October 25th, 2008
02:30 PM ET
6 years ago

New RNC ad focuses on the choppy seas ahead for the nation

A new RNC tv ad argues that Sen. Obama is too inexperienced to captain the nation through the rough seas that it faces right now.
A new RNC tv ad argues that Sen. Obama is too inexperienced to captain the nation through the rough seas that it faces right now.

(CNN) – Like the recent gyrations of the stock market, the new television ad from the Republican National Committee is almost enough to make you feel seasick.

“Storm” is not fancy. The 30-second spot is composed of little more than images of choppy seas – with waves falling and cresting as the camera does the same – giving the viewer the feeling of being stranded at sea in the middle of bad weather.

“Some now say this storm cannot get worse,” the ad says. “But what if the storm does get worse? With someone who’s untested at the helm,” the ad says as the image of a small boat momentarily appears onscreen, buffeted by waves.

The Obama campaign responded to the “Storm” by trying to turn the ad’s basic metaphor against Sen. John McCain. "In case the McCain campaign hasn't noticed, the financial storm has already hit, and John McCain responded by erratically steering his ship in about five different directions,” Obama spokesman Hari Sevugan said in a statement. “The reason that a vast majority of Americans trust Barack Obama to fix this economy is because of the steady leadership he has shown and the change he is promising in this election. No amount of predictable, last-minute fear tactics from will change the fact that John McCain is out of touch, out of ideas, and running out of time," Sevugan added.

“Storm” was produced by the RNC’s independent expenditure unit. The RNC says the ad will begin to air Monday in Ohio, Indiana, Virginia, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Colorado and Missouri.

(full script after the jump)

Script of “Storm,” 30 seconds

ANNCR: We choose Presidents to lead us through uncertain times.

ANNCR: Rely on their background and experience to guide us.

ANNCR: Some now say: this storm cannot get worse…our nation is so off course… that Barack Obama’s quick rise to power and inexperience should not matter.

ANNCR: But what if the storm does get worse? With someone who’s untested at the helm.

ANNCR: The Republican National Committee is responsible for the content of this advertising.


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain • Political ads • RNC
soundoff (80 Responses)
  1. No Hillary = No Obama

    Yeah, and if the wannabe Obama gets elected, he will go lawyer on everyone. Every mistake he makes, every error in judgment, every misstep will be argued away, rationalized, intellectualized, minimized and "nuanced" to death. He will rely on "yes" people who think he's the supreme being. I didn't vote for Bush – twice and now I won't vote for Obama – for the same reason – inexperienced incompetence.

    October 25, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  2. jakie smith

    McCain said he was going to veto all the pork, he had an ike pen that was a little old though. it might be old from writting checks for clothes and hair stylist. I think he would have been better off if he had just got a Pig and put a little lip stick on it, called it a hockey mom, and let joe the plumber lead it around for him. just look at the money he could have saved and still had the pork.

    October 25, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  3. Ohioans for Obama

    Hope will triumph over fear this election year.

    October 25, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  4. S. Boatman

    Im Still Voting For Obama!

    October 25, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  5. Jane Sixpack

    Do you really want an ageing McCain who seems to at times not entirely in charge of all of his faculties and his VP pick who should probably stick to entertaining Joe Sixpacks by bobbing up and down and from side to side to Rap tunes instead of pursuing a failed career as a "Gidget Goes to Washington" wannabe?

    October 25, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
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