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. Joanne

    Please Arizona, vote this man OUT OF OFFICE! He is pathetic.

    January 7, 2010 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  2. Ken in NC

    McCain is scared that President Obama may take a couple of his homes and give to the homeless. I respect Senator McCain as he is one of our war heros, however, his time like Senator Dodds time has come and gone and he should do the same.

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

    Funny how McCain can make this claim when Additions to National Debt from 2001- 2008 rose 7 times the amount it was in 200, under the so called "great days of BUSH" and I am sure McCain voted for the increases.

    2001 – $144.5 billion
    2002 – $409.5 billion
    2003 – $589.0 billion
    2004 – $605.0 billion
    2005 – $523.0 billion
    2006 – $536.5 billion
    2007 – $459.5 billion
    2008 – $1017.0 billion (estimated)

    January 7, 2010 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  4. iamus

    I do like John McCain but, if he were a maverick he would stand up to his own party once in a while.

    January 7, 2010 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  5. Wanda

    I truly wish this jerk would retire or something – doesn't he have something he could be doing - geezzzzzzz

    January 7, 2010 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  6. Vincent

    I thought Obama's crusade was to convert everyone to Islam? I guess we'll add bankrupting America to the list of evil that Obama is trying to accomplish. I hope the next ad will point out that Obama is related to the Xmas Underwear Bomber and that Obama was really sad he didn't blow up the Delta plane and kill some infidel Christians.
    Arizonans should be proud that McCain got his butt kicked in November but is still fighting evil Kenyans and their plans to destroy the US of A.

    January 7, 2010 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  7. Dan, TX

    But that is simply not true. McCain voted for the bailouts. Most economists and realists have said unemployment would be much worse without the stimulus. You can argue it is worth having 25% unemployment to keep the budget deficit low. But be a man and admit the economy would be much, much, much worse right now without the stimulus, however, you think it would be worth it to keep the deficit low. That's honest.

    January 7, 2010 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  8. Gerald West

    The man never learns anything. "Massive spending at the worst possible time"? Yeh, to avert an economic disaster brought on by years of McCain’s and his fellow "conservatives" failure to regulate banking and insurance. He supported the massive bailout plan in late 2008, now he pretends to be outraged.

    McCain's belligerence is just a lot of shadow boxing. His latest “fight” is to save his constituents from health care. The man is obviously senile. But, come to think of it he never did anything useful in government when he had his wits.

    January 7, 2010 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  9. who cares

    Look old man.....you are dilusional and perhaps have a bit dimentia. Please just retire and let someone else have an opportunity to make some real changes – perhaps someone who won't become a career Senator..............

    January 7, 2010 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  10. The Lonely Libertarian of Liverpool NY

    How many years has John Mc Cain been in congress? he sure hasn't cut spending in all of those decades why should anyone believe he is willing to shrink the debt now?
    Think before voteing this election, if they are in put them out no matter what party! And vote third party when ever you can. This two party system is a scam, we need three,four, five party choices going forward. I made my choice, but go Green party, go Pro choice party, Go pro life party, go anywhere but to these two corrupted major parties.

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

    What a looser from the party of NOT go away looser you are not only a looser you have already lost it.
    Do must need Lieberman puppet to fallow along and help you?

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

    Yeah, seeing as how you haven't been a POW for 40 years, I suggest you turn that spigot off.

    Obama is trying to clean up a mess the repbulicans made. He has been in office for less than a year.

    Last I remember, a republican president wasn't at fault for the lapses that led to 9/11 because he was in office for less than a year. Why not extend the same courtesy to Obama?

    And hey, railing against a sitting president is unpatriotic, right?

    January 7, 2010 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  13. A republican

    You got to spend money to make money John, it's called investing. What do you propose... tax cuts? Well, this whole mess is partially because we cut taxes and spent so much money in Iraq and Afghanistan. We waged two wars without having the means to pay for them. People don't work for free John. If you want to drop bombs, people have to be paid to make them.

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

    I am so tired of Republicans who bankrupted our country blaming Obama for their devastation. We are in the worst financial crisis in 80 years all caused by Republican fiscal policies. They drained our treasury by giving tax breaks to the rich and piloting two wars using a credit card. It is astounding that anyone today would elect a Republican for their fiscal restraint

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

    "Character matters"–ironic words from the man responsible for unleashing the inane and unethical pit bull Sarah Palin on the world. He should crawl away with his tail between his legs and let people with real vision and character lead the way out of this mess.

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

    McCain is a beady eyed vindictive old man.It's not suprising that he was at the bottom of his graduating class at Annapolis.His specialty now is sour grapes and crepe paper hanging.

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

    I once thought of John McCain as a man of integrity and courage. Alas, his courage seems to be physical only – he clearly withstood horrific torture – but not moral as he has flip flopped relentlessly to stay in the good graces of the worst curmudgeons of the right. We must be grateful that he will never rise any higher than he is now.

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

    McCain is starting to become as irrelevant as Dick Cheney. Maverick or moron?? Seems pretty clear...

    January 7, 2010 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  19. Scott O'Canada

    That's right John, in one short year your country went from the penthouse to the outhouse. YOUR party put YOUR country on the brink of insolvency, not Obama and the Democrats. Just wish someone in YOUR party had the mental fortitude to at least admit some culpability from your end and quit wishing for the economic tooth fairy to come save your collective arses.

    January 7, 2010 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  20. WV Gal

    This is why I would not vote for him if I lived in Arizona. The fact that the Republicans, the party of "NO", have not worked to come to a workable solution for America with the Democrats. The Republicans are too busy saying no to try to work with other to come to solutions for our problems and are only roadblocks in getting progress made after 8 years of callous neglect.

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

    I seem to remember that during his run for the Oval Office, one of the things he stressed was the need for bi-partisan relationships. If, as the ad says, McCain is "leading the fight against President Obama every day" then he's not a maverick, he's a hypocrite.

    January 7, 2010 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  22. S Callahan God help America!

    Is this conincidential to other media sites offering up the historic words of Osam Ben Laden (sp) saying he would 'destroy the country from within'. We are not going to be bankrupt as a country if we, as citizens, step up to the plate and demand our voices are heard loud and clear. Stop being cowards!

    January 7, 2010 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  23. tjaman

    Oh jeez ... Old Man McCain saw some kids on his lawn again ...

    January 7, 2010 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  24. no need to know

    John McCain is a fake and a snake and should not be trusted as he isn't by anyone who has intelligence.

    January 7, 2010 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  25. David

    The Bush Administration is the one who led us to the edge of bankruptcy, and that is simply a fact. Even the original massive TARP bailout was started under Bush's watch; it's Hank Paulson's baby. Ironically, that bailout and stimulus effort was probably the first smart thing the Bush team did economically to stop the bleeding that they had started over 8 years. Does McCain realize that there was ZERO job growth during the eight years of Bush? ZERO! And, as we all recall, McCain voted WITH Bush policies over 90 % of the time. John, sit down and shut up.

    January 7, 2010 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
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