McCain-Palin 2008 

"Chicago Machine"
30-second ad run nationally, announced Sept. 22, 2008.


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[Music] Male Announcer: Barack Obama.  Born of the corrupt Chicago political machine.

Obama clip: In terms of my toughness, look first of all, I come from Chicago.

Announcer: His economic adviser, William Daley.  Lobbyist.  Mayor's brother.

His money man, Tony Rezko.  Client.  Patron.  Convicted Felon.

His "political godfather," Emil Jones.  Under ethical cloud.

His governor, Rod Blagojevich.  A legacy of federal and state investigations.

With friends like that, Obama is not ready to lead.

McCain: I'm John McCain and I approve this message.

Notes: The Obama campaign responded thusly...

"It's no coincidence that on the very day newspapers reported that John McCain's campaign manager was paid $2 million to lobby against tighter regulation of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the McCain campaign would launch this false, gratuitous attack.  Barack Obama was elected to the Illinois Senate as an independent Democrat. He took on the Chicago Democratic organization in a primary to win a seat in the US Senate. And in both Illinois and Washington, he has challenged the Old Guard for landmark ethics reforms," said Obama-Biden spokesman Bill Burton.