July 30th, 2008
09:49 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Going Negative

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Maureen Miller
360° Writer

It's getting nasty on the campaign trail. John McCain has a new ad that will run in 12 states that claims Obama is "the biggest celebrity in the world."  And, goes on to ask, "But is he ready to lead?". The video shows Obama in Germany last week before a crowd of 200,000 people. 
The ads also has video of Paris Hilton and Britney Spears, who are better known for their wild antics that the paparazzi never seems to miss.  Barack Obama, Paris Hilton and Britney Spears?  OK. Maybe this is more comical than nasty?  What do you think? We've got the raw politics tonight on 360°.

Plus, what about Hillary and the so-called "dream ticket?"

It's doesn't look like Obama will pick her as a running mate. We'll tell you why.

And, in crime and punishment, the search for a mysterious man accused of kidnapping his daughter. Boston police are looking for Clark Rockefeller and his daughter, Reigh. They vanished on Sunday. A woman has come forward and told police she drove both of them to New York's Grand Central Terminal.  She says she unwittingly played a role in the kidnapping. The woman says Rockefeller told her he recently bought a yacht and planned to take his daughter sailing, maybe even to Bermuda. Is that where they are headed tonight - sailing to the  Caribbean? The U.S. Coast Guard is searching for his 72-foot boat named Serenity. But cops are also getting hundreds of tips from callers. And, they may not be at sea.  And, in case you're wondering, cops don't think he's related to the famous Rockefeller family.  His real name may not even be Clark Rockefeller. We'll have the latest on the search.

All that and more tonight on 360°.
Hope you'll join us!

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  1. Ayse - London

    If Obama came out and called McCain 'an old fogey who should retire' he would be majorly criticised for it.

    McCain should focus on his own policies and leave Obama be.

    July 31, 2008 at 8:56 am |
  2. John A

    good morning,,, John McCain and the media pundits are amazing too me,,,I have never in my 60 years have heard some of the most outrageous statements, too presidential,, presumptous.. arrogant...too smart...empty suit...The real problem is you have a african american canidate doing the things that are expected from the white canidate.... lets flip the script.... John McCain went overseas and got large adoring crowds and adjulations from the world leaders.. would the headlines be John McCain too presidential,, i doubt it... If John McCain was smart ,,, a great speaker,,, knew the facts would he be labeled arrogant,, empty suit.. i doubt it...The problem with todays media and pundits they just dont know how to evaluate a African American who display himself with confident,,,awareness and adoring ...... They perceive Obama as a African American,,, he should be gracious,, condescending,, happy to be where he is.... Thats the true perception.... The problem is he's not..... He is a american looking for respect ,,,, an

    July 31, 2008 at 7:21 am |
  3. Joan Shanks

    McCain is a desperate whining man who lacks confidence in himself
    and when he observes how much confidence Obama has in Obama, McCain seems to feel extremely threatened and when he feels threatened, he accuses Obama of being arrogant. Frankly, it is McCain who appears to be arrogant.
    My mother always told me and my siblings.."You can't make yourself LOOK GOOD by trying to make someone else LOOK BAD" It will backfire on you every time. McCain complained about the media giving Obama so much attention and coverage........McCain is GIVING OBAMA MORE ATTENTION THAN THE MEDIA EVER DID!!!! Every time he opens his mouth, he's talking about Obama. With all of the coverage Sen. McCain, is helping my side 'm an "OBAMANITE"!!

    July 31, 2008 at 6:57 am |
  4. Bob

    I turned 60 this year. I have voted 4 times for a republican president and 3 for the other party. This is the first time though I have ever been excited about the canidate I intend to vote for. Both mccain and obama are good men, but only one brings the pride back into calling yourself an American again. Even if Obama doesn't win, I won't consider my vote wasted.

    July 31, 2008 at 6:24 am |
  5. Teresa

    Pretty much all is fair in trashing your opponent in politics but McCain is REALLY reaching now. Just shows he has not one leg to stand on. I also feel that negative add campaigns are so immature.. and how OLD is he??

    July 31, 2008 at 6:06 am |
  6. Terance77

    Alot of people blinded to the truth. Truth is that Obama has taken the high road once again. McCain has gone all negaitve on Obama and him constantly doing is resulting in Obama getting more press than him. Truth is McCain has no clear goals for the U S other than the cookie cutter policies of the current administration. For Obama to reach out to the rest of the world and be well received is looked at by some as arrogance, NOT SO. America has gotten to used to not having an effective leader. We need leadership and we need it now if we are to come out of this mess that we are in now.

    July 31, 2008 at 5:44 am |
  7. Chris Cardeon

    Senator Mcaine has lost this soldiers respect, I guess he's happier as no longer the war hero but a political zero, the person he shows us under stress is the leader we can look forward to......... This country has enough negative hype on both sides and your comparison to Brittney and Paris to a fellow loyal american, senator Obama , just makes me want to say to you.......Bye Bye Bye

    Chris Cardeon
    Buffalo NY

    July 31, 2008 at 5:27 am |
  8. Van from Alameda, CA

    I want someone to represent our country, Obama can and McCain cannot. (European Tour)
    I want someone to bring back glory to our country, Obama can and McCain cannot. (European Tour)
    I want to see our economy to recover, Obama will and McCain will not.
    (Help normal people like us and not the rich)
    I want to see improvement in environment, Obama will and Mccain will not. (Explore alternative technologies and not off-shore drilling)

    What is this Mr Hollywood remarks? (McCain's sour grapes)
    McCain is just an old dog and cannot learn not tricks.

    Go Obama08

    July 31, 2008 at 3:39 am |
  9. tracy

    John McCain is the biggest baby I've ever seen. If he thinks that he can be president now that he's running against Obama, I think he's nuts. Did it take him to run against a man who himself is part WHITE and Black, to actually think he's gonna win? Come on now, if he is so great how come he didn't win against all white running mates? Therefore, I do believe that he would be considered a racist. OH not to mention his FAKE smile that he cannot hold very long. You go Obama. You are a very smart man.

    July 31, 2008 at 2:48 am |
  10. paula miami Fl.

    Rita ,well said.

    July 31, 2008 at 2:46 am |
  11. Dan from Bloomington, MN

    I was watching AC360 with Campbell Brown at 1AM on 7/31/08. During the panel discussion about the McCain campaign ad that claims Obama is the "biggest celebrity in the world" and questioning his readiness to lead, Roland Martin made the comment that McCain was trying to "tar and feather " Obama.

    In my opinion this is inappropriate, inflamatory language with a clear purpose - to paint McCain as a racist. Roland Martin owes McCain a sincere on-air apology and CNN management should be warned about injecting racial bias into his reporting.

    July 31, 2008 at 2:41 am |
  12. paula miami Fl.

    Thi is so beneath Mcain . This is so high schoolish . Mcain get back on issues you've had 30 YEARS TO PRACTICE politics get it right.!!!!!

    July 31, 2008 at 2:40 am |
  13. J.V.hodgson

    What I think is that this is low politics and typical of all GOP campaigns, and what most Americans are fed up with,and will be a waste of money, and not have the desired effect.
    Best thing Obama can do is ignore it completely.
    Plus media think before you propogate such nonsense further whether ot comes from the Obama or McCain campaigns.
    Ask them to grow up and talk about real issues for the voters, and be critical of campaign tactic by either candidate when it warranted as it is here.. does to me raise a question about Mccains judgement, since iIbelieve he has to say he supports the ad!!

    July 31, 2008 at 2:21 am |
  14. Jane Pryde

    I'm also a recovering republican and a senior. John McCain was a poor loser in 2000 the media seems to have forgotten that. John McCain is not a nice person. The media has been too nice to him. John's been milking this "hero" status forever, that's all he's got and he can't stand it that Barack is getting all this attention...GO OBAMA!!!.

    July 31, 2008 at 2:19 am |
  15. Tom Daschle

    Britney Spears and Paris Hilton should sue the John McCain campaign for unlawful use of their image in his television ad against Obama.

    July 31, 2008 at 2:15 am |
  16. Amber

    McCain is too old, grumpy an intolerant to lead the 21st century. There is a saying that says,” Once a man and twice a child.” Well, McCain is a child again. Kudos to Obama for looking presidential. Our country need to move ahead and not backwards. I am confident that Obama can lead us where we need to be.

    July 31, 2008 at 1:58 am |
  17. Cornelius

    I do not consider myself a democrat or a republican. As an independent voter, I am looking for the canidates to tell me why I should vote for them. Not just harp on why I shouldn't vote for the other guy. I think Mccains ad's on Obama are pathetic. Even a moron can use facts to create deceitful propaganda against their opponent. I think these ads are pitiful, and lack substance. If Mccain want's my vote he's going to have to show me why he is the right guy. Because these ads are a complete disgrace! If Mccain really want's me to believe that Obama is just a shallow celebrity who just wants to be president for fame and has no sincere care for the country or our troops, then my intelligence as a voter is really insulted.

    Come on Mccain...please step up your game. Stop your foolishness of a campain. The ashes you are throwing at Barack are only blowing right back into your face. In your attempts to demean Obama, you are inturn making yourself look jealous, childish, and imcompetent.

    July 31, 2008 at 1:49 am |
  18. evelyn

    Dear Campbell,
    I have been watching you and all the other commenters for a very long time, and I'm so tired of your observations about Senator Obama.
    I'm 64 years old and when I was a young girl, white men used to call a confident black man "an uppity n@##** but in this day and time, he is called arrogant. No matter what Barack Obama does, he is wrong.
    Have any you checked yourself for hidden racism?
    John McCain can say and do anything he wants and it seems to be OK because he is a war hero. But what about all the flip-flops that he has done, if that was Barack Obama, there would be feeding frenzy from all you reporters. How about some objectivity?

    July 31, 2008 at 1:32 am |
  19. Suzanne

    McCain is just showing who he really is – a scum bag. This is another example of his lack of judgment...a very poor character flaw. In the op ed section of NY Times recently, his lack of judgment was demonstrated by a supposed joke he told regarding Chelsea Clinton....Who was Chelsea Clinton's father he joked to a large gathering of Republicans. Janet Reno was the response. He is so sanctimonious. There is a lot about him that he does not want conservatives to know.....he took out a marriage license for the current wife before he divorced his first wife. Also....he has water on the brain.....who cares about the surge....the US should have not been there to begin with.

    July 31, 2008 at 1:28 am |
  20. Mike in BC

    John McCain looks more like an old retired fool every time his advisors put out ads like the last.

    He has to "Veto beers", speak about Viagra, follow the same tactics as Hillary, hammer Obama on everything he says rather than speak about his substantive issues on economy, fuel prices.

    McCain will continue to make gaffs, due to his age and inability to speak to a large populace and before we go to war, make sure you know who the factions are in the country you are in (Sunnis or Shiite).

    John go home and flip hamburgers on your ranch with your cronnies.

    July 31, 2008 at 1:21 am |
  21. Kygal

    Did you all miss the part today from Obama that all we need to do is inflat our tires and get a tune up and we will save as much gas as drilling here would bring in? I don't know how long it's been since he drove a car but my 2002 doesn't need a "tune up." Everything is preset at the factory and I replace the plugs around 75,000 miles or when the vehicle manual tells me it's due. Oh and I keep my tires inflated to the proper pressure. That hasn't brought the cost of gas down at all. It's still $4.00 a gal. I can't wait for the "wear a sweater " talk from CarObama.

    July 31, 2008 at 1:18 am |
  22. Iyapo Kontar

    McCain is saying what he,s saying about Obama because he,s black.
    Now we know who the real McCain is another David Dukes.

    July 31, 2008 at 1:17 am |
  23. Elora

    Is it just me, or is McCain doing this because he's starving for attention? This is just plain childish. Obama is the more mature person here in this matter. If anyone's a drama queen, it's McCain. This kind of stuff happens in HIGH SCHOOL, not in a political race. I graduated high school roughly three years ago and if it was me instead of McCain in the race, I wouldn't resort to the kind of teasing that McCain's doing here. It's disgusting, really. Obama has told us his intentions if he wins the election. Sen. McCain is making the GOP look even worse now and so far has not told us what his intentions are.

    July 31, 2008 at 1:16 am |
  24. Sharon Hanson

    McCain is an idiot and his choice of ad material proves it.

    July 31, 2008 at 1:08 am |
  25. Valerie

    As a Canadian and avid watcher of CNN I think I have an objective perspective on the campaign. Obama is a charismatic, intelligent, steady, educated man with common sense, integrity and youth thrown in for good measure. What does John McCain have to offer? Well, considering he already once lost out in a bid for the presidency against George Bush (thus making him not as good as Bush)- not very much. And given John McCain's notorious habit of throwing temper tantrums, these negative remarks and tactics demonstrate just how frustrated and pathetic the man is.
    Seems like he was willing to attempt a civilized campaign when he thought he was a shoe-in and entitled to the honor, but now that he's realized that he is being exposed as a ridiculous, befuddled little man he's gone desparate and his true color nasty little underside is getting exposed.

    July 31, 2008 at 12:05 am |
  26. Fred

    It is sad that we as Americans in the 21st century can not accept an educated well verse Balck Man or Women (be she White or Black)!

    The fact is that it does not matter what Obama says or does! People just see his color and t is obvious when you hear people say that he is not an average guy like you and I.

    Just Sad!!!

    July 31, 2008 at 12:01 am |
  27. T. Adams

    Paul, and others who support the esteemed Senator Obama. I would like to refute any and all pretense that Senator Obama is a worthy candidate for President of the United States. The major aspect of his energy policy is to tax oil companies in order to take away "windfall" profits. What is missed is the fact that these taxes will be then passed on to the consumer and therefore raise the price of gasoline. His intention to nationalize healthcare, which is a more dangerous prospect, would place government in charge of a life and death decisions. The current healthcare system, while not perfect, is not run by an inefficient government bureaucracy which would be more costly and less effective than the current system. Regarding his trip overseas, I for one want a President who is first and foremost a citizen of the United States, and does not view himself, while in the midst of a presidential election, a citizen of the world. His trip abroad was nothing more than a photo shoot, which is equivalent to his policies, while pretty they lack substance and any real rational thought. More taxes and government is not positive change, being submissive to foreign powers is not positive change, electing a candidate who was a state senator a few short years ago, is change we can’t afford to make. Presidents are tested the most in international politics, on this stage the stakes are high. Senator Obama would have cut and run from Iraq, instead of following the sound strategy developed by General Patreaus. This policy decision demonstrates Senator Obama fails to comprehend the fight against terrorism. To say that he would not have gone into Iraq in the first place misses the fact that we are there and must win, or risk losing to al-Qaeda yet again.

    July 30, 2008 at 11:59 pm |
  28. Alison

    I am one of those "60 year old white women" who would never, ever have voted for Hillary (and/or Bill)–and a lifetime independent.–who supports Barach with great passion.

    I was one of the first women in my professional field, and an unlikely "liberated" woman: I came from a working-class Southern ackground to be a professor in a top-ranked business school that supports women in leadership. I am part of a nuclear family that includes my husband, who is highly successful in our field, and a twenty-something daughter (in law school) who supports everything we now support! It is wonderful that progressive families are together politically now as we might never have been before.

    I would suggest that the composition of US "independents" has changed: There are so many first-time Democrats who were formerly independent–who changed because we want to support Obama's goals. (Is there detailed, predictive data on the impact of these changes?) Thus, polls based on "independents" may not be valid based on historical data.

    We no longer independent because–given the changes in both parties we deigned to support consistently in the past for a variety of reasons–Democratic party affiliation is now attractive to those who believe that we can and must come together as a country in the way that Obama suggests: our common interests far outweigh religious and political interests.

    Thanks for considering this perspective.

    July 30, 2008 at 11:58 pm |
  29. Nelly

    Barack Obama has done nothing to make me doubt my words the first time I heard him speak during Kerry's campaign at the Democratic convention: "Barack Obama will be our next President"
    He continues to demonstrates that he is a person of honor. He is intelligent, thoughtful, articulate, and quite capable of recovering this country, nationally and internationally.
    It is embarrassing to see the kind of campaign that McCain is conducting. Why would I want a person to be my President when he appears whiney, rehearsed, angry, and waists my time slinging dirt around.
    I want to hear our candidates clarify and evolve around what they stand for.
    Keep up the good work Barack Obama.

    July 30, 2008 at 11:47 pm |
  30. Wendy Natkong

    I have to wonder...did the McCain campaign get permission from Britney and Paris to include them in this ridiculous, childish ad?

    July 30, 2008 at 11:47 pm |
  31. Joe

    Well lts face it Obama has damn little experience and Mc Cain well last Election he couldn't beat peabrain and like most republicans won't listen to their voters and it seems like most have their hands in some ones pockets. There are the lobbyists and ethic's violations and must be in favor of higher oil prices i think they all need to be voted out of office. Then there is the Larry Craig thingie and that the clown from Florida and has anyone mentioned Osama Been Laddin and his forty theives

    July 30, 2008 at 11:45 pm |
  32. Michael

    It is quite a shame that Hillary isnt likely to be picked as the VP. I think the Bill question is way overblown in that the ex-President would be put on a very short leash considering the possibilities after 8yrs of Obama. I think that Hillary's campaign staff was the sole cause of her loss and that is a shame to keep someone from becoming President. She has shown how to get something done while she has been a US Senator. And you wont get re-elected in NY if you're not doing something right. If Obama wasnt so influenced by his own campaign staff, he could really show some "healing" of his own Party thus capable of doing so with the Nation by choosing Hillary Clinton as his running mate.

    July 30, 2008 at 11:44 pm |
  33. Wanda Robinson

    I think this is an exciting time for our country to understand what the politicians never wanted the American people to know. John McCain boasts of his experience and his ability to get America back on track. He has been a Senator all these years and why didn't he do something before this Country experienced all of the problems that have come about because of apathy. Senator Obama should not reveal his plans on any of his policies to the American public, because Senator McCain will only plagiarize Obama's ideas and tweak it to fit his agenda. I do not think the American people are totally conservative or liberal; I think America sees somethings in a conservative way and somethings in a liberal way. I do believe the American public is smart enough to pick the person that represents their views on the issues in this Country, and the fact that most journalists and Conservatives, along with Senator Clinton state that Obama does not have any experience, is a testament to his ability to make change. I look at the fact that he tested his ability to raise money, he inspired a generation, brought enthusiam to his campaign, brought up issues that no other politician would have, has a platform that he has stuck with throughout his campaign, has the entire world interested in our country's political campaign, has not run a negative campaign only stated the issues, went around the world on a dare by Senator McCain and did not make a mistake, does not show indifference of any kind to anyone, firm on what is right and what is wrong. Senator McCain has good ideas, but he does not know how to communicate his ideas unless he hears them from someone else. I have watched every cable broadcast about McCain and Obama. I think CNN presents a broader view than any other and will give the American public a better presentation than any of the others.

    July 30, 2008 at 11:43 pm |
  34. Melissa, Los Angeles

    Ads that attack like that would deter my vote. McCain's just desperate since he can't garner any attention.

    July 30, 2008 at 11:43 pm |
  35. MikeyD.

    John McCain speaks of knowing how to win wars, which war did he win as commander-in-chief?
    Does five years as a POW make you the best choice as leader? if your experience is to be trusted, how did you and others become POW's?
    Don't try to fool us, America did not win the Vietnam war, ask the veterans. We started the war in Iraq quite foolishly and we will never win it. It's time we stop plundering other peoples property and start to rebuild the lives and future of America and that's the difference Obama makes.
    There is more for you to whine about old fellow.

    July 30, 2008 at 11:40 pm |
  36. Kent Fitzsimmons,Kewanee, IL

    McCain is so full of jealously over Obama it is sickening. Is there something wrong with everyone liking Obama? Globally? Couldn't that just help the US heal what they have done under Bush?

    July 30, 2008 at 11:39 pm |
  37. B Crawford

    A 'hero' is defined as someone who is admired for courage and nobility, not because one has been detained; so what's the hoopla about McCain? All of our soldiers (past and present) are heroes, as well as Obama, who is certainly admired for his courage and nobility in his political career. Come on America........if we are to be America,
    we've got to show our progress to change in '08.

    July 30, 2008 at 11:37 pm |
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