May 15th, 2008
08:40 PM ET
7 years ago

McCain launches '2013' web ad

Sen. McCain laid out a bold vision of what he intends to accomplish during his first term in a new web ad.
Sen. McCain laid out a bold vision of what he intends to accomplish during his first term in a new web ad.

(CNN) – On the same day that Sen. John McCain gave an ambitious speech laying out what he intends to accomplish by the end of his first term in office, his campaign released an accompanying Web ad dramatizing those hypothetical achievements.

“The year: 2013,” an announcer says as the words “2013” appear on screen. Then the ad goes through a laundry list of accomplishments McCain envisions: stabilizing the Middle East, reducing the threat of nuclear terrorism, strengthening border security, advancing energy independence, reforming wasteful spending by the federal government, delivering health care choice, and restoring economic confidence. “The year: 2013, the president: John McCain,” the announcer says as McCain’s image appears on screen.

McCain, the Republican Party’s presumptive presidential nominee, has been touring fall battleground states for the past several weeks while he lays out his policy proposals and reaches out to constituencies he will need to win the White House in November.

Related: McCain predicts Iraq war over by 2013


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soundoff (89 Responses)
  1. RickytheGriff

    Okay, who's left in this country that stupid, misguided, or just downright brain-damaged to believe this?

    2013, my butt. As long as Halliburton and Blackwater are reaping the benefits of staying in Iraq.... we'll stay there until there's not a drop of oil left and every citizen is dead and this country is 20 trillion dollars in debt.

    May 15, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  2. Deb n Texas

    The sad thing about this is that he is not going to remember a word of what he said today – next week. It's not that you can't believe what he says – it's that he doesn't remember what he says. This general election is going to be a joke!

    May 15, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  3. Independent

    His vision is to talk out of both sides of his mouth. In his speech today, he talks about why we hate washington, because the politicians are only out for themselves, and not lookin out for the peoples needs. This afternoon he could not wait to jump on the Bush smear campaign tactic. I will never, never, never vote for this man who preaches fear mongering and hate! Obama and the Democrats in 08!!

    May 15, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  4. John Starnes Tampa Florida

    With his credibility so badly damaged by his last 4 years of wild flip-flopping from "maverick" to "Bush clone", and his shocking recent joining with Bush in opposing the New Gi Bill ("support our troops"?) that would benefit those returning home from Iran and Afghanistan, these pie-in-the-sky promises are as ethereal as is his grasp of the realities on the ground in Iraq. He is an increasingly tragic figure who four years ago said himself he was too old THEN to be President.

    May 15, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  5. funObama

    voting for McCain means sending more young men to the middle east to died for no viable reason. a vote for him is a vote for a war with Iran.

    May 15, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  6. Wow Clinton Supporters

    Quote on quote from above:

    "I do not want McCain to be president, but I will vote for him in November."

    You're going to let spite drive you to vote against your own interests? Do you realize how idiotic that sounds when you own candidate openly acknowledges that there similarities between them are almost exact and that both Obama and Clinton want a Democrat in the White House in 2009?

    I mean, you keep saying you won't vote for Obama, but what if Clinton pulls through? Do you expect us Obama supporters to just take it after all the insults you throw at us about how you'll tear apart that party?

    I would still vote for her, since I actually care about who is the next president, but to sit there and insult us blindly is a mistake.

    Democrats '08

    May 15, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  7. Peter

    this is a little weak... listing what you want to get done is fine, but there is no way you'll be able to foresee the possible roadblocks on the way from now to the dream future, which is probably why "happily ever after", even in the smallest sense, is hard to achieve.

    May 15, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  8. Jed in Texas

    Scum.

    May 15, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  9. Jenny, Oregon

    McCain is a senile nut!

    May 15, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  10. FEDUP

    We must write in Hillary on our ballots in November..Can anyone believe that some of Obama supporters have referred to Michelle as beautiful? I guess some peoples idea of beautiful leaves a lot to be desired. Venessa Williams is beautiful. Tara Banks is beautiful, but Michelle Obama, yuck

    May 15, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  11. barackobama4prez

    pander pander pander bear

    May 15, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  12. d- Phoenix

    Wow. Thats interesting How the war would end in 2013. I guess for that to be accomplished McCain would have to be elected to 2 terms considering 2013 would put him in his second term. McCain, sir, you might be a little slow in your old age. Bush/Cheney have been pulling those tricks on us over the last 8 years now and we are sick of it. Ending this war is about restoring American resources and Most importantly, American lives..... not electing YOU to two terms. What a joke.

    May 15, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  13. Fantasy!

    "I will lead with specifics and the American people will know where I stand and how I will address the issues" – John McCain.

    That ad? No details. No specifics. Just rainbows that we're supposed to blindly follow.

    And you call Obama and empty suit?

    Democrats '08

    May 15, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  14. Come on Clintonites

    Quote on quote from above:

    "I do not want McCain to be president, but I will vote for him in November."

    You're going to let spite drive you to vote against your own interests? Do you realize how idiotic that sounds when you own candidate openly acknowledges that there similarities between them are almost exact and that both Obama and Clinton want a Democrat in the White House in 2009?

    I mean, you keep saying you won't vote for Obama, but what if Clinton pulls through? Do you expect us Obama supporters to just take it after all the insults you throw at us about how you'll tear apart that party?

    I would still vote for her, since I actually care about who is the next president, but to sit there and insult us blindly is a mistake.

    Democrats '08

    May 15, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  15. Realtist

    2013? Won't he kick the bucket by then? He's already one foot in the grave, my 97 year old grandmother moves faster than he does...really.

    May 15, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  16. Joshua College Station TX

    The war is a cover for the NeoCon idealists and their corporation buddies to maintain a steady income at the expense of American taxpayers and consumers, the Iraqi people, and everyone else in the world. Iraq is a giant cash cow for them. But now with the unpopularity of Bush, and the rise of the new Democrats, those corporations are seeing the writing on the wall. They see that the war could be coming to an end if Obama is elected. So they have to be very very clever. Predicting a utopian sort of resolution to the war is their ploy to try and appease us.

    May 15, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  17. oswanegan

    Repubs just don't get it... America is not a country that lives in fear of another. You are a country that is a way-maker of moral ideals of all walks of life on this Earth. Frankly all this talk of hate coming from the right side of your politics is not only scary but polorizing in the idea of you thinking of war and divisiness first, instead of more pressing needs to most Americans like the economy, health care, and education. When did the United States become so divided and blind to what love and finding the common good in one another become so lost... it's digusting? I love all my fellow brothers and sisters Americans and world citizens, even if they disagree with me.

    Again, what Bush did today is playing along the talking points of the Repubs, they wanted this as something to try and bring the republicans together and find a common thread of hat against Obama nad the Democratic party. Be the shinging light in a world of much madness and vote with those that inspire you to not live in fear of what could be, like what Bush said so many years ago and still repeats.

    God bless you from an interested European hoping that American do what is right.

    May 15, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  18. Ryan

    So wait...we have to wait until AFTER McCain's "possible" first (and only) term to see any results for electing him NOW? He'd only be in office until 2012...what do I care about 2013?

    Is this like a built-in excuse to fail miserably for 4 more years after he gets elected? What is wrong with this guy? And whats wrong with Americans if they don't see through this?

    Obama 08'

    May 15, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  19. LT for Obama

    Carolee – With all that Hillary lied about and admitted to lying about, the fact that she and her husband are going on trial for campaign finance fraud, the fact that she was involved in travelgate... shall I go on? How do you continue to support her so agressively. She lied to YOU and admitted it just to get your votes.

    Obama's baggage is nowhere near as hazardous as Hillary's and that is why he is winning.

    Michigan Voter – Fortunately, you do not speak for ALL of Michigan. There have been a lot of Michigan voters who are more than willing to vote for Obama because they know who is really to blame for what is going on with MI and FL. Look to your state leaders for that.

    May 15, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  20. Linned

    Will he remember next year what he said this year. When they asked him about his comment on the 9th Ward in New Orleans – he said he did not remember

    May 15, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  21. independant chris

    Who would actually bet on McCain even being alive in 2013? He's one artery-busting temper tantrum and/or malignant melanoma away from popping his clogs. Or, heaven forbid, we get another Reaganesque alzheimers fiasco.

    May 15, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  22. Amit

    I thought April Fool's day was over. Oh well McBush McBush McBush ... when will you learn this country does NOT need a THIRD BUSH TERM. go away, leave us alone.

    May 15, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  23. james s roberts, Dallas, Texas

    It's what he hopes 2013 will look like. And to be honest and balanced I support his efforts to reform taxes, reform healthcare, but these pale in comparison to his war mongering and continuation of the Iraq War.

    He's a military commander and war is everything. We're fighting terrorist over in Middle East while America rots. And don't start comparing Iraq War with WWII. The Iraq War is to be compare it to Vietnam; where America falsely accused a soveriegn country of an attack to enter into a War. The rest is history along with stream of lies.

    Iraq will end on same bitter note.

    May 15, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  24. Charlotte

    Lets see the Obama-bots want peace and tranquility, but only if it comes from Obama. I think we will be fine with McCain as President. I will write in Hillary Clinton in November and if I, and others who feel the same way, pull enough votes from Obama to give it to McCain then so be it.

    May 15, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  25. Sidney Done Lost It

    This is so stupid. If I were Obama I would basically modify HRC "day one" mantra and show an add call "2009", what a geez

    May 15, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
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