McCain ad: “Freedom”

posted at 6:25 pm on October 31, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

John McCain released what his campaign earlier called his “final argument” for the 2008 presidential campaign. “Freedom” stays positive, focusing on McCain’s own qualifications for the presidency and avoiding any mention of his opponents:

I’ve served my country since I was 17 years old. And, spent five years longing for her shores. I came home dedicated to a cause greater than my own.

We can grow our economy. We will cut government waste.

Don’t hope for a stronger America. Vote for one.

Join me.

This works much better than the earlier effort, “Obama praises McCain”. He speaks directly to the nation as he did with his best ads, but only in voice-over. The spot reminds people of McCain’s extraordinary service to this nation and his dedication as a public servant. It exemplifies his theme of “Country First”.

Should this be the last word? I think not. McCain still has 96 hours to run comparative ads highlighting Obama’s lack of experience and his bombshell about opposition to higher tax rates being “selfish”. As a final positive ad, this works well, but I’d give his acceptance speech at the convention higher marks.


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It’s a fine and dignified ad. He will prevail on the 4th of November.

ManlyRash on October 31, 2008 at 6:27 PM

The YouTube video up above was stuck between frames at the start.. McCain looked just like Clint Eastwood.

GoodBoy on October 31, 2008 at 6:28 PM

With you as always, Manly !
This is a good rebuff to the miserymercial.

pambi on October 31, 2008 at 6:30 PM

McCain looked just like Clint Eastwood.

And this is bad?

ChrisM on October 31, 2008 at 6:30 PM

I prefer the one with the Marine talking about his friends in Iraq and that the war wasn’t a mistake. It made me cry when I saw his own sacrifice.

HornetSting on October 31, 2008 at 6:31 PM

He will prevail on the 4th of November.

ManlyRash on October 31, 2008 at 6:27 PM

I keep replaying your upbeat comments in my mind at night when I can’t sleep! Thanks for your great positive attitude, it’s very refreshing as I face the real world here in metro Detroit. Yes, we will WIN!

ConMom on October 31, 2008 at 6:31 PM

And this is bad?

ChrisM on October 31, 2008 at 6:30 PM

Nope.. thought it was funny.

GoodBoy on October 31, 2008 at 6:33 PM

I keep replaying your upbeat comments in my mind at night when I can’t sleep! Thanks for your great positive attitude, it’s very refreshing as I face the real world here in metro Detroit. Yes, we will WIN! – ConMom on October 31, 2008 at 6:31 PM


We will prevail and that’s not an opinion…that is a fact.

Now do your part…get everyone you know to the polls on November 4.

Vote for the McCain for your choice, but VOTE!

ManlyRash on October 31, 2008 at 6:34 PM

You’ve got me, John. And you’ve got more patriotic Americans than you know. You will be the 44th President of our great nation.

RushBaby on October 31, 2008 at 6:34 PM

OT: The Fox News just reported a Pew study about negative reporting. For all Obama’s complaints, on Fox, 40% of stories about Obama were negative, and 40% of stories about McCain were negative. Meanhile, on MSNBC, 73% of stories about McCain were negative, and 14% of stories about Obama were negative.

Unbelievable.

BuckeyeSam on October 31, 2008 at 6:34 PM

With you as always, Manly !
This is a good rebuff to the miserymercial.
pambi on October 31, 2008 at 6:30 PM

Someone should have told Obama that it was supposed to be MORNING in America, not MOURNING in America.

ManlyRash on October 31, 2008 at 6:35 PM

Go Mac! We WILL win!

stonemeister on October 31, 2008 at 6:36 PM

Obama is talking faster and is getting more nervous and petty.

Trick or treat, Obambi!

profitsbeard on October 31, 2008 at 6:36 PM

You will be the 44th President of our great nation. -RushBaby on October 31, 2008 at 6:34 PM

And, in 2012, our Sarah will be the 45th. Prepare to celebrate victory next Tuesday.

ManlyRash on October 31, 2008 at 6:36 PM

Senator McCain is a great hero, a true
patriot, and he’s going to be a wonderful president.

Mulligan on October 31, 2008 at 6:38 PM

Sarah seems to have had a positive effect on this guy. He sounds more conservative all the time.

Tommy_G on October 31, 2008 at 6:39 PM

Ironic Obama used waving fields of grain at the beginning of his liarmercial. It should have been a pot plot instead.

AubieJon on October 31, 2008 at 6:40 PM

Fingers crossed — well done Senator McCain. Here is hoping you prevail in this battle on Tuesday!

Godspeed!

Republican on October 31, 2008 at 6:41 PM

And, in 2012, our Sarah will be the 45th. Prepare to celebrate victory next Tuesday.

ManlyRash on October 31, 2008 at 6:36 PM

I’m definitely planning on it! And perhaps
taking a stroll by Grant Park to witness the
weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Mulligan on October 31, 2008 at 6:42 PM

Obama,

NOT EVEN BOY SCOUT EXPERIENCE,

UNFIT TO BE COMMANDER IN CHIEF

HE DOESN’T EVEN PASS THE TEST FOR,’LEADER OF THE FREE WORLD!
————————————
TORTURED AND TESTED,VOTE McCAIN FOR FREEDOM,FOR AMERICA!

canopfor on October 31, 2008 at 6:44 PM

This one came early in the process — but by far remains my favorite of all the McCain ads out there. I wish he could have injected more of this kind of emotion throughout the rest of the campaign.

Ferris on October 31, 2008 at 6:44 PM

ferris, the ad wasn’t available on youtube.

Mulligan on October 31, 2008 at 6:47 PM

“Everything seemingly is spinning out of control”
By ALAN FRAM and EILEEN PUTMAN, (AP)
Sat Jun 21, ‘08, WASHINGTON

Is everything spinning out of control? Midwestern levees are bursting. Gas prices are skyrocketing. Home values are abysmal. Air fares, college tuition and health care border on unaffordable. Wars without end rage against terrorism. Horatio Alger, twist in your grave.

The can-do, bootstrap approach embedded in the American psyche is under assault. Eroding it is a dour powerlessness that is chipping away at the country’s sturdy conviction that destiny can be commanded with sheer courage and perseverance.

McCain and Palin personify the can-do bootstrap approach embedded in the American psyche! VOTE GOP FOR LIBERTY, SURVIVAL AND YOUR OPPORTUNITY TO SUCCEED!

Obama, Pelosi and Reid are eroding our great American Spirit and Dream with their dour deceits and frauds promising a Marxist destiny of defeat, depression, and highest taxes ever with no recourse given a Democrat Majority, POTUS and judges ruling from their ass.

maverick muse on October 31, 2008 at 6:47 PM

Always end on an up note. Give me a reason to vote for you.

rbj on October 31, 2008 at 6:49 PM

And perhaps taking a stroll by Grant Park to witness the weeping and gnashing of teeth. – Mulligan on October 31, 2008 at 6:42 PM

Unless you plan on dressing like a firefighter and carrying a loaded shotgun with you, you’d be better off watching the ‘festivities’ on television.

ManlyRash on October 31, 2008 at 6:49 PM

ferris, the ad wasn’t available on youtube.

It worked for me.

backwoods conservative on October 31, 2008 at 6:50 PM

Good ad. Like Rove says, you’ve got to have a positive message. Voting against the other guy is not a good strategy

lodge on October 31, 2008 at 6:50 PM

Manlyrash, don’t worry! I am doing my part. Will be working the phones this weekend at Victory Center and enjoy leaving libtards speechless at every opportunity in my daily life around here in the heavily democratic neighborhood. I wanted to scream the other day at my IT director who had no defense for BO except he thought he was “smart” and went to great colleges. I asked him how he knew for sure that BO went to those colleges since his records are *sealed*. He had no response to that. Actually looked at me like I was speaking a foreign language. Really, it’s been an interesting election season and it will be so darn rewarding WHEN we WIN Tuesday night! Hallelujah!

ConMom on October 31, 2008 at 6:54 PM

God Bless John McCain and Sarah Palin.
And ManlyRash.
I am a Marin County Conservative.

surfer girl on October 31, 2008 at 6:54 PM

Don’t hope for a stronger America. Vote for one.

Great line.

“Fanfare For the Common Man” should be playing in the background. That’s who the modern Republican party is attracting.

Hening on October 31, 2008 at 6:54 PM

When the chips are down, McCain PROVES he has what it takes to lead us towards victory and America’s success!

When the chips are down, Obama cries, “Off with their heads,” and Pelosi taunts, “We’ll drill right through your head,” and Reid aligns with Obama as they shout “racist selfish unpatriotic bigots” blaming everyone but themselves, bitterly clinging to voters, dragging us all down as individuals and as a nation with them, instigating civil war because they lost an election despite their gross fraud!

maverick muse on October 31, 2008 at 6:55 PM

And perhaps taking a stroll by Grant Park to witness the weeping and gnashing of teeth. – Mulligan on October 31, 2008 at 6:42 PM

Have a concealed carry license there, Mulligan? You’re very brave to whistle past a graveyard.

tru2tx on October 31, 2008 at 6:55 PM

Hening, you nailed a great musical GOP theme!

maverick muse on October 31, 2008 at 6:57 PM

ConMom on October 31, 2008 at 6:54 PM

God bless you, ma’am. Welcome to the fight…this time our side will win.

ManlyRash on October 31, 2008 at 6:57 PM

God Bless John McCain and Sarah Palin. And ManlyRash. I am a Marin County Conservative. – surfer girl on October 31, 2008 at 6:54 PM

Keep fighting, SG. Don’t stop fighting until McCain achieves victory on election day. After that…go surfing and relax.

ManlyRash on October 31, 2008 at 6:59 PM

RushBaby on October 31, 2008 at 6:34 PM

ManlyRash on October 31, 2008 at 6:34 PM

My wife went to early voting last night here in Indiana. She took our 7 year old daughter with her. My wife made voted and let our daughter push the button to cast her ballot.

We have a McCain/Palin yard sign and bumper stickers on both of our vehicles. Both of our fathers are Vietnam vets. We have talked to our daughter what is means to be a soldier and what it means to be a veteran. We are teaching our daughter that our freedoms do not come from the government but come from God. We have telling our daughter about the history of our country, and why we want John McCain and Sarah Palin to be our leaders for the next 4 years.

Today, my daughter’s school had a mock election. She voted for John McCain and Sarah Palin. McCain won in a landslide.

My wife talked her mother who is a 3rd grade teacher in Lapeer, Michigan. Lapeer is 30 miles west of Flint, the alleged home of Fat A$$ Moore or Moore, Fat A$$. It is a very lower-middle and middle class city. My mother-in-law has been teaching her kids about government and the presidency in their social studies units. Even though there are a lot poorer kids in her class, my mother-in-law has learned that people in her area of Michigan are not voting for Obama.

I will proudly cast my ballot for the team that can really get our economy moving again and cut the spending so that all Americans have an equal opportunity to become wealthy and prosperous.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on October 31, 2008 at 6:59 PM

I am a Marin County Conservative.

surfer girl on October 31, 2008 at 6:54 PM

Stranger in a strange land. Sanity in land of fruits and nuts. (Cool. I get the raaaaaaaaaaacist and hoooooooooooooomophobe tag on that one!)

Welcome, fellow American.

The resistance to government tyranny, from the hands of the socialists, grows.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on October 31, 2008 at 7:01 PM

Great ad …

darwin on October 31, 2008 at 7:02 PM

Forget everything … just get as many people as you can to the polls on November 4th.

darwin on October 31, 2008 at 7:03 PM

Ferris on October 31, 2008 at 6:44 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J_A53PAxeR8
Thanks, Ferris.. don’t ever remember seeing that one !!
That’s a great thing to run 24 hours Mon-Tues !!

P.S. YouTube’s really busy today.. I had to refresh the page, then it loaded just fine.

ONWARD !!

pambi on October 31, 2008 at 7:08 PM

Great ad to close withGOTV GOTV GOTV GOTV GOTV GOTV GOTV

ConservativePartyNow on October 31, 2008 at 7:10 PM

And, spent five years longing for her shores.

NO WAY!!!! JOHN MCCAIN WAS A POW!?!?!?!

ALRIGHT!!! I’M VOTING FOR HIM NOW, FOR SURE!!! MCCAIN FEINGOLD, MCCAIN KENNEDY, MCCAIN LIEBERMAN…WHO CARES?!?! HE WAS A POW!!!

I’m John McCain and I approve of this ad….and I was a pow.

Roger Waters on October 31, 2008 at 7:10 PM

Let’s get this American hero in to the White House!

jencab on October 31, 2008 at 7:10 PM

Believe!

Mojave Mark on October 31, 2008 at 7:13 PM

Manly – you inspire me as always.

Let’s shock the world and take back our country.

Lock and load. Let’s Roll!

DeweyWins on October 31, 2008 at 7:13 PM

Senator, I already did.

Let’s win this thing and show once and for all that America is about actions, not oratory.

HotAirJosef on October 31, 2008 at 7:15 PM

And, spent five years longing for her shores.

Obama would have felt relieved to have escaped her shores !
BIG difference.

pambi on October 31, 2008 at 7:15 PM

Lock and load. Let’s Roll! – DeweyWins on October 31, 2008 at 7:13 PM

Make it happen, Dewey. Bring others to the polls. Do not let them stay home.

Vote for the McCain of your choice…but VOTE!

ManlyRash on October 31, 2008 at 7:16 PM

I’m John McCain and I approve of this ad….and I was a pow. – Roger Waters on October 31, 2008 at 7:10 PM

Indeed he was…when Obama’s buddies were committing acts of domestic terrorism.

By the way, Cartman told me to tell you that Pink Floyd sucks balls.

ManlyRash on October 31, 2008 at 7:18 PM

What I would love to see, is a clip about Sarah Palin, quick rise, show her in her jeans last week, show her dressed up nice, even wearing those evil clothes the party bought, just show her at rallies, show the crowd, then at the very end…..

…have Piper Palin say, “Will you hire my mom?”

Make the commercial like ones you would see in a movie about a child going on national TV asking America to hire her mom. Her mom does not know she is doing it, and is surprised by all the reporters at her door only to find out that her daughter made some video, and she watches it for the first time, with her daughter.

That could be a follow up video come Monday, Sarah and Piper watching the commercial together, then Sarah hugs Piper, turns to the camera and asks America to hire her.

WoosterOh on October 31, 2008 at 7:20 PM

Let’s get this American hero in to the White House! – jencab on October 31, 2008 at 7:10 PM

Do your part…stay positive and share that warmth with others. Get them to the polls on November 4. Be a part of history. That way you can say, years later, I was there. I voted to save this nation. And it was saved.

ManlyRash on October 31, 2008 at 7:21 PM

Now John King of CNN says Obambi has “clinched” the election. These people need to be thrashed publicly and hung in stocks for people to throw garbage at them. Then there is the detestible David Gag me Gergen. What a slobbering liberal who’s always touted as a Republican presidential advisor. Give me a break.
This is a good ad, sorry there are so many creeps in this country who could care less what McCain did for this country, they only want theirs and they want it now!

wepeople on October 31, 2008 at 7:23 PM

as RR would say, “let’s go out and win one more for the Gipper!”

ConservativePartyNow on October 31, 2008 at 7:26 PM

“they only want theirs and they want it now!”

…they only want ours to be theirs now.

maverick muse on October 31, 2008 at 7:27 PM

Roger Waters on October 31, 2008 at 7:10 PM

Whatevs, Jolly Trickle.

I’m guessing you supported John Kerry in ’04. Did you he served in Vietnam? Did you know he has 3 purple hearts (for a hang nail, butt splinters and what else?).

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on October 31, 2008 at 7:27 PM

Now John King of CNN says Obambi has “clinched” the election. These people need to be thrashed publicly and hung in stocks for people to throw garbage at them. Then there is the detestible David Gag me Gergen. What a slobbering liberal who’s always touted as a Republican presidential advisor. Give me a break. – wepeople on October 31, 2008 at 7:23 PM

Be prepared, people. The closer we draw to November 4 the more you will hear them proclaim Obama the winner. They are desperate to suppress our vote.

Don’t let them! Stand up…all of you. Stand up and fight. Do not let these sock puppets get you down. Ignore them. Talk to friends. Talk to family. Talk to neighbors.

Get out the vote. You aren’t doing this for John McCain or for Sarah Palin. You are doing this for the nation.

ManlyRash on October 31, 2008 at 7:28 PM

I’m happy to see this. One of my main criticisms of McCain – and earlier of Rudy during his awful primary campaign – was that they spent so little time talking about how they planned on a better future.

It’s not enough to be NotObama… or rather, it shouldn’t be enough.

Lehosh on October 31, 2008 at 7:35 PM

OK, another commercial to run before the commercial of Piper asking America to hire her mom.

A lot like the first video, more Alaskan Palin stuff, but sent to McCain. McCain watches it and to be continued…..

3 part commercial, we see it a lot now days.

WoosterOh on October 31, 2008 at 7:36 PM

Now John King of CNN says Obambi has “clinched” the election.

wepeople on October 31, 2008 at 7:23 PM

I can’t wait to see the “clinching” that takes place in the CNN newsroom when Obama falls embarassingly short. The American people need to step up and stop the creep of Socialism and Stupidity.

HornetSting on October 31, 2008 at 7:37 PM

Obama would have felt relieved to have escaped her shores !
BIG difference.

pambi on October 31, 2008 at 7:15 PM

Obama lived in Africa and Indonesia until the age of 9 when his mother dumped him with her mother to grow up in Hawaii. He always held America in disdain, according to his own record, Dreams shadow written by Ayers though Obama claims to have authored his psychological autobiography, and according to his campaign speeches in America and abroad. Obama feels much more at ease with himself when he is NOT in America where he knows we see him as a fraud.

maverick muse on October 31, 2008 at 7:39 PM

have a stack of tapes/cd’s with other VP front runners names on it, then have McCain pick up Palin’s, reads a note that has, “Please hire my mom” on it and plays the video.

WoosterOh on October 31, 2008 at 7:39 PM

I agree, as devastating to our country as I believe Obama would be, McCain can’t simply say, “vote for me because I’m not Obama.” (Although for a lot of us, that’s enough.) That’s all Obama’s done- “vote for me because I’m not George Bush.” This is a good positive message and reminds people of the love he has for this country.

VanPalin on October 31, 2008 at 7:43 PM

That’s all Obama’s done- “vote for me because I’m not George Bush.” This is a good positive message and reminds people of the love he has for this country.

VanPalin on October 31, 2008 at 7:43 PM

And….promised welfare checks to those that don’t pay income taxes. Oh yeah, and promised sure defeat in Iraq, despite the fact that our Great Men and Women have won the war.

HornetSting on October 31, 2008 at 7:45 PM

That’s all Obama’s done- “vote for me because I’m not George Bush.” This is a good positive message and reminds people of the love he has for this country. /sarc

You forgot the sarc tag, VP. I fixed it for ya.

ManlyRash on October 31, 2008 at 7:51 PM

This appeals to my American spirit instead of my selfishness spirit.

anniekc on October 31, 2008 at 7:55 PM

The final argument, segueing from the theme of freedom:

You have a choice. Live in a wretched, totalitarian state under Lord Obama, or live in a free, prosperous country with McCain/Palin.

No point beating around the bush :)

Buy Danish on October 31, 2008 at 8:00 PM

Love it, Danish.

HornetSting on October 31, 2008 at 8:00 PM

I’m guessing you supported John Kerry in ‘04. Did you he served in Vietnam? Did you know he has 3 purple hearts (for a hang nail, butt splinters and what else?).

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on October 31, 2008 at 7:27 PM

masturbation blister…

CC – BHO: “my Muslim faith”

CapedConservative on October 31, 2008 at 8:16 PM

Ferris on October 31, 2008 at 6:44 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J_A53PAxeR8
Thanks, Ferris.. don’t ever remember seeing that one !!
That’s a great thing to run 24 hours Mon-Tues !!

P.S. YouTube’s really busy today.. I had to refresh the page, then it loaded just fine.

ONWARD !!

pambi on October 31, 2008 at 7:08 PM

Thanks ferris and pambi! That was a wonderful ad, and
I also hadn’t seen it before.

ManlyRash, thanks for all your great posts.
They’re appreciated, that’s for sure.

Mulligan on October 31, 2008 at 8:21 PM

ManlyRash, thanks for all your great posts. They’re appreciated, that’s for sure. – Mulligan on October 31, 2008 at 8:21 PM

There will be time to heap accolades upon me AFTER McCain wins in November. Get out there and get out the vote. Fight. Keep fighting. Don’t stop fighting.

ManlyRash on October 31, 2008 at 8:24 PM

Sarah seems to have had a positive effect on this guy. He sounds more conservative all the time.

Tommy_G on October 31, 2008 at 6:39 PM

It seems McCain has found his footing. This is a beautiful commercial, exactly what is needed for the undecideds.

It would great to have shorts showing McCain’s past fighting pork and fighting for the economy.

That is how he got the name ‘Maverick’

McCain needs to say America is good and I will be there to fix it (vs Obama saying America is flawed and I will be the one to change it

no need to mention the subliminals worrying Americans: rev wright, farrakhan, terrorist friends, the flag as a cheap symbol etc – although a pac could do that service

They have decided not to highlight Palin in the big spots. If they change their minds on that, I would show her cost cutting background not accepting perks, her challenge to fight for special needs children, and her rating as most popular Governor

Obama’s endless critcism of America, instead of the problems besetting America, is creating a fear factor push towards McCain.

entagor on October 31, 2008 at 8:26 PM

“they only want theirs and they want it now!”
…they only want ours to be theirs now.

maverick muse on October 31, 2008 at 7:27 PM

Yep. The Dims should change their name to the “Gimme, Gimme, Gimme” party — because that’s what they’re really about now. If I had a dollar for every time I’ve seen some idiot Obama supporter on t.v. explaining that they’re voting for Obama because they’ll “get more” from him — then I’d be one of those “rich” people Obama wants so desperately to tax more.

Vote McCain/Palin and help save the U.S.A.!

AZCoyote on October 31, 2008 at 8:28 PM

When my wife was in an ICU fighting a cancer that was strangling her, some friends and family thought she was going to die. On more than one occasion I had to have the “living will” talk with doctors. I said then “hope for the best, but prepare for the worst”. That was in 2002.My wife is alive today.

On Tuesday I will hope for the best and vote for John McCain. But I have no idea how to prepare for the worst… Is it too soon to start a Palin 2012 Exploratory committee?

darkpixel on October 31, 2008 at 8:52 PM

Please read and please VOTE and VOTE and VOTE again.

http://www.noquarterusa.net/blog/2008/10/31/former-hillary-staffer-spills-the-beans/

gracie on October 31, 2008 at 8:56 PM

On Tuesday I will hope for the best and vote for John McCain. But I have no idea how to prepare for the worst… Is it too soon to start a Palin 2012 Exploratory committee? – darkpixel on October 31, 2008 at 8:52 PM

Screw that. Vote for McCain. Bring your wife with you so that she can vote for McCain. Talk to family, neighbors and frends and be sure that THEY vote for McCain.

Remember…Friends don’t let friends vote for Obama.

ManlyRash on October 31, 2008 at 9:10 PM

…focusing on McCain’s own qualifications for the presidency and avoiding any mention of his opponents…

Well, not explicitly.

Don’t hope for a stronger America. Vote for one.

Tzetzes on October 31, 2008 at 9:52 PM

To the undecideds:

Obama- don’t vote for him just because you hate Bush.

America deserves better.

McCain 2008.

profitsbeard on October 31, 2008 at 10:01 PM

*salutes*

Yakko77 on November 1, 2008 at 1:05 AM

Get out there and get out the vote. Fight. Keep fighting. Don’t stop fighting.

ManlyRash on October 31, 2008 at 8:24 PM

There you go. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. Forget the polls, forget the ads. Polls and ads don’t win elections. Only votes win elections. Turnout is everything. If you can on Tuesday, vote and get everybody you know to the polls, then go to your nearest GOP headquarters and volunteer. Work the phones, pick up the pollbook, pick up voters and take them to the polls. That’s how we won in 2004, and we can do it again.

We’re the ones who take initiative, remember.

rightwingprof on November 1, 2008 at 6:54 AM