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John Cusack Gets His Move On in New McCain-Is-Bush Ad

Actor John Cusack has filmed a fast and furious political TV ad, challenging viewers to explain how John McCain is any different than President George W. Bush. He brings up issues like the GI Bill, ties to war profiteers, and children's health care. Check it out below.

Move On wants supporters to help raise $70,000 to put the ad in front of swing voters. Do you think John's message can influence swing voters?

With President Bush's approval ratings at an all time low, will voters be able to form an opinion of Republican John McCain? I wonder why McCain doesn't do more to separate himself from Bush on the issues.

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freegracefrom freegracefrom 7 years
In general, I try to avoid most posts about the election and campaigning, because I just don't have the stomach for it. I have to admit that it was John Cusack that got me to click on this link. Didn't care for him in Say Anything, but I did love High Fidelity. :-) Both parties are guilty of running sleazy, negative campaigns and have been doing this for many years. However, I think it's getting progressively worse and more common. I understand that one party can't feasibly run a (solely) positive issues-based campaign when the other is running a negative name-calling one because that puts the former party at an extreme disadvantage. It's an ugly cycle that both sides have to agree to end. It's these sort of games that causes people to lose faith in the process.
stephley stephley 7 years
Go back to Memorial Day and the anti-Obama ad, the one with the guy who complained about Obama not meeting with Patraeus. Read the responses and the number of people here who jumped on the not meeting with Patraeus issue based on that ad - as did McCain a day or two later. Try then to come back and justify any righteous anger at the Move-On ad. "Does anyone else get the feeling that now, more than ever, people (on all sides of the issues) are so completely convinced of their own righteousness that they have no connection with people who have differing views, and hence feel that because they are (in their own minds) so clearly right that taking the other guy down by any means necessary is acceptable, or even noble?" Actually, no. And I don't believe that everyone consciously chooses what they believe. What I believe developed over time, with experience, observation and reflection.
stephley stephley 7 years
Go back to Memorial Day and the anti-Obama ad, the one with the guy who complained about Obama not meeting with Patraeus.Read the responses and the number of people here who jumped on the not meeting with Patraeus issue based on that ad - as did McCain a day or two later.Try then to come back and justify any righteous anger at the Move-On ad. "Does anyone else get the feeling that now, more than ever, people (on all sides of the issues) are so completely convinced of their own righteousness that they have no connection with people who have differing views, and hence feel that because they are (in their own minds) so clearly right that taking the other guy down by any means necessary is acceptable, or even noble?" Actually, no. And I don't believe that everyone consciously chooses what they believe. What I believe developed over time, with experience, observation and reflection.
juju4 juju4 7 years
I think that we all basically want the same things for our country, and we just differ on how to achieve them. I think that most people on this board that prefer a candidate think that the economy would be better, there would be peace in the Middle East, and less Americans would die because of war and/or terrorism if their candidate was elected. We are all coming from a good place, and I think that IS noble. Is admirable to feel passionately about the direction of your country! So even if you are a McCain supporter, I admire you for taking an active part in our democracy. I agree with Syako that I prefer Citizen Sugar best when we can all keep things light and respectful, even when we disagree.
juju4 juju4 7 years
I think that we all basically want the same things for our country, and we just differ on how to achieve them. I think that most people on this board that prefer a candidate think that the economy would be better, there would be peace in the Middle East, and less Americans would die because of war and/or terrorism if their candidate was elected. We are all coming from a good place, and I think that IS noble. Is admirable to feel passionately about the direction of your country! So even if you are a McCain supporter, I admire you for taking an active part in our democracy. I agree with Syako that I prefer Citizen Sugar best when we can all keep things light and respectful, even when we disagree.
hausfrau hausfrau 7 years
I agree Kim. I remember my strategic management prof in college, his favorite saying was "perception is reality" meaning whatever someone perceives, its reality to them so you have to work with them within the confines of that.I have thought of that saying on numerous occasions.
hausfrau hausfrau 7 years
I agree Kim. I remember my strategic management prof in college, his favorite saying was "perception is reality" meaning whatever someone perceives, its reality to them so you have to work with them within the confines of that. I have thought of that saying on numerous occasions.
Kimpossible Kimpossible 7 years
"The more I involved I become in the world of politics, the more I've come to see that people consciously choose what they believe. What I think is more interesting than someone's beliefs is WHY they choose to see the world in a particular way. Does anyone else get the feeling that now, more than ever, people (on all sides of the issues) are so completely convinced of their own righteousness that they have no connection with people who have differing views, and hence feel that because they are (in their own minds) so clearly right that taking the other guy down by any means necessary is acceptable, or even noble?" Yes, which is exactly why I said a few days ago in another post that I've come to the conclusion that there is no truth. People believe what they want to believe.
Kimpossible Kimpossible 7 years
"The more I involved I become in the world of politics, the more I've come to see that people consciously choose what they believe. What I think is more interesting than someone's beliefs is WHY they choose to see the world in a particular way.Does anyone else get the feeling that now, more than ever, people (on all sides of the issues) are so completely convinced of their own righteousness that they have no connection with people who have differing views, and hence feel that because they are (in their own minds) so clearly right that taking the other guy down by any means necessary is acceptable, or even noble?"Yes, which is exactly why I said a few days ago in another post that I've come to the conclusion that there is no truth. People believe what they want to believe.
UnDave35 UnDave35 7 years
If you become a mother like that Sy, I hope they put you on television.. :P
syako syako 7 years
Even better - I PLAN to be a mother like that :P
em1282 em1282 7 years
Ah yes, the Dina Lohan Whale Tail mothers of the world. ;) Wouldn't you be so proud to have a mom like that?
UnDave35 UnDave35 7 years
The problem with this ad is it only tells have the story. It doesn't say anything about why McCain voted the way he did. Did he vote against the healthcare for children? Yes, because familes who made up to $80,000/year could qualify for said healthcare for their children. People who make that much, can afford their own healthcare.
syako syako 7 years
I just always picture those "moms who try too hard" when I hear cases of misused "slang" You know, the ones who wear low rise jeans with their thongs poking out - the Dina Lohans of the world. ;)
syako syako 7 years
I just always picture those "moms who try too hard" when I hear cases of misused "slang" You know, the ones who wear low rise jeans with their thongs poking out - the Dina Lohans of the world. ;)
em1282 em1282 7 years
Maybe I'm more cynical than you, sy, because my mind always tends to go to the former rather than the latter.
syako syako 7 years
when i hear things like that (baby mama) I always wonder is it someone being irresponsible/someone trying to stir up controversy/someone who has no social skills/someone who is actually racist/... or is it some middle aged graphics person sitting around trying to think of what "hip" young people say. :?
syako syako 7 years
when i hear things like that (baby mama) I always wonder is it someone being irresponsible/someone trying to stir up controversy/someone who has no social skills/someone who is actually racist/...oris it some middle aged graphics person sitting around trying to think of what "hip" young people say.:?
em1282 em1282 7 years
""Baby Mama"????? It is getting so extreme, it is almost comical." Jillness--I heard about this and just had to laugh. "Baby Mama"? C'mon.
em1282 em1282 7 years
""Baby Mama"????? It is getting so extreme, it is almost comical."Jillness--I heard about this and just had to laugh. "Baby Mama"? C'mon.
janneth janneth 7 years
Democrats could not effecttively fight against the Willie Horton ads and the swift boat ads. Talk about half truths and no truths. Democrats did not push hard enough to ensure that Gore served as President after he was elected. So now Demos have alot of material to work with. This ad (forget about if you hate the actor) is biased against the GOP candidate, of course, it's an ad. But as far as I can see, there is nothing untrue in it. It is showing ways that Bush and McCain are alike. Why in the world would it want to show ways that McCain is different? It's an ad! And it is nothing like some of the shameful GOP ads of the past, nothing like.
janneth janneth 7 years
Democrats could not effecttively fight against the Willie Horton ads and the swift boat ads. Talk about half truths and no truths. Democrats did not push hard enough to ensure that Gore served as President after he was elected.So now Demos have alot of material to work with. This ad (forget about if you hate the actor) is biased against the GOP candidate, of course, it's an ad. But as far as I can see, there is nothing untrue in it. It is showing ways that Bush and McCain are alike. Why in the world would it want to show ways that McCain is different? It's an ad! And it is nothing like some of the shameful GOP ads of the past, nothing like.
yesteryear yesteryear 7 years
i think it's pretty clear that he's not saying bush & mccain are the same. he's bringing up a few points, points that happen to be VERY important to many voters, and saying they share the same opinions on these issues... its a valid comparison.
Jillness Jillness 7 years
Hopefully we can all agree this was out of line...(Yahoo)A graphic with the words "Outraged Liberals: Stop Picking on Obama's Baby Mama!" displayed Wednesday during a Fox interview about whether Michelle Obama has been unfairly targeted by critics sparked outrage from political commentators and set the blogosphere humming.A top Fox official said use of the graphic showed poor judgment."A producer on the program exercised poor judgment in using this chyron during the segment," Fox's Senior Vice President of Programming Bill Shine told Politico.com"Baby Mama"????? It is getting so extreme, it is almost comical.
Jillness Jillness 7 years
Hopefully we can all agree this was out of line... (Yahoo) A graphic with the words "Outraged Liberals: Stop Picking on Obama's Baby Mama!" displayed Wednesday during a Fox interview about whether Michelle Obama has been unfairly targeted by critics sparked outrage from political commentators and set the blogosphere humming. A top Fox official said use of the graphic showed poor judgment. "A producer on the program exercised poor judgment in using this chyron during the segment," Fox's Senior Vice President of Programming Bill Shine told Politico.com "Baby Mama"????? It is getting so extreme, it is almost comical.
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