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. A NATION OF WHINERS

    IN THE MCBUSH CLUB

    MULTI MILLIONAIRES------–WINNERS

    WORKING AMERICANS-----–WHINERS.

    July 23, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  2. 35 Southbound

    Is this a joke?

    On a side note, this PUMA crap is, well crap. The self described 2.5 million movement is really going to try to derail Obama, really? They are really going to derail the chance of a democrat in office, really? They are willing to put McCain in office, really? When you self described PUMA's complain about the cost of Health Insurance, the cost of fuel, the cost of food, the never ending occupation in Iraq, then you should complain amongst yourselves because people like me will resent you and your selfishness. Whether democrats control congress or not there will be many conservative members of the democratic party in there and if McCain becomes Pres you can't forget the power of the veto. You will hault progress!

    July 23, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  3. Trish Hussien - PA

    Yawn.

    July 23, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  4. VON BISMARK, Vienna

    mcWAR is making a fool o himself.He shamelessly feeds the electorate with lies.Pitiful!

    July 23, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  5. McLAME

    LOL

    McBush has one foot in the grave, politically and physically. Lie all you want John, it's not going to work this time.

    July 23, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  6. Rick FL

    It would nice to see the RNC and McCain camp reach out to Berlin in Europe in addition to the ones in the States. This could contrast the misguided flyer McCain sent out yesterday needlessly taunting Europeans in France. At this critical time, it is important that our next president works towards stengthening our alliances again in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and other parts of the world, not further any perceived isolation from the past seven years.

    It is also worth noting that veteran organizations give McCain a D rating on his voting record against many of their causes, including opposition to the recent GI Bill. Obama received a B+ for his support of veteran causes, and he voted in favor of the bipartisan GI Bill.

    July 23, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  7. TSAH

    There they go again – playing DIRTY POLITICS!!! When McCain was visiting other countries did Obama send "SMEAR ads"???

    When will the Republicans realize that the WORLD already knows what they are about and "sees through" their tactics and SMEARS. It means NOTHING and adds to the dislike these countries already have towards them!!! They want to see CHANGE!!!

    John McCain is definitely going to get more AIR TIME if he and his supporters continue the SMEAR attacks against Obama. The differnece is – it's going to be BAD AIR TIME!!!!

    July 23, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  8. a southern bell for OBAMA

    OBAMA SUPORTS THE SOLDIERS BY PAYING FOR

    1) COLLEGE TUITION, HELPING THOSE THAT NEED TO

    2) GET OFF THE STREETS OF AMERICA,

    3) BETTER MEDICAL CARE, FOR THEM & THEIR FAMILIES.

    4) BETTER EQUIPMENT, WHEN IN SERVICE.

    MCSLEAZO SUPPORTS THE WAR, NOT OUR SOLDIERS.

    SUPPORTING THE SOLDIERS, HIS QUOTE "TOO GENEROUS"

    July 23, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  9. Phil, FL

    CNN reports the truth in some articles, just not the ticker.

    As for the economic arena, crude oil production is below U.S. goals, even though it has "improved for short periods," the GAO report said. Goals for water service are "close to being reached," but the daily electricity supply "met only slightly more than half of demand in early July 2008."

    July 23, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  10. DflateMacsStr8TalkXpress: Econ MIA, AWOL on facts, POW from reality

    FYI:

    We're ignoring McCain't here in Wisconsin. We like 100% real cheese not some outdated, imitation cheese product in a can called Cheez Whiz .

    July 23, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  11. Swanaay!

    hahahahahahahahah what a waste of money.

    July 23, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  12. Mccain Lies!

    Mccain, you are the one that voted against GI bills five to be exact. Your the one who supported this senseless war.

    July 23, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  13. Mike from Westchester

    Doing a quick search, the only bill I found that Obama voted against was S.2340 titled, "A bill making emergency supplimental appropriations for the Department of Defense for the fiacal year ending September 30, 2008, and for other purposes."

    I do not know the specifics of the bill or the rationale for voting against it. Does someone out there know? Two comments, however:

    First comment: It takes a lot of gall for someone who did not vote for the new GI bill to accuse Obama of not supporting our troops.

    Second comment: Guess what – MCCAIN ALSO DID NOT VOTE FOR S. 2340. T

    July 23, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  14. Kiah

    McCain McCain McCain...LMAO!

    July 23, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  15. Kris from AZ

    The scared right wing noise machine. Always at work to scare the undicided and republicans alike. Scarrrryyyyyyyy

    July 23, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  16. CC

    OK, so the best ad the GOP can put together starts with breaking down the competitor instead of solidly stating McCain's positions and voting record?

    July 23, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  17. a southern bell for OBAMA

    I FORGOT ONE MORE THING.

    OBAMA WOULD SEND OUR SOLDIERS WHERE NEEDED

    TO DEFEND OUR NATION, NOT TO FETCH OIL FOR HIS

    OILMEN, AT THE EXPENSE OF THEIR LIVES & OUR ECONOMY.

    July 23, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  18. Cas

    This is really sad to take this type of non-sense overseas. McCain, shame on you. You are acting like a child. You should respect the fact that someone is attempting to make it better for the americans and as well as other nations. If you want to fight, keep it in our country. Sick old man.

    July 23, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  19. Jon in scary Oregon

    Senator McCain, CNN won't let me post to the article so I'm going this way. DO NOT concider Pewlenty for your VP.........

    July 23, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  20. cricket

    McCain is ready to lead alright.... right into the next 100 year war. McCain can't even remember his own lines, how can he remember correctly what Senator Obama did or didn't do? Senator Obama has not been met with resistance anywhere, he is touching on everything that is important to all countries. Obama is consistent with his message of a CHANGE IS GOING TO COME FOR THE BEST OF EVERYONE. Senator Obama will lead us in peace and prosperity.

    July 23, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  21. Terrence (Winston Salem, NC)

    Can we say Distraction?

    July 23, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  22. Lee from FL

    All McCain seems to do is attack

    now i know what his presidency will be like

    July 23, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  23. JPK

    That ad is just so stupid in its conception and its airing timing.

    July 23, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  24. Latinos for Obama

    Oh please! McSame and RNC get a life!

    July 23, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  25. Herve

    i think john Mcain and the campaingn team are confuse!?

    July 23, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
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