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

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

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="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. S-Man

    McCain/Palin = Lies. Enough said.

    September 12, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  2. Sarah Bell

    The issue isn't Sarah Palin's experience. The issue is John McCain's judgment in pandering to his party by picking someone with such inexperience. Obama might not have years and years of experience, but WE chose him. The American people. Not John McCain and his Karl Rove disciples. Obama has the judgment to lead and we trust him to do just that. We know he'll do just that. Give him a chance for crying out loud. Sure, you might not know for sure what you're going to get w/ Obama, but you sure know exactly what you're going to get with John McCain. More Bush/Cheney/Rove. You're seeing it right now. Sneak peek call it.

    September 12, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  3. KenB, MI

    fighting against lies and corporate lobbyist is difficult at best but not impossible...McCain has lost control of his campaign...telling the American people what they want to hear has its limits...telling the truth and addressing the issues of what America needs will collapse a wall of lies.

    September 12, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  4. Brian

    you can't expect republicans to tell the truth......

    September 12, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  5. Robert, Miami, FL

    Obama needs to keep talking about issues and plans for the future.

    Both candidates should try to stay with the big picture and not get sidetracked by the obsession with imagined offenses and 24/7 reportage of verbal gaffes.

    The hypersensitivity to the lipstick comment, is a great example of what the Republicans should NOT be wasting our time on. It's simple enough to read the quote and see what Obama was talking about. Trying to make it personal and drag gender and political-correctness into it is not what I expect from conservatives or just from mature people in general.

    September 12, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  6. ObamaOhS---

    What a LOOOOOOSER!!!!!!!Too Funny!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 12, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  7. Obama will CUT TAXES for 95% of America

    Obama will CUT TAXES for 95% of working Americans.

    Under Obama's tax plan people making between $30,000 and $66,000 a year will receive a $1000 tax CUT.

    Under McCain's tax plan people making between $30,000 and $66,000 a year will receive only a $312 tax cut.

    Barack Obama will LOWER TAXES for most of America.

    Seek the truth America.

    The Republicans don't care about you, they care about raping the American taxpayer out of more money to hand out to the wealthiest 5% of the country.

    This is REAL people.

    Check the facts and be honest with yourself about your vote!

    All of this will come out in the debates.

    Pay attention!

    Obama/Biden '08

    September 12, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  8. Daryl from Seattle

    He's much more sincere and capable than McCain is. Naturally in politics you have to try and appease as many people as you can, but the hard fact is some will be left out in the cold. The Republicans of late have chosen to leave about 95% of us out in the cold. At least we know what Obama stands for, being a Democrat. He's more of the people, for the people. McCain's view is that the people are here for him and his ideals of the rich getting richer off the average citizens.

    September 12, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  9. Aaron from Battleground Ohio

    It is amazing. I can tell which people posting these comments are listening to Rush Limbaugh. Here's a tip: try thinking for youselves instead of a pompous moron with his head so far up his hind end that he can see his own lungs!

    September 12, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  10. Gimmick FIRST

    Please remind America that McCain and his friends are for the Iraq war.

    That war is costing us what? $500 million per day? I thought McCain and his friends said they will not be big spenders?

    Also reported that most of "good spots" in which McCain has suggested to drill has AREADY BEEN SPOKEN FOR!!

    more gimmick, more of the same!

    September 12, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  11. CM

    He's right. Even the MSM and independent parties dubunked most of McCain's ads as lies or factually untrue.

    Its really too bad that some people still believe everything McCain puts in an ad as evidenced by the posting here from his supporters. Some even claim to be the 'thinking' ones.

    Explain how electing the same old crew will give us different results? McCain doesn't even remember where he stands anymore and falls back on campaign rhetoric when questioned. At least Barbara Walters kept asking him the questions and not letting him dodge.

    You 'thinkers' might want to consider what his answers should be and why he is avoiding talking about the issues.

    September 12, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |

    Paris, do your is a tax cut

    McCain will tax your health care benefits actually raising your taxes!!

    The most productive welfare reform – that gave incentives to get people OFF of welfare – came from Clinton, a Democrat. Obama will continue to strive to have our most vulnerable lift themselves out of poverty.

    The only welfare the GOP is interested in is corporate welfare. You know, the taxes us hard working Americans pay to benefit the super rich CEOs who run their companies into the ground and then bail out with golden parachutes.

    DLH – put down the kool-aid. The 57 state comment was during the primaries and he was referring to the 57 contests including caucuses, primaries and also included Puerto Rico. He went to Harvard, if you really think he's too stupid to know how many states there are, it is pretty clear that you are the stupid one. As for the other irresponsible behaviors, he is simply suggesting that you can "Conserve" energy by doing simple things. You remember conserve right? That's the thing that Republicans used to be known for.

    September 12, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  13. Need answers

    He can't make anything up because McCain is right and has not lied.

    They're desperate, they can't defend themselves because it's true, they just yell 'liars' but they can't point any out.

    Obama doesn't have any plans, he just keeps saying the same thing, 'change...can't afford 4 more years...etc.' But he hasn't been specific on anything, just a broken record...

    September 12, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  14. cevans, tx


    Lies about healthcare and being deceitful....

    September 12, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  15. The Nightingale Sings in Berkley Square

    Obama quit lying and whining. It is not manly being a whiner.

    Your ads are filled with lies about John McCain.

    You Obama have a funny name according to yourself and you are risky.

    Please drop out and let an American Hero alone.

    And quit whining and crying.

    September 12, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  16. shawn

    It seems like the republican election machine really started to become underhanded and "sneaky" about the time Newt Gingrich came out with his new plan for America around '94 (athough there was Watergate 22 years before) and since then the smear tactics have gotten more and more cunning and snakelike. Remember the swift boat campaign? I totally understand where Obama's campaign is coming from when they say they don't want to stoop to that level of smearing that insults thoughtful americans' intelligence. Hold the moral and political high ground, Obama! Attack on the issues! Don't sling mud!

    September 12, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  17. GET REAL.

    Think about the world we live in and tell me whether lies matter or not. People live and breathe on false hope, teenagers (and some adults) are trying to escape what is "real" through drinking, fear drives decisions, and reality seems pretty bleak.

    You tell me... would you rather be living in reality or living a dream? McCain is presenting a dream, but it's more palatable for people who are afraid of Obama or what he might represent. Obama is offering real hope, but he makes it clear that (as a condition to accepting his hope) you have to accept reality. People don't want to.

    You say "wake up, Republicans," and they say "don't bother me, I'm dreaming." Now we're hoping for Obama to slap them hard enough, but he might not do it. I choose reality, as bleak as it may be. But I'm also okay with paying more taxes too (presuming that money doesn't go to waste the way the Republicans have wasted it... see Denver oil drug/sex scandal, All Children Left Behind, Iraq, etc.), so what do I know, right?

    Point in fact: A smaller government that more aggressively legislates morality is ten times more of a "big brother" oligarchy than a big government that's working "for the people."

    September 12, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  18. play nice


    Sorry to burst your bubble. It's a tax cut he proposes....for 95% of Americans. Oh, and Obama supported welfare to work programs to get people off of welfare. He's not the champion of welfare you think he is. Oh, and Palin is the one who hands out checks to citizens. Please get educated.

    September 12, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  19. Frank

    When they don't have any policies, they just lie. It's about time we started calling them exactly what they are, LIES! The media has been sugar coating all these lies, not calling them out. So I guess either the press longer cares about truth, just as long as it gets viewers and/or readers. McCain and Palin just tell lie upon lie upon lie and the press just says, oh, ok, here's a good story.

    There have been so many flat out lies by McCain and Palin and they don't get called on the carpet for the lies. Why not?

    September 12, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  20. Julia

    The tragic thing is McCain seems to genuinely believe the narrow-minded content of his advertisements. He even defends his own ignorance, as he did last night during the forum on service. It would be another tragedy if we had another narrow-minded president.

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

    25 of 27 ads on mccain's you tube page. all lies and distortions and negative attacks.

    September 12, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  22. janine

    Yeah. It must make the Republicans feel all happy inside that they are being lied to even some of the time.

    September 12, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  23. J. Weidenbach

    My goodness, there have been quite a lot of lies from the McCain Camp about Senator Obama, his views and plans on issues, indeed. Why, anyone who knows history, current events, and has been paying attention to both sides of this campaign should have noticed unless of course they are limited in their thinking. It's quite refreshing that Obama has not stooped to the same tactics. I can't wait for him to be the next President. Honor will be restored to the White House.

    September 12, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  24. CNN, can I PLEASE get off of your 'list'...

    I wonder how many of you can actually contribute a post that deals only with the truth.

    Hiding behind talking points and spin, and half-truths.

    September 12, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  25. Neecy

    This is excatly what we Americans need for the bigger Man to stand up and say enough with the personal attacks, the lies and fabrications and sick to the issues.

    Obama A Change we can belevie in!!!

    September 12, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
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