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. carol

    I wish John McCain would stop telling lies about Barack Obama's tax plan......I know, I am asking too much.....the man thrives on lying!!!!
    If any Republican can honestly say they are much better off these last 8 years then I will vote for John McCain.......oops, did I say I would vote....sorry I meant to say turn John McCain off TV by remote!!!!
    It is so obvious that John McCain is really wasting his time.....he just cannot seem to have any pull with the voters ......he can't seem to understand that he's been part of the problem for years!!!!
    You have to wonder who is really running for President here....Sarah sure likes to think she is the one on the top of the ticket......with her winking....who does she think she is and what is she running for hockey coach!!!!


    October 3, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  2. Nobama

    So much for the high road, what ever happend to that eh bots? The truth is Obama is a lying scum bag, worst then McCain. Just look at how many attack adds Obama has released, its way more then McCain. And you continue to follow this sleeze, the US is doomed.

    Have a nice day

    October 3, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  3. dave g

    Both will raise taxes.
    Both will increase spending (as proven by the bailout)

    Neither is on our side. Goodbye two parties, Hello Libertarian.

    October 3, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  4. alvino

    An insignificant little cheerleader from Alaska and an old man with out -dated ideas and lobbyist friends are not going to shake up Washington. She can batt her lashes and wink all she wants and not one job would be created. This is serious and needs more than than these two shallow people.

    October 3, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  5. WyomingForObama

    I would prefer my candidate sticks to the facts. It's not right to mislead people, however... McCain has been doing the same thing relentlessly to my candidate so I guess fair is fair.

    Fortunately, I feel Palin was the final nail in McCains coffin. If he ever had any hope of winning, I knew it was over the first day he chose her. Now that I've seen the Katie Couric interview, as well as last nights debate... I'm convinced it would be a disasterous mistake for her to be in the position of possibly being president.

    If we wanted a country bumpkin to deal with our national security, foreign relations and most importantly our economy, we could elect Larry the cable guy. At least people would recognize HIM.

    October 3, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  6. Does Obama Palin Comparison?

    OK...The economic crisis is averted. Obama's little bump will be erased over the next few days, and it'll be a race again 🙂

    October 3, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  7. Sue/PA

    What ad has the McCain camp or the DNC or NRA put out that wasnt a lie or at the very least misleading.... I have yet to see a true from McCain.

    WE dont want anymore liars in the white house

    October 3, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  8. todd-Nc

    Obama/Biden are so clear in how they want to lead the country. Every time a pundit says "we don't have enough details" I feel like punching the TV/computer. All plans have to be appropriate to the time they are implemented. At least Obama is telling us. Unlike McShame/"Sarah Wants a Cracker".

    October 3, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  9. mike

    I like the way she slams Obama for not voting for our military when in fact he has a rating with Vets of 85% vs McCains 20%.

    Look at McCains voting record is all you have to do to see that McCain has vote 90% of the time against our men in women in the military.

    Vets are not stupid and neither are the american people.

    I hate it when McCain and Palin try to play us like we are.

    I totally agree with Obama and his comment. How dare we just go into another country and start bombing and killing children and women. We need to track down the terrorist and take them out.

    October 3, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  10. nick

    The McChicken Campaign and the RNC have become so predictable and pathetic in their responses that the least they could do is try to inject a little humor by adding "Take That!" ot all of them!

    October 3, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  11. jeff

    The Republican National Committee responded in a statement calling Obama's economic plan "dangerous."
    get real, the last two weeks have been dangerous, you out of touch, stupid republican. if barack does half as bad as you guys have the last 8 years, then this counrty will be better off!!!
    on the lighter side,
    Obama was headed home to Chicago to celebrate his
    16th wedding anniversary, OK BARACK you do know its 16 years not 15 as you said last week, keith O had you as a worse person because you got that wrong. i know i know its seems like it was yesterday!!!
    i hope michelle did not bop you in the head for that one!! i know my wife did when i got that wrong.

    October 3, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  12. Amy

    I work for an insurance company. In my experience if McCain's plan takes effect many many more will be added to the list of uninsured. McCain's plan doesn't take into account the millions who are not healthy enough to qualify for an individual health plan. If his plan takes effect and you have a preexisting condition you better hope your state has a high risk pool insurance plan. If they do you're lucky, but you'll also pay more for it.

    October 3, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  13. Deborah

    Well, first of all, Obama is right - it doesn't make him unpatriotic to state the facts. Palin is SCARY AS HELL - reminds me of Richard Nixon during the anti-war years - disagree with his position and he spied on you, had you audited, and otherwise tried to make your life miserable. Palin has already shown her leanings in that regard with her own former brother-in-law. This gal's a NAZI!

    October 3, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  14. jim

    john mccain is a tool.

    October 3, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  15. Billy

    McCain telling lies??!!! Say it ain't so!

    Go Obama!

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 3, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  16. Ras

    Remember when polticans in power ran on their party's record not away from it.

    Mccain/Bush should step aside followed by palin going back to Alaska!!

    I want a President who has knowledge of issues.
    I am a student who is mared in debt and should know where I will get money to pay my debt and get a job!!

    Vote Obama!!!

    October 3, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  17. Tayo

    Another low road politics from Mccain. Distortion of facts to win election . But American are too smart to buy this.
    Obama/Biden 08

    October 3, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  18. rickie lawson

    I wish every american would listen to the president sound bite back in the being of the year when he said that our enconomy was fundamentally sound these words where use by john paulson weeks later low and behold then john mc cain come and says the same thing a few weeks ago. then when the crisis hit he does a 380 and tries to say he mean the american worker are we really that dump.

    October 3, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  19. Selling jets on ebay for America

    94 times!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    No wonder I had less cash this week after I filled up the car, went to the grocery store and got my dry cleaning. The Chosen One has been voting to siphon off my hard earned $ all along!

    October 3, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  20. Selling jets on ebay for America

    Obama spelled "Pelosi and Reid's tax plan" wrong.

    Can you say "puppet President"?

    October 3, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |

    SENATOR McCAIN, with all due respect:


    October 3, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  22. manhandler

    Read the fact check story here about Nobamas claim that McCains tax plan leaves out 100 million families. It's an out and out lie and a total misrepresentation. Nobama himself has stated that you can't raise capitol gains taxes when the economy is bad.

    Well folks the economy is in the tank and will be for years to come. And guess what. Capitol gains tax increases affect 401K's and all kinds of investment portfolios and small businesses. What do you think they do to pay for those increases. They raise prices that the consumer pays and cut jobs. They like to try and disguise it as hittin' on the rich. Wealthier people allready pay the vast majority of taxes.

    Nobama's programs of one trillion dollars for "Change" ain't gonna happen, either. There's no money and won't be for all of his tenure as president if were so unlucky as to have him elected. He does one thing well. Snow the voters and tell them what they want to hear. The truth has nothin' to do with it.

    October 3, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  23. Palin: McCain's Parrot and Quota with a Script. SQUAWK!

    The Straight Talk Express – now known as The Lyin' McCain't/Failin Express – is running off the tracks and into the ditch. Stay there old man and ditz.

    October 3, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  24. Speaking for the Jews

    You are obligated to Vote for Obama/Biden, They will protect you from Iran and other Nuke states.

    McPain will not protect you, They do not believe in democracy, they will irritate Ahmedenajad, or w.e his name is, and he will probably unleash the nuke....

    Also, IMAGINE McCain dies, do you honestly think Sarah Palin will know what to do with great america, as far as making decision goes? She might say, "Oh i see Russian plane flying over my head" ....

    This woman is insane...let her take the annoying voice else where...

    October 3, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  25. Benard

    There you go again, John. Making up lies and sticking to them, despte knowing that most people know you're lying. I noticed that unlike Obama's ad in which he showed you and your reckless health care plan throughout, you had to resort to talking about Democrats more than half-way through your ad because you didn't have enough lies about Senator Obama to string along your sorry ad.
    OBAMA!!! OBAMA!!!

    October 3, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
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