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MoveOn Responds to McCain 'Celeb' Ad

By Ed O'Keefe
The Obama campaign responded last night and now MoveOn.org Political Action Committee will also air a response ad to John McCain's recent ads critical of the Democrat's energy policies.

"Senator McCain, you let me and my kids down," the ad's male narrator, cast as a father, says. "From the very beginning, I told them, 'This is a principled guy.' So when you said you were going to help me drive affordably again, I believed you."

"And then your idea is to do offshore drilling, which I find out won't produce any oil for 10 years and then barely save us any money anyway," he continues. "That's not a solution, Mr. McCain. That's a gimmick. We expected better."

The 30-second ad, called "Gimmick," is the second direct-to-camera appeal produced by MoveOn in recent weeks that stars a voter expressing disappointment with McCain. The first ad, called "Not Alex" scored well in a recent study of Democratic and independent voters -- the folks MoveOn hopes to sway by November.

MoveOn will spend $150,000 to air the ad in markets and stations to be determined later Thursday.

Posted at 9:51 AM ET on Jul 31, 2008  | Category:  Channel 08
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John McCain keeps challenging Obama's competence to lead in demeaning ways. So I think it is legitimate to challenge his.
Experience alone is only useful if the future is like the past. To meet new threats and opportunities one needs creativity, analytical skills, judgment and foresight.
John McCain was graduated from Annapols 4th from the bottom of a class of 898 cadets. This should give a voter pause. George Armstrong Custer is another famous American military officer who graduated at the very bottom of his class at West Point. During the Civil War he became famous for the conspicuous gallantry he displayed leading cavalry charges. However neither gallantry nor experience saved his men as be blundered on to Little Big Horn.
Custer lost a few hundred men at Little Big Horn. Custer in the White House today could end civilization as we know it.

Posted by: Tennyson | August 5, 2008 10:02 AM

It would not take much to develop SOME alternative energy plans. Start with solar panels on business and home roofs in the southwest, and individual windmills in the plains and parts of the northeast, to generate electricity. Improve batteries for cars to run 150 miles for all those short trips. We can save oil for what we really need if for.

Posted by: letsbepeaceful | August 3, 2008 7:01 PM

Thank you, Move-On.org.
It's an excellent ad and right to the point on the issue.

Posted by: Judy-in-TX | August 1, 2008 12:12 AM

gee, david (see his comment below), don't you think we might develop and use alternative energy sources.

Develop? Sounds like another 15year government plan. Conserve will help you today. Use less. But, that may sound too much like the advice "diet and exercise". Bunch of fat people walking around waiting for a pill to make them skinny or saving up for an operation to make their stomach smaller.

Georgie and Rove know how you work; and you sat on the sidelines while other people's kids were fighting a nonsensical war in Iraq. And you shopped. Do your part now - conserve.

Posted by: David | July 31, 2008 6:02 PM

And, I want a President like Bush. MORE McSAME!!!!

Posted by: JakeD | July 31, 2008 5:47 PM

nope and we're fine with it. I want a president who is popular around the world unlike bush.

Look, any rationale dem will tell you they hate how pompous obama is. People who realy drink the obama kool-aid make me sicker than mccain fans. Im worried about blue-collar people in Ohio coming mccain. Obama needs to make this a priority- in my opinion

Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 5:36 PM

Is there ANY Obama supporter here who DENIES he is "the biggest celebrity in the world" right now?

Posted by: JakeD | July 31, 2008 5:06 PM

"me and my kids" is incorrect english. This was not effective

Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 4:05 PM

McCain is NO hero, he was a victim, he crashed a plane, became a willing prisoner, cheated on his wife, involved in Keating 5 Savings and Loan scandal, has 500$ fancy shoes and a trophy wife....

Posted by: julio | July 31, 2008 3:26 PM

First of all, it's difficult to prove a negative. Second, YOU made the initial claim, not me. Maybe you would do better to argue the "people" behind Cheney will pull McCain's strings?

Posted by: JakeD | July 31, 2008 2:51 PM

A "puppet" of Cheney?! Even if he doesn't pick Cheney for V.P.? Please provide ANY evidence of that.

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McCain changed his stance on many items to fall in line with Rove and Cheney.

Can you provide evidence that he is not?

Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 2:32 PM

A "puppet" of Cheney?! Even if he doesn't pick Cheney for V.P.? Please provide ANY evidence of that.

Posted by: JakeD | July 31, 2008 1:19 PM

Listen, I'm a viet nam vet and I liked Mccain years ago also when he was something. That John Mccain doesn't live here anymore. All I see now is a man that will be a puppet of whoever is behind the scenes pulling the strings. People like to say he will be another Bush. I think they are wrong, he will be a puppet of Chaney. It will be like they never left and nothing will change.

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Please, PLEASE, keep trashing that analogy -- especially in Pennsylvania and Ohio -- the tragic part is that McCain can't pump his arms like Rocky because of his POW experience ...

Posted by: JakeD | July 31, 2008 12:45 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 1:13 PM

Please, PLEASE, keep trashing that analogy -- especially in Pennsylvania and Ohio -- the tragic part is that McCain can't pump his arms like Rocky because of his POW experience ...

Posted by: JakeD | July 31, 2008 12:45 PM

Pretty accurate analogy. A very smart black guy against a half retarded white guy. You do remember what happened when the white moron won? He ended up losing everything and living in a slum.

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James:

Haven't you seen Rocky II? Everyone is telling him he should retire. Thankfully, he gets back in the ring and wins. That's what America needs right now. It's too risky to go with Apollo Creed right now!!!

Posted by: JakeD | July 31, 2008 12:33 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 12:40 PM

You don't know how true what you said is. Years ago when we went through a very bad time it took a long time to recover. You know why? People because things were so bad were learning to do without. They had no choice. When things got better they didn't go back to spending right away. They got used to having money in their pocket and credit card balances that were going down instead of going up. We could fix out energy crises over night if conservation it became the American thing to do for the country. I can tell you right now if things continue you can expect at some point in the future to see rationing. You will be restricted to ex number of gallons of gas a month like during the war. The American people are going to drive us into the ground and they could care less. I hate to say it but someone has to. These high gas prices may be he best thing that has happened to this country in a long time. Oil is like a drug to us and we need something to break us of it before it is too late.

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Guess what Moveon - there is no quick fix. Except of course, conservation. But, GW Bush had his hand on the American pulse (democrats and republicans) when he asked them to continue to shop while the volunteer army fought the War. Why would he do that - because Americans cannot deny themselves anything; they cannot accept responsibility for their own actions.

Posted by: David | July 31, 2008 11:48 AM

Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 12:36 PM

James:

Haven't you seen Rocky II? Everyone is telling him he should retire. Thankfully, he gets back in the ring and wins. That's what America needs right now. It's too risky to go with Apollo Creed right now!!!

Posted by: JakeD | July 31, 2008 12:33 PM

Republicans have us at war in two countries as a result of Republican lies and deceptions, and we might be in two more wars--Iran and Pakistan--by November. We have alienated the entire Muslim world and most of the rest.

The dollar has lost 60% of its value against the euro, and the once mighty dollar is losing its reserve currency role.

The Republicans' policies have driven up the price of both oil and gold by 400%.

Inflation is in double digits. Employment is falling.

The Republican economy in the 21st century has been unable to create net new jobs for Americans except for low wage domestic services such as waitresses, bartenders, retail clerks and hospital orderlies.

Republican deregulation brought about fraud in mortgage lending and dangerous financial instruments which have collapsed the housing market, leaving a million or more homeowners facing foreclosure. The financial system is in disarray and might collapse from insolvency.

The trade and budget deficits have exploded. The US trade deficit is larger than the combined trade deficits of every deficit country in the world.

The US can no longer finance its wars or its own government and relies on foreign loans to function day to day. To pay for its consumption, the US sells its existing assets--companies, real estate, toll roads, whatever it can offer--to foreigners.

Republicans have run roughshod over the US Constitution, Congress, the courts and civil liberties. Republicans have made it perfectly clear that they believe that our civil liberties make us unsafe--precisely the opposite view of our Founding Fathers. Yet, Republicans regard themselves as the Patriotic Party.

The Republicans have violated the Nuremberg prohibitions against war crimes, and they have violated the Geneva Conventions against torture and abuse of prisoners. Republican disregard for human rights ranks with that of history's great tyrants.

The Republicans have put in place the foundation for a police state, which they have no problem using against fellow citizens!

We must get the Republicans totally out of power, or we will have no country left for any of us!


Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 12:32 PM

This is a full-no slugfest now. We're going to see attacks and counterattacks come flying out of both camps.

http://www.political-buzz.com/

Posted by: matt | July 31, 2008 12:32 PM

gee, david (see his comment below), don't you think we might develop and use alternative energy sources. our dependence on oil is going to decrease yearly till we need very little. good thing, too. since very little will be available. How do you suppose those NASA flights take off??? hmmmmmmmm what do you suppose drives our economy - it's not that we can not deny ourselves anything, it is that we fuel the economy by spending. georgie knew we could not stop the spending - shop, he directed, during the (illegal)war.
1 Guess what Moveon - there is no quick fix. Except of course, conservation. But, GW Bush had his hand on the American pulse (democrats and republicans) when he asked them to continue to shop while the volunteer army fought the War. Why would he do that - because Americans cannot deny themselves anything; they cannot accept responsibility for their own actions.

Posted by: David | July 31, 2008 11:48 AM

Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 12:28 PM

Thanks, I was just sitting here reviewing my stocks and I needed a good laugh

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Down goes McCain!! Someone get his towel ready. It needs to be thrown soon. The only way he could save this is to get bin Laden in a cage and campaign with him.

Posted by: James | July 31, 2008 12:16 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 12:26 PM

That's NOT the "only way" James. Mark my words, Barack Hussein Obama will NOT be sworn in as President on January 20, 2009.

Posted by: JakeD | July 31, 2008 12:21 PM

Down goes McCain!! Someone get his towel ready. It needs to be thrown soon. The only way he could save this is to get bin Laden in a cage and campaign with him.

Posted by: James | July 31, 2008 12:16 PM

McCain will get himself "into trouble" with Republicans if he says he wants to do offshore-drilling?! He won't win any left coast States anyway. Besides, I thought the GOP want to "rape" ANWR too?

Posted by: JakeD | July 31, 2008 11:56 AM

The ExxonMobil record quarterly profit will help Obama make the case that offshore drilling helps to make giant oil corporations like ExxonMobil bigger and richer while making ordinary Americans smaller and poorer.

McCain will get himself into trouble with his Republican base if he says he wants to do offshore-drilling and tax the oil companies.

Posted by: Obama-Junkie | July 31, 2008 11:49 AM

Guess what Moveon - there is no quick fix. Except of course, conservation. But, GW Bush had his hand on the American pulse (democrats and republicans) when he asked them to continue to shop while the volunteer army fought the War. Why would he do that - because Americans cannot deny themselves anything; they cannot accept responsibility for their own actions.

Posted by: David | July 31, 2008 11:48 AM

Those who think off shore drilling will solve the current energy problem are congenital idiots living in La La land. It is not like they will let everybody take a barrel of crude home. Before we see any effect of off shore drilling, most of us would have grown old & had a natural death.

Posted by: Saroja | July 31, 2008 11:41 AM

What that shows is they are not doing any drilling even if you give them every contract there is. They already have 68 millions acres they are not drilling now. Why should they spend billions of dollars, and you know a drilling platform alone cost almost a billion now and they are not just lying around there is a 5 year wait to get one. There are only three companied in the world that build them. The oil companies "ARE NOT DRILLING ANY MORE OIL THEN THEY HAVE TO" just so they can drive the price down. Bush and Mccain are kidding you. Unless the government want to drill it and just give you the oil, you can forget it. Learn how to conserve.

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I see that Exxon Mobile made more money in this quarter then ever before. Isnot this nice for our country. Food cost are up because truckers must past cost on to the consumers. Air travel cost are up, but donot worry Exxon Mobile is helping their stock holders. With their 17 plus lobbist in Washington & lawlers all over the world covering all the law suits against them, maybe just maybe we should hod a benifit for them.

Posted by: Richard Pacelle | July 31, 2008 10:24 AM

Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 11:32 AM

Nearly all oil companies are either European or American and they all do more businesses outside of Europe and the USA than within. And every year they repatriate their profits home.

So the talk of the government standing up to the oil companies is just an emptied promise designed to blindside the uninformed voters.

Posted by: pete | July 31, 2008 11:30 AM

I like this ad.

I think most of McCain's ads are directed at older Americans, and this one is going the same direction.

When the debates begin, this will no longer be a contest.

Posted by: Susan | July 31, 2008 11:04 AM

Bush/McCain's frantic efforts to realize their dream of drilling is ANWR is being manipulated by the same fear tactics that have been used to cower voters in the past on national security issues. Their total disdain of establishing a meaningful Energy Policy has lead to an increased dependency on foreign oil, sky rocketing costs, and it is exactly where Bush/McCain want to be. For now they can make the bogus claim that it is imperative to turn all of the country, as well as off shore territory, over to the Oil Companies.
To illustrate what a totally disingenuous argument this is, one only needs to look at our largest supplier of oil, Canada. There is a massive oil boom taking place in the Tar Sands of northern Alberta. Oil from this largely untapped resource has been pouring into the market. Here we have a perfectly secure source of supply, protected in NAFTA with a provision barring Canada from cutting off supply to the US. Between 2005 and 2007 Canada increased its exports by almost 100 million barrels, yet the price of oil has risen the entire time.
The energy crisis facing the world does not have a drilling/ oil supply driven solution. The Bush/McCain crowd is inciting fear while proposing a simple minded, short sighted, false solution of drilling everywhere to further enrich the Oil Companies that they have sold their souls to. Conservation, alternative sources, energy efficiencies and environmental preservation initiatives are the real solutions. Bush/McCain is failed, fear mongering, antiquated, fraudulent toxic waste from the past.

Posted by: Robert Luciano | July 31, 2008 10:46 AM

these "youtube" like ads are testing off the charts - apparently the "not alex ad" tested better-moved independent voters - more than any ad out - including mccain's and obama's

Posted by: xxxxx | July 31, 2008 10:43 AM

I see that Exxon Mobile made more money in this quarter then ever before. Isnot this nice for our country. Food cost are up because truckers must past cost on to the consumers. Air travel cost are up, but donot worry Exxon Mobile is helping their stock holders. With their 17 plus lobbist in Washington & lawlers all over the world covering all the law suits against them, maybe just maybe we should hod a benifit for them.

Posted by: Richard Pacelle | July 31, 2008 10:24 AM

I see that Exxon Mobile made more money in this quarter then ever before. Isnot this nice for our country. Food cost are up because truckers must past cost on to the consumers. Air travel cost are up, but donot worry Exxon Mobile is helping their stock holders. With their 17 plus lobbist in Washington & lawlers all over the world covering all the law suits against them, maybe just maybe we should hod a benifit for them.

Posted by: Richard Pacelle | July 31, 2008 10:24 AM

I am an Obama supporter but that ad is weak. I think they should hit the fact that the John Mccain of 2008 is not the John Mccain of 2000. Mccain had a lot of supporters back then, you have to show them that that John Mccain is gone. 2008 is John Mccain in name only. John (Maverick) Mccain doesn't live here any more.

Posted by: xxxxxxxx | July 31, 2008 10:11 AM

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