October 23rd, 2008
04:38 PM ET
5 years ago

GOP's argument: Don't give President Obama a blank check

Republicans have launched a new ad the seems to suggest Obama will win.
Republicans have launched a new ad the seems to suggest Obama will win.

(CNN) - A new Republican ad appears to suggest Barack Obama has all but won the presidential race, an argument several vulnerable Senate Republicans may have to reluctantly embrace with only days until Election Day, an expert in campaign advertising said.

Aimed at Kay Hagan, Sen. Elizabeth Dole's surprisingly strong Democratic challenger in North Carolina, the 30-second spot from the National Republican Senatorial Committee warns voters against Democrats holding the White House and Congress, and flatly states that if Hagan wins, the party with "get a blank check."

"These liberals want complete control of government in a time of crisis, all branches of government," the ad's narrator states. "No check and balances, no debate, no independence. That's the truth behind Kay Hagan. If she wins, they get a blank check."

NRSC Online Communications Director John Randall denied the ad is suggesting John McCain will lose the White House.

"The NRSC is not conceding a Barack Obama Presidency," he said. Fiscally irresponsible liberals like Kay Hagan are not the answer in these tough economic times and would only make things worse. Our ad was intended to highlight Hagan’s many failings in light of the Democrats’ promise to close debate should they control the executive and legislative branches of the federal government."

But with polls suggesting a possible GOP bloodbath November 4, vulnerable senators in Red States may have no other option but to suggest Obama will capture the White House and warn the Illinois senator needs to be checked by Senate Republicans.

"They are basically painting the picture that the presidential race is over," said Evan Tracey of Campaign Media Analysis Group, CNN's consultant on ad spending said. "Overall people prefer divided government. This is that divided government argument: 'don't hand sole control over to one party.'"

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Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (259 Responses)
  1. Independent

    The Dems have had control of Congress the past two years, so I am not sure what people mean by "giving the GOP a blank check the past 8 years."

    October 23, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  2. Bill

    Funny.... Republicans didn't mind having control of all the congress, senate and WH a few years ago....now we need the dems to be in control so we can clean up their mess!

    October 23, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  3. tulsa

    Insha'Allah Sanjeev.
    (lol, any bets the right wingers on here think that's unAmerican?)
    They will attack it because it's in a different language. Because they think it's from a "terrorist "
    When all you said was "God is great"
    and all I said was "In God's hands"
    That's the problem with the right these days. IGNORANCE!

    October 23, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  4. D

    They say Liberal like its a bad thing...

    Everything is one way or the other with them...

    Liberal/Conservative
    Democrat/Republican
    Black/White
    Rich/Poor
    Anti-American/Pro-American
    Macy's mom/.Wal Mart mom

    Man does this divisiveness ever Stop?

    October 23, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  5. Saggitaurus

    we had a"maverick" who shotfrom the hip, who stupidly said "bring it on" and "you are with us or against us...." and lied his way through 8 years of American pain. We will not be fooled again by another so called maverick!!
    Obama/Biden '08

    October 23, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  6. Bring America Back!

    Bush and the re'lic party wrote blank checks throughtout the past 14 of the last sixteen years. They just didn't deposit them BACK into the economy like Obama wants to. They just put them into THEIR OWN accounts!

    October 23, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  7. Tullahomajoe

    Whats wrong with being a liberal. I thought this world was created by people who wanted to be liberated & Free.

    October 23, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  8. 58 white old ladies for OBAMA

    THE RNC WANTS US TO REALLY BE CAREFUL WITH

    THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION. HE PLANS TO SPEND

    AMERICAN TAX DOLLARS ON AMERICAN TAX PAYERS,

    INSTEAD OF CORPORATIONS THAT SEND OUR JOBS

    OUT OF OUR COUNTRY & WARLORDS IN IRAQ WHO

    ORDER THE KILLING OF OUR CHILDREN. WHAT IS GOING ON?

    SINCE WHEN IT IS ALMOST A CRIME TO FOR A PRESIDENT

    TO ACTUALLY LOVE & TAKE CARE OF HIS OWN PEOPLE ?

    October 23, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  9. KJ

    Don't let 1 party win sole power oh, wait a minute, the right-wing nut jobs already had that for 6 years and screwed up our economy, our environment & pretty much our way of life!

    October 23, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
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