July 4th, 2008
11:00 AM ET
12 years ago

McCain airs first contrast ad

McCain is launching a Spanish radio ad.

McCain is launching a Spanish radio ad.

(CNN) – John McCain has come out with the first “contrast” ad of the general election cycle.

The Spanish radio ad is voiced by McCain’s U.S Naval Academy roommate Frank Gamboa.

“It seems to me that the other candidate has just discovered the importance of the Hispanic vote,” Gamboa says in the ad while playing up McCain’s history with the Hispanic community.

The ad is airing in Nevada and New Mexico. Asked if any other contrast ads are in the works, a McCain spokesman says it’s “likely.”

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
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  1. BV

    I came across this and thought that it said a lot.
    [This is a SiaNews.com/DumpMcCain.com EXCLUSIVE]

    May 19, 2008


    I was John McCain's Navy Flight Instructor - in formation tactics and air-to-air-gunnery. I could write a book about this man. Suffice to state, I shudder (and I'm fearless) at the nightmare thought of this man becoming our next President and Commander in Chief. I am not alone as to this man's former shipmates, instructors and senior officers - as to who and what this man is really all about. Although politics is really theater and the best performing actor gets to stay on the main stage - sorta like American Idol only much more dangerous to all living things - the performance and the make-over (re-invention) of this man is currently matched only by that of former LTC Oliver North, USMC (Ret.). Together on the same ticket, these two clowns would be real crowd pleasers in this sorry day and age of liars, banal dummies and limp-headed performers.

    Thanx for having the guts to put the real deal information on the site re: John Sidney McCain III - since the mainstream media is much too lazy to put the real story on McCain out there for the rest of their lazy consumers.

    Best regards,

    CDR Jerry K. Loeb, USN (Ret.)
    Palm Desert, CA

    July 4, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  2. RGiles

    It doesn’t seem to serve much purpose to continually go over the current negative status of everything or repeatedly over how the Bush-Cheney administration and their supporters have so arrogantly and irresponsibly contributed to the problems just for self-serving purposes – as everyone is fully aware of all of that. Then all of the irrational and emotional negative attacks, which by the way have barely started and will become more aggressive (both overtly and covertly), lack any real credibility and are simply aimed to intentionally confuse and mislead (remember Swiftboat). There also doesn’t seem to be a lot of benefit in evaluating and arguing over any of the candidates’ current stated positions on individual issues as we know that so much is said for affect and all of it really is (even necessarily) subject to being adjusted. And, for sure, there is no value in lamenting over what should have been. There possibly may be some value in some of those things … but just not in the discernment process for deciding who to vote for. The only choice is either John McCain or Barack Obama and that simply is a choice between John McCain’s stated guarantee for more of the Bush-Cheney policies and more of Washington as usual, … or Barack Obama’s promise, with no guarantee, for a chance to have change, including for more focus on benefiting all of the people. To simplify, that is it and is all we really know and will ever know for sure. Regrettably it comes down to deciding whether you want more of the same or to take a chance on getting credible change, and that decision has to be based on what you feel, as what the candidates, their supporters, or even the media offer is contaminated with an abundance of subterfuge.

    July 4, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  3. california

    mccain shut up!!!!!!

    July 4, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  4. Ancient Roommates For McCain

    It looks like McCain has an ironclad grip on the "old room-mates of John McCain" vote.

    July 4, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  5. Still for Hill but now ONLY for Hill

    Obama would not now need to run to the center...if he had been honest and realistic about his positions from the start.

    Take NAFTA, IRAQ, ... Hillary Clinton had it right from the start.

    Now Obama is morphing into Clinton just to win votes.

    Why not vote directly for the RIGHT leader? I did. But Oprah, the Media, tha black pundits, the DNC, Dean. Pelosi and others swiftboated her to make history with the first (only half) African American president.

    This was the year for the treachery since no Republican can win and no Democrat can lose, right?

    Wait and see. Hang tight and firm and solid for democracy all you Hillary supporters. Do not let your party be hijacked by this hateful, biased injustice just to FIX the nomination for an unqualified and inexperienced black man.

    July 4, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  6. ANGIE

    i think its fair to say both canidates have flipped flop but i do feel mccain has more so as for obama i think his true supporters and intelligent people understand why

    July 4, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  7. Steve

    The average record for not voting on the issues in the Senate is 4%. McCain's record is 61.8% and obamas record on Not Voting on the issues is around 42%.
    Do you want people that fail to show up to vote on issues in the House or Senate with these kind of records in the White House.

    July 4, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  8. Phantom of the Oprah

    Aren't all of Obama's new, nuanced responsible positions the ORIGINAL Hillary positions?

    So, I ask, who is the better leader?

    The DNC installed a good puppet, but the wrong nominee for the job facing America.

    Good luck, McCain.... win over all us HRC supporters who were ridiculed, hated and insulted by our own party just for voting for the BEST candidate... who, so sorry,...didn't happen to be black.

    My bad. Political correctness is more poweful than experienced leadership.

    July 4, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  9. Jim in Colorado

    "These are the times that try men's souls: The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of his country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman...

    Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph..."

    Thomas Paine

    July 4, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  10. Weygadt Mt. Boy-Forks PA

    It's impossible for McCain to contrast his views with Bush. He's running on the Bush legacy. So he picks on Obama. That's okay. We are not stupid. Waste your money on these ads, no one is watching.

    July 4, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  11. Brennan, Seattle WA

    Another non-policy based attack add. This is meant to play on a perceived dislike between the Spanish American and African American.

    To me this is basically race baiting. John McCain is saying "Hey Hispanic voters Barack doesn't care about you". This is completely ignorant and offensive. It is shocking how fast McCain has moved to the attack style politics.

    There was a time when I thought I might vote for John McCain, but he is playing on people's fears and that is the most Bush thing he could do. The last thing we need is another Bush.

    July 4, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  12. bk

    I wonder how many Obama sheep knows he is for giving drivers license to illegals?

    July 4, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  13. David in Illinois

    Hillary Clinton backers are STILL whining about how she blew it? PUH-LEASE let it go.
    Come November, if you don't vote for Barack Obama, you dishonor Hillary Clinton. With any other vote, whether it's for Barr, Nader or McCain, all you're supporting is 4 more years of George W. Bush. It doesn't get any simpler than that. And it doesn't get any more horrific than that.
    It's your right to do so, obviously, but if you backed Hillary and don't follow through with a vote for the Democrat in the fall, your support for HRC was shallow and for all the wrong reasons. The country deserves better. So does Hillary.

    July 4, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  14. Griff

    You meet all kind of people in the miltary... One thing Borack Obama missed... Old Friend's....

    July 4, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  15. bk

    You are wrong McCain voted for a bill that would give benefits based on years of service. As you know we have a voluntary service and McCain knows that a lot of them will leave after the first tour if they are given the benefits and this will leave us short on our military. You don't want a draft do you?

    July 4, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  16. Brad from SC


    July 4, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  17. Henry in Portland, Oregon

    I'm surprised Lindsey Graham hasn't been mentioned for Mc Cains VP. This guy is a solid leader.

    July 4, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  18. Andy

    At least McCain admits he doesn't know everything. Voting for Obama is voting for a disaster.

    July 4, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  19. saga4obama

    Vig July 4th, 2008 2:58 pm ET

    I hope McCain's new campaign handlers kick Obama's butt and reveal him for the echo chamber he is.

    it is going to take a lot more than the handlers (the same people who got Bush back into office...see how good that went) to stop ARMY AMERICA.

    McCain supported in 2012 (if McCain won):
    -i don't have a job.
    -just lost my house
    -gas is $10.00 a gallon
    -we are at war with Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan and others.
    -we are isolated from the rest of the world.
    -we owe China 100 trill.
    -oh did i mention that i was sick the other day, but i could not afford to go to the doctor.
    -the Mexican dollar is stronger than ours
    -America has become the global swap meet
    -i was going to go to the beach put the oil spill put and end to that
    -oh, did i mention i am now paying more on taxes?
    -crime is up.
    but at least we didnt let a BLACK man get in the White House...we sure are patriots...idiots

    DUMPMCCAIN.COM...release your military records...HERO

    to the John is just were this country will be if YOU elect McCain like YOU elected BUSH...
    for your education go to barackobama.com see his plan

    July 4, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  20. TonyInKentucky

    The worst case scenario for an Obama Presidency is about the best you can expect from McCain.

    What have you all missed over the last generation that would allow you to throw America in the trash for more Republican policies and appointees.

    Voting person over policy has all but completely lead us here. Voters loved Uncle Ronnie, voters knew the experienced Nixon, voters felt like they could sit down over beer and barbecue with Dubbya, and later felt safer with him, Bush I voters felt was experienced and a decider.

    Republicans never win on policy, they win on fear and division. They win on dehumanizing their opponents. Whenever possible, they have proven to take advantage of racial, gender, and lifestyle fears.

    McCain is the figurehead for a set of policies, as is Obama. How this is missed I can never guess. The country goes in the wrong direction because of the thought process shown in many of these postings.
    Too many voters have programmed themselves to regularly go to the ballot box and support an agenda that is not only bad for the average joe but dangerous for the prospect of a better tomorrow and counter productive to the goal of a more perfect union because they like or are more comfortable with guy pushing the agenda.

    How is the burden of proof not on the neocon philosophy? Has Republican leadership and direction not put one hell of a dent in our future and the American Dream?

    Who cares about Obama, McCain, or Clinton? This is about agenda, policy, and appointees not only in the courts but administration of about every major arm of government.

    Voting Republican again in the face of all the ruin is suicidal for our nation. I don't care who you like or fear my fellow Americans, the ONLY rational thought now is to stop the bleeding and get as many of these yahoos out of power as possible.

    Republicans are bad for America. A vote for McCain is a vote for more of the same and you can paint it any other way.

    July 4, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
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