January 7th, 2010
05:00 PM ET
5 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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soundoff (300 Responses)
  1. The Real Tom Paine

    What sane government puts a tax cut and dramatically increases expenditures in wartime?

    The answer is:

    Any government run by the GOP. We've already had massive spending at the worst possible time, coupled with abdicating any form of oversight. The point you don't see being articulated by anyone in the GOP is how they would do things differently. The mobs of Tea Party Activists would pale in comparison next to the hordes of formerly middle-class people who would be ransacking DC if McCain had won.

    Get used to this idea, people: the crusade to bankrupt America was launched by conservatives in 1980, and the title of its theme was " Supply-Side".

    January 7, 2010 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  2. Bloefeld

    McCain stands in his way alright, along with every other Republican obstructionist. His 'maverick' mantle is a complete falsehood and he has done nothing to move the ball forward on behalf of the American people. Please, people of Arizona, vote this guy out of office.

    January 7, 2010 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  3. linda in PA

    I thought Bush already did the bankruptcy thing.

    January 7, 2010 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  4. Papasan

    John take a nap. Now!

    January 7, 2010 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  5. AJP

    It appears John has diarahea of the mouth.

    John just talks to hear him self talk.

    January 7, 2010 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  6. donttreadonme

    It is about time! Go McCain!

    January 7, 2010 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  7. Michael Martinez

    Nothing ever changes in Washington.

    January 7, 2010 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  8. disgusted

    So glad to hear that instead of trying to help, you are fighting against our president every day! Maybe if you're re-elected you can once again vote yourself a tax cut so it can trickle down to the rest of us! Thanks several million, John!

    January 7, 2010 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  9. Hate Republicans

    Screw you McCain, I hope you die

    January 7, 2010 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  10. marymary4868

    Get a new gig McCain that boat sailed over a year ago!

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

    Somehow I remember McCain saying 'the fundamentals of the economy are strong' in Fall 2008 when it was in complete shambles. Anyone else?

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

    Sorry, John, as usual you're a little slow on the uptake. Your party already succeeded in bankrupting America.

    January 7, 2010 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  13. Truth Teller

    McCain taking a lesson from Palin, now that's rich.

    January 7, 2010 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  14. CommonSense09

    Now I really thought McCain who make an annoucement of retirement this week as well....I guess he likes making a fool of him self rather than helping our President turn this mess around left by his friend, Bush.....

    January 7, 2010 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  15. Tony in Fremont, Ca.

    Wrong John...you're losing your bearings again. If one spends and completely provides tax cuts (Charging it to America's deficit) versus spends and pay taxes (pay as you go).....economic bankruptcy with higher National debts always prevails with constant tax cuts. History has always shown us this since Reagon left office. Compare the National deficit everytime a Democratic or Republican President left office up to present day. So....what makes you thing you're the authority on the subject of fiscal responsibility with your present ideology John??? You're not really qualified to talk about economical philosophy when you're party represents bankruptcy for everyone but the rich.............

    January 7, 2010 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  16. Ben

    Man. McCain is starting to sound like Dick Cheney. What happened to the "middle" of the Republican Party?

    The most absurd thing is hearing conservatives talk about deficits as a bad thing. We all know that Reagan/Bush/Bush ran absurd deficits. To paraphrase Dick Cheney, "Reagan taught us that deficits don't matter." Hearing Republicans talk about fiscal responsibility is like listening to Hitler lecture on humanitarian aid.

    The Republicans need a new attack on Obama.

    For one... Obama's not a socialist. His proposed 42% tax rate is lower than the 50% rate Reagan proposed in 1980...and it stayed at 50% for 7 years of Reagan's presidency. Apparently Reagan was a socialist.

    And Obama's not any more irresponsible financially than Republicans are. If you're worried about the deficit, you can't vote for Democrats *or* Republicans.

    January 7, 2010 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  17. suzy

    Why didn't you take some "bruising" when Bush was president and stop HIM from putting us in this mess!

    how quickly we forget!
    how we love to pass blame!

    January 7, 2010 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  18. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    Stupid McCain! Your old pal Bush already did that before he finished his "reign of error."

    January 7, 2010 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  19. Benn

    "My lot in life has been to wage war against wrong....."

    Except of course, when it benefits Mavericks and Bankers that I'm personally acquainted with.....

    January 7, 2010 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  20. Gary

    Same old Republican talking points. He never says what He has done or what He WILL do. Just try's to tear down his opponent. typical Repub. Nothing positive.
    He also say's " I stand In His way whenever I can" Seems to be the Republican way. Poor old buzzard, just doesn't get it.

    January 7, 2010 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  21. hobart

    How can McCain be so hopelessly clueless. Republicans bankrupted American with bogus wars, tax cuts, and record levels of borrow and spend. Their utter misplaced faith that only free markets can work allowed what would have been the next Great Depression, were it not for the two stimulus packages: Bush's and Obama's.

    The Bush administration inherited a surplus and 8 years later gave us an economy in collapse, yet now with their typical revisionism, they have the audacity to blame it all on Obama.

    Why do Republicans hate America?

    January 7, 2010 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  22. Pat in IL

    Somebody needs to let this has-been know that he is not only out of reality, but also dangerous for the nation by being so divisive.

    January 7, 2010 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  23. snowdrop

    John, John!!! It's time for you to take down your "shingle" from the wall you have stared at for far to long on Capital Hill! I sincerely hope and pray you will lose your bid for 2010!! There comes a time when "old men" need to retire! And you happen to be one of them!!

    January 7, 2010 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  24. Bob

    He's up against a challenger who could deliver a knock out punch to his political career. He's running scared and needs to puff up and beat his chest. More scare tactics from the Republican mud slinging right. I also hope people in Arizona will remember that this is the same man who was going to put Sarah Palin a heartbeat away from the Presidency.

    January 7, 2010 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  25. Ben Obire

    When will McCain every shutup? Grumpy old man... where was he when the drunken sailor BUSH was running us over the cliff?

    January 7, 2010 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
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