September 27th, 2008
03:50 PM ET
13 years ago

McCain ad pins Biden against Obama


Watch: The McCain campaign released a new ad highlighting Sens. Biden and Obama's difference on troop funding.

(CNN)—In perhaps a sign of what can be expected from next week's vice presidential debate, the McCain campaign released a new ad Saturday highlighting Barack Obama and Joe Biden's differing opinions on funding for troops.

"In the midst of war, Senator Obama voted to cut off funding for our troops," the announcer says. "What did Biden say?"

Watch: The latest McCain ad highlights a difference between Obama and Biden

"They said they voted against the money to make a political point," the 30-second spot shows Joe Biden saying in 2007.

Biden, who is chairman of the Senate's Foreign Relations committee, voted in favor of the troop funding bill last May.

The ad, "Promise," concludes with a familiar line of attack from Friday night's debate in Mississippi, that Obama lacks the experience to be the next commander in chief.

"Barack Obama. Playing politics. Risking lives. Not ready to lead," the announcer says.

The Obama campaign was quick to respond, criticizing McCain for past votes of his own.

"Despite what his increasingly desperate and dishonorable campaign says, John McCain opposed funding for our troops that would have brought them home, while Barack Obama voted against a blank check for George Bush," Obama spokesman Hari Sevugan said in a statement. "So if John McCain wants to talk about funding, he should explain why he voted against life-saving equipment for our troops in battle, voted repeatedly against funding for veterans' health care, and wants to keep spending $10 billion a month in Iraq while the Iraqis have a surplus and our economy is in crisis.”

According to the McCain camapaign, the ad will air nationally.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Joe Biden • John McCain
soundoff (125 Responses)
  1. kay

    The only thing McCain can talk about is war. If he's elected we'll be over in Iraq another four years. He's a war monger. He's 72 and has never learned to operate a computer, well i'm the same and age and can use one. So whats his excuse? He needs his little cheerleadre Sahara to prop him up. He's just too old for the job.

    September 27, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  2. Sharon - NC

    Does McCain have no self-respect, or respect for voters' intelligence, at all? That statement, along with others, was proven to be a lie last night and yet he keeps on putting them out there. John McCain is hoping that we will become dumb on election day.

    September 27, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  3. dd11

    Who wants to face a honest man? I wouldnt; if I knew I;m a chronic lair.

    September 27, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  4. The Weatherman

    As usual, Obama supporters show lack of knowledges with history, policy .....and grammar. I thought the liberal press reported Obama supporters tended to be college educated? I'm just not seeing the correlation.

    Obama incorrectly stated "Kissinger said the president of America should meet without preconditions the president of Iran".

    Former Secretary of State, Henry Kissinger, said diplomatic talks should be held without precondition but, not at the president level. If Obama lies on national TV, his minions will lie to themselves and others.

    September 27, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  5. katiec

    I would think by now voters would take what Mccain says with
    a grain of salt. The man has lied so much he can't keep
    track of them.
    He has sold his integrity and honor to the devil, trying and
    doing anything he can to win.
    Country first? Yea, right. What he means is winning at
    any means regardless of the consequences for us
    and our great nation. Palin, which has backfired, is a'
    good example of that.
    We cannot survive another four years of republicans in
    power. Cannot say leadership as there has been none.

    September 27, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  6. Nimi from NY


    Your animosity towards Obama is showing but it can't negate the fact that Obama will win this election in November despite your party's effort to steal it. "For it is of the Lord you cannot fight it" Acts 5:39a. You can only try.

    September 27, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  7. retro

    Nothing the McShame camp says carries any credibility at this point.
    McCain has lowered himself to gutter trash standing. How can you trust someone who lies to win? No thanks to that kind of change.

    September 27, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  8. michael in MO

    Obama and his followers are an absolute disgrace to our democratic way of life. Go overseas, and anyone who you ask will be laughing at us – "Why of such a pool of candidates in the democratic primaries do you pick this Obama character?" they ask. "Where is Senator Clinton? It was a no-brainer, and you smear her?" No question, it's in the bag for Obama because he sells well for the media – always has, and the media market is banking on it. That why "he won the debate." Those who buy into this are being SO played. And that is why those who actually do their research on behalf of our country's future are voting for McCain.

    September 27, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  9. Pete, St. Augustine, FL


    Just do me a favor and ask yourself these questions: Why didn't John McCain rush to Washington last Friday (9/19) when the $700 billion bailout was proposed by the administration? If he is so quick to react and put country first, why did he wait six days to suspend his campaign and head to Washington? Remember, he didn't go until Thursday.

    Please stop thinking that McCain's reason for going was for anything but helping his own tanking poll numbers.

    And what did he say when the meeting was about to adjourn at the White House? We need to suspend capital gains taxes for two years and decrease the corporate taxes as well.

    How did that help the crisis?

    September 27, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  10. Amy

    McCain give up! You have already lost! Palin's cluelessness in next week's debate will seal the deal.

    September 27, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  11. john

    Why? In all the talk about energy crisis have we not heard of the Bakken formation? Why is the media not bringing this out as one of the solutions to our need for more oil? Why are the candidates not mentioning it? Is this a secret or just some myth?

    September 27, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  12. george

    well i can see mcfail is not getting it..yesterday mcfail doesnt had the american flag pin on his old head yesterday and even the day of his nomination no body says nada about it.if it was obama you tell me what they be saying?mcfail say country first he doesnt had noe of that in his chest even sarah does..

    September 27, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |


    September 27, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  14. Michigan1

    It's unfortunate that neither of the candidates on the Democratic ticket understand anything about foreign policy. They probably don't even understand how they disagree with each other. The world has got to be laughing at the Democratic ticket. I wonder how much China is supporting that ticket.

    September 27, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  15. T'SAH from Virginia

    EVERY "LIE" the REPUBS tells in ads – the Obama campaign should come back and call them out on their LIES – Many Americans are keeping track of the LIES and downoutright FEAR MONGERING the REPUBS portray all the time and that is what's DRIVING THEM AWAY!!!

    OBADEN – 2008-2016.... YES WE CAN fight back and expose the liars!!!

    September 27, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  16. Jack Jodell, Minneapolis, MN

    More Republican lies and spin. Best ignored by all, as it will be. The more they lie, the behinder they get!

    September 27, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  17. Dawn

    McCain is the ONLY one telling the truth! Obama needs to go back to the "Wright" church and soak in more lies to dispurse to the public!

    September 27, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  18. Anna PA

    I would like to comment on the article below this one but you can't post there. That article is talking about what McCain is doing in Washington to help the bailout bill.

    It sounds like he doesn't have any role there. Why is he there other than to TRY to make himself look involved ,he doesn't. It looks like exatly what it is, a stunt. No more no less.

    What John McCain should be doing is going out on the campaign trail. That's where he needs to be. Especially after the debate. He looked angry and uncomfortable last night. It seemed alot of what he said was easily lost because of his stiff body language. Obama really did well last night he sounded confident and comfortable. He also look presidential and McCain did not pull that off.

    September 27, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  19. Chrystel from Fayetteville, NC

    I remember driving down the roads in Iraq with no armor on our vehicles and being shot at and IEDs exploding. I remember a young Lt getting his legs blown off during a convoy .... no armor on that vehicle either.

    I will never forget how the Army had to improvise for almost 3 years before we all started to see better equipment.

    Thanks for looking out for us, Sen McCain. Voting against better equipment for the troops was the right thing for you to do; the right judgment for the next commander and chief. (oozing with sarcasm)

    September 27, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  20. Kris K from RM,CA

    America loves Biden. He is real. He answers questions. He is not afraid. He is a stand up guy.
    This attempt of McCain is another indication of how truly ugly McCain is as a man, a politican, a poor decision maker, some who is not trustworthy. A confirmed liar. No one believes what he says anymore. He has lied one too many times.

    September 27, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  21. NC want NEW Change

    McCain "making a lot of calls to make sure that things stay on track." That’s NOT the ONLY calls McCain HAS made. Last March, a consultant to Freddie Mac ARRANGED a meeting between the TOP ECONOMIST in McCain campaign and Hollis S. McLoughlin, a prominent Republican and TOP executive of the giant CENTRAL nation’s CREDIT CRISIS. Out of a SPECIAL account THAT McLoughlin CONTROLS, the Freddie Mac EXECUTIVE has been paying Clark more than $10,000 a month. Mcloughlin has been USING the SAME account to pay $15,000 a month to the lobbying firm of Rick Davis. Payment continued until the government takeover so Freddie Mac this month. said the three people, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

    September 27, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  22. Larry

    After watching how Barack kept aligning McCain to the last 8 years,and making it look like McCain is the President,I thought McCain should take all the credit for the 8 years before that,when he was running the government when CLINTON was President.If it hadn't been for McCain ,the Clinton years would have been terrible.Thanks John !!!

    McCain 08

    September 27, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  23. KING

    you need to get a job away from a computer. you don't make any sense do you? Vote for the loser party again if you want to but the GOP will win and big!

    September 27, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  24. conny

    OK fine! i guess it's almost like umm like umm like umm Sen McSame won the first debate before it even took place OH I GET IT!
    WOOPIE WOOPIE Sen Obama and Sen Biden will do just fine OH
    i get that too!

    September 27, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  25. pooronalivingwage

    "Barack Obama. Playing politics. Risking lives. Not ready to lead," the announcer says.

    And McCain is NOT playing politics? McCain comes out with a new ad daily. They are spending money on ads like we make comments on these articles. Will McCain then spend money on whatever HE deems appropriate and disregard the rest of the nation?

    McCain says he is against pulling out of Iraq. The Bush Adminstration has already agreed to a pullout in 2011 or 2012.
    Was McCain telling Iraq last night that he will renig on that agreement if he gets to be president?

    McCain is a risky vote. We WILL end up in WWIII if he is elected.

    September 27, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
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