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. rice, bryan

    why not i had to give my money to the governement to bail out the rich. i have never supported the war, but i am handing over my tax money to governement for that mess. if i have a choice on who to give my money to, it would be obama. after all, i do not make over 200,000.00 dollars a year.

    October 23, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  2. Betty777

    Is this the pot calling the kettle black. Everytime the Republicans are in office they have a blank check because their constituency falls for about anything and they go along with the team without questioning anything.

    This has become so obvious, anytime McPalin still has a base that will support them tells you a lot about the reasoning. They have had a blank check for 8 years and McPalin has supported that blank check. What an intellectual waste of time.

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

    The republicans have ran 2 of the 3 branches of Gov since 1994 and all 3 the last 6 out of the las 8 years now who have had a blank check? Let's try something different. Go Obama and Dems 08

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

    If Obama means to rebate those payroll taxes from the Social Security/Medicare funds, he's accelerating the bankruptcy of those programs. If not, he's still transferring money from people who pay income taxes to those who don't.

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

    OK. How about the blank check [R]s had for 6 years....I didn't hear the neo-morons complain about blank checks then. Hypocrits!

    The [R] blank check certainly was a disaster. A [D] blank check will only help us all get out of that disaster, and avoid the gridlock that [R]ightwing nitwits are so good at.

    October 23, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  6. Get Real

    Puhlease... the Repubs have had a blank check for 8 years and now I'm literally paying for it. Wrong way to get support AGAIN!

    October 23, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  7. dustin

    gop: not the most consistent group out there, thats why i don't think karl rove is behind the scenes here, i think its a bunch of people trying to be like "the brain" without any of the discipline, which is great news for me and Barack.

    October 23, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  8. I can see Alaska

    Thats right the Republicans have done a stellar job at keeping our spending under control. Right!

    October 23, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  9. Jared/La Mesa, CA

    What did you expect? Ignorant Americans love this stuff. After all, they voted for Bush, twice! What they should be talking about is the education systed in this country. There's a reason the majority of college educated people vote Democrat or Independent. Think about it....

    October 23, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  10. Scott in Atlanta

    I'll give Barack that blank check right along with the other one I just gave for $50.

    October 23, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  11. ralph

    Looks like the GOP rats are starting to leave the sinking Bush/McCain/Palin ship

    October 23, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  12. Amy, Kazoo

    Well that certainly is ironical.

    October 23, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  13. Frank

    Poor Gov. Palin, even with your $150,000 worth of new cloths that your contributors paid for, your lies are still lies and the majority of Real Americans see right through them. $150,000 worth of new cloths and make-up that your contributors paid for can't cover up or hide your lies. Practice spelling L A N D S L I D E !

    October 23, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  14. NANCY FROM MONTANA

    It appears that the actions and inaction of the POWERFUL GOP are on trial, and the GOP is on the brink of disaster. The voters will decide the fate of GOP politicians on the local and national levels.

    No sympathy- the GOP has put power before all else, and brought this Great Nation to the brink. McCain/Palin represent power and greed.

    MONTANAN FOR OBAMA/BIDEN

    BIG SKY COUNTRY TURNING BLUE!!!

    October 23, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  15. Terry, Dallas Texas

    They have known that the presidential race has been over for a while now. They have to continue the fight because the situation demands it but the attention is now turning to how to keep as many seats as possible in congress and how to avoid getting blown out in the EC. This reminds me of the final days of the Dole campaign in 1996. They were too far behind to win but knew they had to do as much good as possible for the party.

    October 23, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  16. Desmond Sequeira

    Hope residents of N C are smarter than to fall prey to the FAILIN-McSAME
    SMEAR AND FEAR TERRORIST TACTICS.

    October 23, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  17. George

    I live in NC and I am tired of Liddy Dole. Kay Hagan will be a breath of fresh air.

    Obama/Biden '08

    October 23, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  18. CONCERNED INDEPENDENT

    Yes, We voted "straight DEemocrat party this year...for CHANGE...we have seen what republicans have done, and even how they changed MCCain from a once honerable man to an out and out greedy, liar, only for corporate and fat cats interests
    VOTE OBAMA AND DEMOCRATS

    October 23, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  19. David Newport, OR

    Can you say backstabbing? Yep...is this the party you want in Washington fighting for you?

    October 23, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  20. Jeffrey Martin

    I am noticing a pattern here...

    When Obama gets too far ahead in the polls, media coverage biases more towards McCain coverage. It is in the media's best interest to keep this close. It gives them more viewership/money.

    (feeling manipulated)

    October 23, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  21. pumas are idiots

    MIchael says, "Reid, Pelosi, Obama: Trotsky, Marx, Stalin"

    Bush, McCain, Palin – Moe, Larry, Curly (maybe Shemp)

    October 23, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  22. Nwadike K. Patrick

    OBAMA has stated the conditions by which he will govern. Those conditions are what he has clearly stated as his plans for America...be that economy, security, social awakening and building bridges withi and without. When Americans go voting for him, they are voting for this promises.

    October 23, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  23. PHYLON DUBE

    IF MCAIN PALIN WINS. TERRORISTS WILL LAUCH THEIR MISSILES FROM PAKISTAN, BECAUSE THEY KNOW THEY WOULD NOT BE FOLLOWED INTO A ' SOVEREIGN STATE' AS MCAIN PALIN SAYS

    October 23, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  24. Praetorian, Ft. Myers

    Why not?

    Clearly–after $10 billion per month pissed away in a needless war, and over $1 Trillion tossed at the banking industry–the GOP has no right ot stand on the high ground of conservatism–with the current President–and no better–Mr. McCain.

    Why not give Obama a blank check to fix the results of over 30 years of avoidance, ignorance, and circling of the issues?

    I say–we allow him $3 Trillion–to re-invent government–after that....Yo butt out...becomes the norm.
    Obama offers a fresh and very different focus from any President since Jimmy Carter–and what a breath of fresh air it is. Finally, someone who is focused on fairness and equity–and a real human being to boot.

    October 23, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  25. Michelle, PA

    Unlike Bush, who is so "Conservative" he never saw a spending bill he didn't like for the first six years of his term. The bigger the check, the more he liked it. Plus cutting taxes on CEO's so they could create oodles of jobs. In China.

    Time for a change!

    October 23, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
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