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. MLD

    Number of times Obama mentioned something actually doable: zero.

    September 27, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  2. Tejano

    Obama never gave a direct or coherent answer to any of the questions posed to him. He did very well when McCain went first as always, then tailored his response to sound more articulate than McCain and he failed at that too.
    I echo the other comment here: The media is in the Tank for Obama and cannot see the forest for the trees. The Liberals are so intent in electing an African American that they fail to see that he is not qualified to be President and that he is NOT a American of African descent whose roots can be traced to slavery.
    A son of a West African Muslim and a White Atheist exiled American does not make this man even worthy of being president. I even question what is he doing in the Senate?

    No way Obama.

    September 27, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  3. carlo

    I know that some of the McCain posters are either being paid to post or are so racist that they can't see the forest for the trees, but it is so obvious that Obama won this debate. Every poll done has supported that fact. Democrats do NOT have Congressional power as long as Bush has what is known as veto power. He vetoes everything that gets through Congress, and you need a 3/4 majority to override a veto. Anyone with half a brain wouldn't blame the Democratic Congress for this situation. The economic crisis happened because of McCain's push for more and more de-regulation, which is mind-blowing considering how he escaped by the skin of his teeth during the Keating Five scandal, which is the last time government had to bail out the S and L industry.

    Some of you give new meaning to "low information voter."

    BTW, if you McCain supporters actually agree with McCain that Obama doesn't understand or is naieve, how do you feel about Ms. Palin? Nevermind. I'll check back with you next Thursday.

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

    When you can only view one thing at a time thru a "single lens" a lot of things appear fuzzy and out of focus!

    MaGoo obviously dislikes Obama since he would not acknowledge him, I guess in the "rich man's world" in the words of Mr.MaGoo's favorite group ABBA, folks of Obama's color or only "servants" and it is ok to be so dismissive.

    September 27, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  5. gk

    great ad

    September 27, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  6. Claire, Martha's Vineyard

    Sara Palin at nest week's debate will put to rest ANY absolutely false claims of Senator Obama's lack of experience.

    September 27, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  7. Sofa King Ray Todd Ed

    I think the debate was a tie, neither of them looked all that good or said anything insightful. Hoping round 2 is better.

    September 27, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  8. Samuel

    McCain tried to hammer Obama by repeating the statement " Obama does not undenrstand". However, to me McCain is the one who does not understand about the over all situation of our country's worse crisis. Making false accusation does not make McCain look smart. Smart guy does not praise himself. But if he does he is not smart, as simple as that.

    September 27, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  9. Scott Tucson

    The commendator should have asked Obama just how & why he, along with Peolsi and Reed screwed up the meeting at the White House the other day?

    Obama surely didn't came across as a leader that gives me any confidence that he can protect this nation.

    September 27, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  10. linda from South Dakota

    i also watched this debate and excuse me??? mccain really didnt answer one question in full, he kept goin back to say the same old stuff,, millitary crap ,, plus he was very rude interuptin obama in issues,,,, mccain was backed in a corner there and he knew it thats why he cant answer questions truthfully, my votes still for obama/biden... mccain will be the mcsame as the last 8 years,,, i dont ever want that again,,, the pres made this mistake years ago, when bush kept sendin $$s over to the war,, and now we are in this recession?> bush mccain wake up,, we been in this recession for years,,,, now he wakes up and wants to pile a 700 billion bill on us? time for him to resign,,, alonf with mccain,,,

    September 27, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  11. joe

    Obama won the debate hands down!

    September 27, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  12. Ray Fisher

    The American economy is essentially bancrupt. What is needed is a restructuring of the American government eliminating redundancy and waste. Also, a balanced budget is neccessary ASAP so that we can begin paying down our debt. Those two items will suffice for the new President's first two years.

    September 27, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  13. Joe

    I agree with Larry from CA.

    September 27, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  14. Reggie from Clinton Country

    For all of you who think the media favors ObamaBiden, watch FOX news and then get back to me. Give me a freaking break!!!!!!!!


    September 27, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  15. I am really confused...

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    My comments are always awaiting moderation...and never get through...
    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 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  16. Republicans Hate America

    He cant look Obama in the eye and McCain wants townhall debates? where will he hide behind his inbreed redneck supporters?

    September 27, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  17. Elly

    I thought Obama did great on the economy!!
    How can you expect a man like McCain with 8 or 9 houses , 13 cars,
    and multi millions to relate to average Americans!!
    MY bet like Chris rock said would lie with the man who has a couple
    Million, 1 car and one house…Obama
    I thought Senator Obama stood his ground well and looked very presidential ….. his answers were more toward positive vision for the future and getting the US on respectful ground again.On the other hand McCain did not even have the courage to look Obama in the eye all evening and sounded like* WAR* all evening and more war and victory at any cost!!! A very cowardly act not to look your opponent in the eye but yet very McCain bc his instincts are not to talk to his enemies but shoot first!!!
    At what point do Americans stand up and say *enough* for a war that was illegal in the first place!

    September 27, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  18. prezobama

    The Department of Homeland Security keeps us safe, not the war in Iraq.

    September 27, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  19. rudy

    you no last night as mccain was speaking of V. putin of russia and he said he looked him in the eye and seen the letters K>G>B well as he was saying this he looked into the camera and i looked right into his eyes and i seen the letters LIER<LIER and they were blinking like neon lights.....America look at how his moutn was watering as he was speaking of war this man if elected will lead us into the next world WAR.......GOD SAVE AMERICA FROM THIS TYRANT

    September 27, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  20. 12 HOUSES to 0





    September 27, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  21. Bill, Michigan

    The debates won't matter in this election. This election is about
    getting rid of the Republicans eight years of destructive policies.
    This will be a house cleaning election. It is very telling that the
    democrats lead the polls in my state.


    September 27, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  22. John

    McCain lost the debate, as he lost American people.

    Obama '08!

    September 27, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  23. mark from NY

    obama trashed mccain last night. mccain was a coward. he could not even watch obama in the eye

    September 27, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  24. Jen

    I hire people for a living. I have yet to hire someone who seems unable to make eye contact. On this fact alone Obama won the debate.

    September 27, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  25. It is Obama-Biden in 2008 and 2012

    Sen. Obama took command of the issues and clearly offered solid and wise solutions. He looked and sound very presidential and in-touch with the needs of the America people and knowledgeable on how to restore America's image abroad.

    Sen. Obama was strong and confident and he successfully tied McCain to Bush. He clearly communicated to the America people that e definitely do not need another for more years of the same. And he clearly showed that he is the best qualified - in knowledge, experience, judgment and temperment - to lead the country as commander-in-chief.

    Sen. Obama clearly won this debate, and I along with millions of people -- 51% of the viewers agree, and just 38% were for McCain –are extremely proud of him !!!

    September 27, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
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