Opinion: Now, RNC ads attack Obama in Paris -- Michigan, Missouri and Maine


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John McCain bin ein Berliner too.

As the Associated Press has reported, to commemorate Barack Obama’s visit to Berlin, Germany, today the Republican National Committee is running a new ad in three U.S. cities named Berlin -- in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and New Hampshire.

Now, first thing this morning, the RNC will announce that to continue the fun it’s expanded these minuscule buys to U.S. cities named Paris -- in Maine, Michigan and Missouri. Because, you might guess, Obama will also visit another Paris, the one in France.


The ad (see video below and text on the jump) attacks the freshman Illinois senator for voting last year against a second attempt to fund the Iraq war with $120 billion. Obama voted for the first try, which was vetoed by President Bush because it contained a timetable for troop withdrawal. The second version had no timetable, but did fund purchases of helicopters, body armor, ammunition, veterans rehab programs and other war-related costs.

Obama was one of 14 senators who voted no. The ad says he chose ‘Washington politics’ over supporting the troops. To read the complete text of the 60-second commercial, click on the Read more line beneath the video.

-- Andrew Malcolm

John McCain radio commercial sponsored by the Republican National Committee:

‘There are few votes as important as funding our men and women in uniform.

But when our military needed necessary resources, Barack Obama failed to stand up.

Obama said that nobody wanted to play chicken with our troops on the ground.


But when it came time to act, he voted against critical resources: no to individual body armor, no to helicopters, no to ammunition, no to aircraft.

The bill Obama opposed even had funding for veterans’ medical facilities and rehabilitation programs.

And why did he say no?

Obama chose Washington politics over the needs of our military.

And Senator McCain?

As a veteran and someone who has always put the public interest first, John McCain stood by our troops.

If Obama can’t rise above politics to support our soldiers in a time of war, then how can he claim to have the strength to change the way Washington works?

John McCain is ready to lead. Barack Obama is not.’

‘I’m John McCain and I approved this message.’