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. Obama 2008

    RNC is wasting their energy and money!!!!

    October 16, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  2. marta

    if Sarah Palin is McCain's choice for governor, Joe the plumber may be his pick for Secretary of State

    October 16, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  3. wreb

    I whole lot of good "executive experience" and even two stints as President did for George W. Bush. IT'S JUDGEMENT AND INTELLIGENCE, STUPID!!!

    October 16, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  4. Emma

    That chair is too young for McCain............that chair requires a forward thinking young Democrat with a vision for the future! That is exactly what that chair needs?

    OMG, can a hockey mom from Alaska who hunt moose fill that chair? That thought is scarier than facing the moose on an even playing field.

    October 16, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  5. Sarah

    i agree with you we need economy,education etc .No false ADs,no Hocky Mom she should go back to Alaska.McCain thing about himself no about us.

    October 16, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  6. Rob

    McCain has come out with another robo call that he is hitting out everywhere. This is a proven lie and extreme and disturbing in it's content. The garbage he feels he needs to spew should absolutely disqualify him before someone actually gets hurt. This stuff is plain dangerous!
    this is the text
    "You need to know that Barack Obama has worked closely with domestic terrorist Bill Ayers, whose organization bombed the U.S. Capitol, the Pentagon, a judge's home, and killed Americans. And Democrats will enact an extreme leftist agenda if they take control of Washington. Barack Obama and his democratic allies lack the judgment to lead our country."

    October 16, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  7. Latino for Obama-Biden

    I guess the Republicans forgot that it was a Republican President that has destroyed this country. How fast they forget.

    October 16, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  8. Jeff from IN

    People are looking for a different direction for the country. It hardly matters that Obama has executive experience. They are looking for somebody that they think identifies with them on the issues that affect the everyday, ordinary American, especially economics. Obama has framed the message on McCain and not the other way around this time.

    October 16, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  9. Mike

    I hate the Republican party ads. The Republican party is so negative.

    John McCain first test came in an Air Plane, he was captured. I want the guy who has not been captured.Also why won't John McCain release his Medical Records to the public?

    October 16, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  10. PA voter

    In this election judgment is held higher than experience.

    McCain says he has the experience, but he has shown poor judgment of selecting Sarah Palin as his running mate that will be the # 1 reason why he will probably lose this election.

    October 16, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  11. Not a rich plumber

    A maverick is a person who thinks independently; a lone dissenter; a non-conformist or rebel. Are those executive qualities?

    October 16, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  12. cherrystrawberry

    ummm maybe I'ver been living under a rock but wouldn't this crisis be McSenile's first crisis in the president's chair also? stupid ad

    October 16, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  13. Don in Florida

    Obama Supporters....let's not celebrate too early, we still have a lot of work ahead of us over the next 20 days. Once your state starts early voting, volunteer to help get people to the polls. we need most of us to vote early so that there won't be any 'funny business' at the polls on Nov 4. Trust me I know, I live in Florida. Make sure your College kids have Absentee ballots available to them if they haven’t registered at college. If for some reason you can't vote, help out by providing transportation to the polls to at least 10 Obama voters. This is still not over yet. We have to be prepared for an October surprise. Some international event that could help McCain. Don't forget Bush is still in office and there are a lot of things he could do to try to help McCain, so we have to work very hard these last 20 days. And finally, let's be respectful of McCain and his supporters. We don't want to look or act like some of those people at the Republican rallies. We're better than that. We will usher in a whole new Democratic Revolution that will change this world for the better for generations to come.

    That One & Biden 08 & 12

    October 16, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  14. the end is nigh

    So much for no more negative campaigning – who is Senator McCain kidding?

    Palin a role model for all women???????

    You becha she isn't.

    October 16, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  15. Marylou

    of subject here...JOE the plumber is really SAMUEL JOSEPH WURZELBACHER....and he isn't even a licensed plumber. His salary is aroound $40,000..no where near the $250,000 he was talking about..and on another web site it names his brother ROBERT as Keatings SON IN LAW...was he a plant??? Got us off the subject of the ECONOMY didn't it?

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

    McCain talking about experience and he has Sarah Palin as a shining beacon of experience.....the only experience she has is running her mouth and talking gutter trash.
    When McCain can let her loose on the talk show circuits other than Fox , then we'll decide who has the experience and from what little we have seen.....it appears the lights are on but nobody is home!!!!!!
    I must admit though, McCain and Palin make a perfect team.....both lie well.....like to incite hatred.....totally clueless and want to win this election at all costs....who cares about the economy etc!!!

    October 16, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  17. Jason

    Why is the RNC still trying to push this Ayres stuff? I’m still getting calls in Iowa from the RNC saying Obama is “working closely with domestic terrorists”. This is not true so give it up McCain.

    October 16, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  18. TKW- New Mexico

    McCain claimed he knows nothing about the economy and when the economy was going down the toilet, "the fundamentals of the economy are strong". Give it up McBush, the wealthy has had it good in this country for toooooooooooo long! We the people are fighting back!

    October 16, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  19. scott - canada

    Just HOW the Republicans managed to hoodwink the American people, not once but twice, in the last two general elections is beyond my realm of reasoning. The only thing that amazes me is how close this election still is in relative comparison to as how close it shouldn't be.
    The polarization that is occurring in American politics gives rise to the idea that perhaps a third and fourth party might inject some new ideals, not just ideas, into your process of electing who will lead your fine nation.

    October 16, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  20. John Smith

    Why are the Republicans so much afraid of paying taxes?

    We pay taxes to support our government and its related responsibilities. If only Democrats are willing to pay taxes, then only Democrats should be given the RIGHT to be in Government. The Republicans should find another home...McCain has 7-8 homes!

    October 16, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |

    They sound like this is going to be close enough to come down to one state. The reptiles have to sweep all the toss-ups AND take VA back. All That One has to do is to hang on to the one's in his column of 277 and anything from 10/15/2008 on is just gravy and shores up his mandate order! Say it is so, Joe!

    Finally, McCrypt and I agree on at least one thing!

    We both have Obama exactly “where we want him”!

    Game Over? You betcha’!

    October 16, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  22. Matt

    Too bad all evidence indicates Obama's handling this "first crisis" better than McCain...AND THAT THE MAJORITY OF AMERICANS THINK SO TOO.

    Yet another notch on the republican bedpost for ignoring reality.

    October 16, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  23. e.j.mohammed Washington state

    Why spend that kind of money on negative campaigning it won't work! Let McCain have one last shred of dignity the RNC has made a fool of McCain and so has their V.P. pick who has virtually no experience for the the second in command! I feel sorry for McCain he trusted all you right wingers who let him down what a bunch of hypocrites!
    I agree with some of the top conservatives that the Republican party is not the same party of Teddy, or Reagan! The party does not have my respect nor my support anymore! I pray God's inspiration will be with senator Obama as he strives to lead this great country of ours towards a new horizon of great healing peace!
    Older Republican for Obama

    October 16, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  24. Red

    Hmm... like McCain calling Obama eloquent in the debate, the subtext to voters is "Please don't beleive Obama, even if you agree with what he's saying... he's a bad man.... just listen to us.... we'll keep you safe..."

    Too bad we wasted the past eight years on the Republicans.

    October 16, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  25. MMC

    Go bankrupt trying to save your sinking ship GOP, because every time I see this garbage I donate to the Obama campaign, and by the way, my vote, tomorrow, is for Obama!

    October 16, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
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