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. Mn voter

    O gee, I guess I forgot that if all the truth about Obama was known, It would be known he is a fraud.

    October 25, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  2. John Air Force Vet

    To Jefferson Values: Marx is required reading for a sociology degree in this country and most poly-sci students have read Lenin. Jefferson beleived that the richist people should be taxed at a higher rate to avoid their using wealth as a means to gain more power in the government (say the top 2% accounting for more than 80% of the wealth in the USA). He feared this would lead to the rich having increaased power over government . Ever hear of a multicorp, ceo, or Lobbist? Are you happy about the socialist move to bail out the rich?

    October 25, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  3. Obama's Share the Wealth In Action

    I went into a restaurant last night and on the way in was approached by a beggar wearing $ 150 Nike sneakers. I told him I would give him something on the way out. When the waiter brought the check, I paid the bill but left him no tip. The waiter asked why, since he felt he had given me good service. I told him I was spreading the wealth and was giving his tip to the beggar in the $150 Nike sneakers.

    October 25, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  4. nurseforobama

    ummm....wasn't McCain born in Panama? Yes, he was and yes, it's irrelevant, just as irrelevant as the ridiculous musings about the legitimacy of Obama's birth–both are U.S. citizens by the laws of our country. Let's focus on the issues and there, my friends, Obama blows McCain and his sidekick out of the water. Go Obama, take back our country from the neocons and right wing fools who have run it into the ground.

    October 25, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  5. Gail AL.

    iF Obama was white he wouldn't even thought about running for President, with as little expericence as he has. Some one is buying this election, and I bet we don't want to know who is behind this.

    They have pulled the wool over people's eyes, and they won't know till the election is over and it is too late, especially Blacks, you've been had.

    Just wait and see, he is black elite, and he won't even know you exist. If he doesn't help his brother in Africa, do you think he is going to give you the time of day, I don't think so. Obama is for Obama period.

    October 25, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  6. Juan Grain

    Very nice, and for those of you that are still undecided, regardless of party, I highly recomend that you buy the Audio Book "The Audacity of Hope" The Senator does the voice over himself (his own words) After that, you will no longer be undecided but will be decided with confidence in your choice 🙂

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 25, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  7. Princewill Opubo.

    God bless the Obamas.. God bless the Bidens.

    October 25, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  8. Mike


    Great article about obama. Too bad it is from a republican/conservative web site. But why isn't the actual court case cited and linked to? Sounds like a huge amount of BS coming from that site.

    October 25, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  9. Amy




    October 25, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  10. Cindy

    Obama is the right candidate for the Country After listening to my 16 months old baby saying Bama and what's that telling you Mccain/Palin so give it up already.
    My own baby is telling the world to wake up and vote right and for the right candidate.
    Obama/Biden for the white house in DC

    October 25, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  11. BC

    Hey, I think it is pretty well known that Obama wasn't born in this country, as a matter of fact, he wasn't 'born' at all! The truth comes out, Barak Obama is the result of secret genetics experiment using DNA from creatures from various other planets! Is this really the 'person' you want to vote for?? JOKE – this is a JOKE!!!!!

    October 25, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  12. taylor

    I wish there was a first lady debate, that would be fun to see how they stack up against each other....who do you think would win that?. As for the topic at hand, i'm quite sure the american people are anticipating a new outlook going towards the next four years. LONDON ON CAN.

    October 25, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  13. Zion

    Unlike McCain who has promised, yes I will make things better in 4 years (not even like George W., but George H.W.), Obama has actually said that the economic crisis can be fixed in 10 years. Why does he cover himself like that because he knows what it means to run while black.

    October 25, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  14. Kelly in Seattle

    I'm amazed at the level of stupidity of some of the people posting here. Talk real issues if you like...taxes, Iraq, Russia, health care, etc. But stop with the nonsense about Obama not being born in America. He was born here and he meets all the legal requirements to run for president. This kind of stupidity belongs over at Fox news, or maybe in one of Palins stump speeches. The fact is Obama was born in the U.S. On the other hand, McCain was not. He was born August 29, 1936
    at Coco Solo Naval Air Station, Panama Canal Zone, Panama. But it was technically American soil, so there is no problem for him to run either.

    Obama '08!

    October 25, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  15. Independent

    The bailout is turning out to be far different from what the Bush administration sold to Congress. The idea of the bailout was that banks would use the money to start making loans again. The rescue for the economy was about buying devalued mortgage-backed securities from tottering banks to unclog frozen credit markets. But reports surfaced that bankers might instead use the money to buy other banks, pay dividends, give employee raises and executives a bonus, or just sit on it. Can you even believe that there is nothing in the new bailout law that they just wrote to prevent any other uses?

    October 25, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  16. Obama's Share the Wealth In Action

    I went into a restaurant last night and their was a beggar out front. I sat down, had my meal and when the bill came, I paid it but did not leave the waiter a tip. The waiter asked why since he felt he had given me good service. I told him I was spreading the wealth and his tip was going to the beggar in the $ 150 Nike sneakers.

    October 25, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  17. Elvera

    TAINOPOWER, you are a criminal. Spewing lies and smears about a potential president is illegal and immoral. I can guarantee that you were hired by McCain/Palin campaign. These are their tactics.

    October 25, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  18. Wise White Guy

    That man is a true leader and i believe he may well be the greatest President we have had in the history of this country.

    October 25, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  19. teri

    This is why Independents like myself are voting for Obama. He spends his time and money talking about solutions, while McCain spends his time and money attacking Obama.

    October 25, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  20. aware

    Obama is biracial – Caucasian/Kenyan! He wouldn't be the first black POTUS!

    Obama has used the ruse of racism since the primaries! 🙁

    October 25, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  21. Shirley-Ohio

    Obama shows leadership and shows that he will take America were it needs to go. Obama sees America not as black or white, red or blue, right wing or left wing, he sees it as one and that is where the healing of America begins. Obama does not want the spread the wealth around it is just a way of say he wants to help everyone. The rich has had a break for the past 8 years and now it is time to stop the favorism because someone has a lot of money. Good job Obama, keep up the good work and thanks for looking out for the little people.

    October 25, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  22. Richard A. Spomer

    To the Obama supporters and all they may say and think Osama’s Presidency would be so Frikin Liberal that the laws of the land would become so loose that his choices and ideas would destroy society and the fabrics there with, and will make it a free for all or an out right sod-am and Gomorrah. All of which choosing Obama would be wrong for all and will be answerable to God in his second coming and those whom choose him are beholder to there choice in this election!!!


    Not a sermon just something to think about.

    October 25, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  23. Marc

    I would like to think that the country will be better off 4 years later. I'm not sure anymore.

    Whoever gets in office there will be a level of discontent with many americans. Obama being the first black president in the white house, or McCain/Palin for running the worst despicable campaign in history.

    How do we move past blatant racisms, or prejudices within our own society? How do we get back to treating others as we would like to be treated? How do get others to look beyond their own race to see others points of views from various economic statuses, genders or sexual orientations?

    In four years, I hope we can come together!

    October 25, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |

    Great ad..

    very articulate and thouightful... Go Obama/Biden 08' & 12'

    I am pleased with you guys...

    Yup its that old white retired guy from Ma. a former Republican


    October 25, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  25. Veteran for OB

    Jefferson Values: How do you tell an intelligent person? It is someone who reads. To limit your reading list is to limit your understanding. I say, learn everything. And determine from your own understanding what is good, and what is not.

    Republicans don't like to read. That is why they display ignorance like it is a badge of honor.

    October 25, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
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