September 12th, 2008
08:44 AM ET
14 years ago

New RNC ad hits Obama, touts McCain-Palin, on spending

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(CNN)— The Republican National Committee took aim at Barack Obama’s record on spending in a new radio ad released Friday.

“Change or more of the same?” the announcer asks. “In three short years in the Senate, Obama requested nearly a billion dollars in earmarks…that’s over a million dollars for each day he’s been in Washington, D.C.”

“John McCain - never requested an earmark,” the announcer adds in the 60-second spot.

McCain has made opposition to pork-barrel spending a centerpiece of his presidential run. The new spot also touts Palin’s record on earmarks, which has become a subject of some controversy on the trail.

Related: McCain earmark claims examined

According to state records and Taxpayers for Common Sense, Palin has asked for about $450 million in federal money since she became governor.

“John McCain and Sarah Palin will shake up Washington. Barack Obama - more of the same and opposed real reform,” the announcer concludes.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (221 Responses)
  1. Listen America

    Arizona is one of the most expensive states to live in the USA. Wonder why? They haven't had any earmarks to help pay for roadways, schools, or anything. I thought the senator was sent to Washington to help his own state with funding for all of these things?

    September 12, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  2. Dan

    Let’s see if I understand this, record deficits under Regean, Bush and Bush, a Surplus under Clinton. The Republicans are going to hold down spending? Don’t they borrow money from foreign countries, give it to their corporate buddies and then hand the bill to
    us tax payers. Why are none of these candidates talking about how we are going to get out of the hole we are in. If I were over my head in debt the last thing I’d do is go to the boss and asked for a pay cut. And if I hear Mc Geezer say Palin is the most popular Governor in the country one my time I’, gonn’a puke. No body, with the exception of Alaskans, even knew of her existence before she was introduced.

    September 12, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  3. Sage

    @Palin ROCKED the DNC September 12th, 2008 11:02 am ET

    Why is Obama bin Biden going after Palin so bad? Why does she scare the heck out of them? A hockey mom kicking the DNC butt now that is funny
    hahahahaha!!!! you PRtD...and simple people like you are the reason why America is in the condition we are in. IF you can step away from the Bay Buchanan squawking points for just one second may be you will be able to think for your self...can you site when Obama "went after Palin"? other then giving her props for being a savvy politician-Obama's words NOT mine, how has Obama "attacked" Palin?
    he hasn't...i hope the RNC is paying you well for your blogging.

    September 12, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  4. Zacramento

    After reading a few of these comments, all I've got to say is ...

    WOW !!! You Democrats seem very negative.

    Scrolling down the comments ...there is nothing good said about Obama, only negative things to said about McCain-Palin.

    You Democrats are falling into the trap of focusing on negatives. You have lost your way. What happened to the fresh new happy – happy Democrats...oh wait...the polls are even now...time to go negative.

    Try some positive statements about your guy, rather than focusing on negatives about our guy. Or ...are you afraid to talk about your guy ?

    September 12, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |

    N E W S F L A S H!! W A R N I N G!!


    1. Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin billed YOU the taxpayers for 312 nights spent in her own home during the first 19 months in office!!! PER DIEM allowance is intended to cover meals and incidental expenses while TRAVELING on STATE BUSINESS, NOT staying in your home!

    Do you KNOW what the Federal Government would do if we USED our Per Diem while staying in our home? WE'D BE IN JAIL!!

    2. Palin who earns $125,000 a year. CHARGED YOU the taxpayers $16,951 as her allowance for traveling from Juneau to Wasilla, which is about 600 miles apart.

    3. Gov. Palin's DAUGHTERS and HUSBAND charged the TAXPAYERS $43,490 for traveling between Juneau and Wasilla!!!


    4. Gov. Palin collected the per diem allowance from JUNE 22 – APRIL 22, four days after her fifth child when she flew for two days to Juneau from her home in Wasilla. She also moved her family to the capital during the Legislative Session, but Sara prefers to stay in Wasilla.

    7. The taxpayers were CHARGED $16,000+ for Gov. Palin's travel to out of state schools. UNBELIEVABLE!!!

    I guess so, since it provides her the GREEDY OPPORTUNITY TO CHARGE THE TAXPAYERS EVEN MORE!!!


    September 12, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  6. palin=falling

    Did anyone see Obama on Ground Zero? He looked so Presidential!!

    September 12, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  7. SS

    As an independent, I found Obamas ad to be more effective for the overall population and relevant to today's ideals of how important the personal use of technology is, where Palin I mean McCain's ad was based more about attacks on Palin. Which kind of makes her look weak. If your running for office you have to be able to hold your own on your own or else it appears as if she's a pawn.
    I don't see McCain winning, I've tried to imagine them both in office and I can't....

    September 12, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  8. Sky

    Every time I here John Mccain speak or Sarah Palin speak they seem to make less cents and not talk about the issues. I noticed something watching Sarah on her live interview. Check every time she's about to lie she blinks her eyes. Look at the eyes close.

    September 12, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  9. Brennan - Iraq War Vet

    Why has there not been more coverage of Palin's interview last night? Some of the things she said were outright scary and in general she appeared confused and abrasive. She seemed to get angry at the questions Charlie Gibson was asking. Granted some of the questions were designed to be gotcha type questions(she the Bush Doctrine line of questioning), but she looked really out of place.

    Short recap: Sarah Palin believes that we should not question or try to influence Israel's stance on Iran(going to war with Iran), she also believes that the Ukraine and Georgia should have mutual defense pacts from the UN(going to war with Russia), she does agree with Barack Obama on going into Pakistan if we have actionable intelligence on high level Al-Qaeda operatives(John McCain does not), she hopes that we are enacting God's plan in Iraq(she gets points for not trying to say whether it is or isn't, but loses points for thinking that there is a divine plan for foreign policy), she was unclear on her stance for preemptive war(Gibson asked a gotcha question, but after he explained it she still side stepped the question and spoke of imminent threats not preemptive war).

    September 12, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  10. Palin ROCKED the DNC

    John McCain and Sarah Palin will shake up Washington. Barack Obama — more of the same and opposed real reform,”

    Sounds like a true ad to me. One day the DEMS will realize the far left controlling the DNC isn't what the people want. Maybe you will let the voters pick 4 years from now....No we don't like Bush and we don't like Nancy and her thugs either. WE NEED REFORM without reform how can you have real change.

    McCain/Palin 08

    September 12, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  11. Rich

    STOP THIS BS and get to the issues!!!

    September 12, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  12. Bridgette-PA

    Please RNC, you will lose. I don't care how many lies you try to spread about OBAMA, you will lose and lose big!


    September 12, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  13. Lorenzo from Atlanta

    I loved the interview last night. Hey Palin, uhhhh do you agree with the Bush Doctrine? Can we say deer with lipstick in the headlights?

    You had the darn answes to the questions. You knew what was coming. Did you get stuck on the word 'doctrine' and just skip the paragraph?

    Oh, I see, the caribou ate your homework as it crossed the bridge to nowhere.


    September 12, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  14. Lisa M

    If Palin really truly wants any respect at all, she needs to convince McCain to quit whining every time that someone might have said something negative about her.

    What an obtuse old crab he is.

    If Palin cannot stand on her own two feet in this arena as just a VP candidate, what on God's green earth is she going to do if something bad happens to McCain.

    I tell you if McCain get elected, I, and quite a few others, will be praying multiple times daily for his health and continued survival.

    September 12, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  15. Concerned INDEPENDENT CT voter

    SHAMEFUL..... And an isult to the People..

    McCain is a sad sad shell of a human... lets be clear on who can change washington... what is HIS idea of change?

    Why can't he have an ad that does NOT mention Obama?


    September 12, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  16. Rob Weiss, Tucson, Arizona

    I really enjoy seeing everyone in here whine and complain about McCain/Palin. First, she is in the spotlight all the time instead of Obama. Now everyone has to scour the entire State of Alaska to find something to bury her. Hate to tell you this but she will handle it all in style and grace like she has everything else so far.
    Last night, with Charlie Gibson....I think she handled it well. He wouldn't stop asking the same question over and over again and she handled it well. What you mistook as her being uncomfortable and stressed is more like her hiding her anger with him for dwelling on the same thing and not moving on.
    She is a powerful person with a head on her shoulders. Yes it would be nice to see a positive ad for her, but you will only see negative ads for her from the Dems. Biden has been in the Senate for about 30 years, and while he is long winded, partisian and has a yellow streak in him, he is also a lap dog for the real people who occupy the State of Deleware....the DuPonts. Just like anyone else in politics at this level, he is bought and paid for.

    September 12, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  17. NoMcsame-NoMcPalin

    Anyone seen the agressive seller of BAM (as seen in TV), his hand waves and talking style.

    Doesn't Sarah Palin resembles the same?

    September 12, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  18. Kaye- Jacksonville FL

    McCain-Palin campaign is simply and totally disgusting...what a bunch of liars....gall that goes beyond the pale. All this garbage their throwing at Obama and the American voters will come back to haunt them...

    We aren't stupid enough to vote again based on Karl Rove tactics...
    step up to the plate and talk issues for once!

    September 12, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  19. Super D

    First of all

    Obama's "change" slogan sucks......let's get that out of the way.

    His change is "taxation" and "big government"

    And all you losers out there just can't wait to get taxed and have Big Brother run your lives. It just amazes me.

    You all are Pathetic, misguided, Liberal whacko's. You hatred of Bush has numbed you down to bunch of pathetic crybabies, and you're probably going to lose this election as well. Anyone who is slightly educated can easily see that Obama is a fraud, totally inexperienced to do the job. He's a bag of hot air and an empty suit


    September 12, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  20. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    So McCain never requested an earmark. You know what that makes him - a bad senator since he didn't do anything for his state. That is what they are there for; to make sure their state gets needed federal funds for projects within the state.

    What about Palin as a mayor and governor in Alaska? Was there anything that she tried to get from Congress? I believe that has been answered as yes she has.

    September 12, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |


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