October 16th, 2008
12:36 PM ET
12 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. Lisa P

    Someone needs to remind me: What is John McCain's executive experience, again?

    October 16, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  2. Raleigh, NC

    Early voting started today in North Carolina and I voted for the next president of the United States, Barack Obama! I was too proud!

    Turning it Blue in NC!

    October 16, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  3. DebM, Allentown, PA

    "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.

    I've got news for you McCain. He did a heckuva lot better job handling this crisis than you did.

    October 16, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  4. Brian

    Obama hasn't had executive experience... and McCain... has?

    October 16, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  5. katiec

    Well, look what Mccains so called experience has gotten us
    these last eight years:
    Unjustified war
    Biggest deficit in our countries history
    Biggest government in our countries history
    Deregulation allowing the banks etc to bankrupt America
    Biggest debts owed to foreign countries.
    Loss of respect world wide
    Broken medical, education, energy systems
    And on and on and on.

    Mccain supported all of the above.
    We cannot survive another four years of republican
    leadership.
    We must elect Barack Obama and Joe Biden to try and get
    our nation out of these diasters. They are our only survival.

    October 16, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  6. leapfrog

    Yipee!!! I sent in my absentee ballot with Obama/Biden checked off. Anyone else want to follow me to the correct side of history???

    October 16, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  7. Brent in IN

    Why aren't they putting more money in FL? Don't they see McCain needs FL? Obama could lose pennsylvania and the other 6 or so swing states and still win if he gets FL.

    Obama-Biden '08

    October 16, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  8. Mikey

    There are total electoral votes in OH, PA, CO, NC, IN, VA, and MO. McCain must sweep all these states and not lose 5 EV from other states he is leading, or it's President Barack Obama.

    I cast my vote for our next President yesterday and will be putting in 6 volunteer days between now and election day! No Mr. nice guy – let's run up the score as much as we can! WE WANT OUR COUNTRY BACK !!!

    October 16, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  9. Mikey

    There are 100 total electoral votes in OH, PA, CO, NC, IN, VA, and MO. McCain must sweep all these states and not lose 5 EV from other states he is leading.

    I cast my vote for our next President yesterday and will be putting in 6 volunteer days in PA between now and election day! No Mr. nice guy – let's run up the score as much as we can! Mandate for change!

    WE WANT OUR COUNTRY BACK !!!

    October 16, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  10. virginia voter

    Hey Charlie from Maine, I"m loving the color blue more and more each min. I really have to say that blue is now my favorite color.

    October 16, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  11. Ex-Republican for Obama

    I love how we have done in the past eight years. We are completely in great shape. I think all of our spending and excess and still being in Iraq is fabulous. I think McCain will help continue this monumental up turn that americans are experiencing right now.

    Sarah is the smartest person in the world and she has loads of foreign experience. She is so honest and virtuous with so much wisdom from all of her schools and beauty pageants. She has Todd to help her run the country if by chance she has to step in to replace John.

    John was a POW...he is a complete success. He managed to crash five planes, successfully living every time he crashed them. He successfully denied me better veterans benefits and he successfully left his disfigured wife and family for an adultress (he succesfully cheated on his wife even before divorcing her). He successfully ran a campaign as promised, not to go negative but to keep it to the 'straight talk'. He successfully avoided prison in regards to the Keating Five and he successfully voted with the best president ever, George W. Bush.

    I'm voting McCain because he is so great and our country is in such great shape from the policies he has supported his entire career.

    October 16, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  12. hank

    McCain doesn't have executive experience either. I don't get it.

    October 16, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  13. Chuck

    Those red states are turning blue as we speak and no amount of dollars will buy them back. Mr. McCain this election is not up for sale.

    October 16, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  14. John in Ohio

    Fighting a losing battle, Republicans.

    Sorry guys, you had a chance, you blew it, you abused it, now you lose it.

    October 16, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  15. Countdown with Keith Olbermann on MSNBC @ 4pm & 6pm Eastern time

    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 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  16. G

    Yeah go ahead and vote blue. The result will be that the entire country will be singing the BLUES for the next 4-8 years. Can you say SOCIALISM!

    But if you vote McCain/Palin in 2008 you'll at least still be free! Consider this – whether or not you like G.W. Bush – answer this question – How many terrorist attacks have there been since 9/11? The answer is ZERO. McCain, a proven military HERO and leader, will keep this country safe!

    October 16, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  17. WC Fields

    The reports of McCain's death have been greatly exaggerated.

    🙂

    October 16, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  18. s.positive

    RNC still do not get it and thats why they are loosing...

    October 16, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  19. Dr.Bob

    If executive experience is the criteria for becoming president of the US then the only candidate currently qualified is Moose Momma Palin. Under this criteria not even John McCain is qualified. Come on RNC, get real!

    October 16, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  20. ooouch!

    poor John, even the Republicans are signing your dear John Letter... McCain has been more erratic than any other candidate i have seen in my life time... he vetted Joe the plumber as well as he vetted Palin, now that poor guy has the whole world looking into his life. it would stand to reason that if McCain were sitting in that chair, it would be spinning.

    October 16, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  21. Jean

    Unless the Republicans can find some huge skeleton in Obama's closet then this race is over.

    We know he has many of them... any one will do.

    Pull it out around November 1st. That should take care of it.

    October 16, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  22. That one is Karl Marxs friend too

    Too many people know we have a capitalist system, but believe our money works like it does in a socialist system: where basically it's finite and if someone has something you can't have it too. In a capitalist system, your work/efforts/whatever CREATE value. Our entire nation's value goes up when we have a huge company like Microsoft take off, it's not like Microsoft goes door to door and takes everyone elses money away because they're more valuable. But Obama, who clearly doesn't understand capitalist economics anymore than he understands that Robin Hood stole from government not private citizens, thinks that money is finite and must be taken from someone if anyone else is going to have some. That's one of the beauties of capitalism, money unlike energy CAN be created… …and destroyed

    October 16, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  23. Tony

    TOUNGES ARE BEGINNING TO WAG. TURNS OUT GOOD 'OLE "JOETHE PLUMBER" WAS NOTHING MORE THAN A REPUBLICAN PLANT!

    LAME JOHN, VERY, VERY LAME! SAY IT AIN'T SO JOE!
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    McCain did Joe the Plumber no favors.
    Thu Oct 16, 2:27 PM ET

    You knew it would happen. Joe the Plumber's 15 minutes of fame in last night's debate have turned into a round of public humiliation for the wannabe business owner. The Toledo Blade is reporting that Joe has no plumber's license.

    To make matters worse, the Blade also found that the Ohio Department of Taxation placed a lien against Joe because $1,183 in personal property taxes had not been paid. To pile on, the paper disclosed, based on divorce records, Joe's 2006 income — $40,000, hardly enough to qualify for the tax hike he's so concerned about.

    October 16, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  24. bridgette

    They just don't get it. The Republicans just don't get how angry that the average American is mad at them. They don't get how the average American is hurting. That is just something they don't get. And all the game playing with ACCORN and this mess with the whole Bill Ayers will not make Americans feel better.

    October 16, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  25. Elizabeth - Texas - Former Republican

    McCain/Palin are a crisis.

    October 16, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
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