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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soundoff (300 Responses)
  1. Ed Turner, Indianapolis

    Hey John who was that approving the spending of the bush/cheney years? Was it, wait for it.............. JOHN McCAIN?

    January 7, 2010 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  2. Beth, N. Texas

    McCain, I respect your service to our country–both in the military and in the government. However, you dropped the ball in 2008 when you picked an unvetted, unqualified candidate for VP. We know how you like to "fight", and with you as CIC, we'd probably be in more wars and be losing more soldiers. Maybe it's time for you to hang up the uniform, put away your weapons, and let someone else have a turn!

    January 7, 2010 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  3. Tim

    Too little, too late, Johnny.

    Had you had the balls to call Obama out during the campaign, you'd be president.

    January 7, 2010 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  4. wonders

    like he won the fight for presidency.....

    January 7, 2010 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  5. vwrtb

    Republicans are mostly responsible for our deficits period. Anybody that believes otherwise has not taken a political science class in the last 20 years... Change your depends dinosaur! And statistically speaking... You are more likely to get killed by your own mother than by a terrorist... True facts!

    January 7, 2010 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  6. white female

    John the Mack with a cain needs to go sit down and just shut up.
    We don't need all of his poor english talk, and all that hot old air circling around in the air of this country anymore.
    John, please cas in the chips and go to the desert like old airplanes.

    President mop the floor with your old behind, and went strraight to the White House Front door, not the back door, went in and ask George Bush Jr. to give up the KEYS. (case Closed) your behind is toast along with all the other old wacko big mouth lairs of the repubs party.
    you'll don't scare anybody with that fear mongering old man.
    President Obama/Biden for the next 16yrs or more people, we Dems want let it not happen ...SEE YAAA

    January 7, 2010 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  7. Robert

    I just can't believe it. This guy needs to retire. Why he did not fight agaist Bush. The crisis is thanks to his Republican party....8 years he wants Obama to Fix it in one year?

    January 7, 2010 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  8. rob wilson

    Just another example of the Republicans wanting to destroy America. You lost, Johnny. Your selection of the quitta from Wasilla sealed your fate. How about trying to protect America from terrorism and revive our economy instead of trotting out FOXNEWS talking points? You're a blight on America. Quit and go home.

    January 7, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  9. Moderate

    I guess we are to ignore the fact that we, the Democratic Party are trying to fix the bankrupting of America during the bush years. Every republican voted YES to any and everything that bush requested or ordered. They controled the house, senate, presidency and courts. The nation ended up in a 10 trillion dollar deficit and near deperssion. McCain was a part of that.

    President Obama won the election by Regan like numbers – 11 million votes (not a court order to stop counting mr. bush/mccain). We want to go in a different direction! Lets spend our money at home rather than throwing it away in a dust bowl like Iraq!

    No republican who served in congress or the senate at that time period can lecture any of us on fiscal responsibility or just plan responsibility.

    January 7, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  10. Karl in Charleston,SC

    John tells it like it is.

    January 7, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  11. Gary

    "My lot in life has been to wage war against wrong," ...unless of course it's adultery or associations with corrupts like Gordon Liddy.

    January 7, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  12. slkwly

    Wow...really? One would think that an aging, rich, adulturer like McCain would know when to say when-makes you wonder if his wife was not the only drug abuser in the house...

    January 7, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  13. RF-NJ

    Obama's policies have cushioned the blow of the mess made by Republicans. Now, unfortunately, Obama gets the blame for the cost of clean-up.

    January 7, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  14. Enough is Enought

    It is a shame we didn't a president with character like McCain. Instead we got a community organizer and chief who is nothing more than a puppet for the trial bar and unions.

    January 7, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  15. Jake

    Huh? It has always been "liberals" to "tax and spend" and "conservatives" to "borrow and spend". Obama didn't start the borrowing frenzy...where was McCain when both wars were funded by borrowing? Where was McCain when Reagan borrowed instead of taxed in order to fund government spending?

    January 7, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  16. Michael in Orlando

    I used to really like Senator McCain. He was a Maverick and we have similar experiences in Southeast Asia. I guess I still like him but I don't respect him the way that I used to.

    The President of the United States is the Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. armed forces and as far as the military seems to think, he is doing an admirable job.

    Why do all of the hard core of the right all want to STOP OBAMA. It seems very unamerican to me and I am torn every time I see someone with that opinion.

    I proudly wore the uniform for 4 years between 1968 and 1972. As a combat vet I deeply resent anyone trying to drag our country down as Senator McCain seems to be doing with these advertisements.

    Michael in Orlando

    January 7, 2010 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  17. Brian Berns

    ""I stand in [the president's] way every day." That's how John McCain defines his job.

    January 7, 2010 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  18. chelle

    What the heck does being a POW have to do with helping families in Arizona??? McCain is as bad as Guiliani....POW – a noun – a verb and I will continue to fight.... Do politicians EVER say what their plan is or just trash the other guy?

    January 7, 2010 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  19. Corey Gabriel

    McCain is still a grumpy, grandpa jerk. I hope he loses his election.

    January 7, 2010 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  20. Joe the Comment Leaver

    Bush bankrupted America. Obama got stuck with the mess. End of story.

    January 7, 2010 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  21. sandiegan

    Go away McJoke.

    January 7, 2010 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  22. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert, but...

    "John McCain is leading the fight against President Obama every day...."

    That says it all, doesn't it? It's all about fighting Obama no matter what the cost to the people. John "crash" McCain is a bitter little loser of a man. John, remember the healthcare plan you proposed during the campaign? It was similar to the one proposed at present and included massive cuts to medicare and medicaid over the next decade. Or maybe you can't remember because of the creeping Alzheimers. Hey John, how many terror suspects were tried in our criminal justice system under Bush? The answer is 114. 95 of them were convicted. Shut up, old man. Just think of how much worse off we'd be if this loose cannon and his bimbo running mate were in power now. Have a nice day!

    January 7, 2010 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  23. Preston k

    pkm mr obama cares about people he is tryhng to make this a better country if macaine was president we would spend all the money on the war remember what macaine said bomb bomb bomb iran

    January 7, 2010 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  24. jules sand-perkins

    Bully for Senator McCain!
    Bully for former Mayor Giuliani as well!
    As long as former Vice President Cheney is the only man with the courage to stand up and say that something is terribly wrong in the White House, his criticism can be laughed off by Kool-Aid hungover Democrats and persons of dependency holding out bowls for more of whatever anybody else is having, from truffles down to Beluga caviar.

    My country is shouting, "I want to live," as desperately as Susan Hayward from the gas chamber.
    Won't some other important leaders please open their mouths along with Cheney, his daughter, Giuliani, and McCain?

    January 7, 2010 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  25. Chas

    John McCain still doesn't realize he lost the election and unfortunately he is going to learn a lesson the hard way – the Amercian people are tired of his brand of politics. Maybe the people from Arizona will teach John that lesson in this next election. Sad way to end a career, John.

    January 7, 2010 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
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