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. Texun

    This is clever? With a campaign like this, McCain couldn't be elected student council president.

    July 23, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  2. Tristan

    McLame, President of laaaame...

    July 23, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  3. JP

    There is lot of difference between a baby taking the first step, and a grown up taking a walk. The media knows that better, and so all the media hype around Obama's foreign trip.

    July 23, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  4. JohnLee

    McBush – all buzz and no substance!

    July 23, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  5. Jozee

    "A clever way to gain some national press." I don't think so.

    The smell of desperation is coming off the MCain campain in waves and there is nothing they can do to stop the press from focusing on Barack Obama and his Berlin speech.

    Thank you, Sen. McCain for goading Sen. Obama into this trip overseas. The results have been priceless. Got any more good ideas?

    God Bless Sen Obama and God Bless America

    July 23, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  6. Karl F.

    As a German citizen, I am disgusted by Obama's planned speech in Tiergarten. Of course, the usual suspects (greens, young socialists, etc) will be there for his speech in droves. These unemployed social misfits will use any chance to protest America and the free market. Pathetic.

    July 23, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  7. Antoine

    John McCain needs to quit. This is Obama's time. If it were him who was overseas, he wouldn't want Obama raining on his parade. This is sad to wee.

    July 23, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  8. Dr. Eval

    Please vote for McCain. I make WMD's for a living and with the economy the way it is im afraid Ill lose my job.

    July 23, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  9. Brian

    Obama is ready to lead. Lead us out of Iraq. Lead us straight to a recession with his tax increases. Lead us straight into a diplomatic quagmire by negotiating with state-sponsors of terrorist organizations. Lead us straight into France and Germany's arms – nothing like a nice European group hug. Lead us towards higher gas prices by capitualating on drilling and other sources of alternative energy. Lead us towards record deficits as he implements his socialized medicine/healthcare plan. So it's wrong to say he won't lead us – it's WHERE he'll lead us that is troubling.

    July 23, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  10. A CANUCK

    McCain is becoming as pitiful and desperate as as Hillary did......the truth is you just can't compete with Obama....He's brilliant in every way.

    July 23, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  11. bud in NC

    Hey! What about Berlin Connecticut. I used to live in Connecticut and feel slighted. Read a recent blog stating McCain is running out of gas. Impossible! OLD FARTS NEVER RUN OUT OF GAS. i am 73 and am an authority.

    July 23, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  12. Vig

    Obama – imitator of JFK. He can't measure up, he can't be original. One big copycat.

    July 23, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  13. Phil in KC

    Cute. Clever. Nothing more.

    July 23, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  14. Debby, NJ

    McShame:
    The only thing that you are ready to lead in is a
    LIE, another LIE, and Lie some more...what a complete IDIOT you are...get a new campaign team so that you can keep up.
    BARACK THE VOTE AMERICA !!!

    July 23, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  15. Glen

    What a crock! How is no one talking about McCain's inexcusable voting record on veterans benefits??

    July 23, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  16. PUMA 4 Obama

    This RNC advertisement is laughable! McCain has voted against many recent bills intended to help our troops.

    We PUMAs won't drink the Republican Kool-Aid anymore, and we won't just fall in to line behind McCain! NoMcCain! The Republicans have dissed us for the last time! We will rally at the RNC convention to protest their treatment of our loyal party members. I, for one, will be voting for Obama - and let that be a lesson to the Republicans!!!

    PUMAs 4 Obama!

    July 23, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  17. Corinna

    Senator John Mccain, needs to focus his whole attention on the issues.....too much attacks, always comes back to hurt....he needs to learn from HRC......people are suffering.......he needs to talk only about them.....they will come to him.....not by attack, attack, attack.....it does not work when people are suffering...Senator, change your tactics

    July 23, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  18. ShirleyY - Seattle

    MCCAIN GO HOME AND RETIRE AND ENJOY ALL YOUR WIFE MONEY. IF I COULD SPEND $750 A MONTH, CINDY SPENDS $750,000 PER MONTH, WHO IS THE ELISTIST. OBAMA IS YOUNG AND SHARP, ALL MCCAIN CAN DO NOW IS ATTACK OBAMA, HE LOOKS DESPERATE AND IT'S NOT WORKING, MCCAIN YOUR NEGATIVE RATES WILLL GO UP.

    July 23, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  19. ali

    nevermind ,i guess

    July 23, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  20. patricia

    Grandpa McWar is telling lies about Obama. He is trying to hide from us his intentions of perpetuating the Bush disaster on our country. But Americans are smarter than he thinks and he will fail.

    July 23, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  21. Ken Pittsburgh

    this coming from the guy who just thanked BUSHfor the drop in oil prices So much for being his own man.

    July 23, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  22. William, from Cali!

    What is a "battleground state"? Please, inform me ; I thought the "real fighting" was going on, in the Middle East..........for oil! ......... not here, for mire votes!

    July 23, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  23. dormar

    Old Old Old fool has lost his mine

    July 23, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  24. Janelle

    I thought he was going to focus on the economy this week? Guess not...

    July 23, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  25. "THE GREATEST VANITY" !

    Rejoice, rejoice America for in the Holy Land upon a hill your

    "MESSIAH" declared himself ! Let him be known as:

    "BARACK OBAMA" the great,,,and he shall overrule you

    with an iron fist. Down with your Military Commanders and

    take ye your rank and file with you...from this time forward he

    will lead invisible armies and the world shall obey.

    "GO FORTH MEDIA AND SPREAD HIS WORD....!!!!!

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    July 23, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
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