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. sad

    Gary, you are obvioulsy a very confused and stupid man. He was born in Hawaii, and last time I checked that is in the UNITED STATES. Next time before you open your mouth and look like a fool, do your research first. Otherwise know your place and shut up.

    OBAMA/BIDEN '08!!!!!!!

    October 25, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  2. Marie Canada

    Only the dumbest of the dumb won't be able to understand and identify with this message. McCain is 4 more years of Bush as nothing in his policies are any different with intent to continue on with all of Bush's policies.

    Add to this McCain's age and unstable reactions as well as a totally incompetent VP in the case she had to take over the controls pretty much shows why most respectable and intelligent GOP members have endorsed Obama.

    October 25, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |



    OBAMA 08

    October 25, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  4. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    McCain keeps YELLING fight fight fight fight.

    I think his campaign advisors have taken him up on that. They're fighting all over the place. How can McCain run a country if he can't run a campaign?

    October 25, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  5. eurotripper

    This "tainopower" nonsense:
    Fact: There is no United States District Judge named R. Barry Surrick.
    Fact: There is an R. Barclay Surrick in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
    Fact: The recent opinions on the ED.Pa. website does not contain any case involving Berg or Obama.
    Fact: The database of the ED Pa. website does not contain any case involving Obama.
    End of nonsense.

    October 25, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  6. Tex,

    JOhn SIdney McCain was naturally born in Canal Zone, Panama, Central AMerica, also natural birth place ofGeneral Manuel Noriaga,the former Panama dictator.It is clearly noted in the USA constitution only natural born USA citizen are qualify to seek the office of the predidency. As far as I know, Hawaii was already a state before B.O was born. NOwn can you tell me who really should not be seeking the office of the Presidency. Whose been given here a special treatment, BOSO.

    October 25, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  7. Dwight

    real change coming.

    Obama/ Biden

    October 25, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  8. Obama Fan

    To all the ignorant people that keep saying that Obama is not a U.S Citizen. Let me ask do you really think that he would have come this far in this election without everybody checking to make sure that he is? I mean come on now him being the first African American(really mixed because he is half white) to run for POTUS everybody and there momma would check that out first. So please let it go because we are all really SICK OF HEARING IT!!!!!

    October 25, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  9. Phil Newton in Murphy, Oregon

    Where will we be in four years?

    Re-electing Barack Obama.

    Apparently the McCain campaign has turned its slime machine on itself.

    Sort of a political auto-immune disorder.

    From robo-calls to auto-destruct, it's not been a good year for the GOP.

    October 25, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  10. Judy from PA

    Our country will definitely be worse off in 4 years if Obama is elected. His policies will not help the current problems. All of you who are proud to vote for him in this historic election, I ask you, why is it historic? If it is historic because he is black, you are just as racist as Rush Limbaugh. You can't have it both ways. I am a Democrat and am not as super liberal as Obama is, that is why he does not have my vote. We need a more moderate who has more experience, that is John McCain.

    October 25, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  11. Will the Real Maverick Please Stand Up?


    October 25, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  12. gEnie

    Every vote 'Count' so, Please get out and vote it's trully important for us,t he rest of the world and for our kids future. Obama/Biden our Hope for the better Change

    October 25, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  13. need answers

    Is Barrack Hussein Obama an natural born American citizen? This is a question that needs to be answered before Nov. 4th election. This may mean that BHO is not qualified to be president in america.

    October 25, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  14. NyGuy

    A country that the President it deservers who may or may not be the one it needs.

    In this case I am convinced that Mr. Obama is the one that we deserve and need.

    As a recent citizen of USA and a first time voter I am super excited to cast my voter for a worthy Obama/Biden ticket.

    I am pretty sure my taxes will go up under their plan but I don't care cause I look at it as an investment in this great nation that has given me so much.

    October 25, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  15. Sam

    To the moron who states that Judge Surrick ruled Obama is not a citizen and his campaign must end: Actually, Surrick issued a 34-page memorandum and opinion saying the claims of Obama's non-citizenship are "ridiculous" and "patently false," and dismissed the lawsuit.

    Google it yourself f you don't believe me.

    October 25, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  16. Brian Rich

    Judging by the polls, I'll be a lot better off than I am now. Thanks!

    October 25, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  17. Another White Guy Not an Obama Supporter

    Hey Moderator the dems made it about race not us. Let the truthful comments shine through.

    October 25, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  18. vote! OBAMA-BIDEN NOV.4th


    October 25, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  19. Gary

    The role of government is to do that for a community of people ythat it cannot, because of lack of resources do for itself.

    -Thomas Jefferson

    If you want to express yourself fine, but please read a book, magazine, or a newspaper first-so that your writings are more than a rant. After this election, no matter who is elected-we, as Americans will come together. The problems we face are larger than one party, one candidate one political philosophy. The strength of America, rests in her resolve to do better, to be better. Our strength rests in our ability to have spirited debate-and then to unite in a common purpose.
    This campaign has devolved into name calling and mind numbing rants. We can disagree without being disagreeable. We can discuss and debate issues great and small without being close and small minded. What we all need to think about is, is this the kind of country we want to leave our kids-a nation cleaved by red state blus state mentality. Men and women have given their lives to this nation, let's honor their memory and their sacrifice by having rational discussions on the issues-voting and at the end of the process coming together for a common good-that is the American Way!

    October 25, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  20. Paula Lacey

    We will only be worse in 4 years if Palin and McCain are in office. We will all be living in tent cities and caves, and eating berries and if we are lucky fish from the river if it hasn't been polluted. There will be one good thing, we will all be walking because no one will own a car, and if you did, you wouldn't be able to find gas.

    October 25, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  21. Judy

    In response to "Joe the Plumber" running for office, first off, he's no
    Gary Cooper, he owed back taxes and is unlicense in his trade. To
    top it off, there are actually people dumb enough to send donations to
    pay his taxes. You can send your donations to my family, we pay our
    taxes, we pay our mortgage on time and live within our means, so
    what makes this guy so special? Obviously,the same people who
    buy into, Palin as the average woman would also send money to a guy
    who is in arrears with the tax dept.

    October 25, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  22. Obama WILL win!

    Probably not! No matter who is in office we will still be cleaning up this mess that Dean, Dodd, and Pelosi got us into!
    What amazes me, is that you never hear the Dems take responsabilty for anything. They always point fingers to someone else.
    Obama is best at that. He has shifted, refined, denied, twist things around, stretched the truth, and down right lies. When caught with his hand in the cookie jar, he never admits he was wrong, or made a mistake. He either says "WE" misunderstood, or he blames someone on his staff, or he doesn't know who is responsible. I have never heard Obama apologize for anything! No one is that perfect! He holds everyone else accountable for transparency, but feels he is above the rest. IE: Government Records- Obama only gave up what he wanted them to see. Health records- He gave up a one page typed up report from his doctor saying Obama is in good health. The other candiidate, and his VP are asked to give full medical reports.
    Obama's College records..............
    Why is it no one gets to hear interviews with Obama's Uncle, half sister, or even his buddies from College? But yet, the few people that we do get to know about, are not so nice or honest people. The friends of Obama that we are so privilaged to know about are crooks, anti American Racists, and ex-terrorists! Makes me wonder what his friends are like that he doesn't want us to know about! Too many Closed/Locked doors in Obama's life for me to trust him.

    October 25, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  23. Leila

    Wishful thinking Tainopower – I would sooner vote for Bob the Builder than McCain Palin. How crazy are you people, or are you all the top 1% of the country making $1billion or more? OBAMA 08 it is!!!!!

    October 25, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  24. Peavy

    Is senator McCain, ashamed of his black family in Missississippi?

    October 25, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  25. Phoenix

    Parker, you are right, your rights will be violated under an Obama rule. Your phone wires will be tapped. Public Officials who do not vote "big brother's" way will have their political careers put in jeopardy. The Justice Department will be politicized. The ruling part of Congress will attempt to take away Filibuster rights (preventing people from objecting to certain policies). Oh, Wait, that's going on now under the Bush Administration. Parker, I'm sure you're white. Why are some whites comfortable only when the oppressor looks like them? Join freedom, join President Obama.

    October 25, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
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