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. Douglas Democrat


    You'd rather have a President who "makes mistakes"? We already have one of those RIGHT NOW! How's that working out for you, by the way?

    McCain's kind of shoot first, shoot some more, and then when everyone's dead ask questions is not a "mistake". it's a disaster waiting to happen.

    I don't blame him, though. It's the mentality he's used to from his days as a fighter pilot. Split-second decisions, and taking short-term gains over long-term ones are necessary in the cockpit. They aren't necessary, and they are often dangerous, in the White House.

    McCain/Palin – A Ticket To Nowhere

    September 27, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  2. SomebodyHandJohnSomeGinko

    Nobody has explained to me how John who said out his own mouth he does not understand the economy is supposed to fix ours???? It is common sense that you cannot go to a job interview & state you don't know how to do the job & get hired. I say the american people terminate his job interview. Geeeeeeeeeezzzzzzzzzz!

    September 27, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  3. Glenn; Bakersville, NC.

    A military background and being a former POW absolutely DOES NOT make you presidential. Sen. Obama demonstrated what it takes to be presidential without being a former military man. Maybe it's time for a statesman rather than a warrior!!! I'm Independent voting Democrat for sure now! I'm also a white male over 40 from the south and I'm sold on the fact it's time for a REAL change.

    September 27, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  4. Dr. Mimi De La Cruz for OBAMA









    September 27, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  5. Disgusted

    Everything that I heard coming from McCain mouth showed resentment and hatred towards anyone not like him. This included US citizens as well as people in other country. His verbage all centered around we must win. If we could find a better solution to the world's problems without engaging in war, why not use that method. Are we intent on fighting everyone that "does not like us?" In that case some people would be fighting themselves and their family. He did not have the courtesy to even look at Obama. His remark was something like "do you think I can't hear him?" What a comment? When I reflect back, maybe the narrator was trying to make him appear more human.

    September 27, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  6. mitch

    awesome ad! this team is on top of their game! axelrod is a genius!

    September 27, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  7. Love

    Obama did extremely well, the subject being foreign policy, McCain had lots of facts, but he was rude, how are you going to be successful with leaders you dont like when you are not willing to even look at them equally.

    He is going to lose this election, people see him for who he really is.

    September 27, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  8. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    McCain doesn't know how many houses he has. Isn't sure how many cars he has. Isn't sure how the economy works.

    Oh, yeah, and he's married to huge money!!!

    He's the workin' mans presidential candidate, right?!

    OBAMA / BIDEN – 2008 ! ! !

    September 27, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  9. Carey

    If this was McCain's strong suit, he is in trouble. He came across as a contemptuous, cranky old man. His condescension was not an effective debate technique, especially when he is trying to sell himself as someone who can work across party lines.

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

    I want somone to please explain how john mccain won that debate since some of you seem to think so. Barack Obama had command of all the facts and he had great ideas, john mccain gave no details his debate platform was full of rhetoric. All he could say was " i can do this my friends" and " I will win my friends" Barack Obama gave statistics and facts and ideas and that i why every poll shows obama winning the debate so all who believe otherwise are just wrong!

    September 27, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  11. noe

    Mccain did a decent job, but it seems the has less actual plans than he does "empty rhetoric". It's wild that Obama is often accused of this, and he repeatedly comes out with actual plans. Mccain was fine, but Obama's performance was much better.
    That said, after watching the latest interview with Sarah Palin, there is nothing Mccain can do to make me vote for him. His first presidential choice was such a grand gimmicky failure. How can I trust him? Also, how can we as responsible Americans, put her in a position of power?

    September 27, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  12. Joan from Virginia

    To Larry, CA: You meant "won" instead of one, didn't you? Someone who doesn't have a grasp of grammar ought not to be commenting on Obama's substance. Go study both candidate's positions on the issues by visiting their websites as I have. You will find Obama is more detailed and has a strong grasp on where this country needs to go. McCain has more of the same failed policies which have gotten this country in the terrible shape it is in today. Shameful!

    September 27, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  13. Texas Witch Twister


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

    Last night Obama proved America, and the World he can be the commander in chief. You can't compare grandpa McSame to Mr. Obama. Last night one of the commentary I believe her name is Leslie Sanchez said Mr. Obama reffered to McSame as John, I don't think you have more manner than Obama, and this is not we looking for, we looking for a president who would take us out of that mess.

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 27, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  15. Nevada

    McCain -

    No plan for future
    Locked in the past.
    No vision
    Lack of broad knowledge (doesn't read like Bush)
    Lack of deep understanding in all aspects

    Short temper
    Arrogance (that is, he does not have substance)

    Many more shortcomings – dangerous to have McCain in the whitehouse.

    September 27, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  16. Another grumpy old white woman for Obama

    Are you stupid? Obama wants to see it before he approves it.
    There is nothing to vote on yet. Get it? Just like Repugs to sign on before reading like they did with Iraq OCCUPATION. Do any of you read the fine print before signing any document?

    September 27, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  17. Joe Regis

    Obama/Biden will bring properity and security back to America.

    Obama/Biden 08/12.

    September 27, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  18. Convinced now

    I listened to the debate on the radio as I was working. And it became increasingly obvious to me that Senator McCain's economic policies will indeed be for the rich – a continuation of the failed Bush policies of "for the rich first and let the benefits trickle down if they will."

    September 27, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  19. mb

    McCain referred to himself. as he has over and over again, as a "maverick". The fact is, he is a republican and under a republican administration, the last 8 years have brought us a five trillion dollar war, 10 million dollars for Iraqi reconstruction lost of mismanaged, an economy in collapse, Bin Laden still at large, no movement on Palestine and Israel, record breaking gas prices and foreclosures, job loss, etc. If he is a "maverick" then he is an ineffectual maverick. This whole administration has got to go. Dissecting the debate will not change the fact that we need a change and McCain has been part of the system for 26 years. What has he got to show for it? Not much at all.

    September 27, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  20. Char

    The debate symbolize to me a changing of the guards. A change from stubbornness and isolation to one of diplomacy and renewed stature. It McCain's stubbornness last night that has made up completely isolated and frowned upon in the world.

    September 27, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  21. shawn

    nj...the economy's problems started long before the dems took control of the house.

    charlotte...10 billion a month (not million) in Iraq is a waste, moving troops to afghanistan where the real problems are, is not a "waste"

    September 27, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  22. BMW

    Obama won the debates.

    September 27, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  23. Tesfai

    I really edmire Obamas style of debating, cool and collected while focusing on how to solve issues, As for McCain what i saw in the dabate was mostly obama this, Obama that . At some point he did seem agitated, I could feel his face getting tense. McCain doesnt seem to have a grasp of things at all. On foreign policy i dont think McCain's emotional temper is going to be of any value to improving America's standing on the world stage.

    September 27, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  24. Unlevel Playing Field .... And Still He's Winning

    To fair minded, undecided voters, Senator Obama has the intellectual advantage (memory, deductive reasoning, ability to consider multiple solution paths) that would allow him to dispute / refute some angle on ALMOST EVERYTHING Senator McCain says. Obama purposely picks his battles though.

    Although some progressive whites won’t necessarily see it this way, as an African American leader in this country Obama knows that he is held to a higher standard that a white counterpart would be.

    The bridled anger we all saw in McCain last night would be a death kneel to a black man. In particular, some older whites and some white women, would subconscientously use this as their justification not to support him. There are “angry black men” and they have justifiable reasons to be angry. However, that anger does not translate into going out and beating up, robbing, raping, or killing white folks. Obama wouldn’t get the benefit of that enlightened view.

    In an era where “corporate America” places more emphasis on someone LIKING the leader rather than RESPECTING the leader’s INTELLECT, Barack is smart to not obliterate Senator McCain …. despite John’s lies and his errors in judgement. Unfortunately voters, most likely those “hard working”white folks, and so-called Reagan democrats, will try to label Barack as “soft” because he doesn’t take McCain’s head off. But if he did, he’d be the black bogey man.

    This is where Joe Biden comes in. He can deliver the anger that our racist society in political America removes from Barack’s tool kit. The fact that McCain has this luxury is an advantage which Barack will just have to overcome.

    September 27, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  25. Phoenix, AZ

    Republicans should really stop whining about "biased polls". What, are you suggesting to ask 'who won' those who didn't watch the debate? 🙂 If more Democrats watched the debate that's because those Democrats are PAYING ATTENTION. The debate has demonstrated: OBAMA IS READY!

    Obama '08!

    September 27, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
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