June 6th, 2008
11:00 AM ET
15 years ago

McCain releases debut general election ad

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/06/06/art.mccainad.cnn.jpg caption="McCain is out with a new ad."](CNN) - John McCain’s released his debut spot of the general election ad wars Friday.

In the 30-second spot, which will air in major battleground states, the presumptive Republican nominee talks about his family’s history of military service.

“I hate war,” he says.

(Full script after the jump)

Only a fool or a fraud talks tough or romantically about war.

When I was five years old, my father left for war.

My grandfather came home from war and died the next day.

I was shot down over Vietnam and spent five years as a POW. Some of the friends I served with never came home.

I hate war.

And I know how terrible its costs are.

I'm running for President to keep the country I love safe.

I'm John McCain and I approve this message.

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soundoff (264 Responses)
  1. Obama 4 President

    for somebody that hates way you sure want a lot of it. (Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan)

    June 6, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  2. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Why hasn't he offered a way to get out of the conflict in Iraq and other places? With all the 4,000+ dead and tens of thousands mentally and physically wounded, how does he plan on helping them?

    June 6, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  3. Chryssa

    What he means is "I hate war . . .when it's me or my relatives fighting in it. When it's someone else's kids, how does 100 years sound?"

    June 6, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  4. Marty

    I am also impressed with McCain, though he is my second choice for president. I agree with the first comment and am happy to see a republican talk about gay marriage in an open and honest way. I am sad he does not support gay marriage but am glad he honestly expressed his opinion without being hostile or judgemental. The gay issue is only one of the major issues.

    This article was about war. Of the two presumed candidates running for president, I would feel safer with McCain as president in a time of war, so I will be voting for my second choice McCain, over my third choice Obama.

    June 6, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  5. hugues

    if you really hate war,why did you vote for it?

    June 6, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  6. Santiago

    Oh, really. So that's what he means when he says we will never deploy our troops for oil, AGAIN.

    Prior to the USA invading Iraq there was an article printed in the 'USA Today' about GEN Colin Powell's frustration and disgust of the plan and procedures to ensure the invasion (terrorist attack) on Iraq. Less than a week later he gave his infamous speech based on new erroneous intelligence. Senator McCain still voted on the invasion. Surely he had to understand what was happening just like he did when he voted against funds for the Katrina victims.

    His theme song should be "Out of Touch" by Hall and Oats

    June 6, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  7. NYC Native

    "Bomb bomb bomb bomb bomb Iran?" He sure doesn't sing like he hates war. Which John McSame is this one?

    June 6, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  8. Beverly, NYC

    McCain may hate war but he doesn't mind occupying another country for 100 years and forcing US democracy down their throats.

    June 6, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  9. Jeremy

    The left-wing complain about fearmongering and then they try to make us afraid of MCain with threats of world war III's and great depressions.

    It's not okay to scare us, unless your making us afraid of Republicans. Just another example of how hypocritical the liberal movement is...

    June 6, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  10. Susan, TX

    If McCain hates war so much, why hasn't he told his supporters that he was wrong to vote for the Iraq war? At least Clinton did.


    June 6, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  11. David O



    June 6, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  12. Dee Okla.

    I don't believe you.

    June 6, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  13. Timothy

    McCain sucks.

    June 6, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  14. ????

    McCain is the biggest flip flopper ever. I have no idea where he stands on any issues because he changes his mind so much. How are we suppose to believe anything that he says now. He'll say one thing and he'll do another IF he gets into office. I dont' know why they even call him the straight talk express when he goes back and forth on issues to gain independents or gain his base back.

    June 6, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
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