McCain Puts Gloves On for a Night, Offers Congratulations

Campaign takes a break from attack commercials to say 'job well done'
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 28, 2008 5:24 PM CDT
Republican presidential candidate John McCain greets his wife, Cindy, as they prepare to board his campaign aircraft today in Phoenix.    (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – John McCain delivers an unusual message to Barack Obama tonight in a new campaign ad: "Congratulations." In the ad, which the Republican's camp had teased as "exciting" early in the day, McCain looks into the camera and says,"How perfect that your nomination would come on this historic day," referring to the anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech. "Tomorrow, we'll be back at it. But tonight, senator, job well done."

"Sen. Obama, this is truly a good day for America," McCain says. "Too often the achievements of our opponents go unnoticed. So I wanted to stop and say, congratulations."