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. Dave G, Minneapolis

    The Bob Barr debate last night with the two candidates was excellent. It's too bad that they weren't responding to him as he was to them.

    I think Bob Barr won. Check it out online.

    October 16, 2008 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  2. Kaye- Jacksonville FL

    Not only does John McCain mimic Bush's policies – he's got that same smug, arrogant, demeaning attitude towards anyone who disagrees with him.

    John McCain has sold his soul to win this election – and his radical Republican base are the only voters excited about what he's offering.

    Palin – go back to Alaska and explain yourself to those constituents. They seem to be turning on you.

    McCain – go back to the Senate and explain to your colleagues that you simply lost your mind to your blind ambition...

    October 16, 2008 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  3. KJL

    BK – Haven't you noticed the horrible spelling, grammar, and syntax a lot of the McCain supporters use in their posts? I'm surprised they can use computers.

    No candidate will ever be perfect, but how anyone could vote for an angry, sick old man who has chosen a slick politician with no other useful talents as a running-mate is beyond me. We deserve the best, so voting along party lines is foolish in this election.

    October 16, 2008 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  4. Texas for Obama

    Senator Obama. I am NOT President Bush.

    I am the new President Bush 2.0

    Obama/Biden 08!

    October 16, 2008 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  5. Lorraine Hynes

    Another MAIN reason John McCain CANNOT be president: He actually said he is proud of Sarah Palin and he said it with a straight face.

    He's an angry old man out of touch with reality. I also suspect he's an outright liar on everything.

    Lorraine Hynes

    October 16, 2008 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  6. Republican for Obama

    Enjoyed the McCain SMACKDOWN last night by Obama...

    Go Obama/Biden

    October 16, 2008 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  7. concernedcitizen

    In response to "Knowthetruth": All of the allegations by this man are unfounded. His birth certificate is posted on is website. This man is a lunatic and I am sure this was checked out when he was vetted to run for president. On the other hand everything negative in the media about Sarah Palin is true...Seccessionist Movement(check out the Youtube video with her welcoming them and google it) and her unethical abuse of power in Alaska. She is one a few steps away from becoming president. That is the scariest thing about this whole election to me! Reformer and Role Model...not for my children!

    October 16, 2008 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  8. Know the truth

    Michael October 16th, 2008 9:49 am ET

    KYT… get over it. Everybody, do the Philip J Berg google search if you want, but it's just another attempt to claim that Obama isn't an American by birth. That claim's been totally debunked already, numerous times. Serious issue, my eye.
    Where? where was this debunked? Please show me. Why are they blocking the lawsuite? Why not just prove it, they questioned McCain and he proved it.
    Just like the health issue, McCain gave a TON of records. Obama gave a one page statement from his doctor, Obama was a looong time smoker and cancer runs in his family, why have we not seen any proof on anything regarding Obama? Whya re you all letting him get away with it?

    October 16, 2008 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  9. Ronda

    The cry of the truly desperate: "I don't know about that birth certificate of Obama's..."

    Stupid. It has been examined over & over. There is absolutely no doubt that he was born in the U.S.

    So please, shut up & grow up. You have to face the fact that your opinion about Sen. Obama is the minority opinion. Most people in this country do not agree with you or McCain. Most people do not think Palin is qualified. Most people do want Sen. Obama to be the next president.

    Respect our country, honor our laws and consitution. Comments like yours that question Obama's citizenship, patriotism, etc. make you and similar others appear very unpatriotic and like 5 year old brats that are sore losers.

    Real problems take grown up coversations and solutions.

    October 16, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
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