October 16th, 2008
12:36 PM ET
14 years ago

Republicans re-direct ad dollars to traditionally-red states

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(CNN) - The Republican National Committee released a new ad hitting Barack Obama on economic policy, as the party began shifting some of its ad dollars to some of this year’s unexpected battlegrounds.

“Meltdown. Foreclosure. Pensions, savings wiped out,” says the announcer in the 30-second spot. “And now our nation considers elevating one of the least experienced people ever to run for president.

“Barack Obama: he hasn’t had executive experience. This crisis would be Obama’s first crisis. In this chair,” he says, over a shot of the president’s desk in the Oval Office.

The RNC’s independent expenditure unit confirmed that it is pulling its pro-McCain ads off the air in Maine and Wisconsin, re-directing the bulk of those resources to boosting advertising in a string of traditionally red states

The RNC will be spending more money on television advertising in the next week than it has during any week of the campaign to date. Much of the spending will be in the traditional Republican strongholds of Colorado, North Carolina, Indiana, Virginia and Missouri. The party will also be increasing its presence in support of the Republican presidential ticket on the airwaves in Ohio, which voted for President Bush in 2004, and Pennsylvania, which went to John Kerry.

Barack Obama is ahead of or statistically tied with John McCain in all those states, with the exception of Indiana. The most recent CNN/Time/Opinion Research Corporation poll there - conducted before the last two presidential debates - showed McCain with a 5-point lead over Obama. That survey’s margin of error was plus or minus 4 percentage points.

soundoff (371 Responses)
  1. SV

    MR. LEWIS.

    October 16, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  2. Straight Forward

    McCain should have fired his campaign advisors a long time ago. Then again, he has no substance behind his one liners so he wouldn't have gotten anywhere anyway.

    How about we let him be "president for a day"? ................ummmmm........... HELL NO! he may get mad and push the button... lol

    October 16, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  3. Nando, Florida

    LMAO !!!!!!!!!! PATHETIC !!!!

    October 16, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |


    October 16, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  5. Margarita from CO

    I heard even North Dakota is slipping from the republicans!
    Vote early everybody if your state allows it!
    Colorado people, early voting starts on Tuesday, Oct 20! Let's make Colorado a deep shade of blue! And, take NOTHING for granted!

    October 16, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  6. Margarita from CO

    Sorry, I mean October 21

    October 16, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  7. Jenny

    I think I'll put my money on Barack Obama who has run one of the smoothest campaigns ever for the last 20+ months. I'll put that experience up against the last 8 years McFossil has spent kissing W's behind.

    October 16, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  8. Bring America Back!

    I guess they don't learn anything. More negative ads and no substance to tell the American people what he's going to do with all the BILLIONS of dollars he stated he can save during last nights debate!...

    October 16, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  9. Margarita from CO

    Wait a minute....John McCain does not have any executive experience, either, so what are they trying to say? Only Palin has executive experience, but very little knowledge of the world!

    October 16, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  10. Bring America Back!

    I guess they don't learn anything. More negative ads and no substance to tell the American people what he's going to do with all the BILLIONS of dollars he stated he can save during last nights debate! Why can't he simply state what he plans on doing without being so nasty!?

    October 16, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  11. Cole

    If John McCain is so great, why did he lose to Bush in 2000? Wouldn't it stand to reason that he is in fact worse than Bush?

    October 16, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  12. Vee

    Yeah, this campaign needs more money for ads.....yeah, that's it! McPhoney doesn't wear a flag pin, Pailin is such an irresponsible choice for a VP it is embarrasing. The McPlants keep showing up try to make McPhoney's case., and in the plumber's case not even registered to vote...more ads aint gonna fix this hot mess

    October 16, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  13. Bring America Back!

    Nice Chair! I can see 08ama in it now!

    October 16, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  14. Darrel from Denver

    As opposed to all those crises McCain has presumably presided over? All those the he has bungled and put America in its worst position domestically and internationally since The Depression and the two World Wars?

    What experience is McCain touting? That of the privileged and elite? That of the government through lobbyists and special interests? That of exclusion versus inclusion?

    October 16, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  15. Tito

    Old democrat fro Pennsylvania voting for McCain.

    October 16, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  16. Amy For Obama

    Wait, you would rather risk having Palin there?...during the worst financial crisis since the world depression?....800,000 jobs lost?...no knowledge of the economy, of foreign policy! Come on!!

    October 16, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  17. Baze

    Dag, they don't even have confidence in their backyard.


    October 16, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  18. Brad S (Knoxville)

    RNC is running scared that they will have nothing and that is what they deserve for the next eight years for electing "W." This is not going to work because this is a lession in futility!

    October 16, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  19. Phil in KC

    Great! Maybe we'll see fewer ads here in Missouri – although, as close as it is here, I doubt it.

    October 16, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  20. Rodger

    This is great!!! Let them spend all their money on negative adds, it will translate into more votes for Obama...and they wont have any money for the Senate and House races they are losing!!!

    October 16, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  21. Michael in Houston

    I see people asking "Why spend money in a state he is winnng". That is to energize the base. McCain see us, energized, hand on the button ready to vote Obama. He is just trying to do the same thing. But the difference folks is almost all of us are voting for Obama because WE LIKE OBAMA, Most Repubs are voting for McCain because THEY DONT LIKE OBAMA! Notice what I said, they don't like McCain either, they just dislike Obama more. Kind of what happen in 2004, we voted for Kerry because we did not like Bush. So McCain has to put on his conservative dog and pony show. The sad thing is McCain, as we, Obama Supporters see roght through your B.S., the conservative right see right through it to. That's why they keep talking about Palin being President and not you. Well neither can beat Barack one on one, so SEE YOU REPUBS IN 2012.

    October 16, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
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