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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    Folks reality check. Unless you are making over 250K Obama is the man for the little people. McCain has 7 homes. Many of you can't even count that high. The majority of Americans only have one home which is being faced with foreclosure.




    September 27, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  2. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    a vote for McCain is a vote for a third term of Bush and his rotten wars and economy

    September 27, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  3. LEST

    I am proud to be part of a democrat party that cares about the people who struggle everyday to make ends meet. I know BO feels the same way, can MC [say the] SAME.

    September 27, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  4. Karl

    McCain has done nothing to show us he'd be much different from Bush. 95% the same. He's a trickle-down, reward-the-rich de-regulator all the way. Friends, that's not change. That's...

    After the way he jerked the public around with his games about not showing up at the debate, I'll never vote for this wing nut.

    The debate I want to see is Biden-Palin. This will not only show the air head for who she is, it will show us McCain's recklessness.

    September 27, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  5. PK

    Obama agreed with McCain during the dabate much of the time...and McCain won that debate hands down and Obama was seen as the Rookie along with his dangerous thinking. Everyone knows there is no quick fix for the economy, no matter who gets in. Wait till the Dems see Palin take a bite out of Biden next Thursday, she will tear him up. I think the Dems have alot to be concerned about and the polls will start showing it.

    September 27, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  6. Anonymous

    Great ad! Great debate. Way to go O!

    September 27, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  7. fixthebroken

    If anyone won the debate, it was Obama because it was expected that McCain wipe the floor with Obama on his home turf of foreign policy. That didn't happen. Objectively, neither candidate lost any voters and both may have picked up a few - it depends on whether the voters noticed that McCain had a condescending attitude and liked it - or - noticed that Obama was more cool, Presidential and liked it.

    Re: this ad, it will be effective.

    Re: Larry, CA, I think it is time to just ignore him. He never has anything meaningful to say. Just hate and dishonor.

    September 27, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  8. Tim in Canada

    McCain was born in Panama, he shouldn't be able to run for President.

    September 27, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  9. Barney

    I'll take going into the future with Obama any day over being stuck in the 1960s with a war-monger.

    September 27, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  10. Republican Woman For Obama

    Obama definitely won the debate! McCain was rude for not even looking at him when he was speaking to him, how disrespectful!
    Obama will win by a landslide!

    September 27, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  11. carolflowery

    Obama has not even read a line in the dem's bailout plan, yeah, he sure knows his economics jees

    September 27, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  12. James

    Republicans will vote for McCain no matter what! They are in Denial about Palin being a horrible choice and they are in Denial about McCain losing this debate. Stop arguing with people who don't want to admit Obama seems to be a better choice.

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

    Number of votes the McCain/Palin ticket are getting from my household:


    September 27, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  14. MarthaK-Florida

    Slam-dunk. Obama beat McCain hands down (debate AND factual ads)

    September 27, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  15. SF

    I have voted Republican for president my entire adult life and refuse to do it this year. The combination of watching McCain last night and seeing Palin's performances with Katie Couric and Charles Gibson has convinced me beyond any doubt that a vote for Obama-Biden is best for the country. My goodness, he's 72 and she has a better than 1 in 5 chance of becoming president since 9 presidents have not completed their terms in office. America, we better pay attention!!!

    September 27, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  16. michael in MO

    We do not know Barack Obama. We only know what ‘they’ have allowed us to see, excepting for what we learned listening to Dr. Jeremiah (“God d_m America”) Wright, and from Michelle Obama (“we're a country that is just downright mean”).
    Obama is not who ‘they’ want us to think he is. Listen to Obama’s messages: they are aimed to divide America, he plays the race card, he injects feelings of resentment to the Latino community, his messages paint a world of doom and gloom. His messages are aimed to make you feel as if Obama is the only way forward.
    This is no coincidence, this is all being done by design.
    This is a technique detailed in Saul Alinski’s Book for Radicals “They must feel so frustrated, so defeated, so lost, so futureless in the prevailing system that they are willing to let go of the past and change the future.” The whole Obama phenomenon is based in carefully orchestrated props and make beliefs.
    YOU are being played.

    September 27, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  17. TND

    McCain has very little credibility abroad, he's a servicable Senator but not intellectual or charismatic enough to be perceived as "Presidential" outside of the United States.

    He's perceived as erratic, emotional and militaristic (I guess because he is). He even admits he wants to make decisions before anyone else and knows he will likely pay a price for it. That's o.k. for a Senator but dangerous for your Pesident.

    When it comes to foreign policy it's not about experience so much as ideas, intellectual capacity and tact. Obama is way ahead in all those areas.

    From outside your country it's such an obvious choice, the only reason I weigh in is because I'm one of the "foreigners" you're developing a policy to engage.

    September 27, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  18. Danny in Chicago

    Ok, so we're in it now, aren't we?

    What amazes me most about this whole election cycle is that the Republicans actually think that most people still respect their opinion these days. Are you freaking serious? What have you done? Could someone PLEASE tell exactly, what are all the great things that the Republicans brought us as we've entered this new Millenium – What amazing dicoveries and accomplishments have you spread upon us as we dawned into this 21st Century???


    Are you there?


    (Their's that time again)

    September 27, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  19. 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 we definitely do not need another four 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 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  20. Trysh in Los Angeles

    Anyone saying Barack Obama has no substance is clearly someone who has decided that no matter what he says or does, they will NOT give him the credit he deserves. Obama has a plan and he showed us; McCain has a temper and a bad attitude and he showed THAT, last night.

    September 27, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  21. Michael, watching from Canada

    Who won the debate?

    On judgment......Obama won.

    On experience......McCain won.

    But anyone withe any common sense will know that judgment ALWAYS trumps experience when good leadership is required. (There are many people with lots of experience, but have made poor decisions.)

    On attitude......Obama won the debate......

    Ever been to a party where someone continually namedrops (as did McCain in the debate) .......

    to show who they know and where they've been? ("I know this person", "I did this", "I did that", I, I, I)

    Its called ego......

    And quite often, no matter how many people someone might know, that does not mean that they have good relations with them!!

    I have met many people with lots of experience and lots of connections.....

    but with little wisdom.

    To the world, McCain portrays superiority.

    September 27, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  22. MarthaK-Florida

    McCain came across as an angry, clueless old man with no basic respect for others (among having his facts a little screwed up).

    September 27, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  23. JD in NC

    To be fair, McCain had to ask Obama who the wealthiest 5% were. When you are married to a wealthy heiress, even $900,000 a year stockbrokers seem poor.

    September 27, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  24. Kaye- Jacksonville FL

    McCain = Bush in both policy and temperament. "My way or the highway" mentality. McCain was his usual curmudgeonly self – demean your opponent to deflect any scrutiny of your own record and positions.
    He disgusts me...

    Can't wait for the Palin-Biden debate although the odd makers are now indicating some unforeseen "urgent crisis" will drive the McCain camp to demand a reschedule....she's pathetic.

    September 27, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  25. DWK

    McCain came across as an angry, clueless old man with no basic respect for others (among having his facts a little screwed up).

    September 27, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
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