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. thomas

    People don't prefer divided government , where nothing gets done, at a time of crisis.

    October 23, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  2. conny

    At least if this was the case Sen Obama knows what struggles are and will help ALL of us. Sen McSame, will give it to the RICH folks (spreaded), John McCain has SIMPLY LOST HIS RESPECT!

    October 23, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  3. Dal CA

    Don't believe the GOP. keep voting for OBAMA.

    October 23, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  4. Hump of MD

    Obama will win because he is the smartest candidate. The election proves that the Republican Party SUCKS!

    October 23, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  5. MARK

    mcbush should go and fry his behind in arizona, and palin go back and freeze hers in alaska. there is where they belong not even close to the white house. as for the rest of those nonsense republicans, yes, it is time to work hard for the votes, and make sure you deliver at least once in awhile those campaing promises.

    any smart american can see that an OBAMA administration is what America needs.

    October 23, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  6. Nick

    The liberals want control?

    You mean like how the conservatives had control up until a few years ago?

    October 23, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  7. Sanjeev

    Allah u Akbar

    Go for the win Obama!

    October 23, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  8. I Toldyouso

    The United States has had a divided legislative and executive function for years and what has it got us? Gridlock and time-wasting, stupid inactivity involving gay marriage, right -to-die/live arguments, and more pork-dealing activity to gain votes. And what about the important issues (social security, health care, medicare, education, selling out our country to foreigners (our government can't live within its means either), and the economy in general?
    Its time for one party (either Republican or Democratic) to take complete control (and responsibility) for turning the country in the right direction. And then let the cards fall where they may. At least we'll be doing something!

    October 23, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  9. Tara

    Actually this ad also serves another purpose. Its a slimmy attempt at voter suppression by suggesting that Barrack is going to win, they hope some people( especially dems)stay home and don't make it a priority to vote, because if he is going to win anyways some people will feel he doesn't need their vote.

    Don't Believe the HYPE EVERYONE VOTE!!!! The more people at the poles the less successful their suppression tactics.

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 23, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  10. s.positive

    The GOP is a disgrace...

    October 23, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  11. Mark

    Is it true that obama fooled around with a male midgit in the fall of 1997? I need to know the answer to this before I vote...

    October 23, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  12. voter

    we gave a blank check to the republicans and it gave us a $10 trillion debt, bad economy and two wars. I take my chances with peace and a job which is the democrats.

    October 23, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  13. Linda

    Sarah Palin is no winner. She's a taker and a user, like all the Republicans!

    October 23, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  14. Cato Meador

    And the Republicans should know! They UNDERSTAND what one party COULD do with no checks and balances........

    Democrats hopefully will show more concern for America than the Republicans have!

    October 23, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  15. No McSame

    Give me a break. Vote out Republicans because they got us into this mess ... period. The party needs to be dramatically shaken up so they represent us instead of their own personal political power!

    October 23, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  16. For the last story,

    The day Obama spoke in Germany to over 250,000 europeans was noted as one of the most peaceful days in the middle east. True FACT.

    October 23, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  17. Steve

    It could be worse! Imagine if the Republicans had had their way & Social Security had been privatized!

    October 23, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  18. MBFLA

    Have the Republicans looked at the deficit that they created lately with their so called fiscal coservatism and small government as well as free markets. It makes me ill that my children and grandchildren will be paying this off for decades so don't give me any guff about voting for Democrats. I did not vote for any incumbants which in Florida allowed me to vote a straight Democratic ticket!

    October 23, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  19. Cindy Nelson

    I cant even stand this nonsense any longer. Can November 4th come already. I will be glad when this election is over.
    I just hope Obama wins

    October 23, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  20. Arnie

    Just like the McSame campaign and I wouldn't mention the other participant who can't grasp the issues. Empty wagons make alot noise. McCain and Palin you are out of Ideas and you are now running out of time! Smear will not work this time around. Your days are numbered.

    October 23, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  21. Jim

    Insane from the GOP.

    Don't want to talk about the issues?

    The American people are hurting.

    8 years of misery are ENOUGH!!!!!!!!

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2008 – 2016

    October 23, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  22. worriedmom

    You guys will believe anything CNN tells you. Why don't you try some real news like FoxNews or drudgereport. At least you can get some more facts. CNN is a joke and is in the tank for Obama. And they call themselves journalist!!!

    October 23, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  23. NoTrustInPolitics

    The GOP is obviously worried that the Democrats would undo everything they've done in the past four years [sarcasm]That would be bad[/sarcasm]. It would be, for the GOP. It would be good for America, though.

    October 23, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  24. Trollmaster

    We gave Repubilcans a blank check in Iraq and they've squandered so much in waste, fraud, and corruption then ignore their obvious squandering of our tax dollars

    Republicans preaching about fiscial responsiblity is like Charles Manson trying to convince someone why he'd make a great roomate.

    October 23, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  25. Obama 100%

    McCain should go ahead and drop out.

    October 23, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
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