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. PC from FL

    President Barack, you got my vote. Love the ad and the message behind it!!!

    October 25, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  2. DeVone

    It is ignorent for any one to have listen to Senitor Obama through-
    out this campagin if you have a computer you have oppotunity to read and hear this man and if you have a ounce of desency about your-
    self you whould know this man is a desent human being and for
    any one who will not admit to this you have a problem and need
    to repeant it is sad that any human being know the situation
    this country is inand will not do what you could do to help is
    truly sad for all of the attack ads toward towards Senator Obama
    is all so so sad wwe need to vote the isue not ignorants

    October 25, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  3. michael in MO

    The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil, is for good men to do nothing.


    October 25, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  4. tushyadev jadunundun

    Regina October 25th, 2008 12:41 pm ET

    Great ad . . . by the way, is BO a Landmark Education grad? Seems like it. Folks keep drinking the Kool Aid. McCain is the better choice.

    This is for regina
    GFY..decode B**ch and a racist one above all

    October 25, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  5. RonPaul08

    This election has shown that a lot of people are still quite ignorant and racist.

    Luckily these types have no power in the US and they'll just have to like it or lump it because Obama will win.

    October 25, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  6. Democrat Not Fooled !!!!

    How My Life Will Be In Four Years , Depends On Me , Not Obama ! . I'm Not Going To Put My Future In The Hands Of A Media Created Trend , Does Obama , And The Media Really Think , We Can't Survive Without Him ?.

    Look At The Four Years Obama Represented The People Of South Side of Chicago , Are They Better Off ??? .

    The Only Ones Better Off , Are Obama , And This Croonies .

    October 25, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  7. Change

    Great Commercial – No Negativity – Just the facts, delivered in his very Presidential way.. I just donated AGAIN!

    Obama/Biden Forever!

    October 25, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  8. manik

    jason.do you have your birth certificate?is it false?

    October 25, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  9. Bhaskar

    I have been following political developments in US over last few years. I would be least surprised to see US electorate get Mc Cain into White House – why ? – because if this electorate can vote George Bush into the office twice, god save them !!!! They have chosen the fastest path to self-destruction with George Bush who can handover the baton to Mc Cain who can make it even faster. That reflects on US electorate and their IQ – cant really blame them I guess.

    October 25, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  10. carol

    Any undecided voters out there or Sen Obama supporters who have not voted yet......get out there and vote now.....we need to get rid of this nonsensical Republican party.
    This country has been brought down by the failed policies of Bush and it will not change under McCain......no matter how he tries to run away from Bush he voted with him 90% of the time.....words from McCain's own mouth!!!
    We can't let this golden opportunity get away by not electing Sen Obama....this man will bring the country together and get it working again.....go and vote!!!!


    October 25, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  11. Happy in Arizona

    He is absolutely correct. More of the same is what you get from McCain. We need a new direction and Obama has the right ideas. My only concern is will he be strong enough to halt the Democratic Congress from spending unnecessary funding. Obama says if you are willing to work you can make something of yourself but if Congress continues to aid and support those who do not want to work, we are right back where we started. Supporting welfare where there should be none,

    October 25, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  12. Marge

    HECK NO IF THIS PERSON WHO IS NOT A CITIZEN OF THIS COUNTRY GETS IN....he has to steal the presidency to get in. If he was a citizen he would submit that birth certificate, or did he go to Hawaii to get the one the Hawaii government manufactured for him...but just think, how can he explain the Indonesian citizenship, that one's gonna be harder to get rid of .....

    October 25, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  13. Bill in Ct.

    I have just one thing to say: You Go ((((( OBAMA ))))) "08"

    October 25, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  14. Stacy from Loudoun County VA

    Is it me, or is Obama just making an excellent closing argument here? He has laid out a great case for himself, now his summation asks us to look into the crystal ball and imagine a world with him as president and challenges us to think of the "other guy" as president...which world do you want? A sane rational person...hands down....votes Obama.

    I did yesterday and all I can say is, "Come on in folks, the water's fine!'

    October 25, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  15. kevinkris


    Are you the dog of Karl Rove?

    October 25, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  16. annie - never again a dem.

    Not if barack hussein obama is elected – elderly will be disposed of, children will be in youth training camps and the truth squad will be in full force all across the USA – well I am sure by then hussein will have changed the name of the USA. He's already planning to change the flag! So don't try to protest the disapperance of your parents or don't protest your children being taken away – the truth squad will get you!

    October 25, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  17. Ida Makled

    Ida for Obama
    I just heard McCain's speech, what a speech! This man wants to keep on fighting and spending more; I wonder how he is going to save America from this falling economy while we spending more of our tax dollars on wars. A war could've been avoided, America can't take anymore of this Crap, and we need our tax dollars to save us, to create jobs jobs jobs, better health insurance. In McCain's speech, talked about his scar, I like to ask Sent. McCain, does this scar remind him of victory? Did we accomplish anything? Of course not, lives was lost from both sides, also in his speech says, "we have to show the world we are the strongest", what is this? I like to tell him, we don't want to be the strongest, we want to be the wiser, we should look at the roots of the problems, not invented, we want to be out of this vicious game which it costing us our homes, jobs, health, and our lives, we need to built not to destroy. I also heard him saying, that he will not leave Iraq until we get victory, dignity, and respect. I like to tell him, the victory is to leave Iraq alone and let them solve their problems, because we need to solve ours first, dignity and respect is to be wise and have a conscious, because the people of Iraq suffered enough and they don’t want us there, so please someone tell me why should we stay in a war was built on a lie? McCain’s speech has a Gang’s style, like we nailed them, put your cards on the table, we are the strongest, we got the power, and more. Please my fellow Citizens be wise and choose right, because our decisions either take us to the worse or to the improved.

    October 25, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  18. kevinkris


    Not this time,
    Not this year,
    Not this election.

    We will take back america.

    October 25, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  19. Coherent1

    Question to the those with the Birth of Obama question: where was McCain born?

    October 25, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  20. Pat, NJ

    On November 5th, all of you wackos will wake up to the historic reality that Barrack Obama will be the next president of US. And, guess what? You'll survive and even flourish and, hopefuly, stop being so hateful.

    Republican for Obama.

    October 25, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  21. NC Mom

    Sure won't be better off with McCain. Remember his economic philospohy...let it trickle down...I've got a coffee cup to catch those pennies.

    October 25, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  22. Bill

    Even Republicans now concede that McCain has run a bad campaign, while Obama has run a very well organized and efficient campaign. McCain has been planing this run for at least 8 years – Obama for less than 2 years. When choosing someone to run the national government, I'll go with the proven competence of the Obama organization. If McCain gets a chance to run the government with the same lack of skills as he has run his campaign, he will make the Bush Administration look brilliant.

    October 25, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  23. AmeriicadowntheDrainMcCain

    Tainopower must be drinking draino. Obama revives hope.

    October 25, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  24. Jon

    in response to: Obama Supporter,

    Shame on those that don't support Obama because the ONLY reason they don't is that they are racists?

    Do you realize what a racist statement that is?

    If anyone should be feeling any shame it is you.

    I don't support Obama because I don't believe in socialism as a productive form of government.

    It gives no incentive to excel , if fact it punishes those who do and rewards the mediocre bringing us all down to the same low level.

    His concepts of government are not new, not change, they have been tried many times and always have failed. See the old USSR. What product did they ever produce that had quality to make it in demand by the rest of the world?

    The only consumers of their inferior products were their on citizens that had no other choice. And even now Russia has oil to export and that's about it.

    Follow Obama to "change" and that is what the USA will become.

    October 25, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  25. annie - never again a dem.

    To Paul C – the Republicans didn't pay $832,000 to acorn (voter fraud organization) to promote voter fraud – that paul was obama's campaign!!

    October 25, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
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