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. No McBush

    Obama takes all the crap that republican pile on and uses it as stepping stones. Republicans can't touch this! It's just backfire after backfire. Bring it on!

    July 2, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  2. Cynthia - Arkansas

    Have you noticed the type of ads running? Guns, anti-abortion, and soon to be smear. The republicans are going to run the same campaign they run election after election. I just hope and pray that people are too smart for that to work again! I have to believe that HOPE will win this election.

    July 2, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  3. Lorraine Kenitzki

    Why don't he spend some of that campaign money to defend T-mobile's Japanese commercial with the monkey in it? After all in America we teach our kids that we are descendants of monkeys and nobody in my church has enough power to pull that from our school district! Yet the T-mobile company did pull their ad based on racism, what about evolution? I'm insulted that America allows the teaching of it in school but disallows creation.
    Why not, Obama?
    If he's wanting to be President and really wants the people of faith vote, try promising that he'll put all ideas of origin into the school.

    July 2, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  4. Thanks, but no thanks McBush! Tampa, FL

    McCain's energy policy: We need to drill more so that we can keep living under the delusion that cheep oil is our god given right.

    What more are we willing to sacrifice for oil before we start making smart energy choices beyond this truly limited resource? Obama is absolutely correct to resist overturning drilling restrictions in the Gulf, the Atlantic coast, and ANWR. In all there is a little more than 25 billion barrels of oil in all of these places according to the most up to date estimates. At more than 12 million barrels a day we (USA) burn through 4.5 billion barrels a year meaning there is little more than 5.5 years worth of oil in these drill-restricted areas. What then? We are in for a painful future with respect to energy and the longer we delay in facing up to that reality the more painful it is going to be when we are finally forced to make the adjustment.

    Like Bush, McCain seem only too willing to play the role of enabler to our oil addiction. His energy policy, drafted in Houston just like the Bush Administrations, will only serve to help the oil industry, not our economy, not our energy demand, and certainly not our national security.

    If you are thinking of voting for McCain, do us all a favor and DON'T!!

    July 2, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  5. Bill, Streamwood, IL

    Are there still voters who believe anything the RNC says?

    July 2, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  6. Rachel

    Now I am not a big fan of either obama or mccain, but its funny everyone saying oh they will smear him, umm they haven't done anything yet how do you know what they say won't be true or are you so quick to beleive that everything said against obama is a lie. Or is Obama the only politican in the world who never lies goes back on his word(umm well we know that is not true)? How about you wait to see what they say it could very well be true. Still waiting on that debate Obama let the people who aren't necessarily sure of you ask you some questions you dont have prepared answers for. Or is Obama gonna send out Hillary to debate for him?

    July 2, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  7. JT

    get him obama

    July 2, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  8. Freida, NYC

    Politics is so boring without Hillary!!!!

    Hillary 2008

    July 2, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  9. Dr. Bob

    Once NObama picks a VP not named Clinton his support will decrease. And once this happens it's all over for B. Hussein Obama. Clinton supporters hold the key to winning this election for either McCain or NObama. So all of you Clinton supporters remember how the NObamanots treated you during the primaries. Do them all a favor and put an end to this NObama guy.

    July 2, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  10. Joe - Chicago, IL

    Wonder what McCain's Swift Boat Veterans will come up with this time. I look foward to the slander fest!

    July 2, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  11. Brian Phoenix AZ

    Mcsame is trying to "distance himself" from the shrub and hires a shrub "campaign advisor" who looks for all the world like "mini-me".
    RNC bringing out a smear campaign this weekend – that's all they know how to do – and the "swiftboating" is waiting in the wings.
    Not gonna buy it this time. Mcsame and shrub co-joined at the hip for sure now. No more Bush and no McCain.

    July 2, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  12. Blue California

    Aaaaaaaaaaand this is why Obama opted out of public financing.

    July 2, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  13. Jim

    If the "average American" belongs to the RNC and donates $28,500 there is a problem there. I don't think that average Americans can afford to donate $28,000 or should be able to donate that much. Does RNC stand for Rich Not Caring?

    You could create a great distortion mill on that amount of money and buy a few politicians to boot. They probably will.

    July 2, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  14. jon

    RNC= real nasty cowards

    July 2, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  15. JOYCE



    CHELSE/BILL C. 24-36


    July 2, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  16. TM

    The beginnings of another smear campaign from the republicans. At least obama can fight back now that he opted out of public financing.

    and Jon, I LOVE factcheck.org!!!

    July 2, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  17. nsbs

    this one got rejected – anyone care to guess why? i think they are scared of the implications

    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 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  18. Texas 4 DNC

    Yea go on, we all will pay $15 at the pump, go on, cast ur vote for Mc Confused and lets c who cries at the end of his presidency if he is selected by politicians under the disgise of evngelicals.

    July 2, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  19. Terry

    Good grief, the Republicans sure know how to whine when they are on the ropes.

    You had eight years run the country.... and you blew it. And now our grandkids our going to pay for your mistakes.

    July 2, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  20. Mike's Friend

    I don't think someone who can't spell "independent" has $28,500 to donate to the RNC. Nice try, Mike.

    July 2, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  21. Marc

    According to the US Census, the average US household income last year was slightly over $47,000. Does the fact that you donated over $28,000 make you an "average American"? How are you defining average? I would consider myself rather average, however there is no way I could ever afford to donate that much money.

    I have, rather symbolically, donated $20.08 to the Obama campaign.

    Lastly, what makes Obama "not like us"? The fact that he is black or the fact that he is poor.......?

    July 2, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  22. M Lynn ND

    Fighting dirty is the ONLY way Republicans know how to win. It's high time they are stopped and held accountable. I am so encouraged by the amazing support Obama is getting from the young voters and their determination to get him elected. This hopefully will be the election where the Republicans are taught Rove style gutter campaigns need to be put to rest.

    July 2, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  23. Joe

    RNC's Not going to change my Mind. My mind is aready made up No Mc walkin cain.......GO OBAMA All the way

    July 2, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  24. Ian

    Thank God I don't have cable!!!

    July 2, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  25. Jim

    On a footnote, if the Republicans were really concerned with "energy security" it seems like they would have done something about rising gas prices and energy shortages years ago when they controlled the executive, legislative and judicial branches of government. Maybe they can fly around in a big plane called "energy security".

    I guess they were too busy snooping, waging war, running up deficits and covering up their past mistakes.

    McCain fits right in. He was involved in the Arizona saving and loan scandal and then all of a sudden he became a champion of political reform.

    July 2, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
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