October 23rd, 2008
04:38 PM ET
6 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. Rich

    We have been giving a blank check for the past 8 years! I don't think so...

    October 23, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  2. Michael

    Reid, Pelosi, Obama: Trotsky, Marx, Stalin.

    October 23, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  3. tulsa

    lol... LOL.
    BWWAAAAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!
    Hey John, Don't look now, but your rats are jumping ship!

    October 23, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  4. Dereke

    WHO'S HAD THE BLANK CHECK FOR THE LAST EIGHT YEARS!?!? WHERE HAS THAT GOTTEN US? Time to reverse and fix the things the GOP has done has come. Vote Democrat!

    October 23, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  5. TONY

    WHEN IN THE HELL ARE PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY GOING TO WAKE UP?

    THE IGNORANCE AND APATHY OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE IS MIND-BOGGLING.

    MCCAIN WILL SAY AND DO ANYTHING TO TRY AND GET ELECTED.

    MCCAIN PROMISES!
    MCCAIN PLEDGES!
    MCCAIN VOWS!
    MCCAIN SAYS!

    NOT ONCE SINCE HE BEGAN CAMPAIGNING HAS MCCAIN SAID HOW HE IS GOING TO DO ANYTHING.

    THE REASON IS BECAUSE HE HAS NO IDEAS, NO SOLUTIONS, NO ANSWERS, AND NO PLAN....YET THE KOOL-AID DRINKERS OF AMERICA JUST KEEP GULPING AND ASKING FOR MORE.

    October 23, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  6. I just voted for Obama

    Republicans had a blank check for six years from 2000-2006. They've got a lot of nerve saying that Democrats shouldn't have the same thing. Our turn. Get over it.

    October 23, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  7. Cathy Agu

    gone with the wind...

    October 23, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  8. (Former) Lifelong Republican for Obama, Columbia, TN

    Is this all that the GOP has left? How sad. If McCain manages to pull this off, it would be a terrible and tragic statement of how badly Americans want to improve their nation...if McCain win, then clearly Americans are not serious about progressing the nation forward!

    October 23, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  9. David, Silver Spring, MD

    In other words, don't do for them what we asked you to do for us in 2000 and 2004.

    Pathetic. We've seen over the last two years the Republican strategy in Congress has been to block pretty much every piece of legislation they don't like. They have no problem going into this pattern for another two or four or six or eight until they've got their way again.

    The Republicans had their shot. Reagan was wrong. Bush was wrong. The other Bush was wrong. Now it's time for change.

    October 23, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  10. Obama in Oregon

    What a bunch of complete thugs. Think people! Punish these greedy serpents for the last eight miserable years and their poisonous fear-based tactics! Make your decision based on facts, and not complete republican conjecture!

    Obama 2008

    October 23, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  11. Debbie

    People of the United States, lets turn off our TVs so we dont have to watch these crazy ads from either side.

    Talk to people with opinions different from you, talk to people with shared opinions. Gage all responses, and THEN form your opinion.

    Dont make a decision on fear tactics. We've been doing that for 8 years.

    October 23, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  12. Audacity

    .... Are they kidding me? Blank checks? Like the GOP has any right to talk about that after Iraq and the blank check to Bush!!!

    October 23, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  13. TONY

    THE REPUBLICANS ARE DESPERATE AND DESPERATE PEOPLE DO AND SAY ANYTING TO GET WHAT THEY WANT.

    WAKE THE HELL UP PEOPLE!

    October 23, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  14. Grace Needed

    IT boggles my mind that they actually believe ANYONE can be more irresponsible fiscally than they have been the past 1/4 century! The only reason why we have made it this long was Pres. Clinton's fiscal conservatism NOT the Republicans. Their deregulation is what has caused all this economic mess, allowing the greed and corruption to flourish with no oversight. SO, who is fiscally irresponsible? It IS NOT the liberals or even the Democrats this time.

    October 23, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  15. Commonwealth of VA

    The GOP tactics continue. I can't wait until all of you get voted out of government. Every time I hear these GOP country destroyers, they do not attack the issue of the economy, but they go out of their way to dehumanize Sen. Obama. I've had enough of those S.O.B.s.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 08

    Ready to Lead NOW

    October 23, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  16. REPUBLIC OF TEXAS

    OBAMA WILL HAVE A BLANK CHECK IF HE WINS, WITH HARRY REID, NANCY PLESIO, CHRIS DODD , BARNEY FRANK AND THE REST OF THE DEMOCRATS IN OFFICE.

    I VOTE FOR TEXAS TO START ITS OWN COUNTRY.......

    October 23, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  17. Wayne, Greenville TX

    You can see just how desperate the GOP has become – resorting to lies and fear in order to advance their cause. Maybe Kay Hagan is ahead of Elizabeth Dole in the polls because she's been a lousy Senator and the people of North Carolina know it.

    October 23, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  18. I want an intellectual president who doesnt want to bomb the earth

    Really....The same GOP who said vote for Bush. The GOP can really go for a long swim in the artic ocean.

    October 23, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  19. Maggie from Virginia

    The GOP had their chance. They blew it. Now it's the Dems turn.

    October 23, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  20. Jill American

    Democrats in control is exactly what it is going to take to fix what the Republicans in control broke!

    October 23, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  21. Baze

    Once again the G.O.P doesn't get it. It's not just the Democratic politicians that want the White House and Congress, it's the PEOPLE that want them to have it. The Grand Dead Party just has no regard for the people, and that's why the people have turned on them.

    ONE NATION

    October 23, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  22. Bama for Obama

    A blank check is what the republicans have had for the past eight years.

    October 23, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  23. Chuck

    No, give McCain another house and Palin another wardrobe. Forget about the real issues. I have listened to way too much of their rhetoric. They are twisted.

    October 23, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  24. Michael M, Phoenix AZ

    Too late GOP! Both the House and Senate already gave a blank check to the Bushies in the form of a bailout with earmarks. Obama has to clean up the mess that Georgie boy is leaving behind much the same way Clinton did when Bush 41 left office.

    October 23, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  25. Crank

    "Vote early, and OFTEN." This message brought to you by ACORN, building a better America 50 votes at a time.

    October 23, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
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