January 11th, 2008
01:00 PM ET
3 years ago

McCain plays up bipartisan history in new Michigan ad

McCain is up with a new ad in Michigan.
McCain is up with a new ad in Michigan.

(CNN) - Republican John McCain launched a new ad in Michigan Friday that stresses his bipartisan credentials in a state where crossover voting may play a major role in the presidential primary outcome.

In the 30-second spot, "Endorsed Michigan," an announcer reads from recent editorials in The Detroit News and the Detroit Free Press that praise the Arizona senator as a "straight shooter," "a conservative who has worked across the aisle," and a Republican with "broad appeal to the middle of the electorate."

There is no party registration in Michigan, and registered voters can cast their ballots in any primary. Since national party penalties have meant that most of the Democratic presidential field has pulled there name from the ballot – and none of the major candidates in that party will be campaigning in the state – Democrats and independents may play a far greater role in next Tuesday’s GOP primary than they do in most cycles.

Most recent surveys have found McCain, Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee locked in a tight battle for the top spot in that race.


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  1. Kenneth Cheeseman

    What good does the "surge" do or even pacifying the whole country when there is no viable Iraqi government to turn it over to? They have had six years to get their act together and cannot do it. How do we get out of there or do we?

    January 11, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  2. Jim

    Just an ordinary working man here and have had my job for 34.6 years. 55 now. I do live in the South. I do not think it matters who gets elected as President of the Untied States of America. After the the last 8 years, what else could go wrong? The United States of America is the greatest country on Earth, but it seems to be slipping. There is no politician in Washington DC that even thinks about the working man or woman. Why should they? if you made $100,000 a year would you care about your neighbor? After all the gov taxes to death the majority, and the majority is the middle class americans. The United States of America can spend billions and billions of dollars on a war, (CNN broadcast a segment about a truckload of money being pitched out in Iraq to anyone that could catch it) but can't get health care for the born and breed citizens of the United States of America. The elderly drawing maybe 900 a month, and medicare is 274 a month? What is that? I know for a fact that is true. Gas prices? utility bills? paying for health care? Where is that so called American dream? Where is it?
    The big wigs in Washington, DC are making the rules and none apply the common ordinary working man or woman, none do. They will keep on padding their pockets and keep on giving the American public their speech. You will not see any change at all no matter who gets elected President of the United States of America. That should be a big time prestigious position, a postion of BIG TIME responsiblity and great concern. That position has deteriorated into actually pomp and circumstance. When a politician gets up on one of the speeches and exclaims " THE AMERCAN PEOPLE" I cringe, I want them to explain to me, what do you mean by "THE AMERICAN PEOPLE" .

    January 11, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  3. Margarita, Los Angeles

    HE IS OOOOLD. HE IS 72 THAT IS OLDER THAN REAGAN WAS. REAGAN HAD ALZHIMERS IN THE WHITE HOUSE....HE SAYS HE CAN ONLY DO ONE TERM. THAT MEANS THAT HE WILL GO FOR BROKE AND REALLY KEEP US IN IRAQ...

    January 11, 2008 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  4. AndyR

    Sorry McCain you are far too old and stubborn for me. I won't even go into the whole amnesty plan you tried to force down americas throat.... only to stop in time to run for president. McCain if you weren't running for president, wouldn't you still be jamming that down our throats?

    Go Mitt! Mitt Romney is only candidate intelligent and energenic enough to make America competive with China. And lets face it, the real war America will face in the next century will be economic. And if the dems have it their way we will raise taxes and cripple our economy. Corporations in America already 35%, on of the highest tax rates in the world. Is it any wonder they are moving their jobs overseas? I can't blame them. America is driving them out of America.

    Go Mitt!

    January 11, 2008 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  5. John S. Maine

    The choice is clear A Republican who will help Michigan and America = MItt Romney!

    A Democrat that pretends he is a Republican John McCain!

    January 11, 2008 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  6. Margaret Fuller, Wolfeboro, NH

    Do you folks realize that Ron Paul is more than a year older than McCain? But then, I don't believe he puts his birthdate on his website.

    January 12, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  7. Jean

    JOHN McCAIN SAID HE WOULD PAY $50 AN HOUR TO ANYBODY WHO WAS WILLING TO GO TO ARIZONA AND DO THE HARD WORK THE ILLEGAL ALIENS DO. HE AND BUSH CALLED IT "THE WORK AMERICANS WON'T DO."

    DON'T FORGET McCAIN IS INTERESTED IN AMNESTY. SO IS LINDSEY GRAHAM OF SOUTH CAROLINA.

    IF McCAIN WINS THE ELECTION, WE WILL HAVE AMNESTY.

    January 12, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  8. Jose Card - Independent

    Margaret Fuller, Wolfeboro, NH January 12, 2008 10:31 am ET

    "Do you folks realize that Ron Paul is more than a year older than McCain? But then, I don't believe he puts his birthdate on his website."
    --------------------------------–
    Hello Margaret:

    If you see live how Dr. Ron Paul talks, you will be amazed by how fast this man talks. And, it's not just fast talk. He speaks wisdom fast.

    It turns out that he loves to run since his childhood. He would run the 2 miles to his elementary school every day from his parents' farm, instead of taking the bus. I think even at his age, his physique is probably more fit than Bill Clinton.

    President Reagan was 70 when he was elected for the first term.
    Age is not the issue, but physical and mental fitness is.

    Both Ron Paul and McCain are healthier than Reagan was when he was elected.

    January 12, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  9. Marti San Diego, CA

    My fellow Republicans, please vote the issues not who is most likeable!! This isn't a race for senior class president. It's also not a time to payback McCain for his service to his country. We tried that once already with Bob Dole and it got us Bill Clinton. Remember? McCain has served his country. Yes and I will be the first of many to sincerely say Thank You, but when the man can only point to one or two accomplishments in 24 years, 24 years!!!, that's far too little. Mitt accomplished far more in 4 years as governor of MA that McCain has ever done in 24 years.

    Let's elect a *proven* leader with a real resume of results. VOTE ROMNEY

    The Real McCain Record
    Obstacles in the way of conservative support.

    By Mark R. Levin
    There’s a reason some of John McCain's conservative supporters avoid discussing his record. They want to talk about his personal story, his position on the surge, his supposed electability. But whenever the rest of his career comes up, the knee-jerk reply is to characterize the inquiries as attacks.

    The McCain domestic record is a disaster. To say he fought spending, most particularly earmarks, is to nibble around the edges and miss the heart of the matter. For starters, consider:

    McCain-Feingold — the most brazen frontal assault on political speech since Buckley v. Valeo.

    McCain-Kennedy — the most far-reaching amnesty program in American history.

    McCain-Lieberman — the most onerous and intrusive attack on American industry — through reporting, regulating, and taxing authority of greenhouse gases — in American history.

    McCain-Kennedy-Edwards — the biggest boon to the trial bar since the tobacco settlement, under the rubric of a patients’ bill of rights.

    McCain-Reimportantion of Drugs — a significant blow to pharmaceutical research and development, not to mention consumer safety (hey Rudy, pay attention, see link).

    And McCain’s stated opposition to the Bush 2001 and 2003 tax cuts was largely based on socialist, class-warfare rhetoric — tax cuts for the rich, not for the middle class. The public record is full of these statements. Today, he recalls only his insistence on accompanying spending cuts.

    As chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, McCain was consistently hostile to American enterprise, from media and pharmaceutical companies to technology and energy companies.

    McCain also led the Gang of 14, which prevented the Republican leadership in the Senate from mounting a rule change that would have ended the systematic use (actual and threatened) of the filibuster to prevent majority approval of judicial nominees.

    Vote Romney – the candidate with a very impressive record of decades of achievements in business, as governor of MA, and with the SLC Olympics. Romney is a *proven* leader who has shown time and time again that he can actually get things done. Talk is cheap, accomplishments matter.

    January 12, 2008 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  10. Jim

    Please ALL BORN AMERICANS, this country is OURS, The battle from breaking away from England, Boston Tea party, George Washingtons march over the Potomac. It is OUR country, not any ones from any foreign country, The United States of America is the greatest COUNTRY ON EARTH! It does offer freedom of speech, freedom of worship, all freedoms that a man or woman needs. If all decent mankind bans together, than it will still hold that stature. The USA seems to have dropped the ball, with the born and breed Americans, it seems the USA is more concerned with foreign countries and not taking care of TRUE AMERICANS. I do not have the finances at all to fight the crap in WASHINGTON DC, nor would I want to, those people are oblivious to the true plight of American people.

    January 12, 2008 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  11. Jim

    SUPPORT YOUR COUNTRY!
    AND THINK, GIVE IT A GOOD THINK! LET US PLEASE NOT GO THROUGH A NOTHER 8 YEARS OF George W. Bush or any kind of facsimile, please for the good of the United States of America. I am begging.

    January 13, 2008 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
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