From NBC's Domenico Montanaro
McCain is out with his first negative ad of the general election. "Troop funding" goes right after Obama for having "never held a single Senate hearing on Afghanistan" and for not having "been to Iraq in years."
"Positions that helped him win his nomination," an announcer says. "Now Obama is changing to help himself become president. John McCain has always supported our troops and the surge that's working. McCain. Country first."
McCain has had negative Web videos of Obama, but nothing on paid television.
The new ad is being cycled into the campaign's buy on national cable and CO, IA, MI, MO, NV, NH, NM, OH, PA, VA (NoVA) and WI.
McCain's ad, "Love," had several veiled shots at the presumptive Democratic nominee, but the focus was on McCain's biography -- not Obama.
*** UPDATE *** The Obama campaign released this response: "While Barack Obama wants to change American foreign policy to wind down the war in Iraq and address the grave threat posed by a resurgent al Qaeda and Taliban in Afghanistan, John McCain offers this patently misleading negative ad," Obama spokesman Bill Burton said. "Given his calls for a civil campaign, it's disappointing that Senator McCain has slipped so easily into the same, tired campaign tactics that have become so familiar to the American people."
Script for "Troop Funding" (TV :30)
ANNCR: Barack Obama never held a single Senate hearing on Afghanistan.
He hasn't been to Iraq in years.
He voted against funding our troops.
Positions that helped him win his nomination. Now Obama is changing to help himself become president.
John McCain has always supported our troops and the surge that's working.
McCain. Country first.
JOHN MCCAIN: I'm John McCain and I approve this message.