June 3rd, 2008
10:59 PM ET
6 years ago

McCain, Obama take to Lifetime to court military vote


NEW YORK (CNN) –
John McCain and Barack Obama will make indirect pitches to women voters Wednesday, with both presumptive presidential nominees appearing in “salutes” to military families on the Lifetime Network.

The 30-second spots will coincide with the Sunday premiere of the second season of “Army Wives,” a drama that focuses on the day-to-day lives of families living on an army base. In addition to recognizing the sacrifices of the military personnel and their families, the two senators – who filmed the salutes separately – also tell viewers “how they can get involved in efforts to support military families,” according to an advance release of the salutes provided to CNN.

(Excerpts of the salutes after the jump)

Excerpts of the salutes:

John McCain: “‘Army Wives’ has a lot of great twists and turns. I know, because Cindy makes me watch with her and we're looking forward to season two. But the show also sheds light on the strength and sacrifice of our nation's military families. As we honor and cherish the sacrifices made by those who have served our nation, we should also honor those who are currently in harm's way, defending our freedom, and the brave families that await their safe return…To all men and women serving in our armed forces, to their families, and to our veterans: you are the best Americans, and our best efforts to honor our debts to you will fall far short of what you have given and what you deserve…”

Senator Obama: “I know you all are waiting to see what happens this season on ‘Army Wives.’ But I just wanted to take a moment to honor the people this show is about. ‘Army Wives’ tells a story that's being lived by families across this country – by loved ones who are counting the days until the next R&R; by young children whose parents have been deployed so many times they barely know them; by parents who sit by the phone, waiting anxiously for their son or daughter to call; and by all who mourn the loss of one of America's fallen heroes… our entire nation owes our troops and those who love them our abiding gratitude – for their service, their courage, and for the sacrifice they make each day on our behalf….”


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (24 Responses)
  1. Shirley-Ohio

    McCain's speech was really bad. He actually sounded really stupid giving that type of speech. He truly don't know what's going on.

    June 4, 2008 12:46 am at 12:46 am |
  2. vern

    Sen. McCain is so out of touch. Iraq is his priority not the US and the good people of the US who pay his check.

    He continues to ignore this recession because it is not his priority. Since he does not care about the millions of Americans suffering, we simply cannot listen to him on any level. Action speak louder than words.

    If you cannot be loyal to the American People who pay your salary/check, then we cannot be loyal to you. Sen. McCain needs to get his priorities straight. However, if he does, it's still too late becausehe has demonstrated that We The People are not his priority.

    All he know is Military and War, he has not other interest.

    June 4, 2008 12:50 am at 12:50 am |
  3. JC

    McCain is out of touch with the average American.

    June 4, 2008 12:51 am at 12:51 am |
  4. sheep

    who could trust the clintons and there suporters??????? elimanate OBAMA and shes the president ,, you watch them sat. and it would be forever on our minds. It would be hard enough because theres still to many people who still have to much hatred YES hatred sorry people ..Im white and a female and i hear it all the time ..I'd like to send all of them and there bigotry to another country that only knows how to hate

    June 4, 2008 12:55 am at 12:55 am |
  5. Bill Stapp

    Senator McCain can stand tall as a veteran. His service and self-sacrifice to the nation were commendable.

    Senator Obama can also stand tall. His service to his community and his self-sacrifice have also been commendable.

    But Senator McCain is not for change. Our national debt is US$9,000,000,000,000. Where has he been? Federal pensions, Medicare, and social security are owed an ADDITIONAL US$50,000,000,000,000. State and local governments owe about US$2,000,000,000,000.

    Where has Senator McCain been?

    Has be been visiting the poor in South Chicago? Has he been voting to lower spending during his many years in the Senate?

    He should never be allowed to make the case that he is the conservative in the campaign. Look at the federal budget... it is not conservative. if he wants to see a truly conservative budget, he should visit the families who will pay the bills for his liberal spending and he should see how they budget for life. Then he can go back to the good life that our public "servants" have given to themselves.

    When's the last time he walked the streets organizing community volunteers.

    I guess he has had a good life chatting with pals in the Senate cafeteria, but there is another life in America... and he is not in touch with it.

    My son almost knocked Senator Obama down by accidently bumping into him at a local grocery in South Chicago. It is nice to know that some people are literally "in touch" with their community.

    June 4, 2008 01:01 am at 1:01 am |
  6. Mark, B'ham., Al.

    The Armed Forces remember the last time the democrats had the White House when we went from 15% behind the civilian poputation in pay to 21% behind the civilian population in pay. They also remember how we were drawn down so much that we could not fight two wars simultaneously and did not have the extra forces to properly occupy and police the population. They know Obama does not want to spend to equip and train the Armed Forces with the best equipment to ensure they come home. On the GI Bill, Officers have to do 5 years service to payback the taxpayer for their college. At a minimum the enlisted should have to do 5 years to get their college paid by the taxpayer. The more you serve the more the taxpayer owes you for your duty. We will go back to the college plan not love of country as to why one serves. I did my 20 years for Love of Country! McCain 08!

    June 4, 2008 01:01 am at 1:01 am |
  7. Robe

    I was an Army wife for over 25 years. We we stationed in many countries and many states during that time. The sacrifice made my the Army wife and children are great. In essence they give up their wants, dreams and aspirations to support their husband. The wife is constantly looking for a new job, trying to fit the furniture in the new house, which is always smaller than the last. The children are constantly leaving their friends, starting school in the middle of the year and leaving before the end of the school year.

    The sacrifice is tremendous on the entire family, but also the love that binds the family. The benefits we had when my husband joined the U.S. Army in 1978 were not in place when he retired in 2005. Candidates you can restore the health, dental, and education benefits that have been taken away.

    To support the military family

    June 4, 2008 01:03 am at 1:03 am |
  8. s.boat

    No Hillary For V . P ! After Her Shamefull Speach Tonight She Deserves Nothing! Take Your Ball And Go Home Hillary! No One Wants To Play With You Anymore!

    June 4, 2008 01:07 am at 1:07 am |
  9. NEVER OBAMA

    John McCain has my vote because he is by far the better man for this country.

    June 4, 2008 01:10 am at 1:10 am |
  10. Mimi De La Cruz for OBAMA

    OUR MILITARY IS A DIFFERENT MILITARY THAN MCSAME THINKS.

    THEY ARE MORE LIKE OBAMA THAN MCBUSH.

    AND I DON'T THINK THEY ARE AS FOND OF BAGHDAD AS

    MCBUSH THINKS THEY ARE.

    June 4, 2008 01:10 am at 1:10 am |
  11. darby

    jesse jackson please stay away.

    June 4, 2008 01:11 am at 1:11 am |
  12. David Goldman for OBAMA

    O YEA MCBUSH. YOU WISH.

    TODAYS MILITARY NOT YOU MILITARY.

    WHO WOULD THEY TRUST IN THE TRENCHES YOU,

    FORGETTING WHO WE ARE FIGHTING & WHERE YOU ARE

    OR A WELL EDUCATED, BRIGHT FELLOW THAT NOT ONLY

    HE KNOWS WHERE HE IS AND WHERE HE IS GOING AND

    HOW.

    THINK OF IT THIS WAY. YOU AND BUSH HAVE PUT THEM

    BY YOUR STUPIDITY IN THE AWORST POSITION A MILITARY

    CAN BE IN SINCE VIETNAM.

    June 4, 2008 01:23 am at 1:23 am |
  13. 58 old white ladies for OBAMA

    MCBUSH SHOULD ASK HIM SELF ONE QUESTION.

    WHO WOULD THE AVERAGE SOLDIER BE IN

    THE TRENCHES WITH. IT AIN'T MCSHAME &

    HIS LOBBYISTS & OTHER SCUM BALLS.

    June 4, 2008 01:27 am at 1:27 am |
  14. jimmy velman

    OBAMA AND CLINTON AS VP ARE WHAT THE DEMOCRATIC
    PARTY NEEDED FOR A LONG TIME AND MAKE HISTORY..
    THEY WILL BE UNBEATABLE , FORMIDABLE AND WILL INDEED CHANGE THE COURSE AND DIRECTION FROM THE REPUBLICANS' AGENDA. MCCAIN AND ANY OTHER REPUBLICAN
    WHO HE CHOOSES AS VP CANNOT BEAT OBAMA AND CLINTON.

    June 4, 2008 01:31 am at 1:31 am |
  15. Dennis

    Congratulations to Team Obama. You ran a spirited, positive campaign! Now a few comments about tonite:

    McCain's speech in one word- Awkward! He got a lukewarm response from his own supporters whenever he refered to Iraq and the audience didn't know whether to cheer or jeer after his punchlines. Republicans had better start using cue cards for the audience. They do not give off the vibe that they are fired up about McCain.

    Hillary's speech in one word- Sore loser. Well maybe two words but for crying out loud, she has no respect for Obama. How can he put her on his ticket?

    June 4, 2008 01:33 am at 1:33 am |
  16. Victor in Saanich, B.C. Canada

    The attempt to sway voters using the military venue reminds me of the majority of people who spin the 'patriotic' web [ your's on Memorial Day and our's on Rememberance Day!!], yet in reality give the issues short shrift on a day to day basis!! I realize it is the stuff of politics, but the participants deserve greater honour!! It is spoken that the Iraq/ Afghanistan situations are of concern to the public, yet is it not the case that the majority, not being involved [no draft/ volunteer armies] simply see it as an issue of debate only. I remember when the issue was of interest on campus – the rationale being their possible involvement at some future date. Personal safety lends a defining moment to a citizen's view of world events to say the least!!

    June 4, 2008 01:34 am at 1:34 am |
  17. KE

    In this primary season, only Hillary a lady liberty has proven to women she will fight for them.

    June 4, 2008 01:43 am at 1:43 am |
  18. peakarach,des moines

    If hillary is not the nominee,all 18 million of us strong must be unite and vote for McCain in the fall so we can send a strong message to the party leader,Hussein Obama and his supporter,how we feel about them as a whole.

    Hillary or McCain only folk! No Hussein Obama period.

    June 4, 2008 01:48 am at 1:48 am |
  19. Michael Maddox

    It'll take an eternity for McCain to get the votes for those who care strongly about their lives, the economy of the country, their children's future, and those who care about their financial well being.

    June 4, 2008 01:51 am at 1:51 am |
  20. Roxy

    Uhm.....Let me think....a choice between a true American hero, former POW for 5 1/2 years, and Obama? Boy, that's going to be a tough one to figure out!

    June 4, 2008 02:17 am at 2:17 am |
  21. J Graigory

    Where is Hillary Clinton's salute? Surely they had her record one as well, as these are typically taped long in advance. Why would Lifetime not air hers? Because she is not the Democratic nominee her sentiments toward US military families are no longer valid or valued? That's offensive. Especially for a women's television network.

    June 4, 2008 02:38 am at 2:38 am |
  22. John Smith

    Indeed, the ACTIVE Clinton folks cannot think beyond their noses! 18 million strong? Well, what about those who could NOT even vote for Obama because they were told that their votes will NOT count? What about the "missing caucaus" folks who know how to organize? I mean those RULE-following and honest Obama folks?

    Let Hillary with her 18 million folks run as Independents; no DEM should be begging these scandalous folks; go ahead and make our country proud of your stupidity! God bless us all and our children; welcome to another World War! I mean the one in planning between McCain and Bush! It must have been the same idiots who voted for Bush the second time around!

    June 4, 2008 02:45 am at 2:45 am |
  23. Voter

    Oh, please. I guess we have to put up with this nonsense for a while. These guys ARE volunteers, you know. I wonder if it turned out to be easier than going to high school after all. I also wonder if they have the slightest idea what they're fighting for. Freedom? Oil? What?

    June 4, 2008 02:47 am at 2:47 am |
  24. Linda intelligent and disenfranchised

    Well, don't try to pander to the women. Our disenfranchisement is as real as that of the blacks. Misogyny is alive and well in America as it is in many parts of the world. I will look unselfishly at what is best for the country and vote for Mr. Obama rather than my choice, Senator and former first lady Hillary Clinton. Senator Obama may be a good man, but in the United States little girls still don't have equality regardless of their color.Misoogyny is more rampant than racism. Good news for minorities.
    The white male press insists on patting themselves on their backs for this "historical moment," please admit to many of us this moment is proof that our equality is still not possible.

    June 4, 2008 03:04 am at 3:04 am |