(CNN) – John McCain decries partisanship in a new spot released Wednesday, pointing to battles between the two parties over the failure of a $700 billion bailout bill for the country’s troubled financial system.
“What a week,” McCain says as he looks directly at the camera in an ad that has a fireside feel. “Democrats blamed Republicans, Republicans blamed Democrats. We're the United States of America. It shouldn't take a crisis to pull us together.”
The Obama campaign fired back at McCain’s latest volley in the ad wars. “In the latest sign of his increasingly erratic campaign, John McCain is actually running an ad attacking behavior that he himself exhibited in blaming this financial crisis on Barack Obama,”Obama-Biden spokesman Hari Sevugan said in a statement released by the Obama campaign.
Since the onset of the crisis in the nation's credit markets early last week, a spate of campaign ads focused on economic issues have been released by the two campaigns and those allied with them.
Earlier Wednesday, an Obama ad called “Spending Spree” spotlighted what it said would be the costs of some of McCain’s major policy proposals. “Worse,” released Tuesday by the Republican National Committee, takes a similar approach and suggests that electing Obama would make the country’s economic problems even worse.
Tuesday, the Obama camp released “Same Path,” a two-minute ad that also had a fireside feel. In the ad, Obama speaks directly to the public the nation’s struggling economy and the policy he advocates to help stabilize it.
The same day, the McCain camp released “Rein,” which highlighted McCain’s efforts to reform mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac prior to the credit crisis; the ad prominently features footage of former President Bill Clinton.