July 8th, 2008
09:31 AM ET
6 years ago

McCain ad plugs his service over 'beautiful words'

New McCain ad highlights his history of service.
New McCain ad highlights his history of service.

(CNN) - John McCain's campaign released an ad Tuesday that contrasts his record of military and public service with the “beautiful words” of other politicians.

"John McCain doesn't always tell us what we hope to hear. Beautiful words cannot make our lives better," says the announcer in ‘Love.’

"But a man who has always put his country and her people before self, before politics, can. Don't hope for a better life. Vote for one."

The one-minute spot opens with historical footage of young people smiling and laughing in the summer of 1969, followed by a photo of young Navy pilot John McCain in his flight suit. “It was a time of uncertainty, hope and change. The ‘Summer Of Love.’ Half a world away, another kind of love - of country,” says the announcer.

“John McCain: Shot down. Bayoneted. Tortured. Offered early release, he said, "No." He'd sworn an oath. Home, he turned to public service. His philosophy: before party, polls and self ... America.”

The spot will air on national cable and in battleground states.


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soundoff (249 Responses)
  1. Chanda Cincinnati Ohio

    MCCAIN KNOWS NOTHING ABOUT THE ECONOMY. OVER 300 ECONOMIST ACROSS THIS COUNTRY HAVE SAID THAT THERE IS NO WAY HE IS GOING TO BE ABLE TO BALANCE THE BUDGET BY THE END OF HIS FIRST TERM LIKE HE HAS PROMISED. THESE SAME ECONOMIC EXPERTS THINK HIS IDEAS ON TAX CUTS WILL IN NO WY BENIFIT THE 95% OF AMERICANS WHO MAKE LESS THAN $500,000 A YEAR. I DON'T KNOW ABOUT YOU GUYS, BUT THE ECONOMY IS THE NUMBER ONE THING ON MY MIND IN THIS ELECTION!!!!! HE KNOWS SQUAT ABOUT THE ECONOMY!!!!!!!!!

    July 8, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  2. JERRY

    IF I HEAR ONE MORE TIME ABOUT HIM BEING SHOT DOWN AND A POW I AM GOING TO BARF MY TOENAILS. YOU SIGNED UP FOR THAT MCCAIN BECAUSE YOU ARE FROM A FAMILY WHERE WAR IS IN YOUR BLOOD. YOU CAME HOME. MY BROTHER DID NOT! I WILL NOT VOTE FOR YOU BECAUSE YOU FEEL WE OWE YOU. YOU GET A NICE MONTHLY PENSION. AND YOU ARE CONSTANTLY BEING PARADED AS A HERO. ENOUGH.

    July 8, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  3. L

    he looks very cute in his navy flight uniform...

    July 8, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  4. Bill From Florida

    Lets weigh in people. What has Obama done for this country except
    get every single black person in this country to vote for him. Not because he is qualified to be President, but because he is black.

    Obama is a flip flopper, liar and a anti american.

    How can you even think of putting this man in power? He grew up with the
    best of everything, the best schools, etc. He tries to give you the old sob story that he was raised by his grandparents, because his mother left him. His mother is a college graduate and is very well educated. Don't let him fool you into thinking he grew up on rice a beans. He traveled the world with his family and wanted for nothing.

    He sure knows how to fool the people, but not all of us.

    July 8, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  5. Justice League

    Sorry, the Greatest American Zero McCain's military service does not impress me. What has our military done under Bush's leadership? Oh right, cost us hundreds of billions of dollars, kill thousands of U.S. soldiers, and wholesale slaughter of thousands of Iraqis. We need someone to bring our troops home, and McCain is NOT the man. McCain is a true war veteran, alright, he doesn't have a leg to stand on.

    July 8, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  6. Oh so beautiful

    Oh so beautiful, but being a prisoner of war STILL doesn't make you qualified to be President of the U.S. Sound mind, judgement and the willing to admit your wrong does.

    July 8, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  7. True

    I'll take beautiful words over War any day of the week. A true American isn't always the one putting on a military uniform, Timothy McVeigh proved that.

    July 8, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  8. Macolm "Hussien" Little

    In Martin Luther King Jr. we have a great American that contributed enormously to this country, it's progress, and it's current well being.

    He made the most courageous stands time and time again in the face of daily death threats from his own fellow citizens.

    I do find it odd that Mr. McCain would look to be lauded for joining the Navy (under family pressure, I might add from Dad & Granddad) and yet when he had the opportunity to laud a GREAT AMERICAN HERO, Dr. King, he work against the King National Holiday.

    I'm not calling the man a racist. I am however calling into question his values and judgement in his prime as an adult and in the wake of his Vietnam experience ... which he touts today.

    July 8, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  9. David

    Costa Rica here I come. McCain is more of the same and Obama knows less about running a country than I do.

    July 8, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  10. MMN - Milwaukee WI

    Donna in ID you're also in denial: “But everyone seems to act like this is all the man has done”
    The Media didn’t come up with this. McCain campaign and the GOP maybe some 527s put it together and it’s going to be aired to showcase McCain. Maybe it’s the only thing he’s got eh?

    July 8, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  11. Mike, Syracuse NY

    However you guys bash McCain's experience, the bottom line is McCain has it, Obama has none. The worlds is full of people who have 'vision' and never translate it to reality. All we have on Obama is what he says he will do, which seems to change daily. Being a community organizer is about as relevant to being President as being a jockey. Would you go to a surgeon just out of med school, or pick someone who has experience?

    July 8, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  12. A buckeye

    So let me get this straight, The USA is currently overwhelmed by problems with the economy, the war in Iraq, borrowing all the money the Chinese can loan us for our kids to pay back later, all because
    Cheney and Bush never served in Viet Nam???? Maybe your on to something there.

    July 8, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  13. Christian, Tampa FL

    That's becase McCain is one of the worst public speakers to ever run for the presidency, and he's running against one of the best.

    McCain's service may be noble and honorable, but it just doesn't resonate with me on the basis of a presidential election. I know he said that he detests warfare, but he is promoting war in Iraq and maybe even with Iran.

    July 8, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  14. Bobby, Triangle, VA

    I have a question for CNN to report, did John McCain escaped, was rescued or said something bad about his country in order to be released? If John McCain wants to bring his war record up, he needs to be honest about it! Instead, he merely omits certain details of how he returned home. Also, ask why his family was upset at him when he returned home.

    July 8, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  15. PUMA = NUTS

    I thought John McCain wasn't running as the Vietnam Vet? I thought he was running on his years of experience in the Senate... or is this another Flip-Flop for McPancake? Isn't this what Gen. Clark was speaking about... his running as a military man has NOTHING to do with is credentials as a Presidential Candidate. Yet, another fact that someone from the Democrats pointed out and is true, yet people don't want to hear it. Sometimes reading these blogs I swear I'm in HS. Some of the comments about Obama and McCain are rude, ignorant and sometimes downright mean and unfounded. I would rather be an Obamabot, Obamite living in the real land of America, than a Puma/Hillary or McCain person living in DENIAL. You guys are still voting for someone who isn't even actively running anymore, yet we are the blind followers? Interesting.

    July 8, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  16. Cindy in Boston

    Because you served in US military doesn't qualify you to be a president. Millions of us have serve as well- so shut the heck up.

    July 8, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  17. Terence

    Americans should learn a lesson from another African leader who believes just because he fought in a war a long time ago he is owed the presidency. McCain is starting to sound like Mugabe and no good can ever come out of it.

    July 8, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  18. Walt, Ohio

    McCain needs to release his military records; all 600+ pages. There is a reason he wasn't promoted to Admiral with his daddy and granddaddy being Admirals. Could it be the 5 planes he crashed?

    July 8, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  19. David Goldman

    GUESS WHO WANTS US OUT OF IRAQ?

    THE CURRENT IRAQI GOVERNMENT.

    July 8, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  20. Pick me, pick me!!

    Below are a few good qualities that shouldn't be overlooked when you run for President.

    1. Be a POW

    2. Commit Adultery

    3. Dump your crippled wife for the Adulteress

    4. Dump on your fellow Veterans by voting AGAINST the bills that were being made to help them.

    By doing the above, you will be guaranteed those people who have the same fine qualities as you, who have the same moral fiber or who believe that it doesn’t matter will vote for you.

    July 8, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  21. Russ Johnson

    I'm surprised that McCain is pushing this point. There are photocopies of Department of Defense intercepts of one Hanoi Radio transmission and several interrogation transcripts all over the web.

    He even says in his book, "Faith of My Fathers" that he gave military information, that he broadcast propaganda over the camp speakers and that "one of the tapes" was played over Hanoi Radio and his father heard it.

    There is a lot of stuff at vietnamveteransagainstmccain dot com

    July 8, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  22. aliou salam FL

    Shot down is not a qualification. Says a General, winner of his own war in Europe. Take it from him. he knows what he is talking about.

    July 8, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  23. Reality Check

    Using military service as a qualification for president, just like Guiliani used 9/11.

    What college did McCain graduated from?

    McCain is nothing but a sham

    July 8, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  24. Bob Indianapolis, IN

    From the Nation:

    " The long-running showdown over the proposed US-Iraq treaty, aimed at legitimizing the American occupation of Iraq, is coming to a head, and it doesn't look good for the United States.

    Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki tossed a bombshell today. In a news conference about the still-secret US-Iraqi talks, which began in March, Maliki for the first time said that the chances of securing the pact are just about nil, and instead he said Iraq will seek a limited, ad hoc renewal of the US authority to remain in Iraq,
    rather than a broad-based accord.

    More important, Maliki and his top security adviser, Mouwaffak al-Rubaie added that Iraq intends to link even a limited accord to a timetable for the withdrawal of US forces"

    SO MUCH FOR YOUR 100 YEAR WAR, MCSAME!

    July 8, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
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