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. Jerry in Boston

    It's good to hear these comments Obama, but you really need to fire your campaign ad team. They totally suck.

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

    No tax increase, just higher prices for gas and everything else, because he's going to tax corporations more. We won't feel much on April 15th, but we'll feel it in our wallets.

    September 12, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  3. PA voter

    Thank you, CNN for actually reporting something of relevance!

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

    "Change" is code for more of the same from either party. Axelrod is Rove's long lost twin brother, he just happens to play for the Democrats.

    Both campaigns are running with half-truths and distortions. What does that tell you about the candidates and their opinion of you America?

    Bread and Circuses people, bread and circuses (if you don't know, try google)

    September 12, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  5. alan j.

    Hit Back? LOL
    What's Obama got to hit back with?
    He's even a weaker candidate that Kerry, Dukakis, or Jimmy Carter.
    The Dems just don't get it. The American Electorate is just not as liberal as the candidates they keep throwing up.

    September 12, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  6. Ralph, AK

    John McCain is going to loose this election, i just can wait to declare victory and pop the champagne.

    GOBAMA for ever.

    September 12, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  7. J from DC

    By the way, where is the Biden coverage? McCain worst fear is Biden, and we don’t get to see him in action. As long as we are looking and talking about Palin, we miss the Biden Factor. And, he seriously could be the most ready man, of all the candidates.

    September 12, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  8. debbie

    Two words " Quit crying"

    September 12, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  9. DLH

    Poor, Poor Barack. Boo hoo hoo.... the unbiased media will come to his defense! Just look at how nasty these comments are getting... I'm so glad Nancy Pelosi brought this new tone of civility to Washington...
    It's hilarious that the same people that were defending Hillary are now viciously attacking Palin... I guess it's Chaiman Mao pantsuit withdrawal...

    September 12, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  10. Matt

    That's right, they are liars, fabricators, cheats, etc. Check the websites doing the policing. Check, which McCain himself cited and which has released a statement that he misused and distorted their findings. It's all smoke and mirrors with these people, whic his why they're resorting to even worse tactics like Michigan trying to exclude people from voting because they suffered a foreclosure. Shows you just how much they care about how much everyone is suffering, don't it?


    September 12, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  11. Wake up America

    This man, and him only, is worthy of being President of the United States...

    OBAMA/Biden 08

    September 12, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  12. GRACIE

    That's RIGHT Sen. Obama, YOU should have your staff DRILL John McCain on WHY is it that a team of his lawyers are up in Alaska trying to "derail and delay" the investigation on Governor Palin? Why is it that all of a sudden, NO ONE is cooperating like they said they would, even Gov. Sarah Palin herself?

    I think the Palin family and the McCain family thought this would be a slammed dunk, they thought her office would NOT be scrutinized before the election on Nov. 4th.

    I would come out with Ads asking WHY is McCain laywers involved in Gov. Sarah Palin's ABUSE OF POWER investigation? Is the McCain camp paying for these Lawyers and are they Representing Gov. Palin NOW? Hummmm....

    September 12, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  13. Justin, ny

    It sure is refreshing to hear a candidate talk about POLICIES, like how people that make under 250,000 a year will NOT see a tax increase under an Obama presidency.



    for the good of the world, please, vote obama/biden.

    September 12, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  14. Darnell

    And vice-versa Hussein!

    September 12, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |



    September 12, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  16. Nadine, Cumming GA

    The way a man runs his campaign is a huge indicator of how he will behave on the job. Dodging the issues, sidestepping the questions and outright lying is what we've been putting up with for the last 8 years. Do we really want more of that? Doesn't everyone remember the smears and "lies" and double-talk that got George Bush into the White House?

    Please support the candidate who is thoughtful, intelligent, has high ideals and is trying desperately to stay out of the muck that the Palin/McCain ticken is mired in. (I'm not sure which of them is running for President)

    September 12, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  17. Obama Fan

    Actually Mr. Obama, Mccain agrees with Bush 91% of the time. He does not understand the economy because he is rich and owns 9 homes. his wife wore a $300K outfit to the GOP convention so they do not understand the struggles of the people who do things like community organizing to help the less fortunate.

    September 12, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  18. Joe Regis

    America will not fall for the lies and tricks to steal the election this time. America is awake this time. No more repubs in the White House. We want change and real reform.

    Obama/Biden 08/12.

    September 12, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  19. Sage

    John McCain will loose his integrity to win an election...America will loose if McCain wins

    September 12, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  20. Milton, Harrisburg, PA

    Palin isn't qualified to be President if she isn't willing to engage the public with their open questions. If you can't interact with the public, then you can't be a public servant. McCain is just trying to run the clock out on Palin before anyone realizes that she is clueless. She could easily set the record straight on many of these internet rumors and scandals if she would just agree to give unscripted answers to real questions.

    Empty attacks are what you do when you don't have a record to stand on. McCain doesn't have a record to stand on.

    Out with the old. In with the new. McCain-your generation had your chance and you screwed it up for generations to come (especially financially). We can't afford more tax-cut and spend Republicans. We'll all be hauling our money in wheelbarrows in 20 years at this rate.

    September 12, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  21. Deborah Black

    I wish that Barack could keep himself above all the negatvie and devisive statements flying around, but when a coward and a liar is beating you up, you have to stand up. The American People expect that. John McCain started all this personal attack stuff and name calling, because it is what Geroge Bush did and it's how Republican's run their campaigns. I'm a mother a grandmother and a citizen of the United States, who used to look up to John McCain. McCain has sold out, just like his running mate. John McCain is acting like a coward and a pimp. Sara Palin did not fight the good old boy network, she joined it. John is just hiding behind her skirts.
    They really do think that the American People are stupid and will fall for their viscious lies and personal attacks, as a substitute for facts. Look for the facts my fellow Americans, let's not be fooled again. If it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck and walks like a duck, then it is a duck. Lets get Sara to shoot it! It's hard out there for a Pimp John, not so easy for the woman either, but hey she made her bed, let her sleep in it.

    September 12, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  22. righteousbrother

    u forgot the rest of the quote:
    There is an old saying that Abraham Lincoln had about one of his opponents, he said if you don't stop lying about me, I'm going to have to start telling the truth about you.

    September 12, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  23. S. Boatman

    Mccain Will Continue To Run This Type Of Campaign Until Its Over! The Only Thing He Can Do Is Distract The Voters Away From The Issues Because His Only Plan Is To Continue The Same Failed Bush Policies! He Doesnt Have Any New Ideas To Fix This Countries Problems!

    September 12, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  24. Cindy

    IMPEACH SARAH PALIN AND HER HUSBAND!!!!- They're a lie also!

    If you want change vote for Obama in November, period!

    September 12, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  25. A CANUCK

    I'm glad that you won't wallow in the muck with McCain.......BUT it's time to tell them....ENOUGH............ENOUGH ..................ENOUGH !!!!!!

    September 12, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
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