April 30th, 2008
12:05 PM ET
7 years ago

MoveOn announces launch date for anti-McCain ad buy

MoveOn is launching a massive anti-McCain ad campaign.
MoveOn is launching a massive anti-McCain ad campaign.

(CNN) – MoveOn.org announced Wednesday they are launching their massive television ad buy aimed at presumptive Republican nominee John McCain with a new spot tomorrow, the fifth anniversary of President Bush’s “Mission Accomplished” speech.

The 30-second ad, funded by the group’s donors and its political action committee, marks the start of the liberal advocacy group’s million dollar, month-long ad campaign aimed at the Arizona senator.

MoveOn will spend $160,000 to air the new ad - titled “Candles” - on cable as well as on broadcast networks in Iowa and New Mexico, where the McCain campaign is currently on the air without competition from either Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama.

“MoveOn.org is attempting to smear Senator McCain just like it smeared General Petraeus. MoveOn.org is joining Barack Obama and the DNC in maliciously misquoting John McCain,” said Republican National Committee spokesman Alex Conant. “At nearly every event, Obama bemoans the ‘negative tone’ of politics, even while groups that support him are now running negative ads. Now, Obama should prove his rhetoric is more than ‘just words’ and stand up to MoveOn.org.”

(updated with MoveOn response after the jump)

The ad features five candles on a cake that bears the words “Mission Accomplished.” The candles multiply until they reach 100, as McCain is heard saying the American people would not be concerned if U.S. troops remain in Iraq for 100 years. The RNC threatened its Democratic counterpart with legal action earlier this week because it said that statement had been used in a DNC ad in a misleading fashion.

The MoveOn spot closes with a picture of President Bush and John McCain hugging that has been used often in advertising from Democrats and anti-McCain third-party groups this cycle.

MoveOn Executive Director Eli Pariser said Wednesday afternoon that the RNC's criticism was baseless. "Senator John McCain's position on Iraq has been clear - he intends to keep our troops there for decades," he said in a statement. "This is not a one-time gaffe. It is the truth about John McCain's and George Bush's reckless foreign policy."

(updated Wednesday afternoon with MoveOn response)


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soundoff (234 Responses)
  1. Get Real

    OTFLMAO! McBush's camp complaining about being "taken out of context"!

    Except for the fact that it ISN'T out of context, I'd ask the Republicans... how does it feel? Or, perhaps the OLD man McCain't can't remember what he said? It wouldn't surprise me.

    That's karma biting.... so next time you want to take other peoples words or endorsements and use them to suggest that they are a candidate's thoughts or words or actions, perhaps the GOP will remember that it works both ways... but of course, this was TOTALLY in context.

    April 30, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  2. DJ, LA, CA

    If McCain is mad about this ad AND the Democrat candidates quoting him on the "100 years in Iraq" statement...they why did John say it in the first place?

    Those were YOUR words John, so quit your complaining. I watched you make that statement when you tried to "SELL" a load of bull to the American public that since we will remain in Germany and Japan for 100 years following WW2...than it would make sense for us to also stay in Iraq for 100 years.

    The RNC needs to quit its whining and spin jobs and face the facts. John's statements were recording for the whole world to see and if he objects...then HE needs to come out and publically retract those words.

    April 30, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  3. Whatever

    Dave – You mean it's sickening when the Dems copy the everyday practices of the Repubs? Because twisting a small snipet of a candidates words into something completely different for their own advantage is the trademark of the Repubs. But I agree, it is sickening.

    April 30, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  4. Sean

    maybe a dem: Would you care to explain how an Illionis senator voted on an Indiana state law? You people will try anything to try and discredit Obama.

    April 30, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  5. That's Reality

    Haley Rodham Clemson – What you said is true; too bad MoveOn and followers don't comprehend truth, only lies.

    April 30, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  6. Not So Happy Anniversary

    Just think about it. Every candle on that cake represents 40 men who have died.

    Change- We can do better America.

    April 30, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  7. Jamie

    Hilarious that the Republican party would criticize Obama for not stopping this ad, meanwhile they are allowing racist exaggerations in ads against Obama to run in North Carolina.
    Ridiculous.

    April 30, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  8. D. Casey

    Um... Jim in NC... you are wrong on "The same people who are swiftboating McCain are responsible for these calls trying to drive up Obamas negatives."

    These ads are from MoveOn.org, which endorses Obama.

    The other one is from the DNC. Who *knows* what they are doing? I know that I got a call from a local California democratic candidate and when I asked them who she supported for the Presidential nominee, she said Clinton. I said, sorry, I guess I am voting for someone else. I support Obama.

    I did something similar when I got an email from the DNC to contribute to run the ad they just released (about McBush).... I went to the DNC site, located the comments/feedback/contact us form and wrote that I would have donated (as I support the ad) but until they get off their butts and make it official that Obama is the nominee, I was going to go to OBAMA'S site and donate there... AGAIN.

    For all who support Obama, why not try these methods to hopefully get the DNC's and your local politicians' attention? Nothing speaks louder than $$ and your vote!

    Go Obama!

    April 30, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  9. rob

    McCain needs to prove his attempt tp "stand up" to NC GOP on the Wright ad is more than "just words" before Obama should even consider listening to the hypocritical advice of his surrogates.

    April 30, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  10. Veterans for McCain and truth

    THESE ARE ALL LIES :

    McCain IS TOO OLD!
    McCain is insensitive to Veterans!
    McCain doesn't care about the environment!
    McCain is clueless about the economy!
    McCain is in bed with Lobbyists.
    McCain has no plan to fix the healthcare disaster in this country.
    McCain wants to stick around in Iraq.
    McCain can't hold his own in a debate against Obama or Clinton!
    McCain is a flip flopper.
    McCain has no integrity!!! (Keating 5 scandal)

    VOTE MCCAIN – ONLY ONE WITH INTEGRITY

    April 30, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  11. Chris, Middletown, CT

    They served John Kerry well....wait...not they didn't – prove that nobody cares what George Soros says...or does

    April 30, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  12. MD Houston

    Moveon.org continues to be the political sleazebag of the age. It is simply amazing that anyone listens to this moutpiece of George Soros, who earned over $1 billion last year.

    April 30, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  13. Robert Reppy

    Talk about the pot calling the kettle black! There's nothing malicious in what the DNC is doing here; McCain said what he said. The democrats are just taking some strategy hints from the Karl Rove book of propagandizing, and what's good for the goose is good for the gander. After Swiftboating and Willie Horton, the Republicans can hardly be critical of this!

    April 30, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  14. HATTIE

    What about the fact that Obama has been smeared throughout this whole primary !!! Get over it !!!

    April 30, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  15. Peggy Martey

    Why should Obama stand up to Move On. Your article is absolutely ridiculous. Obama is responsible for Obama and not Move On.

    April 30, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  16. Scott, Wichita

    independant April 30th, 2008 12:51 pm ET

    HEY !!!! The Republicans changed the rules during the last two elections. The Demos are forced to fight like them or just roll over as they did the last time. —– Get after them guys and take NO prisoners !!!!!!!

    *cough*
    Florida and Michigan being counted
    *cough*

    And listen to the people who say it, not the people who repeat it. Then you might get a sense of context. If clintons says "Obama said blah blah blah" i'll go look at the film of him saying blah blah blah

    when they said "McCain wants to be in Iraq for 100 years", I looked at the film, and oh yeah, they left out the logical comparisons he made immediately after

    April 30, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  17. why

    McCain IS TOO OLD!
    McCain is insensitive to Veterans!
    McCain doesn't care about the environment!
    McCain is clueless about the economy!
    McCain is in bed with Lobbyists.
    McCain has no plan to fix the healthcare disaster in this country.
    McCain wants to stick around in Iraq.
    McCain can't hold his own in a debate against Obama or Clinton!
    McCain is a flip flopper.
    McCain has no integrity!!! (Keating 5 scandal)

    April 30, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  18. Conervative Republican from Penna.

    I will never vote for the 100yr. war McCain. I will only vote for Obama and if Hillary is in, my vote goes to Bob Barr the Libertarian.

    April 30, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  19. Independent Voter

    For all of you who are going to vote against Obama if McCain wins,
    please save your tears when:

    1. Your home goes in foreclosure
    2. You can't continue to pay your bills
    3. You STILL cant afford health care
    4. You loose a son or daughter or both in the war
    5. Gas reaches $5 a gallon, so now you have to choose between the necessities of life

    And the list goes on...

    So..go on...vote....but please keep it to yourself.....

    April 30, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  20. Chris, Middletown, CT

    Its funny to read the other comments....its like the Hillary supporters really believe their candidate....if you get the opportunity – ask one of them "why would you support her" – they will answer two ways...."we need a woman in the White House" – or they will say "she has more experience" – btw....neither of which is remotely true

    April 30, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  21. Bukky

    I hate that Repubs act like they take the high road when it comes to adds. These are the same people... FROM McCain mouth himself... That HAMAS endorsed Obama...

    April 30, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  22. CA climatologist

    The candles multiply until they reach 100, as McCain is heard saying the American people would not be concerned if U.S. troops remain in Iraq for 100 years.

    "...MoveOn.org is joining Barack Obama and the DNC in maliciously misquoting John McCain,” said Republican National Committee spokesman Alex Conant.

    Apparently, Moveon.org is misquoting McCain using his own voice. How diabolical!

    April 30, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  23. Ed Mundo

    What a sad commentary......

    April 30, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  24. Patrick

    Moveon.org is an extremist hate group. Howard Dean is just as bad. I challenge anybody that actually supports that group or Dean to read what they have said and what they stand for. Moveon.org was against us going into Afghanistan. The country that was harboring the terrorists who attacked us on 9/11, should have been left alone according to them. They are outrageous. All democrats should unite against them as they are smearing the progressive movement with hate. John McCain is as honorable as they come, Obama should be ashamed to have accepted the endorsement from this hate group, when he campaigns on a promise of a new type of politics.

    April 30, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  25. Reason

    1)There is a big difference between having troops in Iraq for one hundred years and fighting a war for one hundred years. But if that's what it takes then that's what it takes. You people don't seem to understand that failure in Iraq is not an option. Who will you say is responsible for the thousands upon thousands of deaths caused by an emboldened Al-Qaeda and their ilk in Iraq, U.S., and the rest of the world if we leave before defeating them. Their leadership has said time and again that Iraq is the main front in their war on the west.
    2) It's hilarious for anyone to say they have a basic understanding of economics and will vote democrat. They both advocate the same policies that got us into the Great Depression and the stagflation of the 70's, i.e. raising taxes and protectionist policies in a slowdown, price and wage caps, etc. Every economist believes in three things: free market, free trade and "there ain't no such thing as a free lunch".

    April 30, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
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