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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soundoff (154 Responses)
  1. Brian

    In the end Penn and Michigan voters will remember the Repubbies sending their jobs overseas!

    May 27, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  2. Darth Vadik, CA

    If you are dumb enough to buy this guys crap after 8 years of Republican crap, you deserve everything you're going to get.

    Specially you fred.

    May 27, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  3. Billy from Florida

    Get Ready America, if Obama is the nominee

    McCain will be the next President.

    May 27, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  4. Beverly, NYC

    I see he went to the Hillary Clinton School of Money Management. Keep buying expensive ads John you should be out of $ by September.

    May 27, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  5. Sharon Minnesota

    Support John McCain a moderate and sensible Republican in 2008. All Democrats have lost their way, are bitter and divisive and will not serve America well.

    Be sane and vote McCain.

    May 27, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  6. Democrat for McCain

    Sen Obama's campaign and supporters have used derogatory language against Hillary so far.

    I hope Republicans shun this practice.

    May 27, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |

    This is one helluva political contest.

    May 27, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  8. Honest man for Obama

    Mccain have you seen how hard it is to govern. Maccain you are a joke you will continue to be hecked.
    You have no plan to bring Americans back home. Stop the excuse that bringing American back home is surrandering.

    So, these are the people Hillary Clinton is planning to use against Obama so that he may not be fit to contest? Hillary you need to be investigated the FBI needs to tap your phone conversation to determine who you are planning with to do away Obama so that you will steal it from him.

    Shame on you disgracing yourself for race that is over, cryinf fowl whining everyday. How shameful it is to see well respected ex-President falling in a deep hole because of his embition to be co-president.

    May 27, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  9. DMS

    It won't work

    May 27, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  10. AZM

    Smart move if you think about it... Obama didn't do well in PA... or the others he will need for that matter... Ohio, Florida, etc...

    He has done very well in Dem states... but that's not what it will take. Many dog Hillary for staying in the race... but she did better in those areas it takes to win the GE... gonna be interesting for sure!

    May 27, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  11. EOJ DOR

    Old man McCain himself said he does not understand the economy....he will be more of the same old Bush policies. Next.

    May 27, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  12. Darth Vadik, CA

    This guy?
    He belongs in a stray jacket.
    This man is a maniac.
    Go to Iraq? With Obama?
    Get out of here. Bring the troops home and end this maddness.
    Go ahead vote for him, and see what you're going to get. You think you're gong to get change with this guy. Oh please, put him in front of TV, with his slippers on. Let him watch Jeopardy.
    I'll take crazy old man for 400 Alex.
    What is insane McCain.

    May 27, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  13. Michael

    FORMER DEMOCRAT Voting for McCAIN in 08'... NOBAMA!!!!

    May 27, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  14. Kathryn Irby - Metairie, LA

    The poor ole man is wasting his moohla!!!

    May 27, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  15. Enlightened Voter

    The problem with his strategy is that people are a little smarter than the mccain camp gives them credit for. Also people are hurting too much for a (i don't care about the average american) republican. BTW why did mccain oppose the GI bill? Something to think about.

    May 27, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  16. Tim

    Too bad the GOP has to rely on Hillary's failed campaign for guidelines on Barack.

    It won't work and he will be our next president.

    May 27, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  17. martin

    mccain just got heckled big time during his speech in denver.END THIS WAR!!GET OFF THE STAGE!HAHAHAHAHA!LMAO!!

    May 27, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  18. obama - supporter - arkansas

    his popularity is that of bush
    mcsain is trying to make a speach on tv now and the hecklers are taunting him badly.

    go hecklers
    he needs to recede to the old folk home
    not try to convence us we need to send more of our loved ones off to be killed where we should have never went

    May 27, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  19. Deb

    It is true that if Obama becomes the Democratic Nominee.

    McCain will win the White House!

    Nominate Hillary if you want to win in November!

    Hillary 08

    May 27, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  20. WordsMatter

    Okay, let's hear it Obama supporters: McCain is McSame, McBush, McBad, McLoser... he is old, so very old, and senile, yes, that too... and he is older than dirt and so old and just like Bush, in fact, he is Bush, just so old and McSamey...

    May 27, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  21. jp/michigan


    May 27, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  22. proud army and navy mom

    This senile old man has no plan for the US except the tried and abused bush plan. it was be a shame if people were foolish enough to vote for him.

    May 27, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  23. white middle aged woman FOR OBAMA

    NO MORE WAR !!
    Back in 2000 I would have voted for you Sen. Mccain, but over the years you've morphed into Bush. I just can't see you running the country.

    May 27, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  24. CW4Barak

    This is even further justification to end this long, endless, drawn out democratic crawl to the Whitehouse. Obama is our nominee....lets all stop appeasing Billary and shut this thing down once and for all...Supers....please do your duty and move quickly to endorse Obama so we can start putting the party back together!

    Obama '08!

    May 27, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  25. Keep it in mind

    Let's see....the Republican Party has been a lap dog of big business for decades. Most recently, they have stood by as companies send jobs overseas, or lose their edge to overseas competition. They have stopped every healthcare plan cold. Even the one for small children's coverage. Our infrastructure is in such a mess that bridges are collapsing without warning. Our air traffic system is abysmal. Our protectionist agencies like the FDA and the EPA are handcuffed by regulations, and can't get anything meaninful done, even as simple as stopping lead-loaded toys from crossing our borders. And McCain has said he'll work to overturn Roe v. Wade.

    Do you really want to vote for this guy? If you like the way things are going now, vote for him. If you want change, vote Democratic.

    May 27, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
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