April 30th, 2008
12:05 PM ET
6 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. Marine

    You would think that Obama's wife would be upset with all the people , eveidently both male and female, her husband has been having affairs with. Just look at ll the commenters in the various articles!!!!!!! "Obama Lover" "Ilove Obama" etrc.

    April 30, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  2. DSRobins

    Bravo for MoveOn.org's campaign attacking John McCain. He said it was perfectly fine with him if U.S. troops remain in Iraq for 50 to 100 years. McCain seeks revenge for what happened to him in Viet Nam decades ago and thinks he can get it in Iraq. He doesn't give a dam... about the troops or America's need to get out of there. He will be a worse President than GWBush. Americans would have to be viciously cruel to vote for this guy and his endless war.

    April 30, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  3. Mal Sterling

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

    Now that should balance the books around here.

    If people want real change, vote for someone like Nader.

    April 30, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  4. That's Reality

    LEAFMAN – Before you start appealing to history you need to realize we maintain a presence WHEREVER we NEED to for our national security and Iraq may just be such a place.

    April 30, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  5. Amber

    John McCain is a complainer. HE took no shame in trying to smudge Obama's reputation with saying "Hamas for Obama". I hope they come after him real hard.....Clinton and Obama camps need to do a better job at attacking him.... 100 years... whatever....

    April 30, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  6. Pro-Democracy

    Obozo Rick?? Really? Grow up!

    April 30, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  7. EC

    McCain has been given a FREE ride thus far. It's about TIME he starts getting the HEAT big time. I'm sick of his whole "macho-smacho" image. He doesn't know JACK about our economy, that's VERY clear every time he tries to speak on the topic, his foreign policy experience is nothing but hog wash, he voted NO on many bills that would HAVE HELPED this country.

    HE voted against the MLK holiday, THAT should tell you something about this man. Then he wants to apologize. It's not that he apologize it's the matter of his judgement. If he voted NO for something so small as a legal holiday, I'd really HATE to see what else he's voted NO on.

    John McCain talks about his christian upbringing, but he's actually a Baptist who was NEVER baptized until the media found out. NOW he's going to get baptized. This all makes me very, very shaky and concerned when it comes to this old man. I honestly don't think he's up for the job, nor qualified.

    The Democrats are going to EAT him alive!

    April 30, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  8. Cynthia

    I agree Pro-Democracy – you rarely ever hear Senator McCain mention Sentor Clinton.

    April 30, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  9. RealityKing

    George Soros, born August 12, 1930
    John Sidney McCain III, born August 29, 1936

    George Soros spending millions calling John McCain old..., pricesless!!

    April 30, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  10. Dannyboy

    You Obama and Hillary supporters seem to have forgotten a few things – come to think of it you Democrats seem to have done the same. You cry foul when you claim that Obama's friends' comments were taken out of context, then you do the same to McCain. Like it or not, the United States is the world's policeman – and by the way, McCain was one of many who rotted in Hanoi while you enjoyed your flag-burning parties, just to prove that there was one country out there committed to spreading the message of the hope of freedom. If that is too graphic for you, let's step it up a notch to some "white collar cleanliness" of Hillary's lawyer years and the panderings of her unfaithful husband, who disgraced the White House and who is nothing but a pandering liar.

    The vitriol spewed by moveon.org, the Huffington Post, Reverend Wright [who should be enjoying his "po shack in the white, golf-infested hood" pretty soon] should make a lot of you just plain sick, but it doesn't....it only confirms the sad state of affairs in this country. You seem to forget that all this free speech was paid for by the blood of our proud brothers and sisters who envisioned an eternally free America – and yes, that means staying overseas so we can spread the message of hope, even if it is for 100 years. I have seen despair and death in these foreign lands, and can tell you that once people get a taste of freedom, it is like a magic elixir that gives people hope. You name one other country on the face of this earth that promotes that better than the United States. Do that and you win a prize.

    The divisive comments on your part are a disgrace, and they disrespect the entire political process. Grow up. Instead of whining and complaining about how you feel your candidate has been unfairly targeted, go put together a care package for the troops. Do something constructive. Like it or not, our brothers and sisters need messages of hope from over here, not this ridiculous banter.

    April 30, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  11. Helene

    McSame does not care if the war goes on for 100 years. He will only be on this planet for another 4 or 5.

    April 30, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  12. Veterans for McCain and truth

    CNN, Actually I was talking about this comment :

    THESE ARE 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 – the only one with integrity

    April 30, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  13. THE REAL CHERYL FOR HILLARY!

    YEAH THESE JERK OFFS ARE OBAMA SUPPORTERS!

    FIGURES REAL MATURE TACTICS AND A WASTE OF PEOPLES MONEY!!!!!!

    WE HAVE HOMELESS PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY WHO WOULD BENEFIT FROM THIS CASH INSTEAD OF USING IT TO BASH ANOTHER CANDIDATE!!!!

    OBAMA CANNOT COMPETE ON HIS NON ACCOMPLISHED RECORD SO HE CHOSES THIS ROUTE!

    SAD!
    HILLARY WILL PREVAIL FOR THIS VERY REASON!!

    IT WORKS FOR ME! GO HILLARY!!!!!

    April 30, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  14. To Kim from PA

    You'll vote McCain if Obama is the dem. nominee. YOU SUM UP THE CLINTON SUPPORTERS REAL WELL... 'DUMB AS ALL HECK'. I hope the small PA town you live in shrivels up and all the jobs are gone. Then you'd have wished you didnt. But then again... stupid people never learn.

    April 30, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  15. THE REAL CHERYL FOR HILLARY!

    GO HILLARY!!!!!!!!!! 2008!!!!!!

    April 30, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  16. An American in Canada

    Maybe MoveOn.org can use this bit of print from the New York Times

    Wright suggested to the New York Times last year that he and Obama might have to do something of a distancing act in the run up to the election.
    “If Barack gets past the primary, he might have to publicly distance himself from me,” Wright was quoted by The New York Times. “I said it to Barack personally, and he said, ‘Yeah, that might have to happen.’”

    NOW IF THEIR FARCE WAS NOT A SETUP, TELL ME WHAT IT WAS MOVEON.ORG.... ENQUIRING MINDS WANT TO KNOW!

    April 30, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  17. j williamson

    Address the issue, Sen. McCain, instead of telling us how "bad" everybody else is.

    April 30, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  18. Uncle Sam

    Can you believe that Sen. McCain wants to keep our troops defending America indefinitely? Who would vote for such a man for president?

    Americans for McCain '08

    April 30, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  19. Jed in Texas

    His serious illness may make the V.P position a danger for all of us,just look at Cheney and he isnt even officially President but we know better dont we.

    April 30, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  20. THE REAL CHERYL FOR HILLARY!

    OBAMA IS THE LAUGHING STOCK OF THIS ELECTION!!!!!

    NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS HE CANNOT RUN FROM THE TRUTH!!!!

    HE IS A PATHETIC PERSON, I CANNOT EVEN CALL HIM A MAN!!!!!!!

    HILLARY HAS SOLUTIONS AND BRAINS TO BACK THEM UP!!!!!!!
    THE PEOPLE WILL MAKE THE RIGHT CHOICE!!!!!!!

    April 30, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  21. Matt in Chicago

    Oh, as an aside. Harping on McCain's age is called ageism (you should know this already aren't you the group that added an -ism to everything so we can all be victims?) and might just serve to alienate a larger older portion of the population.

    Think about it, you're trying to GET more votes... not make people angry.

    Stop insulting people and name calling.

    April 30, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  22. Allen, Cleveland, OH

    Reading many of these comments is better than watching stand-up comedy. The majority of the authors are nothing more than ignorant, hate-mongers who wouldn't know the truth if it hit them between the eyes. Go back to sniffing glue and eating paint chips.

    April 30, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  23. ANTI CLINTONS

    moveon.org can shove it up there butt! the libs and the democraps will try to chose the idiot fool Hitlery.

    April 30, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  24. MR

    THIS IS CALLED POLITICS!

    IF YOU CAN STAND THE HEAT, GO BACK TO THE OLDS FOLKS HOME!

    BRING IT ON ...MOVE ON.ORG

    April 30, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  25. Tee in NC

    OK Obamines let the games began. so you obamies like the ad....so when the BS comes back your way don't cry foul and try to play the race card. I can't wait to here Oh holy obama denounce this ad as silly politics...aw that will never happen.

    Fair-minded person for McCain 08

    April 30, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
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