she's too tough and might stick an M-16 up your nose.

    America loves Sarah Palin and not necessarily on the issues, so she's unattackable there. They've fallen in love with her persona. Women want to look like her and men want to sleep with her. You can't fight that with issues.

    You lost. Bye Bye.

    September 12, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  24. Voice of Reason = Obama/Biden

    As a Canadian observer, I am frustrated that the American public may be duped into giving the Republicans a third term. Barack Obama is the best thing to happen to the world community, and if the US doesn't want him, we do!!!! Come on up!

    September 12, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  25. Chipster

    Paris: The rebate check from the Bush Administration was to "stimulate the economy." But you're saying a rebate check from an Obama Administration would be welfare?

    I'm really tired of hearing people sound the alarm that the Democrats will tax and spend. Yes! They will! That's how government is supposed to work. The job of government is to defend the nation and promote the general welfare. That isn't welfare as in handouts – that's welfare as in investing in education, energy, safe foods, emergency relief – things that make our nation better now and for the future.

    That's what the people want but those things cost money. You can do what the Republicans do – borrow and spend – but the bills come due eventually. For what we're paying China in interest right now, we could spend a lot of money on health care and veterans benefits.

    So, the bottom line is this: do you want to pay taxes now or more taxes later? do you want to borrow and spend or pay as you go. No one wants services discontinued so pay the bills! Borrowing is killing us.

    September 12, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
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