October 5th, 2008
12:43 PM ET
14 years ago

New Obama ad tries to focus nation's attention on the economy

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(CNN) – With a month until Election Day, the Obama campaign is trying keep voters’ attention focused on their pocketbooks and retirement savings accounts.

In “This Year,” the latest in a string of Obama ads with economic themes, the Democratic nominee uses images of locked factory gates and anxiety on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. “Erratic in a crisis. Out of touch on the economy,” the ad says as images of Sen. John McCain getting off an airplane and riding a golf cart appear on screen.

The commercial comes amid talk of McCain preparing to adopt a more aggressive strategy in the final month of the general election campaign, first reported Saturday in the Washington Post.

“Struggling families can’t turn the page on this economy,” the ad says.

The McCain campaign has not responded to CNN's request for comment about "This Year."

The new ad will begin airing Monday on national cable outlets, according to the Obama campaign.

(Full script after the jump)

Script, "This Year," 30 seconds, national cable:

ANNCR: Three quarters of a million jobs lost this year.

Our financial system in turmoil.

And John McCain? Erratic in a crisis. Out of touch on the economy.

No wonder his campaign’s announced a plan to “turn a page on the financial crisis”…distract with dishonest, dishonorable “assaults” against Barack Obama.

Struggling families can’t turn the page on this economy…and we can’t afford another President who’s this out of touch.

Obama: I’m Barack Obama and I approve this message.

soundoff (700 Responses)
  1. Debra



    October 5, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |

    John McSame campaign chairman is a terrorist lobbyist!!!!!!

    Todd Palin is a member of Alaska terrorist group!

    now is palling with terrorist! – McSAME/PAIN-LIN

    truth hurts but when McSAME/PAIN-LIN are running out of gas; they throw mud!

    the repugs AND JOHN MCSAME are going DOOOOOOOOOOOOWN!!!!

    October 5, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  3. Sick to my Stomach

    I'm sick, that elections can be stolen, that a unseasoned candidate can run successfully, that no-one pays attention to history, that Obama will be President and will put us into a depression. I don't expect any Obama supporter to agree with me, they actually can't, because they just "don't know what they don't know." I know that it is easier to believe what you are being told, rather than taking the effort to read about the real circumstances of FDR's actions during the depression. Of course, you don't know how to get that information, so you will just grin and accept a political viewpoint instead of looking up the facts. Makes me so sad for this country and the young people who are creating a mess that they will not know how to get out of.

    I know the Truth!

    October 5, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  4. Whitey--Do Your Job on Election day

    No uppity Senators in the Oval Office.

    October 5, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  5. george

    McCain was one of the Cheating Keating Five.

    Read more and get the word out that he lacks sufficient judgment.

    McCain has been affiliated with banking scandals.


    October 5, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    mccain is a moron and sarah is plain stupid. obama is our next president

    October 5, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  7. jcow

    I really don't think Obama should be going there on the economy. He is lock step with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, Harold Raines and the like who with their predatory lending practices have put us where we are now (I will say they tried to make it out as good intentioned, they where helping the disadvantaged by giving them loans they couldn't afford which unfortunately meant in the long run they would loose their house). He can try and link it back to Bush but the fact of the matter is the Bush Admin. tried to push for more oversight on those groups in 2003, 2005, and 2006. I think the truth will be coming out soon but I'm afraid McCain's biggest weakness is his desire to do his job and not play the blame game – laying the responsibility for this fiasco where it really lies. Oh, by the way Obama (in his short time in the Senate) is number two in receiving funds from these groups – he has accepted about 5 times the amount of money McCain has in his entire time in the Senate.

    October 5, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  8. chubby

    If you want to discuss the economy, you should see the special on Fox that is put out by the people of the Wall Street Journal. This will explain how the Republicans in 2005 including John McCain tried to get a bill out urging oversight of Fannie Mae and Freddie Max but was killed by Chris Dodd and Barney Frank. This may have been on Fox but the people of the Wall Street Journal are not in the pocket of anyone. They basically laid this whole problem on the democratic congress pushing to put low income or no income people in homes they could not afford, thereby getting money for their campaigns. As the Wall Street Journal said the question was not if the democratic congress controlled Wall Street but rather Wall Street was running the democratic congress. A vote for democrats is more of the same. How can obama propose a trillion plus programs and claim to cut taxes by cutting the Bush Tax Cuts and taxing the upper 5 percent of American Tax Payers. His math does not add up, these cuts and taxes on only the richest cannot come near this trillion dollar spending plan. Use your head and ignore the "change we can believe in". It is all just words but these words coupled with a democratic congress and a democratic president will spell doom for American Taxpayers and America as well.

    October 5, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  9. sara, mesa, az

    Doesn't anyone recall the reason that Bin Laden attacked the US was to bring us down economically??

    Obviously, he couldn't do it by brute, military force but he could do it by fear and by taunting a stupid ill-equipped cowboy president into waging war in the Middle East.

    Does anyone think Maverick McCain is any smarter than Bush? more diplomatic? less militaristic? If anything, McCain is far worse and even scarier - certainly more erratic and more cognitively impaired.

    And, Palin makes that ticket even more frightening since she is even too stupid to know that she's not qualified. Her mindless blind ambition for power and her obvious belief in Armagaeddon scares the bejesus out of anyone with a brain.

    Ever notice the bailout amount essentially matches the Iraq war deficit?

    Come on people - Obama/Biden is not the risk in this election - they're our only hope.

    middle-aged white woman in purple AZ

    October 5, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  10. Anna

    You people are very pathetic.
    I feel sorry for BARACK OBAMA.
    He will never be able to live up to the expectations that the populace seems to hold him to.
    He is only human.
    A human on the threshold of inheriting STAGGERING problems in this country that our Government is cluelessly muddling through to solve.
    That was painfully obvious these last couple of weeks.

    Call me cautious, pessismistic, realistic, racist, or whatever you like.

    The truth is, he only has until January 20th, 2009 to put the blame on Bush.

    He is running for office knowing what he will be faced with. He still wants to do it, and will likely win on his promise to fix it.

    I think he could soon become the unluckiest man on the face of the Earth.

    But, after January, no more Bush blame; the problem is his.

    For now, Bush/Republican haters, each your hearts out!

    October 5, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  11. Sarah rogers -frerichs

    I was amused at Mc Cains comments about Sarahs debate! He just kept 'heh,hehing ' like an old codger that he is. Altho I think she did a fair job I shudder to think of her as a President of U,S. She definitely has her eye on the white house!

    October 5, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  12. L J

    Caribou Barbie and Mr. Grumpy Pants are getting desperate.

    October 5, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  13. Palin 2012

    At least Obama is not like Palin, married to some one who hates America and want to get out of union with the rest of the states...

    October 5, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  14. John

    Let's see now. Erratic McCain crashed four airplanes before crashing in combat in North Vietnam. Neither candidate has ever sailed a ship to my knowledge, but over the past two weeks Obama has shown himself to be more steady in these economic storms. We can't afford to entrust the nation to someone with McCain's kind of experience. He's too much of a risk taker.

    October 5, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  15. jim b

    No question about it. McCain and Palin mean to give George Bush that third term. Since neither one of them has a clue, and since McCain has long supported the ploicies that gave us the financial mess we are in, they do what Repbublcans always to in their hour of need. Lie big and try to make it sound like a moral oblication.

    October 5, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  16. george

    What next the karl rovian will do is to forge a tape of binladen that say hes gona attack the united states of all or something.. soo people gona be thinking about security and stop focusing on the main issue. the tryiung to do the same as 2004 kerry and Dog bush...

    October 5, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  17. BlahBlahBlah

    If the shoe fits...

    October 5, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  18. Diane

    Sarah Palin should explain her husband's unpatriotic, secessionist views before she "casts the first stone" at Barack Obama.

    October 5, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  19. Sherry for Obama

    Allan....You must want to live in poverty.
    Thats what you will get with McCain/Palin....Their both idiots who dont have a clue

    October 5, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  20. morefromLA

    I'm listening to Obama right now in NC taking it to the lunacy of McCain and how out of touch he is. What in the world was McCain's campaign thinking when they said they were going to turn the page on the economy? Please! He and his soul mate want to talk about William Ayers? Here's the terrorism, what George Bush, John McCain and their party have done to our economy over the last eight years. Economic terrorists? That's the McCain/Palen ticket, not because they intend to but because they don't know any better. Let's turn the page on them November 4.

    October 5, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  21. wow!!!!!!

    ERRATIC and Pitiful Old Warmonger Goofy

    UNSTABLE and Dumb Dopey

    please add to the list as a description of the two biggest liars in the campaign, as a matter of fact: they can't even back up their lies, please keep the list growing......

    October 5, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  22. Jeremiah in Ohio

    Obama is ridiculous. Has anyone paid attention to what this guy has been saying?

    Example 1- In the debates, he said if Pakistan was unwilling to help us hunt down terrorists in Pakistan or if they were unwilling to let us into Pakistan, then he would send planes in and bomb those areas where terrorists were located. This is completely stupid. Pakistan has already shot at helicopters which have crossed Pakistani borders, how do you think they will react if we start bombing in their country? He also says he will cut off funding to their government if we don't help. Wow, also stupid. The Pakistani government is about our only friends in Pakistan. If they lose our funding, extremists will try to take over the government and will probably successfully do so. No need to worry about Iran at that point because we will have a more immediate threat with Pakistan since they ALREADY HAVE NUCLEAR WEAPONS. Wow, intelligent call Obama. Let's try to start a war with another nation in the Middle East. This is the philsophy of "help us or we will do what we want in your country." This sounds like Bush. That's why Obama deserves the Darwin award this year for the dumbest political statement of the race.

    Example 2- Anyone who received a stimulus check this year will say, yeah, more money was nice, so Obama's tax cuts are nice. But did the stimulus checks help change the economy? No, not at all. So how is it that Obama's tax cuts are going to help? We need tax cuts for corporations and businesses. Attach conditions to those tax cuts. Make it so that corporations who create jobs within the U.S. will get those tax cuts. We have the 2nd highest corporate tax rate in the world. How is THAT going to create jobs? Yet Obama plays it like we are just giving money to the rich. If a corporation has a higher profitability range, meaning less expenses (less taxes), then they will be able to grow, create more jobs, cut prices. Reward such activities with tax cuts. Hello? THAT IS HOW YOU CREATE JOBS. If you don't have a job, who is going to care about a tax cut? Why are people so blinded by this?

    Please wake up. This isn't about political parties. Both have failed us. If this race were the perfect race, the 2 candidates running would be Clinton and Giulani, but we don't have that, so be smart, look at the issues and vote for McCain. Think about it. If you have a major corporation, they don't make someone a CEO only after 2 years of management experience. Now compare this to America, we need someone not only with experience, but a better plan than just tax cuts for all of us. Like I said, tax cuts will not help if we don't have jobs, and you create jobs with both seeking more energy sources and cutting taxes on businesses.

    October 5, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  23. Rj

    He's a lose cannon and Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    I swear to God I've been saying to anyone that will listen, that Sarah's ambition has always been to be famous. She's using politics as a "happened upon" vehicle. Her ignorance about foreign policy and national government has become painfully obvious!
    Let's vote country first and send her back to local politics.

    October 5, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  24. Jewel, SC

    "In fact, too often you're the problem so, government, you know, you're not always the solution."–Sarah

    Funny how government was the solution for Wall Street. When they need the government, all of a sudden the taxpayers are their best friend.

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 5, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
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