[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/04/20/art.dncad.cnn.jpg caption="The DNC is taking on John McCain in a new TV spot."] (CNN) - With just two days to go until the Pennsylvania primary, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama both launched new attack ads Sunday that accuse the other of “empty rhetoric” and “eleventh-hour smears” - while the Democratic National Committee trained its fire on John McCain.
Roughly half a dozen negative spots - the majority of all campaign advertising in the state - have hit the airwaves this week alone.
Barack Obama’s ad, “Exactly,” is the latest in a series of ads from both candidates that paint their opponent as a tool of special interests.
“Newspapers call Hillary Clinton's negative attacks the ‘old politics.’ And now, in the final hours, she's launched the most misleading and negative ad of the campaign,” says the announcer in the 30-second spot. “Barack Obama doesn't take money from special interest PACS or Washington lobbyists. Not one dime. But federal records show Clinton's raised millions from PACs and lobbyists; more than any candidate, in either party.”
“Eleventh hour smears, paid for by lobbyist money: Isn't that exactly what we need to change?”
The Clinton camp released a spot Sunday that responds to Saturday criticism from the Obama campaign of the New York senator’s health care plan.
“He couldn't answer tough questions in the debate. So Barack Obama is making false charges against Hillary's health care plan. She has a plan everyone can afford,” says the announcer. “Obama's will cost taxpayers $1,700 more to cover each new person. Hillary's plan covers everyone. Obama's leaves 15 million people out.”
As both candidates focus their fire on each other, the Democratic National Committee is taking on presumptive GOP nominee John McCain in a new ad, “Better off?”, that paints McCain as out of touch with current economic issues.
The spot uses footage of McCain saying “I think we are better off overall” than we were before President Bush took office, and asks “Do you feel better off?”
The McCain campaign has criticized Barack Obama for using this quote out of context, without including the Arizona senator’s full remarks – in which he said that overall economic progress was little comfort to those who are struggling.
The DNC has said it is making a significant ad buy.