October 7th, 2008
12:00 PM ET
12 years ago

New Obama, McCain ads say opponent is lying

A new Obama ad accuses McCain of lying to change the subject on the trail.

A new Obama ad accuses McCain of lying to change the subject on the trail.

(CNN) - Hours before they face each other on stage at the second presidential debate, John McCain and Barack Obama each accused the other of deliberate deception in new attack spots released Tuesday.

Earlier: The word “lie” becomes a trail mainstay

"Who is Barack Obama?" asks the announcer in the new 30-second McCain spot, “Hypo.”

The ad includes footage from a Missouri television station that reported "Obama's presidential campaign is asking Missouri law enforcement to target anyone who lies or runs a misleading television ad."

The reporter on that story, John Mills, has since dialed back those allegations, telling a Missouri newspaper that "in the retelling of the story, it got out of control… If they think a group has put out a misleading ad, they’re basically going to call a press conference and say the ad is misleading. I’m sure the Republicans would do the same thing."

The narrator in the McCain ad continues by citing a string of Obama ads whose claims have drawn criticism from independent fact check organizations. "How hypocritical," says the narrator. "Obama's Social Security attack was called 'a falsehood.' His health care attack ... 'misleading'. Obama's stem cell attack ... 'not true'. Barack Obama. He promised better. He lied."

In “Subject,” the Obama camp continues to paint McCain as dishonest and out-of-touch, using a quote from an anonymous campaign aide to the Republican nominee that appeared in Monday’s Daily News: "If we keep talking about the economic crisis, we’re going to lose."

“He’s out of ideas. Out of touch. And running out of time. But with no plan to lift our economy up, John McCain wants to tear Barack Obama down. With smears that have been proven false,” says the narrator in the 30-second spot.

"Why? McCain’s own campaign admits that if the election is about the economy, he’s going to lose,” continues the announcer, as an image of that Daily News quote flashes on the screen.

"But as Americans lose their jobs, homes and savings, it’s time for a President who’ll change the economy. Not change the subject."

The campaigns did not reveal the extent of their ad buys. The McCain camp said that “Hypo” would be “televised nationally”; the Obama team said “Subject” would air on national cable beginning Tuesday.

soundoff (195 Responses)
  1. Iowa Voter

    Another example of a desperate Republican campaign going back on his words that he said 8 years ago. McCain doesn't know how to regain ground so he has put out the dirtiest slimiest attacks yet which does not make a person want to vote for them. Its tired, shameful politics and what we need are more ads like Obama talking directly to the people. We do not need to be in Iraq or Afghanistan any longer as it is showing that Osama did indeed hurt America much more than the lives that died on Sept. 11 and hit the financial district in the long run. Bush and McCain would go the same route and seek war rather then worry about the long term effects of wars. We cannot afford the same old, tired, Republican politics.

    October 7, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  2. Roland

    The Repugnicans don't know what to do when a Democrat stands up to them and their evil empire.

    October 7, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  3. Obamacult member

    Why are 99% of the posters against McCain?

    October 7, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  4. william

    McBush is so desparate, he bought the complete Rove playbook.
    Obama will reign!

    October 7, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  5. Anonymous

    I wish they would both just talk about issues. But that would be a one sided debate – McCain can't talk about issues. All he ever does is attack.

    With the debate coming up tonight, I hope Obama turns to McCain and says, "You can attack me all you want but I'll not waste another minute of the American voter. I'm here tonight to tell them exactly how I intend to fix this broken country."

    October 7, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  6. MikeH

    The McCain camp is now inciting people to scream "Kill Him", and Terrorist" when talking about Obama.

    This is the evil to which Palin/McCain is now sinking.

    This is how they would govern. That a fanatical religious facist nutjob like Palin could even get this far bodes very bad for America.

    October 7, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  7. Barnhardt in NC

    All this smearing won't get my job or my house back. Come on McCain, get a clue. The Republican Party has become a joke.

    October 7, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  8. Bill NY

    The McCain machine is inept and very unpatriotic. Vote for them if you wish to see this once great country continue its slide into the toilet bowl!

    October 7, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  9. Sue Baker

    If we have to listen to this crap for another 28 days I believe the American public will revolt by giving Obama a landslide. I sure hope so!!!!

    October 7, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  10. Mike, FL

    McBush "7 homes, 13 cars, and 3 spouces".

    Obama "one house, one car, one spouce, and one nation!"

    You decide!!!

    October 7, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  11. dave g, minneapolis

    This is another reason not to vote for McCain nor Obama.

    They're attacking each other on points that they are most similar. The only true difference is between McBama and Bob Barr. Only Barr is talking about reducing the size of government. No more bailouts...

    October 7, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  12. G-man

    Desperate people do desperate things! Unfortunately, we all become victims of the desperation.

    October 7, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  13. barbara

    Although I have always supported the Democratic nominee, I had a lot of respect for Senator McCain. The operative word here is HAD. I can't believe how much he has changed and I can't help but notice that the change in his attitude coincides with the the arrival of Sarah Palin. I was appalled at the way she speaks about Barack Obama. Not because he is her opponent but because he is fellow American. How dare she come onto the scene, virtually unknown to a great percentage of the American people, and put down others the way she does. She is an insult to hockey moms and pit bulls.

    October 7, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  14. CW in PSL

    Scary Pallin's son went into the military, not because he wanted to serve his country, but rather because he was given a choice by a judge....either go into the military or go to prison on drug trafficking charges!

    October 7, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  15. Jim

    McCain is pathetic. I can't imagine him ever having the support of the american people after the campaign he has run.

    OBAMA '08

    October 7, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  16. Tony








    October 7, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  17. mr.g

    cnn you are apparently run by a computer that has no human feelings so it kicks out anything that has substance but prints the bs is that the way it goes.

    October 7, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  18. neicey (Ohio)

    McCain /Palin flamigo road all over again.. what a waste (joe six pk) lol.

    October 7, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  19. Gary

    Obama seems to have quite a bit of questionable baggage. It seems that he's mixed up with a bunch of people with sticky backgrounds yet when the dirt comes out he knows nothing. The Talaban will go to any measure to destroy America. I just don't trust Obama.

    October 7, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  20. Larry of Virginia

    Obama is lying – about Ayers – About Wright – about his tax plan – aout his health care plan – about his Iraq plans. His whole campaign is flawed --On Ayers he said he barely knew him -- Obama endorsed Ayers Book – held political meeting with Ayers- and Ayers was hosted by Michelle Obama and Barck at the college where Michelle worked - He is just flat out lying. He lied to us about Wright. His positions on Iraq change with the wind and he is now following McCain's lead - He cannot follow thoughon his tax and health care plans and is lying to voters as he knows the US cannot afford them.

    October 7, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
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