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

Obama ad: 'Smears are all McCain has left'

Obama released a tough new response ad Friday.

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.

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

soundoff (198 Responses)
  1. Does that mean he's a smearer

    oh yeah he's Republican so I guess so. No substance just smears.

    October 11, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  2. S. Boatman Warrensburg, Mo.

    Mccain Has Nothing Left An His Arsenal But Smears! He Is Running Out Of Time And Money! This Is His Last Chance To Be President And Its Slipping Away! His Running Mate Has Abused Her Power And Will Be A Drag On His Campaign!

    October 11, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  3. Reality Check Richmond Virginia

    looks like McCain finally got the memo yesterday.

    October 11, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  4. Seattle Sue

    A whole lot of truth in this ad.

    October 11, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  5. California Gold

    The McCain-Palin Republican Party campaign has dragged American politics to a shameful low. I don't want any individual or party that resorts to hate tactics incorporated by organizations such as the KKK and WWII Nazi Party. Senator McCain and Governor Palin have successfully and gleefully tapped into the ugliest of ugly: frenzied crowds yelling insults and death threats against a politician. It's frightening.

    October 11, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  6. michaelcal

    John has other things in his bag of tricks. He and sarah will put on their hoods and lead their mobs with tourches in gand and deal with anyone who disagrees with them. After all if you disagree with them you must be unamerican.

    October 11, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  7. Tony

    SO TRUE!

    WHAT A BITTER, ANGRY, PATHETIC OLD MAN.

    October 11, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  8. Ely Jonevas

    Y'all. Obama will win. It is written. Just watch the Nostradamus tape. He is savvy and mesmerizing. He will heal the global economy and everyone will worship him.

    October 11, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  9. liz

    It is so refreshing to see a Democrat actually fight back! Stay on them Obama, don't let them get away with these continuous lies! All they have done is use lies to encourage violence and racism. That is NOT the kind of leadership we need!

    October 11, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  10. FAYE, NV

    McCain has lost it and he is creating hatred toward law abiding citizen. This is low and I am afraid McCain will go lower. What a shame.

    October 11, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  11. carmela

    I agree and it's working though....against McCain himself. Sad, sad, sad.

    October 11, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  12. Danel

    Mr. McCain where is the promised of decent and honorable campaign? Too bad you stoop so low.

    October 11, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  13. Apples for sale

    From war hero to sad little man in a matter of a few years.

    October 11, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  14. Polin LOVES Palin

    »A new AMERICAN President with a ARABIC(!!) NAME(!!)?!?!??!?! How SAD is this?!???! Are we in Indonesia or are we in USAMERICA?!?!??!?!

    October 11, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  15. BC

    John McCain should be the American Hero we all know he is. He needs to continue this campaign with dignity and honor. If he doesn't win, so be it, but this is truly a sad sight. C'mon, John, the better man is going to win – get over it.

    October 11, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  16. Anonymous

    Why can't Obama just show a picture of McCain standing next to Palin? That picture is worth a thousand words when it comes to judgement and honesty. The headlines today say it all today.

    October 11, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  17. Phil Newton in Murphy, Oregon

    The TRUTH is, we have a GOP-shattered economy.

    We didn't believe the lies to begin with.

    Obama 08

    October 11, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  18. Polin LOVES Palin

    »VOTE with your BRAIN!!»VOTE MCCAIN/PALIN=OF COURSE!!!

    October 11, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  19. Ohio for Obama- Suburbs

    You Go Obama! The truth will set this election Free. Now we have LiarPalin trying to discount she ever abused power. The republicans are running hate campaigns all because their losing, and then have the nerves to have ad visors on TV talking out the side of their necks. You have it right McShame "You don't have to be afraid of a President OBAMA"

    Obama/Biden '08

    October 11, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  20. skeeter

    He was once an honorable man. His praise of Obama at a rally tells me he is a victim of some real sleazy campain managment. I'm sure this isn't the road he chose himself.

    October 11, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  21. Will the Real Maverick Please Stand Up?

    Lies, hate, anger, arrogance are all the McClown/Failin campaign have left. They have nothing to offer this nation except another four years of failure and humiliation.

    This country needs real change and there is only one way to get it–Obama/Biden 2008.

    October 11, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  22. Polin LOVES Palin

    »WAKE UP AMERICANS BEFORE ITS TOO LATE!!!!! »» We are NOT in Indonesia!! WE are in USAMERICA!!!! Get it?!?!?

    October 11, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  23. MBFLA

    Smears and hate speach are not an impressive way to run a campaign. McCain and Palin are appealing to the lowest common denominator in our society. America, we can do better! Vote for the bright guys with plans, not the haters with nothing but negativity!

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 11, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  24. David Alexander

    Is anyone surprised? When you're on the ropes, you fight dirty... too bad it makes you look dirty too.

    October 11, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  25. Scott Tucson

    Pardon the pun but looks who's calling the kettle Black! Seems the media have quickly forgotten all the smears adds coming from the Obama camp.

    Is Obama now denying the facts that he did started his political ambitions in Ayers living room? Guess that's another one of his CHANGING stories. This man will say or doing anything to win an election. Someone said trying to nail Obama down on an issue is like nailing JELLO to the wall.

    October 11, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
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