John McCain began airing a TV ad today in South Carolina that neatly wraps in two of his strengths -- as POW war hero and budget watchdog.
It shows him at a Republican debate firing off one of the best one-liners of the campaign, a criticism of a budget provision pushed by Democrat Hillary Clinton.
"A few days ago, Senator Clinton tried to spend one million dollars on the Woodstock concert museum," McCain says.
"Now my friends, I wasn't there. I'm sure it was a cultural and pharmaceutical event," he continues over footage of hippies at the 1969 cultural watershed.
"I was, I was tied up at the time," he says as footage is shown of a bedridden McCain recovering from injuries at the "Hanoi Hilton."
"No one can be President of the United States that supports projects such as these," he says, as the ad shows his rivals applauding him, and the audience rising to its feet.
The spot is airing in the populous Greenville/Spartanburg market.
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