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. Rick FL

    How does McCain propose to lower those taxes–by borrowing more money from China? The Democratic candidates will lower taxes by re-distributing Bush's irresponsible tax cuts for the wealthiest 1-2% (during a time of nonetheless) to Americans making under $75K, who actually need relief. Does McCain not remember that he was against Bush's tax cuts before he flip-flopped to support it for the Republican nomination? Our country has experienced record-breaking deficits under the Bush (now McCain) plan. We need to return to pay as you go rules and fiscal responsibility.

    Dem '08

    May 27, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  2. Dale Wise

    Buy all the time you want McCain. Once Hillary finally takes the hint and the Democratic nomination is wrapped up by Obama, your 'support' will drop like a rock.

    As soon as the American peoples' focus is put on McCain and we see some debates, the American people will see how out of touch McCain is and how feeble-minded and senile he is.

    Obama WILL be the next president. Anyone who thinks otherwise is quite delusional or not too bright.

    May 27, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  3. Blake

    @ Nathan

    "My family and I"

    Just wanted to help a fellow "democrat" out. "Brother" I am voting Obama.

    May 27, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  4. Robert in Toronto,ON

    Hey Jay, you are welcome to Canada. All disgruntled US citizens are welcomed here! Unless you support Hillary Clinton.

    Then you should move to Puerto Rico or somethin.

    May 27, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  5. jonny

    No amount of money can win the election for McCant. Over 70% of Americans disagree with the Iraq war, and thats what he is promoting. I can't see why anyone who disagrees with the Iraq war would ever vote for McCain.

    May 27, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  6. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    Four more wars – four more wars – four more wars !!

    You folks thought they were saying four more years, didn't you?

    This angry old man LOST to Bush because he is worse than Bush

    GET A BRAIN !!!!!

    May 27, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  7. English schoolteacher

    Nathan, since your political instincts are as finely honed as your command of the English language, I am not surprised that you plan to vote for McCain.

    May 27, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  8. Greg Pottstown, Pa.


    Hate Hate Hate

    Is this the big change Obama is bringing. It looks he has filled most of you with even more hate for your fellow man. Thats a real good change.

    May 27, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  9. FactCheck

    > so good luck going to sleep at night knowing that you ruined this
    > poor man's career out of spite

    I think you mean, good luck sleeping on the street without health benefits, a job or a home knowing that you put yourselves in this situation (i.e. voted for McCain) out of spite. We Obama supporters are well off and can weather the next 4 years.

    May 27, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  10. ANGIE

    mccain will not win

    May 27, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  11. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    Nathan – I hope you and your family get a chance to go to Iraq front lines. That's what's up the old man's sleeve. Draft male and female.


    May 27, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  12. Charlotte

    Unlike Obama and the cowards that support him, my family have fought for freedom and my grandson just returned from Iraq. He has a different view of the war and I respect his views over the media and cowards who are afraid to fight for liberty.

    May 27, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  13. jimmy velman


    May 27, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  14. Jaybrown NY/NJ

    McCain and the rest of the republicans think they are an authority of Foreign policy. We have seen where all their experience has taken us. We are not respected by others around the world. We went to war without consent from the UN or other countries. The war is not doing well and there is no end in sight. Our dollar is weak and we are begging the Saudies to lower the price of oil and they flat out said no. We will not talk to any of our enemies without them making a ton of apologies and agreeing to a laundry list of conditions that we set. These countries have nothing but time on their hands. They don't care how long a fight, grudge or hard feelings last. But despite how bad we look in the eyes of the world, or how much stronger out enemies are becoming, the republicans in the house are an authority of foreign policy. They have the most experience. FAILED EXPERIENCE. Grant it Obama may not have the foreign policy experience that some may have. Not everyone running for President has the experience in ever little aspect of Presidency. That's why they have good advisers. I believe Barack Obama is going to be just fine. I look forward to the arrogance of the United States being lifted and we are once again very respected. I think McCain is going to be more of the same.

    May 27, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  15. Alice in Florida

    McCain's got my vote if Obama is the Democratic nominee. Obama can suck up to Florida voters all he likes now, but we won't forget that he blocked a revote and thereby disenfranchised us back when our votes would have counted. I hope Florida is the state that causes him to lose in November. I won't write in Hillary though I'd like to. I'll vote McCain just to make sure my vote against Obama counts.

    May 27, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  16. Tony

    Too late Mc"Bush". Your ideas are as old as you are!

    Vote Democrat!

    May 27, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  17. John in PA

    In case the 'bots haven't figured this out yet, McCain is doing exactly what Hillary predicted, going after Obama (and probably going to beat him) in those crucial swing states that she would win. McCain is not stupid. It's all about the electoral votes, and wins in PA and MI (which would not happen against Hillary) should make it an easy win for him.

    May 27, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  18. Karen P

    So, just like Hillary, he can't stand on his own merits...has to attack someone else to gain votes. Sad. The old politics is so boring and outdated.

    McCain forgets about one important block of voters. All the younger crowd who are excited about elections and voting. The media says they never voted much before. Well this is NOW and they have a good reason to vote...they're hopeful, inspired, knowledgeable, excited. I applaud these new voters this year.

    We need some "new" blood in the White House. Yes, I'm white, female, midwestern, hard-working, 58, educated...and I say it's time for Obama. He will pick a good Cabinet and has the ability to inspire a Congress that has been sitting on its tushes for too many years now.

    May 27, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  19. G Margate, FL

    I am not sure who is older Sen John McCain or Robert Byrd because McCain looks like he is 100 yrs old and He needs to get his old behind on the battle field to get shot at as the brave young men and women in the military

    May 27, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  20. MD

    Question for Obama supporters. Obama said that he would meet with Iran and North Korea without preconditions, yet Obama has yet to meet with Gen. Petreaus or even visit Iraq.

    Can one of you explain why Obama is so willing to meet our enemy once he is elected, yet won' t meet our soldiers while he is still a lowly Senator?

    May 27, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  21. Felly

    Mcsame, Mcwar ain't going nowhere in the general election. What a loser. I can't wait to see Obama debate this war mongering old man. The Republican policies have failed the nation.

    May 27, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  22. John

    McIdiot, hand in hand with Bush, the Saudis stuffing cash in there back pockets. How many more of our young will die so the Gop can get more rich. Bush/McSame should be tried for war profiteering. We will never let the GOP run this country again, if if we have to have an Arizona tea party. McCain is evil, just like Gearge Bush and Dick Cheney. All Republicans should be rounded up and sent to Iraq to serve. No more war mongering. Down with Republicans.

    May 27, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  23. unite the dems

    i'm so happy that it seems Obama supporters outnumber Mccain supporters 10:1. There is no chance in hell mccain is going to win this election.

    May 27, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  24. Drew, Central FL

    Anyone voting for this fossil in November is a lemming and deserves what they get.

    Another Bush term
    Endless war. They're going into Iran next.
    Blood for Oil.

    May 27, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  25. Ben

    There should be air time to show that his against educating veterans!! No donation of money to him!

    May 27, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
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