08/08/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Obama On Paris/Britney Ad: "Is That Really the Best You Can Come Up With?"

At a town hall meeting on energy in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, this afternoon, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, addressed the new TV ad offered from his opponent, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., which insinuates that Obama is little more than a paparazzi-pursued media-created celebrity a la Paris Hilton and Britney Spears.

The ad, titled "Celeb," uses images of the two blonde starlets.

"Given the seriousness of the issues, you'd think we could have a serious debate," Obama said. "But so far, all we've been hearing about is Paris Hilton and Britney Spears. I mean, I do have to ask my opponent, is that the best you can come up with? Is that really what this election is about? Is that what is worthy of the American people?"

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