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McCain hits Obama on national security in new ad

August 27, 2008

Jake Turcotte


Foreign policy - the theme tonight. Foreign policy - the new McCain ad. See how it works?

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As if the McCain campaign were clairvoyant, they rolled out a new campaign commercial coinciding with the theme of Day 3 at the Democratic Convention.

What do you just bet the Obama folks will be every bit as psychic next week?

They are calling today "Securing America's Future." And the DNC says Barack has got the goods to deliver. Specifically, so they say, "he offers a new, tough foreign policy that is neither Republican nor Democratic, but is a strong, smart American foreign policy to make our country more secure and advance our interests in the world."

If you were betting that John McCain has a different position, as Ed McMahon would say, "You are correct, sir."

The McCain camp says Barack Obama doesn't believe Iran poses a serious threat, "even though they support terrorism, are developing nuclear capabilities and repeatedly threaten to eliminate Israel" reads another one of these good morning emails the McCain people keep sending.

Monitor colleague Alexandra Marks has a solid piece this morning discussing the hurdles that Senator Biden is going to have to clear. It's not going to be easy.

Senator Biden will have a challenge cut out for him. Four years ago, decorated veteran John Kerry tried to shore up his party’s credibility on national security when he “reported for duty” and stressed national security during his convention speech. He ended up actually dropping by one percentage point in the polls.
In 2008, the GOP’s presumed nominee, John McCain, is a war hero and former POW. He outpolls Barack Obama on the national security issue by four or five percentage points. Among military veterans, who tend to take strong stands for national security, McCain beats Senator Obama by as much as 20 points.

Back to the new ad. The ominous voice -- he's back in this spot. But, in a twist, the voice doesn't sound as hushed. Watch for yourself (below).