July 18th, 2008
09:30 PM ET
6 years ago

McCain camp releases its first contrast ad of the general

New McCain ad hits Obama on foreign policy.
New McCain ad hits Obama on foreign policy.

(CNN) – John McCain’s campaign continued to hammer Barack Obama on foreign policy ahead of the presumptive Democratic nominee’s upcoming overseas trip, releasing its first contrast television ad of the general election campaign Friday – a spot that that paints the Illinois senator as a flip-flopping opportunist who opposed fully funding U.S. troops.

The ad is the first negative spot released by the McCain campaign, although the Republican National Committee attacked Obama on energy policy in a $3 million independent expenditure earlier this month.

“Barack Obama never held a single Senate hearing on Afghanistan. He hasn't been to Iraq in years,” says the announcer in the 30-second spot.

“He voted against funding our troops,” he continues, as a picture of Obama appears alongside the words “AGAINST TROOP FUNDING.”

“Positions that helped him win his nomination. Now Obama is changing to help himself become president. John McCain has always supported our troops and the surge that's working. McCain. Country first.”

The new spot follows a week of conference calls, memos and speeches from both campaigns on national security issues in advance of Obama’s first trip to Afghanistan and second trip to Iraq. On Thursday, the McCain team released an eight minute Web video highlighting what it said were Obama’s shifting positions on the war in Iraq. They also released a 16-page memo attacking the Democrat on a host of foreign policy concerns.

The ad will air on national cable and be cycled into McCain’s existing buys in 11 battleground states: Colorado, Iowa, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and northern Virginia.

UPDATE: The Obama campaign responded that the senator voted in favor of every defense spending bill until the supplemental last May.

“While Barack Obama wants to change American foreign policy to wind down the war in Iraq and address the grave threat posed by a resurgent al Qaeda and Taliban in Afghanistan, John McCain offers this patently misleading negative ad," Obama spokesman Bill Burton said in a statement. "Given his calls for a civil campaign, it's disappointing that Senator McCain has slipped so easily into the same, tired campaign tactics that have become so familiar to the American people."


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  1. Lyle

    How sad... every time a liberal gets challenged on his voting record or positions, it's a "malicious attack add." There is nothing slanderous here- just some truth about Obama's meager record.

    And give me a break on McCain not supporting veterans and GI Bills. These comments are misleading. McCain was pushing for and holding out for a FAIR GI Bill- one that would reward vets for the number of years they served our country. The bill he was against would have given the same benefits for those that only served one or two years. This would not promote re-enlistment, and NOT be good for our country or our national security... and be UNFAIR to veterans that served through multiple deployments.

    July 18, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  2. Mark

    As usually the Obama supporters get their facts to 30 sec sound bits. The reason McCain voted against the proposed GI bill had to do with what the bill had in it. Boneheads

    July 18, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  3. Roni

    Hello people.....do you know why the heck a VET a POW would vote
    against a GI BILL???????????????????????????????????????

    It was a darn good reason. If you were a soldier who had served for 10-15 years and a new recruit just serves for 6 months-should he or she be entitled to the EXACT same benefits, no. Military need incentive to retain their troops-–this is way over our heads!!

    McCain gets it.

    Democratic Party, I use to admire-they had their shot. We signal our leaders in Washington that we wanted change we got Nancy Pelosi and her actors and nobody has changed anything. I'd rather an experienced realist to be in the Oval Office, then an ameateur who still gets lost in the halls of the Capitol.

    July 18, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    why do we the taxpaper have to pay for obama to go overseas

    July 18, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  5. Walt, Belton,TX

    He's not much of a man; not much of a senator and certainly isn't Presidential - he's probably one of the best used car salesmen one could ever hope to meet. Wrong man, wrong job!

    July 18, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  6. Diana

    Who is funding Obama and his staff to Iraq. It is the taxpapers of the U.S.A.?

    July 18, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  7. Get real people

    Let me ask all of the "political experts" on these posts one question? When was the last time you ran for elected office to change something? Let me guess........ummmm most likely never!?! You all think it's just easy to end a military conflict and bring the troops home. Let's load em up on buses Betsy and they'll all be home by dinner time. Or to wave a magic wand and change the economy around. Well it ain't that simple Buckwheat.

    Whether this war was justified or not we are there. Sure, we could all be quiters and bring the troops home but that's not what I thought America was all about. I guess that means we should close up all of our overseas bases and bring all of the troops home. We tried isolationship once....that thought ended with the beginning of WW2. History shows that dictators need to be held in check or things get out of control.

    By the way, did any of you read the article that talked about troops in Iraq wanting to get over to Afganistan where the real fighting was going on? No one has thought to ask the troops that are actually in theater if they think what they are doing is a good thing or not.

    July 18, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  8. JIM CARTER

    My Goodness. Obama Mama received 52 million again. You supporters don't get it do ya????????? It can't be coming from the peopleI I see on TV. All these filthy rich dudes aint giving away their money to a politition who is giving away a lot of mouth service. What's he gonna do for them??? Old people on welfare and Soc. Sec. ain't sending it in. Kids selling lemonade i guess is the big income. Ball players gotta buy other things so they air't sending it in. We have a good idea where it's coming from and it's not from this country. This is the greatest country in the world so why do we need all this change he is talking about. He and Hillary bven in congress for years and have all the answers so why haven't they already made the change instead of letting us get in the trouble he says we are in. We may need some adjustment so does his belt and tie and his old ladies mouth along with Jessie and wright„
    America you had better know who you are voting or and what is behind it.

    July 18, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  9. Brooke

    I am a Republican, I would have voted for Hillary. I will not vote for Obama. His supporters truly scare me. Their arrogance is breathtaking, including on this very page, Obama '12? He hasn't even won the first election yet. Please, get your heads out of the sand. McCain is not that good, but he's better than Obama.

    NObama 08.

    July 18, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  10. Sonceraee Yeldell

    John McCain says we suceeded in Iraq. We won. Question: what did we win? Are we safer, our economy is better, jobs are plentiful, US soldiers are not being killed, Iraq is a democracy and giving us a discount on oil, did they give us an oil well and some of the billions of dollars profits.? Oh yeah! and Osama Bin Laden has been captured, killed or is on death row. Am I missing something?

    Sonceraee Yeldell

    July 18, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
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