John McCain 2008

30-second ad run in key states, announced Aug. 5, 2008.

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[Music] Male Announcer: Washington's broken.  John McCain knows it.  We're worse off than we were four years ago.

Only McCain has taken on big tobacco, drug companies, fought corruption in both parties.  He'll reform Wall Street, battle Big Oil, make America prosper again.

He's the original maverick.

One is ready to lead -- McCain.

McCain (voiceover)
: I'm John McCain and I approved this message.

Notes: The ad contains this fairly remarkable statement which would seem to be more appropriate in an Obama ad: "We're worse off than we were four years ago."

According to the press release, "The ad highlights John McCain's record of taking on the special interests in Washington."

The Obama campaign responded with a lengthy fact check in which spokesman Hari Sevugan noted,

"In an ad released by his campaign today Senator McCain called himself a 'maverick' despite having voted with President Bush 95% of the time last year...  While Senator McCain’s campaign is run by Washington lobbyists, Barack Obama has pushed Congress to pass the most sweeping lobbying reform legislation since Watergate.  The legislation Obama championed bans gifts from lobbyists and eliminate Senate floor, gym, and parking privileges for former Senators, Senate Officers, and Speakers of the House who are lobbyists.  As President, Obama will build on these successes to grant the public specific and useful information about how lobbyists are trying to influence Washington..."

The Obama campaign released a response ad "Original."