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(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.
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