May 27th, 2008
11:30 AM ET
12 years ago

McCain buying Michigan, Pennsylvania airtime

McCain is launching an ad in two key swing states.

McCain is launching an ad in two key swing states.

(CNN) - John McCain is launching a television ad in the crucial swing states of Michigan and Pennsylvania Wednesday, the latest sign the Arizona senator is gearing up his general election campaign.

The ad, called "Accountable," previously ran in Iowa and promotes the Arizona senator's pledge to lower taxes, make healthcare more affordable, and solve the country's energy problems.

McCain's decision to extend the ad into the more expensive media markets of Michigan and Pennsylvania is the Arizona senator's first shot of the general election campaign, said Evan Tracey of TNS Media Intelligence/Campaign Media Analysis Group.

"The fact that he's expanding into these states is a clear signal that both the general election has begun and fundraising has fattened his campaign accounts," Tracey said.

The McCain campaign is also looking to capitalize on Obama's 9 point primary defeat in Pennsylvania and the little attention the Illinois senator has so far devoted to Michigan. (Obama removed his name from the primary ballot there after the state violated party rules by holding its contest early.)

"What you're seeing is McCain turning up the volume in states that Hillary Clinton won, and clearly trying to capitalize on any negative momentum for Obama in those places," Tracey also said.

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  1. Will in Richmond, VA

    All aboard the Flip-Flop Express!!!

    WHOOO WHOOOOO!!!!!!!

    May 27, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  2. Cash, PA

    McCain will be defeated in November. Any working man voting for a Republican, is about like a chicken voting for col Sanders !! 4 more years of Bush policies, the rich get richer and you know the rest of the story !!

    May 27, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  3. TonyNJHC

    Certain individuals, those I find to be unpatriotic, attack Mr. McCain over this, over that, or something else. They have even attacked this brave man who served his country, as he possess the two qualities the unpatriotic abhor, those being Distinction & Courage. So all you unpatriotic ingrates, you are now on NOTICE! A fellow patriotic businessman is going to do some major stock and bond purchasing affecting the element aluminum. Very soon, you will find extreme difficulty in you attempts in purchasing your all important "tin hats". Yes, you have been using aluminum, as real tin would cost you a small fortune. Soon, no more "tin hats"! What will happen then? I'm glad I'm not in your place, and I would be proud to have Mr. McCain as my President, a President who knows that war is hell. Knowing that, I believe he is unlikely to keep us in war, nor does he have plans to send our troops to any other new wars. God Bless this Great Man! Amen To That!!!

    May 27, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  4. Nija

    Senator McCain, I have one question for you. If you knew what you know now about WMD would you have gone to war with Irag. Do not be candid please Senator.

    May 27, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
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