John McCain 2008

30-second ad run on national cable and in key states, announced July 21, 2008.

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[Sound in background] Female Announcer: Gas prices - $4, $5, no end in sight [SFX], because some in Washington are still saying no to drilling in America.

No to independence from foreign oil.  [SFX]

Who can you thank for rising prices at the pump? 

Background sound up...Chant: Obama, Obama...  [SFX]

[Music] Female Announcer: One man knows we must now drill more in America and rescue our family budgets.

Don't hope for more energy, vote for it. McCain.

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


Notes: The Obama campaign response...

“John McCain said recently that ‘our dangerous dependence on foreign oil has been thirty years in the making, and was caused by the failure of politicians in  Washington.’  As someone who’s been in  Washington for 26 years, Senator McCain is one of those politicians, and he’s consistently opposed investments in renewable energy that would reduce our dependence on foreign oil.  Now he’s proposing nearly $4 billion in tax breaks for the oil companies and Washington gimmicks that he admits will only provide ‘psychological relief’ to consumers.  Barack Obama has fought for energy independence in the Senate and has a plan to invest $150 billion in renewable sources of energy that will create five million new jobs and provide struggling families with an immediate energy rebate and a $1,000 middle-class tax cut,” said Obama campaign spokesman Tommy Vietor.