May 14th, 2009
11:24 AM ET
5 years ago

RNC launches 'Priceless' Web video

The RNC is out with a new Web video.
The RNC is out with a new Web video.

(CNN) – The Republican National Committee is launching a new Web video Thursday that parodies the popular "Priceless" MasterCard commercials to coincide with President Obama's upcoming town-hall meeting on credit card debt.

The spot highlights Obama's recent purchase of a Portuguese Water Dog, his courtside seat at a Wizards game earlier this year, the economic stimulus package, and the controversial Air Force One flyover above New York City.

Obama is set to hold a town-hall meeting focusing on credit card debt in Albuquerque, New Mexico later Thursday.

Full Script:

Voice: A new best friend: $2,000

Voice: A court side seat: $500

Voice: Payback to your political cronies: $787,000,000,000

Voice: A cool new photo for your website: $328,000

Voice: Drowning your country in debt: Priceless

Voice: There are some things your money shouldn't buy but that's not gonna stop him from trying

UPDATE: DNC spokesman Hari Sevugan has issued a response to the ad:

"I understand that the RNC is frustrated with the constant infighting and lack of coherent message and all, but going negative on Bo isn't going to help and neither is blatant hypocrisy. What's 'priceless' is a party that doubled our national debt, championed policies that lead to the greatest economic crisis in generations and now can't muster up a single new idea to set right what they got wrong, attacking anyone for investing in the American people to get the economy back on track."


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  1. TheThinker

    What a shameful, desperate idea this commercial was. *chuckles*

    May 14, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  2. bsmith171

    obama because of his wife lived way over his had. only thing that saved him was geirge soros sponsoring his book.

    he has three mortgages on his condo in chicago before he was rewarded after becoming a celebrity.

    May 14, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  3. BobR

    Is it only liberal Democrats that have time during the day to read and comment to CNN? I had to wait for my lunch break since I have a job and don't depend on welfare.

    May 14, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  4. John

    The Republicans have been dumbing down ever since Spiro Agnew started in with his attacks on "effete, intellectual snobs". They have achieved success beyond their wildest dreams. There is no one with intelligence left in the republican party, look at their standard bearers Sarah Palin and Joe the plumber. Now when they are generally regarded as the party with no new ideas they prove it beyond doubt by not even coming up with a new idea for their latest attack ads. The master card thing is well beyond its prime and is now cliche. You would think that someone, however dumb, would have realized they need a new idea when they are labelled as the party of no new ideas.

    May 14, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  5. jon c. sprowl

    RIGHT ON .we have to stop these liberal marxis democrats from taking over th country.

    May 14, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  6. Andrew

    hey Rick CT, I'll excuse your ignorance, but studies show that 80% of the current nat'l debt was created by the last three GOP presidents not the Dems, so go read a book

    May 14, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  7. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    That didn't stop the Republicans when they were in charge... I am not saying that spending without control is a good thing; it isn't. The spending that Obama is doing is trying to get the country restarted; the Republicans didn't need to restart the economy; they were spending because they could.

    May 14, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  8. Bev - NYC

    Congrats to the ad agency who took the GOP's money for this "Ad". Hope it cost a bundle. The new best friend was a gift from Senator Kennedy, I doubt he required a check. Court side seat, the president can afford it, if I'm not mistaken he also passed up the taxpayers 100,000 to re-do white house redidence. He and the first Lady are paying for that themselves, and they didn't need to issue a press release or pat themselves on the back. The taxpayer bailout, republicans voted for that too. Should you boys be putting together your budget without numbers, memorial day is a week away, and Boehner will need tanning time. I guess Republicans don't have credit card debt.

    May 14, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  9. bess

    No Mo Bush:

    where is the "name calling" in this ad? just curious

    May 14, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  10. Bev - NYC

    Here are some numbers I prefer:

    Number of draft dodgers to bankrupt a superpower: 2

    Mis-guided war s: 10 billion a month for 6 yrs

    Additional American headstones at Arlington: 4300 & counting

    Leaving it all for the next guy to clean up, while my VP and Party complains: Priceless

    May 14, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  11. Robert

    "Obama's 10-year budget plan has more red ink per year than the highest amount ever run up under a full year of Bush."

    Bush left the wars off the books which would have cranked his deficits higher than those Obama is proposing. Please get your facts straight before you post such nonsense.

    May 14, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  12. Fitz in Texas

    Wish I could laugh at the ad, but since it's so true it makes it so sad.

    May 14, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  13. Rosalinda Torres Lawrence, Mass

    Hypocrites is what the republicans are, my tax money was spent in a worthless war, based on lies that has cost thousands of HUMAN lives on both sides, but those criminals never asked me if was OK to spend our money, now that the money is actually being spent on the American people somehow that's bad, this numskulls need a reality check, use the money on US meaning USA not on f....... WARS, the days of warmongering are OVER!!!!!!!. Republicans love to whine and complain, but the only ones to blame are the fools that are looking back at you in the mirror + GOP!!!!!!. I renaunce and denaunce the awful day that I ever considered voting for repbs. never everrrrrrrrrr. KARMA HAS MADE A COME BACK.

    May 14, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  14. John in Ohio

    Money spent on the Iraq War to date:
    $857,000,000,000

    Money spent torturing terror suspects to generate false data in support of invading Iraq:
    Classified

    George Bush's Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008:
    $700,000,000,000

    No-bid contract awarded Haliburton for repairing the Iraqi oil infrastructure:
    $7,000,000,000

    Total revenue generated for Haliburton by US government contracts in Iraq:
    $13,000,000,000

    Being a bitter whiny white male Republican who only finds his principles when his political party is no longer in power:
    Priceless

    May 14, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  15. Foley56

    This too much.... The dog was bought with his own money, earned from that of a Senator and Author (Palin you are not an author).

    So he went to a game, Bulls vs Wizards. Did he not buy the ticket with his money?

    The Air Force One photo op.. People please, the President in not in charge of Air Force One the US Air Force maintains the plane. Plus, Air Force One has it's own P.R. department, they made the scheduled photo op.

    The drowning in debt was under "W", if anyone steered this country towards Socialism by taking over troubled banks it was "W" that was signed under him in Sept 20.

    Once again, facts misrepresented by the GOP/RNC for the Kool Aid Limbaugh believer to gulp down.

    May 14, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  16. G

    A president is responsible for bills they sign!

    Bush came into office with a recession after the tech bubble burst – - not fair to blame Clinton. He took our National debt from $5.5 trillion to $10billion over 8 years – that's $4.5 trillion! unacceptably high.

    Obama also comes in during a recession after the housing bubble burst – - also not fair to blame Bush. His first year (he signed!) he will increase the debt by $1.5 trillion! His challenge is to do better than Bush. So far he has done terrible but there is still time for him to change his path.

    If President Obama increases our debt by $4.5 trillion over the next 4 years as is projected, he'll go down in history as the most fiscally irresponsible President and won't get re-elected. For his sake and ours, I hope he changes his strategy.

    May 14, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
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