April 30th, 2008
12:05 PM ET
15 years ago

MoveOn announces launch date for anti-McCain ad buy

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/04/30/art.moveonad.cnn.jpg caption="MoveOn is launching a massive anti-McCain ad campaign."] (CNN) - MoveOn.org announced Wednesday they are launching their massive television ad buy aimed at presumptive Republican nominee John McCain with a new spot tomorrow, the fifth anniversary of President Bush’s “Mission Accomplished” speech.

The 30-second ad, funded by the group’s donors and its political action committee, marks the start of the liberal advocacy group’s million dollar, month-long ad campaign aimed at the Arizona senator.

MoveOn will spend $160,000 to air the new ad - titled “Candles” - on cable as well as on broadcast networks in Iowa and New Mexico, where the McCain campaign is currently on the air without competition from either Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama.

“MoveOn.org is attempting to smear Senator McCain just like it smeared General Petraeus. MoveOn.org is joining Barack Obama and the DNC in maliciously misquoting John McCain,” said Republican National Committee spokesman Alex Conant. “At nearly every event, Obama bemoans the ‘negative tone’ of politics, even while groups that support him are now running negative ads. Now, Obama should prove his rhetoric is more than ‘just words’ and stand up to MoveOn.org.”

(updated with MoveOn response after the jump)

The ad features five candles on a cake that bears the words “Mission Accomplished.” The candles multiply until they reach 100, as McCain is heard saying the American people would not be concerned if U.S. troops remain in Iraq for 100 years. The RNC threatened its Democratic counterpart with legal action earlier this week because it said that statement had been used in a DNC ad in a misleading fashion.

The MoveOn spot closes with a picture of President Bush and John McCain hugging that has been used often in advertising from Democrats and anti-McCain third-party groups this cycle.

MoveOn Executive Director Eli Pariser said Wednesday afternoon that the RNC's criticism was baseless. "Senator John McCain's position on Iraq has been clear - he intends to keep our troops there for decades," he said in a statement. "This is not a one-time gaffe. It is the truth about John McCain's and George Bush's reckless foreign policy."

(updated Wednesday afternoon with MoveOn response)

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soundoff (234 Responses)
  1. tomstock

    Oh BOY! Another liberal attack ad? Say it isn't so? Another liberal group that sees everything through their own distorted filter? No WAY!!

    I hope they keep on hijacking the democratic party. Nothing is better for the republicans than ultra-liberal entities like MoveOn.

    Democrats should just stock up on the Tylenol this year, they're going to be using the stuff pretty consistently until November.

    April 30, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  2. uncapal

    Obama '08

    April 30, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  3. uncapal

    Why does it seem that the worst possible choice for president is always the one that attracts the dumbest voters ?

    i.e. "W", and Hillary !

    April 30, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  4. FP

    I am a lifelong Democrat and have always voted for Democrats. Never for non Democrat candidates for President or Congress. But this Ad bothers me because it misrepresents McCain's meaning when he made the stupid 100 years comment. This type of lies plus the presence of one terrible candidate (Obama) in the ballot may force me to stay home election day. The truth is still a fundamental value in America, Obama or not Obama.

    April 30, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  5. karen

    The truth hurts.....

    April 30, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  6. Patrick

    Hey leafman, what type of leaf are you smoking?

    The democratically elected government of Iraq has asked us to stay. They do not want us to leave b/c they know the consequences of withdrawal. Next time you give a history lesson, read a book first.

    April 30, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  7. AZM


    This ain't nothing... you wanna see mud... wait until after the Dems figure out whos running.

    Obama is gonna get ruled.... because Americans know that this add is bull... they know about troops in Germany, England and Japan for 70 years...

    The Obama stuff will be true... or close enough too it to destory him... like Kerry and the swift boat captains.... Wright is only the beginning... every jounalist in the country wants to break the big one on the unknown.... so right now their digging into everything to do with Rezko, Ayers, and Wright... just to start. That and the Republicans can look back saying... we're just playing the Dems game... because they did it too each other and moveon.org started it in April! The dems started it this time... and we started it on each other... You could see the writting on the walls what kind of election this will be.

    They just opened the flood gates... which is why I hate negative campaigns... this stuff is all we are going to hear until November... forget healthcare, oil, housing, income, unemployment, etc...

    Time to turn off the TV...

    April 30, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  8. Dave

    Hey Leafman, learn some english "Before you start appealing history, learn it."

    Japan and Germany invited us???? There was this little conflict called World War 2. Now I know that you lefties probably blame that on the US as well, but from most sane people's perspective we occupied those countries after fighting a just war with them. We left a sizable troop presence behind to prevent anarchy and to guarantee democratically elected governments filled the vacuum left after the fascist were deposed. Yeah, that kinda sounds similar to what McCain proposed during that townhall meeting and that MoveOn and their idiot kindred are twisting into something it isnt.

    I suggest you read a little history yourself.

    April 30, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  9. what's new?

    more negativity, more dishonesty

    factcheck.org has plenty of truthfulness if you like to think for yourself.

    April 30, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
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