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. Musicpromo Ca

    McCain TheTruth Hurts huh..

    McCain said he wasn't George Bush; well, if he wasn't supportive of George Bush's policies, why did he vote with Bush 90% of the time.

    Come on…..now that it is inconvenient to be linked to Bush, he says he is against him??? If that is the case, why did he keep palling around with him even after Bush used swiftboat style attacks on him during the 2000 election. Remember his Black love child... Hey John stop swaying which ever way will be most beneficial to John McCain.

    Let's try to remember that what go's around comes around.

    October 16, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  2. Nuwan Sam

    Of course, McCain is not Bush. No body disputes that. Bush is a different person physically. We select a president not for the person but for his leadership and policies. If McCain wanted to be different in that aspect he would not have sided with Bush 90% of the time. If he truely wanted to different direction for the country, he would have confronted Bush to fight for a new direction. Instead, he went alone with partlines except for few instance. That is not true leadership. Now he talks about different direction because he want to be in the white house.

    October 16, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  3. Kelly in Tx for Obama

    Time for Grumpy (McCain) and Dopey (Palin) to take the rest of the Bush intellectual dwarfs and go home.

    October 16, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  4. Jen, California


    Wealth distribution = wealth dries up = no more wealth to
    distribute =


    No soup kitchen for my family - NO OBAMA!

    October 16, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  5. NB, OH

    Senator McCain, you can run from Bush, but you can't hide from the facts. You have given George Bush a blank check on all major issues during the past 8 years, with an exception of a few. As a result of these policies we are in a deep hole in every sense. You are trying to separate yourself from this President and your party and saying that you can bring change to Washington. With due respect Sir, you ARE part of the problem and we need a new kind of leader to take us in a new direction. We can't afford 4 more years of the same.

    October 16, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  6. Know the truth

    TO BK:

    This is NOT an internet rumor or chain letter this is a very serious issue. I am not some kid sitting in his Mom's basement I am a professional adult with a family and children of my own. This is a very very serious issue.

    October 16, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  7. Robert..

    Mc Cain could have won the election if he had chosen a person to shore up his claim of being the most experienced in the race, decisions like selecting Sarah Palin as his running mate, sure sinks his campaign,

    October 16, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  8. It's Over John

    HA HA HA HA HA... Loved the SMACKDOWN by Obama last night..

    Go Obama/Biden

    October 16, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  9. Dan

    Gahahaha, McCain's faces in the debate last night were hilarious. He looked like and SNL player doing an over-the-top impression of himself. All Obama really needs to do is run an ad showing all those silly faces and the race will be over. Never has a candidate looked so completely unpresidential in a debate.

    October 16, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  10. John Galt

    Welcome to Obama's United Socialist States of America....

    October 16, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  11. Thomas

    When people show you who they are, believe them. In last night's debate, Sen. McCain showed us that he is a bitter, angry, sarcastic old man. We can ill afford that kind of man leading our nation. Country first. Vote Obama.

    October 16, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  12. tsm

    McCain's body language at last night's debate was very telling. The rolling of his eyes, grunting and the forced smiles made for a very frightening picture. I wonder if he could keep a calm head during a crisis. Very scary

    October 16, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  13. conny

    It is very obvious that McSame hates Obama and the WHOLE WORLD SAW IT AND SEE IT. What's up with that

    October 16, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  14. Obama all the way to the White House

    This ad represents the genius of the Obama campaign. I love this guy.

    He takes what was McCain's only shining moment and uses it against him. This is not "negative," folks. This is smarts! It will only reinforce in people's minds, that McCain = Bush. Reverse psychology!

    October 16, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  15. Chris

    Obama was born in Hawaii, that should end the whole need that these people require him to show his birth certificate. Last time I checked, Hawaii is a part of this country and if you are born in this country then you are a citizen of this country. This whole birth certificate issue smacks of desperation. People are trying to find any reason not to vote for this man and its pretty pathetic.

    October 16, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |

    McCain is a hott head which is obvious given last night's debate. Although, he did better in this last debate then in the previous two,McCain also showed that he in an angry attack dog. No wonder why so many people at his rallies are filled with anger and hate. Look at their canidate. McCain gives out those vibes and that is exactly what he attracts to his rallies. And that is very scary. Does anyone remember the line "Well if senator Obama had done like I asked him to, we wouldn't see many negitive ads"...... What???? OK McCain so now your trying to bully someone if doing what you want them to do??? No one has mention the statement above or reflected on it and I believe it was a highly(one of many) disrespectful statements coming from McCain's mouth. And McCain don't expect an apology from Obama for another person exercising his right of freedom of speech by stating an opinion. If you want an apology, you speak with the person who made the comment. Obama is not his representative.

    October 16, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  17. Mark G

    Know the truth...how about posting the truth.

    Truth...Obama was born in Hawaii a state in the USA.
    Truth...At the time Kenya was a British colony and his father was therefore a British citizen.
    Truth...Obama has never renounced his American Citizenship and has never pledge an oath of allegiance to Kenya.
    Truth...Obama's Kenyan citizenship ended in the 1980's.

    If this was a truly pro USA post...it would stop trying to disqualify a candidate that has proven themselves time and again, endured horrible accusations and name calling, and has risen to the challenge time and again.

    It's time to REALLY put your country first...and not big Oil or corporations.

    October 16, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  18. Cold

    @Know the truth

    Your post looks more like spam than anything else.


    October 16, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  19. Neal

    McCain wants to be President too badly, and for the wrong reasons it seems.
    It is too much about him, everything out of his mouth is "I", "me".
    I don't get why he is putting himself through this, but he caved to the GOP and Bush after 2000. He thought that was what he needed to do to win.
    The reasons McCain will never be President is because he is not very smart and is too emotional.

    October 16, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  20. It's Over John

    Enjoyed the smackdown last night!

    Go Obama/Biden

    October 16, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  21. Accountability

    Stick a fork in him....he's done....

    October 16, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  22. chris24

    Was McCain on crack or what?

    He looked like he was about to go postal and tell off
    anyone within earshot.

    Very creepy!!!!

    October 16, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  23. B E in TN

    Now, 95 percent of the people in America will receive more money under my plan because they will receive not only their present benefits, which may be taxed, which will be taxed, but then you add $5,000 onto it, except for those people who have the gold-plated Cadillac insurance policies that have to do with cosmetic surgery and transplants and all of those kinds of things. John McCain, 15 Oct. 2008.

    Three years ago I received a liver transplants through the grace of God, a donor who gave me the gift of life, support from my family and friends, and the medical profession dedicated to saving lives. This is the ultimate insult to all organ recipients, deceased donors, and those who have offered to be organ donors. If he meant to say "implants" would this eliminate Cindy McPlastic??? Either way, he should apologize to America for this statement or for his senility in not being able to say what he means or BOTH!!!!.

    October 16, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  24. Voter

    Time for CNN to get off the McShame bus! Why is it that CNN will let you play the McShame ad's but you only get a picture of the Obama ones, at best?

    October 16, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  25. Go Phillies

    Attention Republicans – if you want to rebuild your brand, it's time to stop blaming the media, poor people, pollsters, elites and anyone else you can think of for the fact that the McCain/Palin ticket stinks. You'll never get anywhere by crying. Dump the neocons and Dobson, go back to your roots and come up with a good candidate for 2012.

    October 16, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
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