(CNN) - After days of hard-hitting TV and Web ads focused on fall opponent Barack Obama, presumptive Republican nominee John McCain is taking to the airwaves with a positive spot that looks to highlight his maverick roots, and tells voters the nation is “worse off than we were four years ago.”
The latest ad, released Tuesday, does not mention the presumptive Democratic nominee at all, stressing instead the Arizona senator’s independent reputation.
“Washington's broken. John McCain knows it. We're worse off than we were four years ago,” says the announcer in the 30-second spot. “Only McCain has taken on big tobacco, drug companies, fought corruption in both parties. He'll reform Wall Street, battle Big Oil, make America prosper again.
“He's the original maverick. One is ready to lead - McCain.”
The campaign said the ad will air in “key states.”