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. ez

    Early voting is the way to go.

    Registered Republican "voted" Obama/Biden 08

    October 16, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  2. Baby B

    to little to late

    October 16, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  3. USAF Staff Sergeant

    Yeah you know they're in trouble when Virginia leans Obama.

    October 16, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  4. former republican for obama

    'GOP', you can run but you cant hide. The American people are going to call you out for the disaster you have caused in the last 8 years.

    Change is coming to America.......


    October 16, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  5. I Want My 2000 Edition McCain Back

    Oooo that's burns. it's a really bad sign when you have to spend money in places that should already be in your corner. I smell a landslide. Senator McCain, you're already losing, please try to close out your campaign on a positive note.

    October 16, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  6. Sarah So NJ

    What a waste of $$

    but the economy needs political $$

    if there aren't any other $$$ out there

    McCain was GOP fall guy

    who's had a real looney fling w/corny hocky mom from next to Russia.

    October 16, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  7. former gop

    Why doesn't he not waste all that money and use it on health care for the poor or something?

    McCain, it's over. Turn up your hearing aid, "IT'S OVER!"

    October 16, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  8. Judy

    McCain you are playing dangerously. You should not be attacking Obama on experience when you have a no brainer for VP. Remember John if you haven't learn anything from this campaign is what goes around comes around and I hope that when it hit you in the face you can take it.

    Now all the negative ads will not boost your voters but you are only playing a game with the Obama campaign. You should run a campaign where you tell the people what you are doing and will do for them and then you want have to be so negative.

    Anyway nice try and hope it don't bite you in the butttttttttttt.

    October 16, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  9. White Christian Mother for Obama

    Even Europeans say Palin is a Half Baked Alaskan Nightmare.

    So if they were in office we surely wont get on anyones good side again!!

    October 16, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  10. blaising

    Waste of McCain's money...and our time.

    “It doesn’t mean we don’t care and aren’t trying to do something about it, it’s just I’m not exactly sure what you’d say everyday.” Rick Davis, McCain’s campaign manager

    October 16, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  11. McCain = Party First



    October 16, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  12. true value hardware

    Dear Values voters<

    McCain the “war hero” returned from Vietnam a broken man. His wife waited ten years for him, faithfully.
    BUt she was in a car accident, and oddly was disfigured in the same way McCain was!
    He decided she was too ugly, now. Cheated on her. Eventually marrying a girl half his age whose father was a well connected millionare. That is how he began his Senate career.

    Now after surviving the pressures of Congress he is running for President. But the country he says he loves is broken and poor. His solution, pick a good looking rich girl instead of someone competent as his running mate, and to run on a platform of giving money back to the same rich friends who broke our economy in the first place. Sound familiar?

    McCain cheated on his faithful wife and now plans to cheat America at its lowest point, and give everything away to the Chinese and the oil companies and the bankers.

    He does not deserve our votes.

    The craziest thing is that McCain does not even attend a Christian service!

    I cannot understand how he can be the candidate of the Christian values voters. His life, his false faith, and his message is so much the opposite of our values.

    Xian in Ohio

    October 16, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  13. Frank from Peterborough

    Here is the scoop on Joe the Plumber:

    Turns out that Joe Wurzelbacher from the Toledo event is a close relative of Robert Wurzelbacher of Milford, Ohio. Who’s Robert Wurzelbacher? Only Charles Keating’s son-in-law and the former senior vice president of American Continental, the parent company of the infamous Lincoln Savings and Loan.

    Above is a direct copy and paste from Google. You would've thought McCain would stay away from the Keating 5 scandal.

    October 16, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  14. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    All negative personal bashing. What a turnoff.

    I voted for Obama this morning. You can take the ads out of NC. We're sick of it.

    October 16, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  15. TG

    I thought Palin was supposed to "solidify the base" in these red states. I guess the "base" isn't as big as it used to be. Obama '08

    October 16, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  16. Tiff of lithia springs

    This is so sad. I hope he sent some to Georgia we are givin' him a run for his money.


    October 16, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  17. mk

    How on earth would Palin be able to gauge the experience level of anyone else. SHe has very little of her own. This woman is a distasteful, condescending, untruthful HACK.
    Why anyone listens to her is beyond me.

    October 16, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  18. Open Your 3rd Eye



    October 16, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  19. Brielle

    Panic mode for the GOP!

    October 16, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  20. MG

    Want to know who else didn't have McCain's version of "executive experience" but has nearly identical experience to Obama?

    Want to know who did have executive experience as a Governor?

    Just the fact that McCain has to fight for red states shows that he has no strategy and his campaign has lost many voters over the hate and fear-mongering. Very sad.

    October 16, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  21. Global J

    UH??? So McCain has Obama exactly where he wants him. Looks the complete opposite to me.

    October 16, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  22. JIM HAWK


    October 16, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  23. Spencer/Commonwealth of Virginia

    Who cares? They don't have enough money to keep up with our ad spending. His campaign is so 70's and 80's while ours is being run like a campaign of the 21st century. We are a well-oiled machine.


    October 16, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  24. Sue, MI

    If McCain really wants to reach out to Joe Six-Packs, he better watch what stories he tells about his mother. This morning, apparently attempting to show how spritely Mom was at her advanced age, he told the lovely story about how Mom flew to Paris for the Christmas holidays two years ago (don't we all?). Once there, and desiring to roam the countryside a bit, the 96 year old attempted to rent a car, only to be told that she was "too old". But that didn't stop her, oh no- she just went out and BOUGHT herself a NEW CAR! Now gosh golly, isn't that what all of us would have done in the same situation?! These McCains are sure down to earth and just like me all right!

    October 16, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  25. Sarah in SD

    First Michigan....now Wisconsin and Maine. Soon to be Colorado, Nevada, Virginia, Minnesota, and maybe even Pennsylvania. Heck, he might as well just pull out of this election.

    October 16, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
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