Dueling ads: McCain’s is Baseless, Obama takes on Maverick

We could spend days discussing the campaign ads that are released on a daily basis.  They’re coming at us fast and furious.

Today, John McCain and Barack Obama each released one.  Paris Hilton released hers yesterday.

McCain’s ad, Family, offers absolutely nothing of substance.  It reminds me of the days of Reagan; in fact, they are trying to portray Obama as the old tax-and-spend liberal from the 1980’s.  Of course, the ad does nothing to back up its charges.

Family Script:

Announcer: Is the biggest celebrity in the world ready to help your family?

The real Obama promises higher taxes, more government spending. So, fewer jobs.

Renewable energy to transform our economy, create jobs and energy independence, that’s John McCain.

I love the cheers of Obama!  Obama!  Obama!  at the beginning.  The attacks on Obama (taxes, spending, fewer jobs) have nothing to substantiate these claims.

They claim that McCain will introduce ‘renewable energy to transform our economy’.  Really, Mr. ‘Get Back to Work and vote for Offshore Drilling’ McCain?

Obama, on the other hand, released an ad called Original which targets the McCain ad Original Maverick released yesterday. 

Original Script:

Announcer: He’s the original maverick. Really?

Mr. McCain: “The president and I agree on most issues. There was a recent study that showed that I voted with the president over ninety percent of the time…”

Announcer: John McCain supports Bush’s tax cuts for millionaires, but nothing for a hundred million households. He’s for billions in new oil company giveaways, while gas prices soar. And for tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas. The original maverick? Or just more of the same?

After the announcer says that ‘he’s the original maverick’ you hear some loud heartbeats which continue throughout. 

The Obama campaign used a video of McCain saying that a study showed that he voted with President Bush over 90% of the time.  The clip was from 2003 and his voting record actually worsened as the years went by.  If McCain wants to challenge these charges, it isn’t really a subjective study.  You compare the Bush position and the McCain position (or voting record, if he decided to vote that day) and there’s your study.  Then again, if he challenges this quote, he’d only be challenging his own words. 

Here are the 2 ads.  First, Family from John McCain’s campaign.   (For the record, I still like Hilton’s ad the best.)


Barack Obama’s new ad Original


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