Sen. John McCain is running for a sixth term in the U.S. Senate. But his re-nomination is not guaranteed, as many conservatives see McCain as too liberal on issues like immigration. So with the primary seven months away, McCain's allies are not waiting to shore up his support.

The group A Secure Arizona ("a mysterious group" according to the Arizona Republic) released a new ad touting McCain's national security credentials that might make you think you are reliving the 2008 presidential campaign.

John McCain Fights Obama To Box Out Primary Challengers

The ad "Protect" opens with images of ISIS attacks in France and the US, then cuts to Obama saying "We have contained them." "Obama doesn't understand the threat" growls the narrator, before another Obama clip: "what I'm not interested in doing is pursuing some notion of American leadership." (Both quotes are truncated. The first refers to containing the ground ISIS controls in Iraq and Syria, not containing its ability to attack Western targets. The other leaves out that Obama was deriding any sloganeering "that has no relationship to what is actually going to work to protect the American people.")

The focus of the ad shifts to McCain. As triumphant music blares, the narrator declares "John McCain will fight to protect Arizonans, followed McCain's using the sort of rhetoric Obama loathes: "We're going to have to go in there and take them out. We're going to have to kill them."

McCain Still Hasn't Gotten Over 2008

With militaristic rhetoric like that, you're forgiven if you briefly thought McCain was running again to be Commander-in-Chief. Of course he's not, but he is facing a primary challenger in Kelli Ward – a physician and former state Senator – who lacks McCain's veteran service and national security resume. By stressing McCain's hawkishness, his allies hope to both diminish the stature of his rival and emphasize the part of McCain's record that conservatives don't hate.

Still, one gets the sense that McCain and his pals still haven't gotten over what happened in 2008, and still dream about how he would be tackling the terrorist threat from the White House Situation Room.

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