January 7th, 2010
05:00 PM ET
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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. Marcus in Greensboro, NC

    If I hear one more old politician speak against things the country wants I will go crazy. We need term limits for congress. Will somebody PLEASE, PRETTY PLEASE support term limits on the people in Congress? Times change, and things have to change along with them. A dollar does not go as far as it did in McCain's day and things are going to cost more. Every time I go get gas I realize that and I am only 27 today. I remember when gas was $1/gallon, and I remember paying that in between the ages of 16-18 so if your perception is still in the '60s and '70s on the way things are today you need to retire. If you do not want to retire at least go live amongst people on Main St. and see what we spend every day.

    January 7, 2010 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  2. CBR

    Mr. McCain has not stood up for the American people. If he had we would have had health care reform many years ago. Regardless of party every American should stand up for those who do not have health care. If you work you should be entitled to some form of health care.

    Mr. McCain knows that the minimum wage earner cannot afford health care and in most cases his employer cannot afford to offer it. Where has he been for all of his years in Congress.

    It is easy to criticize but still harder to lead.

    By the way I have written to Sen. McCain and never received a reply. Rhetoric is easy. Solving the problem is harder. The Republicans want the rhetoric but refuse to solve problems.

    January 7, 2010 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  3. What???

    You cannot be serious! where were you when Bushco had the country on a spiral towards the sewer?

    Hypocrits one and all these republicans

    January 7, 2010 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  4. Susan

    Spare me please......

    January 7, 2010 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  5. linda

    One more thing McCain:

    YOU LOST

    OBAMA WON!

    January 7, 2010 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  6. annie s

    McCain, whether because he's a sore loser or whether just because he's losing it, has become ridiculous. Let's see, he was all for money for war (any war, John seems to like them all) and didn't care that Bush was bankrupting America. Now that Obama had to spend money to save America from financial collapse, spending money is wrong. And reducing the deficit is apparently also wrong, as he is against the Senate health care bill that would be the largest deficit reduction act in history. Time to retire John.

    January 7, 2010 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  7. Bill

    Good Work for John McCain! He would have made 100x the president Barry EVER will. The Democrats are FINISHED come election time! Barry will be your Bush!

    January 7, 2010 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  8. yougottabekidding

    I know that McCain would have liked to follow the Herbert Hoover model in response to the Bush economic collapse, but instead of saying "...today's massive spending at the worst possible time," he should have said "...at the best possible time" since private sector spending plummeted and needed to be supplemented by public sector spending. Instead of saying "...extreme, left-wing crusade to bankrupt America," he should have referenced the right-wing crusade that nearly plunged the entire world into economic chaos and is now being repaired by a left-wing crusade to undo the tremendous damage wrought by McCain and his fellow Republicans. We should no longer vote people into office like McCain, who finished 5th from the bottom of his class at the Naval Aacademy. "Character matters" should be his opponent's slogan given McCain's history of corruption and questionable associations.

    January 7, 2010 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  9. DarhtVader

    Old man your powers are weak.

    January 7, 2010 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  10. Steve

    So, if I understand this correctly, Senator McCain's sole purpose in the senate is to oppose President Obama's policies? I would have thought it was to do what is right for the people of Arizona (...and hopefully America, as well!).

    January 7, 2010 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  11. Robrob

    "Obama leading crusade to bankrupt America?"

    Too late, Bush(43) already led that crusade and "won."

    January 7, 2010 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  12. John Boehner is like Cleopatra, only he bathes in Cheetos

    Do you think Sarah will ride in on her white horse and save John? The two of them can then ride off into the sunset together spreading lies and hate where there isn't any.

    January 7, 2010 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  13. JJP

    John McCain and rest of the GOP give it a break, "You lose the Election." Don't forget you sign off on the stimulus bill. GOP is definitely the party of "No, No, No."

    January 7, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  14. David F

    This from the man who pushed so hard for the bail out package that was being cobbled together during 2008's election cycle...HAH!

    January 7, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  15. kincas

    "maverick who stands on principle"...

    Hey be a maverick for the poor this time...

    January 7, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  16. Boytjie

    Where was John the Crusader McCain in the Bush years?

    January 7, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  17. Laurella Desborough

    This is dishonorable behavior on the part of John McCain. Here is a man who stood tall for straight shooting, and now he is targeting the President. That makes no sense. Can this be called patriotic behavior?? And when it comes to banking, McCain should remember that HE was a part of the Savings and Loan Scandals where bankers took the life savings from retired seniors who were left penniless as a result. He should also remember that the US has a terrible deficit due to funding the long war in Iraq. President Obama went into office with many problems hanging over the presidency which are not going to be cured in a year. It would be more evidence of CHARACTER if John McCain were to find a way to work with the President, not attack him.

    January 7, 2010 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  18. Chris Kirkpatrick

    I respect John McCain even though I did not vote for him, but this just seems to be inflamatory nonsense people wave around to get elected.

    January 7, 2010 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  19. Dan

    what a joke..Mr. "the economy is strong" during the campaign in 2008 is now Mr. Spendthrift. You had your chance John McCain. You sold out during the GOP Campaign for President and have no credibility left.

    January 7, 2010 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  20. concerned citizen

    It is real war between the republican party and the President. Let's face it, the taliban wing of the republican party will not let a black man work!!. Before they were the extremistsl ones, the Limbaugh's De mint's and Fox TV, now even the Dinosuarus like the McCain's have joined the party of NO. They could regain the majority but ultimately it is the country that will suffer much more than the 8 years of Cheney and the incompetency of Bush. After all we are paying for their incompetency and one years can erase 8 years of misguided policies.

    January 7, 2010 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  21. Samurai Cowboy

    Former President George W. Bush has already bankrupted America, financially and morally. President Obama can not even begin to top that. John McCain needs to retire and go to a Assisted Care facility so that they can help him with his neurosis.

    January 7, 2010 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  22. Sauron

    Little late on the ads.

    January 7, 2010 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  23. ran

    Keep it up GOP and you will lose big time in 2010/2012. If you have not got it yet, we do not want the same fear/hate/obstructionism and purist attitude of the past.

    We want solutions to our problems most of which happen when you were in charge for 8 yrs.

    People either vote for a true Democrat or an Independent in 2010/2012 and tell the Republicans no more.

    January 7, 2010 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  24. Benedict Arnold

    Obama, McCain...what's the difference? They're both shills for Big Jew.

    January 7, 2010 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  25. Action Now

    McCain thinks the economy is sound, why do anything to change it? Of course, with 9 or 10 houses, how would he really know what's happening on main street anyway?

    January 7, 2010 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
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