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. X-Republican in Texas for Obama

    Experience hasn't done much for us these last eight years.

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

    VOTED THIS MORNING and after the spell check i verified and hit the CAST BUTTON! DONE DEAL

    October 16, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  3. I voted for Obama

    News flash: You don't have any "executive" experience either, McCain. You and Obama are both US Senators, in the "legislative" branch of government. You have the same job.

    Obama has the judgment and temperament to lead. You, McCain, do not.

    PS – My husband is an active duty Naval Aviator, just like you were, McCain. And he voted for Obama, too.

    October 16, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  4. Geo Joe in ABQ

    I hope they pull out of New Mexico because I'm tired of McCain's cheap crap. Wish he would discuss the issues – some of the issues- maybe just the economy. But all we get are attack ads from McCain.

    I'm a former Republican who voted for Obama this week.

    October 16, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |

    Because there's no place else to go!

    October 16, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  6. The real Jay

    I am voting this saturday.

    Obama/ BIden 08

    October 16, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  7. JL

    GOP is so NOT going win '08; this is a good ad to ensure they wont win in '12 either. GOOD job GOP continue the sorry work you've done for the past 8 years.

    October 16, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  8. McPalin

    McCain, I advice you to vote OBAMA/BIDDEN ticket, that will keep your own money safe. If you really believe "country first" take my advice, dont waste more time and money only to take America into a nose dive into the greatest depression of our time. Enough of history, you brother Bush has made enough.

    October 16, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  9. No Hillary = No Obama

    Obama is being called "cool" keeping his composure, steady – unruffled. Let's call it what it really is – superficiality, polly anna politics, lawyer trained, unemotional, detached, arrogant. That's the ad the GOP should be running.

    October 16, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  10. Goddess

    I trust Obama/Biden over McCain/Palin.

    October 16, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  11. Jim in San Jose

    The republicans are trying to ski up hill during an avalanche. They are going to get swept away. Not only this year, but Bush Republicans are going to be tarnished for many more years to come as more and more of the most secretive administration in US History comes to light.

    Obama has been rock solid and is the leader this country so desperately needs.

    October 16, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  12. Tim from Eugene OR.

    After 7 plus years of little Bush any one would do a better job. Takes some big ones to even question Obama's creditability after having a man who can't put his sentences together.

    October 16, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  13. Mothernature Houston,Tx

    McCain how are you going to cheat on a landslide? Cheating is not an option! Give it up John go out with your on dignity!!!! Give me a break!

    October 16, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  14. Independent now voting for Obama-Biden

    Gawddddd all those money spent could have used for a much better use. McCain is a fool. Flip flop McSame is now taking about executive experience. Helloooooo wake up. Look at your running mate. Sen. Obama is a professor of law and a graduate of Harvard. Do even have any idea how tough that is? AMERICA WAKE UP. VOTE OBAMA!! PEACE OUT!
    @ Barbara – 65 yr old white female in NC : Thanks for voting for Sen.Obama. I have read through all your comments in these ticker articles over the days! God bless you, and the rest (even the republicans)!

    October 16, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  15. Tam in CO

    More negativity from the Republicans. They are flying by the seat of their pants without any plans really. Does McCain have "executive" experience? Just because he is a Washington relic and war hero doesn't make him qualified for the job. He wouldn't know the truth if it walked up and slapped him right in his face nor would his demented running mate.

    October 16, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  16. rob

    what a waste of money-the man is a waste.but I do like the botox-he forehead in the center is so frozen

    October 16, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  17. confused miami

    McCain Had a pastor telling his suporter at one of McCain rally that if McCain looses this election it will prove that the other goods are stronger? are you kidding me? didn't Bush said god told him to run for president? well I guess you not anything like Bush right? I try to understand why repulicans think god only loves them?

    October 16, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  18. Amy

    McCain doesn't have executive experience either. The only person on either ticket with so-called executive experience is Sarah Palin and we all know how well she's abused power in Alaska as shown by the Branchflower report even though she denies it.

    October 16, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  19. DJ in TX

    I'd like to point out that Senator McCain has no "executive" experience either. What crisis has McCain "pulled" us through? He's been around a few for sure, but what has he done to "bring the country" through that crisis? Both of them are "legislators". That's what they do, legislate. As a sitting senator, you really don't get the opportunity to "handle" a crisis?

    Please can someone name me what crisis he's pulled us through.

    I also notice how McCain always says "I know how to do it". If he does, why hasn't he done it in Congress? What legislation has he sponsored to get the economy going? What legislation has he sponsored to curb spending (he voted with Bush on all the spending measures).

    So please tell me, Senator McCain, how do we do it?

    October 16, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  20. Bill

    I guess the GOP is trying to contain the damage to their party from the upcoming election to just the swing states and not their traditional base of support. I wouldn't be surprised if we were to see some major upsets in those red states regardless of GOP money.

    October 16, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  21. Ethan

    The Republican Party and the McCain campaign are just not believable in any way.

    October 16, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  22. kayla


    October 16, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  23. Sean

    CNN Electorial map, which has always sided on the very conservitive side for calling any state for either candidate, has finally put virginia in the lean obama catagory. This puts Obama over the 270 threashold to become president. fivethirtyeight and pollster have had him over 270 for weeks now. 538 has Obama winning an estimated 354 EV's while pollster is currently estimating Obama to win 313 EV's with 70 EV's still a toss-up.

    If you still need further proof that McCain has already lost, FOX News' own poll of the final presidential debate had Obama winning 66% to McCain's 33% with 35,000 votes casted.

    October 16, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  24. sara

    This is so stupid. Did Mccain see himself and what he looked like last night???? Does anyone want to vote for a complete eratic idioit? I can't wait to see SNL this week. They have a lot of material to cover.

    October 16, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  25. mel in pa

    All the experience in the world will not make up for poor judgement. Supporting the policies of George Bush 90% of the time is an example of the worst kind of judgement.

    October 16, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
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