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. McCain's raised taxes 477 times

    GREAT hard hitting web ad from Obama... according to McCain's failed logic on raising taxes.. McCain's raised taxes 477 times!!

    check the obama website

    October 3, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  2. Linda

    Wolf Blitzer just asked if politician's children should go to war.  He said that it is dangerous for them to go to war. Well it is dangerous for anyone's child to go to war. If my daughter can go to Iraq, Joe Biden , Sarah Palen or any other politician's child can go to war.

    October 3, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  3. IWASP!-Intellgient Woman Against Sarah Palin!

    do mccain or sarah ever get tired of lying?

    October 3, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  4. Sue, OH

    Instead of saying "misleading ", why don't you say they are lying? THEY ARE LYING!!!!

    October 3, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  5. ENOUGH!

    It's annoying, enough! Can we move away from mud slinging and stick to important issues? We can't?! Well, fine then. Let me at least ask you both to stop calling yourselves Maverick(s) unless one of you is prepared to take on the nickname "GOOSE". Can we also drop the "Joe Six-pack" and the batting eyelashes with a wink. Are you kidding me?! How is that Presidential? Jeesh, for someone who is that close to the position, you would think that acting like it would be helpful. Instead, you sound like you were an extra from the movie, "Fargo".

    You betcha!

    October 3, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  6. jim

    Give it up McCain

    New Polls / Rasmussen
    Obama + 10 in Washington State
    Obama + 10 in New Hampshire
    Obama + 4 in Nevada

    Say good night McSleeze

    October 3, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  7. Joe Regis

    The repubs are doomed this year, they are going down in a hand basket.

    Obama/Biden for a landslide 08/12.

    October 3, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  8. Kim, Charlotte, NC

    Thank goodness for Fact Check

    October 3, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  9. Mr Republican

    We need MCain's health records..........Apparently he had psychiatric issues in this past. Please explore, so I can make an informed decision.


    October 3, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  10. Jeff

    Do some independent research before you blow your own horn. Go to the non-partisan tax policy center, or wikipedia... McSame doesn't understand. Failin' Palin is a nut job.

    Obama helps those who make less than $116,000 per year far more than McSame's. Barack taxes those who make more than $600,000 more than McSame. Hmmmm... which side of those numbers are you on?

    Read and be informed, not by hate radio or Fox unbalanced news!!!

    October 3, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  11. SV



    October 3, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  12. Jeff

    Thank goodness for factcheck.org

    Failin' Palin and John McSame can't hide from the truth!

    October 3, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  13. Bs

    Stop Palin / Rove from destroying Social Security !

    October 3, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  14. Pam

    Once again the Republicants use their same line and same lies as always - taxes, taxes, taxes. Please spare us your lies. Your noses already reach from coast to coast. McSame and Failin' offer more of the same but instead of owning up to it they prefer to mudslings with lies.
    Failin' tried last night and she lied then too. Dear Sarah, dancing around answers and winking at the audience won't win you votes, it will just get you kicked out of office. Oh I'm sorry, Troopergate will get you kicked out first.
    Republicants, your time is over. And in the words of Mrs. Doubtfire, to the people of this country..."Help is on the way, dear!" and that help is
    Obama / Biden!!

    October 3, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  15. Commander Adama

    The Republicans AND Democrats finally let down all pretense of working for the American people and voted to take our money to pay banks, so they could loan us money with interest.

    No wonder why people are flocking to the Libertarian party. The government finally told us to "F" off, that we don't matter.

    October 3, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  16. Nimi from NY

    Can McCain actually say anything that's actually true anymore? It's like every time he opens his mouth lies keep flying out even when he's been caught several times on it. That's shameful and dishonorable.

    October 3, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  17. Mike from Calgary

    Fat Check exposes McCain lies and misleading statements to American.

    RATHER THAN BEING A LEADER OR EVEN A GOOD SOLDIER (the underperforming McCain lost three of the Navy's A4 Skyhawk bombers) , McCAIN IS A MIS-LEADER .... or for the straight-talkers, McCAIN IS A LIAR!


    October 3, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  18. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    How much money did John McCain's son who was CEO of failed Silver Bank receive in his parachute package 2 months before it calasped. John McCain aka Keating 5 cost taxpayers $3.6 billion dollars in the failed Lincoln Savings and loan scandal. FACT.

    October 3, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  19. April Garlow

    All those people making over 250,000 a year are your local doctor, ,the small restaraunt owner that employs the neighborhood kids, the garage owner that fixes your car, the used car dealer, and on and on .Don't you realize that all these people will either have to lay people off, raise prices,or go under. So those that make less and don't have their taxes raised PAY in one way or another. Obama's plan to spend us out of debt is ridiculous.

    October 3, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  20. brain

    We are voting for President not the vice President!!

    Palin can take 3days news circle.

    At the end of the day it will be Obama and mccain to vote for!!

    October 3, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  21. Rich

    McCain a POW can be a liar. A patriot can be a liar. A hero does not lie. John McCain is no hero!

    October 3, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  22. v.ananthan



    I personnaly think that if Obama gets elected, US will loose more jobs to the cheap-labour countries.

    October 3, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  23. Greg

    MLG October 3rd, 2008 4:46 pm ET

    Obama's tax plan in new, different, and helps regular people.
    McCain's is more of the same.
    Read them.
    It's true.
    You're wrong. Redistribution of wealth has been tried the world over. It is usually only done in socialist or communist countries. Thing is, the United States is neither. Obama's tax plan does not belong here!

    October 3, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  24. Dan, Mpls

    Down in the counts? I predict that the McCain campaign's only hope is to rely on infantile politics. That is cry like a baby, have temper tantrums and throw as much dirt as you can. There is still a chance. By golly, don't you there are enough idiots out there? Stay away from specfics and just generalize. Yeah, use that liberal label. It might work. But then again it might not. When you dog poop on the street, you don't have to setp on it to realzie it is dog poop.

    October 3, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  25. Cuban-mami-4-OBAMA

    Go get them Sen. Obama.........do not stop, talking to everyday-Americans about the failures of the Bush/Cheney/McCain years!

    October 3, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
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