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. Mike

    I saw the ABC Palin interview. The Repugs are so happy that Barbie did not faint or cry. But at best she would get a C – grade. She was in total agreement with Bush and McBush on putting the Republic of Georgia into NATO. Even though she understood that we could now be in WW3 with Russia over nothing but an internal Georgian Ethnic dispute. This is why our European Allies were far wiser than us and refused to admit Georgia into NATO until these disputes are properly settled. Also when asked about the 'Bush Doctrine", she was totally lost. She should have just admitted that she did not know. But instead Palin stammered, and tried to bluff her way through the question very poorly. She looked like she was back in time thirty years ago on the Beauty Contest stage, about to blurt our 'World Peace'!

    September 12, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  2. Amber

    I am positive that these ads are fabricated, McCain himself said today that he has asked Obama on a number of occasions to have a town hall meeting – this was the reason given for his ads today on the view

    September 12, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  3. Sue

    Obama – high road
    McCain- the slimest campaign ever – maybe a little bit desperate.

    Every ad McCain releases spews with lies.

    September 12, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  4. RuthieM

    If "we can;t afford 4 more years of George Bush" then where is the ad saying and showing so? The American people need to know this too.

    September 12, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  5. Susan, Pennsylvania

    I am so pleased Obama sticks to the truth. Actually, I am very proud of his campaign for not going straight to the gutter right away – we are so used to dirty politics we have trouble accepting a new way of doing things. He's pulled a few great ones today and I am sure there is more to come.

    The McC/Parrot ticket is flailing after what, two weeks? I guess my grandma was right – what goes around comes around. They will find out.

    September 12, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  6. Ridgeway

    Here's another lie about Obama. He's qualified to be President and he's a Christian.

    September 12, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  7. Myst

    Yep some of the stuff against him is lies, and some of the stuff he says are lies, and politicians are politicians.
    HOW ARE YOU GOING TO GO ABOUT THIS CHANGE?? That is a question I want to hear answered.

    September 12, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  8. Obamaobamo

    I was a strong supporter of Obama. But I am confused with one thing...

    Why did he not select a woman as a vice presidential candidate when he is all for change. He denounced a woman backed by 18 Mil voters and now seeking her help to win. This is what is silly in politics. Who are you kidding ?

    Here are my questions:
    1. Why did you not select Hillary as VP
    2. Why are your women staff paid less than male staff while John Mccain's women staff are paid more than his male staff.
    3. You are talking lot about change, but you dont even know how Washington works, how will you bring change and what kind of change will you bring ?
    4. You have no military experience. Why did you not sign up for military service. Do you know what it is to send sons and daughters to deployment ?

    September 12, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  9. Just Keeping It Real

    John keeps saying he will have Democrats in his administration. Yes, he will– namely JOE LIEBERMAN, because John can't make a move without him. So get ready America, Sarah will be window dressing, while John and Joe will lead the country.

    If I thought Barack was going to lose, I would be worried, but I'm not. There is no way on God's green earth that Americans would ever let a senile old geezer and a Gidget run the country.

    Obama/ Biden 08

    September 12, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  10. Jacob - Portland

    Thank you for the thought out comment, "Oh Please",

    What happened to the time, when we all realized it was a mistake to re-elect Bush? And you would hear from almost everyone, "no matter what! We will not elect another Republican next time!"

    Have we all forgotten???

    McCain might have been a good choice in 2000, even 2004, but with what he's preaching now (vs. then), there is NO difference between his ideas and Bush's policies.

    If McCain wins, how long will it be before we're saying "no matter what" again??? And then we forget in the next election year?

    How stupid are we???

    Do not fall for their BS!

    September 12, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  11. JD

    Well mates, debate all you like... come November when McCain takes office by an electoral margin of 274-264 it won't make much difference now will it?
    Same token, if Obama wins by some miracle I think that alone makes him qualified...aye... there it be... what is the qualification for being president and VP??? I believe the qualification is 270 or more electoral votes.... hahahaha... guess hes not qualified after all hahahahaha

    September 12, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  12. Not a chance

    Speaking of fabrication and lies how about that Birth Certificate Obama?

    September 12, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  13. Gezellig

    McCain, Palin, Rove
    Blackwater, Backwater, and Atwater

    September 12, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  14. cecil

    GOP=SEX, Lies, P.O.W., Karl Rove, I'm A MOM, Ebay, LipStick, No Issues, No Policy!

    Wake Up America!

    September 12, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  15. Jeff

    I don’t like McCain and certainly won’t support him but at least he has a record even if I think the policies he endorses are kind of nuts. Obama's record consists of a few very self serving books and a string of "present " votes. Obama is all ego and rhetoric and very little substance. I will not support Obama either. Guess I'll be sitting home in November

    September 12, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  16. Puff

    Sick and tired of Nobama's sick and tired old rhetoric. Just go away Nobama, the Alaskan has kicked you right out of the spotlight and the race!

    September 12, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  17. PK

    Obama is doing the right thing. He needs to call it as it is.

    September 12, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  18. gene

    Thank you Oh Please... I only wish this blog had 18 million hits

    September 12, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  19. NoGOP

    At some level, it's the questions that are being leveled to Mccain and Palin, but their answers to them are very scary, and every American should be able to foreshadow what their plans are if they come to power. They want to keep Russia's power in check and exploit vast resources from third world, while raising a fledgling China as its younger brother. If Mccain/Palin come to power and they continue to use the US as an example of our power, then I guarantee you all that we become a third world nation in 30 years, fighting on the streets with heavy, heavy ethnic cleansing going on.

    September 12, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  20. Ryan from Cali

    McCain supporters: All I see is Obama bashing. Do you have any positive traits on which you support McSame or does it really just bother you THAT much to see an articulate black man with ideas better than yours? Get over it. We gave you 8 years and we've never been worse off.

    It's out turn.

    Obama/Biden 08-16

    September 12, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  21. Find out the facts....

    All politicians fabricate their side...but what I have seen John McCain do is really is where you can to see just how fabricated John McCain is...Yes Obama has fabricated a bit but McCain and Palin have out and out lied.
    This is the same thing we saw when the race was close with John Kerry and George Bush. They run ads with no merit, nothing about issues just out and out fabrications.....teaching a kindergardner about sex ed....sexist for calling Sarah Palin a pig in lip stick...when John McCain referred to the quote about Hillary's health care reform...and Dick Chaney said it at his speech. Makes mountain out of mole hills to scare the public. Hopefully people eill find out the facts before making their decision.

    September 12, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    what is even more sad, is that voters are getting suckered by it.

    September 12, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  23. Susan from Scotts Valley, CA

    Paris – How about checking out to compare the two tax plans? Be a little more responsible before you call someone a liar. Obama has a tax plan that will cut taxes for anyone earning less than $250K a year. But if you're earning more than $650K, watch out. You're going to have to start helping instead of hurting America.

    DLH – He was talking about contests which include Puerto Rico, Guam, Washington DC, American Samoa.

    September 12, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  24. Tom from Vienna

    Who would be more "out of touch" with the average American:

    A team of a Harvard educated lawyer and a 30-year Senate veteran?

    Or a former POW & 24-year Senator , with a small town Mayor & Govenor?

    What really surprises me are the negative attack ads from Obama. Where is the focus on issues? Didn't he run on a message of change from the politics of old?

    The recent "lipstick on a pig" attack was just the Republicans taking a page out of the Obama campaign strategy that attacked the Clintons before South Carolina. Taking a sound bite out of context to attack your opponent.

    But, Obama's recent rants all sounds like the same old politics to me!

    September 12, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  25. Darren

    This country is circling about the bowl and John McCain wants to play games?

    Must be nice to be so rich you don't have to worry about it.

    September 12, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
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