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. Ricardo

    False. Barack Obama is, in fact, a natural-born citizen of the United States, for the simple reason that he was born on American soil (in Hawaii, two years after it acquired statehood). The age and citizenship status of Obama's parents at the time have no bearing on Obama's own citizenship.

    Nice try! Are there any intelligent conservatives remaining. Tainpower, do you think after all this time – an essential thing like citizenship would just be blatantly overlooked. Dream on!

    October 25, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  2. Paul

    Excellent add. No attacks just the facts.

    October 25, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  3. Chaco

    THAT'S what a true, sincere representative of we, the people sounds like. Great ad, nothing negative and he tells us HOW he's going to do it. Yay!!

    October 25, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  4. NJ

    Obama is my hero.

    October 25, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  5. Terry

    Yes! I will be better off in four years if Barack Obama is elected.

    October 25, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  6. Jonathan

    It's great to see that his campaign is playing positive ads leading up to election day!

    I dread to see what John McCain will come up with in these last ten days...

    October 25, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  7. Lee from FL

    i was better off in 1998

    October 25, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  8. Josh in North Carolina

    Not if McCain/Palin are elected we will be destroyed with 4 more years bush policies,which will continue under McCain... I heard some of his speech this morning until i couldn't lisen to anymore of his lies and half truths.. He will say or do anything to get elected...Lies.. Lies.. Lies..

    October 25, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  9. Mike, FL

    GOP whining in 3....2....1....

    October 25, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  10. Doug

    This ad is the reason why Obama will win the election. His plan makes sense, he has stayed on message and not resorted to mudslinging and character attacks. He is the person we need to run this country.

    October 25, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  11. Ginger

    Simply amazing. I can't wait to call him "President Obama" 🙂

    October 25, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  12. American.for.a.better.future

    Wow!! I have been a Republican all my life and have voted so accordingly but this year I have been so impressed with the content and stature of Barack Obama. For the first time in my life I will be casting my vote (early) for Obama/Biden.

    This ad is AMAZING!! I have been so impressed at how Obama has refused to get into a back and forth mud slinging contest with the McCain/Palin ticket. He has truly chosen the high road and I believe that with everyone's help, that road will lead him straight to the white house!

    Please vote early if you can but even if you have to wait until the 4th..VOTE. Don't let us, as a nation, blow the opportunity to get back on track with a TRUE leader!

    October 25, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  13. penny

    I believe this ad is great and I can only hope that the american people see him for what he is and will be as PRESIDENT OBAMA, Greattttttttttttttttt!

    October 25, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  14. Griff

    John McCain is not ready to give up the fight, that you will lose...

    October 25, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  15. Joe Regis

    We will be better off for sure after we throw out the repubs that failed the country for 8 years. The people's anger are palpable and that means they are going to vote for every democrat they can find to show and express their frustration with the repubs.

    The people through their contribution to Obama's campaign have express a deep need for change in a new direction and Nov. 4th is no exception, the people's voice will be heard loud and clear.

    Landslide Obama/Biden 08/12.

    October 25, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  16. Christian?

    Good people of America as Joe Biden says, "Stand Up". Stand up for what is right and good about this country. Stand Up to the bigotry and hatred that has long held this country down. Good people we can put a lid on the racist once again.

    What does it say to the world when a little girl is on camera acting like and making monkey sounds, with parents in tow. Children yelling that they don't want a monkey in the White House and adults all around laughing and patting them on the back. How disgusting and they call themselves real Americans.

    If this is an example of real Americans, then shame on us.

    Good People, STAND UP!!!

    October 25, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  17. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    If McCain gets in, he'll be a lame duck from day one – ha ha hah ahhahahhahah

    October 25, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  18. katiec

    Barack Obama and Joe Biden have run campaigns based
    on change, hope for the future, returning our country to
    the once great nation it once was and uniting America.
    Mccain/palin have run campaigns based on anger, fear,
    attacks, lies and have tried to divide our country.
    Now I ask you, who is best to lead our country?
    It is a no brainer.

    October 25, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  19. conny

    Thanks President Obama, a friend of mind just today said that they lost 90 thousand dollars out of the 401k and at age 65 have to go back to work, now that BS Go home McSame and take your conrads with you now gettt!

    October 25, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  20. Wendy

    Obama is for uniting this country. McCain/Palin wish to divide this country by using scare tactics designed to have us feel that a vote for Obama is a vote for complete anhilation after election day. McCain's latest ad is a perfect example. It shows a horror flick of doom if Obama is elected. What will happen on Nov 5th if Obama is elected? I believe we will have approximately 42% of the population heading for a bomb shelter expecting the worst. What will really happen is that Obama will speak to the American people and work hard to put back the word united in United States. The McCain campaign is perpetrating a hate crime against Americans with his divisive rhetoric and he should be forced to stop! McCain and Palin DO NOT put their country first. They only put themselves first.

    October 25, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  21. Dawn

    TAINOPOWER... Still nothing on the news? Watching news and I live in Pennsylsvania. Another one of McCain?Palin.

    What planet are you from, oh yeah, the MCCAIN/PALIN PLANET. If this was breaking news, it would be all over our news, the DNC checks and rechecks, guess what, he deliver it.

    McCain would have been making this breaking news months ago, go to your planet of McCain... Simply enough, join Palin and her fight to cease from the Union, it is called Alaskan Independence Party.

    October 25, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  22. ruty

    I just heard McCain making a speech in N.M. How pathetic. His mouth was moving–so I am sure he was lying. I can't belive those people believe his lies. How pathetic! This man should be put in a cage. He is dangerous. Simple minded people believe this crap sandwich stuff. GO OBAMA.

    October 25, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  23. Paying Attention

    Wonderful add.

    I like that he has an actual plan. I have always appreciated his calm thoughtfull approach to solving problems.

    I would love for him to win the election and be our next President.

    O B A M A

    October 25, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  24. Larry

    To Taintopower:

    You obviously have no clue.

    October 25, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  25. Ork

    vote hope not fear! vote for what brings you up, not what brings everyone down! vote for what is the best in us, not what is worse in us! Go Obama!

    October 25, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
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