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. jules

    McCain's body language is not something he has much control over. His injuries cause him to look like he is stiff all the time. For you to even think body language matters is stupid. What about Obama's smirks and laughing when nothing funny was said? Does that not tell you that he thinks everyone else is dumb and he is the only one with a brain? McCain didn't say one thing last night that wasn't worth hearing. It was all relevant. Just not to Obama, the god. I can't wait to hear his 30 minute sermon on the mount!

    October 16, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  2. B'Mo

    Ok, Googled it. Not a anti Obama post? The first three returns were from Obamacrimes.com. No, not "anti-Obama" at all!
    From Fact check.org-

    FactCheck.org staffers have now seen, touched, examined and photographed the original birth certificate. We conclude that it meets all of the requirements from the State Department for proving U.S. citizenship. Claims that the document lacks a raised seal or a signature are false. We have posted high-resolution photographs of the document as "supporting documents" to this article. Our conclusion: Obama was born in the U.S.A. just as he has always said.

    Know you "know the truth".

    October 16, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  3. creighton

    Some of McCain's expressions were scary and painful to watch. He at times seemed to ramble, seemingly wanting to touch on all his talking points. He didn't change many hearts and minds with last nights performance.

    October 16, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  4. Kyle

    Why are we concerned w/ CNN having a liberal bias, Fox News is as conservative as you can get, I don't care...we're balanced.

    October 16, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  5. Linda32

    Wraps up the debate in a nutshell.

    October 16, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  6. Gwen

    Every voter… no matter who you are supporting should google:
    Philip J. Berg esq and Obama.

    You need to read about his lawsuit and how Obama and the DNC are trying to hide it from you. This is not an anti-Obama post, this is a serious issue. This is a pro USA post.

    I wish people would address the issues in the blog. That's all.

    October 16, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  7. M.S

    The media needs to stop being negative with McCain & realize Obama wants to make our beautiful country a socialist nation. Obama is good at covering up the facts & would not be a good leader for us. Who will be on his cabinet, Wright, Ayers please get smart.

    October 16, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  8. Lorraine Hynes

    Another MAIN reason why John McCain CANNOT

    October 16, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  9. Michael S. Fort Wayne, Indiana

    McCain voted with Bush over 90% of the time.

    John McCain = GW Bush

    Last Friday Sarah Palin was found guilty of ~Abuse Of Power~ as Govenor of Alaska, along with her husband, Todd.

    Sarah Palin = Dick Cheney

    The picture is crystal clear.

    October 16, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  10. An honest American businessman

    Both my parents were democrats. Both were lifetime civil servants of the US government. I grew up on a dead end street. worked my way through college. I did not take a vacation for ten years. I worked 18 hour days and saturdays for over 20 years. At the age of 53 I am very successfully financially and still at work at 6:15 am daily.

    The top 25% of wage earners pay 85% of ALL taxes in the united states. the top 1% of wage earners, which is my category, (finally after being in business 30 years), pay nearly 40% of all taxes in this country. i might add this top 25% also are the most benevolent contributors to our society.

    Obama wants to raise my taxes upwards of 50%. he has put no limit yet on how high he will raise payroll taxes…let me tell u my fellow americans, if I am working for the government 6 months out of the year…iIwill not work. i will fish and play golf. and the 20 plus employees that work for me will join the growing list of unemployed.

    I have numerous individuals approach me on a weekly basis asking for “loans.” 99% of the time their problems are self induced. they are not working, not showing up for work, living in a house they cannot afford, driving a vehicle they cannot afford, watching cable tv with all the add ons, 3-4 cell phones in the household. give me a break america. you tax this business man…any more…and i, like many many of my cohorts…will sit on the sideline..and releash employees. You think the economy is bad now. raise the taxes again. and see.

    October 16, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  11. Marie Budhan

    Obama, I am waiting so eagerly to see those big companies to bring back the jobs in the USA.Politics is so nasty.Yes,Obama said we need to fund many areas but look at the tax breaks he is going to take away from those rich and famous.That is the money he is going to use to fund our education.Like the 10 million to Iraq!!!!!!! Hello!!!! Wake up America!!! Look beyond the norm.

    October 16, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  12. Atty in FL

    McCain has never been like Bush. He's always bucked his own party. But people are gullible and believe anything that comes out of Obama's mouth. Its sickening. (and YES, I'm a Democrat. I'm just not a gullible Democrat). I see it this way....people want to believe that things will get better. So here comes Mr. Obama...he spews the words "hope" and "change" and everyone falls for it because they WANT to believe in it so badly. Obama is nothing more than a mascot. A hope mascot. Sure, he's inspiring when he speaks, but look at his record....inspiration is all he's got! And newsflash folks...inspiration doesn't fix the economy, inspiration doesn't create jobs, inspiration doesn't end wars, inspiration doesn't fix health care.

    Are we really going to vote in the most inexperienced, unqualified candidate to ever be put on a major party ticket, during a time of war and recession???????????????? I mean really folks??? What are you thinking?

    October 16, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  13. NJ

    I thought mccain did great adn he won the debate but no matter how good he is CNN will never post it!!

    October 16, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  14. Scott from Chicago

    Actually, its quite clear that Obama is actually more like Pres Bush than McCain would be. Obama's answer to everything is spend more, spend more, spend more, while McCain wants to reform. I think it's clear that McCain is ready to change the country, while Senator Government's idea of "change" is spend, spend, spend, oh, and spread the wealth to the 40% of Americans who pay no taxes anyway. Not right.

    October 16, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  15. Kentucky

    Mike in IL wrote: "Last night reminded me of when Hilary Clinton made Obama look like a fool during the DNC Primary… We can only pray that the people respond to McCain like they did to her!!!"

    I don't know if you know this or not, but Mike, Obama is about to be in the White House, Clinton is watching from the sidelines now. Evidently she didn't make him look like that big of a fool. If you want to say something idiotic again, just repeat everything John McCain says. I'm not even going to get started on Palin. Enough said period.

    October 16, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  16. Tony

    Funny how mindless liberals think that body language is all of the sudden a big deal during a debate. Back in 2000 it didn't seem to matter all that much.

    Also funny that mindless liberals AND the main stream media are neglecting to mention Obama's body language when he disagreed with McCain and how he'd constantly interrupt him. VERY presidential indeed. I'd have more respect for liberals in this country if they weren't such hypocrites, or if they had at least some substances to their beliefs.

    October 16, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  17. Vicki

    McCain is trying to get you all to see the truth about Obama. Other than McCain the only news outlets talking about the truth are Rush, FOX News, and Hannity. The Main Stream Media is well-aware of the Afro-centric Marxist underpinnings of the Obama candidacy. But they love it, and will continue to push their agenda. I urge everyone to get into the Blogs on the ABC, NBC, CNN, MSNBC and CBS websites and SHOUT IT OUT! Make as much noise as you can...and pray like hell...

    October 16, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  18. Matt

    Tony: Grow up. CNN has never touted the scoring of their 6 member panels after the debates, but they allow Republicans like Castellanos, who scored Obama higher in the first 2 debates, to blabber about how McCain really won them. That's just the way it works and deserves eye-rolling, not accusations of bias.

    It's really pathetic that the Republicans are latching onto errant claims of bias. The facts aren't biased just because they don't support your position. This has been the Republican party's problem for well over 8 years now: if the facts aren't supporting their position they either ignore them, pretend they don't exist, claim bias or fabricate new ones (or some combination of the above). We're just plain sick of it...you'd think the FACT that McCain is losing horribly right now would clue you in to that.

    October 16, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  19. carson


    You are not bush but your policy is same with bush 100 % , no change, more same .......that's why We call you bush....

    MCBUSH , MCBUSH , MCBUSH, MCBUSH, MCBUSH, MCBUSH, MCBUSH, MCBUSH, MCBUSH, MCBUSH,MCBUSH, MCBUSH, MCBUSH, ........................................... ( MCBUSH ) bye bye the game is over !!!!!!

    October 16, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  20. welches Oregon

    I'm so glad I'm not a conservative. McCain is just too old. I will be so proud when young, fresh, President Obama represents the USA.

    I saw the ad this morning and it's great. Uses McCain's words against him. Brilliant.

    All McCain has going for him is his race. That's the only reason the few people who do vote for him, will vote for him because anyone in their right mind (no pun intended) would see Obama is the better choice by far.

    Obama is calm and collected. McCain always looks erratic and confused.

    Obama/Biden '08 and '12

    October 16, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  21. jules

    Rolling your eyes and sighing isn't presidential but smirking is. I can't wait until Obama is sitting across from Putin, smirking. That will go over great. Very presidential.

    October 16, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  22. Dale in VA

    McCain looked very tired and his presentation was that of sarcasim i feel at moments. Again the attacks i found to be negative as id polls.

    The new add is good when looking at comparison to voting with bush. In refrence to running negative adds, i think McCain camp has ran the most negative. Sure he rebutes what his camps says or runs or what other people may say publicaly about Obama, however he doesn't until his folks takes advantage of it first. many examples out there.

    Virginians for Obama/Biden

    October 16, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  23. MC

    Oh yeah. Did anyone mention he was a POW?

    October 16, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  24. Gwen

    I also think that John McCain's VP pick should be looked at as an example of the people he could possibly have surrounding him in his cabinet.

    October 16, 2008 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  25. K.L. Watson

    Know the truth October 16th, 2008 9:39 am ET

    Every voter… no matter who you are supporting should google:
    Philip J. Berg esq and Obama.

    You need to read about his lawsuit and how Obama and the DNC are trying to hide it from you. This is not an anti-Obama post, this is a serious issue. This is a pro USA post.

    Will you PLEASE stop wasteing time, energy and brain cells with this crap?
    This has been disproven over and over again. This has gone past disgusting and has gotten down right old.

    October 16, 2008 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
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