October 15th, 2008
09:32 PM ET
14 years ago

Rivals exchange attacks over attack ads

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HEMPSTEAD, New York (CNN) - John McCain accused Barack Obama of spending "more money on negative ads than any campaign in history" as the two men met for their final debate before the November 4 presidential election.

Watch: McCain, Obama debate negative campaigning

Obama responded that McCain's campaign had been running exclusively negative ads, and that the public found McCain to be running a more negative campaign than Obama.

The McCain campaign put out a press release moments after the exchange saying the Obama campaign had spent more than $42 million on negative ads in the past month, while their own campaign had spent only $27 million on them. The release cited CMAG, a media analysis group which does work for CNN among others.

The Obama campaign shot back with an article from the liberal blog Talking Points Memo, citing CMAG's Evan Tracey as saying "virtually 100 percent" of McCain's ads were negative, while only about half of Obama's ads were.

McCain challenged Obama to repudiate comments by his supporter, Rep. John Lewis of Georgia, that compared the atmosphere at some Republican rallies to that of the segregationist George Wallace in the 1960s.

Obama said he had rejected the remark.

soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. RS-Texas

    The country always took pride in its diversity and the ‘melting pot’ was actually considered a strength of this great nation…however it is disturbing to see that many illiterate and/or ignorant Americans can still NOT SEE beyond a candidates appearance and background……

    October 15, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  2. Smarter than the GOP

    McCain won't stop grunting into his mic... they need to turn it off!

    October 15, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  3. Michelle

    seriously, Mccain scares me. He seems irrate.

    October 15, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |