October 3rd, 2008
03:15 PM ET
14 years ago

McCain, Obama camps release dueling tax policy ads

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(CNN) – As Congress and the White House acted quickly Friday to try to rescue the nation’s stalled credit markets, the McCain and Obama campaigns released the latest in a string of recent television ads focused on the economy, taxes and governmental spending.

Barack Obama’s campaign hits McCain on health care in a new 30-second spot, “Prescription.” The ad focuses on John McCain’s proposal to grant a $5000 tax credit to help cover health care costs. The spot suggests that McCain’s proposal would ultimately shortchange taxpayers because McCain’s proposal also involves levying taxes on employer-provided health insurance benefits which are currently not taxed.

“Taxing healthcare instead of fixing it,” says the announcer says as the advertisement ends.

McCain’s new ad, “Tax Cutter,” takes up a traditional GOP line of attack on Democratic candidates, repeating the McCain camp’s frequent claim that Obama has voted to raise taxes 94 times. “He's not truthful on taxes,” an announcer says during the 30-second spot.

A CNN Fact Check found this charge to be misleading.

The Obama campaign took exception with the claims in “Tax Cutter.” “While the McCain campaign continues to feel no shame in repeating one of the most discredited lies of the election, their own candidate is offering a health care plan that will actually tax people’s benefits for the very first time,” said Obama-Biden campaign spokesman Tommy Vietor. “Barack Obama will cut taxes for 95% of workers and their families and make health care affordable and available for every single American,” added Vietor.

The Obama campaign says “Prescription” began airing nationally earlier this week. “Tax Cutter” will also air nationally, according to the McCain campaign.

Since the crisis in the nation’s troubled financial system began dominating headlines two weeks ago, both presidential campaigns have increasingly turned their focus and their messaging to economic issues, releasing a steady stream of television ads focused on the economy and related concerns.

soundoff (200 Responses)
  1. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    This woman is really starting to be annoying! Not only her screechy voice, but her self-righteous, know-it-all attitude, which just basically shows she is desperatley trying to disguise how inept she is.

    This comment submitted is quite accurate.

    October 3, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  2. Ohio Independent

    More lies by the McCain / Palin ticket. Is it just me or did Sarah Palin not answer the questions in the debate. She did make a lot blunders which I did not read in the papers.

    Oh well, I've already made up my mind and it is not the liar and pitbull.

    Obama / Biden '08

    October 3, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  3. Economist

    The economic crisis can only be blamed on BILL CLINTON and ROBERTA ACHTENBERG.

    They forced the banks to lower their lending standards so that poor people and blacks could buy houses.

    No wonder they now are voting for another round ob handouts

    Vote McCain / Palin

    October 3, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  4. Julia

    How can anyone still believe anything McCain puts out there. Hes a liar and the most anyone will say is that he is "misleading." Where I come from thats a lie and that kind of thing should be punished by the FEC.

    October 3, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  5. IWASP!-Intelligent Woman Against Sarah Palin!

    The one good thing about mccain/palin spewing their lies continuously is that Americans will eventually wake up and get sick of the lies, deceit, vindictiveness of the rethuglicans and they will lose big time in many elections to come.

    October 3, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  6. Baze

    Who cares. If somebody's mind isn't made by now, it never will be.


    October 3, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  7. Bruce

    More lies, and no policy or plans in deatial what they will do.
    I am sick and tired of this from McCain and the Repubs....
    All they do is attack and even when disporved as false they keep it up.
    No honor, no country first..

    October 3, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  8. Deb

    Glad to see the counter attacks are being handled swiftly.

    October 3, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  9. mitch

    more mccain lies! read it and weep liars! GOD will punish those who bear false witness! and HE wont be speaking in tongues! HE will bring destruction upon those who would destroy our great nation.

    October 3, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  10. Jack

    The McCain campaign continue with the lies, distortions, misrepresentation on an hourly basis – we still don't believe you JOHN.

    John McCain's only true interest is in protecting his wealthy friends with tax breaks and loopholes. John McCain never met a special interest he didn't like and continues to work for the benefit of the Wall Street fat cats that he says are helping his opponents – more lies!

    John and Sarah should have the "lie to the limit" express.

    October 3, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  11. Rick

    Holy cow, the more one looks into Barack Obama's past the more corruption is uncovered. There has never been a more corrupt, lying person to run for office.

    October 3, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  12. Bushwhacked in Eugene, OR

    Does anybody really watch these things anyway? Are they really going to change anyone's minds, or are they just pandering to the believers? Personally, I hit the mute button every time one of them comes on.

    This election has been going on for too long - I'm weary of it, and don't think I'm alone in that. I'm tired of the lies and rhetoric of the politicians and tired of the anger and blind obsessiveness of some of the voters and bloggers.

    I'm ready to put this election behind us and get on with the process of healing and rebuilding this country. I can only hope that it's Obama/Biden who will lead the way - otherwise we're more likely to REgress rather than PROgress.

    October 3, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  13. Sarah Bell

    That's all McCain has left. Lie and lie and lie. And when it's not working, send his cute Vice President to go out and give a wink or two. It makes the lie OK I guess if all the words are mispronounced. Ya betcha! Pathetic. Yesterday was like watching any woman debate. Any woman with half a brain could have gone out there and refused to answer any questions and instead give a speech about bullcrap. PATHETIC. I hope no one around the world was watching. How embarrasing for us women.

    October 3, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  14. Anita from Arizona

    Most of the Fact Checks done on McCain and Palin are MISLEADING...... or FALSE......... Why are they misleading or lieing to get elected???

    Biden - Per the military heads, the Surge prinicipal will not work in Afganistan - FACT CHECK = TRUE – He told the TRUTH

    Palin - Obama will not admit the surge worked - FACT CHECK = FALSE. She LIED!

    McCain / Palin - Obama will raise taxes on income at 42,000 a year - FACT CHECK = FALSE – They LIED!!

    October 3, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  15. Novita

    You can tell when McCain gets desperate....

    October 3, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  16. CaroleK

    The McCain/Palint icket is notorious for telling half-truths and lies of ommission ie: their tax plan to give a 5,000 healthcare tax credit (which started as a 7,000 credit I belive) and then TAX employees healthcare benefits as INCOME. They repeatedly accuse the Obama/Biden ticket of wanting to "federalize" healthcare. Senator McCain seems to forget that he and his enire family are covered by a federal healthcare system! Should Palin become VP-so would she and her family. Both McCain and Palin misrepresent themselves, as well as, their positions. How/when did Governor Palin become "an energy expert?" Is having oil underground trhe criteria? In that case, every texan would be an expert as well.

    October 3, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  17. McCain needs a Hearing Aid

    I think the McCain campaign has a hearing problem. How many times does Obama need to say he won't raise taxes on 95% of the population and if people make over $250K their taxes will go back to Clinton/Regan rates!!

    I swear.. ever debate this has been clarified .. but they keep bringing this up.

    Why won't McCain explain the tax increase he's proposing on his health care non-"rebate"?? I have only heard silence from McCain and his "soul mate" on this one.

    October 3, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  18. Wayne in CA

    let's see..i'm supposed to buy a $12,000 insurance policy with a $5,000 tax credit...oh wait...i don't have any health insurance..

    October 3, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  19. Beverly, NYC

    John Mccain's only plan is to lie about his opponents plan. We all know if we wait long enough you will be stealing Barack's plan as your own. Save your money McCain, no one is buying your brand of manure. Your running mate will need nore lawyers to squash Troopergate.

    October 3, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |


    October 3, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  21. LS

    Thank Goodness for Fact Check.

    Does McCain know about Fact Check? It doesn't seem like he does. Someone might want to teach McCain what the site consists of and the purpose of Fact Check. Also, please explain to McCain that he has been caught lying ever since he started his campaign.

    McCain is one-stubborn-hard headed-old fool.

    October 3, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  22. True Conservative

    "McCain’s new ad, “Tax Cutter,” takes up a traditional GOP line of attack on Democratic candidates, repeating the McCain camp’s frequent claim that Obama has voted to raise taxes 94 times. “He's not truthful on taxes,” an announcer says during the 30-second spot.

    A CNN Fact Check found this charge to be misleading."

    McCain's ads lie.

    October 3, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  23. John Smith

    There is nothing negative about this post– it is simply an appeal to my fellow citizens; so, please release it– Thank you
    It is so sad that most Republicans still fail to learn that, when this is all said and done, it will no longer be about the "party." Instead, it will be about you and me that made another "foolish" investment for another 4 years!

    We wanted the average Joe, and we have had ... for 8 years now. Looking at what we are facing as Americans from ..., don't we have the common sense that this is no longer about "attachment" to a party, especially when that party is drowning this nation?

    For the first time in 8 years, we have a Constitutional Scholar, backed by a brilliant VP. And all we talk about is Palin-McCain. What will these Palin-McCain group offer, not only the U.S., but the world that is waiting for America to lead again!

    October 3, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  24. Wise White Guy

    I can tell you that McCain and Palin have been hurt by the approach they have taken regarding Obama's tax plan. For them to keep running the lying ads and using the same lie as a debate talking point after repeatedly being made to look foolish is mind boggling. Well the truth is they have no real footing on their policies as they have all been proven to be garbage so i should not expect any different. What i would expect is more people to learn from the attack lines used over and over and over in past elections by Republicans and start to see through the garbage. When McCain lies about the tax plans to get votes he is lying to his supporters also. Lying right to their face and they should wake up and realize it is the same as Bush/Cheney lying to their faces about Iraq and WMD and on and on and on and on. It is time for a change and i am not talking about the slogan that McCain stole from Obama. (how lame was that)

    October 3, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  25. MLG

    Obama's tax plan in new, different, and helps regular people.
    McCain's is more of the same.
    Read them.
    It's true.

    October 3, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
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