During the 2008 presidential campaign, John McCain defended candidate Barack Obama from critics McCain thought went to far, and cultivated his image as a "maverick" not beholden to the partisan dealings of his party. Now, in the first radio ads for his 2010 re-election campaign, McCain seems to be embracing the tough talk used by many of his Republican colleagues since Obama took office.
"He's lived trough a battle or two, vanquished many a foe," the voice-over begins. "But perhaps no battle is more important than the one John McCain fights now: a battle to save America."
"President Obama is leading an extreme left-wing crusade to bankrupt America," McCain says. "I stand in his way every day."
In another ad, the narrator offers a variation on that theme: "John McCain is leading the fight against President Obama every day...He is Arizona's last line of defense."