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. Vincent, Great Lakes, Illinois

    I would like to comment on Sen. McCain’s statement during the today’s debate that Sen. Obama has earmarked “$3 million for an overhead projector at a planetarium in Chicago, Ill. My friends, do we need to spend that kind of money?”

    The way Sen. McCain has phrased it suggests that Sen. Obama approved spending $3 million on an old-fashioned piece of office equipment (overhead projector).

    The $3 million is actually for an upgrade of the SkyTheater—a full dome projection system, which is probably the main attraction of the Adler Planetarium and is quite sophisticated and impressive piece of equipment.

    Doesn't know the difference between the both? He was corrected after the first debate and once again, shows his ignorance on this matter.

    Give me a break...

    October 16, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  2. Matt Shine

    Finally the RNC is making some tough decisions about what is winnable and what is not. Now McCain has to decide the same. Which states (like Michigan) are beyond his hopes at this point and redirect his funding away from there into places like Virginia, Colorado, and Nort Carolina there if he is too succede at all. Faliure to do that, and he may lose all of them for stretching too thin.

    Obama/Biden all the way, but still sad to see a career like McCain's potentially end like this.

    October 16, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |

    McSame you just dont get it. No more personal attacks because they dont work....atleast not for you. The more you attack him the wider the gap. And please dont talk about experience because if God forbid something should happen to you Palin would be the POTUS with her "I can see Russia from my backyard" as her only foreign policy experience."

    White Republican for OBAMA!!!!
    "THAT ONE"

    October 16, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  4. Pam

    Sen. McCain,

    Better call your buddy Joe the plumber and tell him you only care about red states.

    October 16, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  5. Eric N.

    Someone's gonna have to remind me - what is McCain's "executive experience" again?

    October 16, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  6. Desmond Sequeira

    You cannot impress by BEING PETTY

    October 16, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  7. FAYE, NV

    Oh, McCain when will you learn no-one wants to hear your negative ads. It is not thoughtful of you to say "Obama has no executive experience", let's face it, you have no self control experience either.

    Do you put other people down so you can feel better about yourself? If so then you need theraphy for self-esteem.


    October 16, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |

    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. The now retired elder Wurzelbacher is also a major contributor to Republican causes giving well over $10,000 in the last few years.

    Now I guess we know why Joe is telling the press that Obama is a "socialist" and that the Obama tax plan "infuriated" him. After all, it would hit families like the Keatings and their minions the hardest.

    Not to mention that Obama's economic-recovery plan would put the crimps on influence peddlers like McCain's old friends, the Keating Five.

    Someone better tell McCain, he's still peddling "Joe the plumber"

    October 16, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  9. Craig a Texas Democrat

    thats funny a republican hitting someone on the economy. This should be in the funny section.

    October 16, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  10. SOS

    Sen. Kit Bond of Missouri, the Vice-Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, warns today that if Obama wins the presidency that he will endanger the country by making us more vulnerable to terrorist attacks.

    October 16, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  11. Scott Tucson

    Looks like McCain can pull out of Pennsylvania too, Rep John Murtha big mouth and his racist comments ought to put a big dent in Obama numbers there.

    October 16, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |



    October 16, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  13. Denise, NC

    I voted for Barack today as well. I'm happy that I did my part to save this country, the rest is on you America.

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 16, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  14. Len in Washington





    October 16, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  15. Bruce

    how sad...and what executive expereince does McCain have?
    He has been in the Senate for 30 years....
    We need someone to give us hope and obama does that.

    October 16, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  16. Another Republican for Obama

    "That One" will be in "This Chair"...Get used to it, McSame.

    October 16, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  17. John S

    About Joe The Plumber's taxes.

    Gerald Prante, a senior economist at the nonpartisan Tax Foundation.

    The bottom line: McCain's claim only works by using an overly broad definition of what counts as a "small business" – and even with that definition, fewer than 2% of business owners would be hit by Obama's proposed rate increase. For those who are affected, the increase would be levied only on a part of their earnings, not all of them. .Nice try John. Next time, check your sources. Terrible call.

    October 16, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  18. luz


    obama has been in the senate.

    mccain is a senator as well and as far as i know hasn't been a governor or held any "executive" office.

    so what is mccain executive experience then?

    October 16, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  19. Shay

    Hey John are you going to tell the American People that your fundraiser is being sued for War Profiting. Now that is a big different between today's act then 40 years ago. Are you going to keep his money because he is helping your campaign raise money. McCain Ally Accused of War Profiting. MSNBC News Report.

    October 16, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  20. Steve A. , New Braunfels , Texas

    Four more days and I can vote early for Obama here in Texas .

    October 16, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  21. Oliver for Obama

    Can you say... desperation?

    October 16, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  22. Annie, Atlanta

    And John McCain's executive experience consists of ...? The only experience it seems John McCain has had (besides getting things handed to him because of his father and grandfather) is deregulating rampant greed. His plans seem to favor Cindy's bottom line over the rest of us out here. More deregulation, more tax cuts – more trickle down economics. Please! Enough!

    October 16, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  23. President Barack Obama

    We are throwing that chair out the the with the current owner...
    We are getting a new chair for a NEW KIND OF PRESIDENT!!!

    A President who's intelligent & cares about the American people!!

    President Barack H. Obama!!!

    October 16, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  24. Barbara CA

    I can see Barack Obama sitting in that chair dealing with the crisis with his usual wisdom and a calm and collected steadiness. Think about it!


    One man, one vote.

    October 16, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  25. Johnathan

    John McCain doesn't have any executive experience either.

    October 16, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
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