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. Renee

    Mccain/Palin offer no hope and thier supporters are hate filled. Shameful about Mccain/Palin's supporters lied about being attach from one of Obama's supporter. We don'nt need that kind of leaders in the likes of Mccain/Palin No Mccain/Palin offer No furture and No plan to move our country forward.

    October 25, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  2. Richard A. Spomer


    October 25, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  3. hurriCAIN PALIN

    the united states will be better off without an inexperienced empty suit

    socialist. NOBAMA

    October 25, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  4. Brian

    Tainopower? Is that some kind of furmented energy drink?
    I believe it was McLame that wasn't born in the U.S. not President Obama. It's also a fact that Paylin (is the new movie a documentary?) was a member of the AIP which called for Alaska to succeed from the United States! Lets do a double check on patriotism. Paylin the power hungry back stabber and McLame the adulterer.

    October 25, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  5. gl, Pittsburgh

    It looks like most of McCain/Palin are liars and hate mongor just like that lying white girl who made up that story she was attached by a black man. I blame McCain/Palin for bringing out the racist in their camp with all these hate phone calls and lying ads. I hope them two get locked up with that nut case lying supporter of their. Black men have been locked up behind white women lies and later found out it the white woman was lying. Just last you year a black man that spend over 19 years for a crime in PIttsburgh he didn't do to a white woman was release after using his DNA which 19 year ago DNA testing wasing available. So her charge is a very serious one and McCain and Palin needs to charged as well.

    October 25, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  6. jefferson values

    A nation of well informed men who have been taught to know and prize the rights which God has given them cannot be enslaved. It is in the region of ignorance that tyranny begins.

    October 25, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  7. g in LA

    To Gary (1:13pm ET):

    Sir, what flavor of right-wing kool-aid are you consuming? Barack Obama is American-born, not Kenyan. Based on the facts privy to the Federal Elections Committee, this is not a valid question but instead a third-rate (and un-American) attempt to sway the less-educated among us to not vote for Obama.

    Just your level of misspelling and poor English makes me wonder which country you, Gary, were born in; Maybe in Palin's "real America"?

    All these childish conspiracy nuts demanding a Birth Certificate are a demonstration of why we Americans are seen as so gullible in the world. No critical thinking, sub-par education levels. The problem in this election has been that many of our citizens are too lazy to research the facts from multiple sources, settling for paid infomercials a-la Sean Hannity and Rachel Maddow as legitimate "news" sources.

    Anyone can post anything online and dopes like you, Gary (1:13pm ET) just eat it up because you don't posses any intellectual legs to stand on.

    October 25, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    I am a 60 y/o black female, with three grown children,three grandchildren. and this schould be the better years of my life ,I have been on my job for 31 years.
    In 2006 I had to have a pacemaker placement ,my RXs went from a co-payment of $25.00 a month to $148.00 monthly. What is macain mine is at. my employee base insurance allow me to work an extra day aweek to pay just my medical bills. Please tell me what would Mccain 's $5,000 do When would I have the time to negotiat with an insurance company.
    Keep up the good work, I thank You and your Husband for standing up for the hard working Americans

    October 25, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |

    We may not be entirely better off 4 years from now, because, economy is so totally wrecked ! BUT, under Obamas leadership, I would bet you we will be on our way to "getting" better ! So, still voting for Obama, who has great plans, with other knowledgible heads around him to ensure this !

    October 25, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  10. John

    No. We are not better off now than we were 4 years ago. And we won't be better off 4 years from now under either of the candidates agenda. Am I for spreading the wealth. Of course, but not thru tax redestribution or by buying mortgages that are under water. Capitalism is about choice/competition. I hear things like we have to shore up house prices and shore up the stock market. Wow. I have lost a lot on both but what I want is to be able to buy both in the future at the lowest price. Thats what capitalism does it helps keep prices down thru competition. The problem from either agenda it inhibits this. We need to reward hard work. We need to encourage people that the harder they work the better off they will be. Neither candidate does this. Sorry for being negative but someday I hope that we have true capitalism that doesn't create a playing field that steers money upwards or downwards.

    October 25, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  11. Ben

    I find the single party incredibly amusing when argued against democrats. Does anybody know democrats or actually been watching them legislate and govern? It is not a monolithic party or one that often falls in line with its leaders when it doesn't agree with what is being done. The democrats that are currently in office and soon to be elected are contain a considerable amount of conservative democrats who are likely to check the power of the liberal democrats, but will actually do it out of their own beliefs and ideals rather than for political reasons. Too many good pieces of legislation get blocked by people who believe in the bill, but are bound by party affiliation.

    October 25, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  12. Amanda in GA

    To all you Republican idiots......your current President has already started the socialization process of the US by buying into parts of the financial system. So, trying to call Obama a socialist holds no water because your party is just as socialist because they want to control the financial sector since they are the ones who messed it up to begins with.

    GA for Obama/Biden!

    October 25, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  13. aurelia- canada

    I love this ad. evrey1 should take the time to listen to it. America, you are bless to have such a candidate running for the office. I wish we had that here in Canada.
    Vote for Obama, a consistent and honorable leader with a genuine vision for America and the world.

    God bless and protect Obama and his family.
    America do the right thing and vote with your conscience.

    Obama 08&12

    aurelia toronto, Canada

    October 25, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  14. Stu-Florida

    To Tainopower,
    Are you John McCain?? come on, be truthful. Oh, sorry, you can't!
    Are you Sarah Palin?? Come on. be truthful. Oh, sorry, you can't either!
    So you must be Joe the unlicensed plumber. Our future Congressman... Lord help us all.

    Take 'em out Obama/Biden
    We want OUR Country first!!

    October 25, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  15. PAS

    OK everybody, its time to shut up and vote!!

    October 25, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  16. Obama = JFK

    Gary, Tainopower, Jimmy = Joe the Plumber (education: 0)

    US Companies: Outsource ( Intelligence in US: 0)

    October 25, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  17. Former Republican

    I already voted for Obama. Please go vote early if you can .

    October 25, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  18. now voting AGAINST McCain

    Jefferson values says: "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."

    Well then, where does that leave anyone who has read Marx and Lenin as a way to then understanding Marx and Lenin? Don't you have to read them to understand them?

    By this hyper-simplistic measure, probably the majority of well-educated people are both communist AND anti-communist.

    Even speaking in such terms reveals the amount of kool-aid jefferson values has been drinking.

    Good to know that a McCain election would usher in a new era of McCarthyism.

    October 25, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  19. brenda from charleston sc

    Paul said on oct 25th, 2008 1:12 pm ET

    I guess they just can't win by getting votes. (republicans)
    neither can obama. dont forget that it is ohios dem sec of state that is refusing to obey the law by giving the election committees the 200,00 registrations that she herself siad were suspect. she wants these votes to be counted for obama. how is this democratic?

    October 25, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  20. Toni

    It's a remarkably effective ad. Positive. It tells what he wants to do, and to top it off it tells how he wants to go about doing it. It is also pretty creative.

    October 25, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  21. Desmond Sequeira

    From a non-US citizen, not white, not black, not purple, not yellow. Just very concerned for the uSA and the world:

    OBAMA: Man with a PLAN – to CHANGE the USA and the world for the BETTER


    October 25, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  22. robrubin

    The only way this country will be better in 4 years is if we elect Obama.
    The McCain campaign CONTINUES to use hate mongering and scare tactics to woo voters. We are better than that.

    I mean, once again John McCain rushes to judgement by calling that staffer who claimed she was attacked when it turns out to be a big hoax. It was the McCain rep in Pittsburgh who told the press that the "B" carved into her face by the alleged attacker stood for Barack – BEFORE she was even questioned by the police. So it is the McCain campaign purposely spreading racial hate mongering – that is dispicible.

    And today, the AP in investigating the fact that the bidding process for the natural gas pipeline project in Alaska that Palin takes a lot of credit for was deeply flawed and set it up so that only companies that favored her administration would get to bid.

    It is time to get the Republicans OUT OF HERE.

    October 25, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  23. On the home stretch

    Obama's positive economic agenda and the extraordinary team of people he is pulling together to achieve it, from across the political spectrum, is a winning ticket. It is no wonder so many leading Republicans are jumping ship and endorsing Obama, instead of being identified with McPain.

    October 25, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  24. BC

    It seems like McCain-Palin fans are mentally ill folks who lie to set up people who aren't the same color they are. This is so sick. God Bless Obama!

    October 25, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  25. Trying to keep up, Is a small town in California Pro or Anti American?

    Goooo Obama! I already voted for you! You will be an awesome leader, fair and inclusive!
    ***off topic***
    I have a child with autism and I know Obama will do right by him and others in our country with disabilities. Any parent falling for the bull coming out of the McCain camp about funding IDEA and actually caring about disabled children are being fooled! The fact that Sarah Palin laughed off the fruit fly studies proves she does not want to find cures or treatments, expecially because it may lead to pro-choice issues. McCain voted against fully funding IDEA 18 times, what makes you think he is for it now? McCain doesn't want to make insurance companies cover pre-existing conditions, Obama does! McCain plans include across the board funding freeze, who do you think will be affected? The entitlement programs our kids depend on and the federal funding of IDEA! There are posts going around regarding vaccines and Autism, yes I believe it has a connection but McCain is fooling you as did Bush, he has no intentions of forcing vaccine makers to take the mercury out of vaccines, none what so ever! Obama will look out for our civil rights under the constitution. He will protect our children's civil rights and not look upon them as a financial burden to society and a threat the financial well being of drug companies! Obama is our best chance to help our children, that is why I am voting for him and I hope you do too!
    Thank you

    October 25, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
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