June 27th, 2008
09:20 AM ET
10 years ago

McCain highlights devotion to country in new ad

McCain's campaign released its latest ad Friday called 'Purpose'.

McCain's campaign released its latest ad Friday called 'Purpose'.

(CNN)— John McCain’s presidential campaign released its latest ad Friday coinciding with the week long push to highlight the Arizona senator’s dedication to the United States.

The 30-second spot, called “Purpose,” centers around McCain’s plans to achieve energy independence by 2025, stressing his strategy to lower gas prices, reduce dependence on foreign oil, and create energy alternatives.

It also seeks to draw parallels between achieving energy independence and some of America’s past monumental accomplishments.

“We went to the moon, not because it was easy, but because it was hard” The announcer says as 1960’s-esque photos of space exploration appear on the screen.

“John McCain will call America to our next national purpose: Energy Security,” the announcer says.

“Putting country first, McCain.” The announcer concludes.

The ad is set to air in key battleground states of: Nevada, New Hampshire, Colorado, Missouri, New Mexico, Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconnsin, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Iowa and on national cable. The campaign would not release the specific size of the buy, but did say it was "large."

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  1. JohnLee

    Don't you just love how much he likes to offer plans for the future (after he is out of office of course and most likely not around the earth). Anyone can make promises for years on down the road and of course they are only promises...not deliveries!

    June 27, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  2. jr

    At least McCain has a plan. That's more then I can say for Obama who talks and says nothing of substance on the issue except tax and spend, tax and spend.

    And for those of you "obots" who don't understand the need for, or the concept of Energy Security, lets see how loud you cry when Obama's policies on energy drives it's costs through the roof and beyond your reach. Better start teaching yourselves how to make fire by rubbing two sticks together.

    June 27, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  3. blaising

    Sheesh!! Copycat!

    June 27, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  4. Not fooled by distractions.

    Pat Riot June 27th, 2008 11:15 am ET

    It's a sad day when a POW's patriotism is questioned over politics.

    Did you feel the same scorn when the swiftboat folks were attacking John Kerry? He wasn't a pow, but he did serve, and was mercilessly attacked.

    He served, but that doesn't make him an untouchable icon personally or professionally. Obama and his wife are personally being smeared – sorry, if the mccain camp and the gop wants to dish it out, they better expect to get some in return. You're cynicism and bitterness definitely brand you a republican. I'm thankful for my optimism – you must be miserable.

    June 27, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  5. The Don

    I bet McCain has offered lots more to this country than he is ABLE TO TELL US. The PROBLEM IS THAT HE HAS A HARD TIME REMEMBERING most of what he has done which is indicative of his age.

    Another reason McCain sems to travel to Iraq every other week is be REMINDED of the progress and to HOPEFULLY KEEP HIS SHORT TERM MEMORY SHARP on events there. It would be alarming if he HAPPENS TO FORGET WHO THE MAJOR PLAYERS ARE IN IRAQ (which happens to be his main strength). Say like if HE FORGOT WHO WAS ON WHAT SIDE BETWEEN THE SUNNIS AND SHIITES? My suggestion is to make sure he keeps Leiberman very close.

    June 27, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  6. carepi

    Did any body see the interrogation of those involved in torture from the bush/cheney/Rove administration? look it up and see that there is a lot of evidence to Impeach Mr. Cheney and Bush.
    look also at the iraq report part 2 release june 2nd by the congress.

    we do not need another bush/cheney/rove/libby,

    mccain talks about 40 nuclear plants by 2030... were is he going to dispose of the byproduct or nuclear waste??, nevada mountains? just like Bush is doing?, or perhaps in mars, there is nothing going on there.... or is it?

    June 27, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  7. Ian

    All of a sudden Obama is bad because he didn't serve in the military and McCain did. Funny, the Republicans didn't care much about service in Vietnam when they smeared John Kerry's war record when the candidate THEY supported was a draft dodger.

    June 27, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  8. Ian

    Must have been a pretty short highlight reel.

    June 27, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  9. Independant Vet



    June 27, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  10. No

    Steven H.
    You need some serious help......Are you waiting for the free health care before seeking mdeical help.

    It is people like you who have turned this into a cult thing........Obama supporters (sheep0 are scary)

    June 27, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  11. James, SC

    Mike, Syracuse, NY June 27th, 2008 10:30 am ET

    Obama's 'service' to the country consisted of about 150 days in the Senate before he declared he was a candidate for President. We'll even let you Obamites count the weekends. Pretty pathetic that this guy got the Dem nomination.

    Hey stupid, G. W. Bush, Chaney, Clinton, G.H.W. Bush, Reagen, Carter, and Ford all spend a total of ZERO days in the senate. Chaney wa never previously elected. Ford was appointed. What is your point stupid??!!

    June 27, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  12. The Prophet

    The rise of the Dragon (China) will devour the world and a new leader will arise from the West to defeat the Dragon.

    These are the last days of the New Roman(America) Empire. Obama will usher in the new milenium.

    Christians need to support Obama so that the prophecy will be fulfiled.

    June 27, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  13. Blayze Kohime

    Devotion to your country means exactly ~nothing~ if you are not intelligent enough to know what actions will help your country. What's more, it insinuates that he thinks his opponent is somehow less devoted, and makes him seem to me like an egotistical madman.
    Being manly and patriotic worked in the 50's McCain, but it doesn't work now. People have wised up and have access to too much information online to fall for this so easily...

    June 27, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  14. independent

    if he's so devoted to this country ,then he should leave us alone,and go to retirement home.

    June 27, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  15. Adam

    "Energy Security"????

    What's next? Calling oil "flag juice"?

    June 27, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  16. Bayou Joe

    Do not be fooled by the appearance of unity. Obama and Clinton are not the party. We the people are and we do not like Obama. You can pour a bottle of perfume on a pig and he still smells like a pig.

    No Bama in my Whitehouse.

    June 27, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  17. Pamela

    McCain is more devoted to big oil than to this country. He supports increasing the already insane profits of these companies by indicating that he is for opening up off-shore drilling.
    If he truly wants America to have energy independence, then he would be taking steps to cut back on the tax credits given to American big oil companies unless they can prove that they are using their profits for research and development of alternative energy. Any oil company that cannot prove that they are working on alternative energy should face heavy fines. The tax credits should be based soley on the amount of dollars going into that R & D.

    June 27, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  18. Not fooled by distractions.

    So when Obama likens himself to Kennedy, Dr. King, Lincoln, and even Moses he's being 'leader-like,' but when McCain dares evoke Kennedy he's being 'pretentious?'
    Blind-sight is 0/0, hypocrites!

    Nope, when McSame likens himself to Kennedy he's not pretentious – he's being a commedian!!

    June 27, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  19. desibigb

    The new bill gives165 billion for Iraq and 2 billlion for people who are struggling here due to flooding....wow is the word........

    I wonder about those fools who want to vote for mcwar...

    June 27, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
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