GOP candidate John McCain is highlighting his independence and his "maverick" credentials in a new TV commercial Tuesday, along with issues that show he is different from President Bush.
"Washington's broken. John McCain knows it. We're worse off than we were four years ago," the ad says. "He's the original maverick."
The commercial is set to run in battleground states. It makes no direct mention of Democratic rival Barack Obama, but McCain makes the point that he is the one "ready to lead."
McCain aides unveiled the ad as the candidate was set to tour a nuclear power plant outside Detroit, the first such visit in recent history by a presidential candidate.
"I am going to lead our nation to energy independence, and I'm going to do it with a realistic and comprehensive 'all-of-the-above' approach that uses every resource available to finally solve this crisis," the Arizona senator said Monday.
Obama has made two reversals to his own energy policy by outlining a plan to end U.S. reliance on foreign oil within 10 years.
He said he could support limited new offshore drilling as part of a compromise to develop alternate energy sources, and he proposed tapping some of the nation's emergency oil stockpile to relieve pump prices.
"Breaking our oil addiction is one of the greatest challenges our generation will ever face," Obama said.
McCain Gains Ground
Meanwhile, McCain polled even with Obama on Monday for the first time since the Illinois senator became the presumed nominee of the Democratic Party.
A new Rasmussen poll shows McCain each candidate with the support of 44 percent of likely voters. A week ago Obama had a three-point lead.
With unaffiliated voters, the candidates were even a week ago. McCain now leads 52-37.
The two candidates have been sparring over energy policy, but Obama now agrees with Mccain on a key issue.
He says he would allow more offshore oil drilling as part of a comprehensive energy plan.
Source: The Associated Press, CBN News