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. Canadian for America

    Now that America knows the truth about Palin, this race is over. The MCcain KKK type rallies will get smaller and smaller and the smart Republicans with intergity will distance themselves by not voting or joining Obama.

    Republicans show George Bush and John MCcain that you are not stupid.

    Vote for OBAMA

    October 11, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  2. Ethan

    I'll go one step further. Smears are all McCain ever had. Pathetic. Barack deserves to win in a landslide.

    October 11, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  3. TK, Dallas, TX

    at this point in the campaighn mccain should call a press conference and do the honorable thing and actually suspend his campaign for good, take some time off away from politics and send palin back to alaska

    October 11, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  4. Ti

    Fa ct check.org said that this ad was false and misleadin g

    October 11, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  5. Simmy

    McCain is now a shell of his former self. The most patriotic thing he can do now is stop the smears and lose with dignity. Sarah Palin is a puppet. I don't think she's welcomed in Alaska anymore. They are indeed a 21st Century American political tragedy. Print this!

    October 11, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  6. Ti

    the Mccain ad that is

    October 11, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  7. Vivian

    The McCain/Palin Campaign has taken to instill hate, bigotry and fear. Country First?
    How sad....I hope that they can live with the probable violence that their Campaign will be responsible for creating. God Bless America

    October 11, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  8. Paul

    John McCain needs to take a good hard look at his campaign and the people attending his rallies. Does Senator McCain want to be remembered for the kind of hate mongering supporters that now make up his base? His own people booed him when he said that Obama was a decent person and a family man. Those aren't the kinds of supporters the McCain of 2000 would have thrown in with.

    October 11, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  9. Bobbie

    Yes, Mccain did do good by letting one of his supporters know that she was wrong about Obama. However, he only put out a fire that he and his campaign started.

    October 11, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  10. Tristan

    This has been a recurring theme throughout history, actually. The losing side in any conflict becomes desperate, pulling out "all the stops" in order to increase their odds of winning. In the case of McCain-Palin, the campaing is resorting to the standard Republican tactics of fear and division.

    This is how it works: the party scares people by suggesting that we as a nation are falling apart, that we are divided, and then gives us reasons to be divided. Then it turns around and says that it (the GOP) will bring unity and prosperity to the nation. This, despite the fact that all of our division and economic crises have been caused by who? That's right, the Republicans.

    This is not to say that all Republicans are fear-mongers. Only the leaders are. The followers are usually just uninformed or misinformed. Generally this can be attributed to faith-based thinking. The same people that can believe in religion without verifiable evidence of ANY of the claims religion makes, are the same people that believe anything the Republican party tells them. They have the horrible, crippling disease of faith. What logical or rational creature can take everything they hear without a shred of evidence to support it?

    This policy of McCain's is nothing new, so I'm almost wondering why I'm reading this here...

    October 11, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  11. Junior in Michigan

    Great! I'm glad Obama has defended himself well! That ad says it all and is indeed true! The republican ship is sinking and there are no life preservers left marked "terrorist" & "fear mongering" to throw. The raging mad lynch mob right is empty and will soon be gone for good in a few weeks. Even McCain is getting booed by his own crowd. It's out of control within the republican right! They can't win by telling the truth. That's why Obama is leaving McCain and his followers in his review mirror. Obama/Biden 08!

    October 11, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  12. NoBama

    Maybe the two sides can get together and talk about the smears like Obama's false claim the govt invented the computer at Katie's Restaurant where Biden goes to find out what's on the minds of voters, oh that's right it closed TWENTY YEARS AGO.

    October 11, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  13. Aaron

    Is it November 5th yet?

    October 11, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  14. Judy Zukoski, Barnesville, PA

    It was clear from the start, when Sarah Palin presented her GOP convention speech, that the McCain ticket was intent on taking the low road; her speech was made up of sniping and negativity, delivered with cutesy smiles.

    That tactic is now being taken to extremes by Palin, in particular, and by Sen. McCain as well. The accusations they toss about so freely in relation to Sen Obama are gross exaggerations and inaccuracies, not actual fact.

    Why is it that nothing is being made of the REAL FACT that, until recently, Todd Palin belonged to an organization that preaches anti-Government sentiments and wants to SECEDE from the rest of the country? And the illustrious governor spoke at one of their rallies! She needs to remove that American flag pin from her lapel, as she obviously does not believe in what it stands for. She and McCain only want to win the election to satisfy their own blind ambition and, as seen in the past few weeks, they will resort to the lowest tactics to acheive their goal.

    October 11, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  15. Bulldog

    McCain's pick of Sarah Palin is just another example of his horrible judgment. Sarah Palin along with her husband are very vindictive characters. The only thing Sarah is good at is smearing others. She claims she is an "expert" on energy but has consistently gotten her facts wrong about her own state's oil and gas policies and figures. She has no experience in alternative energy, just oil and gas and even that experience is questionable. She abused her power as governor and has cited "executive privilege" in a call for her refusal to release official state emails that her own husband was included on.

    McCain and Palin clearly have no solutions, they only have smears to run on.

    October 11, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  16. Ceil

    It is sad that this once-respected man has resorted to this. I once respected him for the years of service he gave his country but now, especially with the Palin nighmare, I have little respect or sympathy for him. He is not a fit role model for our children and grandchildren and certainly not fit to be our commander-in-chief.

    October 11, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |

    How tragic:
    John McCain used to be a decent Republican, a politician able to cross the isle and a maverick.

    Now he is an old man, grumpy, erratic and his campaign and stump speeches, far from being those of the maverick we have admired, are a tired and stale imitation of Rove's led G.W.Bush Presidential campaign.
    Only difference is that this time many Republican and Independent voters are no longer falling for that trap.

    The maverick McCain is gone, only to be replaced by a McCLOWN.... what a waste!!!

    October 11, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  18. Greg285

    Great ad..McCain is only trying to change the subject from the economy (Which is all Americans care about right now) to anything other than the economy! It won't work, it is not working and that's why McCain is now back tracking on those nasty comments because it backfired on him. He's down 10-11 pts in some polls. This race is basically over because he's losing in the battleground state, which if this holds, will give Obama a blowout on Nov 4th....

    October 11, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  19. Skunk Meat Anyone?

    What is that smell? Oh, that's the McGimmick's campaign staff.

    October 11, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  20. Desmond Sequeira

    With due respect, McSame has shown no exceptional qualification to be President. That is why he desperately chose now so quickly FAILIN' Palin. In fact, his current political adversity has him flailing desperately and demonstrating, in the process, the truly snarly, nasty, muck-raking nature lurching below a surface of fake-affability (“My friends”).


    October 11, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  21. Brenda R. Harris

    Beware of all of the all thebad things that are said about Obama sometime it can come back to bite you in the butt.. We are all Americans and should behave as people of such. We are so full of hate of our follow man until we will never get ahead because other countries are looking at us and laughing.

    October 11, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  22. bern from san diego


    October 11, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  23. Gohi

    Polically, McCain's camp is empty, no convincing arguments, so they are taking the dangerous road no matter what will be the outcome. And Sarah who claim to be marverick is not, according to the troopergate report. So it seems that McCain and Sarah Palin are dancing Calipso, a dance where we don't have coherence, should dance who can "Move". The downside is that the dancer can get hurt by another one.

    October 11, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  24. CG in AZ

    I used to think Sen. McCain would make a good president, but no more. He has shown himself to be negative, angry, impulsive, and lacking in judgment. I'm particularly concerned about his lack of judgment in choosing Sarah Palin, an empty-headed, mean-spirited, and dishonest person. It's very scary to think that she could end up as president. I'm sick of attack, attack, attack, by both of them, as well as their lack of integrity. I am definitely voting for Obama.

    October 11, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  25. DEX

    Sums it up!! Game over

    October 11, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
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