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. Change In America

    Vote McCain out the office

    January 7, 2010 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  2. Dale

    Hmmm. Yeah. So – is there anyone sane wanting to run in Arizona?

    January 7, 2010 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  3. tim nyc

    John McCain should be honored for his service to America during the Vietnam war( which ultimately proved to be a fairly useless excercise in losing young American lives).

    But it's time for him to step away from politics. He lost his way years ago. And bringing that nut from Alaska to the dance was the biggest travesty of all.

    I wonder how John's first wife feels about his life. Research how he dumped her when she was battling cancer. Solid values.

    January 7, 2010 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  4. J. Rochester, NY

    Really?? Who was it that got us into 2 wars that we have spent trillions on??

    I don't remember him standing up to all the cash being thrown at defense contractors during Bush's reign? Where is this sudden concern for our financial well being coming from John? Oh that is right, it is nothing more than political grandstanding.

    What a bunch of garbage!

    January 7, 2010 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  5. Tom in Desoto, Tx

    Poor John McCain, he apparently refuses to realize he voted with for almost all of Bush's projects, over 90% of the time. During that time the republican lead congress, for the first 6 years, OUTSPENT the amount budgeted by over $5 trillion dollars, more than doubling what the nation incurred in the previoius 224 years. For years now McCain has continued to slip from reality. It's obvious he enjoys trying to mislead the country. As for his judgment...he choose Palin. That alone speaks volumes.

    January 7, 2010 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  6. RealAmerican

    Does anyone know (or care) who McCain is? Poor sad, old, John. Can anyone take someone who though Sarah Palin was qualified be taken seriously?

    January 7, 2010 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  7. kc moser

    Thanks for the reminder as to why this is great news that McCain lost his presidential bid.

    January 7, 2010 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  8. Tom in Desoto, Tx

    McCain should make an autobiographical movie "Grumpy Old Man"

    January 7, 2010 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  9. the Film Professor

    I would love to show McCain the photo in our paper last week of a rural free Saturday health clinic in Tennessee that happens once a year - thousands of people without health insurance waiting 8-10 hours to see a doctor because this was their only chance. This is America, not some third world country, and McCain and friends still spout this crap about our having "the best health insurance anywhere". Shame on him, his Repugnant Party allies, and all of us who have allowed this situation to exist in the USA.

    January 7, 2010 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  10. John Starnes Tampa Florida

    This from the guy who said "the fundamentals of the economy are strong" and then chose Palin as his running mate?

    January 7, 2010 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  11. Roger

    Bitter old man. Always fighting a war. Is it really a war on big government and spending, or is it the one still being fought inside- the anger over the defeat in Vietnam? I wonder.

    January 7, 2010 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  12. townna brown

    Please john where were all you guys when bush was about to bankrupty america now all yall coming out.Obamo came into a mess.

    January 7, 2010 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  13. Greg, San Francisco, CA

    Dear Arizona,

    Please kick this bum out of office.

    Thanks,
    The rest of the USA

    January 7, 2010 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  14. JimfromNewYork

    This from the man who said nothing about George W's economic "plan".

    This from the man who selected Sarah Palin to be his "running mate".

    May God bless President Obama.
    May God bless America.

    January 7, 2010 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  15. Joe Clark

    What do you interpret as moderation? Something less than the truth I surmise?

    January 7, 2010 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  16. Independant Vet

    Some one has to stop this run away train. Obama , instead of being at the Controlls , is in the Cabouse , playing with his Twitter ,
    Like John an many others have said , Who is going to pay for all this ?? We know the tax payers, a newborn minutes ago, will never live to see us out of debt.
    Also this is not going to go away , like Chicago politics. Right. China .

    January 7, 2010 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  17. djb

    don't you have anything better to do than be part of the problem john mccain?
    how about the high road for a change, or better yet why not silent retirement....far far away.

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

    Poor McCain. What little integrity he had went away with the election. And the man's in his cups. RIP.

    January 7, 2010 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  19. bdb

    are you guys serious? These are the same guys that gave Bush the OK for huge TAX CUTS, Deregulations, Iraq, Incentives to Corparations to take Jobs Overseas, and called it (aGLOBLE ECONOMY) and put millions of Americans out of work, NO BID Contract to HOLIBURTON, Blackwater. And the list goes on. Millions are still missing from some of these contracts and have been swept under the rug. Some of you want to put the same people back in office that helped cause the mess we are in? You blame the curent PREZ for our woes, even though he is trying to fix it. One thing is true of our people in this Country. We forget easily, we don't learn from history, most of us are selfish and think we are entitaled.

    January 7, 2010 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  20. David, CA

    Keating 5 anyone? How much did your "bad judgement" (ie SHADY) cost American Taxpayers Mr. McCain? 200 Billion THATS how much. I'm afraid you have NO credibility here sir.

    January 7, 2010 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  21. MikeTo

    Progressives new ad: Republicans leading "crusade to wipe out the middle and the people who are not the same as they are"

    January 7, 2010 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  22. Larry

    McCain lost big time to Obama. He is sour grapes. Not what you expect of a true statesman.

    January 7, 2010 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  23. janice brooks

    I believe John McCain is still mad he lost. I think the ad is all politics
    and not who McCain is really all about. I also feel that his party see him as somewhat of an outcast since the election. He is doing his best to please them.

    Remember John McCain voted for the stimulus and he also wants real immigration change. I guess a primary can change a lot ideas if you think you are going to loose again.

    Janice
    Mobile Al

    January 7, 2010 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  24. Danny Cali

    Sorry John you are the loser.

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

    So what's your plan for getting out of this economic mess, McCain? Where were you when Bush was sending this country down the drain?Words are cheap.

    January 7, 2010 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
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