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. Cathy

    McCain stand for a never ending a war we should never have started, overturning Roe v. Wade with Justice appointments, doing nothing with the economy or mortgage crisis, and the sinker....complete Bush mentality.

    SUPPORTING THE DEMOCRATS 110%

    May 27, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  2. bobQ

    Now you are attacking Mccain using the same language and same old sayings as you attacked Hillary. what book are you reading? its like you are just copy paste your blog from the same book, cut Hillary's name out, paste Macain's name in. it's getting old.

    May 27, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  3. Franky

    The problem with the ads........he has to get his peeps(Reps) already set up already!! I mean, we all know the most infamous say that Hillary supporters and my boy's supporters have that if one of them is not their nominee, then they'll vote for McCain. Let me guess, let me guess, they will, huh? Well, who knew they shared some common goals among each other..........in my opinion, I'll let them learn the hard way. I have no problem letting people learn the hard way......that's life.

    May 27, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  4. Michelle

    To the Florida and Michigan Voters:

    Remember it was the your state's REPUBLICAN party that agreed to break the rules and set your primary dates early. Don't blame the Democratic Party....blame your republican party your state.

    Clinton or Obama '08!!!!

    May 27, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  5. Dave

    Yet, more examples of many Obamite's mentality on display. Read the comments above people. Do you see a pattern here? This is the kind of stuff you hear in a highschool cafeteria. How can any traditional Democrat support a movement with such hate and vile?

    May 27, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  6. Susan

    No way can they change what everyone knows about the Republicans. They send everyones job overseas, and they believe in WAR!

    May 27, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  7. Gary Chandler in Canada

    McCain, for everybody to see on UTube, in public, on stage, was calling Hagee and Parsley, "close family friends" "great American leaders" "spiritual guides" someone "who should do the speaking" for his campaign.
    When McCain denounced these religious leaders, did he renounce his own "statements"?
    Oh, I know what you will say. He never knew of these comments; so how can you trust him as military strategist? Did he forget to hire a researcher? All of these comments were public knowledge when he was chasing the endorsements.
    Too bad McCain's good reason for opposing Veteran aid and Huckabee's revenue generating tax scheme gets lost in 2 party, partisan politics!
    Is it true MCCain is opposed to the way it will 'pad' the pockets of many bureaucrats? Also, the 'Huckabee' tax plan, which has been kicked around for decades raises money from sales. It eliminates the tax dodges, underground economy, and criminals avoiding paying tax, unless they want to stop 'purchasing'. It is a path out of the economic ditch. All the IRS agents can be retrained as medicare specialists, which could be paid from the extra money raised!

    May 27, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  8. Enlightened Voter

    I love the 58 Old WHite Ladies for Obama, you ladies always speak the truth!!

    May 27, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  9. jackson from Iowa

    He is to old!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 27, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  10. Debby

    Hey Mish: the reason for not so many posts on McCain is that CNN is as far to the left as the Huffington rag. LOL

    May 27, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  11. kenny cole

    THIS STUPID GUY MCCAIN IS AGAINST THE Gi BILL FOR VETERANS,HE DOES NOT WANT OUR MILLITARY MEN TO BE EDUCATED SO AS NOT TO COMPETE WITH THE REST OF THE WORLD I HATE THIS MAN IS TRUELY A WAR MONGER MR.MCCAIN THIS IS TO YOU ALL MY FAMILY ARE IN THE NAVY YOU WILL NEVER BE OUR PRESIDENT

    May 27, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  12. Belle

    For all of you that Shame Hillary, this contest is NOT over.

    You cannot say she should drop out on the one hand, and that she should be supporting Obama when you yourselves say you don't need her! And you Bash her on every blog....why would she even be inclined to support Obama? Still...she will if he is the nominee....it is us voting Democrats that will remember the comments, and divisive comments of Obama supporters. Funny, your comments have made me not want to vote for him at all....and initially I was okay with either.
    You have outdone yourselves, and created a divide that will not heal this election!

    Obama needs to go it alone if he wins. I am writing in Hillary. Why? I actually believe she would make a better President...

    May 27, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  13. MI 4 Obama!

    Save your money McBush....I mean McCain. Michigan's not interested in you!

    For the first time in my life I am voting Democratic and PROUD to do so......!!!

    BARACK OBAMA 08 & 12!

    May 27, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  14. Ian

    Thank God I don't have cable.

    May 27, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  15. Dylan

    Aaaand how exactly will lowering taxes during a recession help the economy? (It won't)

    And how will a market-based health care sysytem make health care more-affordable? (It won't)

    If there's one thing this country does NOT need... it's four years of McBush.

    May 27, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  16. REALIST NJ

    Wish ful thinking fools....O bama will never win in 08..
    IT IS PATHETIC HOW THE DEMOCRATS HAVE BECOME SO BITTER AND DIVIDED.

    iF YOU CANT GET ALONG IN YOUR PARTY AND RUN IT,HOW WILL YOU RUN OUR COUNTRY????

    JOHN MCCAIN IDS NO WHERE NEAR BUSH IN ANYTHING. THAT IS JUST YOUR PATHETIC ARGUMENT BECAUSE YOU CANT WIN IN NOVEMBER!!!!!

    John Mccain 08

    May 27, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  17. Debby

    I thought this would be a good storyline to add to the boiling pot debacle of Florida and MI's delegates. What about finding out if Obama's campaign has spoken to Edwards Florida delegates about coming over to his side. Albeit, Edwards got 40% of the vote in FL but every little bit helps. I think it would be a surprise for Hill's campaign if the DNC gave her her %age of Florida's delegates but said Obama gets his and Edwards since Edwards endorsed him and if Edwards' delegates unananimously agreed to this. Unfortunately, Edwards didn't make a good showing in MI so he couldn't help Obama (Uncommitted) there.
    Debby in florida

    May 27, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  18. my pet goat

    John you turned into a political coward in 2000 when Bush slammed you mud and you failed to respond.

    May 27, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  19. Billy from Florida

    GUESS WHAT??? I am a democrat and I will never vote

    for Obama. I will write Hillary on the Ballot of vote

    McCain. Don't let Jack Cafferty fool you when he says

    Hillary supporters will come around when it's time

    for election. Millions of voters feel the same as I do,

    we'll vote McCain before we ever vote for Obama.

    May 27, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  20. Joe Regis

    A waste of money.

    And little energy he has left.

    The repubs are doomed this year.

    May 27, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  21. Republican in Idaho

    Accountable my butt. The republicans have not been held accountable for anything they have done to this country. McCain is nothing but a yes man. He has more lobbyist hands in his pockets than any other member of the Senate. We need a true moral leader. Bob Barr '08

    May 27, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  22. concerned democrat

    deb,

    If hillary were to win the nomination: After all of her energy has been spent trying to prove she can beat McP.O.W (with all due respect). What is her strategy? The one she used for the primary has not seemed to work.

    Any answers????? I am not being sarcastic I really want to see her plan.

    May 27, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  23. Chris, Middletown, CT

    "Attention MI voters....you have heard the camera adds 10 pounds....it also adds 25 years...." – omg.....I'm a Republican who will be happy to support Obama in the fall

    May 27, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  24. Nathan

    Me and my family are 5 democrats that will vote for McCain if Obama is nominated.

    May 27, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  25. Wayne

    McSame is a old sick man and he wants to finish his political career
    in the white house. Thats all he is looking for.

    Would he sirvive the next 4 years? That is in question.

    To bring america out of this mess and improve relations with other world leaders requires a young energetic man
    like Barack Obama!

    Hillary is toast anyways. Put the old style politics to rest.

    Therefore republicans, wake up and go for change !

    May 27, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
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