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McCain Congratulates Obama in Ad

Updated 5:11 p.m.
By Juliet Eilperin
Sen. John McCain's (R-Ariz.) campaign has unveiled the "historic" and "very exciting" ad his spokeswoman Jill Hazelbaker alluded to earlier today on Fox News, which will air tonight on national cable as Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) prepares to accept his party's nomination.

Heads up: the ad is not very exciting.

The ad, titled "Convention Night," consists of McCain offering Obama his congratulations for becoming the first African-American in history to win the nomination of a major party.

Speaking to the camera with just a simple black background, McCain declares, "Senator Obama, this is truly a good day for America. Too often the achievements of our opponents go unnoticed. So I wanted to stop and say, congratulations."

Alluding to the fact that today is the 45th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech, the presumptive GOP nominee continues, "How perfect that your nomination would come on this historic day. Tomorrow, we'll be back at it. But tonight, senator, job well done."

By Web Politics Editor  |  August 28, 2008; 4:48 PM ET
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JR:

I've read the Bible, several times, even the part that talks about Christ's ideals -- not sure if this is the right thread to have a theological debate, but why not -- have you read the part that talks about the Anti-Christ?

Posted by: JakeD | August 28, 2008 8:18 PM | Report abuse

The world needs some political stress relief. The real-time poll at http://www.bop-o-ram.com provides some of the needed relief!
Congratulations Obam!

Posted by: acarponzo | August 28, 2008 8:15 PM | Report abuse

JR,

Ever stop to think there were other things in the bills that McCain voted against that he didn't like?

Or that we need to stop giving out free days to employees that they ought to work for their money?

Before you give handouts, you need to look at what you're taking from for that handout, they're not free (despite what the common Democrat will tell you)

Posted by: Uh, obvious? | August 28, 2008 7:54 PM | Report abuse

"OK, no one wants to deny Obama his historic moment, even if he got it by villifying the Clintons."

He didn't have to, she and bubba did a knockout job of villifying themselves.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 28, 2008 7:50 PM | Report abuse

JR:

He didn't "forget" (he could have just as easily used the word "boneheaded" like Obama admits re: Rezko). If I accidentally make a right turn and hit a pedestrian, that's a "mistake" not a "deliberate" act. Regardless, Christians practice forgiveness because we know that we have been forgiven.

Posted by: JakeD | August 28, 2008 7:16 PM
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John McCain is a senator, his votes determine the course of this country and affect every citizen in this country.

No one gets to vote multiple times (with a lot of time for thought) on an issue and then later say it was a mistake. It was deliberate and I am not in the mood for forgiveness for the wreckage that the rububs have created over the years. You want to talk forgiveness while you openly support wars that have taken the lives of hundreds of thousands.

Your brand of christianity is filled with ignorance, fear and hate.

I suggest you read the bible, the part that talks about Christ's ideals.

Posted by: JR | August 28, 2008 7:48 PM | Report abuse

I have to say that I was bored poopless watching the Democratic national convention last night.

The lack of drama was palpable. While the TV pundits were trying to find some excuse for keeping their audience, I was thinking of excuses I could tell my significant other for excusing myself from the watching.

Tonight I am going to do everything I can think of to avoid watching the convention even if I have to pretend to have diarrhea and hide in the bathroom for a few hours.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 28, 2008 7:48 PM | Report abuse

Some of Hillary's voters have a problem to vote for a black man , and it showed during the primaries and now...And anybody that vote for McCain is definetely not a Democrat or may be is a Dixie democrat like Byrd

Posted by: color blind | August 28, 2008 7:41 PM | Report abuse

Thanks Lesley for supporting our candidate also. 4 dollar a gas is nothing once we get McCain into office.. Thanks for your support..

Posted by: Big Oil | August 28, 2008 7:35 PM | Report abuse

OK, no one wants to deny Obama his historic moment, even if he got it by villifying the Clintons.


Obama doesn't have enough shame to recognize his character flaws.

But we voters do.

I am voting for McCain.

Posted by: Lesley | August 28, 2008 7:33 PM | Report abuse

Unexpected grace note from a candidate that who has run a graceless campaign to date.

Posted by: billp | August 28, 2008 7:22 PM | Report abuse

JR:

He didn't "forget" (he could have just as easily used the word "boneheaded" like Obama admits re: Rezko). If I accidentally make a right turn and hit a pedestrian, that's a "mistake" not a "deliberate" act. Regardless, Christians practice forgiveness because we know that we have been forgiven.

Posted by: JakeD | August 28, 2008 7:16 PM | Report abuse

JR:

As I am sure you are aware -- 20 years ago, McCain apologized for making what he calls a "mistake" in not supporting MLK Jr.'s holiday -- he then became instrumental in making sure Arizona complied.

Next canard?

Posted by: JakeD | August 28, 2008 6:44 PM
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True JakeD, he did say that, except one little detail: It was not a mistake, it was deliberate, he didn't accidentally vote against it MULTIPLE times. He voted against it because Arizona used to be full of redneck racists and he didn't think it would be politically expedient to vote for it, some "Maverick". Eventually he HAD to vote for it because he saw the damage it created nation-wide to his career as a politician.

There is a difference between a "mistake" and a deliberate act.

And just because you excuse him for voting multiple times against it just because he apologizes for it years later does not absolve him.

Do you see his hypocrisy?
or did he forget his vote...again?

Posted by: JR | August 28, 2008 7:07 PM | Report abuse

Colorblind,

Awesome response to Dino.

Posted by: American First | August 28, 2008 6:58 PM | Report abuse

God, that's a classy ad. Bully for you, Senator McCain.

Glimpse of what could've happened if they had town hall meetings together.

Posted by: Keegs | August 28, 2008 6:55 PM | Report abuse

Why being shot down in a bomber from somebody defending his own land from being bombed makes somebody a hero is beyond me. Now Kerry who risked his life for his fellow soldiers was called a traitor, what gives?I tell you what, the reps have no morlas and the dems have too dignity to play the neocon game

Posted by: incredolous | August 28, 2008 6:54 PM | Report abuse

Isn't it amazing the the guy the liberals deride as unable to operate a computer is dominating the new media? Who would imagine John McCain is the YouTube candidate?

And this ad was historic -- and refreshing.

Posted by: John Riggins | August 28, 2008 6:53 PM | Report abuse

John McCain is the ONLY person on his campaign team or in republican party leadership with the class and grace to acknowledge America's achievement in nominating Barack Obama for Presidential candidate.

Good job John McCain!

But that he is the ONLY one is also the problem.... The NEO-CON criminal cockroaches, lobbiests, and pond scum political appointees that trail after McCain like snail slime.

McCain is a good man - Just not the man or the party for the Presidency in 2008.

Posted by: JBE | August 28, 2008 6:50 PM | Report abuse

Dino,
just the fact of calling Barack Obama BHO is racist and hypocritical so do not try to lecture us about hate.

Posted by: color blind | August 28, 2008 6:49 PM | Report abuse

There is great fear in some parts of these United States today. That fear is that someone other than a white male will be elected President of the United States.

Ah the fear! Hide our women! Send our children to England for protection! Our position of privilege is in jeopardy! Our minimum wage jobs will be lost! Our women will want equal pay for equal work! Our children will marry outside the pure white race. Yes, there is great fear.

There is only one hope. And that hope is 72 year old John McCain.

From one of his seven (or eight or eleven) homes, old man John McCain will walk into our lives in his $520 dollar shoes to save us. He will leave his wife's private jet and do battle with the black man. Old man John survived some time in a POW camp some 40 years ago and he has earned the right forever to battle, to win, and to spend wife number two's 100 million inheiritance. And old man John is not afraid to tell you that. Why old man John McCain will keep our sons, daughters, spouses, and friends in uniform for maybe 100 years in Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran, Georgia, and any other place his little old heart desires.

Old man John McCain, our great hope for more of the past.

Posted by: Our Hope for the Past | August 28, 2008 6:48 PM | Report abuse

JR:

As I am sure you are aware -- 20 years ago, McCain apologized for making what he calls a "mistake" in not supporting MLK Jr.'s holiday -- he then became instrumental in making sure Arizona complied.

Next canard?

Posted by: JakeD | August 28, 2008 6:44 PM | Report abuse

Scrolling down through the comments, I am struck by the name-calling and nastiness of many of the posters. BHO's attempts to run a different type of campaign are being railroaded by his handlers and many--not all--of his disciples are more than happy to join in. The name calling and hate speech is far from that for which the candidates stand.

Come on, people...you can debate the issues without the hatred!

Posted by: Dino | August 28, 2008 6:42 PM | Report abuse

Hey Vato, who you do support , Barr? Who is going to be able to protect you the KKK?

Posted by: an Obama fan | August 28, 2008 6:41 PM | Report abuse

Vato,

The stage is made to look like the lincoln memorial. Should i remind you what happened there 45 years ago today? Maybe you can put two and two together. And i hope you like high gas prices and endless wars, because that is what McCain is going to give you...

Posted by: American First | August 28, 2008 6:39 PM | Report abuse

"How perfect that your nomination would come on this historic day," John McCain

This coming from the guy who repeatedly voted against the MLK national holiday, in fact, Arizona was the LAST state to finally vote yes after many years of voting it down.

Posted by: JR | August 28, 2008 6:29 PM | Report abuse

McCain has explained his plans and perspectives of this country at all the townhall meetings, maybe you people should wake and realize the bias coverage. You will hear his detailed plans after the conventions and debates. I'm not supporting McCain but I'm tired of this false bashing of him and the aggressiveness of his supporters. You don't like the ads McCain puts out but it's okay for a lot of BHO supporters to write post like the ones I see on different websites. Cry me a river. Talk about double standards.

NOBama for me. Don't like his campaign, yes, he generated a lot of money but doens't mean he's ready to protect me and my family.

Posted by: Vato | August 28, 2008 6:29 PM | Report abuse

Senator McCain, thank you for your moment of decency; 20 January 2009 will be an even better day in America as President-elect Barack Hussein Obama takes the oath of office as POTUS. Cheers!

Posted by: Black and Bitter Like Coffee | August 28, 2008 6:23 PM | Report abuse

If the McCain campaign planned to air this ad all along, then it was two-faced to run those slimy negative attack ads against Obama throughout the Olympics. Hey McCain, how about making an argument for why you should be elected, instead of trying to tear down your opponent. Look at where that strategy got Hillary Clinton.

Posted by: John C | August 28, 2008 6:22 PM | Report abuse

Obamalites should keep their mouth shut when people make fasle accusations about their opponent because a lot of BHO supporters are posting a lot of false accusation about McCain.

BHO campaign said the backdrop(stage) for tonight stage is similar like Bush's in 2004, lol.

Hussein=the Same

No i'm not a McCain supporter, I haven't decided yet, but I have decided I am not voting BHO.

Posted by: Vato | August 28, 2008 6:13 PM | Report abuse

Takealook,

That is not what i was implying, It is foolish to think that any party is better than the other at anything. My point was we are in a war where we were not attacked, much like Vietnam and that was a Dem president that did that...

Posted by: American First | August 28, 2008 6:09 PM | Report abuse

Nice ad. Of course if Obama says anything nice about McCain then the press calls it pandering, or a sign of weakness, or he is too genteel.

Posted by: hayden1 | August 28, 2008 6:09 PM | Report abuse

Not bad! We will see who he picks tomorrow! In the mean time. McCain may top 400,000 today at the real-time poll at http://www.bop-o-rama.com. Check out the blog!

Posted by: mgultch | August 28, 2008 5:59 PM | Report abuse

Back at you Maggo equals Bush;

Magoo is just a bitter, hateful old man.

We don't need anymore haters.

Posted by: Magoo equals Bitterness and Hate | August 28, 2008 5:52 PM | Report abuse

It's just a ploy on Magoo's part to make you think he's not as much of a HATER as he truly is.

He'll be guzzling hater-ade while he watches the speech on TV.

Did you hear, Magoo is planning to dump Cindy as soon as he gets elected because he won't need her money or houses anymore. Word is he's gonna marry that porn star that ran for governor of CA.

Posted by: Magoo equals Bush | August 28, 2008 5:51 PM | Report abuse

to "american first" LOL! I have lots of Dems in the military with me - get off that crap- geez what a baby to think that one is better than the other or one is not this or that -
to "peter" nice try but i believe the hillary crowd has cornered the market on all the splintering

Posted by: takealook | August 28, 2008 5:49 PM | Report abuse

I truly congratulate Obama for becoming the first AA running for President. That's a milestone. On that note, I don't want my earnings taking any dip if he becomes President.

Posted by: discerner | August 28, 2008 5:49 PM | Report abuse

They set you up with the short con to real you in for the long one. What is the message behind this? Why did they allocate resources, time and hype behind this message?

There is some kind of alternative subtext to this message, otherwise they wouldn't have aired it. What is it?

Posted by: Max | August 28, 2008 5:31 PM
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Hey...Obamabots should be hopeful throng of supporters not some fearful and looking around that some one will stab me from behind. Enjoy the coronation tonight. I too will watch the Emporer Obama today.

Posted by: discerner | August 28, 2008 5:45 PM | Report abuse

That was a nice ad and a good thing to do. Good for you, John McCain.

As to the separate debate raging here in the Comments section re some Huckabee supporters liking Obama, remember what Huckabee himself said after Iowa, pointing out how he and Barack Obama, the two Iowa victors, actually come across as quite similar. They're both down to earth, a bit younger, on a health kick, not from one of the two coasts, and have a good sense of humor. [I will admit Huckabee's is the best. He's really funny.]

They certainly have lots of policy differences (plus some surprising similarities on poverty issues), but I too have met voters, typically young parents, that relate to them both. After all, look at it the opposite way: I'm an Obama supporter and I really like Mike Huckabee! My guess is that the predicted Huckabee-to-Obama shift by some supporters will not be all that lasting, but I'm not surprised to see an impulse in that direction.

Posted by: Fairfax Voter | August 28, 2008 5:45 PM | Report abuse

Obama is getting ready to get an influx of votes. Over on the Huck Pac website. The site is having a raging online debate. It appears Huckabee supporters are splintering. It appears that some Huckabee supporters are going to be supporting Obama. Huckabee supporters are saying they are not going to vote for McCain Romney ticket. Wow go to http://www.huckpac.com and look at the blog. This is really starting to heat up. Romney might actually cost McCain the election. They have even started a website http://www.McCanes.com/newparty.html

Posted by: Peter
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Yeah.. that website talking about a new Huckabee party...they have 51 signatures on their petition, and most of them say "Jesus Christ" or "Michael Phelps".. its a good attempt at pretending the Republicans are having the same issues as the Dems

Posted by: Anonymous | August 28, 2008 5:36 PM | Report abuse

Other countries elect women and candidates with a different ethnic background than the majority - so, what. Look to none other than American Football to find a true meritocracy. Black, white, hispanic - you don't get a head coach position without experience. It's all about results; unless of course, Jerry Jones just needs a figurehead. Obama seems like such a lightweight, moreso than GW Bush - and look where that got us.

Posted by: David | August 28, 2008 5:34 PM | Report abuse

They set you up with the short con to real you in for the long one. What is the message behind this? Why did they allocate resources, time and hype behind this message?

There is some kind of alternative subtext to this message, otherwise they wouldn't have aired it. What is it?

Posted by: Max | August 28, 2008 5:31 PM | Report abuse

McCain will pick billionaire NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg for his VP because Bloomberg is to be installed by international bankers and financiers to continue big profit$$$ from privatizing US government's programs, infrastructure and jobs.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 28, 2008 5:17 PM | Report abuse

You can't use the words "exciting" and "mccain" in the same sentence. It's just not happenin' - unless things like watching paint dry and grass grow is determined to be "exciting".

there'se nothing exciting about the mccain campaign, it's a real snooze.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 28, 2008 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Brian:

"... a real christian wouldn't write what you wrote."

At least not TWICE ; )

Posted by: JakeD | August 28, 2008 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Battack 007,

Let me address yours one by one:

1.They are Pro choice or for abortion.
That is correct, it should be the womans choice to opt to what she feels its best. Not the governments choice.

2.They believe in stem cell research from a fetus.
At the time that is where the stem cells where at. It may have cured a few diseases but because of the religious right those people still suffer. Since then there have been other break through s from stem cells not attached to the fetus.

3.Believe Gay marriage is OK when the Bible says it is not

Believe it or not our laws are not based on the bible. Also the bible says dont hate your fellow man, i guess you forgot that part when reading the bible.

4. Restrictions on public preaching. Just where is that prohibited?

5.No prayer in public schools.
Correct, schools are for learning. You wouldn't want me to interrupt your bible class to go over physics or conduct a pep rally would you?

6.Manipulateing Public Radio, & Media.
Outside of the Bush admin doing exactly that i have no idea what you are talking about. Got any examples?

7.Labeling Christian teaching, as " Hate Speech" which can be prosecuted.
Where has this happened? Give me an example. I can see that in the 60's the Klan all had hate speeches and usually acted upon them.

So how can you a Christian vote for McCain when he has no trouble like your good Christian Dubya in attacking a country that didnt attack us and led to the deaths of thousands of innocent civilians? Last time i checked the Dems didnt invade Iraq...

Posted by: American First | August 28, 2008 5:15 PM | Report abuse

McCain will pick billionaire NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg for his VP because Bloomberg is to be installed by international bankers and financiers to continue big profit$$$ from privatizing US government's programs, infrastructure and jobs.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 28, 2008 5:15 PM | Report abuse

Aaawww

Posted by: Obama2008 | August 28, 2008 5:15 PM | Report abuse

Hey Peter there is a huge difference between abortion and war.

First abortion is killing the unborn, a defenseless child.

War deaths do occur. But defending a better way of life against muslim extremists who want everyone who is not muslim dead is a necessity. I wish it weren't so, but I am realist.

I see similarities in abortion and muslim terrorists. I do not see similarities in abortion and our military men and women.

Quit insulting the American military that protects your insane free speech.

You aren't Christian, a real christian wouldn't write what you wrote.

Posted by: Brian | August 28, 2008 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Smart ad. Smart tactic. I wonder how many of these he is running? Obama continues to say positive things about McCain's war record, so this is notable as the first positive thing I've heard McCain say about Obama. It will be interesting to see if he continues with the "nice guy" routine or goes straight back into the gutter. Any bets?

Posted by: Chuck | August 28, 2008 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Kind of creepy, don't you think?

http://www.political-buzz.com/

Posted by: matt | August 28, 2008 5:00 PM | Report abuse

What some pro-choice Christains dont understand is that Life is important on all levels, Not just unborn. But our soldiers too. McCain is a war mongerer. Obama will keep us out of wars at least. I would preffer a candidate that was pro life and on all fronts. But abortion rights isnt going to be my deciding factor this year.

Obama is getting ready to get an influx of votes. Over on the Huck Pac website. The site is having a raging online debate. It appears Huckabee supporters are splintering. It appears that some Huckabee supporters are going to be supporting Obama. Huckabee supporters are saying they are not going to vote for McCain Romney ticket. Wow go to http://www.huckpac.com and look at the blog. This is really starting to heat up. Romney might actually cost McCain the election. They have even started a website http://www.McCanes.com/newparty.html

Posted by: Peter | August 28, 2008 5:00 PM | Report abuse

That's it? Is it "historic" because McCain's team decided to finally run a positive ad? Wonder how long this will last...

Posted by: AJ | August 28, 2008 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Obama is getting ready to get an influx of votes. Over on the Huck Pac website. The site is having a raging online debate. It appears Huckabee supporters are splintering. It appears that some Huckabee supporters are going to be supporting Obama. Huckabee supporters are saying they are not going to vote for McCain Romney ticket. Wow go to http://www.huckpac.com and look at the blog. This is really starting to heat up. Romney might actually cost McCain the election. They have even started a website http://www.McCanes.com/newparty.html

Posted by: Peter | August 28, 2008 4:57 PM | Report abuse

I was asked today " How can a Christian Vote for the Democratic Party"

1.They are Pro choice or for abortion.

2.They believe in stem cell research from a fetus.

3.Believe Gay marriage is OK when the Bible says it is not.

4.Restrictions on Public Preaching.

5.No prayer in public schools.

6.Manipulateing Public Radio, & Media.

7.Labeling Christian teaching, as " Hate Speech" which can be prosecuted.

O.K. Christians you cannot ride the fence nor both sides of the fence, You know who the better person is. Not voting is not a choice You have to Vote Mc Cain.. Mc Cain for President!!

Posted by: Battack_007 | August 28, 2008 4:56 PM | Report abuse

What's "historic" about that?! I wanted to see a brawl!!!

Posted by: JakeD | August 28, 2008 4:56 PM | Report abuse

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