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