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. Debby

    Good for him and he should ask Sen. Clinton to help him. Lieberman can get the Jewish voter for McCain in Florida and Hillary can get the working white blue collars for McCain. I would bet I am not to far off if Obama doesn't offer her the VP spot. LOL

    May 27, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  2. Carl Los Angeles

    John McCain should air anti-Bush commercials because he's looking and smelling oh so much like Bush. All he needs now is a stupid smirk and the burning desire to screw almost EVERY Amercian and DA DA.. Bush III

    May 27, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  3. Wayne

    If McSame would become president, that would be the biggest joke of the century !!!

    Hillary is not electable.

    Americans and the world want change and only Obama can deliver!!!

    May 27, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  4. Nando, Florida

    He might as well save his money and just run old GW Bush ads from 2000, 2004.

    May 27, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  5. Nicole in NE

    John McCain is NOT a moderate, for those of you telling yourself that, just so you can feel warm and fuzzy about voting for him in the fall......he sold himself to the conservatives awhile ago and sorry.....his policies follow Bush to a TEE now!

    What a joke and what's really sad is how country is going to go down HORRIBLY if we vote the SAME policies in that got us in this mess! Open your eyes people.

    I for one do not want to continue Bush's tax cuts for the wealthiest of Americans while the rest of us feel the pressure of not being able to buy gas, our jobs getting shipped overseas under NAFTA, millions of children in our OWN country suffering because we won't help them. Our defficet is out of control, how about that foreign policy that has left us at odds with the rest of the world? Gosh, let's send thousands more to die in Iraq for FAILED policy so "we can WIN" that would show them!


    May 27, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  6. ltd1974

    Billy from Florida– If you vote for McCain because Hillary is not your person, don't complain if we get 4 or 8 more years of Bush/McCain.

    Go Obama 08

    May 27, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  7. jizzo

    McCain for president, oh how scarey that possibility is.

    May 27, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  8. mish

    notice how many posts there are!!
    A sure indication MCSame is going *down* in november
    no one is interested in this war mongers views or opinions
    This old man is half senile...he cant even remember who the enemy
    is or where they are
    He needs his memory(Senator Lieberman) beside him like Bush needed his tiny brain (Carl rove)

    May 27, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  9. jay

    I am so tired of this PRIMARY SEASON. All of them lie cheat and steal....I am so sick of everyone saying Hillary is a stronger candidate, well ask anyone in the state of NY did she live up to all her promises.NOPE! Im staying home no matter who is nominated, or what commercials i see!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Canada here i come

    May 27, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  10. Steve in DC


    Obama is changing the electoral map by putting states into play that normally would go republican ie CO/VA/ in the end Penn and and the states Hillary won arent as crucial as in past elections. Besides...whose to say Obama cant also win those states?

    May 27, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  11. ATLian

    Clinton did not blow out Obama in Pa. There is still a chance for the Dems to do well in that state.

    May 27, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  12. Ilona Proud Canadian


    How long ago was the above picture of John McCain taken.
    Maybe ten years ago?

    McCain/Bush would be the biggest disaster in the White House!

    May 27, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  13. MI voter

    How can anyone with good conscience, support war? WHO CARES who runs these middle east countries? The farce that we are making them democracies is ridiculous... heck, we should be working on that here, where entire elections can be stolen.

    Anyone who has lost a child in Iraq; anyone who has had their job go overseas; anyone struggling to buy gas and groceries and/or make the payment on the house KNOWS that they cannot afford 4 more years of Bush nor 4 years of Clinton corporate greed.

    Get real. Free your mind from your petty and rigid thinking and open your eyes to the reality of how bad off America is.

    Do you REALLY want to spend 1.3 billion per month on this war? How about we spend that money IN America?

    May 27, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  14. rumpusgoopus

    And yet again we see why Clinton should have dropped out long ago.

    May 27, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  15. Randy M

    It's a smart move by McCain to get in there while Dem's keep fighting. All the more reason to get the primary ended. Don't buy into the Clinton camp's reasoning that this is good for the party. It is not by a long shot. We Americans have the shortest memory. How can it be after nearly 8 years of lousy Republican leadership ( and I voted for Bush in 2000) that a Republican can even be on the radar against either Democrat?? I find it amazing.

    And the topper is Democrats saying they'll vote for McCain if Hillary doesn't get the nod. That just blows me away. Cut off your noses to spite your face. Way to go Dem's, you people are something else!!!!

    May 27, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  16. Robert

    The longer the Democratic National Commitee waits on giving Obama the nod, the easier it will be for McCaine to capitalize in the states HRC ran her negative dirty campaign against Obama.

    May 27, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  17. Natalie

    Obama/Clinton '08!!!! Being a prisoner of war is honorable, but not a resume builder for the office of the President of the US. Buy all the airtime you want, you're not changing my mind!

    Obama/Clinton '08/'12!!!

    May 27, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  18. Sarah L., Fayetteville, AR

    Hillary should look at these ads and realize what she is doing to her own party. Does she care anything at all about the Democratic platform? If she did, she wouldn't continue making arguments against Obama that the Republicans can capitalize on. She wouldn't continue to drive a wedge between members of her own party.

    May 27, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  19. karen

    I live in AZ and you can NOT trust a thing McCain says or does. He flip-flops worse than a fish!!!! What till we get a debut between Obama and McCain. McCain will sound like he never got out of high school!!!!
    AND do not trust a thing McCain says–he's worse than Bush!!! Remember why we got into Iraq? Lies, lies and more lies!!!! AND I do not want anyone President who has "Washington" experience!!! I want someone who is new, young and fresh and is NOT tied to lobbiest or corporate executives!!! AND I'm 64 years old. Also, McCain is way to old!!!! He should have retired about 8 years ago!!!!

    May 27, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  20. John Smith

    Unless I am brain-dead, but if Hillary cannot even beat this newcomer – Obama, how can Hillary beat McCain and the Republican machine?

    It is good to be a fighter, yet another one to be a "clean" fighter.

    The argument about "experience" reminds me that Hillary supporters are still in the "third world" where only the experienced and the elderly rule.

    American is the land of "opportunity", not experience. If we cannot give this generation the "opportunity" to have the needed experience, then what will the Future World hold for this nation?

    May 27, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  21. NO-BAMA

    If Obama steals the nomination, I'll be on board with you very soon John.

    Meanwhile, Keep fighting 4 us Hillary

    May 27, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  22. rice, bryan

    michigan, and pennsylvania, union jobs. republicans allowed the trade deals to continue, and the union jobs went with them. we will see if these people will remember come november.

    May 27, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  23. Jamaal

    Mcshame no one care about you you will not win because you are a Republican that is coming with the same Ideas as the Current President which is nothing Mccain i will make sure you lose in November

    May 27, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  24. Brian from Fort Mill, S.C.

    He could always borrow money from Obama.... 🙂

    May 27, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  25. Casey

    Billy from Florida, let McCain be President but more importantly your idol Millary will never br President

    May 27, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
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