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. frodo

    It is strange that people are not talking about the Berg case. The proof is there that Obama has not presented an unquestioned birth certificate.

    Who cares if he's an Arab, muslim, or any thing else, but we should know if he is American.

    October 16, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  2. Baze


    Not everything is a home run.


    October 16, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  3. bill canada

    OBAMA WINS AMERICA LOSES. No wonder the markets show no confidence in the USA now . Obama is going to pull the troops from Iraq losing oil from OPEC . Then he wants to open the FREE TRADE AGREEMENT . Well, he wont get a warm reception here in Canada , from our minority goverment who would love to start selling our oil to the highest bidder.

    October 16, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  4. Mark G

    Of course no one thinks John McCain is Bush. I believe what Obama has said is that McCain's policies would be the same as 4 more years of Bush's. I don't think anyone can argue any different.

    October 16, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  5. Joe R

    If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck, quacks like a duck...wellsir, you got yourself a duck.

    Speaking of ducks, when is Palin going to quit avoiding the press and respond to questions about the report on her abuse of power? (If it quacks like a Cheney...)

    October 16, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  6. Lina

    It's time to spread the wealth.

    October 16, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  7. Penny

    AM I THE ONLY ONE? Who heard John McCain twice refer to Sarah Palin as an "expert" and "no one knows better" about autism? Is he really that unfamiliar with his own running mate, or does he just not know the difference between autism and Down Syndrome? What a buffoon!!

    October 16, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |

    That is how you stop any momentum from building – hit them where they think they succeeded.

    The McCain camp did this with Obama's superior intelligence by claiming he was an elitist.

    Very effective and very memorable.

    October 16, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  9. Donkey Party

    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.

    Don't wast your time, it's just another non-story. Obama is a US citizen, born in Hawaii (yes, Hawaii is a state too), and raised in different parts of the world, including Kansas and Indonesia. I take more issue with McCain, who was not born in the US, and should not be allowed to run based on that fact.

    October 16, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  10. Jamie -- Asheville

    I thought that, during the debate, McCain appeared very unpresidential, even childish at times. We don't need a president who rolls his eyes when he disagrees with something a person says.

    It is time for us to have a president who displays leadership qualities and is respectful of other people.

    October 16, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  11. Mike in IL

    Now who is running a negative campaign???

    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!!!

    October 16, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  12. Alison B

    McCain's body language last night identified precisely how he was feeling. Even though he was smiling in Obama's face his expression exhibited otherwise.

    October 16, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  13. ep

    Obama should have come back immediately with 'How can you possibly say you're not Bush when you have voted with him 90% of the time'. Also, '4 years ago I wasn't as ready as I am now to run this race'. I think he missed the opportunity but I also think he was the overall winner. 3 for 3. Go Obama!

    October 16, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  14. Yannick

    "I'm not Bush" is a very short term tactic that is successfull but in a few days and in the coming weeks, folks will say... you're just the same as Bush... your own "records" do enforce that... (90%!!!!!!!!!!!!!)

    (It's just like a salesman that does get in your home to watch TV, ultimately the guy will try to sell you something, you cannot hide what you are!!!)

    October 16, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  15. Brian

    McCain looked drugged last night.

    October 16, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  16. Democrat from AZ

    I thought Senator Obama did well and I look forward to him becoming President. I think he will go down in history as one of the best

    October 16, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  17. Tom

    What's really sad is that before Bush, McCain wasn't a conservative. Now his positions are a carbon-copy.

    October 16, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  18. BK

    Rolling your eyes and sighing during a presidential debate.. that just doesn't seem very presidential. Obama is lucky to have an opponent he doesn't have to make things up about.
    And to "Know the Truth": Sorry, we don't buy into internet email chain letters like you do. For crying out loud, when will you people learn that "I heard it on the Internet" doesn't make it fact. I'm beginning to think McCain's core supporters are only supporting him because they are outright stupid.

    October 16, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  19. Svanbasten, Atlanta

    McCain's like a beat up fighter just about to hit the canvas and is lloking for the corner to throw in the towel and they are not...

    You were doing great until when you decided to get Mavericky and nominate Ms Palin for your running mate...

    Please fade away...

    October 16, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  20. dannette

    Obama was very impressive, while McCain just whinned about his hurt feelings, and he never seems sincere!

    October 16, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  21. Fitz

    Know the truth< so what's your point? who cares? I think Barack Obama has been fully vetted by every news organizations even some that "don't like him very much" so again what is your point? He is on top, he will stay on top and stupid posts like yours..well again who cares.

    October 16, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  22. Mccain should wear clown shoes

    You are a joke if you support Mccain. Anyone who has a sense of reason or did not drop out of highschool is smart enough to know that.

    October 16, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  23. concernedcitizen

    The voters also need to know about Palin's ties to the Seccessionist Movement in Alaska and her unethical abuse of power. Google that!

    October 16, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  24. Seriously?

    McStupid made a fool out of himself – AGAIN. It's a pattern and how anyone can seriously vote for this guy and his barbie doll is simply beyond comprehension. His facial expressions last night told the whole story. His head looked ready to explode. LOL

    October 16, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  25. Kim, Charlotte, NC

    Where was Sarah Palin? Still hiding from the media????

    October 16, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
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