October 31st, 2008
04:47 PM ET
12 years ago

Closing McCain ads take swipe at Obama

Sen. McCain releases two new ads in his final push to win the White House.

Sen. McCain releases two new ads in his final push to win the White House.

(CNN)–With only four days before election day, Sen. John McCain is ending the battle of the airwaves with a pair of 30-second spots.

"Obama Praising McCain" echoes a Web ad released a month ago: “Praising McCain." That spot spot shows prominent Democrats commending the Arizona senator for his stances on public policy and his leadership abilities within Congress. "Even Obama has Praise for the Maverick," read the screen.

In the new 30-second spot, an announcer begins “The truth on global warming”: the only other speaker in the ad is Obama himself. "The Lieberman-McCain bill establishes limits for greenhouse gas emissions. It's a framework that's not only good for the environment, it's also good for business," says Obama. "I want to thank Senator Lieberman, as well as Senator McCain, for the outstanding leadership that they've shown.”

The second spot, “Freedom,” brings the focus back to McCain’s biography. “I've served my country since I was 17 years old, and spent five years longing for her shores,” says McCain, evoking his time as a prisoner of war in Vietnam.

“I came home dedicated to a cause greater than my own. We can grow our economy. We will cut government waste,” he says, adding — in an apparent subtle swipe at Barack Obama - “Don't hope for a stronger America. Vote for one. Join me.”

The campaign said the ad will air in key states. On a Friday conference call, campaign manager Rick Davis said he expected McCain to out-spend Obama on the air in the race’s closing days.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (141 Responses)


    October 31, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |

    I think his "experience" in Vietnam has given John a huge sense of entitlement. It has affected his ability to think logically. His credibility as a "maverick" has been fatefully damaged by his choice of Palin. Obama, by contrast, has shown intellectual ingenuity during htis campaign, an outstanding ability to unite and motivate millions of all people of all types. In choosing Biden he chose a wise statesman that would be a credible VP. These ads will not change that perception.

    October 31, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  3. Madison

    Please watch the interview with Republican Cyber security expert (and McCain supporter) Stephen Spoonamore


    October 31, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  4. Cathy in Vermont

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    John, Suprise! October is over and so are you

    October 31, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |






    October 31, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  6. S Lewis

    Go McCain, I've already cast my vote...... You will be good for this country and we can go to sleep at night knowing that you love your country......... we do not want obama in the white house. never

    October 31, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  7. Hoople54

    This just in from the Victoria Jackson Research Library...

    Barack Hussein Obama is coming to your house! He will recalibrate your refrigerator's coolness setting so your ice cream goes all melty and your milk cartons freeze. He will leave the toilet seat up. He will demagnetize the strips on all your credit cards and screw up the recording schedule on your Tivo. If you have rid your children of head lice, he will reinfest them with barnacles. He will move your sleeping dog's tail underneath the rocking chair. He is relentless. He will mix Kool-aid into your fishtank. Barack Hussein Obama will drink all your beer and leave his smelly socks out on the coffee table when your friends are coming over. He will put a dead porcupine in your underwear drawer and hide your car keys when you are running late for work. He will call Little Caesar's and order extra large anchovy-and-limburger pizzas for delivery to you, then steal the tasty breadsticks for himself. He will brew a batch of methamphetamine in your bathtub, then leave a dozen eggs in your microwave on high power while he heads out on your riding lawnmower to chase down home schooled kids. Joe The Plumber!

    October 31, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  8. suzyku

    What would really be a surprise is if McCain didn't take a swipe at Obama! He and Palin are running a dirty, sleazy campaign to the end! It represents to me how unethical and sleazy they both are.

    October 31, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  9. No Hillary = No Obama

    Obama will redistribute your wealth; tax and spend your hard earned dollars; create more of a welfare state then we have already; stack his cabinet with cronies from Chicago's political underbelly; probably make William Ayers Secretary of Education and have no more need for the Clintons. He will hesitate on national security issues and return to his racist church – wait and see. McCain Upset!

    October 31, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  10. Jesus Praising, Freedom Loving American Patriot

    PALIN = BUSH IN A SKIRT (no pun or sexism intended)

    "OBAMA is a decent man" - John McCain, Oct 2008

    October 31, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  11. thomas

    McCain deserves respect for remaining competitive in this election, what with the terrible economy, the miserable Bush legacy, his lousy campaign, his selection of Palin and his despicable character. His behavior during this election has dishonored his distinguished record as a patriot and as a senator. He once said he came to congress to change America, but congress changed him. His quest for power has once again steered him off course. John McCain forgot who he was serving.

    October 31, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |

    Praising someone in the opposite is called "bi-partinsanship" and displays a very needed attribute in American government. Obviously, this is a concept completely foreign to the reptiles in the Reptilian party.

    Only a petty, churlish, little old man would mock that attribute.

    October 31, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  13. Roy

    What a joke for John McCain to be on SNL. He and Sarah should be clowns for circus instead of running the government. We don't want these clowns in White House.

    John McCain & Sarah Palin are not trustworthy just like President Bush & Vice President Cheney.

    October 31, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  14. Olivia

    McCain has the experience and judgement to be a great president.
    No razzmatazz, no flute, no over the top behavior.....just plain common sense and caring for country and people.

    Sarah Palin has been treated so badly, verbally abused....all in front of her children...that I am ashamed that this is happening to her. Yet.....she has taken it without complaint and is still standing. She is strong, tough, resiliant.......ironically, just what this country need in these trying times.
    Forget the oration, the promises that we all know can't be met fully, from the others.


    October 31, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  15. Dawn

    Look at your own Party Dems! Terrorist and haters and smearing Palin in the dirt! The reason is clear, you're scared and you should be if Obama gets in!

    October 31, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  16. Joe Green

    Obama is big enough to say nice things about McCain, because even your opponent is right some of the time.

    THis ad, however, backfires, as it makes it clear that no matter what, McCain will not return the favor.

    McCain has come across as a petulent child in this campaign. One temper tantrum after another.

    Obama, meanwhile, never loses his cool. Grace under pressure? This is what we need!

    October 31, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  17. Glenn; Bakersville, NC.

    Even when Sen. Obama reaches out to his competition, they attack. There is no sense of morality and fair play left in the Republican party, and that is why they are going to lose it all.

    October 31, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  18. Hard Working American for McCain

    NObama! We don't need another terrorist in this Country. Obama is your worst enemy people. Open your eyes!

    October 31, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  19. Sarah Palin the Alaskan Lobbyist

    How pathetic. McCain is running with an Alaskan separatist, has 20 lobbyist running his campaign, being investigated for MURDER, lead klan rallies, fake suspended his campaign, recruits Joe the fake plumber, searched for Tito the builder, has Steroid head and womanizer Arnold to do his dirty work and he has the nerve to take a swipe at Obama?

    This is one of the worst run campaigns in American history and I will not give him my vote to run the country as he ran his childest campaign.

    October 31, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  20. Catholic-mom-4-OBAMA



    MCCAIN AND.......KALIDI: IN 1998 when MCCAIN was chairman of the REPUBLICAN INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE, MCCAIN .......DONATED......... $450,000 .........TO..........KALIDI!!! GET THAT?!

    SO........ LET'S SEE, GOP + KALIDI= $450,000 to help with Kalidi's Palestinian group!


    October 31, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  21. Bob

    I am a white 54 year old male. Never in my life have I witnessed a campaign as dirty as this. McCain is a disgrace to the uniform that he uses for a campaign prop. As a fellow Vietnam Era Veteran, I never thought any vet could stoop lower than that bunch in 2004; but "Ace" McCain (he earned that nickname by crashing 3 planes besides the one he was shot down in.) has topped the swift-boaters. I respect his military service, but I detest the evil campaign this war-monger has run.

    In contrast, Senator Obama has run an excellent campaign, showing that he is willing to negotiate with other countries rather than trying to impose our will on them. That is not a sign of weakness, it is a sign of leadership, something that this country has lacked for the past eight years. I remember crying when I found out that Bobby Kennedy had been murdered in 1968. I was 14 then, and no political leader since Bobby inspired me as Sen Obama has.

    Let's hope for the sake of the world that enough Americans are smart enough not to repeat the mistake of 2004.

    Go Obama/Biden!!!!

    October 31, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  22. Joseph Adewole

    When you want to kill a goat for Chrismas party, you first feed it very well with the best available grains, when it is happy and get a little bit fater, then you slaughter it.............rost it well and you will see how sweet it will be on rice.............................So no big deal in praising your rival; you are both fighting for ONE THING which is important to both of you...............This is the voice of wisdom.................God Bless America.

    October 31, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  23. Expat in Canada

    Lets see here, the message: "Obama is willing to acknowledge the work of members of the other party, and America doesn't like that, so vote for a guy that acts like a total jerk to everyone else". Nice. All he's doing is making me even more happy that my absentee ballot vote was for Obama

    October 31, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  24. BJ

    I guess things will get even nastier until Monday. It's unbelievable how the McCain/Palin campaign is so nasty. I listened to the Obama/Wolf interview earlier, and still am so impressed with how Obama handled himself. I heard that the McCain camp is criticizing him because of how he answered some of the questions. Sen. McCain, do you know what being asked a hypothetical question means? Obviously you don't. It just seems to me that the McCain campaign thinks the American people are stupid.

    October 31, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  25. 3 words : four more days

    This reeks of desperation!!!!

    October 31, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
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