August 28th, 2008
01:26 PM ET
13 years ago

McCain plans 'exciting' campaign ad Thursday night

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="McCain plans a direct response to Obama Thursday."](CNN) - John McCain will directly address rival Barack Obama Thursday night, in an ad the Arizona senator's campaign is calling "exciting and unprecedented."

The ad, set to run in crucial battleground states, is the McCain campaign's latest in a series of attempts to pull media attention away from the Democratic National convention as Obama gets ready to accept his party's presidential nomination.

The McCain campaign would reveal little details about the commercial, but said it would air around the time Obama is slated to speak before an estimated 75,000 spectators at Invesco field.

soundoff (250 Responses)
  1. Emily Parslow

    It will probably be another of McCains dirty adds trying to upstage
    Obama. From a corageous war hero, McCain has certainly sunk
    to the level of petty mean old man. What a shame. He has become
    so low down and dirty it is embarasing to have him as a fellow American never mind a Persidential contender. .

    August 28, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  2. Professor

    I am excited to see President McCain's new advertisement!

    I have been severely disappointed by the Democratic National Convention. The dishonest and immoral speakers have not once mentioned how they intend to lead our nation back to GOD. My prayer is that President McCain, with his loyalty to the pro-life position and his opposition to sodomite marriages, will be instrumental in guiding our nation back to basic principles of decency.

    August 28, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  3. Alexander

    Notice that all of the rants are from scared Democrats. Either way Hillary Clinton wins, if Barack wins, he'll go down in flames and we'll see Hillary 2012. If McCain wins, he'll go down in flames and we'll see HIllary 2012.

    Either way you cut it, whoever is President is just warming the seat for Hillary in 4 years. So deal with it.

    August 28, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  4. Guy

    Doesn't this piece of garbage McCain have anything to offer to his backers other than criticism of his opponent? When will he stand up and tell us what he has to offer as a president? Tired old has-been.

    August 28, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  5. Dinah

    What would you expect from the scumbagger Republican?

    August 28, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  6. Dan

    Poor poor McCain, most of his ads distort Obama's policies, such as the ad in which McCain mentions that Obama will raise taxes- anyone notice that Obama would raise the taxes on those who can afford to pay more? McCain surely seems to try to distort everything in a desperate attempt to win the presidency.

    August 28, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  7. Chris

    An ad about Obama instead of his own policies? SHOCKING!

    August 28, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  8. CS in PA

    Way to go Sen. McSame – you claim to be the guy to change things and you continue to follow the same "Rove-esque" type of slimy politics. Oh yeah, and running these ads is a very nice example of your fiscal responsibility – give me a break!

    August 28, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  9. Ceee

    I predict McCain will say something in the way of congratulations. He'll be trying to build up his image as a bi-partisan candidate.

    August 28, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  10. Tony

    The Ten Commandments of the Republican Party;

    1)Thou must be a superb liar
    2) Thou must be skilled at cheating
    3) Thou must SPRED FEAR by any means necessary
    4) Thou must be pro-war .
    5) Thous must NEVER let anything come between Thee and $$$$$$$$$$$.
    6) Thou must let only unetheical and crooked people into Thy party.
    7) Thou must excel at messing up and blaming others.
    Thou must spend most of Thy time in DENIAL.
    9) Thou must be extremely gifted at causing scandals.
    10) Thou must retrie to either Florida or Texas (the two most f'd up states in the country).

    August 28, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  11. drz

    Exciting and McSame don't mix well.

    August 28, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  12. Phil in KC

    Another negative Republican attack ad? More distortions and half-truths?

    August 28, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  13. RLG Virginia

    "Exciting and unprecedented?"

    The only thing that I can think of is that someone in the Republican Party might actually SPEAK THE TRUTH for the first time in 20 years....

    John, can you say "popularity envy?" What else will you do to upstage the guy after you said you "rejoice" in his VP pick? Drop some daisy cutters in Denver?

    I hope there's a new ad every day from the DNC during the Neocon Hate Fest next week...

    August 28, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  14. JTCruiser

    What do you think. He is going to dodge the draft and move to Canada, where he will get free Health Care, free meds( he needs) And I do beleive he has a home for sale in Vancouver BC!!!

    August 28, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  15. Bob Indianapolis, IN

    Oh Boy! Is it a new Viagra commercial featuring you and old Bob Dole?

    I seriously doubt that you're going to steal any of Obama's thunder!

    August 28, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  16. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Which McCain is going to show up; the Candidate McCain or the Senator McCain; the Maverick or the Sidekick, take your pick.

    August 28, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  17. George, TX

    I think McCain should follow his hero – 'Dumbya's advise and just GO IT ALONE. No VP

    Barrack the Vote

    August 28, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  18. JFM

    My hunch is that McCain is about to pick Mutt Flip Flop Romney. He is the sleaziest of them all. I think the McCain people will succumb to Romney's dirty style.

    Ask Romney's former Lt. Gov Kerry "Muffy" Healy what happened to her against Deval Patrick. She got trounced because she adopted Romney's Dirty tactics.


    August 28, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  19. Mike Philly

    Gosh, how sad. They're so on the ropes, they are openly scheming. I don' t know why anyone would expect anything better from them.

    August 28, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  20. Rove tricks

    I use to have respect for McCain. I am disappointed, I was undecided. McCain has stoop to a new Karl Rove low. I am now voting for Obama.
    He really is a Bush 3rd term.

    August 28, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  21. CC, VA

    I can't believe all of the people on here crying about this as a low blow. It's campaigning.( Did you guys already forget how Obama kept the media monopolized with his VP announcement that was "expected at any moment"...FOR 24 HOURS!! You have Pop Culture Politics coming out of your camp like crazy and you are fussing about the timing of an add....please!

    August 28, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  22. joann

    If there's a "real" Obama that you people don't know – wouldn't you want to know – don't you care if he changes position on everything you voted for him for? Most of you voted for him because he said "no war" from the very beginning – but now he wants to continue on in Pakastan or maybe even Russia. There's so many flip flops and so many ties to bad, bad people and none of you seem to care. What does Obama have to do to get you people to see who he really is? Murder? would you then keep sticking up for him? god wake up.

    August 28, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  23. CNN = Jerry Springer of news

    I live in a battleground state and appreciate the warning not to watch the Convention on national TV so I can skip McCain's ad – one of a half dozen that only talk about negatives and are as un-dynamic as they come. It is much more fun to watch the ads for free on cable news, listening to the talking heads discuss them over and over again – Ugh! Thank goodness for CSPAN and PBS.

    August 28, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  24. Nobama

    Ha ha...poor dems feeling their rap concert will be upstaged tonight? Good for John McCain. I look forward to this ad. I hear Jack Cafferty and John King are gonna be heading up the groupie section at tonight's rap concert.

    August 28, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  25. Lost in CNN Moderation AGAIN

    Anonymous August 28th, 2008 12:35 pm ET

    Maybe it's an ad telling the truth and coherently laying out his policy positions and why he believes he'll make a better president than Barak Obama.

    It would certainly be unprecedented for him.

    I hope you aren't holding your breath on that one!

    August 28, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
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