July 2nd, 2008
03:00 PM ET
6 years ago

RNC prepares for ad blitz

An independent expenditure arm of the RNC is set to take aim at Obama.
An independent expenditure arm of the RNC is set to take aim at Obama.

(CNN) – The RNC has created an independent expenditure campaign that will go up with its first TV ads in crucial battleground states this weekend.

CNN is told the first buy is in the ballpark of $3 million, and the subject of the ad will be “energy security.”

Parties are allowed by law to set up an independent expenditure campaign as long as it operates independently and does not coordinate on content or strategy with the party.

“Following Barack Obama's decision to become the only major party presidential candidate in history to not adhere to campaign spending caps, the Republican National Committee has begun an independent expenditure campaign in accordance with FEC regulations," Brad Todd, a consultant to the RNC's independent expenditure unit said in a statement. "The RNC will first advertise this weekend in Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin, highlighting the issue of energy security, which is emerging as a defining difference in the race for president."


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (237 Responses)
  1. David Illinois

    Just be on the alert whatever Obama says this week he will change next week. Democrat for McCain. Obama lies.

    July 2, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  2. A nightingale Sings in Berkley Square

    I don't know if it is just me or what but I can't stand to listen to or look at Mrs. Obama. She scares me, she really does.

    And obama is two faced. i can't believe his flip flop of positions.

    this guy has no scruples or values. He should never have been the candidate. He was put there by howard Dean and the DNC.

    Hillary won the electoral votes and could have had a cake walk to the presidency but no we have to have someone who doesn't share our values running. I hope he loses and loses big.

    July 2, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  3. Brennan - Seattle, WA

    This is what Obama meant in his speech concerning not accepting public financing.

    "They have become masters of gaming the system."

    Does anyone believe that this group will not be closely linked to the RNC and that it won't coordinate on content and strategy?

    July 2, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  4. Scott

    The RNC doesn't seem to realize that people are TIRED of this Bush style campaign. The ads better be respectful of Obama or they will backfire in a big way.

    July 2, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  5. not important

    Sure RNC should prepare. They should prepare to talk about Charlie Black or Phil Gramm and ENRON.

    July 2, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  6. Alice in Florida

    Comments were closed for the other article, so I'll post here:

    I think their (the Japanese commercial's) only problem was that they had the wrong animal behind the podium – it should have been a skunk like Barack – black and white and stinks up everything

    Showing Barack as a monkey is an insult to monkeys

    PUMA PAC

    July 2, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  7. Jenna

    I am glad for the RNC, becuase Obama's decision to go back on his word unfairly put McCain in a disadvantaged position. McCain wanted to stand by his promise and keep his word, so help from the RNC is warranted and a blessing.

    Democrat for McCain

    July 2, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  8. tim, boston

    let them spend the last penny of theirs, LOL.

    it might help the economy.

    July 2, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  9. Texans for Obama

    The RNC needs Jesus to return for a big miracle to occur. They are doomed!

    July 2, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  10. O'dell Benton

    It is really hillarious watching you left wing marxist democrats attempt to bad-mouth McCain a true American that has paid his dues through personal sacrifice and courage. What do you have, a second rate senator with no real experience other than 3 years in the senate. You would have been better off nominating Hillary, at least I have more respect for her. I think he has a real good chance of defeating Obama.

    July 2, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  11. John

    "As an average American I support John McCain because he gets his money from the average American. I know I, and many of my average friends, have donated the maximum $28,500 to the RNC, and now we are donating thousands more for independant advertising. America unite and help John McCain win! He represents the average American more than that poor black guy that lives on the South Side of Chicago. Who is Obama kidding? He's not like us."

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    LOL! You represent the AVERAGE AMERICAN? You just said you have donated over 28K to McCain's campaign, and YOU represen the average American who makes less then that per YEAR?

    Talk about being out of reach with the country... :)

    July 2, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  12. April

    You all Obamabots still do not believe in "FAIR PLAY” do you? You pull that STUNT in the primary and those who did not know better follow your candidate. Now, we know what you are all about. "LOUD MOUTHS, WIDE EYED, HIP HOP, SPOILED BRATS" who instead of sticking with the issues, you rather run your mouths in different directions. Obama had stolen the nomination from Hillary and that is a fact because idiots like you contributed to an inexperienced candidate and you think, yes, he will win in general election. Ms. O. had illegally contributed to Obama's campaign during the primary and because Obama being a Muslim is being funded by the same oil money that he is denouncing here in the campaign. Isn't that the real reason that he broke the rule? He knows, his revenue will never run dry. So, if it were you, you too will negate the funding cap. He knows his money comes from the republic of Islam, Oprah, Trinity church and you fools who are so mesmerize by your cult leader to see straight? OBAMA, HAD EVEN SEND AN ARMY GENERAL TO DO HIS DIRTY WORK. HE TRASHED MCCAIN, SAYING HIS SERVICE WAS NOT GOOD ENOUGH FOR MCCAIN TO BE ELECTED PRESIDENT. ANOTHER OBAMA TRICK. NOW HE WILL COME OUT AND PRETEND TO DENOUNCE IT WHILE ALL ALONG, OBAMA IS THE PERSON WHO ENCOURAGE THE ACCUSATION. SORRY, THAT NONSENSE WILL NOT WORK THIS TIME. I RATHER HAVE SOMEONE WHO IS IN THE FIELD AND KNOW WHAT THE REALITY OF WAR IS AND THE REALITY OF ENEMY COMBATANT IS AND THE REALITY OF WHAT HOMELAND SECURITY IS ALL ABOUT, THAN A FAIRY TALE CLOWN WITH FEW ORGANIZATIONAL SKILLS WHO DOES NOT HAVE ANY CLUE AS TO WHAT HOMELAND SECURITY IS ALL ABOUT AND NOT TO TALK OF ANY KNOWLEDGE OF FOREIGN POLICY. YES, WE NEED A SECURED, FREE COUNTRY. WITHOUT THAT FREEDOM ALL THE WEALTH IN THE WORLD WILL NOT MATTER. YOUR CANDIDATE DOES NOT GET IT. DOES HE? HE THINKS, THIS IS A GAME OF SOME SORT. OUR AMERICA IS TOO DEAR TO US TO BE TRIVALIZED BY OBAMA WHO DOES NOT KNOW WHICH END IS UP. WE DO NOT WANT A NAÏVE PRESIDENT WHO THINK SELLING OUT AMERICA TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER WILL BE THE WAY TO GO. YES, OBAMA IS A MUSLIM, WRIGHT AND MS.O’S SURROGATE. IT IS NOT ENOUGH FOR MS.O. TO BE RICH, SHE WANTS TO BE AT THE HELM OF OUR COUNTRY TOO. YOU DID NOT FIGURE THIS OUT YET? I THOUGHT YOU ALL WERE SMART. OBAMA WILL BE INDEBTED TO MS. O. YOU KNOW THAT WASHINGTON INSIDER OBAMA SAID IT WAS EVIL? WELL, NOW IT IS MS. O. BECK AND CALL GUY BECAUSE HE WILL BE INDEBTED TO HER THROUGHOUT HIS PRESIDENCY. NO FREE RIDE WITH MS. O. YOU KNOW. ISN’T THAT ANOTHER TRANSLATION OF A LOBBYIST. WELL, SORRY, WE LOVE PEACE AND HEAVEN AT THE SAME TIME. WE CANNOT JOIN YOU. THANKS BUT NO THANKS.
    THAT NONSENSE OF OVERSPENDING THE OTHER CANDIDATE SO YOU CAN WIN INSTEAD OF ABIDING BY THE RULES OF THE GAME WILL NOT WORK IN THIS GENERAL ELECTION. IT IS TIME WE AMERICANS SHOW YOU THAT, MONEY DOES NOT "BUY LOVE, OR VOTES." WE DO NOT WANT TO SET EXAMPLE TO OUR CHILDREN THAT CHEATING, CONIVING, INSULTING, AND DOWNRIGHT VILE BEHAVIOR IS THE WAY TO WINNER. SO OBAMABOTS, KEEP INSULTING THE ONLY CANDIDATE THAT HOLDS YOUR FUTURE IN HIS HANDS THAT IS REALLY SMART MOVE. DO NOT KEEP IT ON THE ISSUES, KEEP ACTING LIKE BRATS. YOU WILL SEE THE RESULT THAT SOME OF US DO NOT GO FOR THAT ARROGANCE, INSULTING DOWNRIGHT STUPIDITY COME NOVEMBER. I THINK YOU ALL SHOULD TAKE ALL THAT MONEY YOU THINK YOU HAVE AND BUY YOUR CANDIDATE, OBAMA , SOME EXPERIENCE BECAUSE HE WILL NEED IT COME NOVEMBER..
    MCCAIN FOR PRESIDENT 2008 AND HILLARY 2012!!!!!!!!.

    July 2, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
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