February 6th, 2008
01:30 PM ET
14 years ago

McCain launches TV ads in Virginia

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.l.cnn.net/cnn/2008/images/02/06/art.mccainva.cnn.jpg caption="McCain's ad 'Trust' goes after Romney for his past statements on Ronald Reagan. "]WASHINGTON (CNN) - John McCain's campaign has begun rotating three television ads in the February 12 state of Virginia, CNN has learned.

The ads - "Trust," "True Conservative" and "Never Surrender" - have all run in early voting and Super Tuesday states. Virginia's GOP primary is an open one, meaning Democrats and Independents can also cast votes, a factor that could benefit McCain. There are 63 winner-take-all delegates at stake.

McCain and Barack Obama are the only presidential candidates currently running TV spots in Virginia.

- CNN Political Producer Peter Hamby

Filed under: John McCain • Virginia
soundoff (25 Responses)
  1. W. Steve

    How can someone who believes in no tax cuts, open borders, stepping out on his wife, calling religious people intolerant be a conservative? I think someone who believes in free choice and being personally responsible for the consequences of those choices is a conservative. They believe in morality and ethics, they are willing to help the poor and the needy themselves not rely on the government to do it. They believe the government’s job is security from enemies abroad, and law enforcement at home. They may believe that the government should help in national emergencies and natural disasters, if there is not a private organization in place to help (that is the best way). Education is done on a local level and controlled locally. Those are some of the things I think a conservative is. I do not think that McCain’s past demonstrates that he is a conservative, if he is honest and runs as a moderate, tells why he believes that is position is correct, (if he is honest about his past) I may consider voting for him. If he keeps claming he is a conservative, I will vote for the democratic nomine (hopefully Obama) unless a third party is started. Yes I will support tearing the republican party apart if it leaves us conservative behind in there drive for power.

    February 6, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  2. David

    This ad proves Mitt is still a threat to McCain. What a vindictive slimeball. I hope McCain gets whats coming from the conservative base.

    Once again, If mccain gets the nomination i will vote democrat.

    February 6, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  3. master of genius

    yayyyy first comment.
    everyone please save all your breath, Mccain will win, because he have a good heart. if you want to vote, make sure you vote for Mccain and be happy with it. Thanks

    February 6, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  4. Bukky

    Anybody with half a Brain was against Reagan

    February 6, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  5. Bukky

    Not to say that Romney has half a brain...

    February 6, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  6. Sam

    Anyone heard the rumor that Kennedy will be Obama's VP? The candidates should have to say who they are considering as it would make a huge difference for the voters.

    February 6, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  7. Brooklyn Latina

    I thought that McCain was not launching negative ads? He is against negative ads? He won't do underhanded advertising? He won't take comments out of context? He won't play the religion card? He won't do "business as usual" by cutting back room deals (like West Virginia).

    John McCain is Washington DC, can not be trusted to do what he says, and never has. He didn't even keep his marriage vows...dumping his wife and kids...for million$ and a young mistress.

    He is politics as usual. He will get trounced by Obama and his "new" face.

    McCain tried to run as a vice president as a democrat...why would the GOP nominate him as president?

    February 6, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  8. denis dore

    i love how McCain is a straight shooter however unfortunatly for him there is not one but two surges going on at the same time and the one called Obama seems unstopable.

    February 6, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  9. Sidney

    Does anyone just get fed up with this kind of politics. I don't want to know what McCain thinks Mitt said. I merely want to know his position on the issues. Quit the twisting and turning and taking one line at a time our of context. Just tell me what you personally are going to do thats all any of us want to hear!

    February 6, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  10. JMS

    Someone please explain what is this conservative cloak that republicans are trying so hard to wrap themselves in? Our country was founded on the seperation of church and state. Adding religion to politics creates governments like Iran. Is that the kind o government that conservatives want?

    February 6, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  11. Darth Vadik, CA

    What is this fascination with Ronald Reagan on the right?

    Give me a break, the best thing Romeny ever said was that he does not want to go back to the Reagan ways of doing things, but now he flip-flopped.

    By conservative standards, Reagan raised taxes, pulled out of Lebanon, granted blanket amnesty to illegal immigrants, trippled the national debt, cut veterans aid to Vietnam veterans etc etc etc...

    Does this sound like a guy like a conservative icon? Are you people blind, don't you read history books?

    ..and McCain, he lost a few screw in his head after the trouncing Bush gave him in 2000. He will fizzle out in a matter of weeks, mark my words, he just became the leading Repulican when the Republicans saw their candidate field and said "OH NO".

    McCain is nothing but a draw play when your at 3rd and 45 yards to go, and he's not a young stud any more.

    Good Lord, some people just...

    February 6, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  12. Darth Vadik, CA

    McCain is nothing but a draw play when your at 3rd and 45 yards to go, and he's not a young stud any more.

    February 6, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  13. Darth Vadik, CA

    Best conservative candidate Republicans had was Fred Thompson, but oh well...

    ...reap what you sow.

    February 6, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |

    The media your is disappointing; the media is always coming up with positive reports for Obama.
    Obama's lack of experience will come back to bite us all ;They find a way to turn Hilary good into something negative or find someway to give obama free advertisements;. Always finding ways to turn Hilary statements around or leaving out fragments of what was said, to make it negative. So Obama you go ahead see over conference maybe your downfall.

    i will vote for MC Cain befor i will vote for Obama

    Hilary 08

    February 6, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  15. Sue

    How can someone like McCain has no formal education lead the country? (Other than his 2 years college in the service) Experiences do not make you a good leader. He sits in the Senate for so long (25 years), his ideas aren't fresh and has long lost track of the real world outside of Senate. We need someone new, outside of Washington to run the country with his new ideas like Mitt Romney. People reject Mitt Romney like how they reject Ronald Reagan in 1976 and it turned out Ronald Reagan was the kind of people need, that was why Reagan won in 1980. We can't make another mistake this time.

    Besides, McCain had twice diagnosed with cancers, his probably of having it again is increase. He is 71 years old already, retired now!!!!

    February 6, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  16. d

    McCain is no good for this country. We will NOT be this USA, freedom and all, if McCain or Hillary or Obama gets into the Whitehouse. It is a VERY sad state for this country. I DO NOT trust any of these Politicians.

    February 6, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  17. Adam

    Bad form McCain.

    February 6, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  18. Natainos

    not just in my ability to bring about
    REAL change in Washington… I’m
    asking you to believe in yours.”


    Become part of the (YES WE CAN) movement.

    I know I did, and I was a Republican!

    February 6, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  19. McCain is a wolf in Sheeps Clothing

    I couldn't agree more with the previous statement. If all the republican party stands for today is getting to the oval office and sacrifices its conservative base in an effort to pander to the insane and depraved liberal movement that engages in the beliefs and practices for which Soddom and Gomora were destroyed. If an election has become a popularity contest that has nothing to do with the truth or conservative values and we have become the minority of the political spectrum then maybe we need to tear the republican establishment apart and found a new effective conservative alternative that we all can gravitate to.

    February 6, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  20. KenZ

    W. Steve....Watergate didn't bother the religious right to keep them from voting a second time for Richard M. Nixon either. Who says we need another conservative in the White House? Bush has certainly ruined America's credibility abroad and our self-respect of Americans here at home. So let's rally around a man who places the values the American people ahead of his own self-interests. Conservative, moderate, it's not a test of ethics, it's an accomplishment of leadership we Americans should be looking for. Americans can place their trust in John McCain; he has given his life for the Stars and Stripes. John McCain, a proud American , our next President!!

    February 6, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  21. David....Nevada

    and Johnny mc sleeps with T. Kennedy... If you care about immigration and your state being flooded by johnny mc's "open borders" policy. think responsibly virginians and see through his "I'm a real conservative and will say anything to get the nomination" double speak. Romney for responsible economics and immigration..

    February 6, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  22. Bill, Covington,LA

    Mine eyes have seen the end
    of our once grean and glorious name
    especially if the people
    elect that guy McCai............

    More to come, I'm working on it.

    February 6, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  23. James

    Romney against Ronald Reagan (trickle down economics), that's a good thing.

    February 6, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  24. Michael-NYC

    According to Hillary's campaign via email-

    Her fundraising campaign to raise "3 million in 3 days" has already been met with raising 4 million in 24 hours!!!

    Now she is doing a "6 million in 72 hours"

    February 7, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  25. Midge from Ohio

    How much did your brain earn you the last few years? My guess is, not alot. Say something constructive or say nothing at all. McCain is winning by default and I will vote Democratic this year if he clinches the nomination.

    February 7, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |