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. Ben

    I don't care how you cut it,McCain is for more free trade with Columbia and that will cost more jobs lost in the United States.Naturaly it will make more money for the big companies to ship their manufacturing to Columbia, because they will not have to pay import duties on merchandise manufactured there abd THEY WILL NOT HAVE TO PAY TAXES ON THEIR PROFITS. What will that do to the workers who work for these companies here in America? They will lose their jobs of course!
    McCain says they can be trained to do other jobs! What are they,Trained animals??????????? You don't take a man who has worked for years at one job and then say "Don't worry, we will train you to do something else. Meanwhile before you get all that training you may have to suffer some very bad moments, like losing your house!!!!!!!!!!

    July 2, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  2. Real Change

    Oh no! Sounds like the swift boat boys are on their way back.

    July 2, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  3. Donna

    "that poor black guy that lives on the South Side of Chicago. Who is Obama kidding? He's not like us."

    RACIST MUCH MIKE?? I am glad you are aligned with McCain..real people have no need for this type of ignorance...You don't know who relates to Obama...speak for yourself ONLY...

    July 2, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  4. case

    McCain will get trounced he brings nothing new to the table.

    And did'nt Bush and Kerry opt out of campaign finace?

    July 2, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  5. Jon

    It's about time RNC. Now let's play their game but with upmost accuracy in each and every staement. We already BHO changes his mind quite off on important issue ect. You should be thinking of W. Ayre, R. Wright,etc. RNC needs to do all they can so as BHO and his kind (The most Liberal in Congrees) never get to the White House. His energy plan alone should scare the cr-p out of everone.

    Think I'll vote for COMMON SENSE '08

    July 2, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  6. Not fooled by distractions

    Not surprising one bit, but you know, I don't think their scare tactics and dirty tricks are going to work this time. Well, I guess they may still work on the 27%ers, but ...they're hopeless.

    Face them head on and debunk their lies.

    July 2, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  7. Nicole in NE

    And everyone wonders why Obama didn't take Public Funding?


    Obama 08'

    July 2, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  8. Gary of El Centro, Ca

    Batten down the hatches mates, here come the swift boats!

    July 2, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  9. Eileen from Maine

    Posted by Mike July 2nd, 2008 4:08 pm ET

    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.
    But John McCain is just like us? With his 7 mansions and total net worth of he and Cindy over 100 million dollars?, while 2006 income was 6 million dollars?. He is promising to make the tax cuts to the wealthiest 1% of Americans permanent, which will save he and Cindy close to 400,000 Dollars every year. Ya, he represents the average American..........

    July 2, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |

    RNC, you money is better spent on charity. WE WANT CHANGE!!!

    July 2, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  11. Robert

    I am a McCain support and I love watching as the Obama- witness and all of his allies in the media including here at CNN say that his election is a foregone Conclusion and they keep saying it hoping that we Americans just except it and don't bother to look at this mans record or lack there of.
    McCain will win because he is a man of great character, conviction, and honor. He is a man who has been willing to risk both his physical and political life to do what he believes is right for his country.
    As for energy policy both parties have been wrong because both for so many years have been unwilling to compromise to get off oil and fossil fuels. The Republicans have been to unwilling to invest in alternative fuels and the Democrats seem to think that we can simply flip a switch and be off of oil.
    No it will take a minimum of ten to fifteen years to transition and while we are doing so what is wrong with exploring for domestic oil especially in places were we know exists. After all Alaska was bought from Russia specifically for its resources. The liberals are unwilling to allow us to build more refinaries and or repair and upgrade the ones we have which will help increase capacity. They are also for some reason against Nuclear power even though countries like France, Japan, and Korea get over half their power from nuclear power we because of liberal propaganda have not built a new nuclear power plant in over thirty years.
    It seems the to many liberals think that if we just "invest" in alternative fuel sources that will solve the problem...no after we find what works we have to build and set up the systems and transfer over from fossil fuels that takes time. We can keep talking or we can work together to actually do something about it.
    Obama's whole plan is to tax the oil companies. What does that do besides make us feel better and raise the price of oil? Does it put more oil on the world market? No ! Does it remove one watt of fossil fuel produced energy and replace it with clean energy? NO! Does it lower the price of gas at the pump one cent? No! But it does punish "big" business so of course thats good right.

    Once Obama is exposeds and the radical novice liberal he is McCain will shock the world with his victory in November time to wake up Republicans and like minded liberals and stop believeing the Obama/media hype that this thing is already over we can and will if were willing to work save america from this Radical man Barack Obama. Yes we can!

    July 2, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  12. Darrell Burks

    RNC spend your money – Your message is dull and void – no one is listening to you.

    Go Obama

    July 2, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  13. Caycee, Pearl City Hawaii

    It's further evidence of the many ways lobbyists and political action groups dictate the RNC.

    July 2, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  14. Jim

    Good. I hope McCain SLAMS Obama.

    Hills Still the Best

    July 2, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  15. Kevin


    If you can afford to donate 28k to a campaign, you arent anywhere near being an average american right now. Stop kidding yourself. You're even further out of touch than the people you're complaining about.

    July 2, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  16. Willy

    I do feel sorry for BHO. The DNC is trying hard to find a sticking point with black voters because people are really looking at how empty the DNC really is. So they are gong to use this young in experienced politician just to get votes for the democrats. POTUS is an Affirmative Action position.

    July 2, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  17. Obvious

    Here comes the smear tactics in futile desperation, it's already over for McOld

    July 2, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  18. Crane

    The only thing Republicans have left is "Security"... "Trade security", "energy security", "homeland security"...

    They'll need "crutch security" to hobble across the finish line from their lashing at the hands of Democrats across the country.

    Wisen up, dummies! Democrats '08 and '12!

    July 2, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  19. Hans-Erik Iken

    They must be nuts... They had close to 8 years to achieve energy security and what did they do? Just spend money on a war that destabilised the oil producing region even more.

    They are pathetic, do they really believe the american people will fall for their BS again?

    July 2, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  20. Kevin Leo (Jonesboro, GA)

    What a load of bull!!! The RNC was going to do this anyway and that is exactly why I am glad that Barack opted out of public financing. They can put as much lipstick as they want on this pig but it is still a big, fat nasty GOP pig!!!!

    July 2, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  21. Kansan

    This is for Mike, Mr. average american. Who are you kidding?!!? You're not the average american if you donated $28,500 to the RNC. That's my salary for a full year as well as a majority of AVERAGE americans. You're one of the wealthy fat cats that McSame and Bush refer to as Average americans. GET REAL DUDE.

    July 2, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  22. mel

    mike –

    who's us? i'm american and obama is like me. by the way – repubs. get their money from big companies. you are not an average american if you can afford to donate 28,000 to a campaign

    July 2, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  23. Repulicans are great at this, just ask McCain

    If you can remember back during the 2000 election primary, where Bush and McCain were battling for the repugulican nod.

    Rove, Bush and friends absolutely bashed our POW presidential wanna be. In fact, that is how McCain lost!

    Republicans love piling on the hate. Its what they do best!

    July 2, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  24. Trollmaster

    Unless the Ron Paul faction of the Repubilcans take over their party, they deserve to be voted out of existence. They offer nothing to America except fear mongering, needless wars, the destruction of the Bill of Rights, and a horrible econmony.

    July 2, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  25. Joe Reg

    The Bush Repubs Mcain, can spend all they can get from big businesses or the big people, but it will not work at all, and the people will not change thier mind, because they want change from the current republican administration.

    Deficit, wars, lost of jobs, properties, skyrocketing fuel prices and so on. So, Bush, RNC, Mcain can spend all they want, but the people are watching.

    With Obama this century will be America's century from the fall and beyond.

    Obama 08 & 12.

    July 2, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
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