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. rm

    X-democrat for McCain:

    Sounds like you need to go to the doctor for your symptoms. Take McCain with you.

    October 3, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  2. shelia

    I hope Obama knocks McCain out!!!! in the next debate!!!!..Sarah Palin is a cry baby, go back to Alaska my dear,they need you in the foreign policy department ,since as you so eloquently put it..' I can see Russia from my house'.People do not be fooled by the dress...she is not qaulified to be v.p of this country,NO WAY NO HOW!!

    October 3, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  3. Jay

    More lies from the "Team of Mavericks!!!" What's new????

    October 3, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  4. Chloe

    There's a danger that the Obama campaign is giving the credit for their healthy lead in the polls to their campaign advertising and not the public's dissatisfaction with the Republicans management of the economy and Obama's level-headed response to the country's financial problems, much the way Bush and McCain give the credit for the improvement in security in Iraq solely to the "surge," ignoring the other important factors.

    In fact ads that twist or stretch the truth ad to the cynicism of the undecided voters we need to reach to secure this election.

    Obama has more than enough real substance without matching the flurry of BS being thrown up by the McCain campaign. Yes, the lies should be responded to fast and forcefully (and should be called lies, not distortions, etc.), but the attack ads on McCain should be fact checked before they are created, not by Factcheck.org after the fact.

    The Obama can afford to run on the the truth.

    October 3, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  5. josh

    All of Mccains ads has been negative latley,it seems thats the only way he will win this election.

    October 3, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  6. Curliss

    Yes she can ! Yes she can!

    Palin keep telling the truth. Tell them about McCains tax and health plan that will benefit them up to 2018. Keep telling them that a "white flag of surrender" in Iraq will bring down america both miltarily and financially. The world will no longer see america as a source of strength. Keep telling them, that its the same old insiders that are running for President, but yet, there is one ticket with an outsider that can bring perspective and realness to one of those tickets. Keep telling them about Obama's upbringing in a church that preached hatred about america!

    McCain / Palin 2008/16!

    October 3, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  7. Sue

    The woman haters are out in full force again! We had to go thru a year's worth of Hillary bashing, and now here we go again against Sara Palin. What 's wrong people? Did all your mommies mistreat you.?Poor babies! Looks like it is perfectly OK to be African American and swear that you are voting for Obama because he is the best candidate in your opinion, and definitely not because he is African American himself. However, women we are told only want women candidates because they are women. REALLY? Depends on who's ox is being gored, I say.

    October 3, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  8. Regine Arlington, Virginia

    Funny to hear McCain complain about government paid for healthcare, when he's had government paid healthcare since birth. Born to a U.S.soldier, became a soldier and 26 years in Congress.
    Who paid for his healthcare?????????
    Tax payers paid for him and his families health care- PRICELESS

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2008/2012

    October 3, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  9. dustin

    when is the last time anyone has seen a mccain ad saying something positive about mccain? I always see positive obama ones from obama here in texas, but mccains are always just attacking.

    October 3, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  10. a well educated woman

    Hey X Democrat, who are you the pot calling the kettle (repubs) black? The Republicans are running the most sleazy ad campaign in history, and you have your own people turning on the VP pick calling her unqualified. I am sorry, that did not come from the democrats sweat pea. I would be highly embarrased to vote for a ticket that is such a sham.
    If you don't see it for what it is then ask yourself "Who is going to be the real John MCCain" If he is president? Will he be the Maverick that he keeps flip flopping on, or will he be the same camplacent Bush doing nothing continued on for 4 more years of you know what.

    October 3, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  11. Janine

    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.

    No McCain. You're not being truthful. That's why you're going to lose.

    October 3, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  12. Sharon, ID

    Good, we have 32 more days, going on 31. Hit the GOP hard, and don't let up.

    Obama/Biden 08, 12

    October 3, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  13. Remy

    Why cannot Americans think about Canadian Health care system which is helping all Canadians irrespective of wealthy or poor?

    October 3, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  14. Scott L

    McCain going to crush in the town hall style debate.

    Face it liberals, your obamessiah screwed up by not selecting HIllary. It will be his biggest downfall on November 4th.

    Women now see Palin as strong once again even as liberal media tried to take her out.

    Never seen the media so scared in my life...

    October 3, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  15. starknight

    Does Joe Six-pack not know how to pronounce “nuclear” either?
    Who were those greedy and corrupt people Sarah Palin talked about? Ken Lay? Jack Abramoff? Duke Cunningham? Ted Stevens? The Keating Five? Would Palin have outed Valerie Plame? Pardoned Scooter Libby? Forced Harriet Myers to testify?

    The oh so righteous right need to badly check their facts before they open their mouths and spout more lies!

    October 3, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |


    October 3, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  17. peakarack

    How come Barack Obama put a finger on his lip all the time?

    October 3, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  18. Jesse

    This country needs so much change it is not even funny and who ever even thinks about voting McCain needs to look at the facts and notice that the economy is down the drains and that McCain still believes in the trickle down theory, which hasn't worked for years. I hope Obama wins for the welfare of our great country.

    October 3, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  19. Jack

    How come Barack Obama put his finger on his lip all the time?

    October 3, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  20. Mike in SC

    I am a registered republican, and I will tell you I am not voting my party. McCain and his phony but side kick make me sick, the american people have had enough. He picked her only as a gimmick and it will blow up in his face. I CAN SEE ALASKA FROM MY BACK YARD. Give me a f'n break, what a joke. And did you all catch her position on VP powers? You think Cheney is bad, vote this psycho in and see what real abuse of power is all about. She did it in Alaska, only it was personally motivated.

    October 3, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  21. mike florida

    How can any person with half a brain think Obamabinladen is qualified to be the President of the US? He is the product of the Chicago Democratic Party, which is about as crooked as it gets.
    C'mon America, get serious, he is the most unqualified candidate in history and it is documented. Please read his and his scary wife's philosophies!!!!!!!!! The President of the US, you have got to be kidding! Tell me what he has done in his 1xx days as a Senator besides decide to run for president?

    October 3, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  22. Jack

    How come Obama put his finger on his lip all the time?

    October 3, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  23. Lucy

    After this week with the Republicans sticking Americans with a $700 billion bailout bill for all the mistakes that they have made in less than 8 years.....From the War in Iraq to Gramm-Leach-Blilley Act 1999 which has lead us to the brink of a depression. When you include all their scandals of the Republican Congress and Bush Jr.'s term to the mix like Brownie & Katrina, Alberto Gonzales, Tom DeLay, Jack Abromoff, Abu Ghraib, Walter Reed hospital, Karl Rowe, Scooter Libby and Cheney (...just the tip of the iceberg)...you must be a glutton for punishment to vote for a Republican. "Don't vote Republican" will be the tale your children's children's tell when they are sitting by the campfire at night.....because of this debt they won't have a house to live in or a pillow to lay their head on or a book to read. Don't the Republicans at least owe us an apology for all they have done?

    October 3, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  24. Tom.

    Obama gave $30,000 to Rev.Wright church last yrs.

    October 3, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  25. VAG

    More scarry is the fact that when you go from a group plan to a private plan Insurance Companies do NOT cover pre-existing conditions or anything they can link to those conditions. Most people by they age of 40 probably have a serious per-existing condition. High blood pressure – could cause a heart attack NOT Covered Stroke NOT covered

    October 3, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
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