December 19th, 2007
12:19 PM ET
9 years ago

McCain ad touts Iraq surge success

(CNN) - John McCain’s campaign has released a new television ad in the Granite State that calls attention to the Arizona senator’s early support for the troop surge in Iraq, and highlights his consistent stands in the face of criticism.

"One man warned us we were failing in Iraq, and told us how we could turn things around,” says the announcer in the 30-second spot, titled "Not Easy."

"More troops and a different strategy. He took a lot of heat, but he stood by what he knew was right. Today that strategy is working."

McCain himself says, "I didn't go to Washington to win Mr. Congeniality. I went there to serve my country."

"One man does what's best for America,” says the announcer. “Not what's easy."

Filed under: John McCain • New Hampshire
soundoff (33 Responses)
  1. Independent in IA

    I still believe in the Tooth Fairy, too.

    McCain's 'consistant stand' is doing nothing but getting more troops killed and wounded while further indenturing this nation to China to pay for it.

    He SHOULD have said, "I didn't go to Washington to win Mr. Congeniality. I went there to ill-serve my country."

    December 20, 2007 06:17 am at 6:17 am |
  2. Jose Card

    "The surge is working we are getting closer and closer to controlling Iraqi oil." – THOMAS BILLIS, las vegas nv.

    If you use electricity, drive a car or heat your house, you probably should not criticize our government for going around the world to collect oil for you. You can't honestly complain about any gasoline or heating oil price hike as you post this message with a computer that needs electricity to run.

    Alternative energy is the long-term solution, which requires a better education in math, physics and chemistry. We can also lower emission as we reduce dependence on foreign oil.

    December 20, 2007 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  3. Charles Eppler, Keyport, NJ

    Thu Dec 20 2007 10:56:57 ET

    Just weeks away from a possible surprise victory in the primaries, Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz has been waging a ferocious behind the scenes battle with the NEW YORK TIMES, the DRUDGE REPORT has learned, and has hired DC power lawyer Bob Bennett to mount a bold defense against charges of giving special treatment to a lobbyist!

    McCain has personally pleaded with NY TIMES editor Bill Keller not to publish the high-impact report involving key telecom legislation before the Senate Commerce Committee, newsroom insiders tell the DRUDGE REPORT.

    The paper's Jim Rutenberg has been leading the investigation and is described as beyond frustrated with McCain's aggressive and angry efforts to stop any and all publication.


    The drama involves a woman lobbyist who may have helped to write key telecom legislation.

    The woman in question has retained counsel and strongly denies receiving any special treatment from McCain.

    Rutenberg, along with reporter David Kirkpatrick, has been developing the story for the last 6 weeks.

    Rutenberg had hoped to break the story before the Christmas holiday, sources reveal, but editor Keller expressed serious reservations about journalism ethics and issuing a damaging story so close to an election.

    McCain campaign officials Rick Davis, Charlie Black and Mark Salter are also said to have met with the NEW YORK TIMES in an effort to halt publication.


    December 20, 2007 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  4. George, SC

    Chuck in Jax, FL,

    Tell me the political progress that's been made since the surge. I'm very curious to hear what they are. And don't lie like McCain.

    December 20, 2007 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  5. Kate, State College, PA

    All anyone knows how to do anymore is CRITICIZE!!! You hear it on the Left and on the Right. Not one of these comments slandering McCain has given any sort of solution for the problems. DO you actually believe that electing another Slick Willy snake oil saleswoman or man will automatically make the country better? NO. There is no Instant gratification in fixing things or in fixing base-superstructures in countries. Maybe if more of you would have paid more attention in HIGH SCHOOL HISTORY CLASS, you would understand. But I guess, most of all like to esteem rock stars and celebrities over the everyday hard working American. This is what I think – Pull your heads out of the hole and realize that CHANGE requires COMMITMENT. It doesn't just change overnight. And Isolationism is NOT the answer.

    December 20, 2007 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  6. RealityKing

    The Iraqi political process this year has been on par with our own 110th Congress's partisian performance. Why do we expect more from them than from ourselves??

    December 20, 2007 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  7. Ajay Jain

    We have heard this from the current administration as well: "the surge has succeeded.". It has gotten us nowhere. Has it? Then what new about McCain's mantra about the surge except you are towing the failed policies of Bush-Cheney era.

    What's new John McCain? The American population wants a NEW direction. Remember the routing in 2006 elections?

    December 21, 2007 03:46 am at 3:46 am |
  8. Chuck Jax,FL

    Thank you George, you answered my question. Try a google search for Al Anbar province – it's only been reported on just about every major news outlet in the free world as one of the great success stories for political reconciliation in Iraq. I know its hard for most liberals to accept this truth. So please do some homework and see for yourself, instead of spending time disrespecting an honorable man, and hero, such as John McCain.

    December 21, 2007 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
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