October 16th, 2008
11:00 AM ET
14 years ago

Obama camp targets McCain moment

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(CNN) - Barack Obama's campaign is wasting no time in targeting one of John McCain's comments during the third and final debate Wednesday night.

In a new 30-second spot set to air nationally, the Illinois senator's campaign highlights one of the McCain's most emphatic statements of the evening: "Senator Obama, I am not President Bush."

The line was among the strongest of the evening for the Arizona senator, who has long grappled with how to escape the president's shadow.

"True, but you did vote with bush 90 percent of the time." The ad's narrator says. "Tax cuts for big corporations and the wealthy, but almost nothing for the middle-class - same as Bush. Keep spending 10 billion a month in Iraq when our economy struggles? Same as Bush."

The ad also shows some of McCain's more memorable reactions from Wednesday's debates, when the Republican presidential nominee was seen rolling his eyes and sighing.


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (259 Responses)
  1. Amy For America

    Good. Keep on being on the offensive.
    McSame will not be President.

    October 16, 2008 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  2. Fed

    Go get 'em Obama! The end of the regime is near

    October 16, 2008 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  3. Mr Brown

    His facial expressions as well as his stance and lack ofrespect for womens rights were his undoing.

    October 16, 2008 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  4. WATCHER

    McCain, it is clear you are not Bush. But you ACT JUST LIKE HIM. Bush is YOUNGER and does not have the temper you seem to have trouble controleing so you are worse than BUSH

    October 16, 2008 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  5. Peggy from Iowa

    McShame Phalin ticket is very scary. They are only popular w/the same voters who elected Bush Chaney to two terms. I recent that & I pray they will fail this year.
    OBAMA BINDEN Please

    October 16, 2008 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  6. Accountant Guy

    You did a great job President Obama!! McBush was finally exposed for who he really is. I never thought he was Bush, because I think his IQ is a couple points higher than Bush's, but he is a carbon copy of Bush!!

    Obama/Biden '08

    October 16, 2008 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  7. joe 'bud drinker' for obama

    McCain sure left it too late to try to convince us his not McBush.
    He voted 90% off the time for Bush's disastrous Economic, Domestic and Foreign Policies. You might as well be G. Bush.

    CHANGE is coming to America I can feel it in my beer belly gut.

    October 16, 2008 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  8. Simmy

    You're no Bush? Here we go again-another lie.

    October 16, 2008 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  9. Peggy from Iowa

    McShame Phalin ticket is very scary. They are only popular w/the same voters who elected Bush Chaney to two terms. I resent that & I pray they will fail this year.
    OBAMA BINDEN Please

    October 16, 2008 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  10. Ya_Ya

    McCain started to fade about 30 minutes in. If he doesn't have the stamina to make it through a 90 minute debate how, pray tell, does he think he can run this country. I'm amazed that he's been able to keep up on the campaign trail even given the fact that he typically takes weekends off.

    October 16, 2008 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  11. TKW- New Mexico

    Great ad! Beat McCain before he tries to spin the "not Bush" statement. Even the polls on Fox News said Obama won this debate. 4-0 Obama/Biden. I love it! The smell of victory.

    October 16, 2008 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  12. Sam7_OR

    The man comes across as if the Presidency was his God-given right, and that this punk (they call Obama) is trying to steal it away.

    Just imagine if after all the erratic behavior that we have witnessed over the last few months and he still gets elected, and suddenly he becomes the LEADER OF THE FREE WORLD… just imagine!

    Obama/Biden

    October 16, 2008 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  13. old white lady

    Obama was strong and clear. McCain came off as an angry old man.

    Obama will be the better leader in these troubled times.

    October 16, 2008 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  14. Mike Kaplan

    McCain can run, but he can't hide from the fact that he has been one of Bush's enablers and accomplices, helping him to drive us all into the ditch.

    October 16, 2008 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  15. Stud

    What a sad geezer. He should just give up.

    October 16, 2008 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  16. Johanna

    Obama Biden 08!

    October 16, 2008 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  17. no fear

    Watchign the debates last night made me want to sigh a bit like McCain. I realized how very difficult it would be to have to court McCAin and Palin's energy for the next four years.

    THey come across too toxic for me. Their energy is simply too divisive.

    I don't care how many times they flash smiles, or wink or give me the thumbs up. THere is something about this campaign of theirs that leaves me very, very concerned.

    October 16, 2008 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  18. Joe Sixpack

    You're no wonder boy either, Obama!

    October 16, 2008 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  19. hmmm

    Haven't seen the commercial, but i think its a good tactic for the next few weeks, show that he 'thinks' hes not, even though he really is. Maybe paint him as worse, since he did lose a primary to Bush

    Also, i hope they have a strategy for this Joe the plumer thing. It will be Mccains new platform.

    October 16, 2008 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  20. Annie, Atlanta

    McCain may not be President Bush, but his economic policies are similar. They seem to be geared toward making Cindy richer. If that is appealing to you, vote for John McCain. It's as simple as that.

    October 16, 2008 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  21. Karen

    Senator Obama: Congrats on the hat trick. Great ad!

    October 16, 2008 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  22. Lyndon

    They've been waiting patiently for McCain to fall right into this trap since the beginning of the general election. If McCain's campaign hadn't taken so long to think of a proper response to say, this commercial would have been out there weeks ago. Yet another example of how Obama's campaign is much more organized and how it is prepared to handle most, if not all, potential outcomes with a quick and efficient response.

    Why is no one touting Obama's campaign as one of the best ever in the history of modern presidential politics? He's made virtually all the right moves for the better part of the last two years.

    October 16, 2008 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  23. mama4obama

    Only in my nightmares does John McCain make it to the White House. His clear contempt for Obama or anyone else that stands in his way of power and glory is disgusting. The tongue snapping, grunting, heavy sighs and rolling of his eyes reminds me of a spoiled rotten teenager with no respect for anyone.

    On the other hand, you have Barack Obama who is always calm, collected and intelligent in his responses to what real Americans care about. He has been spot on with the issues and continues to hammer away in his fight for the average American. I will be so proud when he becomes the next POTUS.

    October 16, 2008 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  24. Baze

    LOL 2 funny. Doesn't Joe the Plumber look like a skinhead?

    ONE NATION

    October 16, 2008 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  25. rice, bryan

    mccain was hilarious last night. all he was doing was the same as the last campaigns by bush. he wanted to try and scare you into voting for him. the scare tactics will not work this election, and the republicans need another brand, this one is stale.

    October 16, 2008 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
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