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. John Anthony, MN

    Who cares what the McSame campaign does? He's nothing but a crabby old crybaby anyway. Any more whining about media coverage and the spoiled little brat ought to be made to go sit in the corner. I'm sick of his bellyaching, and I'm sick of how out of touch he is with the realities in the Middle East, Europe, AND here at home! The guy is not mentally fit to be President. Czechoslovakia? The main battleground for the war on terror is in Iraq and not Afghanistan? The surge occurred months AFTER the Sunni turned on alQaeda, but the surge caused that change in the Sunni attitude anyway? REALLY, McCain? What else can you make up? You're out to lunch, pal! You're not fit for the White House. Why don't you just retire and do us all a big favor?

    July 23, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  2. ProudToBeDemocrat

    Our military have done marvlous job lowering the violence in Iraq. What we are missing is a leadership who understands the price we are paying by stay in Iraq, it is time we say no to the Bush/Mccain policy and vote for change this November.

    July 23, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  3. smile!!!!

    lead where, ARIZONANS don´t even want him anymore

    why doesn´t the ad mention the GI BILL????complete silence, and he favors the troops?
    how many homeless vets on the streets of this great country, mc c just doesn´t want to help them....SHAMEFUL

    but why is this ad about WAR WAR WAR instead of ECONOMY ECONOMY ECONOMY?????they do not know anything else, PATHETIC!!! Talk about the ECONOMY.......Stupid!!!

    July 23, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  4. California Gold

    Anyone want to take bets the McCain ads are criticizing Obama? Thus far that is the thrust of the McCain campaign: Obama.

    July 23, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  5. Mike, TX

    Ok Obamabots, your turn to insult McCain....

    July 23, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  6. Brian G, Sugar Land, TX

    Vell, Herr McCain. Vhat do zu think that zu kann offer zee German people zat zhey don't already have? Herien?

    Ve have your dollars. Ve have your housing loans. Ve have your McDonalds. Aber, ve shall no longer have your back. First zee stupid hanging chads. Zhen zee stupid war. Now zee stupid republicans. Go back vhere you come from Herr. McCain. Ve don't need your Vorld Var 3 mentality.

    July 23, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  7. BrendaF, Mesquite, TX

    McCain = So sad!

    July 23, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  8. sherry

    McCain is sure straving for some attention

    Rather pathetic I must say

    Obama 08

    July 23, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  9. Minnesota against Johnny McSame

    CNN keeps feeding the troll. How many articles will the media show saying " mCCain did this in an attempt to counter positive buzz from Obama tour"??? When you know why McCain camp is trying to make news, why do you keep getting played by them?

    July 23, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  10. Berlin

    Pitiful campaign and useless Ads.

    July 23, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  11. proud army and navy mom

    mcmoron has voted against improving the lifes of our troops over and over again. Is mccain confused again? He seems to want to blame Sen Obama for his own lapses in memory and judgment.

    What about mcattack's handlers? are they just as senile and uninterested in the truth as mcliar seems to be or are they just sabotaging his presidential run because george w doesn't like him anyway even though he says he support him. With friends like w and mccain's staff, he doesn't need enemies.

    Here's some advice mccain: take the log out of your own eye, before you try lying about Sen obama's record.

    July 23, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  12. bernj

    Another silly ad from McStupid. Full of lies and misrepresentations....just like John McCain.

    July 23, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  13. Rise America Rise

    Do we even know for sure that Mccain realizes Berlin Germany is not in the US? I think he is putting these ads on thinking that Obama must be in one of these 3 places, but he is not sure which one. Let's face it, geography is not McCain"s strong suit.

    July 23, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  14. Stacy Clarks

    The deperation of the mccain camp and the RNC is too funny to watch!

    GO OBAMA!!!!

    July 23, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  15. rbt

    This may be the most innovative thing that the McCain campaign has done in this election season. I applaud the idea. Of course the message itself is pretty negative and deceptive. Go figure, he takes a good idea and then steps on it by airing an attack on Obama rather than touting his own policy. I guess you can;t teach an old dog and an old party new tricks!

    July 23, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  16. John in Columbus


    Aside from how funny it is that this is the best McCain can afford, McCain's voting record is much worse then Obama's when it comes to the 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."

    Note that they provide no actual examples of that. McCain voted against the updated GI Bill.

    -OEF and OIF veteran

    July 23, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  17. Linda31

    Oh my gosh, this is disgusting. I thought it was against policy to attack American officials/candidates aboard. Americans are voting, not Germans. McCain is looking more and more pitiful. What is wrong with his advisers? I'm starting to feel sorry for him.

    July 23, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  18. gary


    July 23, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  19. Montana is Obama Country

    Yeah, right..

    John wear is your FALG PIN..??

    Why did you vote against the GI Bill..

    Why do you have washingotn insiders on your campaign who have taken millions from American's just to find their housing foreclosed on..??

    Why do you NOT have a strategy to END the WAR..?

    Why are you a critic when you cannot get your own message across ..?

    Why do Americans feel like we have to have the WAR shoved down our throats again, and again..??

    Why can't get get out to go fight the REAL WAR pn TERROR..?

    Why haven't you been to Montana to see our REAL rural problems and economic hardships..

    Why did you vote agains the Farm Bill that helps the farmers here in Montana..??

    and John why do your surragotes lie to the American people..?

    July 23, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  20. Linda31

    I just saw the cities. Ooops. I retract my statements.

    July 23, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  21. wait one second here

    McCain only has an attack Obama platform....he better watch out because he will find he has far more skeletons in his closet...59 lobbyist running his campaign (from Charlie Black to Nancy Pfotenhauer), USS Forrrestal 7/29/67, Phil Gramm's ENRON loophole (google speculators) , adultery (google Vikie Iseman), drugs (Cindy), questionable relationship with Pastor Parsely, Keating 5, receiving $100,000.00 from Lowell Paxson (google Paxson FCC) , took $1,069,854.00 from big oil....and the list goes on.
    McCain said the media was HIS BASE, i guess there is so much truth in that other wise we would have heard more about McCain's questionable relations and poor judgment. Obama might be getting more media coverage, but McCain is getting kid glove treatment from the media...lets talk about fair coverage

    July 23, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  22. Susan

    I smell fear in McbUSH'S cAMP!!!!!

    July 23, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  23. check and checkmate

    we new JFK and u are not him doesn't matter if carolyn is in your crew and really why are u campaining in Germany when is the last time they voted in Chi town or for that matter and American Pres., u r a phantom 98% of the people that come to your rallies stop thinking and project their wishes onto u but that is not what u are who are u today ? I'm going to wait to the last minute to pull the lever most likely will go for Repuke Pres. Strong Dem. congress check and checkmate, game that vote fella.......

    July 23, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  24. David Newport, OR

    Let's see...a person giving a talk to millions in Berlin Germany, vs a campaign add in Berlin NH, Berlin PA, and Berlin WI. The only press this will give McCain is what a pathetic attempt this is to try to get attention focused on him. What kind of morons does this guy have working for him? Hand-picked morons.

    July 23, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  25. John Taylor

    How about some facts tto back up the claims in the ad?

    The "Say-Anything" Express.


    July 23, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
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