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. Brennan - Seattle, WA

    Oh they are struggling. McCain is not offering anything new. He spends 90% of his time attacking Obama. I almost felt bad for him the other day when there was only 1 reporter and 1 photographer greeting him in NH, but then I remembered that it is his campaign tactics and policies that are causing him to be in the position he is in.

    July 23, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  2. Monti, MI

    They forget to tell us that without some stupids our troops would've never showed up in Iraq. So there wouldn't be any need for rehab programs. No need for more ammu and weapons. Hups, I forgot. RNC is big buddies with the so called "defense" industry. Well, that would explain their stupid ad. That would explain why some stupids still tell us, we can win this war. Get in in your brains ... most of the people of Iraq DO NOT want us to be there. Even if we stay there for 100 years and it will be still the same.

    July 23, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  3. southern trucker

    Mcfool is deeply frustrated with Obamas success. Go away Mcidiot with your foolish repug lines. Am a true republican and truthful republicans supports Obama wholeheartedly

    July 23, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  4. shadowgovernment

    Whoop-dee-freaking-hoo

    July 23, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  5. Ricky - Hispanic/Educated and voting for Obama

    Wow thats kind of lame.

    Am I the only one realizing that the Republicans are kind of jealous of Obama's appeal overseas? This trip has been a success for Obama no matter how much others try to downplay it.

    July 23, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  6. kendall

    how many people live in these towns, and will it compare to a world stage, i don't think so, unless there are millions of poeple living in the three towns of Berlin.

    July 23, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  7. Bob K

    Yeah, just make sure that McCain realizes that he is not in Germany. People may get a bit confused if he says "Ich bin ein Berliner". Then again, it may be the least stupid thing he will have said in a while.

    July 23, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  8. M.S. Indiana

    Hey republicans try and promote McCain for what he is, instead of attacking like a sick puppy

    thanks god we have Ron Paul this year

    July 23, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  9. Janice

    Mccain needs to focus on his own message and campaign instead of attacking Obama. Mccain can get his own message out with making yet another gaffe and all he does is attack Obama. Mccain is crazy. He going to these town hall meetings telling the public that the surge has succeeded but we need to stay there in Iraq because if we left it could be extremely dangerous. If he's worried about danger shouldn't he be concentrating on the capture of Osama Bin Laden and Al Qaeda who killed nearly 4,000 Americans on U.S. soil? The truth is Mccain is too old and confused and some of the times I don't think he remembers what he said.

    July 23, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  10. Bobby, Triangle, VA

    John McCain, get a new campaign staff!

    July 23, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  11. Frank, Missouri

    Childish ... if not just plain lame.

    July 23, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  12. JOYCE BLACKWELL

    Great, we get to listen to another speech from Obama. When will he start doing something on his own, besides being the rock star politician.

    July 23, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  13. NY State of mind

    CAN'T WIN VOTES HERE, FIGURES HE'LL TRY OVER THERE BUT I THINK HE WILL LOSE THERE TO.

    WASTE FRAID AND ABUSE OF YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS!!

    HOW WILL THIS GAIN SUPPORT OR VOTES HERE. KEEP SUPPORTING THE OLD GOAT AND THIS NONSENSE

    July 23, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  14. Janice

    Mccain needs to focus on his own message and campaign instead of attacking Obama. Mccain cant get his own message out with making yet another gaffe. All he does is attack Obama. Mccain is crazy. He going to these town hall meetings telling the public that the surge has succeeded but we need to stay in Iraq because if we left it could be extremely dangerous. If he's worried about danger shouldn't he be concentrating on the capture of Osama Bin Laden and Al Qaeda who killed nearly 4,000 Americans on U.S. soil? The truth is Mccain is too old and confused and some of the times I don't think he remembers what he said.

    July 23, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  15. Praetorian, Fort Myers

    Lets not forget it was a powerful military and military backed foreign policy that broke down the wall in Berlin.

    We need to apply the same resolve to Iraq, Palestine, and Libya to establish democratic governments and allies.

    July 23, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  16. thewolf1

    My understanding is that the McCain campaign is trying to spend funds contributed during the primary season prior to the end of the month (in line with his acceptance of public financing for the general). Apparently they were unable to resist throwing money away on this foolishness to satisfy their funny bone. This is how an underdog changes into another kind of dog: Goofy.

    July 23, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  17. nkc46

    european capital! clearer language should be used here. i.e the german capital

    July 23, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  18. Ken

    Karl Rove type of ads. No dignity no substance. Slash and burn!

    July 23, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  19. vINCe

    Hey John.....what's up with voting for the new GI bill? WHY DIDN'T YOU SUPPORT OUR TROOPS??@@@!!

    July 23, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  20. Bob

    Barack Obama is ready to lead, John mccain is not!

    July 23, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  21. Dan , TX

    Everything in this commercial is demonstrably a distortion of the facts. And McCain voted against the GI bill because he said that if we give our veterans the means to have a good life outside the military, they might decide to leave the military.

    McCain is a hypocrite and has treated our military personnel horribly. McCain is no friend to the military.

    July 23, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  22. Dave, Illinois

    I think it is telling that McCain is making rounds and taking punches at town hall meetings in America while Obama orates over in Europe in front of friendly crowds and teleprompters. Obama doesn't have the manhood to address real questions from real people.

    July 23, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  23. An American Whiner

    OMG!

    How do you spell desperate and pathetic???

    You spell them both: M C C A I N.

    July 23, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  24. vjh

    He forgot Berlin, CT ! I'm sorry, this is lame.

    July 23, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  25. AntiBrenda

    Would make a good rap art at most.
    Keep your day job cos I dont think this will sell to anybody sensible.
    Is your McShame not the one opposing giving college grants to vets?
    Its a shame you are mono-eyed and cant see wider than what you perceive good for McGizzar.

    July 23, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
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