RNC/John McCain 2008

“Obama Chooses Washington Over Our Military”
60-second radio ad run in Berlin, PA; Berlin, WI.; and Berlin, NH, announced July 23, 2008, coinciding with Obama's visit to Berlin, Germany;
run in
Paris, MO; Paris, MI; and Paris, ME, announced July 24, 2008, coinciding with Obama's visit to Paris, France; and
run in London, OH and London, WV, announced July 25,  2008, coinciding with Obama's visit to London, England.

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[Music] Male Announcer: There are few votes as important as funding our men and women in uniform.
But when our military needed necessary resources, Barack Obama failed to stand up.
Obama said that nobody wanted to play chicken with our troops on the ground.
But when it came time to act, he voted against critical resources: no to individual body armor, no to helicopters, no to ammunition, no to aircraft.
The bill Obama opposed even had funding for veterans’ medical facilities and rehabilitation programs.
And why did he say no? 
Obama chose Washington politics over the needs of our military.
And Senator McCain?
As a veteran and someone who has always put the public interest first, John McCain stood by our troops.
If Obama can’t rise above politics to support our soldiers in a time of war, then how can he claim to have the strength to change the way Washington works?
John McCain is ready to lead.  Barack Obama is not.

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

Male Announcer: Paid for by the Republican National Committee.


Notes: Like the RNC/McCain ad on July 10, this is very narrowly run tactical ad.  The Obama campaign response:

“There are honest differences between Senator Obama’s position on Iraq and Senator McCain’s, but there’s no question that both support our troops.  Under the RNC’s definition, John McCain would have also chosen politics over our military when he urged George Bush to veto funding for the troops, and we know that’s not the case.  This is the sort of distasteful and misleading attack from the Rove playbook that the American people are tired of, that does nothing  to give our troops the equipment they need, and distracts from the honest debate we should be having about how we can keep the country secure,” said Obama spokesman Hari Sevugan.