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

Republicans re-direct ad dollars to traditionally-red states

A new RNC ad is airing in key fall battlegrounds.

A new RNC ad is airing in key fall battlegrounds.

(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. AJ from Houston, Texas

    What a weak argument considering their candidate has no executive experience either.

    I guess the RNC is betting that stupid voters will fall for this...too bad we're not that stupid.

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

    you xan also take the ads out of OHIO we're going blue and we are sick of the negativty, more fear mongering

    October 16, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  3. w.l. jones

    My name is jo and never had a job out side of government, but have executive experience.durning nothing but talking. Said enough.

    October 16, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  4. G. Robinson

    The only thing red that you will win McShame is the red you will see on November 4, 2008 at around 11pm when they announce the new President of the United States "Senator Barack Obama – junior Senator out of Illinois" Thank you verymuch.

    THAT ONE/BIDEN 08-12

    BARACK YOUR VOTE!!!!!

    October 16, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  5. james

    Looks like McSame is about to be "shot down" again. ---This time in his own back yard.

    October 16, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  6. FromTampa

    Sarah Palin – No Experience.. No Clue

    October 16, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  7. virginia voter

    Yes, I do see that Mr. McCain is throwing dollars in Virginia. This morning I answered My phone and this vile pre-recorded message awaited me. I thought I heard that you were going to stop all of this hate. Whops, I guessed you lied again. Shame on you. From one and many people from the great state of Virginia that will be voteing OBAMA / BIDEN 08

    October 16, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  8. obama mama

    cant wait to vote on November 4th

    October 16, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  9. Charlotte

    Already voted for Hillary Clinton. Spend all your money and then some. It won't change my vote. Hardy, Har-Har....

    October 16, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  10. Carlos

    I notice that most of the fact checks conducted lately vidivate Obama.

    When you vindicate one you villify the other. Perhaps it is time that , A: McCain gets his facts straight before opening his mouth; B: Obama have all the facts – specifica et al -ready at his fingertip (rather than just generalities and talking points) to be able to effectively counter McCains accisations; and, C: ALL peple be a little less gullable, a lot less entrenched ih their polliical affiliations and above all open to the possibility that their candidate ( on either side)is simply wrong on some things!

    October 16, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  11. Independent in Albany

    Wasn't it the "experienced" politicians that got us in this mess in the first place?

    Obama has the mettle, the judgement, and most of all, the respect of the rest of the world.

    October 16, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  12. Musicpromo Ca

    WEAK!! AND WILL HAVE NO EFFECT!

    BUT WHAT WILL THE GOP SAY THE DAY AFTER? WE TRYED BUT 69% OF THE COUNTRY ARE WRONG?

    IT'S OVER AND I PLAN ON GOING WITH OBAMA.

    MCCAIN IS JUST TOO OLD AND HIS VP DOES NOT KNOW ANYTHING.

    BUT I'M ALSO LOOKING FORWARD TO NOT SEEING TUCKER BOUNDS EVER AGAIN! I'M TIRED OF HIM COMING ON TV AND BEING SUCH A DORK!

    October 16, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  13. rick

    SPREAD THE WEALTH

    HAS EVERY HARDWORKING CONSERVATIVE IN A GET OUT OUT THE VOTE MOOD...

    THE POLLS ARE GETTING CLOSE ONCE AGAIN........WATCH THE NUMBERS.....IF THE RACE IS UNDER 5 POINTS WITH THE LEGIT POLLSTERS...MCCAIN WILL HAVE THE BIGGEST POLITICAL UPSET SINCE TRUMAN VICTORY.

    DONT DESPAIR..THIS RACE MUCH CLOSER THAN MSM WANTS TO ACKNOWLEDGE

    October 16, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  14. Amazing

    Registered and voted

    Go Obama/Biden

    October 16, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  15. matt

    That picture looks like Bush's chair since he's always in Texas and not in his office.

    October 16, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  16. Alison B

    I guess because he has no executive experience that the majority of americans feel that he will be able to hand the current economy crisis and he has so far shown far better judgement than Mccain in this area. So this ad defeats whatever purpose they think it is going to make

    October 16, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  17. Donkey Party

    Can the McCain camp identify what "executive" experience McCain has??? That's what I thought. I'm voting for competence over experience. McCain and Palin are a joke!!

    October 16, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  18. CLINTON

    THINK IT WOULD BE A BIT BETTER IF OBAMA WINS THE PRESIDENCY BUT NOT MUCH BECAUSE HE'S STILL AN "INEXPERIENCED BOY", MCGRAMPA MIGHT RUIN THINGS MORE THAN THEY ARE, STILL, DAMAGE IS DONE, MARKETS ARE ON THE BASEMENT AGAIN

    October 16, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  19. Jill American

    The only thing that is going to be red on Election Night is John McCain's face.

    October 16, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  20. Charlie in Maine

    "Don't it make your red state. Don't it make your red state. Don't it make your red state.....blue.

    October 16, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  21. Shari, NY

    Please give that money to charity or to the needy – you are whipping a dead horse.

    October 16, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  22. Bitter in Texas

    Hummm...maybe the Rethuglicans should direct their ad's off shore and leave the rest of us alone...they seem to like those off shore tax breaks.

    October 16, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  23. Reality Check Richmond Virginia

    It amazes me how little experiance has done for McCain. He is on the wrong side of just about any issue.

    October 16, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  24. Kevin

    More negative commercials ... people are going to love it.

    Don't the Republicans know people are looking for optimism right now.

    "That One" 2008!

    October 16, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  25. Beverly, NYC

    What executive experience does Mr. 26 years in the senate have? Is he hoping all that "executive experience" his running mate and the first dude have will rub off? Keep up the deceiving ads McCain, its all your failing campaign has left. And your keeping some ad person in business.

    October 16, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
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