January 7th, 2010
05:00 PM ET
12 years ago

McCain in new ad: Obama leading 'crusade to bankrupt America'

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/12/01/art.obamamccaindeux1201.gi.jpg caption="John McCain says President Obama is leading a 'crusade to bankrupt America,' in a new radio ad."]Washington (CNN) - It's McCain vs. Obama, Round 2 in Sen. John McCain's new radio ads, the first of his 2010 re-election bid.

"President Obama is leading an extreme, left-wing crusade to bankrupt America," McCain says in one of the new radio ads. "I stand in his way every day. If I get a bruise or two knocking some sense into heads in Washington, so be it," the Arizona Republican also says in the ad.

The second radio ad references McCain's time as a POW during the Vietnam War, saying McCain continues to fight to this day. "John McCain is leading the fight against President Obama every day, standing tall and outspoken, helping Arizona families," an announcer says in the second ad.

"My lot in life has been to wage war against wrong," McCain intones in the second ad, "like today's massive spending at the worst possible time. Send me back to the Senate. We'll win that fight for Arizona."

"Character matters," an announcer says near the end of each ad, in a reference to McCain's reputation as a political maverick who stands on principle.

In an e-mail to his supporters, McCain seeks donations to help keep the new ads on air in Arizona.

McCain faces a possible primary challenge from former Arizona Rep. J. D. Hayworth. Hayworth, an outspoken foe of immigration reform measures championed by McCain, lost his bid for re-election to the House in 2006 and is now a radio talk show host in the state popular with conservative voters. Hayworth has yet to formally announce a bid to challenge McCain, but has hinted on his show at a possible challenge.

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soundoff (300 Responses)
  1. George Guadiane - Austerlitz, NY

    As always, Thank You For Your Military Service and your long POW detention.

    In 2000, after GWB lied about you to win important primaries, I wanted you to run as an Independent so that I could campaign for you... Since then, you threw your "Maverick" status away, in exchange for the party line...
    THEN you ran a party line campaign (and lost)
    THEN, you made an excellent concession speech...
    THEN you went back to the party line.
    A sad ending for the story of an otherwise great man.

    January 7, 2010 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  2. NVa Native

    McCain you need to retire, 40 years in politics is way to long. Term limit was up twenty years ago, you are losing your rational thought and your integrity ~ go home!

    January 7, 2010 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  3. Paul

    And I thought McCain had lost the election a year ago. Or has he developed amnesia?

    What is the purpose of running these ads? Even his VP candidate has criticized him for number of thing.

    Come on McCain, retire and let someone who is able take your seat.

    January 7, 2010 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  4. Bill from CA

    Give me a break...John McCain and his GOP clowns did a pretty darn good job of bankrupting America from 2001-08. Now they're complaining because the bill is coming due to clean up their mess. Maybe he should spend his time doing something more productive, like having Al Gore teach him how to use the internet.

    January 7, 2010 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  5. janice brooks

    I believe John McCain is still mad he lost. I think the ad is all politics
    and not who McCain is really all about. I also feel that his party see him as somewhat of an outcast since the election. He is doing his best to please them.

    Remember John McCain voted for the stimulus and he also wants real immigration change. I guess a primary can change a lot of ideas if you think you are going to loose again.

    Mobile Al

    January 7, 2010 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  6. Incredulous

    How come no ad reminding everyone of John McCain's prediction that after Iraq, American troops would find Afghanistan to be "easy?"

    January 7, 2010 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  7. Remi Murphy

    "Character matters," an announcer says near the end of each ad, in a reference to McCain's reputation as a political maverick who stands on principle.

    So what was he when he was bankrupting America with Charles Keating as one of Charie's Angel's in Congress. Geez. The WHOLE WORLD has a better attention space than these peo-le. WHO IS SMARTER THAN A FIFTH GRADER???

    January 7, 2010 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  8. www.firedoglake.com

    "President Obama is leading an extreme, left-wing crusade to bankrupt America," is wrong, and Sen. McCain knows it.

    There's nothing "left-wing" about what Obama is doing as he breaks his campaign promises and pursues a corporatist agenda. Obama’s Aetna/PhRMA bailout (otherwise called health care "reform") is a disgrace, and Sen. McCain calling it "left-wing" is just plain dishonest.

    The American people have to rise up against corporatist politicians in both the Democratic and Republican Parties.

    January 7, 2010 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  9. mcshame

    this guy has no class. disgusting....

    January 7, 2010 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  10. Benson Martin

    The election is over...the people have spoken by way of their vote. Time to stop the madness.

    January 7, 2010 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  11. Nellie Bly

    Senator McCain, the election is over. Besides, I saw your speech where you stated you didn't understand economics and left it up to your advisors. You know, the advisor that called Americans whiners? You know - that one?

    January 7, 2010 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  12. The Other "John"

    I think John McCain is a little confused on this topic as he is on most topics. He and his fellow republicans have already led America into a =n economic depression.

    John McCain must think that those people that other than the 17% republicans actually believe his delusional comments. America must be totally relieved when we see now how out-of-touch John McCain actually is by his statements, can you imagine if he got elected President.

    January 7, 2010 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  13. Richard Crow

    Again with the "I was a POW" whine.......

    McSame you are a 1 trick pony and it's an old tired trick just like you

    January 7, 2010 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  14. rick

    i'm john mccain, i was a p.o.w., you owe me, round two. this old man needs to retire! you lost john!

    January 7, 2010 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  15. NC

    My goodness this man has no shame. Yes he is still fighting a war but it is with himself because he will never be President. As I said in other posts shame on you John McCain. Retire and stay home on the front porch. I hope someone runs against you and wins. The comment knocking sense into heads was used by slave owners. Of course McCain does not know his history. McCain was bruised when he left Vietnam. He was not the only person that was a POW but to hear him talk he was the only one.

    January 7, 2010 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  16. Tom C

    Did'nt he vote to bail out the banks? Hmmm I guess that does'nt count.

    January 7, 2010 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  17. Rose in Colorado

    What a sore looser, McCain can't stand the fact that he lost the presidential election and still wants to be heard at all times.

    It is time for this old timer to retire or keep his mouth shut. He does not have anything more to offer.

    January 7, 2010 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  18. Tom

    Yeah, and LOOK at the STATE of the STATE of ARIZONA, now. What a WONDERFUL job Mr. McSame has done there.

    Again, the party of NO, pointing out what they perceive as wrong, while not giving ANY alternatives.

    January 7, 2010 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  19. JC North

    Extreme left wing crusade? Why is McCain still attacking your President with such crazy exaggeration? So much for reaching across party lines for the good of America.

    January 7, 2010 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  20. Chandler

    Tax dollars are best spent on things that are necessary. The worst financial crisis since the depression is one of those things that qualifies as "necessary". Worse for the Republicans, Obama policies are actually working. The Republicans put into place the worst financial policies our country has seen for decades. Anyone who supported the Republican party during the past 8 years is to blame for this crisis, including McCain. President Obama is just cleaning up your mess.

    January 7, 2010 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  21. Alex

    By any standards, Obama is a moderate democrat. McCain and the Republicans discredit themselves when they call anyone who disagrees an extreme left-wing crusader. I support the free market but also oppose the death penalty; does that make me an exterme right-left winger? With such insipid phrases being tossed around by adults, it's no wonder our children fail so miserably at school.

    January 7, 2010 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  22. Sound-bite-king-cobra

    Bernanke knows but not nearly enough as McCain it seems..
    Government cannot be bankrupted. It's a myth. It will simply raise taxes or tariffs (and if the people do not want that then they should live with the bankruptcy. Simple!).
    Let me help you: The demand for resources, leads to economic growth. Government sending has a multiplier effect. It is this multiplier effect which stimulates a demand for resources and this demand for resources stimulates manufacturing.
    The Great depression was caused by fiscal conservatism. It took Keynes to explain what went wrong. Prior to Keynes economists were scratching their heads wondering what had happened. These sound bites may be good for energizing the base – but if/when the government bankrupts, it will not be for want of sound economic policies. It will be because the soundbite kings and sundry airheads cluttered the airwaves with partisan nonsense.
    When is enough enough??????

    January 7, 2010 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  23. Sandra,Atlanta

    I know it seems an awful lot to ask of Republicans but do they think they could get on with trying to work together and do the nation's business and stop their stupid attacks and wilful destruction of any type of bipartianship. They are all such hypocrites and I am just sick of it. I wish every person in Congress, especially EVERY Republican would get voted out. They are all worthless and only focus on power and destroying the other side. Democrats are bad but this set of Republicans take it to new heights. I'm not sure how they get up in the morning and look themselves in the mirror considering what they have done to the country since 1994.

    January 7, 2010 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  24. Jazz

    How come Americans weren't sensible enough to elect this man to office. I'd rather have an old man who only gets a few things done, then some inexperienced president who can't fulfill even one of the one million promises he made.

    January 7, 2010 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  25. linda

    To McCain and all of the other GOP wingnuts:


    Obviously old man McCain has few brain cells left as indicated by his memory lapses – what a has-been

    January 7, 2010 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
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