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. forty

    This country was three hundred feet under water last year when Obama took office. I'm not blaming Bush for all of the countries problems, but this thing was a drowned rat long before Obama took over. It remains to be seen what will happen to the country with the fixes that Obama is putting in place. I keep hearing people complaining about the deficit, their is no way it effects them in anyway. If Hannity or Glenn Beck get on TV and tell you your problems are from a run away deficit, they are wrong. The problem in this country is lack of education, and lack of opportunity. Long gone on the manufacturing jobs that this country prospered from for decades. We are in a transitional period of American History, things are going to take awhile to change. The GOP will get another shot at running this government soon enough, I'm sure even if Obama does everything right, the problems for this country will continue.

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

    Well it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure that out. Obama and the Democrats can't even try to deny they are bankrupting this country. The proof is in the pork filled spending. When will the media call out yet another lie from Obama? Still waiting for that line by line elimination of pork spending that Obama promised.........oh yeah, maybe he'll do that on C-Span as well.

    January 7, 2010 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  3. warren smith

    ohhh please give me a break

    January 7, 2010 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  4. Arlene, Illinois

    Here is a man who still thinks there are radio tubes in a computer.
    Oh buy the way he also picked Sarah Palin for his running mate.
    Enough said!

    January 7, 2010 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  5. David

    Character matters? McCain has shown us time and time again since losing the presidential election that he is actually a sociopathic, angry and fearful character with no sense of what 21st Century Americans are going through or want in a leader. Please just retire, Mr. McCain. Your century has passed and, sadly, you bring no sage wisdom that come from age that could justify your continued role in public policymaking. Like Zell Miller, you are a political psycho, Mr. McCain and I do not want you influencing my country any longer.

    January 7, 2010 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  6. Four and The Door

    Apparently about half of the Americans are in denial about who it is that pays for these government spending binges. Most of them probably assume that this is all coming out of the pockets of the wealthy or those big corporations whoever they are. Don't we all wish there were enough of both to do that. But there aren't.

    I have confidence in the people of Arizona to keep John McCain working for us in Washington.

    January 7, 2010 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  7. Comment

    Last I remember McCain was a prisoner so he did no fighting in any war, only got his buttocks whipped!!!!

    January 7, 2010 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  8. mark

    We need more John McCains and way less obamas in this world.

    January 7, 2010 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  9. RR in AZ

    We have the WORST two senators in the country! They do absolutely nothing for our state....

    January 7, 2010 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  10. Libertarian

    Sore loser I guess. Democracy is working. YOU LOST because the MAJORITY voted AGAINST you. So repubs need to stop whining and saying democracy didn't work. Sucks to be in the minority and have the MAJORITY executing their plan.

    January 7, 2010 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  11. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    Real Characters does matters!

    January 7, 2010 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  12. Ignorant Liberal

    Amen Mr. McCain.

    Even though you were a lame duck candidate, you would have been 100x better than the buffoon we have in there right now.

    January 7, 2010 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  13. Frederick in SC

    So, John, how's that strategy workin' for you?

    January 7, 2010 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  14. rorby

    The "bankrupt" part of the quote caught my eye. Isn't Mr. McCain the candidate who said our economy was so strong the day it started to tank? The republicans have already bankrupted our country both economically and morally. Sit down John, you are an embaressment.

    January 7, 2010 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  15. jayson1969

    Give me a break. Republicans are responsible for nearly all the current debt. From $1 tril to $4 tril under Reagan, $4 tril to $5 tril under Bush Sr., flat under Clintion, then from $5 tril to $11 tril under Bush Jr. When Bush was elected in 2000, Republicans seriously downplayed the deficit so they could pass tax cuts. If you think I'm making this up, just look at policies in the 2000 transition and read works by The Heritage Foundation at the time (especially "A Budget for America" in 2000).

    Now, Obama gets elected, and all of the sudden McCain and Republicans act like it's a huge deal. Hypocrisy.

    January 7, 2010 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  16. George

    Hey John, do you think maybe the republican tax cut during 2 wars may have had anything to do with it? Sorry John, you lost so that makes you a loser. Go hug and cry with JOHN BOEHNER!!

    January 7, 2010 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  17. GI Joe

    There he goes again - POW - he forgot to mention his part in the Keating 5 and deregulation that put this country in the crapper.

    He's senile at best, just plain stupid at worst.

    January 7, 2010 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  18. Lee

    Is it just me or was it the last administration that led the crusade to bankrupt America? Obama didn't start this mess, he just inherited it. Just another Washington wind bag (both the Dems and the Pugs have them) that's pushing his party brand more than actually caring for the people it's supposed to represent.

    January 7, 2010 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  19. Marla

    The Republicans have been throwing year long temper tantrums over their loss and have been doing very little to help this country to get back on the right track. McCain's new attempt only makes it even more obvious how he and his party are behaving like a bunch of crybaby's and cannot focus on the American people. I am so glad McCain and his party of NO did not succeed in taking this country down another four years of their lack of focus mess.

    January 7, 2010 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  20. Vivian McRae

    I 'm sick and tired of McCain touting his status as a P.O.W. as an Air Force veteran I can only imagine what he went through being held as a P.O.W., however this is getting old, how about all the others P.O.W'S who weren't as lucky as him and have yet to come home to their families, he never mentions them.

    January 7, 2010 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  21. gl, From Pittsburgh

    This loser still didn't learn from all this negative ads against President Obama in 2008. This loser needs to just go on in retirer. Hey, McCain your selection of Sara Palin is what is going to hurt you more then anything.

    January 7, 2010 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  22. SY

    John is a sore loser. He needs to get over it. Life is too short to spend time sulking over a loss for political office. He seems to "shrink" himself into a smaller and smaller person every day. He knows the best man won and that's hard to swallow.

    January 7, 2010 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  23. Laverne

    This old geezer is out of line and I hope he pays a price at the polls. I guess he thinks this is what the American people want to hear, but I hope it back fires on him. He is such a foney and a sell-out talking about he is standing up for Arizona and the American people, he is standing up for no one but himself. He would have been a loser as president and hopefully Arizonians are ready for a change and force this loser to retire.

    January 7, 2010 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  24. cartoon "character matters"

    We've got terrorists killing on U.S. Soil and McCain's launching attacks on our President? He needs his brain checked for dementia. This is the time for unity and not stupidity.

    January 7, 2010 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  25. Mr T

    I don't think it is a good idea to throw stones in glass houses. After the 8 year spending spree, increase in the national deficit, and starting a bogus war Mccain was all for- am I living in parralel universe different from Republicans? Just wondering.

    January 7, 2010 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
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