September 27th, 2008
01:20 PM ET
14 years ago

Obama ad hammers McCain on economy


Watch: In a new ad, Obama says McCain doesn't get it when it comes to the economy.

(CNN)– Keeping the economy front and center, the Obama-Biden campaign released a new post-debate ad Saturday, saying when it comes to the economy, GOP presidential candidate Sen. John McCain 'doesn't get it.'

"Number of minutes in debate: 90," the announcer says as the words are typed across a blank screen. "Number of times John McCain mentioned the middle class: Zero."

Watch: The latest Obama ad says McCain 'doesn't get it' when it comes to the economy

The economy took the lead in Friday night's debate, as both candidates looked to highlight their plans bring the United States out of what some are describing as the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression.

A recent CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll found when it comes to the economy, 47 percent of voters questioned find the GOP are responsible for the current economic problems, while 24 percent said Democrats are more responsible.

The 30-second spot, 'Zero," includes portions of Friday night's debate where Barack Obama looked to pain McCain as lock-step with President Bush on economic policy.

"The fundamentals of the economy have been measured by whether or not the middle class is getting a fair shake," Obama said Friday night. In terms of tax policy, "you are neglecting people who are really struggling right now," Obama told McCain. "I think that is a continuation of the last eight years, and we can't afford another four."

According to the Obama campaign, the ad, known as “Zero,” will begin airing nationally Monday on cable.

Update: McCain campaign spokesman Tucker Bounds released the following statement in response to the latest ad:

“John McCain repeatedly pointed to Senator Obama’s vote in favor of higher taxes on families making just 42,000 a year, and his proposal for $860 billion in lavish new government spending which is a crushing burden on middle class families and the Main Street economy," Bounds said in a statement Saturday. "If he was honest, Barack Obama knows he was unable to debate the merits of supporting higher taxes on the middle class, and bloated government spending during a looming economic crisis – it’s simply indefensible.”

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  1. People are clueless

    What amazes me is that all McCain wants to talk about is war and his past. That is the past and the past is gone. I have lost tooooo many family members and friends in the so called war. My newphew informed me that his brigade waste so much of tax payers money just burying goods that they can not carry with them. He has had 4 tours there and he is contiplating just getting out because he said you can not help a person that wants to throw rocks at you vs being afraid of a gun. He also informed me that his whole unit thinks it is just a waste. By the way McCain I wear 2 bracelets for loosing a son and a husband to this mess of no reason. I want them all to come home and not have another mother/wife go through what I am going through. Hell at this point I am the queen of depressant drugs to just cope with getting up every morning not seeing my husband nor be able to wash a load of clothes for my son anymore. No I am left all alone in a big home with no one to share it with. What a life huh.

    I was republican but Obama has my vote now. Just think of this too....all of the money we are sending for this war could have at least helped us from getting into all of the economic problems. 10billion a month. That can feed, provide clothing, medicine what ever to the poor in this country. Go figure.

    September 27, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  2. Jack

    Mack, you would rather have a President who makes mistakes but doesn't listen to advisors! Wow you're pretty dumb. So if McCain decides to ohhh I don't know go to war with Russia and start a nuclear war instead of listening to others opinions, it's ok because at least he can think for his own! Sounds like Bush.

    September 27, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  3. David Goldman for OBAMA






    September 27, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  4. SomebodyHandJohnSomeGinko

    If by odd chance McCain manages to steal the election I shall withdraw my investments frm stocks to invest in a bomb shelter.Do you think for one minute Ahmadinejad has forgotten Bomb, Bomb,Bomb Iran or that Puti/Medvedev forgot Johnny's shot from te hip.Godhelp us all!!!!

    September 27, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  5. Dell

    One thing is clear after watching that debate: I can't stand McCain b/c of his ego and arrogance. He has such an old man mentality. You can see it in his stance, his swagger and tone. It is clear that McCain feels entitled to the presidency. He treats and talks to Obama like a little kid and as if Obama is a pesky little child in the way of McCains enaliable right to the presidential throne.

    After watching that last night, i simply grew more irritated by McCain. I can't stand that guy. There's NO way i want his arrogance trying to heal our international perception and relations around the world. NO WAY, NO HOW, NO McCain!

    September 27, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
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