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. Jon

    GOP: "we messed things up horribly when we had power, so don't give an inch to the other party so they can fix our mistakes"

    October 23, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  2. Josh in North Carolina

    You mean like the blank check Sara Palin got for her clothes.and now we fine out the spent RNC money on her new son-in-law clothes.Do we want 8 more years of take from the poor and give to the rich .
    Obama/Biden

    October 23, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  3. sanger, tx /Hillary supprter

    it souds like obama wants to tax the rich to feed the bums. dont penalize americans for going to college, working hard and becoming successfull while these others who screwed around all their lives.

    Instead of raising taxes maybe he should consider decreasing food stamps and add stricter laws and for those who are on housing should get to work. Dont raise taxes on us hardworking people to give to those who dont.

    October 23, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  4. Blue Florida

    You could have at least waited until after the election.

    that goes to prove what other republicans are thinking right now.

    October 23, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  5. No Hillary = No Obama

    Spread the wealth so that hard working blue collars and unskilled can support the loafs and deadbeats. Yeah right. We already have too many deadbeats and people scaming the system. The same way they are scaming the voter registrations – wanting something for nothing. Like Obama wanting the keys to the White House and doing squat to earn it.

    October 23, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  6. Trollmaster

    The tax and spend myth of the Demcorats is nothing compared to the borrow and spend reality of the Republicans.

    October 23, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  7. milo

    McCain: "Vote for me because the GOP is losing congress"

    Congress: "Vote for us because McCain is losing the presidency"

    Brilliant.

    October 23, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  8. Hurricane

    What has hit the republican's squarely between the eyes is the fact that their negative campaigning is also having a negative effect on senate and House races.

    This is damage control, plain and simple. They are trying to fend off a super-majority in both houses of Congress. The problem is...it's too late.

    They have screwed themselves royally.

    It's fair weather ahead to move this country forward and repair the damage done by eight years of demented policies.

    October 23, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  9. Republican for Obama

    I am voting for Obama period.

    October 23, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  10. mb

    It is time for the republicans to become big girls and boys now.
    Americans need a positive change. If it comes with the Democrats then so be it. Dole needs to go sit down and play cards with the mccains and todd and sarah need to take those clothes and go home.

    October 23, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  11. Young Educated Republicans for OBAMA

    RIGHT, BECAUSE THE BUSH REPUBLICANS

    TOOK REAL GOOD CARE OF OUR MONEY !!!

    IF OBAMA SPNT A BILLION DOLLARS A DAY,

    IT WOULD NOT EVEN GET CLOSE TO WHAT

    THE BUSH REPUBLICANS DID. & AT LEAST

    OBAMA, WE ARE CONVINCED, WOULD SPEND IT ON

    AMERICANS, NOT 4satr HOTELS FOR IRAQI WAR LORDS.

    SINCE WHEN DID THE REPUBLICANS BECOME A FOREIGN PARTY.

    October 23, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  12. pam Eugene OR

    It is over for McCain...as it should be!
    We have had a Republican controlled House, Senate and White House in the past and I am sure the Democrats could not be worse.
    It is time for the Democrats to come in and fix this awful mess the Republicans have created!

    October 23, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  13. Christopher

    Let's be real not all Dems agree w/ each other, just like not all repubs., agree w/ each other. There will be no blank check. However they will get there way on many issues.

    October 23, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  14. EJ in NY

    Obama has already won, im in the music industry and i already know that Whitney Houston, Jennifer Hudson, Aretha Franklin, Monique, Faith Hill, Tim Mcgraw are just a few names that are rehearsing and planning to perform at his $2.5 million Victory party at Chicago's Grant Park (capacity: 250,000). Sorry McCain. better luck next time.

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

    Joe the carpenter cant make $150,000 in four years. Gov. Palins spends that on clothing in a month. Fiscal responsibility indeed!

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

    While Obama's black supporters are attacking white women at ATM machines and robbing them and then cutting their faces.

    DO NOT THINK SO !

    October 23, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  17. Megan from San Diego

    Dole will still lose her seat. The repulsive Republicans are done. It is time to clean this country up. Only the ingnorant Republican base is buying thier lies and fear tactics these days. Hopefully, someday they will choose to educate themselves and stop buying into the hate messages.

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

    Looks like it's time to flood Kay Hagen with some donations.

    October 23, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  19. Michigan Mom

    Not to worry, Bush/Cheney/ have already used all the checks in the checkbook.........

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

    The Republicans criticizing eliminating checks and balances between the three branches? The GOP talking about excessive spending and blank checks? What is this, the mirror universe? Seriously, do these people have to shave their goatees off before a public appearance?

    October 23, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  21. Nita in Virginia

    well apparently the repubs haven't been doing such a good job. even when the dems got the house and senate back 2 years ago, they still had to get through Bush. lets get all the repubs out the way and get some people in office who want to do something for those who are not rich for a CHANGE.

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

    Wait. When the GOP had Bush at its helm and they were in control of the House and Senate, they not only closed the doors, but they nailed them shut and then had them soddered over with a metal sheet. They smiled and pranced telling American Democratic voters that they didn't have to listen or do ANYTHING. They were going to make the decisions they wanted to make. Now that the shoe may be on the other foot, they're pouting? Are they kidding? Seems to be the old adage of the chickens coming home to roost...

    October 23, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  23. sanger, tx /Hillary supprter

    it souds like obama wants to tax the rich to feed the bums. dont penalize americans for going to college, working hard and becoming successfull while these others who screwed around all their lives.

    Instead of raising taxes maybe he should consider decreasing food stamps and add stricter laws and for those who are on housing should get to work. Dont raise taxes on us hardworking people to give to those who dont. GO JOHN MCCAIN!!!!!

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

    Go to McCainPalinHalloween.com for the best McCain/Palin look a like halloween contest!!!

    October 23, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  25. John, Austin TX

    If republicans really want to talk about accountability, then let Sarah Palin speak alone!! MY GOD!! She could run our country! Don't you think we should be able to interview her?! JEEZE!!

    October 23, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
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