Senator John McCain was gracious in defeat, pledging to help President Obama for the good of the country. And in the early months of the Obama presidency, he applauded the commander-in-chief for focusing on sending more troops to Afghanistan, among other praise.
But he has assailed Obama's health care overhaul and other policies since.
And today in sending out a fund-raising pitch with the first radio ads of his re-election campaign, the 2008 Republican presidential nominee echoed his attacks on Obama during the campaign -- and more so.
"President Obama is leading an extreme, left wing crusade to bankrupt America -- leaving the bill with our children and grandchildren," McCain told supporters. "I stand in his way every day in an effort to serve as a voice for the millions of Americans who disagree with the direction he is taking our country. If I get a bruise or two knocking some sense into heads in Washington, so be it. I'll keep fighting for jobs, economic growth and reduced spending as long as I'm in serving in the US Senate."
Asking for any donation up to the $4,800 maximum, McCain added, "Today, we are engaged in a battle to save jobs, secure our nation's borders and cut the Democrats' out of control spending. The polls show we are in a strong position to win, but in my life I have taken nothing for granted, and that's why we are running an aggressive reelection campaign. I remain committed to winning this campaign, but my greatest strength is my base of supporters and I will only succeed if I have you on board."
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