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McCain Star in His First TV Spot

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While the Democratic Party is making up its mind between Senators Clinton and Obama, Senator McCain has produced his first TV spot.

It brings up Iraq indirectly as a test of national courage ("We will never surrender"), and emphasizes McCain's status as a POW in North Vietnam 40 years ago. Ad Age says: "Want Us to Forget about Iraq? Maybe Don't Bring Up Nam."

Showing us McCain's medal also reminds us of the 2004 Swiftboating of Senator Kerry's Silver and Bronze Stars and three Purple Hearts. McCain properly disavowed the Swiftboaters, but their activities have tarnished his own Silver Star.