August 5th, 2008
12:00 PM ET
13 years ago

New McCain ad highlights maverick roots


Watch the ad the McCain campaign released Tuesday called 'Broken.'

(CNN) - After days of hard-hitting TV and Web ads focused on fall opponent Barack Obama, presumptive Republican nominee John McCain is taking to the airwaves with a positive spot that looks to highlight his maverick roots, and tells voters the nation is “worse off than we were four years ago.”

The latest ad, released Tuesday, does not mention the presumptive Democratic nominee at all, stressing instead the Arizona senator’s independent reputation.

“Washington's broken. John McCain knows it. We're worse off than we were four years ago,” says the announcer in the 30-second spot. “Only McCain has taken on big tobacco, drug companies, fought corruption in both parties. He'll reform Wall Street, battle Big Oil, make America prosper again.

“He's the original maverick. One is ready to lead - McCain.”

The campaign said the ad will air in “key states.”

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  1. Thomas

    Liers-Dishonesty-Corruption and Bigatry!

    I dont understand why people havent smaten up yet!!!!

    Obama people played the race card in the caucus that we had here in neb. (if your dont vote for Obama your a raciest)!

    Every place Obama goes there is either flooding, tornadoes, or a natural diaster - tell him to stay out of neb. we have enough storms.

    (Karma) Just look at the weather pattrern and Obamas speach locations.

    I feel sorry for the people in Missour – Congresswomen standing up appraising him and two days later Floods you never seen brfore.

    Obama has changed his positions to appease the public to show that he is open to flip-flppping, everything he stood for in jan today is just a thought. Get rid of The Lieing John Kerry.

    Obama sounds just like him "a broken record with no substance on anything but degrading his opponent!

    August 5, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  2. republicans hate america

    maverick? please! you are more like Gomer Pyle

    August 5, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  3. United

    Frankie you should read the post from Wake Up

    "…the Dems are the Majority..yes that's true, but they do not hold enough votes to prevent the record number of filibusters perpetrated by…THE REPUBLICANS, nor do they have enough seats to over turn the vetoes from the REPUBLICAN ADMINISRATION, "

    August 5, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  4. Rick K

    I would like to test a new theme in Barack's ads, which are starting to draw links back to McCain's long history of voting without a real strategic framework. Let me know your thoughts. I put the themes here, but didn't finish all the options or sentences, but you get the idea:

    "John McCain, he's been in Washington 26 years. Some call that experience. But for all his experience, he failed to see the need for alternative energy, voting against it...

    With all his experience, he failed to understand the cost of an undefined mission in Iraq...

    I would try to draw a line between "experience" and repeated bad or unpopular decisions. It would make it harder to use that word so freely and without any accountability for lacking the strategic framework that's necessary in the president's role. What do you all think?

    August 5, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  5. politics

    McCain has been in washington for the past twenty six years, and he was certainly there in the last four of the years he is talking about, and yet, he has done nothing for the good of the people.

    August 5, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  6. Ki-Jana Carter

    If supporting offshore drilling is John McCain's idea of "battling big oil" he's much more senile than I realized.

    August 5, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  7. G

    proud army and navy mom

    August 5, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  8. Unshrub

    McCain is only trying to stay in the race because mean ol' Obama and his band of liberals will destroy American.

    August 5, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  9. Troy

    I read these blogs everyday and i can see why America is in so much trouble, you would think it's the government fault, But i don't think so.. it all boils down to all the people of this country, you know, your family, friends, black, white and red people, We are about 50 years away from a great America, look where we were 50 years ago.

    If we are not at war outside our country, we are at war inside of it, if we are not chasing terrorist outside, we have a different type of terror right here in America.

    Before we can move forward, we must take a good look back, and see how far we have come, vote for the right guy.

    August 5, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  10. Phil-Texas

    I was wondering how long it would take Mc Cain's handlers to pick up on the fact that John has always tried to buck the Republican steady as she goes. He has always been open minded and willing to take a fresh look at problems. I hope he will continue to think this way as president.

    August 5, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
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