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. Chris from STL

    Got to give it to the GOP ... it is a clever ad .... but is not going to work.
    Elizabeth Dole will be defeated.

    October 23, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  2. Third Graders for Change

    Isn't a no questions asked blank check what Paulson originally wanted for the bailout but the Dems said no?

    October 23, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  3. Brenna

    What's Barack Obama going to do with this blank check? Improve hospitals and college tuition?

    Or spend $150,000 for designer label outfits for Michelle Obama? Oh wait, that's the Republicans.

    October 23, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  4. Ken in Dallas

    When the economy's stagnant because of demand depletion, it's OK to give a blank check to policies that support the demand side of the economy.

    What we need here is balance. The stagflation of the 70's was driven in part by a shortage of capital, but what we have now is being driven by the erosion of earning power. It's time to give Main Street priority over Wall Street.

    October 23, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  5. JImmy in California

    If he had a BLANK CHECK he would be a better sterward of our money than the Republicans have been for the last 8 years. Just keep Nancy Pelosi's hand out of the kitty.

    October 23, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  6. Kate

    First off, this is nonsense. The democrats will not get a fillibuster proof majority in the senate. Secondly, even if it WERE true, so what? The Repbs had their 'blank check' for the 1st 6 years of Dubya...and look how well they did.
    If a blank check is going to be written, I'd be more than happy to have it be to the democrats.

    October 23, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  7. Darrel from Denver

    We are electing people we feel will represent us wisely and honestly. No issues giving them a 'blank check' then. In fact, we might actually get something accomplished, as opposed to recent congresses.

    This argument is one of a dying man. It has no basis in fact, only emotion.

    See you later, Republicans....

    October 23, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  8. VON BISMARK,Vienna.

    This is happing in a coutry that pretennds to "spread" democracy to the world.

    PATHETIC!

    October 23, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  9. Third Graders for Change

    Isn't a no questions asked blank check what Paulson wanted for the bailout but the Dems said no?

    October 23, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  10. Tom

    "Fiscally irresponsible liberals"?

    Like invading Iraq under false pretenses was "Fiscally Responsible"?

    Jeez, what about the cost in lives?

    Irresponsible Neocons are plagueing the USA and they must be SHUT DOWN 100%.

    Obama/Biden for a fresh start out of this nightmare!

    October 23, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  11. Ohio Girl

    Why does this ad imply that a Democratic government was somehow begotten illegitimately? Like there are evil Liberals out there determined to tear apart checks and balances?

    I mean,

    "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."

    Whatever government we get is the simple result of how the American people voted. That's it. Nobody wants to ruin government. That's how the system is supposed to work. And if it turns out that it's Democratic across the board, well, then maybe the Republicans need to re-examine their priorities instead of acting like sour grapes.

    October 23, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  12. Paris

    Michael I just saw a great clip on youtube.

    Search under "Save America socialist' .

    October 23, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  13. voltaire

    Mccain is too old and Palin is a creationist, what a combo! Mccain has the experience to be president but his sidekick does not, she's just a step away from being a complete moron.

    October 23, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  14. Republican for Obama

    I am a former republican and ashamed of it. Ashamed to have supported a republican president and congress that did nothing but to jeopardize our country and the future of our children.

    October 23, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  15. Independent in AZ

    Wow! What hypocrisy! Bush and the neocons have had a blank check for the last 8 years! And I have to agree with rice, bryan- nicely put! Besides, McCain already gave up on Michigan- next step, give up on your losing campaign! Glad to say Obama/Biden have already gotten my vote!

    October 23, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  16. Cleavette

    Once again these fools that have screw the country up are still talking non-sense. Palin saying thatif Obama is elected it will invite a crisis. I would rather elect Obama and invite a crisis than elect mcCain/Palin and invite total ignorance.

    October 23, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  17. Vote your heart

    Obama will need a democratic congress and senate to get things done, and I for one voted straight democrat to punish my party for their lies the last eight years. Join the Obama team in correcting Bush's many mistakes.

    October 23, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  18. Angry Talon

    I didn't get into my 30's to watch my income disappear with unreasonable taxation. I don't think Obama is going to be bad with foreign policy like some Republicans, but I fear that my money will go to those who want a free ride.

    October 23, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  19. GA Independent

    I am concerned about the Dems in Congress. I think Obama is much better as leader of this country, but I do worry about what Pelosi in particular will decide to fund. I'd have felt much better about her having some sense if she'd started impeachment proceedings against Bush and Cheney. If she were my Congress critter I wouldn't vote for her...

    October 23, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  20. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    Liddy Dole sucks.

    Vote early for Obama/Biden and Hagen

    October 23, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  21. Sharon from NJ

    Let get real !!!!!!! It all boils down to this. Some people do not want to see a BLACK MAN as PRESIDENT. They will said anything and do everything to discredited him. In the meantime they will denied it. Sad to be true. This a white woman speaking,

    October 23, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  22. Citizen Watch

    Why will my comments no longer post on the Ticker? Is CNN censoring any citizen who does not say what they want to be perpetuated? Every time I come to this blog, I hope to find more civil, balanced commentary. I am still disappointed to find that CNN moderators are full of bull and bias.

    By the way, why are Palin's wardrobe expenditures newsworthy? If that's the way the game is played, then let's see a line-itme expenditure of the wardrobes of Michele, Cindy, John, Obama, Joe, and his wife. Moreover, if Palin's child rearing is a question, why is it not a question to Obama. The only candidate who has shown any confidence in woman is McCain.

    October 23, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  23. Mr. Spock

    i don't think Democrats even envisioned taking control of all branches of govermnent, but the Republicans have mad eit easy for them to take. All Dems have to do is keep their mouth shut, and watch the Republicans put their foot in theirs.

    October 23, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  24. PHYLON DUBE

    Whats the difference between nationaling companies, bailing out and socialism? How about this highest level of capitalism that BUSH indulged in?

    October 23, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  25. Gino

    Anyone else want to secede (besides that one from Texas)? Oh, and Sarah Palin's husband's favorite secessionist pal. What great American Patriots!

    October 23, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
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