MYRTLE BEACH, South Carolina (CNN) - John McCain’s campaign is sending a mailing to South Carolina Republicans which shows a picture of his wife Cindy McCain cradling the baby they adopted in Bangladesh in 1993.
The mailing touts McCain's commitment to adoption as proof of his pro-life record.
It comes as both McCains are suddenly talking about their adoption of a baby from Bangladesh on the stump.
“When a mother comes home with a new child, and doesn’t even tell him she’s coming home with a new baby, and surprises him with a new baby from Bangladesh - and not only does he open his arms, he loves her just like I do,” said Cindy McCain, introducing her husband in Greenville, South Carolina Thursday, “that’s something that says something about the character of a man.”
One of the attacks used by unnamed McCain opponents in 2000 was robo-calls suggesting she was his illegitimate daughter.
Though McCain is vowing to beat back any dirty tricks in this year's South Carolina primary with a "truth squad," his campaign insists the adoption mailing is not a pre-emptive strike,
"This is about Sen. McCain's 25-year consistent pro-life record, not negative push-polling calls in South Carolina," said McCain spokesman Brian Rogers.
–CNN's Dana Bash
McCain has no shame. First bring mommy on the trail , then baby. i guess not having any real platform requires doing odd humiliating acts
MCCAIN is putting his personal life out there in these ads for public consumption!
The personal life of a presidential candidate is fair game and can speak volumes!
There are those of us who don't agree with the point he is trying to make in this ad (and others) and are going to say so even if it may seem hateful to some. Sometimes the brutal truth hurts! It all needs to be aired out regardless.
We're electing the most powerful person in the world here. Not the homecoming king!
Who "surprises" their husband with an adopted baby. It would be irresponsible to surprise your spouse with a puppy.
Ok, I'll take the obvious question, Lee.
What exactly is "wrong" with Senator McCain adopting and raising a child? What about this personal life decision is "fair game" (which implies it was a despicable move)?
I'm not a McCain supporter in this election, but this is just a ridiculous thing and not deserving of the scorn he is getting on this message board.