MoveOn responds to McCain ads

The liberal advocacy group released a spot of its own, which features a man saying, "Sen. McCain, you let me and my kids down."

Published July 31, 2008 3:36PM (EDT)'s political action committee has come out with a spot that responds to the recent ads John McCain's campaign has been running that attack Barack Obama on energy issues.

The liberal group's ad features a lone man looking directly into the camera, reminiscent of the "Not Alex" ad MoveOn and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees released last month. This ad fits neatly into the message coming from the Obama campaign in response to McCain's attacks, turning them back on McCain and charging him with having abandoned his principles during this campaign.

"Sen. McCain, you let me and my kids down," the man in the ad says. "From the very beginning, I told them, 'This is a principled guy.' So when you said you were going to help make driving affordable again, I believed you. Then your idea is to do offshore drilling, which I find out won't produce much oil for 10 years and then barely save us any money anyway? That's not a solution, Mr. McCain. That's a gimmick. We expected better."

The Washington Post's Ed O'Keefe reports that MoveOn plans to spend $150,000 to run the ad, but hasn't yet decided where it will air.

By Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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