October 1st, 2008
03:50 PM ET
12 years ago

New ad targets Palin, highlights McCain's age and health

A new ad by a nurses union focuses on how Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin would be a proverbial heartbeat away from the presidency if Sen. McCain wins the White House.

A new ad by a nurses union focuses on how Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin would be a proverbial heartbeat away from the presidency if Sen. McCain wins the White House.

(CNN) – A nurses union is releasing a new television ad Wednesday that highlights John McCain’s age and medical history — and throws the spotlight on running mate Sarah Palin.

The National Nurses Organizing Committee/California Nurses Association’s 30-second spot, “One Heartbeat Away,” features images of McCain interspersed with images of a heartbeat from an electrocardiogram, or “EKG” and images of Palin. The EKG’s readout eventually flatlines and the remainder of the ad focuses solely on Palin and her record as mayor of Wasilla, Alaska and governor.

If McCain wins in November, at age 72, he would become the oldest person to win a first term in the White House. The Arizona senator also has a history of battling melanoma, a form of skin cancer.

Last May, McCain allowed reporters, including CNN’s Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta, to review more a thousand pages of his medical records but did not allow any copies of the records to be made. At the time, a group of physicians from the Mayo Clinic who have treated McCain declared that the Republican nominee was in “excellent health” and also said there did not appear to be any physical reason why McCain could not carry out the duties of the presidency.

Watch: What McCain's medical records show

The 85,000-member nurses union behind “One Heartbeat Away” said in a statement Wednesday that this release of McCain’s medical information fell “far short of the full disclosure that all major candidates to the presidency should provide” and the union is calling on McCain to release his full medical records.

The new ad will air in Ohio, Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota, Colorado, and Missouri and is supported by an ad buy in the low six figures. The McCain-Palin campaign did not respond to CNN’s request for comment about the ad.

(Full script after the jump)

Script, “One Heartbeat Away,” 30 seconds:

OPEN ON SEQUENCE OF PHOTOS.

COLOR HEAD SHOT OF McCAIN WOMAN (SINGING): Your heart’s been achin’, can’t go on forever now....

CUT TO SHOT OF SARAH PALIN AT DESK. SUPER: “Billed sexual-assault victims for rape kits.” SARAH PALIN VO: “What is it exactly that the VP does?”

FADE UP PALIN HEAD SHOT. SUPER: “Charged taxpayers thousands of dollars for working from home.” WOMAN (SINGING): I’ve got it from here, gonna show the world how....

CU B&W HEAD SHOT OF McCAIN
DUET (SINGING): One heartbeat...one heartbeat...one heart beat awaaaayhheeh.

HEAD SHOT OF PALIN. SUPER: “Asked Wasilla librarian about banning books.”

SUPER: “Wants to teach creationism in public schools.”

ANOTHER HEAD SHOT OF PALIN. SUPER: “Used power of Governor’s office
for personal vendettas.”

SUPER: “Opposed ‘Bridge to Nowhere’ earmark then kept the taxpayers’ money.”
WOMAN (SINGING): I’ll carry on...no matter what the people say....heahh...

CUT TO PHOTO OF NURSE LOOKING DIRECTLY AT CAMERA. DUET (FEMALE VOX MIXED HIGHER): One heartbeat, one heartbeat, one heartbeat away.... (FADES)
VO: California Nurses Association, National Nurses Organizing Committee is responsible for the content of this advertising


Filed under: John McCain • Political ads • Sarah Palin
soundoff (191 Responses)
  1. The Nightingale Sings in Berkley Square

    THE TRUTH About Obama;;;;;;

    "Barack Obama skipped 45 percent of Senate votes, but did manage to show up to vote against emergency funding for our troops,” the narrator says in the new 30-second spot from Veterans for Freedom.

    “Obama was chairman of the committee overseeing the fight against Al Qaeda in Afghanistan but never held a single hearing. “…Obama found time to make 45 trips to Iowa but only two trips to Iraq."

    Say no to Obama This is not change This is Obama on an ego trip Wake up America before it is too late.

    October 1, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  2. WELCOME TO THE OBAMA SHOW

    IF OBAMA IS THE ONE THE BIBLE TALKS ABOUT THEIR IS NOTHING WE CAN DO. OBAMA WILL WIN THIS ELECTION AND WITHIN 4 YEARS HE WILL DESTROY THE EARTH.

    GOD BLESS OUR SOULS IF HE IS THE ONE.

    LOOK IT UP REVELATIONS CHAPTER 13 WE WILL HAVE 42 MONTHS ONCE HE TAKES POWER.

    OBAMA MEETS ALL THE QUALIFICATIONS NOTED IN THE BIBLE!!

    October 1, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  3. NEVER OBAMA

    John McCain is Encyclopedia Brittanica and

    obama is Reader's Digest
    He is also a juvenile,petty, and petulant candidate.
    He is a very, very immature politician.

    Smoker obama should wish he was in as good health as John McCain.

    October 1, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  4. DJ in Colorado

    finally, some truth about what's possible under a mccain and palin administration. no how, no way no mccain / palin!

    October 1, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  5. USAF RET

    Their hearts are in the right place but this is a tacky ad–more like an ad that McCain's supporters would run. We are better than this.

    October 1, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  6. Sandra

    What a low blow from the Obama camp. And they criticize McCain??

    October 1, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  7. HouseDiva

    Palin is brain dead and Mccain is comatose d.

    October 1, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  8. Jen, California

    I find it utterly hilarious how 99.9% of these wacko liberal CNN bloggers are trying to convince the other 99.9% wacko liberal CNN bloggers to vote for Obama (because they're the ONLY ones CNN will allow to post).

    You’re preaching to the choir, people! 99.9% of American voters don’t even know that these tickers/blogs exist – and couldn’t care less if they did. So enjoy talking to each other and feeling “important” – NO ONE ELSE cares!

    And in terms of politics and the polls — IT'S STILL A LONG WAY TO NOVEMBER!

    October 1, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  9. nobama

    Can you say double standard........
    You all need to take the same look at Obama that you do everyone else. It is pathetic to read how great Obama is and anyone against him is either stupid, racist, old, dumb, ignorant, etc.
    Remember the Wizard of Oz? All hype, no real record or substance behind it.
    Obama will make a good professor at Columbia.

    October 1, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  10. Doug

    There is nothing to fear but fear itself......... Please stay on the path your on you silly democrats. The American public will soon awake to understand the bias in the media and how extreme the liberal wing of the democratic party is. Nurses are well respected throughout the country, as they should be. The good news is, there really are some smart nurses out there, they just are not represented in this ad. By the way, Palin can take the heat, so they, along with all the other media and their bias can keep bringing it. The American public is watching, and realizing how biased the media is. Unless, of course you think like they do.

    October 1, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  11. Registered Nurse, San Jose.CA

    From a professional health care point of view, I see this ad as totally appropriate. To someone without this educational and professional background it may be not make a lot of sense. Nurses are some of the best educated professionals in the world and we do know about illnesses and decline of aging.

    One piece of information about Ambien. People who take it can experience amnesia while it is active in one's system, like every night
    they take it. A president needs to be clear-headed when he is awakened for emergencies.

    October 1, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  12. georgia

    Go nurses !!!!
    McSame has no shame. He's politically "pimping" Sarah Palin & her family .He is no different than "w" but expects voters to fall for the same bait & switch ! Enough is Enough.
    Let's hear about McCain's Keating-5 involvement. !!!! It set the stage for the present bai-out effort !!!! No Way Mc Cain !!!!

    October 1, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  13. gene

    I know this ad is disrespectful, but this is a real concern. I know this is one of those "elephants in the room" that people don't feel is politically correct to talk about... but does that mean that we should bury our heads in the sand and not address it. Just like we shouldn't bury our heads in the sand about the fact that race will affect this election, or the fact that people will blindly vote for Palin just because she's a woman.

    These are realities... those of you who are offended... deal with it.

    October 1, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  14. Steve

    This ad may have not been the best way to bring these concerns to the table, but they are concerns. McCain is not very healthy, even though he says he is (but then again, he thought the economy was strong too, so who is to say what his judgement is like?). Sarah Palin has proven herself to be dramatically underprepared for the role of VP.
    She may be a fine Governor and former mayor, but VP? You're kidding, right?

    And folks, get your facts straight. Obama's campaign didn't publish this ad. Don't blame him for it. But of course, you will. You're like that. Yes, you are. You don't think.

    October 1, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  15. Kim

    as an Obama supporter I do not like this ad as I don't like most negative ads that tune away from the issues. I immensely dislike the Rev. Wright ads, McCain's false ads claiming Obama wants kindergardeners about sex, Obama's ads about McCain not knowing how to use a computer.

    These things distract the voters from the issues and we sure have A LOT of issues now in America.

    October 1, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  16. Skip, a black man

    Do you really think Obama will be next in charge........go back to school and get you G E D..please

    October 1, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
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