July 23rd, 2008
09:37 AM ET
12 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. Bob Indianapolis, IN

    He better pay them in Euros..thanks to Dumbya, after an 8 year slide the dollar's not doing so well...

    July 23, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  2. Didine - Maryland

    McCain is so desperated and frustrated that he does not know what to do. Start running an exciting campaign if you want people to listen to you Senator Mccain. Stop complaining because you are digging yourself to the grave.

    July 23, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  3. lady in michigan

    Does CNN recognize its journalistic duty to analyze ads rather than re-air them free of cost? I find this quite shocking... esp when it comes to ads so full of lies and hypocrisy as to take your breath away

    July 23, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  4. pam Eugene OR

    Does anyone really believe these attack ads? When is McCain going to air an ad about McCain?

    July 23, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |


    July 23, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  6. Arkay, MI

    How about Berlin, czechoslovakia 🙂

    July 23, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  7. Linda. Boston, MA

    And yet, it was Obama, not McCain, who voted FOR the recent GI bill. McCain's excuse: "it's too generous".

    July 23, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  8. seth

    What is more interesting is that McCain is pummeling Obama while he is on foreign soil. This has always been considered and "off-limits" and distasteful political practice.

    Does McCain care? Nope.

    July 23, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  9. Tina, NC

    I smell desperation coming from the McGaffe Camp

    July 23, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  10. Becky

    Clever. Too bad McCain is just going to spread more lies and negativity. Someone give him an ice cream cone and let him play in the sprinkler or something. He's getting really bitter.

    July 23, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  11. katiec

    McCains goading Obama into a trip abroad has back fired on him
    and he is left sputtering, trying to undo the respect and attention
    Barack Obama is receiving.
    His ads are laughable and highlight that he and the republicans
    can resort to nothing but swift boating and dirty politics.
    They certainly can not run on their accomplishments as there
    have been none unless you call the diasters they have
    created for our country as accomplishments. Of course,
    they are so out of touch with reality they cannot see or
    admit to all the harm they have done.

    July 23, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  12. carlo

    This McCain tactic is about as dumb as it gets.

    July 23, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  13. D&D

    This became an obsession: the old man would do anything to get attention from the media...how about actually running his own campaign?

    July 23, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  14. McBUSH

    This ad sounds like a child in the playground whining since another kid stole ther toy!

    July 23, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  15. Herman in LA

    CNN why is this garbage making news?

    July 23, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  16. Phil, FL

    McWarmonger is putting his lies in ads now – he's a loser and is desparate. Shame Shame Shame Shame

    Go Obama '08

    July 23, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  17. McBUSH


    Get with the times and stop the SMEARS!!

    July 23, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  18. Ludovic

    this is a joke or what?
    they are really looking like desparate in the mccain campaign

    July 23, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  19. chris (hartford, ct)

    I'd love to hear a McCain ad illustrating why he should be president that doesn't include any references to Obama.

    July 23, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  20. Chanda Cincinnati Ohio

    He told Obama he needed to visit these places, and he did. Now that McCain sees how well Obama is being received, he is scared!! Be careful what you ask for Johnny!!!!!!!!

    July 23, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  21. Damian Salter

    poor McCain.

    July 23, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  22. Wayne, Greenville TX

    Personally, I think Gramps McCain should go to Hell, Michigan. 🙂

    July 23, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  23. al




    July 23, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  24. Peter

    Interesting attack ad. However it sort of looks through a political prism. The reason Obama (and most other Dems) voted against the bill is: 1) the Dems wanted to include a timetable for withdrawal in any budget plans and 2) the funding was still insufficient for the troop needs. Votes from both McCain and Obama in the senate are never as simple as this (i.e. McCain opposes the troops b/c he voted against an increase in the G.I. bill... when he only opposed it b/c he preferred a law that tied the $ to time spent in the military)... and it's not "new politics" and a "clean campaign" to insinuate otherwise.

    July 23, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  25. Obama-Junkie, IL

    A clever (and cheap) way to get the mainstream media interested in covering these three places with a total population less than 20,000.

    But really who cares? The world will be tuning into Obama's speech in Germany tommorrow!

    July 23, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
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