July 23rd, 2008
09:37 AM ET
14 years ago

McCain message to hit Berlin Thursday

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Barack Obama is not the only presidential candidate who will be front-and-center in Berlin this Thursday. Well, sort of.

In the latest effort to counter-program Obama’s tour of Europe and the Middle East, the Republican National Committee will air radio ads promoting John McCain’s candidacy in three different Berlins: Berlin, New Hampshire; Berlin, Pennsylvania; and Berlin, Wisconsin.

Not the most expensive media markets for the RNC to buy time – but certainly a clever way to gain some national press and perhaps gain some buzz in these three battleground states, while Obama delivers what is expected to be one of the biggest speeches of this campaign cycle in the European capital.

(An early look at the copy of the RNC ad after the jump)

Title: Obama Chooses Washington Over Our Military (60 seconds)

VO: There are few votes as important as funding our men and women in uniform.
VO: But when our military needed necessary resources, Barack Obama failed to stand up.
VO: Obama said that nobody wanted to play chicken with our troops on the ground.
VO: But when it came time to act, he voted against critical resources: no to individual body armor, no to helicopters, no to ammunition, no to aircraft.
VO: The bill Obama opposed even had funding for veterans’ medical facilities and rehabilitation programs.
VO: And why did he say no?
VO: Obama chose Washington politics over the needs of our military.
VO: And Senator McCain?
VO: As a veteran and someone who has always put the public interest first, John McCain stood by our troops.
VO: If Obama can’t rise above politics to support our soldiers in a time of war, then how can he claim to have the strength to change the way Washington works?
VO: John McCain is ready to lead. Barack Obama is not.

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soundoff (272 Responses)
  1. Danielle, TX


    July 23, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  2. Barack Chalk Jayhawk

    Haha! That's the funniest news I've read in a while. I wonder how long it took them to come up with that.

    Once again proof that all McCain is capable of is to react to what Obama is doing:

    1. Obama was first to say that we need to talk with our enemies and was viciously attacked for it by McCain, who called it "naive" and "appeasement". Now the Bush administration is doing exactly that, and McCain quietly supports it.

    2. Obama has always favored a timeline for an Iraq withdrawal. Now McCain supports it too, only he cleverly calls it a "time horizon". I'm glad that got pointed out, so now even stupid voters like me will know that a time horizon will definitely lead to victory in Iraq, whereas a "timeline" will result in utter defeat.

    3. Obama has always said, as early as 2002, that the Iraq war is a bad idea, mainly because it diverts our attention from the real terrorist haven, Afghanistan. McCain now reluctantly admits that more troops are needed there, but only after the recent deadly attacks on U.S. soldiers. And if he were in charge of sending soldiers there, chances are they'd show up late because a delay at the Iraq/Pakistan border.

    July 23, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  3. R.O.B.

    The American public is a lot smarter than the Washington Republicans think. That is what they fail to realize and that is why they won't win the White House back this GE.

    OBAMA '08

    July 23, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  4. Eleanor

    Typical rubbish from John McBush McSame... Lies...misrepresentations...distortions...and more bald faced lies. Nothing new here. Same old tired conservative crap from a tired old creep of a candidate.

    How much more pathetic could the Republicans get... Well..I'm sure they'll find away. If there's a lower level than the one they're currently exploring, they'll find it. But then we shouldn't be surprised that bottom-feeders dwell in the muck! It's their natural element.

    July 23, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  5. Xavier, Saint Louis, MO

    Go ahead GOP and waist your money. The people in Germany favor Obama something like 73% to McBush 27%. It's a done deal and McSame and the GOP know it, your days are numbered. The whole world can not wait unit Bush is out of office and Obama is President.

    Obamanation '08


    July 23, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  6. True

    Maybe McCain should concentrate on issues here in the U.S. instead of trying to throw rocks at Obama from across the Atlantic.

    Oh yeah, McCain has no answers or solutions for America.

    July 23, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  7. LMC

    Half of the posters here missed the point. He's not advertising in Germany. He's advertising in American cities named Berlin. It's a little bit of humor. Chill out.

    July 23, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  8. ANGIE

    Poor mcain i kinda feel sorry for him maybe just maybe if he had some policies of his own rather than THE BUSH POLICIES,He may get some more attention but what i still cant get over is the fact mccain pushed and pushed obama to do this trip and now hes WHINING!!! seems to me mccain tried to put obama in a political trap to fail and it backfired oh poor poor mccain.

    July 23, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  9. Tim

    Why is my comparison of John McCain to Mr Magoo in moderation??? Does the truth of an old man yelling at the clouds hit too close to home CNN and McSame supporters???

    July 23, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  10. pat C.

    this is insane! why can't someone do fact check on this before it is allowed in the public? this man is a maniac!! he is ruining himself with his own party but less the rest of the world. he needs to be doubled checked on every word that comes from his mouth.

    July 23, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  11. Jim - Wisconsin

    Wooo!!! I live in Berlin and can't wait to see the stupid John McCain ad. McCain should give up on Wisconsin. Wisconsin = Blue State!!!

    July 23, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  12. Jenny

    Yep, he's jealous. Ads in Germany? Now who's campaigning over there. He can't stand that Barack is in the spotlight.

    Oh well, I think his rating in Germany is very low. So they don't want him to be president anymore than most Americans.

    Obama 08

    July 23, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |

    These attacks didn't work for Hill-girl-ly. This is a new day, a new year.

    So what makes MC Cannon think it's going to work for him.

    Take your butt whipping like a man and stop whinning.

    July 23, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  14. tigerakabj

    McSenile is losing it and it is only July. We have about 3.5 months to go and this guy is breaking down by the second. He spends all of his time talking about Obama. No positivity whatsoever. Keep up the bad work McSame.

    Obama/Sebelius 2008/2012.

    July 23, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  15. An American


    July 23, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  16. Denise

    I thought it was funny when he got off the plane in New Hampshire and there was one reporter. I think he should hire a press corp. That way, he can look more presidential.

    Bush has to fight for attention as well. When he was in Africa everyone wanted to know about Barack. He had to turn the attention back to himself.

    Funny, funny, funny.

    Obama 08

    July 23, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  17. David from Ohio

    McCain is the one who didn't stand up for veterans when he wrote Bush a blank check to wage war in Iraq.

    July 23, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  18. THE O

    Actung baby. Mccain sucks, He is always one step behind Obama. And has nothing to offer but attacks, and lies without substance, He just recycles bush policy's.

    BARACK THE VOTE!!!!!!!!


    July 23, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  19. Addie

    Well, apprarently Germans can't hear him yelling at the clouds over here, so McCain has to buy some air time and– yell at the clouds over there.

    This is too funny.

    News Flash: Nobody cares about a candidate of a party who is responsible for $4.00 gas prices, the foreclosers, Enron, the Katrina fiasco, and a financial advisor who says we're a bunch of "whiners". Did you also see the latest tape of Bush saying that Wall Street has a hangover, and that his wife is buying a big new home in Houston? He's a moron, and so are the people who vote for Mini Me McBush.

    July 23, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  20. Maxine

    I can't wait to vote in November. I think the Secret Servie should watch Barack's back when he comes home.

    There are so many jealous people online. They think because they want it so, that we're going to fall inline behind a lame candidate who yells at clouds. Not going to happen, no way, no how.

    Obama 08

    July 23, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  21. Straight Talk Distress

    Cry Baby McCane is soo insecure and Jealous, all he can do is react to Obama's every word and movement with whinning and complaints.
    He is in distress and screaming for help.. lol

    He has no visions of his own. He just finds fault with any and everything Obama does. Its getting to be very obvious that McPain is not only feeling inaequate, He truely is an inadequate person for the Job of President.

    His short little Napoleon size ego is whinning and crying daily. He is a Pittyful old fart, who has already peaked and climaxed but is too senile to realize it. 🙂

    July 23, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |

    I am 66 years old and have never seen a campaign as mismanaged and negative as McCan's( especially at this point in time). Although I am a strong Obama supporter, I am disappointed that McCain has either panicked, or is getting Rovian advise to use the big lies and be as negative as possible. Why the disappointment? Because, McCain promised a real and intelligent debate on the serious issues that face the country.

    He has reneged on that promise. Changed his position so many times on so many issues that you need a score card to keep up, and begs the question as to whether he is up to the task of managing a complex system like the Federal Government. As a senior, not far behind McCain, it's increasing said to witness. I would hate to see his increasing confusion and slips lead to a 3AM moment that drops bombs on Prague.

    July 23, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
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