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. Dave C - NJ

    How many Fact Checks have shown McCain to be a liar?

    October 3, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  2. bibek

    desperate time calls for desperate measures.

    Obama/Biden '08

    October 3, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  3. pam Eugene OR

    Again, more lies and misleading junk from the McCain camp. I remember when John McCain was a honorable man. All the respect I once had for him has vanished along with his integrity. It is a shame to see what has happened to the John McCain I respected in 2000. You are a sad representation of the man you were. Win at all cost will loose this election for you. Too bad John!

    October 3, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  4. Brenda


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

    Obama and Biden distort the truth, if they had their way we would be pushed into a depression. Obama plans are not his own…….he speaks what he is told, his actions show little/no experience. Obama as president would be a disaster for the country, his past speaks volumes for this.

    October 3, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  6. L. Nathaniel Craig

    The McCain Camp has from the beginning spoke half truths and no truths. Ad far as he represesenting the average American is a joke. First his priority to to add the name of President to his various titles and what comes after is secondary!

    October 3, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  7. victor,nj


    October 3, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  8. baker

    McFalin are out of touch. It will all be over on Nov. 5 and she can go back to Alaska and hunt whatever and he can go to the home.

    October 3, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  9. Any fabre

    McCain, stop lying you smack, the only place that you need to be serious about is a good retiring nursing home in Arizona. As for Palin, she can go back to be a mother, where she is needed most, hypocrite.

    October 3, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  10. clara

    No more TAX and SPEND Republicans! No more Republican BIG GOVERNMENT!

    October 3, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  11. Real Real Change

    My God McCain and his campaign have no shame. “Thanks but no thanks,” “Barack is going to raise your taxes.” NEW RULE – once you’re caught lying, you have to stop.

    October 3, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  12. Mark

    John Mc CoCain , Take your Low talk express (with Sarah Failing) and run it into the bridge of nowhere!!

    October 3, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  13. RIF

    By McCain's standards in terms of saying that Obama has voted for "tax increases" 94 times, Mr. McCain has don it 477 times. The point is that it is not a vote for tax increases but a budget vote.

    This is the problem with McCain-Rove politics. they try to prey on the low-information voters which is shady business. I expected for Obama to hit McCain had on this Tuesday.

    October 3, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  14. joe

    The unemployment figures are critical and they
    do not include people whose unemployment has
    run out!
    Mccain/Bush policies have almost destroyed our

    October 3, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  15. Elizabeth in Texas

    –OOOOH, let's make Obama look dark and scary for those blue collar white voters.


    October 3, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  16. Natasha in tally



    October 3, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  17. Dal CA

    We the working people need a relief .

    October 3, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  18. CMitch FW, TX

    When will John McCain stop being negative? Something is wrong with him. He will do anything to win including picking a inexperience woman. All women should be upset, because Palin is clueless in Washington.

    October 3, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  19. lori in nc

    what a joke mccain palin ticket no substance at all

    October 3, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  20. tracy

    I can always tell people that don't listen.. Barrack Obama said that he will give a tax BREAK and remove the capital gains tax for STARTUP SMALL BUSINESSES.. I am not the smartest guy in the world but it seems like that would help create jobs and promote the GROWTH of SMALL businesses..

    October 3, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  21. Marc

    What I'd like asked of Senator Obama, is does he see a difference in a tax filer making $250,000 in New York vs. Iowa, and would he call both rich?

    October 3, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  22. Mary Jane

    Obama, and the rest of the gang of three – Pelosi and Harry Reid are corrupt and sleaze politicos of the dems. Their back room connections with the sleazy side of wall street don't fool us main streeters....Keep your pretensious sleaze in Hollywood. McCain/Palin 08!!

    October 3, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  23. Cooper Toronto

    No Woories! McCain waved the a white flag of surrender in Michigan, I though McCain never surrendered? He has to buy more white flags as he will soon run out....

    October 3, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  24. Proud to be American

    The truth will conquer the lies and deceit – check out both tax plans and one will find out quickly that McLiar is a Liar!

    Obama & Biden 2008

    October 3, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  25. faye, NV

    McCain can not tell the truth when it is staring him in the face.
    This country is gone to H@ll in a handbag and McCain continue to wont it to fail.

    McCain when is it the last time you had to decide to buy medicine or grocery, pay house note or car note? McCain has no worries because he is filthy RICH.

    October 3, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
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