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. The Great One

    America needs to know the truth about Mcwarmonger and his leas about Obama.

    September 12, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  2. Sorensen

    Mr. AXELROD – WHAT IN THE "YOU KNOW WHAT" are you doing??

    You are in the process of losing the election because of a piece of
    trash, which is either disastrous for McCain or brilliant – which is an
    Are you and Barrack going to take that chance?

    September 12, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  3. Carl from va

    It's hard for me to trust John McCain.
    The things I see in his commercials are just incorrect.
    He blatantly lies in those ads and the deflects any criticism.

    I used to think I could believe what John McCain said, but not any more.

    September 12, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  4. DLH

    What's scary is that Obama said he's been in 54 of the 57 states and we can't set our thermostats on 72 degrees, drive SUVs, and eat as much as we want because the rest of the world isn't going to go for that.

    September 12, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  5. DeeJam - Los Angeles

    If Obama was talking about Palin or McCain when mentioning lipstick, he should have said "You could put Lipstick on George Bush, but it's still George Bush." He didn't go there and I think most Americans can see the lies and deceptions the McCaign camp puts out.

    September 12, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  6. Bigbubba

    Obama will tell when the lies are bad enough. But he hasn't resorted to attack ads like the Republicans because he is using the issues for his ads.
    I realize it would be easier to attack McCain on his age, lack of judgement and the fact that he is the only elitist in the race. Or Palin on her lack of ethics or any trace of caring about womens issues or the fact that she is willing to sell out her so-called religious beliefs to get elected.
    Obama is better than that. McCain/Palin or Palin/McCain, if you look at how the Republicans are seeling this mess, obviously are not. Go team.

    September 12, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  7. inga

    McCain's campaign and ads have lacked integrity from day one. Look at who he has chosen to surround himself with. Gramm, Bush, Rove, Cheney – HE"S obviously not an agent of change.

    Look at his policies. He has voted with Bush about 95% of the time. He has admitted to the press on several occasions that he knows nothing about the economy. The overwhelming majority of vets are backing Obama. The overwhelming majority of foreign leaders don't want to talk to McCain. McCain AND Palin are against women's issues.

    What does McCain REALLY got going for it? I just don't see it.

    September 12, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  8. 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 !
    USA is starting to look like a country made of extremists

    September 12, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  9. gene

    I can't believe people are falling for this McCain thing... First he puts down Obama for all his platforms.. then when he sees it's working.. he adopts all of Obama's platforms... and people are buying it!

    That's like me... an atheist.. running in an election.. seeing that I'm losing, and all of a sudden I find God.. and expect the faith based voters to accept that I'm a religeous man.

    It's just amazed that just because McCain says something.. even though it goes against everything he's shown and said previously, that people are falling for it.

    September 12, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  10. lilo

    obama for mankind

    September 12, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  11. Sarah

    Obama all the way baby!

    September 12, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  12. Texas Straight Talker

    This has gone on continuously. I wish all campaigns were required by law to run ads based on facts and the failure to do so would forfeit their eligibility to run for office. Americans want our issues discussed to be the focus of the candidates!

    September 12, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  13. Concerned INDEPENDENT CT voter

    THANK THE LORD... i heard him say that to & thought I dreampt it... wow....

    WHAT CAN ANYONE SAY TO DEFEND mcCain's statements?

    I mean really?


    September 12, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  14. KiloWhiskey - Denver

    Some...but not all....others are the bare-faced truth.

    September 12, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  15. Independent-Latina-for-OBAMA



    NO...........WAY.............NO ..............HOW................NO..................MCCAIN/PIT-BULL-PALIN!

    September 12, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  16. Truth

    I used to respect McCain until he brought Karl disciples into his campaign. He has absolutely lost my respect!.

    September 12, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  17. Dana

    Get over it, Obama. When you devote the entirety of your message to political dogfights, you seem just like every other politician. Where's the "change"???

    September 12, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  18. ch

    And I know...I ..ah'm not going to ...ah...take this anymore.

    More whining and complaining as his poll numbers are in freefall.

    To my fellow democrats – Don't blame me for this debacle, I voted for Hillary!

    September 12, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  19. Adam - Texas

    Your whole campaign is lies...grow up! You only come across weak by constantly complaining.

    You're on a downward spiral and you don't know how to stop it. Thanks for ruining the dems hopes once again.

    Hillary 2012!

    September 12, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  20. Lisa in Phx

    Thank you Barack for refusing to crawl in the gutter with McCain and Palin.

    September 12, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  21. Griff

    Yhen why don't you tell the truth. Mr Obama??

    September 12, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  22. Is that it?

    Are we ever going to hear something OTHER than "McCain is 4 more years of George Bush" from this guy? Nice commercial jingle, but that's it. Of course, there are enough folks out there with Bush Derangement Syndrome that this may be the only argument Obama need make...SAD.

    September 12, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  23. JJ

    Let me know when Obama's finished trying to walk on water...

    September 12, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  24. Deb, Allentown, PA

    You're absolutely right BO. Where is the accountability for the contents of these ads? Are there no overseeing agencies, the FCC, FEC or someone else, who can bring the hammer down on politicians who outright lie in their advertising? Thank goodness for organizations like, but how many low-information voters are really going to see the truth?

    September 12, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  25. D.Kimbro OHIO

    Barack Obama needs to stay on message. These tactics are only meant to distract the American people. Unleash the 527's so that they can match the republican machine of lies. Let's remember 2000, and 2004. HIT BACK HARD!!!!!! EVERYDAY....

    September 12, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
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