POLITICS
06/26/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

McCain Running Ad Declaring His "Independence" From Bush

Washington Post reports on an advertisement John McCain is running to distance himself from President George Bush. The timing can't be worse. President Bush will announce a plan for offshore drilling today that echoes a plan also proposed by McCain this week.

More about the offshore drilling plan:

President Bush plans to make a renewed push Wednesday to get Congress to end a long-standing ban on offshore oil and gas drilling, echoing a call by GOP presidential candidate John McCain.

More about McCain's ad:

The Ad: John McCain stood up to the president and sounded the alarm on global warming five years ago. Today he has a realistic plan that will curb greenhouse gas emissions. A plan that will help grow our economy and protect our environment. Reform. Prosperity. Peace. John McCain.

Analysis: There is nothing subtle about this ad: The Republican senator from Arizona is explicitly trying to distance himself from an unpopular president. And his chosen issue is climate change, which just happens to have special appeal for independent voters.