September 23rd, 2008
01:15 PM ET
14 years ago

Obama ad hits McCain on family’s foreign cars

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="The Obama campaign released a new ad Tuesday taking aim at McCain's foreign cars."]
(CNN) – Barack Obama’s campaign released an ad Tuesday attacking John McCain for saying he has bought American cars his entire life, following reports the Republican nominee currently owns three foreign-made vehicles.

“I've bought American literally all my life, and I'm proud,” McCain told Detroit TV station WXYZ in an interview.

But Newsweek reported last week that McCain and wife Cindy own 13 cars, including three foreign automobiles: a Lexus, a Volkswagen and a Honda. McCain also told the New York Times last year that he bought his daughter, Meghan, a Toyota Prius. He later denied the purchase and said Meghan bought the car herself.

This is the latest in a campaign by the Obama team to portray McCain as wealthy and out of touch with ordinary Americans. Last month, Democrats jumped when McCain said he wasn’t sure how many homes he owns.

The ad will start running in Michigan, the auto-manufacturing capital of the United States, on Wednesday.

Obama released a second ad Tuesday claiming that while McCain was on vacation in Bermuda, he promised to protect tax breaks for American businesses that “hide their profits offshore.” McCain spokesman Tucker Bounds said Obama is guilty of the same practice.

“Whether he is opposing additional oil drilling while decrying high gas prices or blasting earmarks despite his requests for a billion dollars in pork barrel spending for his home state, Barack Obama has a stronger record of hypocrisy than he does making change in Washington,” Bounds said in a statement.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (234 Responses)
  1. Pat - Overland Park, KS

    The point of the add is to expose Senator McCain as someone who cannot be trusted. He says one thing but does another. In other words he lies.

    I heard a radio ad this morning that stated Senator McCain was for stem cell research. Since when?

    Now he speaks of alternative energy and all that goes with it, but the mantra of the convention was "drill, baby drill".

    Senator McCain call Senator Obama the elitist, but Senator McCain owns 7 home and 13 cars.

    It is important to expose the lies, because we have already had 8 years of that. No more McCain, no way, no how.

    September 23, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  2. KB

    McCain is sooooo out of touch.

    September 23, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  3. Willy Brown

    Obama you jealous?

    September 23, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  4. ET

    Who cares what kind and how many cars he owns, when are you gonna question what kind of under ware he wears what kind of t -shirts does wear, his after shave lotion,soap, tooth paste, come on quit acting like spoilled rotted toddlers, try standing in front of a mirrow for a few seconds and ad lib being an adult, you people make me sick.

    September 23, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  5. America think for you

    $700 billion to bail out wall street how about main street? America do you realize that that $700 billion that you will spend will be use to bail out Chinese banks and other foreign banks bad business and then they will sell these business back to us American. We should not let this to happen because the same mess will come back again in wall street. Wall Street greed, big CEO Payout need to have control over them. This $700 billion just show you that the republicans do not care. Congress please do not let George Bush rush you and us American into this mess. Bush has four months in power and he does not care of whatever mess that $700 billion will make.

    September 23, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  6. African American Hockey Mom

    oK Obama this is just stupid. Please just stick with the issues!

    September 23, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  7. Dale

    I have worked in the automotive industry as an engineering manager for over 20 years. My knowledge and experience has lead me to purchase a foregn car built here in USA. I most likely will never own another domestic car.

    September 23, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  8. jim, kansas city MO

    OK so his wife and his daughter buy foreign cars, what are you suggesting? Is he to force his wife and daughter to buy domestic cars?
    He himself buys domestic cars, that the fact.

    Bottom line, how many houses and how many cars he owns thats his private matter. Last time I checked we were capitalistic society (not socialist or communist), you work hard and smart you make more money than most of population, inculding bloggers here (me too) wasting time here as supposed to be working.

    If your waiting for a handout and free stuff it might be bad news for you come November

    September 23, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  9. Nervous

    I don't care how many cars he has and who the manufacturer is, but this is just another one of his lies that he likes to throw out there. McShame will say and do just about anything to get the applause. And stop that rediculous smile after you think you have said someting that should garner applause. It looks too fake and scary. Your smile doesn;t even look genuine. Seriously, you are too rich and have been too pampered to know what the American people are going through. Stop the sleaze slinging so that the Dem don't have to do it either. Issues please.

    September 23, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
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