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. Jay N.H.


    You make no arguments for your candidate i'm guessing is John McCain? You just want people to read articles from some pastor that's so far to the right that he ends up back at the beggining. You are the exact type of person that drives fear mongering in an attemp to divide this country.You don't speak for the vast majority of americans and you certainly don't have any ideas to move this country forward. And although you have a right to your opinions please go back to your conspiracy theories and your short wave radio and leave the politics to the people who know better.

    October 25, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  2. Eric Vaello

    What a great ad. Obama speaks from the heart and has the brains to make things happen. Get out and vote for Obama!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 25, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  3. X-Republican in Texas for Obama


    You must be either getting your info from FOX news or doing some major editing to the facts.

    Judge rejects Montco lawyer's bid to have Obama removed from ballot

    A federal judge in Philadelphia last night threw out a complaint by a Montgomery County lawyer who claimed that Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama was not qualified to be president and that his name should be removed from the Nov. 4 ballot.

    Judge Surrick ruled that Berg's attempts to use certain laws to gain standing to pursue his claim that Obama was not a natural-born citizen were "frivolous and not worthy of discussion."

    The judge also said the harm Berg alleged did "not constitute an injury in fact" and Berg's arguments to the contrary "ventured into the unreasonable."

    For example, Berg had claimed that Obama's nomination deprived citizens of voting for Sen. Hillary Clinton in November. (Berg backed Clinton in the primaries.)

    Berg could not be reached for comment last night.

    Obama was born in Honolulu on Aug. 4, 1961, and the campaign posted a document issued by Hawaii on its Web site, fight thesmears.com, confirming his birth there.

    Berg said in court papers that the image was a forgery.

    The nonpartisan Web site FactCheck.org examined the original document and said it was legitimate.

    Further, a birth announcement in the Aug. 13, 1961, Honolulu Advertiser listed Obama's birth there on Aug. 4. *

    October 25, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  4. rosangel..change that im waiting for

    wow taino power get a life...you must be an Mccain supporter twisting everything like them......shame shame tal para cual

    October 25, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  5. texasvoter

    Thanks for the daily laugh TAINOPOWER. You are a riot! Get a life!

    October 25, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  6. Regina

    Great ad . . . by the way, is BO a Landmark Education grad? Seems like it. Folks keep drinking the Kool Aid. McCain is the better choice.

    October 25, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  7. Factchecker

    Sorry, Tainopower. Just Googled Greene County Dailies. No such article. Try again.

    The hatemongering in this election is beyond frightening. Whatever are you guys really afraid of?

    Obama/Biden 2008

    October 25, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  8. AC, Former Dem

    Nothing his campaign has said is remotely convincing that any of our lives, rich or poor, will be better off in four years.

    The cost to American small business too great, the offer to the poor and disadvantaged is too little to make any significant impact on their lives in the long haul.
    And the Dems are planning an additional 300 billion dollar 'stimulus' spending package as we speak banking on an Obama victory–to add to the staggering debt we already have.
    The way they are spending... the rich need to stay super rich, because someone needs to be available with the cash to fund the loans for this government BS the rest of us will be paying for and paying for and paying for.

    Too bad.

    October 25, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  9. Educated Young Republicans for OBAMA



    October 25, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  10. rory ryan

    This ad is a breath of fresh air......... compared to what I am listening to right now, from McCain on CNN. He has no constructive specifics to orate to the people, ideas with no substance. " my friends". LOL

    October 25, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  11. White Christian Mother for Obama

    I already voted for Obama in fact I voted Dems all across the board unless there wasnt one listed LOL

    Go Go GO..... Lets get our nation back on track with a GREAT LEADER and will end up being one of the Greatest leaders of our time. I dont care if a leader is black white or Purple. There are Leaders in all shades in all Origins. As long as it puts us back where we belong and helps us get out of the Mess Bush put us in.. Then I am for it!!

    October 25, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  12. ruty

    I jusr heard McCain say he has been fighting for this country since he was 17. Another lie. His time at the Naval Academy was nothing but 4 years of drinking, women chasing and making failing graded. This man is no maverick. He is a liar.

    October 25, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  13. Vivienne


    This was a clear message, short and oh so sweet. I already voted on Friday. My whole family voted on Friday. Don't wait until Nov. 4th. If you can go and do it now – go vote.

    October 25, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  14. Melanie Sandusky, Ohio

    Great ad, great man!
    I will love having an intelligent president and one who makes me feel so safe.
    Bush didn't do such a great job keeping us safe on 9/11 when he was tested did he? As we all know every prez is tested. Obama and Biden are men of steel. Just watching Obama with his two little girls makes me feel safe. Dads will do anything to protect their family. And everyone knows how strong Biden is.
    This country will be so blessed to have two of the greatest men in office.

    October 25, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  15. Stavrock

    Barack Obama's message was awesome!! He gets down to the roots of the problems we are facing here in America. Let's not forget he will end this wortless war in Iraq that's sucking billions and billions of dollars from the US economy. WE NEED CHANGE, VOTE FOR OBAMA!

    October 25, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  16. Filipina

    I love the ad!!!!

    October 25, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  17. Farnk, Las Vegas

    Exactly what Presidential ads should look like! Saying what you will do, not talking about the guy. McCain should take a look at this ad and then look at his ads, quite a difference!

    October 25, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  18. Hugh Carpenter from California

    TAINOPOWER–Whatever is that blog name is supposed to mean!


    "A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes." –Mark Twain

    October 25, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  19. indepedent

    why is the McCain-Palin signs out number the Obama-Biden signs. Is it that latter does not believ in them
    Closer to election what you on the raods matter. So in addition to ads Obama should also put Decals all over – esp common areas
    Never understimate the poer of negative tactics of Republicans. it does scare people and change mind

    October 25, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  20. Tony


    October 25, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  21. Michael watching from Canada


    How can your party ever generate real solutions when you focus on attacks (not real issues) and your lies generate divisiveness?

    October 25, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  22. John

    Hi I live in Canada and I still can't understand how you voted twice for Bush....don't make a third mistake. It's time you vote for an intelligent leader! Obama of course!

    October 25, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  23. theogracias

    John McCain is a maverick!!!

    October 25, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  24. bob

    Negative campaigning= Negative results
    Positive campaigning = Positve results

    October 25, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  25. Steve Briceno

    This is a very nice attractive ad, I like that!! This is why I like the obama campaign, most of the time it's been trying to stay positive most of the time unlike the mccain campaign which really look so negative.

    OBAMA 08

    October 25, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
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