October 26th, 2007
02:00 PM ET
15 years ago

McCain defends use of Fox News clips in ads

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, has no plans to stop airing a campaign advertisement in New Hampshire despite a cease and desist letter from Fox News.

The ad shows McCain at a Fox News debate criticizing Democratic rival Hillary Clinton's sponsorship of a $1 million earmark for a new museum honoring the 1969 Woodstock music festival.

"I wasn't there. I'm sure it was a cultural and pharmaceutical event. I was tied up at the time," McCain says in the ad, referring to the five and a half years he spent in a North Vietnamese prisoner of war camp.

McCain was in Iowa on Friday to commemorate the 40th anniversary of his capture. When asked about the ad and Fox News' objection over it, McCain said he didn't understand why his campaign was singled out.

“I understand that the Giuliani campaign and the Romney campaign have both put up clips from the debate on their websites too,” McCain said. “So anyway, frankly, I don't get into that myself.”

McCain also acknowledged that his campaign is currently communicating with Fox News about the use of the clip.

–CNN Producer Xuan Thai

Filed under: Iowa • John McCain • New Hampshire
soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. 8 inches plus

    McCain is too smart and not right wing enough for Fox.

    October 26, 2007 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  2. w. endowed

    There goes that right wing Faux News again....

    October 26, 2007 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  3. A fan of 8 inches plus, FL

    I'm sure Fox News doesn't want to support McCain in any way- he's way too moderate for them.

    October 26, 2007 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  4. Formerly "The Joint Doctor" I love Bethel, NY

    Hey John, I was at Woodstock because I wasn't stupid enough to get roped into a BS war LBJ spearheaded based on lies and hegemonic ideology. I evaded his illegal draft and went to Canada coming back just long enough to enjoy the many sights, sounds and tastes of Woodstock.

    October 26, 2007 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  5. Karen,nj

    I CAN NOT STAND FOX. Now, did you see what mccain said on CNN. He said that he looks in Putin eyes and sees KGB. Putin is threatening us now. That little midget in Iran is prancing around like he is mr. untouchable. This whole situation is not good!

    October 26, 2007 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  6. Karen,nj

    CNN..I posted that comment without looking at the other comments first. Would you please move my comment to some other place real fast?

    October 26, 2007 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  7. Karen,nj

    CNN, no the 6:44 comment.

    October 26, 2007 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  8. Anonymous


    October 26, 2007 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  9. Leigh, Pa

    The clip explains why McCain is mentally unstable to be Commander in Chief.

    October 26, 2007 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  10. FT Doylestown,Pa

    WOW that's not good...so let me see ...if NBC,CBS,ABC,CNN
    and CNBC are Hillary's
    Fox has now gone for Rudy....
    America...this is a democracy?
    We better make the right picks and show the media...they don't control the American People. I don't care which side your on...we all are being LEAD by the MEDIA.
    Remember there's MORE OF US than the "ELITES".Get active for the guy you think should be President and Support... get involved!

    October 26, 2007 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  11. Ann ME

    CNN does not produce anything about Republicans that would be worth putting on their websites.

    October 27, 2007 02:00 am at 2:00 am |
  12. Bill, Streamwood, IL

    Hey Ann ME:

    You got it twisted around: Republicans rarely produce anything new that is worth putting on news websites.

    Republican ideas generally boil down to: liberals are commies; war is good (as long as my kids don't have to fight); poor people are loosers; taxes are bad; illegal immigrants are good for the economy because I don't have to pay them much to cut my lawn; we are a southern evangelical christian nation; and laws don't apply to everyone equally.

    I think that about sums it all up ... oh!, except for Republicans acting like Hillary Clinton is the anti-Christ.

    October 27, 2007 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  13. Bill, Streamwood, IL


    I forgot to add: guns are good. One of the few concepts in which I agree with conservative Republicans.

    October 27, 2007 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  14. Unknown

    What are you talking about guns for. Don't even think about it. All the people up here are arshole hunters.

    October 28, 2007 08:06 am at 8:06 am |
  15. Butch, Cassidy, British Columbia

    "Arshole"? Since you spelled it that way, I'm guessing you could be from the UK. If so, maybe that explains your odd generalization that everyone here must be a hunter.

    October 28, 2007 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |