2008 Obama VS. McCain
The Living Room Candidate
"Batallando", Obama, 2008
Transcript below translation
CARLOS SEQUIERA: Durante los ultimos nuevos anos yo ha luchado contra el cancer.
[TEXTO: CARLOS SEQUIERA]
CARLOS SEQUIERA: El plan de salud de John McCain deja las companias de seguro les niegue cobertura a personas con condiciones preexistentes. (pausa) Barack Obama es el unico con una solucion para nosotros.
NARRARATOR FEMININO: John McCain y los republicanos quieren seguir la misma politica de George Bush que deja 50,000 personas sin seguro.
[TEXTO: UNO DE CADA TRES HISPANOS NO TIENE SEGURO MEDICO]
NARRARATOR FEMININO [y TEXTO]: El plan de Barack Obama hace que el plan de seguro medico sea accesible para todos.
[TEXTO: APRENDE MAS SOBRE EL PLAN: BARACKOBAMA.COM/ISSUES]
NARRARATOR FEMININO: Dice ese con promiso.
[TEXTO: MENOS COSTOS PARA FAMILIAS]
BARACK OBAMA: Soy Barack Obama y apruebo esta mensaje.
Transcript below translation
CARLOS SEQUIERA: During the last nine years I have been fighting against cancer.
[TEXT: CARLOS SEQUIERA]
CARLOS SEQUIERA: The health plan of John McCain lets insurance companies deny cover to people with pre-existing conditions. (Pause) Barack Obama is the only one with a solution for us.
FEMALE NARRARATOR: John McCain and the republicans want to continue the same politics of George Bush that leaves 50, 000 people without insurance.
[TEXT: ONE IN EVERY THREE HISPANICS DO NOT HAVE MEDICAL INSURANCE]
FEMALE NARRARATOR [and TEXT] : The plan of Barack Obama makes it so medical insurance will be accessible for all.
[TEXT: LEARNS MORE ABOUT THE PLAN: BARACKOBAMA.COM/ISSUES]
FEMALE NARRARATOR: He says so with a promise.
[TEXT: WITH LESS COSTS FOR FAMILIES]
BARACK OBAMA: I am Barack Obama and I approve this message
"Batallando," Obama for America, 2008
Maker: Obama Media Team
Original air date: 10/01/08
From Museum of the Moving Image, The Living Room Candidate: Presidential Campaign Commercials 1952-2012.
www.livingroomcandidate.org/commercials/2008/batallando (accessed October 2, 2023).
The 2008 election, which resulted in the selection of the first African-American president in the nation's history, was about change. Polls indicated that more than 80 percent of likely voters felt that the country was on the wrong track or moving in the wrong direction. For the first time since 1952, there were no candidates on either major-party ticket who have served as president or vice president.
As in 2004, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were important issues, yet foreign policy was strongly overshadowed by the economy when the credit and mortgage crisis hit full force in September. Other economic concerns included health-care costs, energy policy, gas prices, and rising unemployment. From the primary campaigns into the general-election contest, candidates positioned themselves as agents of change. Normally it is the party out of power in the White House that calls for change. In 2008, both parties claimed to offer “change,” as opposed to “more of the same.”
The candidates made these claims in an ad war that was unprecedented in its quantity and cost. Ads were created in rapid-response fashion, timed for the increasingly fast-paced news cycle. Also, as a reflection of the shift in popular culture toward the provocative tone of the Internet, which relies on bold statements and humor to inspire “forwardability,” the 2008 ads were noticeably sharper and more aggressive than that of previous elections.
Joseph Biden for vice president
"Change We Can Believe In."Barack Obama’s campaign created a number of positive ads that emphasize such words as “values” and “work,” portraying him as someone whom working-class voters can feel comfortable with. While Obama’s ads tended to be more positive in tone than McCain’s, there were also a large number of attack ads. Just as President Clinton’s 1996 ads linked Bob Dole with Newt Gingrich, nearly all of Obama’s attack ads linked John McCain with President Bush, whose approval ratings are extremely low. By linking McCain to Bush, the Obama campaign successfully undercut McCain’s image as an independent maverick.
Sarah Palin for vice president
"Country First."John McCain’s ads were mainly about Barack Obama. Following the pattern of the 2004 election, the Republican campaign used its ads to define the Democratic candidate. In addition to attempting to portray Obama as a liberal Democrat who favors tax increases, the ads also tried to suggest that he is a celebrity who isn’t ready to lead. However, with the selection of Sarah Palin as the vice-presidential candidate, the message was refined. Rather than focusing on the question of experience and readiness to be commander in chief, the later McCain ads claimed that Obama was a dangerous choice because we don't know enough about him.