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. Alice

    A poster who calls himself "Know the truth" says we should all google "Philip J. Berg esq and Obama" to read about "a serious issue" that "Obama and the DNC are trying to hide."

    Well, l did google it.

    And I found the same discredited claim that Obama is ineligible to be POTUS because he was not born in the USA that we have been seeing for months. (It apparently doesn't matter to Mr. "Know the truth" that factcheck.org has verified the authenticity of Obama's Hawaii birth certificate.) Nut-job Philip Berg also claims the US government was behind 911.

    Give me a break!

    October 16, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  2. J.L. Ross

    No matter how hard McCain tries he comes off as having a temper and a very angry man. He didn't behave as much of a thug as he did in the first debate, but no one wants a person with his temperment dealing with our friends and enemies on a international basis. That requires calm and a thinking mans demeanor, not a hot head which is the feeling one gets watching McCain as he rolled his eyes, sighed, and instead of showing respect he oozed distain and a inability to deal in an open friendly manner. McCain should finish his term in the Senate and go happily or crabbily into retirement.

    October 16, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  3. Frank,MO

    Very smart ! Take his 'best' line and turn it against him!

    The Obama campaign is just in a higher league than any other campaign. A new standard !

    October 16, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  4. Chris

    Saying McCain is somehow Bush shows the obsurdity and ignorance of Hussien Obama, who's career and life is pillared by confirmed terrorists and racists, and his blind sheep who will follow him to certain poverty and medocrity on the world stage.

    THis isn't American Idol, you socialist idiots, this is American and Obama's actions as an American are repulsive. John McCain is the only man for the job.

    October 16, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  5. John Smith

    Philip J. Berg esq and Obama.

    Do NOT waste your time on this nonsense. These issues have been discussed and debated. No, the FBI background check would never have allowed any candidate to get this far and close to the Presidency. Spend your time on another topic.

    But here is the real catch: you are being asked to CONTRIBUTE your hard-earned dollars to file a legal brief on the matter. Where will your money go? Well, do not come back screaming and .... You are being fooled again, and again and you never wake up!

    October 16, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  6. mitch

    mccain would be worse than bush, so he's right.

    October 16, 2008 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  7. Sylvia

    CNN, Leslie Sanchez, Lou Dobbs, Glenn Beck, Candy Crowley you better get ready to report on the next president of the United States. I know you wanted McCain especially by all the headlines favoring McCain, but Senator Obama will be the next president of the United States. No thanks to your unfair reporting.

    October 16, 2008 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  8. Julie-Washington State

    I think it says it all. No he is not Bush....but he sure acts like him!!!

    October 16, 2008 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  9. NOW OBAMA CAN START MEASURING THE DRAPES AND CALL THE EXTERMINATOR TO EXTINGUISH THE REPTILIAN STENCH FROM THE OVAL OFFICE!

    After all that angry ranting and railing McCrypt did last night I know he must have soiled his Depends!

    Now if he would stop that death rattle chuckle, that is starting to really creep me out!

    October 16, 2008 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  10. J J

    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.

    You mean like Biden

    October 16, 2008 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  11. Cincinnatian

    John McCain's flower is fading, while Barack Obama is beginning to bloom. McCain seems disgruntled and out of touch with the average American; Obama inspires hope.

    October 16, 2008 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  12. Rodger

    The deal is sold! Now go out and vote!!!

    October 16, 2008 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  13. Larry B.

    I would just call McCain, Bush Jr. from now on.

    October 16, 2008 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  14. Stan

    We know you are not Bush. This is what we mean...see the ad....we mean your policies are like Bush's.

    October 16, 2008 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  15. PaulFromPhilly

    Link, please?

    October 16, 2008 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  16. Tim

    In the days leading up to this debate, McCain was baited by Obama and Biden into his approach during the debate. It was very smart for the Obama campaign and a lack of vision for the McCain Campaign. McCain came off looking angry, frustrated, and ranting. Someone in his campaign should have told him that there would be a spilt screen and to keep his gestures in check. They also should have tested the position of his lapel mike because it picked up every sound he made while Senator Obama spoke and it was very noticeable and irritating. Between the Grunting, sighing, eye rolling, scary stares he looked kind of crazy at times and about to blow his top the next. Saturday Night Live will have a field day with this debate.

    October 16, 2008 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  17. Mike

    McSame looked erratic as usual. Saying that you are not Bush is one thing, but marching in lock-step with every detrimental policy that Bush has produced, is another. He did nothing but looked like a tired politician with no new ideas.

    October 16, 2008 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  18. Rob

    Why does McCain move like the Tin Man from the Wizard of Oz? No wonder he needs to drill baby drill.

    C3PO has more flexibility than McCain.

    October 16, 2008 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  19. OHIO FOR OBAMA

    OH WE KNOW YOU ARE NOT BUSH. YOU ARE MCSAME. DIFFERENT FACE SAME OLD POLICIES. SO OUT WITH THE OLD AND IN WITH THE NEW. NOT TALKING ABOUT AGE. IM TALKING ABOUT IDEAS. SO SENATOR MCSAME LETS SAY OUR GOOD BYES NOW. TO YOU AND CARIBOU BARBIE. NOW THAT THE ACORN AND AYERS THINGS HAVE BEEN LAID TO REST WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO TALK ABOUT NOW.

    October 16, 2008 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  20. Helen

    McCain's facial expressions showed his anger, frustration, disgust and dislike of Obama. He also lied when he said Obama's ads were more negative than his. Her is the one who started the more negative ads and of course, Obama had to respond.

    He might as well give up and realize that his choice of Palin was the first mistake he made. She is just not qualified to step up to the plate if something (God forbid) were to happen to him. The only thing she did was to rally the base. The second mistake he made was when he lost his cool, suspended his campaign and ran off to Washington and achieved absolutely nothing and the third thing is the negative campaign he has run. Independents do not like this and I think and hope that Obama will win this election

    October 16, 2008 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  21. Tommy

    John McCain – Just an ANGRIER version of George (the most WORTHLESS president in history) Bush!!!

    October 16, 2008 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  22. Mace

    So, I looked up the Phillip Berg lawsuit and I can only say I'm disappointed how much time the Republican Party has spent on attempting to portray Senator Obama as a foreigner. First, Senator Obama is a US CITIZEN! Secondly, for the Republican Party to attempt to cast a negative light on those who have immigrated to our country is shameful. It is the same type of nationalist/isolationist sentiment that led to the persecution of the Irish, Italian, Arabs, and many other ethnic/religious groups who have come to our shores. I believe their actions are deplorable and individuals who propogate their hate through chain emails/weblinks should be held accountable.

    October 16, 2008 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  23. Voice of Reason

    All is fair in politics... I had an oppotunity to view the ad this morning and I thought it was both clever and strategic. The facts were sufficiently stated and who can deny that the multiple facial expressions and gestures of McCain? It fit together as a hand in glove. It's the same game the republicans have been playing all these years, this time it was a different player. They would take a positive of their opponent and spin it into a negative in order to make their case. Obama has proved that you don't have to be nasty in order to be effective. Take note! Way to go!!!!

    October 16, 2008 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  24. Joe, the average everyday American

    The white haired dude, has a temper. A few times he look like he was gonna blow a fuse...Not the type of person I want near the nuke button...That One in O8!

    October 16, 2008 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  25. That One won

    The ad, Katie, is anything but weak. This ad uses McCain' strongest argument during last night debate to put him in defensive, and it diluting the strength of McCain's argument to the voters: he is not George Bush but he acts like him in many ways. We don't want the next four years to be 90% like the last eight.

    October 16, 2008 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
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