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. Republican Voting OBAMA

    Great Job. Mr. Obama

    October 25, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  2. james in s.c.

    excellent clip, everybody go vote, word is out that the extreme christian right wingers are out trying to stop people from voting barak obama. these people are followers for sarah palin and republicans paid by mccain campaign to stop people from voting with hate and scare tatics against barack obama...please ignore them!!! they're all over the place even on here stating bad things about obama....don't let them stop you!!!!


    October 25, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  3. Mike in Columbus

    This add gave me goose bumps. What a great leader he will be. Someone we need to guide us someone that promises a better future for my children.

    October 25, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  4. Susan--Kentucky

    A voice of reason during an unreasonable time. That's why I, Susan the Teacher from a rural town in Kentucky, plan on voting for Barack Obama.

    October 25, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  5. Fired UP and Ready to Vote!

    Thank you Mr. President Elect Obama!

    I look forward to a stronger more healthier America starting Nov. 5th.


    October 25, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  6. Walter, Long Beach

    Looks like Barack is closing the deal.

    The McCainanites haven't been able to destroy his character. He's not scary, he's not angry, he's not extreme.

    But McCain isn't done yet. They will try to intimidate voters at the polls in every jurisdiction that counts. They will run increasingly dishonest ads and give increasingly shrill stump speeches.

    Don't let the liars and influence peddlers of the right fool you again.

    October 25, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  7. Erica Trowell

    I don't understand why more people are not on Obama's side. The only explanation is race. His plan will help more people than McCain's plan. You can see the differences real clear. Those that are for the rich will vote for McCain and those that are for the poor will vote for Obama and maybe those that are not rich but white will support McCain and those that are rich but black will support Obama. I'll be so surprise to see this country for once come together as one people. Obama is for bringing people together. Not once have I heard McCain say that he wants to bring all people together no matter what color, creed, or religion. And thats why most people will vote for Obama American is getting tried of this dividing our country stuff.

    October 25, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  8. Bill in NJ


    your an idiot!

    October 25, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  9. Vic

    Go early voters, the Republicans got too many tricks up their sleeves.

    Registered Republican "voted" Obama/Biden 08

    October 25, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  10. james in s.c.


    VOTE OBAMA-BIDEN 08 & 12

    October 25, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  11. mitch

    in contrast ,john mccain is launching a new attack ad ,full of lies.

    October 25, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  12. Response to TAINOPWER

    ... the judge also ruled that OBAMA//BIDEN won the election against their opponents McCain/Palin. Therefore, OBAMA/BIDEN team immediately suspended their campaign. People all over the country are celebrating with joy ....

    October 25, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  13. A member of the coalition for fairplay

    Only if Obama and Biden are elected ! So vote now for change!

    PS This TAINOPOWER poster is a whacko. Have they been dipping tnto Cindy's medicine jar? The issue has already been dealt with. I guess that's what happens when you hang out with people who support candidates with a third grade I.Q. level.
    Peace and love, my friend. Peace and love. He, he.

    October 25, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |

    shut up Tainopower!

    What a liar! Making things up

    October 25, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  15. FAYE, NV

    Obama does have a plan and we can believe in it.

    October 25, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  16. Jeff

    The thought of either McCain or Obama leading this nation for the next four years makes me want to vomit. My guess is that we will NOT be better off in 2012 than we are right now and thing will most likely get worse. Obama is the most narcissistic man to ever run for President of these United States and his messianic complex will lead us into nothing but disaster. John McCain on the other hand is a senile angry old man who will also bring us at least 4 more years of trouble. What a disgusting choice. The Democrats were more motivated by the thought of electing the first black president than they were in choosing what was right for the nation and the Republicans had their usual band of merry lunatics to chose from. I would suggest that for the next four to eight years we put our heads down and try our best to avoid the fallout.

    October 25, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  17. kent

    Now is the time.
    Vote Obama/Biden

    October 25, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  18. Orlando


    October 25, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  19. Dawn

    Lets put it this way, only time will tell. "IF" he is elected to the highest office in the nation, he has to get through all of G.W.Bush's muck. My bet to anyone, by his first month until his first State of the Union speech he will have snow white hair, just trying to undo many of the Bush's policies.
    So far in McCain campaigning, the negative attacks, lies, fear hate and dividing this country. McCain made a comment, "IF WE DON'T KNOW OUR HISTORY WE ARE GOING TO REPEAT IT!" right you are McCain... Remember The Civil War? McCarthyism? THE KKK? shall I go on.

    Vote the canidate of your choice, and if it is the way it was for 8 long years, don't cry in your coffee, or tea.

    Obama/Biden 08/12

    October 25, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  20. Ty

    Got Get'em OBAMA. Keep punding away and run all those NASTY REPUBLICANS out of Washington....

    October 25, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  21. Petra, independent from PA

    INCREDIBLE!!! At a time when McCain continues to be a broken record; talking about "Joe the plumber' who doesn't even want to campaign with McCain; and watching the mud he slings in his ads; this was a breath of fresh air. Thank You, Senator Obama.

    October 25, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  22. Joe

    It will be a better country when Obama wins the election.

    I can't believe people could actually vote for MCsame. A rich guy who wants the power of the White House. Sad to see how he has given up his morals.

    Sara is getting used to the rich live even before she comes to Washington. 150,000 in new clothes is a lot for a hockey mom.

    October 25, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  23. James in NJ

    Yes Barack our country will be better off four years from now because YOU will be the President of our United States!
    Obama/Biden in 08!

    October 25, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  24. GW

    Great ad!
    PS Who is this Barack Obama upstart? Sounds smart!

    October 25, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  25. gamma

    What can i say!!!!!!!!!Excellent ad

    October 25, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
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