He doesn't know who his foe will be in November, but Republican John McCain is already on the air in the key swing states of Ohio and Pennsylvania.
The presumptive GOP nominee is trying to strike a balance between solidifying support among the party's loyalists, while still distancing himself from President Bush, who is deeply unpopular among independents and Democrats.
So the general election ad, airing in selected markets in the two states, does not once mention that McCain is a Republican.
Instead, the narrator declares: "As president, John McCain will take the best ideas from both parties to spur innovation, invest in people and create jobs. Taxes -- simpler, fairer. Energy -- cleaner, cheaper. Health care -- portable and affordable. Workers retrained, mortgage debt restructured, education transformed. Initiatives that will unite us and ignite our economy. Big ideas for serious problems. John McCain."
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