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. Will-South Dakota

    Promoting his 100 year war huh....

    July 23, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  2. ali

    obama voted for the new gi bill for vets. mccain did not support our veterans.he wants our troops to fight and die ,then gives them nothing when they come home.puhleeeze,this ad is nothing but lies,again.

    July 23, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  3. jimmy velman

    IRAN 'S LEADERS BELLIGERENT DRIVE TO ACQUIRE NUCLEAR
    WEAPONS IS ON A COLLISION COURSE WITH ISRAEL AND THE UNITED STATES.. IN OUR OWN BACKYARD , HUGO CHAVEZ DRIVE
    TO GAIN HEGEMONY IN LATIN AMERICA SPURRED BY OIL WEALTH AND THE ACQUIRING OF MODERN WEAPONS FROM RUSSIA , INCLUDING A SUBMARINE , IS A THREAT AND WILL PUT VENEZUELAN REGIME ON A COLLISION COURSE WITH THE U.S. FACED WITH THESE DANGERS, WE WOULD BE WISE TO ELECT A STRONG NO NONSENSE COMMANDER IN CHIEF LIKE SENATOR JOHN McCAIN..

    July 23, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  4. ali

    mccain should not be losing his temper and hitting people from berlin.he probably thinks berliners are mexicans.

    July 23, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  5. impudicus

    it would be incredible if mccain were to be so gracious and helpful to our veterans, unfortunately, with his 100 year war plan most of our troops now wont live to see the veteran status.

    July 23, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  6. McCain, you are no JFK

    All John "I'll NEVER surrender" McCain has to offer on anything are gimmicks... this is news? Do you HAVE anything but "Obama says..."?

    The REAL NEWS today should be how McWar's twin brother Dubbya's policies for strategic missile defense systems in eastern Europe have provoked Prime Minister V. Putin to state that by the time that happens, Russia will, once again, have missiles in CUBA.

    Perhaps McGaffe could contact the head of Germany (nope, wait, that was ANOTHER mistake McCain made) and negotiate something up for us? Divert a Cuban Missile Crisis? Nah.

    G. "DUMB" Bush is scary enough. John "DUMBER" McCain is even scarier. Can you imagine either handling a Cuban Missile Crisis? McCain will tell you "I know how to win wars. I KNOW HOW TO WIN WARS!".... yikes.

    I still remember the Cuban Missile Crisis, sir. I remember the weekly testing in schools where we would hunker down beneath our desks and hope we'd survive "the BIG one".... I remember JFK getting us through it.

    John McCain, you are NO Jack Kennedy.

    July 23, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  7. Unshrub

    Obama is acting like a President and McCain is acting like a spoiled kid trying to get more attention.

    July 23, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  8. Sammy

    McCain has to do something but at least he could have waited for Obama to come back to the U.S. before attacking him. Otherwise what his ad says it the same ol same ol.

    July 23, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  9. wmelpaul

    Are you sure McClueless isn' t just confused about which Berlin Obama is making a speech? You know, this guy isn't the sharpest cookie in the picnic.

    July 23, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  10. Mike from Westchester

    "VO: There are few votes as important as funding our men and women in uniform."

    Defense funding votes McCain has not supported in the past year:
    HR 2642 6/26/08 Iraq and Afghanistan War Funding and GI Bill
    S Amendment 4818 5/22/08 Funding for Ops in Iraq & Afghanistan
    S Con Res 70 3/14/08 Concurrent Budget Resolution
    HR 4986 1/22/08 Defense Authorizations Bill
    HR 4156 11/16/07 Supplimental Appropriations for the DoD & Timeline
    S 2340 11/16/08 Emergency Supplimental Appropriations for the DoD

    During that time, McCain only supported one defense funding bill. Obama supported 3 of the seven bills over the past year – that's three times as many as McCain. Unbelievable! Does the McCain camp think the American voter is stupid?

    July 23, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  11. Anoldwoman4OBAMA

    Are we seeing signals of DESPERATION from McShame ? To place ads in towns called "Berlin" in our country sounds awfully bad, and all those misstatments can back fire big time. Remember, the american people is very well informed right now, thanks to Internet. OBAMA 2008-2016 !!!

    July 23, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  12. Ian

    Couldn't we have used the billions of dollars that are unnacounted for towards body armor?

    July 23, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  13. Who 2 Vote 4???

    I don't get it. I wish this guy would stop with the gimmicks and get real.

    July 23, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  14. Accountant Guy

    Big Surprise, McBush is copying Obama. This guy is pathetic!!

    Obama '08

    July 23, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  15. David Peter

    Everyone across the world loves Obama, but they despise McCain.

    July 23, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  16. Dave D

    So I wonder how accurate these statements are? After the "Obama caused the increase in gas prices" ad I believe the McCain campaign is getting desparate in mixing a good bunch of fiction with very little or marginal fact.

    I wonder how PolitiFact.com would rate this one?

    A South Carolinian for Obama!

    July 23, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  17. Janice from Canada

    WOW

    HOW CAN THEY SAY ALL THAT WITH A STRAIGHT FACE.

    EVERYTHING I EVER READ OBAMA HAS BEEN MORE SUPPORTIVE TO THE TROOPS THAN Mc CAIN.

    WHEN IS Mc CAIN GOING TO TALK ABOUT WHAT HE IS GOING TO DO INSTEAD OF BASHING OBAMA?

    I THOUGHT THIS WAS SUPPOSE TO BE A CIVAL ELECTION. (REMEMBER Mc CAIN.)

    OBAMA WOULD NEVER STOOP SO LOW BUT GHEESE BUY THE Mc CAIN BIOGRAGHY AND START BASHING.

    July 23, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  18. Bob Indianapolis, IN

    WHY AREN'T THE COMMENTS IN THESE LINKS BEING UPDATED FOR VIEWING?

    July 23, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  19. Gorbashov - Long Beach, Ca.

    Who is this angry, senile old man trying to fool?

    Veterans groups give Obama higher marks than McBush!

    He even opposed the new GI bill.

    McShame isn't for veterans he is for endless war!

    His temperment should exclude him from the highest office in this great nation.

    July 23, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  20. K in Oregon

    Will McSame tell the people in Berlin that:

    He voted for the war without the "fact finging" process that he accuses Obama of not having.

    He supported the war even before 9/11

    He was against drilling in ANWR and the continental shelf.. yet now he will drill anywhere and let the earth's climate system go into a creash

    He was against Bush's tax cuts but now says they are terrific and wants more... by the way this is a big cause for the deficits and that translates in to the dollar crash.

    Will he tell them that he doesn't think women should get insurance coverage for birth control, yet viagra is ok?

    Will he tell you that he was against torture and now he thinks some kinds are ok...

    Will he tell you that he voted against the legislation Obama supported, which give veterans more education benefits for our veterans.... he said it would give current military people and insentive to leave for the hope of an education...Seems he doesn't think 3 plus deployments are enough.

    Maybe McSame should tell the American people what he thinks "Victory" means and how he is going to reverse the economic disaster we are facing..... Oh he doesn't know much about this... so he will sling mud I guess.

    Obama 08

    July 23, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  21. JD

    Clever man. LOL. Call it thinking outside the box.

    July 23, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  22. She's singing

    Like a fart in a gale force wind. I love seeing the RNC flush its money.

    July 23, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  23. Jams O'Donnel

    I, for one, have had enough of this sneekiness and deception with Bush, now McCain is just doing more of the same. Does the Republican party think we Americans are stupid?
    Meet the new boss,
    Same as the old boss ...
    Won't get fooled again!

    July 23, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  24. Arkansas Undertaker

    If Barack Obama does get back to the states soon, poor John McCain is going to kill over. This trip is really stressing the poor man out.

    He is not getting any media coverage or attention and that really has him on edge.

    July 23, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  25. Tim

    John McCain looks more like Mr Magoo everday!!! LOL!!!!

    July 23, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
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