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.


Filed under: John McCain
soundoff (272 Responses)
  1. Mike Dallas

    Once again, the McCrypt campaign tries to blame Obama for the ignorance of the Republican candidate. Just like the Pakistan/Iraq border. One would think, that after 8 trips to the area he would at least REMEMBER that! It is becoming apparant that his campaign cannot keep up with the "senior minutes" or keep his lies sorted out.

    So, once again, this is more proof McCrypt is in the early stages of dementia with short term memory loss or is just a flat out liar.

    Question: Is the the man you want attempting ANYTHING at 3:00 A,M?

    July 23, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  2. Barack the Vote in RI

    this ad is a joke....everyone knows Mcsame is the one who OPPOSES veteran's benefits. i think he was having another one of his senior moments when he approved this crap.....lol

    July 23, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  3. larry buchas

    Great, what about Berlin, CT?

    McCain voted against a number of bills supporting our veterans.
    Barack supported better armor protection for our troops.
    Barack was against multiple tours of duty which hurt our soldiers families back home.
    McCain has his facts wrong with events in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    By the way, Barack was just overseas supporting our soldiers.
    Barack has accomplished more in three days than Republicans have in 7-1/2 years.
    Republicans practice political criticism beyond the water's edge. Barack has stayed away from criticixing Bush or McCain during this trip.

    More people will trust Obama's judgment over McCain's.

    July 23, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  4. Henry n New York

    When McCain challenged Obama to go to the Middle East and ridiculed him for his lack of experience, in his opinion, what did he think would happen. Did he think that Obama would not go to the Middle East, did he not know the buzz all over the world about his candidacy after he became the Democratic Primary winner. His campaign blundered yet again in lacking foresight. Any entry level marketing exe. would have known what to expect. Now they scramble to get some of the spot light back after exercising yet poor judgment again.

    July 23, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  5. McBoob

    What a tacky come back by McLame and the Jesusland puritans..This old goat is getting some bad advice.

    July 23, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  6. Greg

    Another shockingly dishonest ad from Gramps McCain (especially considering he got a D from a Vet's Group while Obama got B+). What does the press do? Just chuckles.

    July 23, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  7. Lorna, NY

    DESPERATION AT IT'S HIGHEST.

    July 23, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  8. SPQR753

    Poor McBush, nobody interested in what he says, when he says it and how he says it.......... watching paint dry is more exciting.....

    July 23, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  9. Susan from Scotts Valley, CA

    This is so sad. He has to pull this gimmick to grab headlines from Obama.

    July 23, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  10. Mark Webb

    Ludicrous!!!
    Pettiness and fact distortions will not save your flawed campaign, John McCain.
    You are toast.

    July 23, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  11. Monica, Texas

    McCain should spend more time concern how he should over come the numerous gaffs he is making, that the media continues to dismiss....and less time trying to steal Obama's thunder. McCain is looking more and more desperate.

    July 23, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  12. Dr.Mimi De La Cruz for OBAMA

    IT'S A GOOD THING HE IS NOT "IN" GERMANY.

    MCSENILE TRIED HARD TO MAKE PUTIN THEIR PRESIDENT.

    YOU'VE GOT TO GOOGLE THAT.

    HE GOES THROUGH A WHOLE SPEECH CALLING PUTIN

    THE GERMAN PRESIDENT WITHOUT BATTING AN EYE.

    THIS MAN COULD NOT PAS THE GED IF HIS MISERABLE

    LIFE & MONEY DEPENDED ON IT. WE HAVE TRIED STUPID

    DISHONEST, WITH CATASTROPHIC RESULTS. WE & OUR

    ECONOMY ARE IN CRITICAL CONDITION. WE CAN NOT

    AFFORD A GERIATRIC BUSH FOR PRESIDENT, FOLKS.

    IT'S NOT US AGAINST THEM.

    IT'S US AGAINST AN IMMINENT DISASTER,

    IF WE DON'T CHANGE COURSE, IMMEDIATELY.

    July 23, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  13. Phil, FL

    RNC should save their money so they can provide more "whine and geez" at the convention. At least that will be useful.

    July 23, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  14. Voter

    Less than 10% of Germans believe McCain would make a better president – according to Cafferty on CNN.

    July 23, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  15. Obama Rocks 08/12

    What a line of B.S. speaking of habitual liar which he keeps repeating and addin on moe bs ,a jealous flip flopper ,senile McLost is all that and more of the same.
    Go back home great Grandpa Muiss Cindy has your cot ready.

    July 23, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  16. Mike Dallas

    Once again, the McCrypt campaign tries to blame Obama for the ignorance of the Republican candidate. Just like the Pakistan/Iraq border. One would think, that after 8 trips to the area he would at least REMEMBER that! It is becoming apparant that his campaign cannot keep up with the "senior minutes" or keep his lies sorted out.

    So, once again, this is more proof McCrypt is in the early stages of dementia with short term memory loss or is just a flat out liar.

    Question: Is the the man you want attempting ANYTHING at 3:00 A,M that does not involve Viagra?

    July 23, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  17. Obama Supporter from Texas

    Again McSame, this will not work... Come up with a new strategy because noone is listening to this or you!!!

    Obama '08

    July 23, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  18. Texas Trail Dog!

    CNN OUT OF THE TOP FOUR PRESS RELEASES THREE PERTAIN TO OBAMA. ONE TO McCAIN. DO YOU NOT SEE THE DISPARITY OF YOU MEDIA PEOPLE. WE KNOW WHO YOU'RE BACKING SO QUIT TRYING TO CONVINCE US TO FOLLOW SUIT. YOU PEOPLE ARE LIKE OBAMA'S SUPPORTERS, JUST A PACK OF JACKALS.

    July 23, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  19. David Goldman for OBAMA

    MCBUSH LOVES THE MILITARY FOR WHAT IT CAN GIVE HIM.

    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    HE VOTED NO ON VET COLLEGE TUITION AND OUR VETERANS

    ARE ROAMING THE STREETS OF AMERICA HOMELESS.

    THIS MINDLESS BIGOT IS LOYAL TO ABSOLUTELY

    NO ONE BUT THE $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    A GERIATRIC VERSION OF BUSH.

    July 23, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  20. patrick

    More rhetoric as usual. I guess Mccain camp has selective amnesia too....Remember John, you voted against the GI bill....

    Idiot!!

    July 23, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  21. Judgement over experience

    Getting pretty desperate aren't we mcwar?

    July 23, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  22. OBAMA Supporter all the way

    McCain would you please chill? You are really coming across as a desperate old man trying to stay in the news in any way he can. Instead of making news you're forcing it. Please go sit down somewhere!!

    July 23, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  23. You have got to be kidding!

    With a strategy like that, how can the GOP possibly loose in November? (I ask with much sarcasm)

    July 23, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  24. James

    THIS CONTINUES TO BE LAUGHABLE.

    MCCAIN THREW DOWN THE GAUNTLET OF NOT VISITING IRAQ OR THE MIDDLE EAST AND NOW HE'S CRYING BECAUSE OBAMA NOT ONLY PICKED IT UP, BUT IS SLAPPING HIM AROUND WITH IT!!

    HE AND HIS CAMPAIGN CAN ONLY BLAME THEMSELVES THAT OBAMA IS REPRESENTING HIMSELF AND AMERICA WELL AND LOOKING PRESIDENTIAL.

    BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU ASK FOR MCCAIN. YOU JUST MIGHT GET IT.

    July 23, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  25. Sick and Tired of the lies

    John McCain is absolultely pathetic. For the past few days I have not heard one single policy of his but just constant attacks against Obama who's not even in the U.S. to combat these false attacks. McCain knew that Obama has the integrity not to attack is opponent on foreign soil that's what makes McCain's antics lately even more pathetic and ridiculous. Why can't McCain share in more detail his non-existant economic policies? I sure would like to hear more than what I've been hearing, i.e. a stupid gas-tax holiday and more drilling. What's his health care plan? What's his plan regarding the housing market?

    July 23, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
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