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. Paul from NYC

    Brilliant. Obama is turning McCain's scripted zinger nuclear.

    October 16, 2008 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  2. We are ALL "That One"

    Hahahaha....This is THE moment of the campaign.

    McCain showed how confused and little he new. It was clear contrast to Obama, who was calm, intelligent and poised.

    Obama seemed to know and understand McCain's policies better than McCain! LOL

    Obama08 – Is there even a question anymore?

    October 16, 2008 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  3. Know the truth

    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.

    October 16, 2008 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  4. Katie

    I just saw this ad this morning - it was really lame. I can't figure out why Obama would put out such a weak ad.

    October 16, 2008 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  5. Beverly, NYC

    Can't wait to see the ads. Watching John Mccain try to explain his tax & health care policies was painful. It was clear that he has no understanding of his policy. His platforms are full of one liners.

    October 16, 2008 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  6. John

    Right on! Gobama!

    October 16, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  7. Linda from Prescott AZ

    Good for them. Keep it rolling. John McCain proved last night that he is not a good choice for America. To think a person who thinks they are qualified to be President of the US would sit there rolling their eyes and making snide faces rather than focusing on the issues.
    And another thing, McCain, you know what you can do with the air quotes.

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 16, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  8. mark from NY

    obama, you are the man for the job. forget mccain. stay on isssue.

    October 16, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  9. proud army and navy mom

    LOVE IT!

    October 16, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  10. Barbara Chicago, IL

    That was so fuuny last night when McCain was trying to put Obama on the spot and ask him how much he would fine small businesses or "Joe the Plummer" if he did not provide health coverage to his employees. He was really trying to be a smart allic like he did in the previous debate when he kept saying "I still haven't heard what the fine will be". He kept trying to interupt Obama in the las debate before he could answer that question. Well when he got his answer from Obama last night which was "0" as he put it McCain looked so stupid. Almost shocked. Under Obama's Plan small businesses with be exempt McCain and will actually recieve a credit. Why don't you try reading you might find some of the answers to your questions instead of being rude and laughing while Obama's talking. America's not laughing so why do you think everything is funny. Well actually the look on your face last night was priceless.

    October 16, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  11. jn

    Give it up John!..You are President Bush...just older and crabbier!!!!!!

    October 16, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  12. joyce

    Good. I'm glad that Obama's campaign do not allow these things – these misleading statements by McCain to just slide.

    I feel like 90% of the statements he made last night are false, misleading and really distorting facts. This could be an hour long commercial if each one will be tackled and scrutinized against facts.

    Good job Obama camp.

    October 16, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  13. Lynda Ridgefield, CT.

    McPain, must have thought of himself as an old Reagan!

    This country and it's current crisis, does not need a one-liner! We NEED ACTION, and apparently, McPain needs more than one life-line!

    Notice, how he avoided answereing the question of the qualifications of his VP pick, just heard the same old, same old, BUT, he did add "A TOUGH HUSBAND OF PALIN" WHO GIVES A CRAP about him??

    October 16, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  14. maggie

    McCain was nothing but arrogant and rude through all three debates. When McCain was speaking, Obama watched and listened to him. When Obama was speaking, McCain would be looking anywhere but at Obama, making faces, gesturing to the audience . . .

    Newsflash, McCain - having been a POW doesn't mean we owe you the Presidency.

    October 16, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  15. Jesus Praising, Freedom Loving American Patriot

    McCain looked MAD in the debate! I thought he was going to start foaming at the mouth.

    Looked like somebody swapped his Preperation-H for Icy-Hot.

    McCain needs to go to the proctologist to get his brain examined.

    October 16, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  16. Blue By You


    October 16, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  17. James From Chicago

    McCain is an angry old man.

    October 16, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  18. HKK


    Quick effective response. These guys are good.

    October 16, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  19. Scott L




    October 16, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  20. John


    McCain has defied Bush.

    When has Obama defied Pelosi?

    October 16, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  21. Marc

    Sounds like this ad just helps McCain. That was his highlights moment and the rolling his eyes/sighing was just showing his disbelief about the garbage Obama was spewing.

    By the way, I thought it was McCain that had 100% negative ads *lol*... Obama going negative. Politics as usual.

    October 16, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  22. Dave G, Minneapolis

    blah blah

    McBama will be the downfall of us all. Both are taxing and spending at a phenomenal rate...it's not a point of who will take us down, it's just a matter of how fast.

    Go to the National Taxpayer Union website to see what the candidate's programs will cost us... They are just lying about it not raising taxes on you...their programs will cost you more one way or another.

    October 16, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  23. Coco 5

    Seriously, McCain and Palin seem to be okay people. They're the type of people that I could see having as a neighbor. Have BBQ's and beers. HOWEVER, I do not want my neighbor as my leader. I want a President that can speak grammatically correctly, who can look their opponent in the eyes and say I disagree, who does not roll their eyes when someone else is speaking. These are the types of qualities that have greatly damaged America's reputation in the world. I WANT CHANGE!!!! Who's with me?????
    McCain should have run eight years ago, it is not the fault of the American people, but rather the Republican party for putting the wrong man on the ticket (8 years ago)

    Obama/Biden '08, '12

    October 16, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  24. Deluise

    Anyone watching the debate and seeing the split screen could see McCain's uncomfortable posture and erratic movements along with his lack of patience and sneer expressions. I don't know if it's exhaustion, a medical ailment, or his own normal habits that caused him to jitter and glare so unnaturally, but the net result didn't inspire any confidence for him.

    October 16, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  25. John in KY

    Can't deny that statement you did vote with BUSH 90% of the time by your own words! also back in the primary your mother said you voted with bush most all of the time.

    October 16, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
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