October 11th, 2008
10:31 AM ET
12 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.


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

soundoff (198 Responses)
  1. Susan

    McCain not only lost his honor, but lost the election with these types of attacks. There was plenty of things that Obama could have said about McCain past relationships, but he chose to take the high road. Obama is the leader, and I will follow his lead. I turn my back on John McCain.

    October 11, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  2. thomas

    American investors just lost $2,500,000,000,000 in the stock market and Republicans are upset that Obama knows an old hippie radical? Their priorities seem to be a bit skewed. Maybe they should give this a little more thought before election day.

    October 11, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  3. Valerie - Senior Southern Lady

    John McCain's once sterling reputation has been greatly diminished with the truly vicious campaign he and Palin have been waging. I was shocked and disappointed - I expected better from McCain. I was pleased when McCain defended Obama from two of his audience who made vicious comments about Obama. That is the McCain of the year 2000, the one admired and respected. As for Palin, she has no place on the national scene and should be removed from the campaign. My vote goes to Obama/Biden.

    October 11, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |

    The McCain campaign took a disgusting turn when they let Palin open her mouth about Ayers. Whatever happened to McCain's promise of running a clean campaign?

    October 11, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  5. Accountable

    It is evident that McCain will go to any extreme to become president. McCain/Palin have divided this country with their hate crime attacks, lies, and deceit. Both McCain/Palin should be brought up on charges for these crimes.
    Palin broke the law when she abused her power that violated ethics code in the trooper case.

    My questions: Why aren’t these people held accountable for their ACTIONS???? Why are we quick to punish certain criminals but NOT ALL???

    October 11, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  6. lou ,ks

    yes thats all he has left . and what he will always be remembered for . what the history books will say.. the way our children will be taught .. this is what he leaves behind. .anything good he has ever done is overshadowed by the behavior of him in this campagin. and he is held accountable for everything sarah palin says. dishonesty is all we see now. mean and hateful ...what a way to be remembered!

    October 11, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  7. Gambi

    Mr. Obama, what a shame you have to spend money to defend yourself when all the American people want to hear is your clear vision of leadership and how together we will all work to make this country strong again.
    Vote Hope Not Hate
    Obama/Biden 2008

    October 11, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  8. Donna

    I had admired McCain in the past and truly thought he was a different sort of politician. I'm not sure whether my belief was ever warranted. However, I believe he has lost all honor and integrity in his effort to become elected. While I can appreciate how much he wanted this position, that desire doesn't excuse his actions in picking Sarah Palin as a running mate, running deceptive ads and making false statements, and permitting the creation and encouragement of a mob mentality.

    It is sad because the John McCain that I believed existed would have won this election. The John McCain that has emerged does not appear likely to win, at least based on the polls. And he will have lost not only the election but his good name. He should be ashamed of himself–and I am ashamed of him.

    October 11, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  9. gl

    You go Obama! Show the American People you are no John Kerry and the American People desire you to be our next President of the USA. The United States of American is a United country not this divided country the McCain/Paliln ticket will be. They revoled hatred and smears while the USA is going though a Finanically crisis.

    October 11, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  10. patrick

    Even if Obama did launch his poitical career in Ayers living room, what does that have to do with his ability to get this nations economy back on track?....Exactly nothing!!

    Bottom line is...Ayers has to answers for his actions and Obama has to answer for his own.

    As far as im concerned Mccain has now got many more problems on his hand outside of being down in the polls and his own past with the Keating Five and NOW with Palins Troopergate scandal which is exactly what many folks have been saying before Mccain brought her in .

    October 11, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  11. JohnGalt

    McCain's smear campaign is the sign of a struggling candidate who's value is being sold off at a lose, just like Wall Street. McCain's life experience should have told him to choose the path of tranquility, and that his political rallies should be introspective, opposed to his choice that uses ignorance, and anger, by dividing people within his own party.

    October 11, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  12. Ron

    A McCain/Palin administration will make Bush/Cheney look like choir boys.

    October 11, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  13. faktur

    A drowning 'giant' will hang onto to anything–even a log of wood with snakes and scores of scorpions...and not to mention the hysteric babbling. So it is with McPalin. Oboma 08.

    October 11, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  14. Dr. Mimi De La Cruz for OBAMA







    October 11, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  15. DFoster, GA

    It would seem that in order for the Republicans to keep their seats they should ditch John McCain now and endorse Barack Obama. I'm not a Republican, but I don't really like the idea of them being such a huge minority in the House and Senate. We really need the ideas of both parties and Independants to be heard and considered. Our country was built on democracy and what's more democratic than a good argument in our congress.

    October 11, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  16. lorenzo starks

    you know what! all blacks should leave the usa. and move to the middle east and africa. leave the military and let the white man fight his own wars.

    October 11, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  17. Zonker

    In 2000 I supported John McCain because of who he is and what he represented. In 2008 I felt that man had gone, replaced by a "do anything to win" politician who had lost the honor he so often displayed previously. It was nice to see him defending Obama against the misinformation his own supporter was stating at a rally: that Obama is not an Arab and that he is a Chrisitian. It looks like the man who lost his way when he got into bed with the Republican Machine is trying to become the man he once was: to reclaim the honor and integrity that he lost. There may still be some honor left in this man, although I fear it is gone from the Republican Party for good.

    October 11, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  18. Doug

    It's too bad that McCain can't get the rest of his campaign to show the decency he did yesterday. They know they can't win on the issues and the mind set is to "win at all costs".

    The Republicans have proven over and over that the truth doesn't matter as long as they get the desired results. Why should this campaign be any different?

    October 11, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  19. dan

    Old man with no career left.

    October 11, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  20. No Country For Old Men

    McCain this is what happens when Red Meat Republicans
    are out of control and turn on you as a “Happy Meal”!

    Obama & Biden ‘08
    Hillary & Warner ‘16
    McCain 88 Hitting & Holding ‘24

    October 11, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  21. VON BISMARK,Vienna.

    The apocalypse of a self-made "marverick"

    October 11, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  22. jason, tx

    Yup! McCain Campaign = LOSER!

    October 11, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  23. larry florida

    The McCain rallies where he and Palin speak so badly of Obama that they solicit comments like ‘kill him’, traitor, ‘bomb Obama’ are very similar to the Hitler rallies where he incited violence against the Jews – and we know what happened next.

    America must rise up against this hatred speech and demand that it stops. Some nutcase is going to try to kill Obama and it will be McCain and Plain’s fault.


    October 11, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  24. Joan Fl Voter

    We already know these attacks are nothing but false! The rupblicans are a disgusting hyocritical bunch! The racist ones who are so quick to buy these smears are simply looking for a pocket to hide their racism! As bad as things are thats affecting EVERYONE including Bill Gates who lost 1.5 Billion and all some folks are stuck on is 'color'!
    Focus on the ISSUES and who is best able to fix it.
    That my friend is Sen. Barack Obama!!!
    Fl is now going strong Dem we have had ENOUGH of the negative attacks and the smeas the EDUCATED voter with a collage degree knows better! The distractions will not work this time.

    October 11, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  25. Repub voting for Obama

    You are right Obama. They have nothing to talk about, no plans, no ideas, no solutions.

    Good job by you and your team staying respectful and focused on economy. When a losing campaign has no end at the end of the tunnel, people always become negative.

    October 11, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
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