(CNN) — John McCain, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, launched his first general election ad Friday, portraying himself as a strong, courageous and patriotic leader.
“John McCain. The American president Americans have been waiting for,” the ad’s narrator says.
Throughout the 60 second spot, images of McCain now, and during his days in Vietnam, flash across the screen while newspaper headlines superimposed behind the video call him an image for the future, ‘a real hero,’ ‘ready on day one.’
“What must a president believe about us? About America? That she is worth protecting? That liberty is priceless? Our people are honorable? Our future prosperous, remarkable and free?,” the ad’s narrator also says.
The ad, set to run in the battleground state of New Mexico, also features footage of McCain as a prisoner of war in Vietnam.
- CNN's Emily Sherman