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. Boatman

    Mccain Blames His Poorly Run Smear Campaign On The Fact That Obama Would Not Do Town Hall Meetings With Him! You And Your Campaign Are An Joke! . . . An Old Outdated Un Funny Joke!

    September 12, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  2. John in Ohio

    Note that in the article CNN was running about the new McCain ads and the new Obama ads they pointed out, and factcheck pointed out, the lies and misleading statements in the McCain ads.

    They didn't have to do this for Obama. He didn't lie. He'll fight back at the smears and the lies, but he won't lie in return. That is a moral stand that commands respect.

    September 12, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  3. Obvious

    Keep exposing them Obama! Their platform is based on LIES!

    September 12, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  4. Shelly

    Wasn't the lipstick comment in reference to a comment that McCain made a year ago about Clinton's policies? I didn't think it was in reference to Palin's hockey mom comment. I think everyone - GOP, independents and Democrats - need to move on and start talking about the real issues.

    September 12, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  5. Oh Please

    You know, I'm getting REALLY sick and tired of these cognitively challenged, no-deductive reasoning skills having, see-green-and-believe -it's-red-totally-ignoring-reality-just-because-they-want-to-believe-that-its-red people who accuse the DNC of being sexist. What is that based on? The charge is absurd, and I'm not even a Democrat. The DNC picked a female vice president 20 years before the RNC did, the DNC had the first viable female candidate for President, the DNC fought for women's rights and women's issues years before it became fashionable to do so. It was people on the right who referred to those who fought for women's rights as "feminazi's". You people are being manipulated by the Republicans. There are PLENTY of Republican women that I would love to see be President, and that are just as qualified as any man out there (like Condalieeza Rice, Kay Bailey Hutchinson), but Sarah Palin is just being used for Political exploitation, and it is obvious that she is nowhere near ready for national governance. All throughout the primary, I saw Hillary Clinton supporters (not to diss Hillary, I actually have respect for Hillary, but the reasoning skills and equity of many of here supporters leaves much to be desired) absurdly accused blacks of "racism" for voting for Obama (which is dumb because racism by definition can't be expressed in the affirmative, and I didn't see Obama supporters going around accusing women who voted for Clinton because they wanted to see a woman President of sexism). It's true that many blacks voted for Obama out of pride and a sense that after their difficult history in this country, they would have chance to finally "make it" so to speak. But there were many women who voted for Hillary for the same reason, and blacks still would have voted for Hillary Clinton had she won the nomination. We still have yet to see whether many whites will vote for a 1/2 black person for President, it's never happened before. And look at all the white women voting for Palin now just because she's a white woman. Palin is a Religious fanatic who opposes almost everything that they stand for, and who has yet to be tested, and who hasn't had to prove herself to the American people in any way (talk about being selected not elected) but they'll vote for her just because she's a white woman. Blacks on the other hand, generally don't trust right-wingers, they don't care what color you are, and McCain could have picked any black candidate that he wanted, they still wouldn't have voted for them because they disagree so strongly with Republican policies and the Republican worldview

    September 12, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  6. Bruce

    McCain and Palin are out of touch with the country and there is no getting past that.
    They do not discuss plans or how they are going to change things...come on Americia wake up.
    For Mccain to say that he went negative because Obama did not do what he wanted, is the height of what we have dealt with for the past 8 years..he is more of the same. He is out of touch, and inexperienced and just scary, when she comes accross as she did in the interview.
    These two are dangerous, ifs, ands or buts about it.

    September 12, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  7. Chi4Obama

    -The Bridge to nowhere,
    -Falsifying Travel expenses...
    -Affiliation with an Alaska successionst group.

    And this is just some of what we know about Sarah Palin after 3 weeks of light media vetting.

    Note to the Obama campaign,
    I have just outlined several talking points that you can use to hit back
    against the GOP. The Gloves have just come off.

    September 12, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  8. ash

    Yes! Tell em Obama! .. Obama is not gonna roll over like Kerry did ..

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 12, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  9. Deb

    To me it is really scary that someone who originally refused to wear the US flag on his lapel . . and . . . studied in a muslim school . . and referred to “his muslim religion” during an interview and had to be guided to “Christian religion” by the interviewer . . and . . has a wife that publicly announced that she’s “finally” proud to be an American (now that hubby is up for election) . . and . . can’t seem to spit out a sentence without a teleprompter has even made it this far. God help America if idiots elect Obama as our next president.

    September 12, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  10. Rick

    What's a lie is that McCain = Bush. and unfortunately for Obama, a majority understand that at this time. Maybe Obama will lie often enough to change opinions, but I'll bet you don't see McCain hiding behind the Swift Boat defense every time the Obama camp says something less than flattering about McCain. Funny how Obama runs right to Swift Boat when attacked. People will see through that facade, too.

    Interesting how Obama people try to scare us with McCain's health and the prospect of the most inexperienced VP in history taking over. If Obama wins, he'll be zero heartbeats from the presidency and will be our most inexperienced POTUS ever.

    September 12, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  11. gene

    John Mccain says that he can win this war and that he knows how to win the war. Then why is he letting our kids die ? He should tell them.sounds selfish and unamerican to me.

    September 12, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  12. Let's rebuild this country

    It's clear that Republicans manage their campain the same way as Bush managed foreign policies, with lies and using fear. Same old Same old.
    When you have no substance, no innovative ideas, the only thing you find to do is imitate your component by stealing his core idea of "change and inspiration for the youth" and telling lies to scare people.

    So pathetic !

    September 12, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  13. MD Democrat

    Thank you NH!

    September 12, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  14. Callie Willis- 23- Savannah, GA

    Obama/Biden for 2008!! Less than 50 days People!! Lets make it happen

    September 12, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  15. hana

    bush+rov+palin+mcsame+cheney=the end of the world.
    Obama/Biden 0'8


    September 12, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  16. Eric

    How can anyone consider McCain a leader?

    Folks, wake up... just look up the word "leader."

    Leadership 101 equals HONESTY. Where is the honesty in the McCain campaign?

    Obama is a great leader and more importantly, an honest man.

    September 12, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  17. Twinkie

    "If you don't stop spreading lies about me ~ I'm gonna have to tell the truth about YOU!" – Barack Obama, Sept 12, 2008 New Hampshire

    Now that's how my grandmother would have said it!!!!

    Democrats '08

    September 12, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  18. Steve

    It is time for Senators Obama and Biden to clearly indicate to the voters why we should vote for them. They need to get their fire and focus back. They deifinitely have a positive, upbeat vision which they need to make clear. We, as citizens of this great country, cannot allow negative ads, soundbites, distortions, diversions and lies by McCain/Palin to dictate who the next President will be. Let's all rally around the Obama/Biden ticket and get this country back on track!

    September 12, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  19. Lisa Canada


    You are the biggest lie in american history!

    September 12, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  20. Melissa

    I'm shocked how multiple people commenting on the View posting below are criticizing Barbara Walters for sleeping with a married man.

    Have they forgotten that Cindy McCain slept with a married man (John McCain)? Where's the criticism of Cindy and John for being adulterers?

    September 12, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  21. Paris

    Not a tax cut, STOP lying to people Obama, rebate check is what you are proposing.
    And that is another form of welfare.

    We will just end up with more and more on welfare.
    That is not Change that is irresponsible and stupid.

    September 12, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  22. Fox/Albuquerque NM

    Reason why no one is posting is because we all know it is lies.

    September 12, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  23. Bridget

    The McCain Campaign's pants are on fire and everyone knows it. They are constantly spewing half-truths, misleading phrases and outright LIES and people know it. Can't wait for the debates!

    September 12, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  24. Keith COrnelius

    Once again you people are talking about lies coming from McCain just once I would like to know what you people are talking about, becasue none of you have quoted one. And after what I saw on the View today I am VERY GLAD that I am a registered Democrat VOTING FOR MCCCAIN / PALIN !!

    Oh by the way why don't one you Liberal left Democrats inform whoopie that she was never a slave and that it was abolished by a REPUBLICAN (Lincoln you might know him) and also tell her to read the 13 ammenment that keeps it abolished......stop living in the past and get over it already !!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 12, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  25. Felly

    McSame and Palin are liars and extremists. A 72 yr old man and a 44yr old woman, very scary.

    September 12, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
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