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McCain Releases Ad That Will Air in Virginia

Tim Craig

Arizona Sen. John McCain, the presumptive GOP presidential nominee, released his first television ad today that will air in local Virginia markets.

In the one-minute ad, entitled Love, a narrator contrasts McCain's experience as a prisoner of war during the Vietnam War with that of other Americans back home in 1967.

"It was a time of uncertainty, hope and change. The 'Summer Of Love,' the ad states. "Half a world away, another kind of love -- of country. John McCain: Shot down. Bayoneted. Tortured. Offered early release, he said 'no'. He's sworn an oath."

The ad then goes into McCain's decision to enter public service once he returned to the United States

"His philosophy: before party, polls and self. America," the ad states. "A maverick, John McCain tackled campaign reform, military reform, spending reform. He took on presidents, partisans and popular opinion. He believes our world is dangerous, our economy in shambles."

McCain then takes a subtle swipe at his Democratic opponent, Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill), over his campaign mantra of "hope."

"John McCain doesn't always tell us what we 'hope' to hear." the ad states. "Beautiful words cannot make our lives better. But a man who has always put his country and her people before self, before politics 'can. Don't 'hope' for a better life. Vote for one."

McCain campaign officials said the ad will air in select markets in Virginia. Democratic strategists said today that the McCain ad is airing in Northern Virginia.

Obama is currently airing his second general election ad in local Virginia markets.

By Tim Craig  |  July 8, 2008; 9:45 AM ET
Categories:  Barack Obama , Campaign Ads , Election 2008/President , John McCain , Tim Craig  
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