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New MoveOn Ad Targets McCain's War Stance

By Shailagh Murray
In a stark new ad by the liberal antiwar group, a woman confronts Sen. John McCain about a lengthy U.S. troop commitment in Iraq by clutching her baby son and declaring, "You can't have him."

The ad is slated to run for a week starting on Wednesday in the general-election swing states of Wisconsin, Ohio and Michigan, with an additional run on CNN and MSNBC funded by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. The initial investment is expected to reach $543,000, said a MoveOn spokesman.

The ad is the first intentional shock spot of the general election campaign, and aims to reinforce McCain's long-standing support for the Iraq conflict with suburban voters, especially the so-called "security moms" that both McCain and Sen. Barack Obama are courting.

The spot opens with a woman sitting on a rose-colored couch in a living room, with toys strewn in the background. Bouncing a baby boy on her lap, she addresses the presumptive Republican nominee by looking directly into the camera.

"Hi John McCain," she says. "This is Alex. And he's my first. So far his talents include trying any new food and chasing after our dog. That, and making my heart pound every time I look at him." She looks up from her son, and with a quavering voice continues, "And so, John McCain, when you say you would stay in Iraq for 100 years, were you counting on Alex? Because if you were, you can't have him."

McCain aired an ad last week that showed him declaring, "I hate war," but the Arizona senator has refused to commit to any Iraq withdrawal plan, and has speculated that U.S. troops could remain in the country for decades, similar to the ongoing American military presence in Korea. But while Obama often reminds voters of McCain's open-ended approach, he has never illustrated the potential consequences as dramatically and personally as MoveOn attempts in this new ad.

By Web Politics Editor  |  June 17, 2008; 10:36 AM ET
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Wow! So McCain is saying we will NEVER leave Iraq?!?! Of all people, he should realize that this is not a "war", it's a "protracted conflict", and the powers that be will never "win", nor is that their intention... that's the LAST thing they want...

Posted by: Heinous Mark | June 26, 2008 8:26 PM | Report abuse

I thought the Democratic party sacrifices children before birth. Little Alex is grateful to be alive.

Posted by: Frank Ferina | June 20, 2008 3:48 PM | Report abuse

A marvelous ad. It will have an enormous effect on all thinking people.

Posted by: jeff wagner | June 19, 2008 7:31 AM | Report abuse

That is the most absurd political ad I've ever seen! HAHHAAHA

No wonder someone said it was only effective if they were trying to warn us that McCain is a dingo out to steal your baby... in like, 100 years or so.

Are the folks at MoveOn that stupid, or do they think we are?

Posted by: LAMusing | June 19, 2008 7:11 AM | Report abuse

Cute kid in the vid. Down with Republicans, Democrats, and the Electoral College - I'm for America and not for some politically divided argument about which twit would be better off running the country between two parties that are more corrupt than a third world cop. C'mon people wake up and stop drinking the "kool-aid" the mass media has been bottle feeding you. The whole war was started under an assumption. So, I'm assuming that this is our country and it's time to take it back from the corporations and politicians bent on destroying it or selling it off piece by piece; else we may be pressing "1 for Chinese" when we call someone to bail us out when it's already too late.

Posted by: JB | June 18, 2008 10:06 PM | Report abuse

Mom of alex he will grow up and hopefully cowboy the f... up I have a 14 year old son and 15 year old daughter. I almost regret having them because of the way the the insane left seems to be gaining control. I pray baby Alex does not get bombed in his homeland along with one of my children. THINK, use your brain not your emotions. God is in control He has blessed this country because of the faith and balls of our founding fathers. The change they made was accomplished by force. God has shown his favor for the U.S.A. and will continue if the social and moral norms will turn back to his laws. Prime example Same sex marriage in ca. starts today, and we are still paying for our abortion laws.

Posted by: Dsky | June 17, 2008 8:48 PM | Report abuse

if baby alex wants to join the military, who cares what his mom thinks? nobody in the military was drafted and none of them had to ask their mommies' permission.

thank god we don't have pathetic weaklings like the "move on" crowd defending our country.

Posted by: adfdafd | June 17, 2008 8:40 PM | Report abuse

Blooh20...get a grip. Do you actually listen to Rush? You should. Try listening to talk media and the nightly news. You'll feel refreshened to learn that there is not fear-mongering on talk radio. It is very upbeat...very positive....and very pro USA. Contrasted with the nightly news and CNN, MSNBC. You'll feel better about the world if you listen to Rush and Hannity. All the unspoken success stories come out. All the "I am not a victim" people that work to make their lives better share stories. You could learn something. It's amazing. I tried listening to air America before it went tits up and couldn't stand it. Very disappointing. It must be a liberal thing....always make people victims....always tax those that have earned more...always protest our military and spending....and whatever you do....never admit BUSH SUCCESSES.

Posted by: NG | June 17, 2008 8:35 PM | Report abuse

where can i donate to fund the procurment for the termination of all supporters ?

whatever is leftover we can use for ACLU, then for deporting illegals

Posted by: laughing at the dems | June 17, 2008 6:35 PM | Report abuse

Obama is for keeping troops in Iraq forever.

He says he will keep them at the embassy, going after al queda, and training iraqis.

Then obama lies saying he will end the war.

And the public is eating up his lies.

In 2004 Obama said he was never for bringing troops home.

Posted by: David | June 17, 2008 5:57 PM | Report abuse

Obama is for keeping troops in Iraq forever.

He says he will keep them at the embassy, going after al queda, and training iraqis.

Then obama lies saying he will end the war.

And the public is eating up his lies.

In 2004 Obama said he was never for bringing troops home.

Posted by: David | June 17, 2008 5:57 PM | Report abuse

To erleebird: McCain hates war.

McCain voted against keeping our troops in Lebanon.

McCain is for Petreus making more troop cuts in iraq this summer.

McCain is for bringing all our combat troops home. McCain is for turning over the areas to the iraqis and letting them de4al with the insurgency not americans.

McCain hates war. He is not from the neocon generation. He is a Navy man. He does not like war. He hates war. He is from the silent generation. He served our country. McCain is a pragmatist.

McCain has said he will bring all the combat troops home as president.

That famous 100 years quote is a lie. McCain was going on a back and forth for 10 minutes. McCain said right before the remark how he would bring all the combat troops home.

McCain was talking about staying by helping the iraqis with training.

Obama is for keeping u.s troops at our embassy and training them and going after al queda.

Obama is for having it both ways.

He says he is for ending the war but keeping troops going after al queda there at the same time.

Edwards was the only one who wanted to bring all the troops home.

Posted by: Jason | June 17, 2008 5:55 PM | Report abuse

MoveOn's ad is emotional yes. Strikes a cord in a healthy thoughtful way. Not your typical emotionless cold logic republican ad. John McCain however often displays strong emotion, comes out as extreme frustrated pent-up rage vented upon who ever happens to be present. Imagine him answering the phone at 3am after lack of performance in the arms of ?

Posted by: bnap3 | June 17, 2008 4:52 PM | Report abuse

McCain, like Bush before him, keeps using terrorists to terrorize Americans. Are terrorists a threat? Yes, but how big a threat are they? More of a threat than Soviet Russia used to be? More of a threat than Communist China used to be? Of course not, but in the absence of a cold war, the Republicans need to create a new foe with which to terrify Americans.

The United States spends more money on military spending than the rest of the world combined! If anyone should feel safe, it should be us. So ask yourself this, if we spend more money on our military than the rest of the world combined, why are we still not safe? Our soldiers and military people are the most capable in the world, so why are we still not safe?

The truth is that in an unsafe world, we are probaly as safe as we can reasonably expect to be. Terrorists claimed 3,000 lives in the 9/11 attacks. In 2004, 553,888 Americans were killed by cancer. In 2005, the NCI Budget to fight cancer was $4.83 billion.

3,000 deaths...$500 billion spent to date (

553,888 deaths...$4.83 billion spent.

Shouldn't those spending dollars be reversed? How much better off would the whole world be if those numbers were reversed?

With all the military spending that we do and all the wars that we wage, should we be afraid of the world or should the world be afraid of us? Are we fighting terrorism or fomenting terrorism?

I think it's time to take grumpy old warmongers like McCain and retire them to their rocking chairs.

Posted by: Tim M | June 17, 2008 4:48 PM | Report abuse

What a travesty this has become. Instead of bringing the country together, we are as apart as we have been with the Bushniks! This may be the first time in my life I do not vote, since I truly believe the outcome is pre-ordained by the "powers that be!" Neither of these candidates meet my expectations. McCain is hell bent on war; Obama believes
"words" can do the trick! Get rid of the electoral college and maybe our votes will truly count, you know, like in a democracy!!!

Posted by: erleebird | June 17, 2008 4:21 PM | Report abuse

John McCain left his first wife because she got fat and got crippled in an accident. He was fooling aroung with lots of women, then he decided to settle for trophy Cindy with her rich father who could help him politically. Even his first wife said that '' McCain did not want to be 40, he wanted to be 25! and that is why he left me because l was too old for him!! senator McCain''s moral principles are wrong for women!

Senator McCain does not understand family values! Senator McCain is WRONG for America at this crucial moment in American.

Senator McCain understand nothing but war, he thinks it is romantic and build character. If you vote for McCain its the end of ROE, 100 years in Iraq and war with Iraq. His war experience made his career, he thinks sending your kids to torture camps will make them better people.

Vote for the right kind of change, vote for a person with good vision, character, good judgement, vote for a strong leader, Vote Barack Obama for president!!!

Obama understand our America values.
obama understands what women are facing (sexism).
obama understand the sufferings and struggles of the middle class.
Obama for a good and strong America!!!

Say NO to Bush McClone, no more third term for Bush! McCain is a Bush camouflag!

Posted by: Julie from Atlanta Georgia | June 17, 2008 3:41 PM | Report abuse

mb, a McCainiac presidency could plunge us into further war and would work to reinstate the draft to meet troop requirements. As you know, the mechanisms to activate the draft quickly have already long been in place.

And I would like to know just what McCainiac meant in that quote if he did not mean that he was willing to continue Bush's entanglement of the US in a Christian Crusade against Islam for 100 years.

Posted by: Patrick | June 17, 2008 3:14 PM | Report abuse

apparently doesn't realize we have an all volunteer military. apparently they do not understand what McCain said in that quote.

just kidding. they know full well the lies they are spreading.

Posted by: mb | June 17, 2008 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Whattha, your comments sound like they came straight from the political playbook of Karl Rove and Rush Windbag, keep chanting that fear mantra, "be afraid, be very afraid". Need I remind you it's fear that got us into the Iraq war, it's fear that got us a 2nd Bush term. On both counts it has been a debaccle. As long as the Republicans and Neocons can tap into the fear factor then they've got us exactly where they want us - easily manipulated!!!

Posted by: blooh20 | June 17, 2008 1:43 PM | Report abuse

McCain slammed Obama in the way he needs to be. In a round about way McCain and the CIA said that the 93' treating of Terrorist was WEAK! WE, the United States of America, can not and will not bend to the "Terror" of these extremist... We have to face them with the same level of intent they have to kill us. We have been kind, but in War there is no kindness, not when it comes to protecting the Land of the Free and all of the Free.

NOTE: America has NOT been attacked since 9/11. HMMMM! We go to Iraq and ironically, even though we made a "mistake" going to Iraq, we have not been attacked since.

Obama is MEGA-BOMB and the Dim-o-crats are WEAK! Megabam and the Obamacons! It's like Megatron and the Decepticons in Tranformers!

Obama will begin change here. He will change our lives from living to dying...

Seperation of Church and Hate!

20 Years x 52 Sundays = 1,040 Nazi Sermons!

Posted by: Not a Pawn to the Obamacons! | June 17, 2008 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Why do Americans believe everything they see on TV, books, magazines and computers? Quit being lazy and do some actual research. If the majority of Americans spent 1/3 the time caring about what goes on in this country instead of caring about American Idol, Paris Hilton, and other stuff, we wouldn't be in this bad a situation. It's time for us to take INDIVIDUAL RESPONSIBILITY for our faults and short comings. UNITED WE STAND AND DIVIDED WE FALL and my friends....we are falling hard.

Posted by: stupid is as stupid does | June 17, 2008 12:59 PM | Report abuse

"I'm glad that John McCain would work to protect him and others from the evils of terror." Like all those Iraqis that want to invade the US? I'd prefer he work to protect us from the stupidity of paranoia, like the trumped-up hysteria of "air travel security". Bah.

Posted by: GuessWhat | June 17, 2008 12:40 PM | Report abuse

Guess what...I have a son (my first) that's about the same age as "Baby Alex"...and I'm glad that John McCain would work to protect him and others from the evils of terror. Meanwhile, Obama wants to sit down for coffee with the madmen from Iran, North Korean, Cuba, etc. and sell out our security. No thanks!

Posted by: WhatTha?
Guess what? Your analysis sounded as simpleminded as the ad you are criticizing. That you still think the Iraq war is a fight against terror doesn't bode well for little Alex's future. I don't believe in needlessly sacrificing children for venal creeps passing themselves off as superpatriots. Why do you?

Posted by: 2008 | June 17, 2008 12:31 PM | Report abuse

McCain is a maniac who wants to continue Bush's war on Islam and extend it for 100 years. Bush is a drunkard, but what's McCain's excuse?

Posted by: Patrick | June 17, 2008 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Guess what...I have a son (my first) that's about the same age as "Baby Alex"...and I'm glad that John McCain would work to protect him and others from the evils of terror. Meanwhile, Obama wants to sit down for coffee with the madmen from Iran, North Korean, Cuba, etc. and sell out our security. No thanks!

Posted by: WhatTha? | June 17, 2008 12:14 PM | Report abuse

I thought Obama and McCain had an agreement to curb the 527s. Only if a Republican one runs an ad like this would there be any outrage, I suppose.

On McCain's son serving in Iraq, the candidate certainly has not made it an issue. Why should the opposition? Will they publish exactly where he is serving next? I wouldn't put it past the lowlifes of the left.

Posted by: Ed | June 17, 2008 11:34 AM | Report abuse

There's no reason to bring in Sen. McCain's son into this.

Good that you folks like to read every other word, or only listen to what you want to, or hear what you want to hear.

An organization like MoveOn that purports half truths is very dangerous. Just as dangerous as the right wing zealots.

Posted by: More Tin Hats | June 17, 2008 10:58 AM | Report abuse

Add to this the latest poll from Virginia that shows Obama edging out McCain and the news is good for the Democrat:

Posted by: Dan | June 17, 2008 10:50 AM | Report abuse

Anyone who believes Senator McCain's son is slogging it out in the battle field, I have a bridge in Alaska to sell to you. He's probably sipping martinis in the green zone, living it up with the diplomats and generals, and eating ice cream imported from Dubai. Ma'am, we won't let that lizard get his grabby hands on Alex.

Posted by: Playa | June 17, 2008 10:45 AM | Report abuse

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