October 11th, 2008
10:31 AM ET
13 years ago

Obama ad: 'Smears are all McCain has left'

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/10/11/art.obamaad02.cnn.jpg caption="Obama released a tough new response ad Friday."]Barack Obama’s campaign released a new ad late Friday in response to a hard-hitting spot from the Republican National Committee’s independent expenditure unit that focused on his relationships with Chicago figures like William Ayers and Bill Daley; the script follows. The campaign has not announced where the spot will be airing.

NARRATOR: John McCain admits if the election’s about the economy, he’s going to lose.

Now, as Americans lose their jobs and savings, McCain’s resorting to smears and false attacks

Barack Obama launched his first campaign here (a picture of a hotel flashes on screen), not in anyone’s living room

And Bill Daley? He was confirmed as Commerce Secretary and praised for his great work by none other than John McCain (a picture of the two men together appears.)

It’s clear, with no plan to fix our economy, smears are all McCain has left.


(Republicans have alleged that Obama launched his first campaign in Ayers’ living room – a charge the Illinois senator has denied.)

soundoff (198 Responses)
  1. Steve

    During a McCain town hall meeting, he rightlyfully took the microphone away from a woman who referred to Obama as a Arab. McCain's response to the woman was that Obama was a decent, family man.

    What John McCain failed to do was demonstrate statesmanship/leadership by not speaking to the fact that there are many Americans of Arab descent who are patriots, love and fight for this country, and that being Arab doesn't make one a bad person or a terrorist. What's interesting is that no media outlet has reported on this angle of the story.

    October 11, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  2. michael

    Yes! A pic with John and Ayers both and McCain praised his great work? Guess that line of attack blew up in their pandering and power abusing faces, eh? You want to be respected again McCain? Drop out and denounce in no uncertain terms the tone of your audience and the campaign you were forced to run. Then I will speak your greatness everywhere as a TRUE American hero.

    October 11, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  3. E. MOORE

    I know I'm a Canadian .. but so interested in US politics. The latest trend with the McCain camp seems to be unreported ... and that is ... he has been slammed for his mean spirited attacks on Barack .. so now, he has resorted to having shills in the audience to ask the mean spirited questions and then appears to defend Obama ... shame on you, McCain. How low can you sink? ..

    October 11, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  4. Bob

    When this is over Palin will go back to Alaska and continue to a abuse the power of her position and most likely have more investigations into her Method of Operation of lashing out at those she feels have offended her in some way. McCain will continue to fumble around from one screwy idea to another to match the way the wind is blowing while telling everyone what a free spirit he is. What a sad state of affairs when this is the best the republicans can offer the country. Bob

    October 11, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  5. Joe

    Can someone please explain the difference between the mottoes "Country First" and "Deutschland Uber Alles"? Besides the fact that one's in German on the other in English.

    October 11, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  6. mike


    October 11, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  7. Matt

    This is so TRUE. Here in Cedar Rapids, Iowa there is a McCain supporter who made up a large sign for his yard.. White background with orange spray paint. The text on the sign is: "VOTE FOR THE TERRORIST OBAMA".

    October 11, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  8. curtis

    Yes, that is all Mc bush has left. It wiil be successful if the white race in america becomes afraid to vote for obama. As for all other races of people through out the world we are interested in seeing obama win this election.

    October 11, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  9. Allen

    Out of one side of his mouth he tells his audience (proving that he is the only sane person in the room) to tone down the rhetoric. Yet his campaign continues to bottom-feed.

    John McCain is either confused or he has no control over his campaign. Either way it proves that he is incompetent to lead this nation.

    October 11, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  10. Olav

    Good. Tell it like it is. But watch out not to be dragged down to the McCain campaign's level.

    October 11, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  11. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    HOW TRUE.... All McCain has left are smears ads and lies because he's tied to LOSER BUSH and his wars and rotten economy.

    October 11, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  12. kenny cole


    October 11, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  13. Ann

    Truth is what is left out Sen. Obama. For the last 20 months, your line was "political smears again me" , "use of the race card" .. no matter who pointed that you are a talker. Remember Hillary? and Biden? and Richardson? and Edwards? they all view you are nothing but propaganda.

    October 11, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  14. nelson

    This campaign has gone beyond decent ethics and I know McCain
    knows and approves all of these tactics.. just look at his eyes when asked questions regarding them.. it will haunt him and all his supporters who approve of this type of rhetoric and sleazy tactics.
    It is showing in the polls and most folks I know are "fed up" with this type of mud slinging.. both sides! It seems the issues are being ignored and America is in deep trouble and all had better wake up to that fact.. politics aside!

    October 11, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  15. slimjim66

    Republicans are being made to look like Idiots and hate mongers .
    how can America recover when the wound is so deep . in the eyes
    of MCCain all he sees is hate . Disfigured by war and cancer ,
    and 5 years in a hole .

    October 11, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  16. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    I beg to differ with you, Mr. Obama, Sir. The McCain/Palin team also has abuse of power to add to all their other negative qualities.

    October 11, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  17. B.H.

    John McCain has no where left to go except lies and false statements.
    Sarah Palin accused of- ABUSE OF POWER- by 10 republicans and 4 democrats. Where have we heard that before- more of the same ABUSE folks!

    October 11, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  18. Pat Stooksbury

    I am so proud of Obama and the way his campaign has gone. Being a strong christian, I may not agree with everything other Democrats say but I definitely want a President that tells the truth and doesn't base his campaign on bad mouthing his opponent - specially when those comments are out right lies or misleading as have been the majority of the things the Republican campaign has said about Obama. The McCain/Palin campaign has proved to be dishonest now which leaves the door wide open for them to be dishonest if they were elected - heaven forbid!

    October 11, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  19. Bat 242

    Well the Obama camp is pretty good with the smear campaign too, just it seems that McCain is using facts in his adds.

    October 11, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  20. John in Oregon

    Certainly he doesn't have any real leadership to offer–just four more years of the Bush disasters. Please stop the smears.

    October 11, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  21. Kisha

    I am glad that Sen Obama has called Sen McCain and Gov Palin out. You don't have to be negative to get your point across. With all of the worries that Americans are facing today, I feel that it is disrespectful for McCain and Palin to try to distract people from the issues. If you took away all of the negative ads from McCain/Palin, what would you have?NOTHING!!!!!!!!

    October 11, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    Those smears are lightweight. There are more intresting facts, just google this:

    obama foreign contributions

    obama acorn

    October 11, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  23. Indiana Joe

    I agree... McCain's campaign is the dirtiest one that I've ever seen. You can't just insult and divide our country just because you're losing... Didn't he say he was going to run a honorable campaign? It's all about smear and fear tactics now! The Dirty Talk Express has arrived to your town...

    October 11, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
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