McCain, liberal groups roll out new TV ads

June 17, 2008

WASHINGTON — Republican candidate John McCain touts his independence from President George W. Bush and his plan to fight global warming in a new TV ad.

Two liberal groups, meanwhile, are slamming McCain’s support for the Iraq war in an ad of their own.

McCain’s ad, highlighting an issue important to many independent voters, will run on local TV in 11 battleground states, as well as national cable channels like Fox News and CNN. An aide said the ad buy would be “substantial,” but declined to provide a figure.

“John McCain stood up to the president and sounded the alarm on global warming,” the ad’s narrator says.


It’s the second national TV ad for McCain.

Some of those same viewers might see this ad by and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. An actress portraying a mother holds up her child and asks McCain: “When you said you would stay in Iraq for 100 years, were you counting on Alex? Because if you were, you can’t have him.”


The two groups say they plan to spend $540,000 to air the ad in three battleground states — Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin — and nationally on cable.

What about Obama? His campaign isn’t buying any national TV ads yet, though they were sitting on a much larger pile of cash at the end of April ($47 million vs. McCain’s $22 million, according to the latest FEC filings).


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John McCain is a carbon copy of Bush – a rich, spoiled brat (his father and grandfather were admirals) who was an extremely dull student (he finished at the bottom of his class at the U.S. Naval Academy) and has never done an honest day’s work in his life.

Obama wa born poor and raised by a single mother, was an excellent student (he finished at the top of his class at Harvard) and has always been an extremely hard worker, by all accounts. Obama also doesn’t cheat on his wife!

Posted by Stephen Kriz | Report as abusive

John McCain doesn’t cheat on his wife, either…….unless you buy into baseless accusations formed by overzealous Democratic pundits. The New York Times had to retract that little fantasy story and apologize for poor journalism….

Are you suggesting then, Stephen, that we should a President based on the conditions of their childhood and whether or not their parents stayed together? I would prefer to see a President take power who has experience, knowledge, and proven leadership abilities…..and preferably one who doesn’t consort with shady characters like corrupt real estate barons and racist pastors……a President must have GOOD judgement.

Posted by Jim Slate | Report as abusive

Both the candidate’s economic backgrounds is completely irrelevant pertaining to this election. I would also McCain’s voting history in congress shows that he was one the most opposing republican congressman to bills Bush supported. The only thing Obama’s voting record shows is that he voted much less than majority of congressmen on Hard “yes” or “no” bills. Which indicates that he is not willing to take stands or make tough decisions, which does not seem like very suitable traits for the President of our country.

Posted by John | Report as abusive

Gotta love moveonorg in the ad above.. an appealing emotional ad that denegrates those who are serving in the military and makes a statement that youth should be discouraged from service.
We’re still in Germany; we’re still in Japan; we’re still in S. Korea (which wouldn’t exist if we hadn’t gone there). A Long term joint military presence has been part of our national strategy since.. Well at least since FDR and Truman (hmm.. They were democrates weren’t they?).
If a long term presence is a negative, is MoveOn indicating that their candidate should be pulling our forces out of areas where we’ve already been FOR OVER 50 YEARS???

Somebody should get a cup of coffee and wake up (and lay off the anxiety medication).

Posted by Alex Johnson | Report as abusive

GOOD judgement as in trying to lift ban on offshore oil drilling while promoting self as trying to solve global warming problem? All they care is about money…

Posted by Christopher Carter | Report as abusive

I hope and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees learn that “US-Americans” don’t care US long troops stay in a nation. Americans care about casualties. The US is still in Cuba (Spanish-American War), Japan (WWII), Germany (WWII) and Korea (Korean Conflict).

As for Alex, isn’t military service his choice?

Posted by Norman MacIntyre | Report as abusive

by lifting off shore drilling bands self sustained energy becomes a much more realistic goal. alternative energy sources are not a realistic level for running this country. also, drilling off shore would not be environmentally harmful. The reason the ban is still prevalent is due to one oil spillage 20 years ago. Tankers are so much safer that they can survive hurricanes. it would be ignorant to think that off shore drilling is a bad thing.

Posted by John | Report as abusive

Your statement is:

and preferably one who doesn’t consort with shady characters…racist pastors……a President must have GOOD judgement.

Based on your criteria John McCain would be excluded from becoming President

Shady characters

The Keating Five were five United States Senators accused of corruption in 1989, igniting a major political scandal as part of the larger Savings and Loan crisis of the late 1980s and early 1990s. The five senators, Alan Cranston (D-CA), Dennis DeConcini (D-AZ), John Glenn (D-OH), were accused of improperly aiding Charles H. Keating, Jr., chairman of the failed Lincoln Savings and Loan Association.

Racist Pastors

When Pastor John Hagee endorsed John McCain, McCain not only accepted the endorsement, he appeared with Hagee personally

Good Judgement?

Apr 5, 2008 … “John McCain voted against establishing a national holiday in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Now he says his position has ‘evolved,’ .

Posted by Vincient | Report as abusive

O and regarding Stephen’s comment on McCain never performing a hard days work. I believe every “day” McCain spent in a POW camp was a lot harder than any day’s work any of us have experienced.

Posted by John | Report as abusive

Interesting, which is sponsored by Democrats, show the double standards we hate so much in politics. Obama was the first one to cry fowl when something questionable surfaces about him and his family, but plays ignorant when his side does it to McCain or Clinton for that matter. Obama was the one that said he would “change” politics and the way it used to be, well he has changed nothing. If this is an example of his leadership than this country is in big trouble.

As for the ignorant add, joining the military is voluntary not mandatory.

Posted by Maria | Report as abusive

We might actually be able to pay off the national debt if we didn’t have a world empire to run. A republican idea that John McBush doesn’t support. I only voted for Bush the first time because he stated “we shouldn’t be the policeman of the world”, that to me translated to tax dollars back in my pocket, debt would continue to be erased, etc. Go read a real book on economics and realize the status quo is not sustainable.

Posted by Tom | Report as abusive

The US is still in Cuba (Spanish-American War), Japan (WWII), Germany (WWII) and Korea (Korean Conflict).

the combat ended in those places before the US set up camp.

the combat will never end in Iraq

Posted by aDCBeast | Report as abusive

MoveOn’s ad is emotional yes. Strikes a cord in a healthy thoughtful way. Not your typical emotionless cold logic republican ad. John McCain however often displays strong emotion, comes out as extreme frustrated pent-up rage vented upon who ever happens to be present. Imagine him answering the phone at 3am after lack of performance in the arms of ?

Posted by bnap | Report as abusive

Hmm, global warming champion, financed by Big Oil? Sounds a little bit like Bush’s Clear Skies. As to the war, I wonder if you remember that this was an unnecessary war, no weapons of mass destruction, just fabricated lies.

Posted by Roger Bedell | Report as abusive

Good judgment…like the judgment that has led to more than 4,000 U.S. deaths and many more deaths of Iraqis? Good judgment as in the discretion to become involved in the schemes of con man Charles Keating? Good judgment such as causes him to have heated disputes with other GOP senators? That earned him the nickname “Senator Hothead”? That made him think it a good idea to craft a persona as a maverick, which cannot be sustained under the rigors of a Presidential campaign? If good judgment is truly important to you, start examining the facts.

Posted by Phyllis Cooke | Report as abusive

Beautiful ad Move way past time for that statement to be made by a Mother for her son, or a Father for that matter. When you sign up to go into the military you basically sign away your life. You are there to kill an be killed. I have always thought the minimum age for enlistment should be raised to an appropriate age when the reality of the decision being made is made by a mature mind. 17 is not old enough, 21 isn’t either. somewhere in the 30’s would be my best estimate of informed choice for military enlistment.
Again thank you for that statement. maybe we can see it in the movies an on the tv more often as well.

Posted by Steve | Report as abusive

I’m sure that Alex will be a good boy and listen to his mother. The situations in Germany and South Korea are quite different.

We can stay if we should have been there in the first place, but not if we never should have been. Think Vietnam…. notice we’re not still there. Well, except for perhaps John McCain’s brain.

Posted by Brad | Report as abusive

It would appear, judging from the current commentary, that many of you believe our country is heading down a great course. That the Congress is pretty much running the way it should. That our military history is at is should have been. McCain, much like his mentor George Bush, is continuing a line of logic that has for many civilizations meant utter catastrophe. We need to change many of our “American” ideals before we are forced to by the laws of nature. Why invest in drilling for oil when we know that oil is not the answer, how does that make sense? Why speak of attacking countries before you even enter office? I believe a majority of Americans want change, but who’s really asking what needs to change with a clear and progressive mind. Not thinking 4-8 years ahead but 20-100 years. Our international political positions have, in part, placed us at the center of global hatred. America is respected for it freedom, its law, as a place of opportunity. Why lose that, look at history, it never goes well. Upholding our strengths, maintaining our ideals, thats the America we are all proud of. Lets not lose site of our Constitution because of fear.

Posted by Preach | Report as abusive

People stop drinking the kool-aid.
The ads “seems” emotional and “sincere” BUT, she is an ACTRESS and that is NOT her baby.
It is left wing PROPAGANDA by the radicals at moveon.commies

Posted by SoFake | Report as abusive

Obama is an empty suit. He can not speak once he is away from the teleprompter. (Remember the 58 states, seeing dead people on Memorial day, 10,000 dead tornado, explaining the costs of health care over and over, etc.) He is afraid to debate MCcain one on one without a pre written speech or previously agreed questions.
He is just a puppet bought and paid for by rich leftist like George Soros.

Posted by Bill Daniels | Report as abusive

Regarding McCain’s “maverick” voting record, he has made an about-face on almost every issue where he ever opposed the GOP party line (and there weren’t that many to start with). Opposition to Bush tax cuts? Caved. Holding the CIA responsible for torture? Caved. Immigration reform? Well, he never really opposed Bush, but he caved on that, too. Criticism for Katrina? McCain voted against the Katrina Commission and against benefits for the survivors. Health Care and Social Security? Their records are identical.

And comparing Iraq to Germany, Japan, or S. Korea is rediculous. The difference is that hundreds of thousands of troops were not required for post-war combat in those countries. That was an entirely different kind of warfare fought with an entirely different enemy. Iraq is engaged in a religious war that has been going on s the seventh century, and, my friends, it’s not going to be over by 2013. The difference is that the longer we stay in Iraq, the more Americans are going to die. Americans stopped dying in Germany after Potsdam. We already had our “mission accomplished” moment, and the death toll just keeps getting higher. It is a never-ending quagmire. BRING OUR TROOPS HOME NOW.

Posted by TXCourtney | Report as abusive

Mccain is a fractious man on the wrong side of history and human events. He and his party will be relegated to oblivion in November. It is presumptuous to elevate Mccain as the competitor to Obama and dangle the losing proposition as an alternative for America. In the coming election majority of Americans are going to vote based on their deteriorating economic and political conditions, the twin sinister and dark legacy of the Republicans. Mccain is inextricably linked to what GOP has brought on America. Chaotic Wall Street, insecure main Street and destruction of American wealth for the poor and the rich alike.

Posted by Jake | Report as abusive