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    By Steve Holland 1 hour, 25 minutes ago

    AURORA, Colo. (Reuters) - Republican presidential candidate John McCain opened up a new line of attack on Democratic rival Barack Obama on Wednesday, labeling him a celebrity without the strength to bring change to Washington.

    McCain's campaign launched a new television advertisement to run in key battleground states called "Celeb" that uses images of U.S. celebrities Britney Spears and Paris Hilton and Obama's speech in Berlin last week to accuse Obama of being all talk and little action.

    "Is he ready to lead?" it asks.


    At the same time, McCain described himself as an independent-minded politician with a history of bucking authority and said Obama has shown little more than strong speaking skills.

    "The bottom line is that Senator Obama's words, for all their eloquence and passion, don't mean all that much, and that's the problem with Washington," McCain said.


    McCain took direct aim at Obama's chief selling point, that he represents change Americans are searching for ahead of the November 4 election.
    "Sen. Obama doesn't have the strength to speak openly and directly about he will address the serious challenges that confront America. How will he be strong enough to really change Washington?" he said.


    McCain's negative turn came as his campaign senses a chink in Obama's armor following the Democrat's European tour, which did not appear to give Obama a noticeable bounce in the polls, despite drawing a crowd of 200,000 in Berlin.


    It is a strategy that carries some risks with Americans weary of partisan sniping. The Obama campaign has said stepped-up criticism from McCain as not in keeping with his pledges to maintain a civil debate.
    "On a day when major news organizations across the country are taking



    Senator McCain to task for a steady stream of false, negative attacks, his campaign has launched yet another. Or, as some might say, 'Oops! He did it again,"' said Obama spokesman Tommy Vietor.


    But the McCain camp, frustrated by what it sees as a U.S. news media's lavish attention on Obama, said it considered the Democrat's Europe trip fair game.


    Campaign manager Rick Davis told reporters on a conference call that Obama's swing through Europe, with its focus on media, was "much more something you would expect from someone releasing a new movie than running for president."


    "And so I think it's fair game to say that we're only focused on representing what we see as an important element of the Obama strategy, which is to create a fan base around the world that allows him to get a lot of media attention and avoids him having to address the important issues of our time," Davis said.


    The McCain camp eagerly directed reporters to an opinion article in The Washington Post that described Obama as acting as if he were already president.


    McCain, 71, took pains to promote his own record, saying he had often found himself at odds with the unpopular administration of President George W. Bush, particularly on government spending and the Iraq war.


    The latest energy bill in the U.S. Congress, he said, includes "big giveaways to Big Oil but nothing" to free American from its dependence on foreign oil.
    "Time and again, I've heard politicians, pundits and pollsters warn me that my position on this or that issue would cost me the presidency. But I don't answer to them," he said.
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    He's such an independently minded "maverick" that he's voted along with Bush on most issues (or not at all), has Bush's evil cabal working on his campaign, lies constantly, and can't remember basic facts on foreign eelations that are supposed to be his "strength".

    Yeah.. real leadership buddy.
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    Last "celebrity presidents" we have had are Bill Clinton, Ronald Reagan, and Jack Kennedy. Obama's in pretty good company.

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    Quote Originally Posted by visitor42 View Post
    Last "celebrity presidents" we have had are Bill Clinton, Ronald Reagan, and Jack Kennedy. Obama's in pretty good company.
    If you take Reagan out of there.

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    reagan was an actor, the very definition of celebrity
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    "The bottom line is that Senator Obama's words, for all their eloquence and passion, don't mean all that much, and that's the problem with Washington," McCain said.
    This from the person that basically wants to keep pushing Bush's agenda.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FriendOrFoe View Post
    If you take Reagan out of there.
    I'm not a fan of Reagan's policies, but he could play the part of being President - unlike the current occupant.

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    All style no substance... just like most of Hollywood.

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    is strong enough to take everything you have. ~Thomas Jefferson

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    I'd take no substance over MCSame's noisome stenchfilled bushclone ichor.
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    Ok, I watched the video and can't believe that McCain would use that. It shows THOUSANDS of people who've gathered to see Obama. Chanting his name, using an EXTREMELY flattering pic of Obama. Now, I'm no political strategist, but I know marketing, and that was the worst political ad I've ever seen.

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    He was trying to show that he's just a celebrity, but it kinda just looks like people are excited about Obama LOL
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    And the extreme granola eating left is screaming that this commercial is racist.....that by showing Obama with these two young white girls Mccain was playing on those old fears of Miscegenation.....

    The extreme's of both left and right need to get a fucking grip and calm down....
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    Quote Originally Posted by visitor42 View Post
    Last "celebrity presidents" we have had are Bill Clinton, Ronald Reagan, and Jack Kennedy. Obama's in pretty good company.
    Quote Originally Posted by FriendOrFoe View Post
    If you take Reagan out of there.

    Lose Kennedy as well....a terrible president, but hey- he was good looking and died tragically so lets mythologize him......and his asshole brother as well....People forget he was Joe McCarthy's right hand man and even had Joe as godfather to one of his children...a real champion of human rights.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by louiswinthorpe111 View Post
    Ok, I watched the video and can't believe that McCain would use that. It shows THOUSANDS of people who've gathered to see Obama. Chanting his name, using an EXTREMELY flattering pic of Obama. Now, I'm no political strategist, but I know marketing, and that was the worst political ad I've ever seen.
    The Obama people should do an ad with a video of people at a McCain rally. But then everybody would think it was a commercial for a sleep aid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by witchcurlgirl View Post
    And the extreme granola eating left is screaming that this commercial is racist.....that by showing Obama with these two young white girls Mccain was playing on those old fears of Miscegenation.....

    The extreme's of both left and right need to get a fucking grip and calm down....
    I didn't think it was racist at all, just a very bad commercial.

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