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. YoungGrad

    Genius response.

    October 16, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  2. Frank from Peterborough

    The future of much or all of the world is in the hands of the electorate in the U.S. not just the future of Americans.

    It is very scary that the polls show 40% of the voters will still vote for John McCain in this election despite a host of reasons why he just simply isn't their best choice.

    When you compare the stature, the intellectual level, the temperment and the policies of the two candidates Senator McCain comes in a distant 2nd behind Senator Obama. Then when you add to this the VP selections of each candidate there is every reason for the world to be concerned about Senator McCain's choice of Sara Palin. She is very very scary.

    Hopefully in the final analysis of November's election America's voters will make a choice for the benefit of their lives and their country's future without the influence of party affilitation and religious convictions.

    If America votes for the welfare of both themselves and their country then the Republican Party will be forced to change their platform to better serve everyone's interests.

    October 16, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  3. Chris in PA

    I love this ad, it hits McCain where it hurts.

    October 16, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  4. LiberalChris

    And for the Berg lawsuit, it is bogus. His mom is American, it doesn't matter where his father is from or even where he is born. I mean if you really want to go there McCain was born in the Phillipines.

    October 16, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  5. Texas

    OK people, just get out there and vote. I will be voting for McCain as I am really terified of what Obama might do to this county. We all know the press favors Obama. Will the press ever give us the true facts without pretty much just telling all of us to vote for Obama? I think not!!

    October 16, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  6. Purple Alaska

    In all honesty, McCane even sounds like Bush on occasion...so though he is not G. Dubya...he has certainly been in lock step with Bush's policies ~ and we don't have to look that far to see where the last 8 yrs of impotence have gotten us.

    Is it asking to much to have intelligence in the White House? No, really ~ that's a very serious question?

    October 16, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  7. watching

    I saw this ad and it really is effective in putting the flame out on McCains big moment.
    He really thinks he's better than us.

    October 16, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  8. jules

    CNN – why have you posted comments that were written after mine but not posted mine yet? Oh, that's right. I keep forgetting. You post comments that are favorable to one candidate. It must be my old age. I am, after all, 50 now. Pretty soon I won't be able to function like so many of those that think McCain is old. I bet you post this comment!

    October 16, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  9. thought crime

    If anyone watching last nights debate was objective they would see that McCain was better. Obama made no sense at many points and his policies were exposed as "holy" [as in they have holes in them if you missed the joke]. I must admit i was leaning away from McCain before the debate, but now i'm set. I wish i could have been McCain last night, I think he held back too much, he shouldn't have just rolled his eyes, he should have ripped Obama apart with some of those economic comments Obama made. If you want another Great Depression, vote Obama. I say, let's avoid Socialism, keep a balance of power in Washington. Keep America a Capitalist country.

    October 16, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  10. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    Know the Truth – you're trying to spread another rumor that has been debunked. That law student wants his 15 minutes of fame. Nice try.

    Obama/Biden '08

    October 16, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  11. Michael

    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.

    October 16, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  12. Terry, Lakeland Florida

    um, is 81% not 90%, again Obama is telling a lie, just like when he said he doesn't always vote with his party, yet he has a RECORD of voting 100% of the time with his party...atleast those times he showed up to vote. I'm sorry Obama but a vote of present doesn't count as standing up to your party...it makes you a coward.

    October 16, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  13. hello

    Did not we have BUSH,FRIEST and TOM DELAY and look what happens to our economy
    We need OBAMA, REID and PALOSI now to bring back Bill Clinton's economy.

    October 16, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  14. right source

    McCain's eyerolling is just like Bush's too. Give the dems the keys!

    October 16, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  15. J.P.

    Boy, Obama sure did whine a lot about negative ads, just to throw this one out right after the debate. It's a weak argument any way you look at it. The American people aren't stupid.

    October 16, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  16. joe-6-pack

    pro usa post?....ha ha ha.....dude give it up, obama deserves to win the election.....the american people deserve smart people in the white house

    October 16, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  17. Matt

    McCain came out swing and KOd NObama

    October 16, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  18. McPalin

    With due respect, Senator McCain try and convince your over ambitious power abuser running mate, Palin to join you and vote for Obama/Bidden ticket. This will secure your wealth for your children, instead of mismanaging the entire economy the same way your brother McBush did. Remember, your wife is rich.

    October 16, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  19. Amy

    McCain will do anything, say anything, to get elected, just like Bush did in 2004.

    And like Bush, my gut tells me that McCain will stick to the status quo, as he did 90% of the time siding with Bush, and accomplish nothing.

    His promise of a balanced budget in 4 years is ridiculous. How will he pay for the war in Iraq, the bailout, health insurance, buy up every bad mortgage, off shore drilling, etc., all while cutting taxes and making the Bush tax cuts permanent? IT'S NOT POSSIBLE.

    I don't believe one word that comes out of his mouth.

    October 16, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  20. Nimi from NY

    Know the truth-

    It's either you're dump or stupid. It may even be that you are so hateful, you can't see the truth if it's starring you in the face. Obama is a citizen of this country. It has been verified by every fact checking organization. Come to think of it, it's your candidate's birth place that's in question. McCain was born outside the United States. He was born in the Virgin Islands. So, be careful what you ask for because you may actually get it but not the way you might have imagined.

    October 16, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  21. John Don't Call Me McBush

    Katie,
    What part was weak and lame? The part where John McCain himself proudly proclaims that he's voted with Bush over 90% of the time - even more than most members of the Republican party? That part??

    This will now be used as fodder similar to Nixon proudly proclaiming "I am not a crook!!" We all know how well that turned out, too.
    Between the facial contortions and slack jawed expression during the "zero" fine segment of the debate, it was just priceless.

    The McCain Palin ticket continues to deliver major hits on the unintentional comedy scale - you just can't make this stuff up if you try.
    This weekend I'm going to see the beautiful fall foliage in the great northwest...not Oregon nor Washington but in New Hampshire!!! Who knew? Palin can see Manchester from her house in Wasilla, too.

    October 16, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  22. Nick

    Know the truth-
    That suit is complete garbage. Obama has produced his birth certificate from the state of Hawaii. Case closed. No one is trying to hide it, its just stupid.

    October 16, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  23. LJ

    McCain can't honestly argure that he is that much different than Bush because they're in the same party. That means at the core, you share the same ideas !!!!! HELLOOOOOOOOOOOO.. No one agrees on everything, but politics reveals when you are an R or a D or an I, you think like other R's, D's, or I's

    October 16, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  24. Baze

    Mike in IL;

    Go get a beer, we prefer informative blogging here.

    October 16, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  25. rok

    I just read in alink that Joe Wurzelbacher is related to Charles Keating of the infamous Keating 5 scandal. Hilarious.

    October 16, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
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