July 2nd, 2008
03:00 PM ET
10 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. Peter E

    And now the pretentious 'holier-than-thou' liberals will say that republicans are buying the election.
    Let's examine facts:
    -both Bush in '04 and Obama in '08 earned most of their campaign money from SMALL contributions
    -both Bush and Obama have taken large sums of money from oil companies (see the otherwise liberal Newsweek magazine's article on that! No, Obama isn't clean of oil money either!)

    But I guess it's alright when Obama does it, but not when Bush did...

    July 2, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  2. California Gold

    As far as I'm concerned, they can sink trillions into blitzing ads from New York to Los Angeles and it still doesn't enhance their candidate.

    Senator McCain is simply out-of-touch. Senator McCain is simply peddling worn out messages and snake oil. He can shake up his campaign organization. Saturate the media with ads. He is still DOA.

    July 2, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  3. Typical PA Voter

    It's not too late to bring back the only Dem candidate who can win over McCian and the Repubs in the November. Obama is the biggest filp-flopper in history and way too many folks across this country are starting to wake up to that fact – finally. He's like a fish outta water. Did anyone see the WashPo article today about Obama's great rate he got on his mansion deal in Chicago? Wonder how he'll squirm his way around that one while many, many people continue to lose their homes in this country to preditory lending institutions. The Repubs have got so much on this guy now, it will be all down hill after the Dem convention in August. Landslide is right – all 50 states into the red column. Rediculous. Bring back Clinton for crying out loud.

    July 2, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  4. Ian M

    *sigh* Is this all the Republicans have left? A smear campaign?

    July 2, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  5. Jesse, Burnsville, MN

    The past 8 years of Republican incompentance has created a new, very large generation of Democrats.

    What the GOP doesn't understand is that one of the reason so many americans hate them so much is because of their advertisements. So, go ahead and keep shooting yourselves in the foot Repugs.

    July 2, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  6. McCain

    Drilling on your Ca/Fl beaches and setting up 100 (45/55) scenic nuclear powerplants in your backyard are the "only" ways for clean energy. Trust me, I made a 2.3 GPA in college and never get my countries or people mixed up. I'm just like you, I don't pump my own gas and I married rich – so I understand hardships we face. I also was a POW, did I mention that? that means I know how to command an army and I deserve to be President. Additionally I have been in the US Senate for 25+ yrs – this makes me good at Economics. I have have never had a temper, only flip flop once a day and can read teleprompting really really well.

    Vote for me, I approve of this message.

    July 2, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  7. geecee827

    All the Repugnantcans have is smears to spread, lies to tell and fear to feed to the paranoid people who believe whatever they hear on the tabloid news channels and radio talk shows such as Rush Limppig. So let them spend their money on trash tv ads. We aren't buying it this time. Let's hope people have smartened up since 2004!!

    July 2, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  8. Nader '08

    In response to "Mike":

    "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."

    How can you say you are an average American and say that you have donated $28,500 to the RNC. I don't have nearly that kind of disposable income!!

    Obama is drifting to the center and only making it easier to vote for Nader...again.

    July 2, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  9. Justin (ny)

    Hey Jerry in Iowa... ummm, doesn't mccain have to have a lead before he can begin to widen it?

    July 2, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  10. saga4obama

    who will McCain serve?
    the big oil companies that he took $1,069,854.00 from?
    what America is John working for?
    Pastor Hagey…"attack Iran", Farwell,Rob Parsley "we get off on warfare", Lowell Paxson?
    what America does John represent?
    worth over $100,000,000.00, 10 homes, country club, privilege( because of his father and grandfather he was able to escape the findings of the incident that took place aboard the USS Forrestal- 167 US soldiers killed by McCains wet starting his plane 1967).

    why did decorated officer Jack McLamb report that POWs say McCain is a traitor, calling him "songbird McCain"? may be if John would release his Military Reports we would find the truth…WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO HIDE JOHN?

    who's American values does John hold dear…
    called christian leaders " agents of intolerance"

    how does John honor our women…by calling his wife a C#$%? womanizing and abandoning them?

    John is for the people who are in need? like he was the day Katrina hit…standing with GW next to Air force One celebrating his birthday.

    i may not agree with everything Obama does and says, but at least i respect him. Obama raised money through 1.5 million ordinary Americans…not Big Oil and special interest like John.

    GO Obama 08 12

    July 2, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  11. Ken Pittsburgh


    McCain led will begin widen next week ? Maybe in the land far far away and in a time long long away

    July 2, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  12. Ex-mod-GOP for Obama

    Right-wing slime machine in 4 ... 3 ... 2 ...

    July 2, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  13. KDH

    A statistical dead heat is not a landslide. People are smart enough to not vote for Obama. He is just as bad as the politians he is complaining about.

    July 2, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  14. Humm..

    Just visited a website called dumpmccain.com and McCain is a scary person.

    I didn't realize McCain was that bad. All I knew about McCain was that he obviously has a bad temper, he makes no sense whatsoever, and he has a stale character – talk about understatements.

    Any person who would support this guy isn't in their right mind, especially a person like McCain who wants to be president of the United States...goodness

    July 2, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  15. Michelle, PA

    How about focusing on the "improvements" in energy security during the last seven and a half years? That would be one short and inexpensive ad!

    July 2, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  16. jimmy velman


    July 2, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  17. rumpusgoopus

    And this is why Obama had to forgo public financing.

    July 2, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  18. Justin, Columbus, OH

    Mike – What kind of 'average American' can donate $28,500 to anything? And what do you mean by Obama not representing 'us'? Black people are part of this country, too. 'Average Americans' aren't just white. And they sure as hell can't donate nearly $30K a piece to political parties. Wise up. For once average Americans ARE going to be heard and Barack Obama will be our president.

    July 2, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  19. Bulldog

    The United States is in the worse condition it's been in my lifetime. We have a horrible administration that will go down as the worst in American History. We have 2 wars going on, one of which was to catch Bin Laden and is failing miserably while the other is taking much need resources we need here at home for our own natural disasters and away from the other war that has been all but forgotten and more and more soldiers are getting killed. People are having to choose between gas or food. The economy is in shambles, American is in record debt to China, the countries overall deficit is at an all time high and the rich people are richer today than ever before while we have more poor people than ever before. And all the Republicans can do is spread SMEAR and FEAR hoping they will scare people into voting for them once again. They're hoping people did not learn their lessons from the times and will still be naive enough to believe their manipulations and lies. Yes there are still many people who will follow these thugs and criminals blindly, but this year is more important than ever not to allow the ReTHUGlicans to further damage this country for another 4 years. McCon is intertwined with Bush and Cheney and will continue their failed policies if voters dare allow him to live in the White House. He has changed on numerous positions that are now in line with Bush and Cheney and doesn't meet the defintion of maverick any longer. The RNC are now the terrorists who have destroyed this country and we need someone to be able to pick up the pieces and clean up their mess.

    July 2, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  20. saga4obama

    CNN are you workin for McCain?...lol

    July 2, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  21. Ula Nejad- Sacramento Ca

    Senator Hussein's expansion of Bush's faith based organization to radical Muslim organization is a national threat in itself. This was uncovered after 9/11. How does Obama deal with this issue?

    July 2, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  22. Ryan - Delaware

    Republicans have destroyed this country over the last 8 years. McCain represents 4 more years, the third term and..............Obama and McCain are still tied in a statistical dead heat in polls.

    To the Obama supporters: ummm....doesn't this tell you something. It tells me that the democrats have SCREWED THEMSELVES AGAIN!! Obama is unelectable! We've been saying that forever and nobody believed us..

    McCain 2008!!!.......then as it should have been HILARY 2012!!!

    July 2, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  23. Anita from Arizona

    Hey MIKE!!

    I don't know what average American you or your friends are, but I and my friends don't have $28,500.00. You guys must be the ones whos taxes are going to get raised when Obama takes office. See, we are the ones who have been donating about 10 bucks when we can to Obama's campaign. So if I do the numbers correctly. I think I have more friends than you do.

    July 2, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  24. Jack from California

    The Republicans will try once again to convince the American people that they have an answer to the so called "energy problem".

    Well, why didn't the republicans get on with the energy problem when they had control of both houses of congress and the White House?

    Why do we suddenly have such an energy problem? Because, the GOP wants to frighten you into thinking that only they have the secret answer to this issue. Well, why didn't they do something about it for the past eight years? Because the GOP and the oil and energy corporations are working together to swindle you out of your last few dollars in an effort to scare you into a foolish John McBush vote.

    Don't be fooled, vote Democrat!

    July 2, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  25. Realistic

    Energy security? From the party that came into power with oil at $30 a barrell and now has it hovering at $140 a barrel? Security for oil company CEO's 9ifgure golden parachutes is what they mean.

    July 2, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
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