October 25th, 2008
01:05 PM ET
13 years ago

Obama ad: Will you be better off four years from now?

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/10/25/art.obamadefiningmoment.obama.jpg caption="The Obama-Biden campaign will roll out a new ad in key states Sunday."]

(CNN) - Just a day after John McCain's campaign launched a TV ad attacking Barack Obama's readiness to lead in an international crisis, the Illinois senator unveiled a new ad Saturday that puts a new spin on the age old question: Are you better off today than you were four years ago?

The two-minute ad, "Defining Moment," will begin airing in key states on Sunday, according to the Obama campaign.

"At this defining moment in our history, the question is not, 'Are you better off than you were four years ago?' We all know the answer to that," Obama narrates. "The real question is will our country be better off four years from now? How will we lift our economy and restore America's place in the world?"

In order to "build the economy of the future," Obama says there has to be a focus on "urgent national priorities: reducing the cost of health care ... breaking our dependence on foreign oil ... and making sure that every child gets the education they (sic) need to compete."

The McCain campaign has fired back at Obama's new ad. “If Barack Obama is elected President, this may be considered the first in a series of 'defining moments' more commonly called job-killing tax increases," McCain spokesman Tucker Bounds said in a statement.

At a rally in Norfolk, Virginia, Saturday, Obama's No.2 discussed the ad and blasted the McCain campaign's tactics.

"You know how we’re finishing out the campaign? Barack is going up, instead of anything negative, we’re going up and laying out our plan to fix the economy. That’s what we’re running on," Sen. Joe Biden said. "What is the McCain campaign continue to do? They want to do anything but talk about the economy."

Updated 1:05 p.m. with McCain campaign's response

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Joe Biden • John McCain
soundoff (515 Responses)
  1. bill pike

    no no no: the question is, the real question: can anyone name ONE thing that is better off today than 4 years ago???? how about 8?????

    October 25, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  2. John C

    Americans complain about a congress that is gridlocked, garnering an abysmal approval rating...lower than George Bush. The gridlock is caused by partisanship that hobbles good ideas, no matter which side comes up with them. While there is reason to fear a majority government in both houses, how can it be worse than what has happened over the past eight years? It's probably time to take that risk...to see how that turns out. There are right and left Democrats...some right Democrats even farther right than some Republicans. Maybe the balance is still in place within the Democratic party. IF they don't do better...toss them out after this term.

    October 25, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  3. Marci

    Great ad Obama! Way to skip the petty attacks and get to the real issues. I'm willing to risk a democratic controlled government after having a bi-partisan senate and congress that didn't get us anywhere but in the hole we're in. Bring it on. If we're wrong, elect someone else in 4 years, all I want now is to get this country back on track. Voted on 10/21 for Obama!

    October 25, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  4. Bring America Back!

    To STAINOPOWER: You are just one of the reasons smart people are voting for Obama. Your made up, distorted and shameful lies need not even need posted. Do you even have any friends that you can talk to and get you out of the gutter in which you lie?...

    October 25, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  5. jefferson values

    Republicans believe every day is the Fourth of July, but the democrats believe every day is April 15.
    Ronald Reagan

    October 25, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  6. jefferson values

    The government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.
    Ronald Reagan

    October 25, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  7. Sheila43302

    Has not the Republican party been in control of the legislative branch and the executive branch for six of the past eight years? So if the Democrats come to power, we the citizens should fear for our democracy? Explain that to me, Jimmy. I'm a 70 tear old white woman who has voted Republican my entire adult life until this year. My vote for Obama/Biden was hand-delivered to our local Board of Elections on October 23rd. It made me breathe a sigh of relief!

    October 25, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  8. Edwin

    The fact one of these posters has the name TAINOPOWER as their name is an insult to REAL Tainos who were oppressed and driven to extinction by white Europeans.

    Sell OUT!

    October 25, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  9. New England Yankee

    Jimmy-Read a little history. Our Founding Fathers were incredible people, but they most certainly were not saints. Balance of power my butt. What of all these years the gop had control of all three branches? Look what the did to the USA! And they made themselves and their friends, that top 2%, very, very, wealthy.

    October 25, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  10. michael

    Ok, I'm offically sick of the Philip J. Berg posts. Have any of you anti-obama folks actually taken the time to READ the actual filed lawsuit? His sources range from wikipeda to "inside edition" news.
    A high school research paper wouldn't even accept these sources because they aren't legitimate.
    Wikipedia? Are you serious? That's your proof?
    For god sakes read the actual thing and realize it wouldn't even work on a high school paper much less a presidential lawsuit. Its frivolous, unfounded, and juvenile. Don't be that dumb. Give it up, Hillary lost, she's not coming back, and obama is gonna win. Get used it! He's American. He's the American dream. Wake up from whatever it is you're dreaming about.

    October 25, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  11. Sam

    I've gotten hatemail from the RNC in Indiana. That just shows that they are desperate and know that they are losing a state that used to be a guarantee.

    I'm dreaming of a blue US map.

    October 25, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  12. Beverly, NYC

    jefferson values October 25th, 2008 1:15 pm ET : Maybe you should trying reading and forming your own opinions rather than sucking up the Republican talking points and the drug induced rants of Rush Limbaugh. A mind is terible thing to waste jefferson!

    October 25, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  13. fishouston

    This "news" article is really product placement.

    October 25, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  14. No Country For Old Men

    This is what TAINOPWER who voted for McCain and Palin will say on November 5, 2008?

    I was depressed last night, so I called a Suicide Hot Line.
    Got a freaking’ call center in Pakistan.
    I told them I was suicidal. They got all excited
    and asked if I could drive a truck. I give up!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Obama & Biden '08

    October 25, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  15. Tejas

    Well Jimmy if absolute power corrupts just look at what the Republican party did from 2000-2006 I think it is time we give Democrats a chance to see what they can do. If they can't get anything done then we have the right to kick them out in 4 years.

    October 25, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  16. Dallas for obama

    I feel so sorry for TAINOPOWER he really doesnt love america, person like you dont deserve to live in america....I am praying every day for the future of this beatiful country If God is with us whom against us...

    October 25, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  17. a southern bell for OBAMA



    October 25, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  18. g canada


    October 25, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  19. Allen

    This is the most critical vote in thirty years. America is mired down in a foolish costly occupation of Iraq. We are sliding down the slope to the next Great Economic Depression. If John McCain is elected. Four years from now we will still be mired down in the Iraq occupation and will be deep into the terrible economic depression. McCain has made it very clear that he does not intend to leave Iraq. Also his foolish 'Maverick' economic decissions have made it clear that he is not 'The One' to turn this economy around.

    October 25, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  20. ml - California

    We need change and Obama is ambitious. He has good ideas and hopefulyy this election will be over soon.

    October 25, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  21. Turnabout is fair play

    jefferson values October 25th, 2008 1:15 pm ET

    How do you tell a communist? Well, it's someone who reads Marx and Lenin. And how do you tell an anti-Communist? It's someone who understands Marx and Lenin.

    which one is obama

    Um, it's OBVIOUS to anyone with any sliver of intelligence that Obama is anti-Communist. Now McLAME on the other hand..he's acting and talking just like a dictator at his rallies and letting his Marxist handpuppet Parrokeet Palin spew whatever lies he wants her to.

    October 25, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  22. Perry


    That birth cert. story has been debunked a hundred times, give it a rest, eh?

    October 25, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  23. The Cosmos and McCain Rocks!!!

    »A new AMERICAN President withOUT enough EXPERIECE!??!?!With SOCIALIST(!!)Views(!)/Plans(!)!??!?With a ARABIC(!)/AFRICAN(!)NAME(!)?!????NO!NO!Is this United Sates of A...ANGOLA?!?!!?»WAKE UP USA!WAKE AMERICANS!WAKE UP VOTERS!!!!»VOTE with your BRAIN!=VOTE MCCAIN!!!

    October 25, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  24. John

    I agree with Jimmy. If we elect Obama, there will be no effective exercise of checks and balance on our leaders and our biased liberal press will not have the courage to ask the critical questions of our Democratic leaders. The press has simply helped package Obama as a charismatic leader, while ignoring his questionable past relationships and helping him hide his past ACORN work. As Biden points out, Obama's chrisma will mean nothing to our enemies. They will see this a American weakness and attack. We need to learn from our history. The best financial recovery we have ever had was when Reagan (a Republican) was elected with a Democrat controlled Congress. If we elect McCain, the press will not take a 4 year vacation as they will with Obama, instead they will do their job and keep McCain accountable to the people. If Obama is elected, the press will continue to fail to do its job. For this reason, I am one former Democrat that will be voting for McCain.

    October 25, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  25. Stavrock

    To Jimmy:
    I can't agree more than you: ABSOLUTE POWER is the power that was used by warmonger president Bush to get us in this endless war in Iraq, and I am afraid that Senator McCain's flashbacks from Vietnam will get us into deeper problems perhaps a nuclear war.

    October 25, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
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