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. Tina, NC

    I wonder why the IAVA, Vietnam Veterans of America and DAV gave Obama higher marks

    McCain: and his grade
    IAVA (Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans for America) – John McCain “D”
    Vietnam Veterans Of America (McCain is one of course) – He voted against them 17 out of their last 26 scored votes
    DAV (Disabled American Veterans) – John McCain has a 20% rating

    Obama: and his grade
    IAVA (Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans for America) – Barack Obama “B+”
    Vietnam Veterans Of America – He voted for them all but 1 time.
    DAV – Barack Obama has an 80% rating

    McCain voted against the GI Bill while Obama voted for it.

    July 23, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  2. JDM

    Mcain's Camp is really dumb to think this will work.
    Mcain is trying to become the US Pres. not local dog catcher!
    Dumb! Really Dumb? Yes Really Dumb!

    July 23, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  3. Texas trail puppy!

    McSame is quickly becoming a national joke even the MSM can't take him seroiusly anymore.HaHa.
    Obama 2008

    July 23, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  4. Gary Chandler in Canada

    To figure out what kind of a man McCain is, all one has to do is compare the tone and content the comments he made about Obama in front of the NAACP to what he says in a room he fills with Legionnaires.
    He turns from 'what a wonderful fellow' into 'he will sell out his country for votes'. Not very 'heroic' to pander to a black audience by saying what he really thinks.

    July 23, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  5. Watermann

    In these days the ads go well below anything what can be called fairness and truth. What I have experienced during the last weeks is that Senator Obama looks more presidential and more like a gentleman. It`s getting dirty.

    July 23, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  6. Barack Obama is Our 44th president! YES WE CAN !

    When Bush 41 was asked his thoughts about Obama's planned events, the former President replied, "A LITTLE JEALOUS, IS ALL."

    This is exactly what's going on with McCain. All of us can rightfully say – He is an idiot and so very wrong for this country as president.

    It's time to turn the page and chart a new course in America…enough of the same old Washington…enough of the failed policies of the past…enough of McSame !

    It’s time for REAL change in Washington, it’s time to elect Barack Obama for president !

    July 23, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  7. Brad

    I am tired of all this out-of-context nonsense. Obama voted no because someone tried to tack on ugliness to what were previously good bills and good intentions. McCain has done the same (Viagra/Birth Control). Stop trying to feed America half-truths, you're making yourself look pretty ugly and ignorant and uninformed, McCain.

    July 23, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  8. Claudia

    John McCain never stepped up to the plate when the Generals on the ground asked Rumsfeld for better equipment and he replied "you go to war with what you have"(as a result thousands of troops killed), McCain said nothing, he stayed silent. Now that McCain is running for president he wants your support. Think about it and if you don't believe the truth go back and look at the facts when Rumself was in office.

    July 23, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  9. J. Richter

    Correct title: McCain fake Berlin sideshow.

    McCain needs to stop focusing so much on Obama to the point of making so many gaffes and seeming so disagreeable. Soon, no one will wish to see him in charge of the red button (especially with a confrontation brewing with Russia over our star wrs program).

    July 23, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  10. Lorna, NY

    McCain is INSANE!

    July 23, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  11. Tommy

    More from McGrandstanding and McPandering.

    Give it up gramps!

    July 23, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  12. Jerry in Boston

    What a stupid, cheap gimmick.

    What other juvenile nonsense can the Republican's come up with?Perhaps while Obama is making a speech at the Brandenburg Gate, McCain can be photographed eating a piece of Battenburg Cake?

    July 23, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  13. Lorna, NY

    CNN, WHY DO I NEED TO GO TO HUFFINGTONPOST.COM TO GET THE NEWS! YOU GUYS ARE SLIPPING.

    July 23, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  14. American

    McLame is spending more and more time attacking Obama and not explaining what he would actually do for the American people.

    He is looking and acting more and more like an angry old man.
    ...........Very sad and pathetic........

    Americans want a true inspirational leader... and that is OBAMA!

    July 23, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  15. LILA MACH

    McCain is desperate and is a convenient liar. But, of course, he will wage a "civil" campaign. Well ... so much for that. McCain just has NOTHING going for him but ridiculous attacks on a great presidential candidate. Hopefully those Republican lies will be seen for what they are. Remember, "YOU CAN'T FOOL ALL OF THE PEOPLE ALL THE TIME ..."

    July 23, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  16. Alex

    this is beyond retarded? Who runs his camp, 12 year olds?????

    July 23, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  17. Loretta from California

    I don't understand. Senator McCain has an opportunity to talk about the thing that matters most to the American people, but he continues to attack Senator Obama on Foreign Policy. Sir, Please begin to address the issues that we need to confront here at home.

    It's The Economy, Senator McCain.

    July 23, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  18. Gary Chandler in Canada

    Did you know the McCain advertising department has a MOLE!?
    The two most recent ads, in the blur of the modern, cluttered media world actually help Obama. There was one showing a great photo of Obama with a blue background and American troops, then a long clip of endorsements by MSM.
    Both of these plant a better picture of Obama in the viewers' minds!

    July 23, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  19. McCain = War

    This just looks very desperate and very weak on McCain's behalf.

    July 23, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  20. Phil, San Jose, CA

    I wonder which "lucky" aide got to tell McCain that the "wall" wasn't in New Hampshire, Pennsylvania OR Wisconsin. What a ridiculous campaign stunt. In terms of the content (or lack thereof), let's not mention the fact that McCain has voted against FOUR separate troop funding or veteran's care bills in the past several years. Three of which Obama voted for (for one he wasn't a Senator yet) and one of which was vetoed by the worst president ever.

    July 23, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  21. Kathy

    I think it's about time the McCain campaign called out Obama on his DOUBLE-SPEAK. He says one thing and does another.

    My impression of Obama is that he can't be trusted to make a DECISION and stand by it...he's completely driven by POLITICS.

    The more I see and hear from the arrogant/ "know-it-all" Obama, the more I like McCain!

    July 23, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  22. Billy

    He forgot Berlin, Czechoslovakia.

    July 23, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  23. wait one second here

    other than crying about the media, attacking Obama and making these HUGE gaffes, what "message" does McCain or his camp have to offer? oh i got it noun, verb, surge...repeat.

    July 23, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  24. rumpusgoopus

    It's amazing what CNN thinks is "clever"?

    July 23, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  25. Frank

    Pathetic.

    July 23, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
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