New McCain Ad Riffs on Summer of Love
John McCain is hip. He's with it. And to prove it, his latest campaign ad starts with a swirling, psychedelic pattern of colors and the song "Light My Fire" by the Doors playing in the background.
The Arizona senator's ad, which begins running tomorrow in New Hampshire, moves quickly to its real point: making fun of New York Sen. Hillary Clinton for seeking $1 million for a Woodstock Concert museum in an appropriations bill on Capitol Hill.
"Now my friends, I wasn't there," McCain says in the ad, which is produced using video from the last Republican debate. As the ad cuts to scenes of hippies at Woodstock, McCain says: "I'm sure it was a cultural and pharmaceutical event. I was, I was tied up at the time."
And that's the real point of the ad: to show what happened at the debate when McCain referenced being a prisoner of war in Hanoi during Woodstock.
The audience jumped to its feet.
"No one can be President of the United States that supports projects such as these," he concludes after showing the standing ovation. "I'm John McCain and I approve this message."
McCain's rival, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, also has a new television ad. In it, he touts his business acumen and his pledge to cut spending when he gets to the presidency.
"As President, I'll audit Washington - top to bottom - and cut spending," Romney promises in the ad. "Because our next President has to be an agent of change."
--Michael D. Shear
Posted at 4:28 PM ET on Oct 24, 2007
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