John McCain 2008

"Troop Funding"
30-second ad run on national cable and in key states, announced July 18, 2008.

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[Music] Male Announcer: Barack Obama never held a single Senate hearing on Afghanistan.

He hasn't been to Iraq in years.

He voted against funding our troops.

Positions that helped him win his nomination.  Now Obama is changing to help himself become president.

[Music changes tempo] John McCain has always supported our troops and the surge that's working.

[Bell SFX] McCain.  Country first.

McCain: I'm John McCain and I approve this message.


Notes: The Obama campaign response...

“While Barack Obama wants to change American foreign policy to wind down the war in Iraq and address the grave threat posed by a resurgent al Qaeda and Taliban in Afghanistan, John McCain offers this patently misleading negative ad.  Given his calls for a civil campaign, it's disappointing that Senator McCain has slipped so easily into the same, tired campaign tactics that have become so  familiar to the American people," said Obama campaign spokesman Bill Burton.