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. Nervous in Texas

    Oh good one. I love how quickly they got this one out. I have to try to see it somewhere. But I would have liked Obama to have thrown a few more punches. But I guess he just wanted McCain to appear rattled as he did. But clearly there were several issues that Obama could have made a stronger point by citing a few more examples and crushing McCain's stance or lack there of. I wish he could have said what all the American people are thinking, NO Palin is not qualified. But his own answer was much more dignify, fitting of our next president. Go Obama. And lets make sure everyone get out to vote no matter how the map has your state going. Get out and vote.

    October 16, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  2. mayah

    take a good look at the picture, it speaks ALOUD..

    October 16, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  3. Francis

    I know ....jez the eye rolling was creepy!

    October 16, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  4. carolo

    If Joe the Plumber doesn't want his more than a quarter a million taxed, how does he feel about McCains plan to buy up all those thousands of foreclosed homes and have health insurance taxed? There's no way to know which mortgage is a bad mortgage and which ones were intentional. I can not afford my own home and don't feel like buying other peoples homes for them.

    For some reason, McCain actually makes Bush look good.

    October 16, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  5. Know the REAL Truth

    Philip J Berg's lawsuit is frivolous and without basis. Another GOP scare/stall tactic. It won't work.

    October 16, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  6. Barbara

    Can't wait to see the ad. Seems like "he had ants in his pants and wanted to dance"

    October 16, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  7. Terri Max

    If you act like Bush, work like Bush and smell like Bush then you are the same as Bush. Perhaps calling Senator Clinton before the last debate for ideas was McCains reason for saying he is not Bush. It's not too late for McCain to reach accross the isle and go Democrat!

    October 16, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  8. Donkey Party

    America witnessed the temperment of the cool-headed and steady-handed Obama, versus the angry, bitter, crotchety old man who whistles every word and can't even pronounce 'Warshington' my friends.

    October 16, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  9. Georgia voter

    McCain will lose because he thinks exciting his base will win the election. That worked for Bush but not this time. That again is a policy that's Bush's and McCain refuses to change. No wonder he stopped using the change word in his campaign because that was a losing battle.

    October 16, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  10. susanne

    OBAMA -BIDEN 2008 / 2012!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 16, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  11. LiberalChris

    McCain: You are done. I think last night he was trying to go out with a bang. Palin might be deluded but McCain knows he is finished.

    October 16, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  12. RJ2008

    know the truth,
    There is a similar kind of lawsuit against McKlan. Check it yourself.

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

    October 16, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  13. That One won

    The efficiency of Obama campaign is just amazing.

    October 16, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  14. Mike

    You know what neither one of them have it right! We hear talk about the problems with our economy, from Wall street to Main Street. How many of you actually live or shop on Wall Street or Main Street. It's not about Wall Street or Main Street! It's about Back Street where "WeThe People" , really live and work . Again both are out of touch. Nobody has it right. I'm done with this. I'm out of here and the election!

    October 16, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  15. Jona Perrin

    Why did McCain say (more than once) that Palin had an "inside" with Autism? The last I heard her son has Down Syndrome, not Autism. Is he grouping all special needs children together. Let's not forget that Palin cut funding for Special Needs children in Alaska.

    October 16, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  16. Shame Shame I Know your name GOP

    I am voting Obama, but at this point I kinda of feel sorry for McCain. He lost his way, I think he would have had a better chance if he stuck to his guns. He is swayed to easily by his party and his campaign people. I hope he and Cindy go back to Arizona and have a good merlot, and settle in for the golden years.

    October 16, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  17. Baze

    Know the truth;

    Save your conspiracy theories dude. Every politician is dirty. For every grit you can find on Obama you'll find the same for McCain. If grit was a problem, then we'd never have a President.

    ONE NATION

    October 16, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  18. Nathan

    Why don't you link video of the ad?

    October 16, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  19. Bulldog

    Good ad. McCain was very unpresidential and showed his true colors last night. He has a temper that he has a hard time keeping under control and it showed. Even many of his Republican co-workers have come out with concerns about McCain's temper.

    October 16, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  20. REDNECKS LOVE OBAMA

    Smart voters KNOW McCain/Palin or just like Bush/Cheney.... OR WORSE..... I am very, very, glad I voted for Obama 2 weeks ago.

    October 16, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  21. Gracie

    JOHN McCAIN YOU ARE GEORGE BUSH!!

    JOHN McCAIN YOU ARE GEORGE BUSH!!

    JOHN McCAIN YOU ARE GEORGE BUSH!!

    JOHN McCAIN YOU ARE GEORGE BUSH!!

    JOHN McCAIN YOU ARE GEORGE BUSH!!

    JOHN McCAIN YOU ARE GEORGE BUSH!!

    October 16, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  22. Pol

    McWhatever trying to be tough, but looks funny, attempting to be presidential, but looks funny, needs Sarra Palin (??) to energize anybody (Madonna definitely would work better for him, but she doesn't want). It's funny for us, it also will be funny for the rest of the world.
    Angry old uncle Sam who cannot scare anybody.

    Finally, only one choice left for American people.

    October 16, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  23. No Hillary = No Obama = Republican Shill

    You can run but you can't hide, McCain. Call off the dog(s) and run your campaign with honor as you said you would.

    October 16, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  24. Doug R.

    Hmm. Where was McCain's American flag lapel pin??

    October 16, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  25. Geeque - Chicago,IL

    Hello America,

    Lets Go and Vote For Barack Obama.

    McSame is the Clone of President Bush.

    McShame is done !!

    October 16, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
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