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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soundoff (130 Responses)
  1. Jackson

    McCain seemed to me like he's still trying to win Vietnam. It was sad, really.

    September 27, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  2. Generation X

    Obama showed the typed of leader he would be; while McCain could not even look Obama in his face and tell the truth. Everyone at my debate party laugh at how McCain just repeated himself and gave no real answers. Obama creamed McCain in the debates!!!

    September 27, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  3. Josh

    Obama hitting McCain while he's down with this add. Good! I mean, did you watch the debates, have you seen the pictures? It's like McCain is afraid of Obama. Even when they were shaking hands and Obama was looking McCain right in the face, McCain couldn't return the glance. It's like he's scared to look Obama in the eyes.

    I know when my dog chews something she shouldn't I say "Biscuit! Did you do this?" knowing full well she did, and she'll do everything she can to avoid looking at the thing I'm asking her about. Obama challenged McCain last night on the economy, like saying "John! Did you do this?" And knowing full well that he did, McCain just looked the other way.

    Way to put his nose in it Obama!

    September 27, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  4. pete

    While McCain scored some points, he came across as a complete a_ _hole! Anyone who thinks that he will respect someone with different views is dreaming. We have too many in Washington now and we do not need another in the White House.

    September 27, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  5. tiff of Lithia Springs

    NJ . The democratic congress is playing the hand they were dealt. Remember you can't fix in 2 years what was jacked up the previous six. And when OBAMA becames president don't expect any instant magic there either. Bush and his cronies need to go jail for IRAQ and this Wall street mess.

    September 27, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  6. Republicans Hate America

    If McPhony cant even look at his opponent to the left of him in the eye what makes you believe he can take on the real ills of the world. He's a total fraud he's the empty suit with a bunch of war stories we could care less about.

    September 27, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  7. bruja

    NJ: McCain will provoque another WW. He is already working on it.
    He acts like a war lord, Obama acts like a diplomat....
    Do you have kids you can send to another war? Or are you going?
    McCain keeps you safe? Why? Are you not safe now?
    Who do you think is the enemy?

    September 27, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  8. I am really confused...

    McCain suggest a spending freeze on everything but defense. What am I going to have to join the military to get any help around here? So what happens to social security/medicaid/federal employees? What happens to education/infrastructure? Next time we have a flood in the midwest what then? Next hurricane comes along are the levies going to break and we all be washed away. THERE IS NO MONEY TO TAKE CARE OF THE COUNTRY BUT THERE IS MONEY TO SPEND IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN? I AM SO FREAKING SICK OF WAR AND BLEEDING MONEY INTO THESE PATHETIC COUNTRIES WHICH ARE NO MORE THAN A MOSQUITO IN OUR EAR. I DESPISE MCCAIN AND HIS PORK BARREL SPENDING LIES....HE TOOK PORK MONEY FOR ARIZONA. HE IS A LIAR.

    September 27, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  9. Charlotte

    Number ZERO is the perfect example of Obamas' disposition. Empty and emptier. I was not impressed with non answers on the economy by both candidates. Skirting the issue is typical politician answers. Obama wants to play it safe by waiting until after the fact, so he can say he was for or against something once the outcome is clearer. Obama lacked judgement on the surge. McCain lack judgement on the vote for the use of force. It is really irrevelant at this point whether we should ever have gone to Iraq. We are there regardless, and must leave with dignity, and honor!

    September 27, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  10. bigbill

    John McCain would be fun for a back seat ride in a jet, but if I had to depend on him to improve my medical benefits it would be necessary to use the ejection seat.

    September 27, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  11. Republicans Hate America

    This mentality of you are with me or against me and if your against me i wont even grow the balls to look at you mentality has got to stop!! shame on you McCain your a worm of the slimiest kind.

    September 27, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  12. Grace Needed

    My favorite line says it all, Senator McCain would "use a hatchet where a scalpel would do". That is a total dis of McCain's policies. He is over the top CRAZED and erratic, when it isn't called for at all – wild over earmarks(18m) while tax cuts to rich (300m), totally gone on Surge in Iraq when the rest of Middle East is being terrorized (no pun intended), gone on Palin for V.P. without taking seriously the risks to our country, etc. etc. ALSO, McCain's demeanor didn't exactly inspire us with his ability to use diplomacy or "reach across the aisle".

    September 27, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  13. MLD

    How very unfortunate for America that Barack Obama understands even less about the economy than John McCain.

    I see full disaster coming as Obama turns the US economy over to Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi.

    Time to dump your Treasuries and invest in the Euro or British Pound. You can also say goodbye to your retirement savings, as the resulting inflation will decimate that.

    September 27, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  14. Texas Witch Twister

    Obama wasn't able to hammer McCain on economy. Obama had no answers. I am so tired of the media playing this empty suit up as someone who is going to be the great savior of our country. He is going to be the great ruination of the United States if elected. OH WOE IS AMERICA!!!

    September 27, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  15. Bitter in Texas

    All McSame thinks about is Corporate American, the Super Rich, and for small measure Small Business...the rest of us will just have to wait until the riches trickles down to us, So, we should stop Whinning and get a grip on our depression. Can't wait until next Thursday's that should be fun (hehehehehehe)!

    September 27, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  16. Ga Girl

    In My mind , Seantor McCain won the debate , I think Senator Obama is a empty suit full of pretty words ,
    He didn't even have the courtesy to Call Senator McCain by his name of Senator instead he called him John , If he doesn't have enough respect to call him Seantor on national tv do you think he has any respect for any of us , NO he is all himself ,

    McCain/Palin 08

    September 27, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  17. Mark Weller, Ohio

    Guys WATCH the POLLS. 😮

    The media is mainly in favor on McCain when it comes to the debate performance – but the American people think Obama won (probably they did not like McCain's condescending attitude).

    September 27, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  18. Donkey Party

    S September 27th, 2008 10:58 am ET

    Obama lost the debate, just like he lost the debates to Hillary. But then, as now, the liberal media tries to "spin a win" for Obama. Even CNN has to admit that it's Flash Poll that was so widely referred to is actualy skewered in favor of Obama.

    CNN Statement: The CNN/Opinion Research Corp. survey is not a measurement of the views of all Americans, since only people who watched the debate were questioned and the audience included more Democrats than Republicans

    The media is in Obama's pocket, always has been

    That "S" must stand for STUPID! You slimey RepubliCONS have an excuse for everything. What the hell audience are you talkng about? The one with Soledad O'brien? That was equal parts Rep, Dem, and Ind. Obama won the debate hands down. And as for the media being in Obama's pocket, that pocket was real nice during all the Rev. Wright and Muslim controversies. You are a fool, just the type of idiot we need to take our country back from.

    September 27, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  19. tiff of Lithia Springs

    Mack whatever you're smokin' send some to Lithia Springs. I need the extra edge as I sit in my office and watch the line grow longer and longer at the gas station next door.

    September 27, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  20. Helen, NY


    September 27, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  21. Limon, CO

    McCain LOST the debate. CNN's own poll this morning stated such.

    September 27, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  22. Susan

    During the debate McCain's only concerns were wars. If he is elected I feel we will be in wars all over the world. He also spoke in the past alot. I am voting for Obama!

    September 27, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  23. jefaim

    Dear "s" In the the famous words of colbert "reality has a liberal slant" And as far as the media being in Obamas pocket ;thank God.

    September 27, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  24. Gary Chandler in Canada

    McCain said he ‘looked Putin in the eye and saw the KGB’.
    This was right AFTER Obama explained how unAmerican and unPresidential such comments were. (oops he did it again!)
    I want to see the tape of McCain looking in Putin’s eyes: he could NOT look Obama in the eye!.
    McCain also LIED that Admiral Mullen said Obama’s plan was dangerous. Today Mullen put out a press release discaliming any support for McCain. (Why is Petreus allowed to support McCain???)
    The Splurge is on and, though it is NOT reported, the Iraqis are still killing each other left right and center!
    Google the Iraqi death toll since the start of the Invasions in 1991!
    CNN does NOT ‘keep you informed’ of that number!
    The splurge was throwing good money after bad, and DO NOT fall for a suggestion of a 2ND Surge!!! (Riptide? Whirlwind?)

    September 27, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  25. DOM

    ...blah, blah, blah...I am the messiah. I will implement all these nice programs I want, even though I know it's impossible. I will conjure money for them out of thin air and still give 95% tax breaks....blah, blah, blah...

    Obamaphiles will vote on hearing what they want to hear and not reality.

    September 27, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
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