October 25th, 2007
11:14 AM ET
15 years ago

McCain launches new ad in New Hampshire

WASHINGTON (CNN) - To commemorate the 40th anniversary of his capture in North Vietnam, Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, released a new ad Thursday mocking Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-New York, for seeking federal funds for a museum commemorating the Woodstock concerts.

"A few days ago, Sen. Clinton tried to spend one million dollars on the Woodstock concert museum," McCain said. "Now my friends, I wasn't there. I'm sure it was a cultural and pharmaceutical event. I was, I was tied up at the time."

The ad, which will air in New Hampshire, shows original video of McCain tied up and injured as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam. The Republican presidential candidate originally made the joke during a debate in Florida last weekend.

McCain will honor the anniversary on Friday in Iowa with Colonel Bud Day, who cared for him during his imprisonment. McCain was a prisoner of war at the infamous "Hanoi Hilton" in North Vietnam for five and a half years.

–CNN Associate Producer Lauren Kornreich

Filed under: John McCain • New Hampshire
soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. Tim, Philly, PA

    I guess we shouldn't have any museums for events that McCain wasn't at. Woodstock is a major part of our cultural history. I am not saying spending $1 million on it is correct but she wasn't trying to fund a Jane Fonda memorial, so who cares if he wasn't at woodstock. Maybe your campaign would be more relevant if you focused on real issues instead of reminding us that your were a POW in Vietnam, eventually you have talk about real issues.

    October 25, 2007 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  2. pam Eugene OR

    I agree Dan. No good choices there. I can't wait for the voters to speak and make the polls look deaf, dumb and blind. They are really in for a surprise!

    October 25, 2007 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  3. John Reinking, Seattle, WA

    Once again an old horse can only fall back on his long ago war record to keep in the public media. He's a has-been wanna be candidate: always ready with criticism but never viable solutions. Only an older version of the bush presidency but without the power.

    October 25, 2007 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  4. Leticia, NY, NY

    Maybe he should consider being tied up again. His campaign might go better.

    October 25, 2007 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |