January 7th, 2010
05:00 PM ET
4 years ago

McCain in new ad: Obama leading 'crusade to bankrupt America'

John McCain says President Obama is leading a 'crusade to bankrupt America,' in a new radio ad.
John McCain says President Obama is leading a 'crusade to bankrupt America,' in a new radio ad.

Washington (CNN) – It's McCain vs. Obama, Round 2 in Sen. John McCain's new radio ads, the first of his 2010 re-election bid.

"President Obama is leading an extreme, left-wing crusade to bankrupt America," McCain says in one of the new radio ads. "I stand in his way every day. If I get a bruise or two knocking some sense into heads in Washington, so be it," the Arizona Republican also says in the ad.

The second radio ad references McCain's time as a POW during the Vietnam War, saying McCain continues to fight to this day. "John McCain is leading the fight against President Obama every day, standing tall and outspoken, helping Arizona families," an announcer says in the second ad.

"My lot in life has been to wage war against wrong," McCain intones in the second ad, "like today's massive spending at the worst possible time. Send me back to the Senate. We'll win that fight for Arizona."

"Character matters," an announcer says near the end of each ad, in a reference to McCain's reputation as a political maverick who stands on principle.

In an e-mail to his supporters, McCain seeks donations to help keep the new ads on air in Arizona.

McCain faces a possible primary challenge from former Arizona Rep. J. D. Hayworth. Hayworth, an outspoken foe of immigration reform measures championed by McCain, lost his bid for re-election to the House in 2006 and is now a radio talk show host in the state popular with conservative voters. Hayworth has yet to formally announce a bid to challenge McCain, but has hinted on his show at a possible challenge.


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  1. Lucia Colon

    Why will this man not accept defeat and just let go? It's so painfully obvious that no matter what decisions President Obama makes, the right wing will oppose him just for the sake of bipartisanship.

    The worst is the sense that the right wing hopes we will all fail just to prove President Obama wrong. In the words of Rush Limbaugh, "I hope we fail." This is so un-American. It's just plain twisted.

    January 7, 2010 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  2. Sheryl

    And I thought he could not go any lower!!!

    January 7, 2010 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  3. NJ Mom

    Like you had no part in this? Who do you think is paying for this war that you so desperately endorsed? Like you and Sarah would have done a better job. Just remember, the 1st bailout was Bushes idea. Semed pretty swell, didn't it?

    January 7, 2010 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  4. Stu - Las Vegas

    Are you kidding me?

    January 7, 2010 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  5. Bruna Bon

    Can you and Cheny take a break from your so called "concern for the American people?" Where was your concern when Bush attcked Iraq when all the perpetrators of 9?11 were from Saudi Arabia? Where you too scared to attack the Saudi King or was it bad for your business? You republican hypocrates! can you not keep silence for your own sake?
    The Americans have at last started thinking for themselves and will not be told or brainwashed.

    January 7, 2010 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  6. Florida Joe

    Amazing really.......This guy thought the economy was strong while it was crashing down......HEY CLUELESS YOU LOST GET OVER IT

    January 7, 2010 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  7. Tim

    Awwwww poor Johnny forgot to take his meds again and still thinks he's running for president. Isn't that cute.

    January 7, 2010 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  8. Tony in Maine

    Oh, for Christ's sake, McCain.

    You are not the Second Coming or even the 20th. You are an old man who should have retired to the desert to count lizards or entertain the other old farts with war stories..

    This is about governance – a skill sadly absent in the Republican leadership.

    January 7, 2010 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  9. Bertina

    If it was McCain in office, we would be in the middle of WW3 with the invasion of Iran in January right after he took over the white house. No way do I care what that man thinks.

    January 7, 2010 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  10. Farensquare

    Can somebody please knock some sense into McCain's head and please tell him: It is time, please go away and thank you for serving your country.

    January 7, 2010 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  11. Darby

    That picture says it all: McCain is just a grumpy ole man without anything positive to offer this late in his checkered game. Where was his concern about government spending when Bush and the boys ran up their big deficits? Typical hypocritical Republican b.s.

    January 7, 2010 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  12. PJ

    Senator McCain: During your campaign for Presidency you indicated that economics was not your forte' . Is there any Republican who could have done better with the economy than Obama, given the mess he was left with by the Bush/Cheney administration and the GOP Congress.
    If you truly believe you speak in the best interests of the USA, please forget Party lines and be honest. You are known for this virtue.

    January 7, 2010 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  13. Matt

    I used to respect McCain, but he too has debased himself for political purposes. Shame on you John McCain, for terrorising citizens of their own president. You are now the enemies best friend against the american system.

    January 7, 2010 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  14. Harvey

    So McCain wants to wage war against the President while at the same time riding the P.O.W. pony into the ground. Common John. You had your chance and lost.

    January 7, 2010 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  15. Sam Ellison

    McCain used to be somewhat moderate. This is what partisan politics does. Mr McCain, if you have a problem with the President, work WITH him, instead of mouthing off to the press. He's more than willing to compromise if some member of the opposition would WORK with him. The lock-step defiance toward all Democrat-proposed legislation is what's hurting America, not some silly "crusade".

    January 7, 2010 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  16. Fenarkleman

    Uh? Really? And will you include Joe the Plumber in this "fight" too? Pretty lame.

    January 7, 2010 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  17. HEY CNN......

    McCain...you're just a sore loser!!!!!!!!

    January 7, 2010 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  18. Gpenn

    I would like to see the DNC dump a whole lot of money into the coffers of McCain's opposition.

    January 7, 2010 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  19. Walt

    We in Arizona are going to be seeing a ton of anti President Obama and Democratic rhetoric coming out of Senator McCain in the next year. He does this every time he has an election coming up as he does this year. This year he has 2 very very conservative opponents coming up (one of them Hayworth who lost out to Congressman Mitchell (D) in the last campaign. Most of what everyone will hear in the next year from Senator McCain is just to get re-elected.

    January 7, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  20. vdtcat

    Can you say "SORE LOSER"!!!!!!!!

    January 7, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  21. Kevin Denver Colorado

    "President Obama is leading an extreme, left-wing crusade to bankrupt America"–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
    This is the type of ignorant rant that makes republicans (not conservatives) look insane. LISTEN TO THE WORDS COMING OUT OF YOUR MOUTHS! Do you really believe that our president wants to bankrupt America? This would require a duplicitous and machiavellian plan worthy of a comic book super villain! Maybe you should run your 2012 candidates as "Super Sarah" and her sidekick the "Bachmann" with the mission of destroying the League of Evil.

    January 7, 2010 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  22. My2cents

    McCain, the only message you're sending is that you're a sore loser. Get over it already. Interesting how all of a sudden you're lining yourself up with the same Republicans who couldn't stand you before and threw you under the bus when you ran against Bush. Guess it just hurts a little more to lose to a black man, doesn't it McCain?

    January 7, 2010 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  23. dmd

    Way to go, Mr. McCain! Keep the pressure up, and best of luck with your upcoming campaign. I still wonder how our lives would have been changed for the better had you been elected to lead our nation.

    January 7, 2010 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  24. Saintdiva1

    Go home with rest of the older senators.

    January 7, 2010 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  25. Who do you trust?

    All McCain nows is waging war in one form or another.

    Remember when he froze his campaign to rush to Washington (not actually) so he could eventually participate in the biggest spending rampage ever?

    He's no political maverick standing on principle. He's just another politician.

    January 7, 2010 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
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