July 23rd, 2008
09:37 AM ET
11 years ago

McCain message to hit Berlin Thursday

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Barack Obama is not the only presidential candidate who will be front-and-center in Berlin this Thursday. Well, sort of.

In the latest effort to counter-program Obama’s tour of Europe and the Middle East, the Republican National Committee will air radio ads promoting John McCain’s candidacy in three different Berlins: Berlin, New Hampshire; Berlin, Pennsylvania; and Berlin, Wisconsin.

Not the most expensive media markets for the RNC to buy time – but certainly a clever way to gain some national press and perhaps gain some buzz in these three battleground states, while Obama delivers what is expected to be one of the biggest speeches of this campaign cycle in the European capital.

(An early look at the copy of the RNC ad after the jump)


Title: Obama Chooses Washington Over Our Military (60 seconds)

VO: There are few votes as important as funding our men and women in uniform.
VO: But when our military needed necessary resources, Barack Obama failed to stand up.
VO: Obama said that nobody wanted to play chicken with our troops on the ground.
VO: But when it came time to act, he voted against critical resources: no to individual body armor, no to helicopters, no to ammunition, no to aircraft.
VO: The bill Obama opposed even had funding for veterans’ medical facilities and rehabilitation programs.
VO: And why did he say no?
VO: Obama chose Washington politics over the needs of our military.
VO: And Senator McCain?
VO: As a veteran and someone who has always put the public interest first, John McCain stood by our troops.
VO: If Obama can’t rise above politics to support our soldiers in a time of war, then how can he claim to have the strength to change the way Washington works?
VO: John McCain is ready to lead. Barack Obama is not.


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soundoff (272 Responses)
  1. Kevin Leo (Jonesboro, GA)

    Can you smell the desparation?!?!

    July 23, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  2. Uncle Sam

    John Magoo has no clue!!!!

    July 23, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  3. JA Cook

    Old man yells at cloud!

    Attack Mac is really working hard to get some attention. But it's all gaffes and negatives.

    I've lost a lot of respect for this man after his distortions and accusations that to disagree with his Iraqi ideas is paramount to being a traitor.

    July 23, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  4. Mel

    MCCAIN JUST CAN'T HANG WITH OBAMA.......GIVE IT UP DUDE.

    OBAMA.......08

    July 23, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  5. bill for barack

    How dare McShame ignore that jewel of Holmes County, Ohio – the city of Berlin ?
    What a farce this senile old man is.
    Someone please take him by the hand and lead him back to his rocking chair because one thing is painfully evident – he's off his rocker .

    July 23, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  6. Jamaal Kansas

    sorry Republicans it is funny how desperate they are they know that know one is watching what they do so they try to throw gimmick at the new media so they can bite REPUBLICANS will lose this year becasue they are using fearmongering and the karl rove play book

    July 23, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  7. Naomi, Texas

    Lame...

    July 23, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  8. Mo

    It seems Grand Pa campaign is desperate and lame. Hungery for attention. You are the one who asked for this. What a judgement you had when you ask Obama to tour the world.

    July 23, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  9. jim

    I think Mr McWar is starting to lose it. I sure don't want McCains fingers on the button.

    July 23, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  10. JA Cook

    "VO: But when our military needed necessary resources, Barack Obama failed to stand up."

    Umm, but Attack Mac voted against the GI Bill. According to most vet organization it's McCain who has the lesser record of supporting vets.

    It seems that the McCain campaign has nothing to offer but negative spew. Criticize, attack, deride,... Where's anything of substance in this ad?

    July 23, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  11. Dani

    they are so retarded

    July 23, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  12. Phil, FL

    Give me a break !!!!!!!! Give the whole world a break from this bumbling idiot !!!!!!!

    July 23, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  13. Pick Me! Pick Me!

    McCain keeps mentioning his "service." I believe the only Veteran he backs is himself.

    MCCAIN: ‘I Received The Highest Award From Literally Every Veterans Organization In America"

    The recognition McCain has received from veterans groups is not "high awards" but FAILING GRADES:

    Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America gave McCain a grade of D for his record of voting against veterans. (By contrast, Obama got a B+.)

    Disabled Veterans of America noted McCain’s dismal 20 percent voting record on veterans’ issues. (Obama had an 80 percent.)

    In a list of "Key Votes," Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) notes McCain "Voted Against Us" 15 times and "Voted For Us" only 8. (Obama voted for VVA 12 times, and against only once.)

    Vietnam POW Activists Called McCain ‘Songbird’ and ‘Manchurian Candidate’ We aren’t talking about a bunch of republican paid and funded operatives, we’re talking about all those who had to suffer at the hands of the Cong while McCain received special treatment.

    Sequentially, integrity is what I look for in someone running for President. Self-aggrandizement without end is a characteristic flaw that cannot be overlook in anyone running for that same position.

    Some Vet's might have forgotten, I haven't.

    July 23, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  14. bij

    WACKKKKKK!!! SO WACK!
    Please stop trying...please?!

    July 23, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  15. James Hussein, SC

    YAAAAARRRNNNNN

    Desperate clowns!!!

    July 23, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  16. Emma, San Jose, CA

    Wow! Too bad the Germans do not vote in the American GE. Is this the piece the New York Times rejected?

    July 23, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  17. nerakami

    whoop-ti-doo !!

    July 23, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  18. Is PUMA contagious? I don't want to catch it!

    Interesting... now McCain thinks we should speak to Americans... but not while he was in Columbia and Mexico discussing trade, right? So now that Obama is overseas... its a bad thing, right? Oh I forgot, its McPancake flipping on something else.

    July 23, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  19. Richard

    The guy can't get traction in this country, what makes him think he will in Germany. They probably have a more informed and enlightened populace. This guy is surely grasping at straws.

    July 23, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  20. jason

    What a crock!

    July 23, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  21. theresa in Prattville

    Oh please. We know what Obama is doing. The Republicans don't know. That's why they are so scared. They don't even know how to fight Obama. Please. McCain, please go to bed and get some rest. You will definitely need it REAL SOON....

    July 23, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  22. brad

    one word. WEIRD?. maybe two. WHY?

    July 23, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  23. P, CA

    There it is again, a highly prominent, highly used, but ridiculously stupid (to the less gullible people, at least) political tactic: SELECTIVE MEMORY.

    McCain's campaign is ignoring the fact that Obama wouldn't even have had us over there in the first place. There wouldn't BE a "time of war" in a country that we had no reason to fight. And his idea to hold back funding for the troops was an attempt (political, yes, but everyone on Capitol Hill does it!) to get conservative leaders to see how much suffering is going on here in the US.

    Support the soldiers, forget the civilians. Good idea.

    July 23, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  24. Auntie Coosa, Blairsville, Georgia, USofA

    Sen. Obama is no John Kennedy. I want to hear the speech to see if there's any substance in it and not just media sound bites.

    A well modulated voice with a prepared speech is not a qualification for POTUS.

    July 23, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  25. National press as Dumb as McCain

    EOM

    July 23, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
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