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. Richard

    McCain is Bush part 3. All the ad time in the world wont save him.

    July 23, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  2. karen-phoenix

    No Way!! After watching Obama the last few days it is very clear who is the best man and most dedicated to peace in the middle east!! Obama's press conferences have been brilliant!!! His energy level is unbelivable and the world loves him. We need a strong, young, intellegent and highly educated leader to get us out of the mess the Bush administration has put us in. God Bless Obama!!!

    July 23, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  3. Brian Phoenix AZ

    and the folks in Berlin, Germany...Nein Mcsame!

    July 23, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  4. Tammy - KCMO

    McCain supports military/veteran funding? Do a little research and it's not hard to find what his real record is:

    McCain Opposes the 21st Century GI Bill Because It Is Too Generous.
    Voted Against Increased Funding for Veterans’ Health Care.
    McCain Voted Against Adding More Than $400 Million for Veterans’ Care.
    Voted Against Establishing a $1 Billion Trust Fund for Military Health Facilities.
    Opposed $500 Million for Counseling Services for Veterans with Mental Disorders.
    Voted in Support of Disabled Veterans Only 25 Percent of the Time from 2004-2005.
    Voted Against Providing Automatic Cost-of-Living Adjustments to Veterans.
    Opposed Increasing Spending on TRICARE and Giving Greater Access to National Guard and Reservists.
    Supported Outsourcing VA Jobs.
    Supported Outsourcing at Walter Reed.
    Voted Against $122.7 Billion for Department of Veterans Affairs.

    and the list goes on....

    July 23, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  5. Berlin

    Leader never proclaim he is a leader, it is the followers who proclaim that.
    I don't see any one following McCain, except McCain following Obama.
    24 hours McCain utters Obama's name. He has nothing to say on his own, Sad -Sad.-sad
    McCain wishes so much to be with Obama, he even pick Berlin for his ads.

    July 23, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  6. Not Impressed.


    July 23, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  7. Christiane from Germany

    Mr. McCain get not so much Attention like B. Obama, thatswhy he is angry. If McCain would come to Berlin, Germany not much People would come to see him.
    I travel tomorrow 5 Hours to Berlin to see Barack Obama.

    July 23, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  8. Maggie Muggins From Selwyn

    Get real with your lead saying McCain message ready to hit Berlin Thursday..............They don't have a message just a smear campaign with no other purpose than covering up their lack of policy and get attention for themselves cause no one watches them or cares about them other than the party faithfuls and many of them are sleeping through it.

    July 23, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  9. Voter

    Hope the old guy can keep his facts straight at least for a while today.

    July 23, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  10. Greg

    This ad is completely misleading. Obama was voting against a bill to fun the war because he knew it was the only way to try to force the President to get troops out of Iraq.

    Also, Obama understands that continuing to bankrupt our country with this was is not responsible for the youth in the U.S.

    He have borrowed every dime that we've spent in Iraq, and currently pay 9% of our annual budget in interest, a number which goes up every day as we borrrow more and more money from the chinese and other foriegn and special interests.

    July 23, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  11. Janet

    The McCain camp with help from the MSM is like a little spoiled child vying for attention. Why don't you implement some "true" journalistic policies by calling McSame on all of his mistakes?

    July 23, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  12. Mike - Texas

    Mccain doesn't talk about himself. Only talks about Obama.

    I guess Mccain is bored with himself, like the rest of America has been.

    July 23, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  13. Kate, Atlanta

    Seriously, just how much more desperate can McOld get??? It is so sad, and yet I laugh....

    July 23, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  14. Ken

    Boy the [R] desperation continues. Sounds to me like a lot of whining from the McCain camp: "no,no, don't look at Barack; look at ME! Look at ME!"

    This [R] ad campaign is really pathetic. It doesn't provide anything new or positive to sway new or indecided voters....its designed for the [R] few-believers, to keep them on-board the [R] attack machine. Those who liked Bush, now like McCain...because their policies are nearly identical......those failed policies are now the in-grown policies of the whole [R] party whose proud motto, like that of its deranged leader, is "stay the course". The whole [R] party is a failure.

    July 23, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  15. Debra Austin, Texas

    When are the media REALLY going to hold McNothing accountable. It's an 'offensive' move to put the media on edge by claiming Obama is getting so much more media attention than McNothing but the real scrutiny has never hit the ageless wonder. If the media were REALLY doing their job, they would have sliced McCain over his 'traitor' comment regarding Obama being more interested in winning a campaign than winning the Iraq war which is SHAMELESS. But nothing could have beaten his campaign's statement about Obama at Yad Vashem, the Holocoust Museum in Israel, claiming Obama is lying when he says "Never Again". As a Jew, I will NEVER vote for that OLD F@RT. He will no doubt say that it was not he who made the statement but nontheless allow his campaign to vomit excrement without any accountability. I agree that the media isn't doing their job but it's because they are hiding the hideousness of McFuddled.

    July 23, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  16. Shasta

    Too bad the ad is a lie. I'm sorry, who voted for the GI Bill of Rights and who voted against it?

    Be careful what you ask for, J Mac- with all of this press on you, the completely ineptitude of your campaign is about to come under the harsh spotlight. Mazel Tov.

    July 23, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  17. Nick from Maine

    Dear Senator McCain,
    How dare you criticize Senator Obama about military funding, claiming he was playing politics? It was YOUR political agenda that got us into the quagmire in the first place. It was YOUR vote who sent our troops off to be killed and disabled. It was YOUR vote that sent us to war unprepared. It was YOU who didn't support an expanded GI Bill. YOU are the one who continues to ignore the facts of the war and letting your own delusional ideas guide your decisions.


    July 23, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  18. R.I.F.

    AttaK Attack Attack. Does McCain and the RNC have any of their own policies, solutions, or ideas to talk about to make this country better?

    By running the ad in cities named Berlin the same day that Obama will be giving a speech makes the republicans look very very weak and afraid.

    July 23, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  19. Oluwa

    Another Gaffe from McCain!
    This was McCain Last Night on CBS: McCain was talking about was caused the reduction of violence in iraq:
    "I don't know how you respond to something that is as — such a false depiction of what actually happened," McCain said. "Colonel MacFarland was contacted by one of the major Sunni sheiks. Because of the surge we were able to go out and protect that sheik and others. And it began the Anbar awakening. I mean, that's just a matter of history."

    The Anbar Awakening began 6 months before the Surge!
    The 90,000+ Paid sunnis also contributed!!! Google it and read about it. It was a collective effort, NOT JUST the increase in troops!
    Stating the facts does not take credit from out troops, they did a great job! But it was not only them, it was the IRAQ people also!
    So stop exagerating the facts and STOP LYING about the surge to gain Political points!
    He claims OBAMA would rather win an election that win a war,
    Well it looks like McCain would rather change history and lie about the facts in order to win an election.

    July 23, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  20. Ken N.

    My only hope is that the target audience of this tripe will take a little visit to factcheck.org before they make any conclusions.

    July 23, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  21. Abby

    This is funny and orders on xenophobia.

    July 23, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  22. rice, bryan

    i guess mccain thinks wwII just ended, or the berlin wall is still standing. someone better remind him that there is no longer a east berlin.

    July 23, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  23. PUMA for BARR

    For more maturity, see pre-schoolers.

    July 23, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  24. Chris, Denver CO

    That sounds like a pretty dumb idea to me.

    July 23, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  25. Connie

    Wasn't it the John McSenile campaign that said Obama should not be campaigning overseas because they don't vote in our election. Now the RNC is spending money for ads in these countries, is this major flip-flopping.This ad is like pour money in a rat hole, the people over there will love Obama and he has the press to show the love. McSenile had one news person in New Hampshire ?This is funny. Connie from Indiana

    July 23, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
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