December 26th, 2007
02:41 PM ET
14 years ago

McCain launches new ad in South Carolina

McCain is up with a new ad in South Carolina.

(CNN) - Republican John McCain’s campaign announced Wednesday it was debuting a new 30-second ad in South Carolina.

"One man sacrificed for his country,” says the announcer in the new spot, "Never Surrender," over footage of McCain as a military officer and prisoner of war, and later images of the Arizona senator walking with President Reagan.

"One man opposed a flawed strategy in Iraq. One man had the courage to call for change. One man didn't play politics with the truth. One man stands up to the special interests. … One man does what's right, not what's easy. John McCain."

McCain himself speaks briefly in the ad, telling a crowd to "Stand up. We're Americans, we're Americans and we'll never surrender, they will."

McCain is among several Republican candidates vying for third place, behind Mike Huckabee and Mitt Romney, in most recent polls of South Carolina Republicans. The Palmetto State’s GOP primary will be held January 19.

–CNN's Rebecca Sinderbrand

Filed under: John McCain • South Carolina
soundoff (24 Responses)
  1. James, Houston,TX.

    McCain was a P.O.W. for 5 1/2yrs during NAM, Gave UP Flag and Colors in Lieu of His Skin and now professes to be a Hero? Why?

    December 26, 2007 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  2. Tim, Minneapolis, Mn

    McCain is still stuck in Vietnam. Maybe that's why he keeps dreaming of bombing Iran. I suggest we start giving psychological exams for anyone who's holding important positions in this country. He's out there!!!!

    December 26, 2007 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  3. Magliovelli, Menlo Park CA

    McCain still doesn't know if he support allowing Southern Capitals to fly the Confederate Flag. If he doesn't know which way he stands on the Civil War, which he's had his entire life to contemplate, how in the world is he going to lead us through the second Gulf War?

    December 26, 2007 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |


    December 26, 2007 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  5. David Johnson Kansas City

    I used to support McCain. A moderate Republican that seemed to have some gray matter in his head, something rare on the GOP side of the aisle.
    Then he got on his knees before the fundamentalist Christian Right and renounced his own belief system to court "Party of God" GOP extremists, hoping to snag a few more votes.
    Talk about a spineless flip flopper.
    He spit in the faces of his longtime supporters and embraced America's taliban.
    You don't have the moral or ethical standards to be president in the post Little George world. Good Riddance.

    December 26, 2007 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  6. sal lincoln nebraska

    War is a sign of unintellegent life...Its useless and should have stopped after world war II every war we've been involved in since then has been an excuse to fire off military arms and prop up the military industrial complex...Its completly unhumaine to go to war for whatever reason, to want to see someone else get killed and sit by passivly while your nation murders people around the world for profit, oil or whatever reason shows how uncivilized we are...Even more revealing is how people buy into all the cold war propaganda of the commies and now terrorits, it also hows how little we know about ourselves and those who really want to do us harm...The media who supports the propagandists theories and puts them on americans televisons and newspapers every night and day over and over and over again

    December 26, 2007 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  7. AJ, IL

    Haven't seen the ad, but this pic of McCain is not recent. It looks like it was taken 20 years ago. This is what happens when a guy runs for president and is too old!

    December 26, 2007 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
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    December 26, 2007 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  9. Adam, Pittsburgh PA

    John McCain is #1.

    December 26, 2007 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  10. Jamie, NH

    anyone else getting tired of McCain squeezing his POW card? Since when is being a coward and surrendering to the enemy a good trait to have?

    December 26, 2007 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  11. Ajay Jain, Garland, TX

    I totally agree with McCain's patriotic background and am proud of it when he says:

    "One man sacrificed for his country,” says the announcer in the new spot, "Never Surrender,"

    We helped them with ELECTIONS, their CONSTITUTION, they can not even reconcile amongst themselves!

    Now will any Republican candidate explain what "VICTORY" is in the present day daily car bombed Iraq? Is there an end to the Maliki government's view of the future?

    Have they taken any concrete steps as a result of the SURGE respite? If not what will the Iraqi govt. do in 2009 with 130,000 American soldiers or 100,000 soldiers? When will our troops return?

    Go Hillary44 08!

    December 26, 2007 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  12. Jose Card - Independent

    Senator McCain is a fighter for peace and humanity.

    You can trust him with our country.

    December 27, 2007 12:36 am at 12:36 am |
  13. ne,pa.

    Let's not forget McCain's well documented temper (Google, Youtube).

    I don't think he's mentally stable enough to lead. POW aftermath?

    Don't let the soft voice and "my friends" crap fool you.

    He's a fear and war monger who's soft on immigration just like Bush.

    December 27, 2007 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  14. roger, conway sc

    The right wingers will do or say anything to get a vote...I appreciate McCains military service to our country BUT when he uses it to get votes it makes me wonder just how sincere he really is...& then seeing him with the Union Buster holier than thou Reagan who the right wingers worship really makes me nausa. HYPOCRITES=GOP

    December 27, 2007 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  15. ed winter park fl

    John you did your share of suffering BUT YOU CAME BACK< 55,000 OTHERS CAME BACK DEAD OR MISSING. YOU ARE OVERPLAYING YOUR GOODNESS IN AN ATTEMPT TO FURTHER YOURSELF AT THE EXPENSE OF MANY OTHER AMERICANS, Give it up you are old and deserve a rest .If you passed on tomorrow this country would not dissapear. It would continue whether you or I are in it .OUR TIME HAS PASSED .ENJOY WHAT IS LEFT OF US OLD GEEZERS UNTIL OUR DEMISE.Give some new younger folks some of the burden we carried during our time. WE CAN WATCH FROM ABOVE TO SEE HOW SUCCESSFUL THEY ARE. BET THEY DO O K.

    December 27, 2007 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  16. Mark Supple

    To James, Jamie and all others of their ilk

    You may disagree with Senator McCain, and yu are free to state your views, but don't you ever say Senator McCain gave up the flag and its colors for his skin or that he surrendered. Criticize and disagree with McCain, but don't ever call him a coward as you sit there anonymously typing away, protected by a right Senator McCain and lots of others sacrificed for you. The man was shot down over North Vietnam...he did not run...he was given the chance to go home early, which he refused...showing something you obviously lack...courage. When Congressional Medal of Honor winners and fellow POWs support him, hundreds of generals and admirals support him, that tells me a lot about his mettle. And that he stands for what he believes. What gives you the authority to sit behind your computer anonymously and have the gall to say that? You don't even have the courage to identify yourself fully. You are one of those people who Teddy Roosevelt derided as someone who will forever be in the sidelines of life, the timid, who won't ever live life.

    As far as where you stand, make your points without denigrating others...and have the guts to sign your name. I don't agree with Senator McCain all the time, but I believe he has what is needed today...he can work with both sides of the aisle and has proven he has the courage, integrity and dignity needed...which is something many are lacking

    December 27, 2007 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  17. ne,pa.

    Hey Jose Card:

    If your man McCain gets in I hope you're able to fight, because the draft will return, and you'll be packing your bags.
    Google his temper and mental instability, and the time he DIDN'T fight for his family in 2000 when Bush smeared it! You won't find that on his website!
    Do I have to tell you he's soft on immigration...

    December 27, 2007 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  18. Scott, Bartlett, IL

    I see we either have the right wing radicals or the democrats who will criticize any republican candidate just to benefit a democratic candidate. In short, McCain is the only answer to "who should be president?".

    McCain is the only candidate who proposes SOLUTIONS. Everyone else rides the fence on the issues. McCain never said his immigration solution was the end all, be all of solutions, but he said it was a starting point. Who of these candidates has proposed a solution?? Not one. They all say to beef up the borders but what are we supposed to do with all the illegals? Deport everyone of them?? That is not practical. There is not a perfect solution, but there is a solution that is better than the status quo. The solution McCain proposed is better than the status quo.

    Others state that he is a war monger and that he will double our debt. That is completely ridiculous. He is all about cutting the fat and always has been. He is consistently pointing out projects and programs that this country could do without. One of them just happens to be in my backyard, the Stearns Road bridge over the Fox River. We already have another bridge nearby being constructed. We don't need 2 and the Stearns Rd bridge is the more expensive of the 2. He pointed it out because it was in the speaker's (Hastert) district.

    As for McCain's "temper", that is passion. Do you want a president that laughs off everything like Guiliani?

    With all that said, I agree with those that say McCain should tone down the POW and Vietnam history. Besides the fact that it was many years ago, this country has proven that we don't elect presidents based on character and their prior history. I mean look at the last 2 presidents (Clinton and Bush). When will this country elect a candidate based on what he can do as opposed to what he can do to put down his competition.

    Lastly, I am from Illinois and the last person I would vote for is Obama. A very nice and smart man, but I cannot vote for him based on his record in the senate. He spent WAY too much time in Africa and has WAY too many "present" votes. He doesn't stand for anything. Obama, have an opinion on bills and issues... ANY OPINION.

    December 27, 2007 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  19. ne,pa.

    If you want more of the same then vote for McCain!

    December 28, 2007 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  20. Dan, Saint Louis, MO

    McCain is way too old. His liberal economic policies are more along the line of Hillary Clinton than Ronald Reagan. He wrote the amnesty bill for illegal immigration and the liberal campaign finance bill signed by all the Democrats. His one claim to fame is his plan to keep the troops in Iraq "for 100 more years". His personal life was ravaged when he had a public affair on his wife. No thanks to this old, liberal fool. New Hampshire will have no bit of it.

    January 5, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  21. Tom Smalley,IOWA

    22 years? how long does it take to fight in washington? This mavrick must not be that good ? 11,000 plus earmarks this year? and this bridge to no where? that was not stopped? alaska still gets to keep the $230,000,000.00 ? who faught that john? and when the minn. governor and legislator decides to spend $500,000,000.00 yup 1/2 BILLION on a sports center who wins that one John? the government sent minn. another $250,000,000.00 after getting there $3+ billion in tranportation funds? One man stands up to the special interests. … One man does what's right, not what's easy. I herd he is for temp. workers picking lettuce in is home state? but what does that say for the ones that want to stay here all year long? sounds like that is special interest? so is it the lettuce farmer thats in bed or the temp.workers you are siding for? Sorry john you are more valuble to use in the senate ,you collect your $58,000 per year navy pension and we will fell sorry for the senators and pay them $1 million per term for there part time work , keep up the good work ,I cant wait till next year and the what 12 or 13,000 earmarks and none are going to AZ. YIPPY ops Isn't Az the state with the big hole? must not be much there? do they have a fence yet?

    January 8, 2008 01:33 am at 1:33 am |
  22. Amie Reynolds

    I'll have to agree with Mr. Supple–it is quite a demonstration of cowardice to criticize a past prisoner of war. It makes sense that he should remind the US of his POW status. Has any other candidate taken such risks for his/her country? How dare you ridicule a man who fought for our nation? He is the only candidate I hear with practical solutions to war, immigration, etc.; I am very weary of ideologies.

    January 8, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  23. Joy McNamara

    Yea Hillalry, go, go gol.

    January 9, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  24. K-Romeo

    If you havebeen apart of the past, you havebeen apart of the problem. The change we need isn't that of a black president but and honest president with new ideas and visions, and that candidate is, Obama. I would be ashame if I was Hillary or any of the other candidates to say they have experiece and have served time in the office making changes. What I'm trying to say is, look at our world today and were it stands, and listen to the candidates bragging about being apart of bringing it to this place. A lot of people just don't get it, especially the other candidates. If Obama was white or any other race I would support him for his belief, his vision, and most important of all, his inexperience. I really wouldn't support him if he had the kind of experience that have our country in the state its in today. New ideas, new visions is what we need and if a white, black, mexican or other can bring this about, I'm all for him. K-Romeo Southfield MI

    January 10, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |