October 29th, 2008
10:26 AM ET
14 years ago

McCain ad gives Obama heat for TV special

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(CNN) - John McCain's campaign is launching a preemptive strike against Barack Obama's upcoming 30-minute infomercial, releasing a new television ad painting the Illinois senator as wholly unprepared for the White House.

The 30-second spot is set to air on the national broadcast channels Wednesday night, the same night Obama is airing his lengthy television special on NBC, CBS, Fox, and several other cable channels.

"Behind the fancy speeches, grand promises and TV special, lies the truth: With crises at home and abroad, Barack Obama lacks the experience America needs. And it shows," the narrator says. "His response to our economic crisis is to spend and tax our economy deeper into recession. The fact is Barack Obama's not ready yet."

The ad harkens back to a series of McCain television commercials last summer portraying Obama as the "biggest celebrity in the world," and appears designed to blunt the effect of the Democratic presidential candidate's expected primetime media saturation.


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (165 Responses)
  1. this one is for That One

    Old McCain is just jealous.....Obama out did him in EVERY way all throughout this entire campaign !!! An Obama victory will be a triumph against the odds and racism...... and will change America's perception of itself.......as much as it changes the global perspective of America. VOTE EARLY>>>VOTE OBAMA&BIDE<<<<VOTE

    October 29, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  2. GA4OBAMA

    mccain-palin is annoying.

    mccain want's to give tax cuts to companies that hire their workforce overseas. if a company wants a tax break then they need to keep jobs here in the u.s.

    mccain 2000 was against the bush tax cuts before mccain 2008 was for bush tax cuts.

    GOP=HYPOCRISY

    OBAMA/BIDEN '08

    October 29, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  3. Jay

    it is a shame that now McCain wants to continue attacking Obama and not putting forth an agenda for the American People. If he is attacking his oppent then please tell me what he will do when he get's in the White House. Blame Bush for what he didn't leave him to continue to serve. People let's be reminded that McCain is out of touch and senile. Now we should be standing behind a man that has proven to be able to lead this country without any reservatoins. Obama is our Next President.

    October 29, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  4. vw

    This is a descriptive advertisement. All they said are true.

    October 29, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  5. Catherine in WV

    Ever count how many times Senator McCain uses some form of the word “fight” in his speeches? Too much negativity! We are way overdue for a positive change! Obama/Biden '08!

    October 29, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  6. Jack

    McCain is spreading LIES.

    Palin is spreading HATE.

    Enough already.

    October 29, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  7. Joan , Ontario

    Ads such as these are a big part of why John McCain's once honourable reputation has been tarnished. He has lost respect from voters, other countries and even several influential members of the Republican party. His campaign tactics will not be forgotten anytime soon. If the Republicans do steal the election by voter suppression, faulty machines, tying up phone lines or any of their other previous tactics, then what kind of symbol does this give to the world? How can all Americans and other countries of the world respect a leader who has obviously won this way? This is a sad way for John McCain to be remembered.

    October 29, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  8. undecided

    Obama is still trying to BUY the election.

    October 29, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  9. MBFLA

    Enough of the hate! I am looking forward to the Obama family in the White House come January 20th!

    October 29, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  10. Fed up Democrat...

    Not so simply Put: Your lines of attack during this campaign have been nothing but feeble and angry, your tactics are tired and it makes you look weak John McBush…nothing but an angry grump with an over-sized chip on his shoulder with a lipstick wearing pit bull that you threw a bone to.

    Your negativity has poisoned your campaign and electing Palin to sway the female vote (which I am) was the worst move you made. Did you honestly think that having a female as your running mate would send us racing to the sands to vote for you? I see no signs of qualification that she should be next in command. NOTHING. And calling her a role model to women? Are you kidding me?!

    You given no real reasons as to why you should sit in the WH. None. All I’ve seen is an angry old man bad mouthing his running opponent with no reason as to why he (you McBush) should be president.

    Open your eyes. Obama / Biden '08

    October 29, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  11. Rick

    Holy cow, the more one looks into Barack Obama's past the more corruption is uncovered. There has never been a more corrupt, lying person to run for office.

    October 29, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  12. Toooo late....I voted Dem!

    Obama is more presidential than McCain will ever be..... the polls show it. I can understand people will do and say anything to win but if John has not learn by now that negatvity will not get you anywhere... tell him to look at how far behind he is....... maybe when he realize it " game will be over"

    October 29, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  13. Diing

    The McCain Campaign is missing a million dollar question why should I vote for him. How is he going to fight two wars while cutting taxes from the top 2 % richest Americans? What is he going to do with our economy which is doing somewhat badly? Does McCain think that we can maintain our superiority and help all our allies without sound economy? I am still waiting to hear from McCain; otherwise, this kind of ad hurts him even more. “The other guy is bad vote for me” this ad is a waste of money

    October 29, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  14. Tolu

    Aaaaaw, pwoor widdle broke McSame! Bet you'd like Obama to 'spread the wealth' your way right about now, huh? I have never seen such a pathetic, mean, vicious, petty campaign, ever! McCain, you have and will make history, but it will certianly not be in the way you'd like.

    October 29, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  15. PeopleVOTE

    Obama is more than ready to lead. Mccain is not ready to lead ever, reasons bad temper, bad judgement, continuation of Bush, he is republican and Old.

    October 29, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
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