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McCain Targets Hillary, Spending -- And Hippies

Sen. John McCain has staked out some unique ground in the GOP race: He is, it seems, positioning himself as the anti-hippie candidate.

At Sunday night's GOP debate in Florida, McCain said this:

A few days ago, Senator Clinton tried to spend $1 million on the Woodstock Concert Museum. Now, my friends, I wasn't there. I'm sure it was a cultural and pharmaceutical event. I was tied up at the time. But the fact is -- my friends, no one can be president of the United States that supports projects such as these.
McCain, who earned a standing ovation for the quip, used a similar statement at a candidates' rally the day before, though there he was a bit more direct, noting that he was in prison when the concert took place.

McCain has been pushing his anti-spending message in speeches, but nothing has drawn the response that the Woodstock line has. The McCain campaign seems to realize it has a winner: It has released an ad that will appear in New Hampshire starting tomorrow that spotlights the debate quip and the standing ovation that followed.

The McCain camp has said the ad is part of a "large buy" and will run as long as it's effective.

– counterculture music plays at the outset and a fleeting image of a young, dancing hippie is included as well. Trippy.