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. McCain is Traumatized

    Whenever it comes up that John McCain was a POW for 5 years, it's always in a positive light – as though it somehow gives him better qualifications.

    The fact of the matter that someone who was tortured and held captive for 5 years is most likely extremely traumatized and unstable.

    His famous 'temper' comes out every now and again, although the stories have been kept under the radar pretty well.

    It sucks that he became a POW while serving our country, but the bottom line is that that type of mental and physical trauma messes someone up for life. I would not want him responsible for our military actions. He's unstable and highly reactionary.

    May 27, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  2. Glenn

    It's really hard to sell old age, senility, flip flopping and pandering to the public. McBush is going to find out he is tied to Bush and is going to be viewed as a warmonger.

    May 27, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  3. Pistoff

    MCCain's 100 years in Iraq won't do a single thing for voters in Michigan or Pennsyltucky ... only make them poorer. People aren't going to buy his war mongering ways in November.

    May 27, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  4. Denial



    DEMOCRATS 08!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 27, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  5. Ari

    Hahaha, James at 12:31 said "If you had Obama on video saying in 2000 that he would be too inexperienced in 2008, it would have gotten more air-time than Rev. Wright. It would have been in constant rotation."

    Check your facts, James. Obama said in 2005 when he was running for the Senate that he wouldn't run for President in 2008 because he'd be too inexperienced. They have it on video. Its not in constant rotation, but you'd better believe the Republicans will be running ads with it once Hillary is out of the way.

    May 27, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  6. Agnostic Democrat

    This Grampy McSham guy should buy an oxygen tank rather than air- time. His head is already in the clouds, and he's breathing thin air when it comes to Iraq, foreign policy and the misuse of military force.
    He still doesn't get it , and it's been how many years now? Isn't George Bush's 23% approval rating enough to convince him otherwise?

    May 27, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  7. MK

    You'd have to live under a rock the size of the US to actually think that McCain is a good, secure vote – given what our country has been through with George Bush. Thousands have died and we are trillions in debt for an undefined 'war' for which there can never be a 'Mission Accomplished' victory. Our economy is literally on the brink of disaster. And this man is asking for your vote to do more of the same?????

    May 27, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |

    Obama keeps asking: Are we there yet? No the primaries in Florida and Michigan have yet to take place,,,,,,,,If you are tired ,,,go to bed!

    May 27, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  9. True

    Yes, spend money on ads and not on our vets! A real patriot that guy McCaine is. We can spend 2 Billion dollars a week in Iraq, but when it comes to spending the same amount on our Veterans for 4 years of college, John decides to deny them benefits for education.

    How will he treat our us Americans? I guess we can take a backseat too to his Corporations, Special interests and Lobbyists.

    May 27, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  10. Veterans for Obama

    You have just lost the support of Veterans and Active Duty members. How dare you deny us the New GI Bill?

    How can you sleep at night?

    You said you thought it was "too generous" to Veterans????
    You have become so out of touch it is pathetic Mr. McCain!

    You have betrayed the Veterans, and we will not forget.
    Don't hide behind the flag and your service, we see beyond are nothing but a R.E.M.F. in my eyes!

    May 27, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  11. EC

    Mr. McBUSH.... you better save your money, you're going to need every penny because Sen. Obama is gonna EAT you alive Mr. War Monger!! I can't wait to see you go head on with Sen. Obama without Mr. Lieberman cleaning up after your repeated blunders. Does Mr. Lieberman also carry your diaper bag around with pull-ups for you too?

    Your last speech where you said "I" will NEVER surrender"...
    Who is this I? YOU are not dying in a war Mr. McBush, YOU voted YES for this WAR Mr. McBUSH.... it's NOT about you Mr. McBUSH... What's with this I will never surrender rubbish?? NO one is asking YOU to surrender you old white-haired lunatic. YOU have the audacity to OPPOSE the GI Bill, you selfish piece of crap!!! Our military members should GET THE BEST MEDICAL AND EDUCATION BENEFITS MONEY CAN BUY!! THEY DESERVE EVERY PENNY AFTER HAVING PUT THEIR LIVES ON THE LINE FOR YOUR STUPID AND IGNORANT BUSH-McCAIN WAR!!! You're becoming a disgrace to his country when you sit up here and oppose a benefit for our military men and women.

    We ARE going to bring our young men and women home AND we DON'T NEED YOU TO DO IT!! We are not going to keep them there for 100+ years you idiot!!

    This whole "I" things just proves how ignorant and crooked your so-called "straight talk express" is Mr. McBUSH. Your straight talk is nothing but garbage.

    Save it, Americans are NOT going to allow you the pleasure of the White House, not this time, NOT ever!!!

    May 27, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  12. Ulysses

    If a vote for none of the above was on the presidential ballot I would use that button and I would recommend that the rest of the us voting population vote that way as well. Too many intrest groups control agendas.

    You want to know who to vote for? Lou Dobbs. That's my write in.

    May 27, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  13. Randy M

    I have to agree with jay....if all of the Hillary supporters think she is the answer to all of our problems, PLEASE COME TO NY STATE. See for yourself what she REALLY does. She says she proudly holds the seat of RFK?? When does she intend to live up to the promises she made here? Or did she just use us to get back to the White House? When she loses this nomination, would some of her most adament supporters ask her to come to YOUR STATE instead? We New Yorkers would appreciate it!!!

    May 27, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  14. Rob R

    If you want to pay $7/gallon for gas....Vote McCain
    If you want more jobs to continue to get shipped overseas...Vote McCain.
    If you want to see more soldiers come home in body bags....Vote McCain.
    If you want tax dollars that could be going to much needed domestic programs but instead being used to fight a stupid war in Iraq....Vote McCain
    If you want your President more concerned about gay marriage than how to provide affordable healthcare coverage for everyone....Vote McCain
    If you are a backwards hick racist who can't vote for a black man...Vote McCain
    If you are not willing to take the time to research the candidates and realize that the Republicans have ruined this country...Vote McCain

    ...But, if you are finally ready to get away from the disaster known as the Bush Presidency and want to start seeing some real change....

    Vote Obama 08/12

    May 27, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  15. Uncle Sam

    "Democrat for McCain"

    McCain is against everything the Democratic Party stands for. If you agree with McCain's stand on issues, you might want to reconsider your party affiliation.

    May 27, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  16. R.I.F.

    He wants to make permenant the Bush tax cuts that he once opposed. Those cuts really only help the wealthy and actually harm the not so wealthy because it leads to programs having to be cut and the such. This from the man who says that the GI Bill is too "expensive' . Guess it would be too much to ask for rich people to pay their fair share in taxes and give some of that back to the people who help protect our nation and are not as forrtunate. Can't wait for those deabtes.

    May 27, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  17. John M

    Hi I am John McCain.. and I approve this message.

    Basically I will keep our troops in Iraq forever and continue the winning policies of George W Bush. I will cut taxes for the wealthy and corporations who truly deserve it.

    Average Americans.."your on your own"

    May 27, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  18. AZM


    There in no shortage in volunteers for any of the services right now... there is no draft on the horizon.... stop selling the fear...

    It's really gonna make me laugh when Obama fails in the general... with all the upset Hillary backers, Florida and Mich voters... not winning PA or Ohio.... Obama isn't electible... he will fall and we will be stuck. The Obamanation will have nobody to blame but themselves.

    This part is split... pure and simple... Unity and Change my $$$!

    May 27, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  19. Over the Hill(ary)

    Tha ads are called "Accountable", as in McAncient should be held accountable for the lost lives of over 4000 American servicemen and women?

    May 27, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  20. Chris from NY

    He can only try. It doesn't mean he will succeed.

    May 27, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  21. John Smith

    Hillary is the ONLY democratic candidate who can bring out the best in the Republicans.

    Hillary is like "viagra" to the Republicans, they really need her to get excited. I think the Democrats will help the impotent Republicans (from the problems of Bush) by giving them Hillary as the Democratic VP!!! What do yo think? I await your comments- Thank you.

    May 27, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  22. This needs to STOP

    Don't worry McBush, Democrats too will capitalize on all the negative momentum across the entire U.S. against the Republican warmongers and political panders (you, Bush and your other crazy Republicats who are sinking the U.S. to the ground).

    I can't wait until the general election and see the face of McShame when his insane war tactics are put to an end.

    America, Stand Up!!

    May 27, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  23. FrankSmith

    Hillary is the ONLY democratic candidate who can bring out the best in the Republicans.

    Hillary is like "viagra" to the Republicans, they really need her to get excited. I think the Democrats will help the impotent Republicans (from the problems of Bush) by giving them Hillary as the Democratic VP!!! What do yo think? I await your comments- Thank you.

    May 27, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  24. Generation X

    MD- Why should he when he didn't vote for the Iraq war from day 1? So now it is Obama's responsiblity to visit a war zone when he is campaigning? How about this....lets end the war and save $2 billion a week and start spending that money on you and me and our grandchildren? Or better yet lets STOP the war for ONE WEEK so that McCain can support Obama's GI Bill ($2 billion) and provide our soldiers that risked their lives, an education? JUST ONE WEEK!

    May 27, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  25. Jimmy Uruquat

    Anyone who has eyes to see can find an enormous amount of historical evidence of Sen McCain's accomplishments in the military as well as in the government service. Anyone with eyes to see cannot find anything Obamanation has succeeded at. Has nothing for all his early years of service to the blacks of Illinois except "present". Hasn't sponsored one bill since being in the senate; hasn't even had one meeting of his committee. Are you people without eyes, brains?

    May 27, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
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