January 7th, 2010
05:00 PM ET
4 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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  1. Tea Party Sheep . . .

    McCain is a bitter, sore loser, who used to be an American hero.

    January 7, 2010 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  2. EMMA

    Dude!!!! The GOP already bankrupt America.

    January 7, 2010 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  3. jim deluco

    Pretty extreme comments from McCain. If he really feels that Obama's INTENT is to bankrupt America, then he should move for impeachment. This is no more than more scare and bluster.

    January 7, 2010 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  4. Joe Clark

    Senator McCain, your time as representative of the American people has come to an end. As a fellow Vietnam veteran I have the greatest respect for your outstanding record of bravery and valor. As a leader of the Republican party, however, you represent the party that symbolizes pure,uncompromising partisan politics; to the max. The Republican party no longer has any sense of direction whatsoever, and sadly sir, your lack of leadership has contributed to this dire situation.

    January 7, 2010 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  5. LouisianaToo

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

    Wonder where Mr. McCain was thinking when we all found out Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11? He continued his desire to wage a war that has not only cost a trillion dollars but even more valuable- 3500 American lives!

    January 7, 2010 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  6. a health economist

    No Senator McCain. The worst possible time for government spending is during an economic boom because it crowds out private spending and it adds to the national debt in a time when taxes should be paying off the debt. The best time for a government spending is during a recession to fill in for the decreased private spending and prevent a tailspin in the economy.

    If you were serious about tackling the national debt, and not just interested in attacking Obama, you'd point out that the largest portion of government spending goes towards services such as Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security. Please remind me the last time you recommended that these programs be cut back on.

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

    too late! we were already bankrupt, no thanks to YOUR party Mr. McCain, and thanks again for Palin, the gift that just keeps giving!

    January 7, 2010 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  8. FEDFL

    Those poor people in Arizona, shackled under the yoke of a corrupt thieving lying right-wing facist like McCain.

    January 7, 2010 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  9. T'SAH from Virginia

    "...McCain's time as a POW during the Vietnam War, saying McCain continues to fight to this day."

    John McCain – YOU LOST the presidency fighting with this same cause!!! You truly are a MAVERICK in your own head and NO ONE else cares!!! You fought a war – and you should be proud of that and others may feel proud for you!! BUT, you are NO LONGER in the war and instead of still fighting a GHOST, make suggestions as to what needs to be done in the WH to make the economy and health care BETTER – Jeez!!!

    January 7, 2010 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  10. Bdc829

    John McCain and his other GOP buddies need to shut up. Why can't people just let the president run the country without people getting on his case. I'm in High School and people were so upset over the stimulus package and how it's bad, but it save our county school system from the budget shortfall. Now next year we have to make cuts from $60 million to $20 million to spend on our schools. We have the biggest school system in VA 65 schools.

    January 7, 2010 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  11. Bedtime for Obonzo

    Go John! Brace for incoming snarky, condescending, insulting, and misspelled comments from Obamabots!

    January 7, 2010 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  12. John Boehner is like Cleopatra, only he bathes in Cheetos

    As I recall, McCain admitted he had no understanding of economics. It appears he hasn't learned much in the last year either.
    The only principle that McCain can stand on, is the principle of standing up for health insurance giants and big business.
    In the end, I am sure he will be dumped by Arizonians for being for closing GITMO before he was agains it, for being for cap and trade before he was against it, being against torture before he was in favor of it.

    January 7, 2010 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  13. Bill

    The truth has become that McCain does stand in the way every day,...in the way of progress and bi-partisan compromise. Where once he was considered a maverick and a straight shooter who would even stand against his own party if he believed it was the right thing to do; he has now succombed to the political rigors of party lines and full fledged us vs. them partisanship. Maverick, in truth no longer applies to him. My wish is that John would stop the do anything, say anything rheotric epitomized in his last campaign, and get back to the true issues and work that got him into politics in the first place.

    January 7, 2010 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  14. Steve L New Jersey

    Gramps seems to have forgotten that he voted for that bank bailout last year-how convenient. Just another obstructionist putting his party ahead of his country. How about trying to work with this president instead of trying to score politcal points.

    January 7, 2010 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  15. florida indep

    McCain is neglecting to say that the reason the democrats are spending us into the poorhouse is because he and the rest of the conservative/republican bunch that controled congress and the white house spent us into the worst recession since the great depression. Vote Republican and change what crooks are shoveling money to their family and friends. The democrats are no better or worse than the republicans just a different bunch of pseudomoral crooks with only their self interest a heart. I'm looking for a change I can believe in...ridding our nation of self serving political parties.

    January 7, 2010 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  16. RBS

    McCain's may be the sourest grapes in history.

    "Character matters" indeed.

    McCain's character, as it turns out, is just that of another opportunist politician.

    "President Obama is leading an extreme, left-wing crusade to bankrupt America."

    How is it "maverick" to jump on the Tea Party bandwagon, rather than to work to find solutions?

    What a sad joke.

    January 7, 2010 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  17. Dona Hurley

    Where was John's voice during the prior 8 years when this deficit was amassed?

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

    If his life is waging war that is wrong, why did the Republicans play terrorists and go into Iraq ? Why did they drop Afghanistan where the enemy was. Pretty hard to just say words when you have done the opposite. And the POW crap is so freaking old and overdone and true mavericks do not keep bragging about themselves and their POW experiences.If this man truly stood on principle as he states, why did he put the biggest liar of 2009 on his ticket for Presidency and prove to the world it was the biggest blunder in political history ? I would never ever trust this man again and I am pretty certain Arizona feels the same way.

    January 7, 2010 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  19. AndyBlue

    Quite the "songbird". McCain ha no right to talk about anyone else when he pushed that lipstick dipstick Palin onto the national scene. Talk about poor judgement and bad decision making.

    Republicans...still nothing but obstruction and critisizm and they still have no idea where they went wrong. Pathetic.

    January 7, 2010 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  20. Sarah

    John McCain is a true American hero.

    January 7, 2010 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  21. justme

    Who is he kidding, the man doesn't have a moral bone in his body. He spreads lies and innuendoes and lies out his backside.

    January 7, 2010 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  22. J.R.

    On the issue of John McCain against Obama on many or all issues.

    McCain is such a loser and self serving BAFOON. Watched him during the Presidential campaigns. This guy does nothing but attacks everything about Obama. He sure didn't offer any constructive solutions on many issues. The only positive coming out of him: "I'm happy to be here". Of course you got the best job and health care, MORON!

    January 7, 2010 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  23. silencedogood

    McCain is absolutely right that President Obama's policies are going to bankrupt the country. I just wish there were a few more quality republican candidates to deliver it. Not that the Dems are better, but I don't see McCain running again or winning if he did.

    January 7, 2010 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  24. Joe Clark

    The Republican party no longer has any sense of direction. Senator McCain, what can you do to get your fellow Republicans back on track?

    January 7, 2010 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  25. JN

    And this is why democracy in the US is corrupt. Everything is based around winning their elections, that's all they care about unfortunately. Dems won't agree with GOP and the GOP won't agree with Dems, because if one admits the other has done something right.. their campaign is affected. Maybe Americans should stop looking down on everyone else and fix their own battered nation before there is a civil war.

    January 7, 2010 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
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