April 30th, 2008
12:05 PM ET
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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. Dont Forget Vets against McCain

    McCain is an ATHEIST! If the media allows him to get away with this – i'm going to blow up!

    April 30, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  2. Debbie

    Nope Rick. You got it wrong. The RNC don't want to run against Obama. That's why they never attack Hillary. They were hoping Hillary would Knock Obama out of the race. And since she can't, because it should have been easy with all of her experience and likeability right,
    NOT,they are now picking up their attacks on Obama. Hillary is an easy knockout. With all of her drama and baggage. If, and its a big IF,
    she wins the nomination, the RNC will have her crying with all the stuff that the Obama campaign can't attact her with. And the DNC know it. They know she'll lose.

    April 30, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  3. Nobillary Andobama

    Hey LeafMan....you obviously flunked history in high school

    Were the invasions of Mexico 1916-17, Italy in 1943, Germany in 1945 and North Korea in 1950-51, DomRep in 1965, Grenada in 1983, Panama in 1989, Iraq in 1991, Afghanistan 2001 illegal too?

    We are presently in Iraq/Afghanistan/Italy/Germany/South Korea all alike with the permission of that respective country's government.

    You obviously are a supporter of Saddam Hussein and his actions since you seem so offended by our presence in Iraq. Do any of the other above invasions offend your sensibilities as well???

    April 30, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  4. Debbie

    I suggest you young voters for McCain check your Political history before you vote. Guarantee if McCain gets in office there will be a draft.
    This is not a game. I'm not agreeing with the back draft that Bush has been doing, but if McCain is going to leave all those soldiers in Iraq,
    and we have no choice but to step up our number of soldiers in Afganistan, along with Hillary's threat to Iran, and the threat of N. Korea, where do you think all the extra volunteers are going to come from when the reserves are full of older people and the National Guard has already been pulled in. A draft.

    April 30, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  5. Jason P.

    Is Moveon.org even relevant anymore? No one listened to them in 2004 and I, for one, certainly don't care about what they have to say now. The fact that they attack McCain is only one more reason for me to vote for him, regardless of his age. If Moveon doesn't like you, you must be a good person.

    April 30, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  6. Sherry in Kentucky

    I am one of over a million average Americans who contribute monthly to Moveon.org and I approve this message!

    April 30, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  7. Cindy in California

    Mc Cain deserves this, especially if he thinks we really believe he asked the RNC not to run the ad against Obama. He is already practicing talking out of both sides of his mouth.

    April 30, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  8. Philip

    I'm really just amused at the "an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth" rhetoric being played here.

    Both parties are terrible and that their solutions are not solutions at all.

    Just like Americans in general, we seem to enjoy hearing ourselves talk and making ourselves feel better and patting ourselves on the back because we feel like our opinion is better than another group of people.

    Has anyone noticed that "politics" are just grown-up versions of middle school officer elections?

    OK, maybe high school officers, but maybe that's a stretch.

    And I use the term "grown-up" VERY loosely.

    April 30, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  9. Robert in Toronto,ON

    All I have to say about this is.....GOOD. This whole idea of John McCain being a good guy is a show. He knows that the Republic Party is gonna try throwing everything at Obama now to plant seeds, so it's bout time the Democrats jump on HIM and start showing why McCain can NEVER win!

    April 30, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  10. Alonzo Demetrius

    Moveon.org is one of the reasons the political conversation in our country has gone down the toilet. What has happened to democrats that they will support this kind of bilge? I can remember when democrats were civil and polite and did not tell half-truths in their propaganda. Why would Americans try to ruin other Americans, especially when we don't know who the next president will be although most of us expect it will be John McCain as the other two are just beginners, greenhorns, targets of sniper fire, etc.

    April 30, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  11. McCain/ Hillary

    McCain and Hillary

    Both supported Iraq war and voted for it
    Both are warmongers
    Both have many scandals
    And both are dependent on Lobbyst
    Both are planning to bomb Iran

    Why not they share the same ticket?

    April 30, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  12. Charlotte

    These peopele have been fighting each other for centuries. They never got over their Civil War, and thanks to Rev. Wright I'm not sure we got over our own.
    Lets get to the General Election and elect John McCain, 'cause that's what's going to happen. Rev. Wright has pretty much sunk Obamas' hope of becomming the first black president. I have never seen an election that should have been a sure thing for a Democrat, become so convoluted as to become a three ring circus. We have been derailed by race. Obama preaches hope and change, a feel good position, that has egnited a lot of young people who are still impressionable. We all want a more responsive government. George Bush promised change? Change can come when we quit re-electing the incumbents who achive little or no progress.. They keep sending back the same people who caused the mess. Bush got re-elected because the opposition was weak. Kerry was swift-boated by the GOP, or was it something he was lacking. The GOP are ruthless, Obama is like Kerry, Dukacus, Mondale etc. Obama may become the nominee, if this happens we will be in for 4 more years of Republician rule. Obama said he is bored with this Primary, will he get bored if he is President? Maybe why he voted present so many times as a State Senator and missed 40% of the votes as a US Senator, too bored to show up? Rev. Wright will not go away and Obama is merely a politician saying what needs to be said to win? They all try to say what will get them the win. It is called politics. Will they achive the goals they set? How can Obama bring about change? How can he bring a handful of wishes to reality? A person must have the will, determination and fortitude to get it done. Talking about change does not make it happen. Wishing for change does not make it happen. Praying for change doesn't make it happen. It takes action to make it happen. You cannot change anything if you surround yourself with the very people who resist change, Kennedy, Kerry and the rest of the insiders who have stagnated and lack the ability to change? McCain has tried to cross the party line to no avail. We don't need someone to cross the line, we need someone who can make the lines meet. We need someone who can out do the opposition with the ability to think fast in any situation. That certainly does not bring Obama to my mind.

    April 30, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  13. Woohoo!

    Philip – that is the best blog I have seen since this whole primary season began! American politics are a joke and our country is in the toilet. Hope? It isn't enough.

    April 30, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  14. Briana

    Maybe they should run an ad about how he voted against the Martin Luther King Jr holiday in his state.

    April 30, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  15. Nick - Arlington, VA

    Sharon Minnesota: -> what about Hillary being a defendant in a CA lawsuit.... paulvclinton.com .....you think the republicans will stay quiet about that one?

    April 30, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  16. Mike - Texas

    As usual, Moveon.org is printing lies!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 30, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  17. HP Boston

    Looks like McCains BIRTHDAY CAKE!!!!!

    April 30, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  18. Paris

    They are distorting what McCain said just like Obama did.
    But Obama objected when Hillary did the same thing to him.
    This is hypocrisy at its worst.

    April 30, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  19. ladymary

    RICK...Clinton is only ahead in votes if you count MI and FL. She already signed off on them NOT countng last year before this whole fiasco began. Unless she lies, cheats or steals she cannot get the nomination....Wail a minute..she does all those things, so maybe she will. Please God NOT IN MY LIFETIME!!!!!!!!!!

    April 30, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  20. Mike - Texas

    Hey, the Hamas supporting OBama is true!!!!

    April 30, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  21. Dirk Shyster

    Wjy is it OK for John McCain to surrender in Vietnam yet is it out of the question to surrender in Iraq ?
    Why didn't John McCain's surrender in Vietnam lead to a worldwide takover by the Communists as threatened at the time ?
    Why is it inconvenient for the USA to surrender, but it was convenient for him to do so ?
    If he were conscious when he landed in the lake in Hanoi, would he have emptied his pistol to save the world from Communism ?

    April 30, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  22. Sherry in Kentucky

    To Alonzo Demetrius:

    Playing nice lost us 2000 and 2004. Besides, this is fair game. You don't think there are gonna be 527's spinning the heck out of Rev. Wright or Bosnia? Unfortunately good guys usually come in last in politics. The fact is, he said it. This country should not be in Iraq with permanent bases no matter what capacity. As long as we are there, we are a magnet for extremists and a recruitment tool for Bin Laden. If we are going to be in Iraq it should be black ops going in undercover against Al Queda.

    April 30, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  23. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    It makes sense to me since Moveon.org is a left leaning group and McCain claims to be a conservative. What I really want to see is if they attack McCain's "maverick" label which shouldn't stick in the first place. He has fallen in to the Bush policies!

    April 30, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  24. Frank, San Diego

    Actually, 100 years in Iraq is not the right-wingers' real goal.

    Their objective is 100 years of keeping Americans paralyzed by fear. They are the terrorist that we really have to worry about.

    April 30, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  25. therealist

    Hate and half-truths have become banners for the left.

    April 30, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
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