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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  1. Brian

    Gee John jealous much? Get over it. By the way the President doesn't pass budgets, the CONGRESS does. To which YOU are a member of. Trust me the US is better off today than it would be if you and your loony VP were in charge.

    January 7, 2010 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  2. Tex

    McCain is leading the fight for big business. Like his GOP allies they don't seem to have any interest in bettering America. Their only interest is in defeating the president at every turn and grabbing their power back. McCain and every single GOP senator that was in power then voted with Bush for expanded Medicare and drug plans without increasing taxes or attempting to pay for it with offsetting cuts. The Medicare expansion that every one of these GOP senators voted for was completely funded by deficit spending.

    January 7, 2010 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  3. Pat, Westminster, Maryland

    John McCain confirms once again that he is no maverick and does not rise above politics. He is able to dish false claims with the worst of them, taking his orders from wherever the Republicans get their talking points. People, If there is not one Republican who supports a SINGLE thing President Obama does, doesn't that make you suspicious that it's all politics?

    When George W Bush was president, a number of Dems voted for the No Child Left Behind Act and the war in Iraq (however misquided that was). So what's proven here and now is that there is not a single Republican who can think for himself. If that isn't evidence that they really don't give a rat's behind about the American public, but are just working to regain power, I don't know what would be ENOUGH evidence for you.

    January 7, 2010 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  4. Tim

    Senator McCain could be taken a lot more seriosuly if not for the following (and these are just two examples):

    1. Unfunded Medicare Part D rammed through by the Bush Administration and a Republican Congress; Cost: over $ 1 trillion in the first ten years, which is more than the proposed Health Care Plans.
    2. Entry into Iraq by the Bush Administration and a compliant Republican Congress; unnecessary, unfunded and poorly executed. The cost is over $ 1trillon and counting.

    Republicans/Conservatives are at least as responsible as anyone for the mess we are in and more so than the current President. I'm hoping the honest John McCain returns sometime soon.

    January 7, 2010 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  5. bcords

    wah..wah...wah..wah... do you know who beat me "that one"

    January 7, 2010 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  6. Drew

    McCain you lost so please go home and cry. People are tired of this war war war that you and your buddies want. Tell us if you get the war who will be fighting? We have no more strong men to fight. How about releasing all the prisioners over in the countries you want to wage war against and see how that works. Please we want all our young men and women to come home alive and not in a body bag.

    January 7, 2010 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  7. JD from Moraga, CA

    Still hoping to distract party purists from your on-again-off-again approach to illegal immigration, huh John?

    January 7, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  8. ClintonFan

    What a hypocrite! He voted for George W. Bush's tax cuts and Iraq war. For him to talk about spending! You know the deficit was actually going down when the last democrat was in office (Clinton). You can't say that about any Republican in office in the last 30 years. And the Republicans consider Reagan a great president. He started all of these supply side/trickle down problems.

    January 7, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  9. Verbal


    Because you're SO right all of the time.

    Like when you claimed the underpinnings of the economy were sound.
    Or maybe when you told us that you have no understanding of economics.

    Go back to what you know, McCain - which is basically nothing.

    And, by the way, the stock market is up, job losses are down and we're not in a massive depression like it appeared we were headed for a year ago. Who's responsible for that success? You?

    January 7, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  10. Lisa P

    "Left-wing crusade"? What kind of writers is McCain hiring, anyway? Have they ever heard of etymology? Do they perhaps even slightly suspect somewhere in some dark corner of their dim little minds that words have meanings and histories and histories of meanings?

    Or perhaps the intention is to cause anyone with a brain to quickly short circuit, sort of like choosing Palin...

    January 7, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  11. Jane/Seattle

    And the SURGE of OBFUSCATIONS CONTINUES! No wonder the rest of the world is shocked! This nation is under the control of the Mentally Insane who peddle whatever they can sell! This could be why they are selling us out to the drug/health/etc. Lobbies! We all gonna need meds soon enough – NOT! For me, that medication would be locking all you compulsive, lying, sociopaths away in a place to relearn so that the sane and the children can be safe from "terrorists" who kill with a smile! And that one with Pres. Obama is so Confused that it must be deliberate!m Peace

    January 7, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  12. gl, From Pittsburgh

    McCain President Obama didn't win in your state so how is this ad going to help you. You need to the people in your state your plans not the same old dirty ads you been doing since 2008. You are a real loser.

    January 7, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  13. Tom

    Where was McCain when Bush spent billions on wars he started and gave tax cuts to the rich at the expense of our nation's finances? Only when Democrats spend money on social programs do the old Republicans object. We don't need your usual partisan politics, McCain!

    January 7, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  14. usualone

    There was large spending before President Obama took office. If this President is spending monies, it is to get things back on track with the American public. He needs to get the country rolling again and it does take money to do that. Already, some of the country's ills are being reversed. 10% of people without jobs is too much and it takes monies to create jobs if that is possible. We need to remember 90% of people being counted are working. That is a start. McCain should go away as have other decent presidential candidates did in the past. Let him help out his state rather than spending monies this foolishly.

    January 7, 2010 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  15. Bob (Illinois)

    "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.

    "Character matters", huh?. Can you say Sarah Palin?

    With your holier-than-thou mindset perhaps we should start calling you Saint John of Arizona.

    Retire, Senator McCain and do us a huge favor.

    January 7, 2010 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  16. jj wiggins

    dinosaur arms explain this is everyone just stop spending how do we get services. How will companies produce goods, and pay employees. How will get out of this bush mess with no money circulating. smh

    January 7, 2010 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  17. gl, From Pittsburgh

    We'll win that fight for Arizona." Yea, if you were President we would be fighting every country on this planet.

    January 7, 2010 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  18. Brad

    "The fight agains Obama..."???? If a candidate says they are going to Washington solely for the purpose of preventing progress, that is the candidate I will NOT vote for. Hey John, how about telling us something you might actually DO? Perhaps that's why he wasn't elected last year.

    January 7, 2010 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  19. mario ca.

    This guy is only jealous nothing else

    January 7, 2010 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  20. miken

    Tell it like it is John! Obama was a huge mistake.

    January 7, 2010 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  21. Obama 2.0

    The only "way" your are in is the American way. You have become nothing more than a political obstructionist that refuses to work with the elected POTUS.

    January 7, 2010 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  22. Irma in North Carolina

    Whye dont the republicans have their own website where they can let their hate flow out of them. Its a shame that cnn even puts some thing like this on their website. John you must remember there are a lot of hispanics in your state and you voted against the New Judge I hope the people in your state remember this and you do not get reelected again. How much money do you think you will get out of your Gal Sarah is she going to campaign for you.

    January 7, 2010 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  23. Nancy

    These charges from a man who before he got shot down and became a prisoner of war, was told not once but twice to return back to command. McCain disobeyed orders by flying over the same target not once but three times and got shot down. Rules were only one pass. For this he was captured and determined to be a hero. I know he suffered but he was wrong then along with now. People will call me un-patrotic because I supposably said something bad about McCain but placing him as a hero when others were in prison camps for protecting our country and following orders dosn't work for me. I want to see all Senators and House Rep. become non-partisan once they are in office so all the people will be represented the way the constitution was written. Lets put a stop to the hate that has been going on for the last decade.

    January 7, 2010 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |

    I wish I lived in Arizona so I could vote against him

    January 7, 2010 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  25. jeremy.....Dallas...Texas

    And he will lose again. We need fresh ideas and not old opposition without alternatives. Standing on Presidents way without tangible solutions is not leadership. Furthermore good leadership is about transfer of leadership skills from one generation to another. Its pathetic that Arizona can't produce younger generation of leaders.

    January 7, 2010 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
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