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. ted

    If McCain really cared about our country, he never would have picked a cheerleader, he picked her to boost the campaign not for the future of the country. Worst thing would have happen to him is he would have lost elections – for this reason, he took a gamble for his Personal career and choose a good looking Cheerleader. Its almost equivalent to picking Paris Hilton – he would have got same publicity and lot of support from Men.

    Role of VP is not a joke – its very important equally resonsible as President. I can't put this country at risk by thinking McCane will stay health for next 4years – what if something happens to him – its like giving authority to a person who doesnt know anything either economics or foreign policies. Already our president failed in economics and foreign policy tests.

    McCain thinks that we are bunch of stupids .. he prob thinks, he will get all those republican votes + some independent women votes who backed clinton before + plus some narrow minded guys who will vote for hot babes..

    I agree McCane did the right thing for his career(since this is his last and final chance) and for his party otherwise he would have lost this election miserably. But i can't risk my country, my future, my kids future with his choice of VP. I lost faith in him.

    God Bless America...

    September 12, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  2. IM

    "McCain would rather lose his integrity, than an election".

    September 12, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  3. McCain/Palin

    Obama said in his latest add that he is a uniter not a divider. I guess he lies about himself, since he split the democratic party by not picking Hillary.

    September 12, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  4. Brad

    Obama himself is a fabrication and a lie.

    September 12, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  5. obama for potus!!! si se puede!!!

    can obama just be given the presidency already and get this mess over with. he will raise your taxes he will have to, to have enough money for all the handouts he is promising and the global poverty tax, dont forget we will probably have a carbon (breathing)tax, wars in afganistan, and pakistan, wait I forgot he is going to downsize the military, iguess thats how he/we will pay for everything.

    September 12, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  6. roger nc

    Everyone knows that mccain is a liar. So the fact is Mccain and Palin are in the same bag,,, easy to see

    September 12, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  7. Chi4Obama

    In regards to the lies and smears of the GOP:


    September 12, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  8. Perla

    Suggestion to the Obama campaign:

    Create an ad (or a series of them) that asks the question:

    Do you like being lied to? Don't you think voters deserve the truth from their candidates?

    Then run footage from the various McCain ads that employ falsehood with subtitles that spell out the deception.

    You've done some of this already, but need to make it personal:
    Do YOU like being lied to? Don't voters deserve better?

    September 12, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  9. Obama Supporter

    I am proud to say my democratic candidate for POTUS is not afraid to stand up for the American people.

    September 12, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  10. Micah

    Sarah and McCain terifies the George Soros multiple front engaged in the Lie Factory process because McCain has seemingly, just maybe, pulled a fast one the entrenched power structure. McCain may be mouthing the obligatory dialogue in his speeches, he may just be planning to break the death grip on America as his last truly patriotic act for his country. If he does, he would go down in history as one of the greatest patriots in the Westen world. McCain found an outsider with real morals, who likes to slam corrupt politicians more than engage in the political pomp and show of public office. McCain found a real Christian, Sarah Palin, with steadfast principles who is untainted by Globalist DC filth.

    September 12, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  11. ET

    NO-he's the lie.

    September 12, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  12. Bill

    It's pretty hard to fabricate about Obama's reform record, he has none.

    September 12, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  13. USAF Staff Sergeant

    The McCain campaign as of late has been simply pathetic.

    September 12, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  14. Bob Indianapolis, IN

    Take off the gloves and send these liars back to Palookaville where they belong!

    September 12, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  15. JusLaugh

    DUH! Tell us something we don't know....These lies, along with media manipulation is how the republicans win all their elections.

    I just can't believe how stupid some voters are to allow themselves to be brainwashed and stripped of their rights election after election after election... It's frustrating.

    September 12, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  16. Erik

    Sadly, many Americans are just smart enough to register and vote but not smart enough to know propaganda or spin when they see it. The Democrats have to attack back, in the spirit of American national poliitcs, with prime-time advertising calling the Republicans out on their fabricated narratives and smokescreens. Where's the Democratic Party's prime time ad featuring Palin's famous "What is it exactly that the VP does every day" quote??? Let's go, Obama. Show the American electorate what they'd get if they go with the geezer and the gimmick.

    September 12, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  17. Reality

    START HITTING MCCAIN and his scary sidekick apart truthfully and honestly !!!!! ITS NOW OR NEVER !!!


    September 12, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  18. Ted

    And he's right.

    September 12, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  19. Chris

    Matt Damon bless his heart said it best.

    Its like a bad movie

    and every 4 years it happens to us.

    The lies and cynical politics come up and next thing you know we are back to the rovian cheney world where only a select few matter.

    when will americans vote their pocketbook and not their race or gender or "the guy or gal who's i can have a beer with" and all that other nonsense. we've tried bush's policies for 8 years, they're not working, let's try something else.


    September 12, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  20. Andres

    I watched excerpts of Obama's speech today, and he did exactly what he needs to do through the rest of the campaign. he got specific on how his tax policies would benefit more people and why McCain's new slogan for change is empty rhetoric after he's aligned himself so closely with the Republican party to win the nomination.

    Looking forward to the final stretch.

    September 12, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  21. ANGIE


    September 12, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  22. peakarack


    HILLARY 12!

    September 12, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  23. Debby

    Maybe people should be asking Obama how is he going to pay for all his promises.

    Taxes cut for people under 250th. and that 7000 tuition break to college kids who do community service. Those are some big big budget proposals. If he is planning to raise capital gains, corporate, and payroll taxes for both these proposals he will bankrupt small and large buisness's and the country for that matter. We already owe China from the Bush years, so these outrageous earmarks from Obama will makes us the most vulnurable country in the world and put us worse in debt.

    September 12, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  24. Sit Back

    Obama could just sit back at this point and watch the Republican party self-destruct.

    September 12, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  25. mike

    I dont know what the whole fuss is about politicians are always going to be politicians. They all lie, some lie more than the others, and some lies are more glaring more than the other.

    What is so annoying is how every treats this like its a big sport, like the super bowl or something. Both Candidates should come together and lets really fix America.

    When alot of people are suffering and al they see is millions and millioins of money wasted on Attack ads, why in the world would they vote.

    People please wake up and stop the childishness

    September 12, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
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