McCain gets tough on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in a new South Carolina radio ad.
COLUMBIA, South Carolina (CNN) - Sen. John McCain's campaign, sensing new momentum after a slew of high-profile endorsements, is up with a new radio ad in South Carolina that attacks Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid for saying in April that the war in Iraq is "lost."
McCain's first ad in the state it echoes two familiar themes from his stump speech: that Democrats in Congress lack resolve on military matters, and that McCain is the most electable Republican in the presidential race.
"Seven months ago, Democrat majority leader Harry Reid said the war in Iraq was lost," the ad begins. "Well, he was wrong."
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, McCain's most prominent booster in the state, speaks for the majority of the spot, saying "the troop surge is working" and that "we need a president prepared to win."
Graham says "no candidate can match his record of service" and that McCain is "the only Republican who can beat Hillary Clinton in the general election."
The ad is another signal that the Arizona senator's campaign is stepping up its efforts here in advance of the January 19 Republican primary - a contest that will be crucial for him were he to win the New Hampshire primary a week earlier.
A McCain spokesman said the ad buy amounts to "1,000 spots over a concentrated period" and that it's the beginning of a “larger advertising program" in the state.
- CNN South Carolina Producer Peter Hamby