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. Dan - Ohio

    McCain has never advocated for a meaningful energy policy. This will be quite the interesting spin job of an attack ad on Obama....

    July 2, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  2. c

    obama got a good rate on house...why such the big fuss..report on the econmy and children abusin rather than focus on someone finacial happiness report john mccain im sure he has some crooked hook ups aw well

    July 2, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  3. tompp

    all kidding aside, we all know barack HUSSEIN obama will win the whitehouse. very simply 90% of blacks will vote for him as well as a percentage of guilt ridden white people. throw in brainwashed young people (by the blacks-can-do-no-wrong american press – yeah you ny times, msnbc, cnn) and you have a winner for the dems eh, socialists.

    i hope his supporters are happy with higher taxes, cap and trade penalties and putting employers who can't afford new government mandates out of business.

    face east and pray we survive until he is voted out of office

    July 2, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  4. Vote Nader

    Calvin Broadus July 2nd, 2008 4:12 pm ET

    Yeah, good luck with that-

    If the RNC was so "energy security" conscious, they would've done something about it by now


    I'm in no way a "fan" of the Republican Party, but you can't be serious. The President does not make laws, only Congress. This issue has only appeared since the Democratic Party took a majority in Congress. They haven't done anything about it. They're too busy investigating steroids and other trivial nonsense. The blame can put on the 535 members of Congress – Republican, Democratic and Independent. Quit playing partisan politics.


    ** Nader/Gonzalez 2008 **

    July 2, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  5. Brandon Hillary Democrat for Mc Cain-Pa

    After what obama did to hillary I say republicans bring it on swift boat him !!!

    July 2, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  6. al




    July 2, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  7. JED

    Barack was right the public finance system is broken!


    July 2, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  8. Obamanation

    Can Americans see through the empty promises of Obama?
    YES WE CAN!!!

    July 2, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  9. Mark Wade, Naperville, IL

    The Republicans have proven time and again in recent elections that their only defense is a smear campaign. It worked on John Kerry, but Obama supporters are too smart to fall for it. It will only reinforce the prejudices that already exist in supporters of McCain.

    July 2, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  10. TheTruthHurts

    They better watch their step. There are significant differences between the candidates and parties. Let's just hope they stick to POLICY and not more shenanigans like Barack is communist and favors government energy.

    July 2, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  11. Tim in Syracuse

    Its not like they weren't going to do it anyway.

    Its how the Republican's have done business for years. If you can't slam someone yourself, get a mouth-piece to do it for you.

    And Jerry-IA, for a lead to widen it would have to exist. Johnny Mac is playing catch-up at this point when he should be waaay ahead given the extra weeks that the DNC took to sort themselves out.

    July 2, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  12. Roofin Reality, Houston, Tx.

    Well, all I can add is Vice-President Cheney had a secret meeting with energy executives early in the administration and we've never seen one note from that meeting.
    AND, Congress was in total Republican control from 2001 through 2006. Probably further back as I know the House was in Rep control as of 1994.

    So my question is, if President Bush has been doing his job for the last 8 years, and Congress was doing their job for the last 6 years, (Dems took over in Jan 2007, so just 18 months now), then why do we not yet have a comprehensive energy strategy? Ooh, I so hope that Senator Obama, or one of his surrogates (or MSM if they're so inclined to do some investigative journalism and not just take soundbites and run a story) would ask this question.

    July 2, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  13. corina

    Nice try Mike – but "average" people don't have $28,500 to donate to a political party. I sure hope you were trying to be sarcastic.

    July 2, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  14. OsamaforObama08.com

    Obama? Why he is in this position is beyond me. Thank god that the brains of the Constiution that made sure that naive people had less influence electing the President by instituting the Electoral College.

    July 2, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  15. Walt

    Ian M asked: "*sigh* Is this all the Republicans have left? A smear campaign?"

    Ian...look at the last 8 years. That's all they ever had!

    Despite anything that might be said about Bill Clinton's private life (Ah if that sort of thing only stayed private as it did in the past!), his presidency brought us a huge surplus, a great economy, and peace. What the Republican gave us with their smear tactics brought us war, $4.10/gallon gas prices, record oil company profits, tax breaks for the wealthy, a gargantuan deficit, a loosing stock market, world mistrust and reputation loss and the desecration of the Constitution through loss of our basic rights.

    Now John McBush is offering us 4 more years of the same.

    If America elects this guy instead of Obama, then we deserve the misery we've had heaped upon us.

    July 2, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  16. Jeffrey

    Yeah, cause if he hadn't made that decision you would have stuck to the spending limits. 🙂 Of course you would have... 🙂

    July 2, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  17. JO

    Hey dimocrats ... or is it dumocrats :

    Rant and rave all you want to that BO is going to win ... America is waking up to what a flip flop phony he really is every time he opens his mouth.

    McCain '08

    July 2, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  18. Phil Newton Murphy, Oregon

    This was in the works from the beginning.

    It is utterly false for the RNC to claim that this was in "response" to Obama foregoing campaign financing.

    The Lie Machine starts with a whopper.

    July 2, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  19. Mike M.

    What exactly is "the issue of energy security"? I understand what "the issue of energy" is, and I understand what "the issue of security" is, but "energy security" has no meaning.

    P.S. I love the "avergage American" Mike (not me) from 4:08 who donated $28,500 do the RNC. I have an above average income, and there is no way I could afford to donat $28,500 to the DNC... average indeed!

    July 2, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  20. Ardnuas

    If you vote for McCain.... YOU are voting to start a war in Iran in 2009...McCain is FULL of ANGER, AND LACKS JUDGEMENT.

    July 2, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  21. zack

    barrack hussein obama is going to only one of two states. mc cain will win by a landslide. the demos will again scratch their heads and ask: "What happened?"

    July 2, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  22. Phil Newton Murphy, Oregon

    Maybe instead of lying for McCain the RNC (home of the Whopper) ought to tell the truth about the Bush insiders now running McCain's campaign.

    How about the truth, RNC?


    Some agent of change.

    July 2, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  23. Charlotte

    The worst economy, an unpopular war, record fuel prices, the lowest approval rating for a sitting President in history and the race is too close to call? Why? Could it be because Obama was a little too urgent in his bid for the White House? The best chance to take back the White House, may not happen. Neither one will have a mandate from the people. Gore loss by 500 votes, and Lieberman may have been the main reason. The person each candidate picks for VP may well determine the winner in November. I will still write in Hillary on my ballot, as will many people I know. We don't like the choices either party, the DNC/GOP, have selected. Think of us as Clinton Democrats, rather then Reagan Democrats. Hillary is still my choice..

    July 2, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  24. zack

    inexperienced barrack will be defeated by experienced john mc cain by a landslide. obama will win one or two states, and that is a shame!

    July 2, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  25. Toni

    “Following Barack Obama's decision to become the only major party presidential candidate in history to not adhere to campaign spending caps..." ??? How about t"he only major party presidential candidate in history to reject public funds for smear campaigns?"

    I LOVE that my little bitty $25 donations have gotten Obama so far. More are coming.

    July 2, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
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