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Obama Responds to McCain Attacks

By Garance Franke-Ruta
Barack Obama's campaign responded to weeks of taunts and accusations from an increasingly aggressive John McCain campaign with a new television ad, "Low Road."

The ad "will air on television as soon as tomorrow in some markets," said Obama spokesman Bill Burton, though details were still being worked out late this afternoon.

The ad says that McCain is "practicing the politics of the past" and points to media reports that have called McCain's attacks "not true," "false," "baloney," "the low road" and "baseless."

McCain represents "the same old politics, same failed policies," the spot concludes. As such it continues the thematic of earlier Obama ads that the 71-year-old McCain represents "old politics" and lays out a newer argument that McCain's attacks lack a basis in fact.

McCain spokesman Tucker Bounds issued a statement in reply, saying, "Pointing out your opponent's worldwide celebrity is not the 'low road,' and neither is pointing out that he opposes oil drilling and supports higher taxes."

By Web Politics Editor  |  July 30, 2008; 8:42 PM ET
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Posted by: s6uqjx1l40 | August 1, 2008 4:34 AM | Report abuse

John McCain should immediately distance himself from all his so-called advisors who repeatedly put him on "low road" which will come to hurt him and haunt him in Nov polls.

Posted by: Anju Chandel | August 1, 2008 12:55 AM | Report abuse

My friend, John McCain, the maverick just blew it. His new RNC-backed campaign advisers just laid it out for him. The only way your going to win, the only way Republicans ever win, is to slime the opponent. To personally attack him, his family, his associates. To connect him with something that the majority of Americans find loathsome. It doesn't matter if it's true, the more outrageous the better. Make it up, fax the attack memos to your media supporters and have it read hourly everyday. That's how Nixon did it. That's how Reagan did it, GHW Bush did it and his idiot son did it. Never mind your promises, never mind your integrity and honor, you want to win right?

More of the same old Republican campaigning from the same old Republican.

Posted by: thebob.bob | July 31, 2008 5:08 PM | Report abuse

There is good deal of ranting on this page. It is sad to me because as a person who loves his country it is sad to see so many who hate each other, or who have no respect for the views of their fellow Americans.

Ranting and charged aggression is a great hindrance to the development and implementation of practical policies. In a nation "by the people and for the people", we must be level-headed. We don't sound level headed however. We sound angry.

We have a right to be angry, don't we? Rising costs for life's essentials and an education system being far surpassed by even developing nations. Yes, we have the luxuries of laptop computers, iPods, and cell phones, but how many twenty-somethings can't afford health insurance or find employment that will utilize their college degrees? How many teachers live in apartments with roommates?

Will getting angry solve our problems? Will ranting balance the budget and restore the power of our currency on the world market? Will 'yelling' at each other, whether it's with our voices or our block letters and sarcasm on blogs and message boards give work to the underemployed? Indeed, our yelling will not bring revision--only division between people in an America with enough external enemies.

I will say it now, I support Barack Obama. For conservatives who say that their is something wrong with me, that I am, in some way, un-American or a liberal because of that, I respond to you by saying: What is so conservative about continuing to send American jobs overseas? What is so conservative about not conserving the environment of our beautiful nation and its waterways? What is so liberal about paying American teachers enough money to buy homes in America? What is so liberal about asking people--in a country which we claim to be under God--to pay taxes to help the poor (if you're talking about the Judeo-Christian God, He speaks at great length on helping the poor both in the prophets and through Christ).

So now I am lofty, an idealist, right? Maybe I am, maybe you are right. How about our founding fathers? They were elites, were they not? How about our Constitution? Idealism like the world never saw. Whose leaders changed the world? Ours did. Whose ideals have been the most influential for more than two-hundred years? Ours have been. I am conservative of American leadership and idealism. Is that un-American? I think not.

To quote a patriot, an original American if you like, Thomas Jefferson said, "Truth between candid minds can never do harm." Let our minds be sharp, let them be candid. Let our inquiry and discussion bear fruit because of its candidness. I have never seen fruitful results from and argument between peers where there was no respect for opposing viewpoints. I don't take life advice from angry people and I don't take political advice from angry people either. No person should.

By sharpening our knowledge, and being respectful of one another, I am sure that those to the left of center and those to the right will learn some valuable lessons from one another. In the name of America, American's please reconsider your approaches.

Posted by: Patriotic | July 31, 2008 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Listen to the scared Rep. cry - say anything, do anything, lie, lie and more lies. They still believe in WMD, the Iraq war will only last a few weeks, finding Osama Bin Laden, Vallery Plane wasn't outed, the Oil CEO'S didn't write our energy policies and in the WH no less and with orders not to be disturbed, that Oil would pay for the Iraq war, Colon Powell produced evidence to the UN of trucks traveling with WMD'S, MISSION ACCOMPLISED, no cut contracts to Haliburton, Kellog and Blackwater, no performance contracts written, that Rumsfeld was the man to run the war, the Stock Mkt. isn't down, un-employment is on the rise, Wolfowitz's didn't pay his little hussie (girl friend) big money to stay with him at World Bank after Bush had to fire him and then after World Bank canned him - Bush rehired him as a close adviser. The economy, gas prices, heating oil rising, food rising, every thing is rising but salaries, the depreciation of properties and our currency, our National disaster responses to Katrena, all of Bush's cronies like Rice, Chaney, Libby (a committed felon), Chaney, Rove (we want in jail), Gonzo noted for destroying our Justice Dept , Brown, and the list goes on and on. Please someone help me out - there isn't paper enough to mention all the factual boo boos of this Presidency and they (the Rep.'s) want so badly to take down 'Obama', with all their lies and misstatements. COME ON YOU REPUB', YOU CAN'T EXPECT US TO BELIEVE YOUR SWIFT BOATING OF OBAMA - REALLY. NEXT, YOU'LL MAKE THE QUEEN OF TAB'S, 'HARRISON' A NICE PERSON. GIVE ME A BREAK.

Posted by: Maxy51 | July 31, 2008 2:40 PM | Report abuse

RE: Real Solution?

Again, copying from McCain???

Posted by: imagination | July 31, 2008 2:37 PM | Report abuse

I keep hearing change but i never hear how,when will we hear how he is going to make these campaigne promises come true.All I hear are we must have change!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: brg | July 31, 2008 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Good points, ConcernedCitizenX.

Posted by: JakeD | July 31, 2008 12:49 PM | Report abuse

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 12:43 PM | Report abuse

The Wizard of Obama:

I am the Great and Powerful Obama.

Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.

Pay no attention to the "community organizer" who has done nothing for his South Side Chicago community.

Pay no attention the man who associates with terrorist Bill Ayers.

Pay no attention to the man who craftily used Trinity United Church of Christ to build his credibility with African-American voters and who stayed for 20 years knowing full well what went on there.

Pay no attention to the racist, Marxist, anti-American hate speech of Trinity's Rev. Jeremiah Wright. Pay no attention to the fact that Wright's supposedly "out of context" speeches are actually the same message he has been saying for 30+ years.

Pay no attention to the fact that Wright is a disciple of James Cone, a "theologian" who actively promotes racial divisiveness and hatred. Pay no attention to the fact that Cone says that Trinity is the clearest embodiment of his ideals. Pay no attention to the fact that Wright has constantly said that Cone's work is the basis of what he preaches. (Pay no attention to the speeches and talks of James Cone which are readily available on the Web and which will show you exactly what the Great and Powerful Obama's spiritual mentor actually believes.)

Pay no attention to the fact that the Great Obama took his children to this hate-filled church, filling their innocent minds with hate speech.

Pay no attention to the fact that the Great Obama has no record of using his Illinois positions to do anything for anyone (unless you count his cronies).

Pay no attention to Rezko, the slumlord who helped the Great Obama get his house, and who shut off the lights on the Great Obama's poor constituents while the Great Obama did nothing.

Pay no attention to the promise of "Change We Can Believe In" that is thrown under the bus because the Great Obama is himself a creature of the "same-old politics" that he constantly derides.

Pay no attention to the Great Obama's breaking of promises and backtracking on FISA, gun control, the death penalty, campaign finance, Iraq, NAFTA, abortion, etc., etc.

Pay no attention to the fact the Obama's economic plans have no clear method of being carried out without severe consequences.

Pay no attention to the fact that the Great Obama and his supporters answer all criticism with charges of "same-old politics", "racism", or personal attacks on the critic, while saying nothing of substance in response to the criticism itself.

Pay no attention to the Great Obama's lack of actual personality traits and constant hiding behind aides, spokespeople and tele-prompted speeches.

Pay no attention to the fact that in an unguarded moment the "Great Obama" derided Middle America as clinging to guns and religion.

Pay no attention to the Great Obama's lack of reasons for wanting to be the Great and Powerful Obama (or President for that matter) except that the Great and Powerful Obama simply wants to be the Great and Powerful Obama (and President, too... but maybe by the time he's actually elected, if he is elected, that will be a comedown for him).

Pay no attention to the Great Obama's stubborn insistence on an Iraq timeline (except for when he backtracks and "refines" his position to curry voters' favor) despite the fact that the commanders he promised to listen to say "no timeline." Pay no attention to the fact the timeline has nothing to do with facts on the ground and everything to do with making sure is happy.

Pay no attention to the Great Obama's refusal to acknowledge that the troop surge that he opposed has worked, thus showing superior strategic insight on the part of McCain.

Pay no attention to the Great Obama's arrogant "drape-measuring", the Great Obama's arrogant attempt to assume the role of President abroad before the job is his, and the Great Obama's empty rhetoric pandering to European prejudices about America.

Pay no attention to the Great Obama's CHOICE not to visit the troops in German while on a self-promotion tour. Pay no attention to the Great Obama's endlessly changing excuses and avoidance of acknowledging that he made a CHOICE and that it was a MISTAKE.

Pay no attention to the Great Obama's complete lack of character, integrity, and even good sense.

Pay no attention to the fact that despite the most pro-Democrat climate in memory, the Great Obama is barely leading McCain in the polls (and seems to be dipping below McCain in some).

Pay no attention to the frantic desperation of Obama followers who resort to endless personal attacks on Obama's critics (racism anyone?) in the face of the evidence that their candidate is sinking.

Pay no attention to the fact that Great Obama is just a big head floating in the air surrounded by smoke and mirrors.

And if you ask the Great and Powerful Obama to have a heart, a brain, or courage, then go away and come back tomorrow.

Posted by: ConcernedCitizenX | July 31, 2008 12:33 PM | Report abuse


Too bad Barack Hussein Obama reneged on his promise to "aggressively pursue an agreement on public financing" with McCain -- he wouldn't have needed your donations then -- after his FISA vote and cozying up with Ben Bernacke, how can you even trust him anymore?

Posted by: JakeD | July 31, 2008 12:24 PM | Report abuse

I stopped giving money to Obama's campaign until I saw McCain's series of negative ads. Now I plan to give Obama's campaign money on a monthly basis.

Posted by: JR | July 31, 2008 12:16 PM | Report abuse

Pointing out your opponent's worldwide celebrity is not a "personal attack" and neither is pointing out that he opposes oil drilling and supports higher taxes.

Posted by: JakeD | July 31, 2008 11:58 AM | Report abuse

It's over.

The fact that McCain's campaign is making personal attacks is indicative of the fact that they know they can't win on policy positions.

McCain isn't going to inspire his base by being negative. He isn't going to win over independents that way either. And being negative is only going to make Obama supporters work even harder to get him elected.

What Sen. McCain has done, this past week, by going negative is ruin his ability to paint himself as a principled commander in chief. Clearly, it is the same old nasty, vicious politics that he's offering.

And people want change.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Hey Pete -


Do not vote for an old geezer with dementia.. who thinks it's OK to take big oil money and thinks its OK to screw the people.

Posted by: Big Daddy | July 31, 2008 11:42 AM | Report abuse

Here is a suggestion for a new TV ad. featuring a celeb.:

Hi, my name is Obama and I have always vote Republican, so should you.

Posted by: pete | July 31, 2008 11:09 AM | Report abuse

Ernie said:
Here is a great idea for Mr. Obama, just debate old man McCain and show everyone how silly he is, and it will be over once and for all.


Ha...right on Ernie!! Cause Hillary handed Obama his @$$ on a platter at the final debate in Philly.

Here's more good news for McCain...Obambi's magical thinking energy policy is rejected! Where is the Obambi magical mystery tour bump? He popularity peaked in March, before everyone found out he believed in black liberation theology, wants to raise your taxes, takes money from criminals and mad-bombing domestic terrorists, voted for FISA, rejected public financing for the campaign...etc etc etc.


McCain closes gap in Pennsylvania, poll shows
Thursday, July 31, 2008
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Republican Sen. John McCain has cut into Sen. Barack Obama's lead in the presidential race among Pennsylvania voters, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released this morning.

Mr. Obama still holds a 49 to 42 point lead, but that margin is down from the 12-point edge the Democratic senator held June 18 in the last poll.

"One reason for Sen. McCain's narrowing the gap is partly energy policy, especially high gasoline prices," said Clay F. Richards, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

Posted by: hmmmm.... | July 31, 2008 11:06 AM | Report abuse

McCain is Bush. The same people who ran Bush's sleazy 2004 campaign are running McCain's campaign. The chief member of McCain's campaign staff is Karl Rove's deputy. What you are seeing is precisely the sort of campaign that Bush ran against McCain in South Carolina in 2000. McCain is like the submissive little b!tch giving in to the alpha male dogs from Bush's old campaign staff.

Translate that to a McCain Presidency. Now who do you think is really going to be running that Presidency? Bush, Rove, Cheney, Kristol, Bolton and Limbaugh. Who says Bush can't have a third term?

Posted by: Jaxas | July 31, 2008 10:51 AM | Report abuse

Re: Harvard

Now my school email account is suddenly working?! Why can't I simply email people around, including Whitehouse??

Do not block my emails.

Posted by: premier | July 31, 2008 10:50 AM | Report abuse

I just can't believe the ad McCain ran. It is truly beneath Presidential politics. It's pathetic. It's more suitable for student body president of a high school or even a middle school.

What is he? Like 14?

We will look back at this after McCain loses as the moment he jumped the shark and lost all hope. He is not suitable for the White House.

Posted by: sequoia | July 31, 2008 10:34 AM | Report abuse

McCain has sold out his preciously crafted image of integrity for that of an old, cranky man who is having tantrums. People want to vote for someone not against someone this time as they want a new President who is engaged in the future not living in the past

Posted by: nclwtk | July 31, 2008 10:05 AM | Report abuse

Re: Who is John McCain?

Who are you?? You got the wrong place.

Posted by: premier | July 31, 2008 10:01 AM | Report abuse

10 things you should know about John McCain (but probably don't):
John McCain voted against establishing a national holiday in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Now he says his position has "evolved," yet he's continued to oppose key civil rights laws.1
According to Bloomberg News, McCain is more hawkish than Bush on Iraq, Russia and China. Conservative columnist Pat Buchanan says McCain "will make Cheney look like Gandhi."2
His reputation is built on his opposition to torture, but McCain voted against a bill to ban waterboarding, and then applauded President Bush for vetoing that ban.3

McCain opposes a woman's right to choose. He said, "I do not support Roe versus Wade. It should be overturned."4
The Children's Defense Fund rated McCain as the worst senator in Congress for children. He voted against the children's health care bill last year, then defended Bush's veto of the bill.5
He's one of the richest people in a Senate filled with millionaires. The Associated Press reports he and his wife own at least eight homes! Yet McCain says the solution to the housing crisis is for people facing foreclosure to get a "second job" and skip their vacations.6
Many of McCain's fellow Republican senators say he's too reckless to be commander in chief. One Republican senator said: "The thought of his being president sends a cold chill down my spine. He's erratic. He's hotheaded. He loses his temper and he worries me."7
McCain talks a lot about taking on special interests, but his campaign manager and top advisers are actually lobbyists. The government watchdog group Public Citizen says McCain has 59 lobbyists raising money for his campaign, more than any of the other presidential candidates.8
McCain has sought closer ties to the extreme religious right in recent years. The pastor McCain calls his "spiritual guide," Rod Parsley, believes America's founding mission is to destroy Islam, which he calls a "false religion." McCain sought the political support of right-wing preacher John Hagee, who believes Hurricane Katrina was God's punishment for gay rights and called the Catholic Church "the Antichrist" and a "false cult."9
He positions himself as pro-environment, but he scored a 0--yes, zero--from the League of Conservation Voters last year.10
John McCain is not who the Washington press corps make him out to be. Please help get the word out--forward this email to your personal network. And if you want us to keep you posted on MoveOn's work to get the truth out about John McCain, sign up here:

Posted by: Who is John McCain? | July 31, 2008 9:59 AM | Report abuse

WP Editors:

Someone is blocking my in-coming & out-going emails again. Please check for me.

Havard said their system is safe as of this morning until 9:35 a.m.

Posted by: premier | July 31, 2008 9:37 AM | Report abuse

10 things to know about McCain

Posted by: Kristin2 | July 31, 2008 9:30 AM | Report abuse

Has anyone else visited It turns out that it is an Indian nationalist site, with a beautiful mixed metaphor (think India + Iwo Jima). I have a link below with a pic...

Posted by: The_Retrospectivist | July 31, 2008 9:28 AM | Report abuse

And there is a 2008 Presidential Election Weekly Poll at so see what America thinks.

Posted by: Brandon | July 31, 2008 9:00 AM | Report abuse

Campaign Diaries released its fifth electoral college ratings and finds a widening advantage for Obama, mostly thanks to Florida's first move out of the McCain column:

Posted by: Dan | July 31, 2008 8:57 AM | Report abuse

I've never seen a politician running for president look so jealous and so blatant about it. Not since the days of Nixon wearing what passed for his heart on his sleeve has someone been so obvious about the fact that he is just not as charismatic or as popular as his younger, smarter, and more articulate opponent. This should be a golden opportunity for Barack to let people know that while he addresses issues, McCain sits on Dubya's lap and acts like a "mean girl".

Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 8:36 AM | Report abuse

The Obama ad is so well done it is hard to believe they cranked it out so fast. This works, a little neg and a lot of Obama positive. Like it or not, the Mccain people can't seem to match what the Obama team can turn. The original Mccain celebrity ad could have been made by Obama. It was more pro Obama then Mccain. It said:

" My opponent is great and everybody thinks so, isn't that terrible"? "My name is John Mccain and I approve this message".

Is that the message Mccain approves? Where did he hire these PR people from Craigs list?

Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 7:48 AM | Report abuse

OK, McCain can be funny as the new mildly cute 'Celeb' ad proves. McCain, you should try your hands on stand-up comedy, before you run out of time.

Posted by: thisworld | July 31, 2008 4:59 AM | Report abuse

Note how they have McCain in cold monochrome to make him look older while Obama is only shown in nice warm colour clips to make him look young and vibrant.

Funny stuff, but a good example as to why you shouldn't let advertising guys shape your opinions too much.

Posted by: Trent | July 31, 2008 4:27 AM | Report abuse

Obama votes Republican!

Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 2:18 AM | Report abuse

Attacks on Obama are all true.

Obama is doing the old Bush's politics over and over.

He has voted for Bush's wiretapping.
He would double Bush's faith-based politics if elected.
His 'Afghanistan is a war we must win' is lifted, verbatim, from a Canadian prime minister's utterance... some 5 years ago.
His tax rebate is a repeat of Bush's previous ineffective tax rebate some 2 years earlier.

His plan to tax oil companies? dream on, because Obama is weak and he will flip-flop as he has always.

Posted by: pete | July 31, 2008 1:53 AM | Report abuse

A Call for answers from all the Ex-POWs who were in Prisoner of War camps with John MCcain in Vietnam and were aware that in the POW camps John MCcain was known as SongBird MCcain.
Are there any of you guys out there that keep in touch and can tell anyone inthe American Public Anything about Songbird Mccain's during his time captured as a POW ??WHAT IS JOHN McCAIN HIDING?
WHY did McCain have his records as a POW sealed and classified Top Secret, so they could never be seen?WHY did the North Vietnamese consider McCain a hero?WHY do so many ex-POWs and Vietnam veterans call McCain by the nickname "Songbird McCain"?WHY was McCain treated like royalty by the enemy - and received the very best medical care - for most of his five-and-a-half years as a POW, when many other American POWs ended up dead?WHY won't McCain de-classify his records as a POW?Since MCcain's fellow soldiers were in the camp with him, and saw how he behaved when captured by the Vietcong why can't it be public knowledge ?Why is no one allowed to talk about POW prisoner "SongBird MCcain" ??

Posted by: Rewhip | July 31, 2008 1:41 AM | Report abuse

Cormac McCarthy's brilliant novel and Oscar Award winning film adaptation, "No Country For Old Men", has become the theme and reality of the increasingly pathetic and desperate McCain campaign. McCain is revealing himself to be a senile, angry, confused old man that is haunted by his Viet Nam demons. He is clearly a wreck- damaged physically, mentally, and emotionally. Anyone who genuinely supports him should be encouraging that he seeks a good Nursing Home.

Posted by: shiva7 | July 31, 2008 1:11 AM | Report abuse

Jeff wrote: "Oh brother. Obama doesn't have to take the low road, you characters will do it for him."

What does it say that McCain has to take the low road all by himself?

Posted by: drossless | July 31, 2008 12:58 AM | Report abuse

McCain should have compared Obama to the rapper Ludacris whom Obama praised in his interview with Rolling Stones.

Posted by: Nancy From Texas | July 30, 2008 11:50 PM | Report abuse

Oh brother. Obama doesn't have to take the low road, you characters will do it for him. All he has to do is avoid a debate with McCain... lest we all discover that the emperor really is naked.

Posted by: Jeff | July 30, 2008 11:47 PM | Report abuse

Good point dee dee.

Ask any Republican and the best they've got is Reagan (as sad as that sounds)... an actual Hollywood actor, albeit a pathetic one.

What a bunch of pitiful hypocritical losers. They should shut the GOP down and bring back the Whig party or something. These idiots are embarrassing our country.

Posted by: James McDouglas | July 30, 2008 11:34 PM | Report abuse

McCain has officially entered his second childhood. But the last thing we need is another petty child-king with a teenagers' ability to control himself.

McCain is an absurd candidate. How could the GOP be stupid enough to put this guy out there? It baffles the mind.

Posted by: James McDouglas | July 30, 2008 11:29 PM | Report abuse

The oil and celeb ads were childish, spiteful, and silly. The troops ad was a flat-out lie, period. This is not a claim of the Obama campaign, neutral media sources all agree. No wonder McCain's spokesman doesn't want to talk about it.

Posted by: John M. | July 30, 2008 11:21 PM | Report abuse

OMG! Let me get this straight - The Republicans (who put RONALD REAGAN - a "B MOVIE" CELEBRITY in the White House for 8 YEARS AND ARNOLD "I'll be back" SCHWARZENEGGER- IN THE CALIFORNIA GOVERNORS' MANSION) dare to try and say that Obama shouldn't be elected because he's a celebrity? Good grief! Does anyone detect a note of hypocrisy coming from McPain and Co.? Or is it gross stupidity? OMG!!! Or could it be senility on the part of McPain, McBush and Party? If the Republicans are this stupid, we must vote for Obama in the interest of national security because McBush and McCain are obviously too senile to lead the free world.

Posted by: dee dee | July 30, 2008 11:20 PM | Report abuse

There he goes again. Our so called experienced foreign policy candidate, whose experience tells him that Afghanistan shares a common border with Iraq, and who some months back, had to be bailed out by "Big brother " Joe Lieberman on the various warring factions in Iraq at the time during his last trip to the region, has blundered again. Instead of bombarding us with such negative ads he should enroll in some adult learning institution and be abreast with time and "CHANGE"

Posted by: Ben | July 30, 2008 11:20 PM | Report abuse

There he goes again. Our so called experienced foreign policy candidate, whose experience tells him that Afghanistan shares a common border with Iraq, and who some months back, had to be bailed out by "Big brother " Joe Lieberman on the various warring factions in Iraq at the time during his last trip to the region, has blundered again. Instead of bombarding us with such negative ads he should enroll in some adult learning institution and be abreast with time

Posted by: Ben | July 30, 2008 11:16 PM | Report abuse

Here is a great idea for Mr. Obama, just debate old man McCain and show everyone how silly he is, and it will be over once and for all.


Posted by: Ernie | July 30, 2008 10:44 PM | Report abuse

GOOD FOR YOU OBAMA. It's about time you kicked McSleezy's a** in a commercial. Don't let the Karl Rove Nazis SwiftBoat you.

OBAMA = vibrant, energetic, literate, fit, for the People

McLame = old, stogy, sleepy, techno-illiterate, for big oil.

Posted by: Big Daddy | July 30, 2008 10:39 PM | Report abuse

This clearly shows that McCain has none of what he claims is his greatest asset, character. He, along with the Republican Party have shown that they are morally and intellectually bankrupt

Posted by: Michael | July 30, 2008 10:37 PM | Report abuse

If Obama was putting on crappy TV ads like John McCain, I would definitely stop donating to him. But as long as Obama and his campaign continue to put out quality and substantive ads like this one to refute Old Man McCain, I'll keep donating.

Sorry McCain, had you run in 1988 (before the Keating 5 scandal) you may had a chance to get my vote.

Not this time, not this year!

Posted by: Obama-Junkie | July 30, 2008 10:27 PM | Report abuse

Finally. This was beginning to look like Kerry '04 all over again. Voters need to know why McCain is messing up here; they can't just assume that folks will understand the nature of these attacks.

Posted by: matt | July 30, 2008 10:17 PM | Report abuse

{Bill: Your "corn hole" has spoken. Now, go away.}

McCain has nothing to offer America except fear and more self-serving, treasury-looting, lobbyist-advisors.

Obama offers hope to America.

I choose OBAMA and hope and belief in my fellow Americans.

As long as the Republic party of John McCain can confuse us, they can divide us, and if they can divide us, they can put at odds with reality.

McCain is no leader. McCain is McBush and McBush has done more damage to America than Japan and Germany did in WWII.

America can't afford more of McCain's corrupt Republic party politics.

Obama is my choice.

Posted by: Steve | July 30, 2008 9:53 PM | Report abuse

McCain is calling Obama an elitist when McCain himself has been the consumate Washington insider with a $100M trophy wife who flys him to campaign events in her corporate helicopter. Obama worked his way from the tough Chicago streets to Harvard Law School. The GOP has invented a new word to describe elitist as "one who is a popular go-getter". Republican's obviously favor non-elitist like Dubya who rise to power the old fashined way through inherited wealth and well connected family pals.

Posted by: Tom in Alabama | July 30, 2008 9:53 PM | Report abuse

Obama could have saved his money this week. Low-Road John was doing his work for him just fine.

Posted by: John from Tokyo | July 30, 2008 9:37 PM | Report abuse

If you're a moron McCain's ad is great.

If you're not, it is childish.

McCain is desperate, and lame. So he is grasping at anything to grab attention.

It is very sad to see what's left of McCain's integrity whither away in the heat of an election year summer.

Posted by: Adrian | July 30, 2008 9:29 PM | Report abuse

Poor McCain. He is losing it..

Posted by: silverspring | July 30, 2008 9:26 PM | Report abuse

Grampy McSame is just a little grouchy. Maybe he needs his nap..

Posted by: john sarullo | July 30, 2008 9:25 PM | Report abuse

Jim...Do you think John McCain got cornholed at the Hanoi Hilton?

Posted by: Bill | July 30, 2008 9:24 PM | Report abuse

Am I the only American who is concerned about John McCain mental stability.....get raped by another man mess with a mans head john.

Posted by: jim | July 30, 2008 9:22 PM | Report abuse

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