May 27th, 2008
11:30 AM ET
6 years ago

McCain buying Michigan, Pennsylvania airtime

McCain is launching an ad in two key swing states.
McCain is launching an ad in two key swing states.

(CNN) - John McCain is launching a television ad in the crucial swing states of Michigan and Pennsylvania Wednesday, the latest sign the Arizona senator is gearing up his general election campaign.

The ad, called "Accountable," previously ran in Iowa and promotes the Arizona senator's pledge to lower taxes, make healthcare more affordable, and solve the country's energy problems.

McCain's decision to extend the ad into the more expensive media markets of Michigan and Pennsylvania is the Arizona senator's first shot of the general election campaign, said Evan Tracey of TNS Media Intelligence/Campaign Media Analysis Group.

"The fact that he's expanding into these states is a clear signal that both the general election has begun and fundraising has fattened his campaign accounts," Tracey said.

The McCain campaign is also looking to capitalize on Obama's 9 point primary defeat in Pennsylvania and the little attention the Illinois senator has so far devoted to Michigan. (Obama removed his name from the primary ballot there after the state violated party rules by holding its contest early.)

"What you're seeing is McCain turning up the volume in states that Hillary Clinton won, and clearly trying to capitalize on any negative momentum for Obama in those places," Tracey also said.


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soundoff (154 Responses)
  1. Ehsanul Haque

    He can buy anything he wants but not the hearts & minds of people!!!

    May 27, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  2. Proud American

    McCain is selling but aint nobody buying (atleast not anyone with half a brain). Not this time sir!

    May 27, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  3. Justin

    Vote McCain if you hate America.

    May 27, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  4. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    WAR, WAR, WAR AND MORE WARS IS A VOTE FOR MCCAIN.

    May 27, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  5. james

    You people at CNN should stop your unfair practices. Why isn't the video of John McSame were he intimates back in 2000 that he would be too old to run for president in 2008. If you had Obama on video saying in 2000 that he would be too inexperienced in 2008, it would have gotten more air-time than Rev. Wright. It would have been in constant rotation. Enough is enough. I cant wait to see the day when we the people hold you media outlets accountable for your unrepentant biases.

    May 27, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  6. McCain 08

    Obama will have a tough time in November if he is the nominee. When you lose Florida, Ohio the South and have to battle your brains out for Penn and Michigan you are in trouble.
    I doubt many in Florida and Michigan will be excited about a nominee who did not want their votes to count in the spring.
    McCain is the MAN!

    May 27, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  7. dora

    War monger,all he knows is bomb bomb bomb bomb.

    May 27, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  8. Jay

    I don't want to listen to anyone who looks at the gas prices, housing, the war, etc. and says "We're making progress". No, I won't vote for Mr. McGoo. We need leaders, not warmongering oportunists without a plan.

    May 27, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  9. aaron from minneapolis

    He's going to lower taxes the ad says? Anyone who believes that is smoking something.

    May 27, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  10. BARBARA FRIEND

    I PRAY MCCAIN WINS OR HILARY – OBAMA IS TO MUCH DRAMA

    May 27, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  11. Republican for Hillary

    I wish Hillary would run as an independent, for she would beat both McCain and Obama!!!

    Don't give up Hillary for the country needs you!!!

    May 27, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  12. MD for Obama

    Sharon Minnesota:

    you mean "be insane and vote McCain". The Republicans have surely lost their way!

    May 27, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  13. Alexis

    HE WILL NEVER WIN, HE HAS NO CHANCE! NO ONE LIKES BUSH AND NO ONE LIKES HIM. HE WILL NEVER MAKE IT.

    GO OBAMA! GO OBAMA!
    GO HOME HILLARY !GO HOME HILLARY!

    May 27, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  14. DoneWithDems

    Come on dems.......take your cheap shots. Americans see right through them. Keep showing your spiteful colors. It chases away the sensible voters which make up this great nation.

    You just don't get it.

    McCain/08

    ps...No you can't and no she won't. Sorry.

    May 27, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  15. MI voter

    shame on Hillary for letting this happen. If she had the Dems and the American people's best interest in mind, she'd be in those states telling supporters to vote Obama.

    May 27, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  16. Nancy

    It's funny that the American people have to turn to Barack to translate the jibberish that's coming out of Washington. He has already "changed" this election.

    O/08

    May 27, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  17. Doris,Memphis, TN

    This will not help the Maverick.
    McOld Bush 3.

    May 27, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  18. trellskig

    I wonder why being a POW – (Prisoner of War) gives you the audacity to think that you have more experience than the next person? Is this the only thing he has "experience" at or does this give him better judgement on the war?

    If McCain lacks "experience" in other issues such as the economy, rising gas prices etc... will he need advisors just as well as Obama would if he is the next president?Just a hypothetical!

    May 27, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  19. David Goldman for OBAMA

    MCBUSH MIGHT WANT TO CARRY A COPY OF THOSE ADDS,

    SO AS TO REMIND HIMSELF OF HIS POSITION, IN THE WEEKS

    TO COME.

    May 27, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  20. martin

    GO AHEAD,MCCAIN,ALL that money you are wasting will help stimulate the economy.

    May 27, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  21. Rachel

    Go for it mccain. Go to west virginia too, Obama and his supporters don't think they need those votes. I see some people interrupted your speech, probably some rude Obama supporter. I swear if Obama was treated like his supporters treat other canidates all heck would break loose.

    May 27, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  22. A Dem in November

    McSame is no moderate! You can't rewrite his entire political career. Just because over the past seven years he has disagreed 2 or 3 times with Bush doesn't make him a moderate!

    Please regardless if we're a democrat for Hillary or Obama, none of us are that stupid!

    May 27, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  23. Do your worst, stubborn Hillary lovers

    DISCLAIMER: This is aimed at the stubborn and crazy supporters not the rational ones.

    I just realized that it doesn't matter if you vote for McCain because:

    1) There are independents, republican, and even other Hillary supporters that will vote for Obama

    2) There are many new voters that signed up this year and will continue to do so and Obama has the advantage with newly registered voters

    3) If by chance you manage to get McCain elected, Congress will have a veto proof majority this year as republicans are tossed out on their ears so you aren't hurting us, just Obama who hasn't done anything to you to deserve this, so good luck going to sleep at night knowing that you ruined this poor man's career out of spite.

    May 27, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  24. Rick

    McSame should come out of the closet and just use his buddy, George. He knows he needs GW to raise money. Just admit it, buddy-up and make the rounds. Of course I will never vote for them, but that's just me.

    May 27, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  25. 58 old white ladies for OBAMA

    MCINSANE THINKS THE REST OF US TAKE HIS

    AND HIS WIFES PILLS. THE QUESTION IS ARE WE BETTER

    WITH BUSH & DO WE WANT ANOTHER 4 YEARS OF HIM.

    A MORON CAN ANSWER THAT, A DECISIVE NO!

    May 27, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
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