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. Proud American

    Hey McCain we Americans are beyond your fear tactics. We are cynical and tired of the bussiness as usual in our government. WE WANT CHANGE!! You are not the answer, you are the problem.
    Obama/ Biden '08

    October 16, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  2. Will the Real Maverick Please Stand Up?

    More lies from a failed campaign. A vote for the McDeranged/Parrot Palin campaign is to consign this nation to 4 more years of an already downward spiral.

    Do we really need an angry, erratic, forgetful (senile?), cheating, lying, arrogant old man in the White House?

    October 16, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  3. DMD, New York

    This is just in on MSNBC's website: That Obama is delaying, yes actually delaying, the start time of the World Series!!!!!! This is more arrogant than that speech he gave in Germany!!!!!! First, he nees to do a half hour ad. A half hour!!!!!! Presumptiuous, arrogant, empty suit!!!!! He will not get my vote ever. As a matter of fact, the Democratic organization called my home last weekend, and I hung up on them. God help us all. Amen.

    October 16, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  4. Vegas Barbie for Obama

    Obamacans helping to turn Nevada blue!

    October 16, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  5. Blue By You


    October 16, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  6. ines

    It's their last hope – to hold on to red states. They're using the last of their money.

    Palin is high-tailing back to North Carolina (traditionally red state) because it is on the cusp of turning blue.

    October 16, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  7. Brian

    That's it. Make sure you get at least 50% of those Red States!

    October 16, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  8. tulsa

    John, you don't have executive experience either, remember?

    (oh, don't even try to say that running mate of yours does... She's got the iq of a toaster.)

    October 16, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  9. America demands answers

    Well more advice what about IL its Obama's state and Delaware Biden's state.What a waste. Play defebce or not where are coming to get you.

    October 16, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  10. Barack supporter

    I thought John McCain was a senator as well ? What executive experience has he had that he is stating is all important? Am I missing something? last night in the debate I thought he came off hostile and silly. I would not be able to trust he could sit in a diplomatic way and solve anything. He is seeing Obama as the enemy... How does he reach across the isle as he claims?

    I voted already for Obama.

    October 16, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  11. Republican who VOTED TODAY for OBAMA

    John McCain is a confirmed liar and cheat and will do anything to get elected..and I mean anything...Look at Sarah Palin–first mistake! He is certainly not the same guy..or maybe he was and we were all fooled..all in all..he will not get my vote this election..repubs are hyprocrites....He Planted the Joe plumber guy..Joe plumber has some relation to Charles Keating...and he does not even has a plumbing license..and you wonder why John brought it up first in the debate...I tell you..put nothng past these crooks..can't believe I was a republican! shame on them! Gosh people, please do some reading before you vote...

    I just voted today for OBAMA!

    October 16, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  12. Greg M.

    President Obama and V.P. Biden the Baton Rouge,La. supporters and supporters around the world for Obama are eagerly awaiting the victory of positive change. We (my family and I) along with the supporters from around the world can't wait for Nov.4.2008 to get here. The Baton Rouge supporters for Obama/Biden would like to invite / welcome you and your family to Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Please don't worry about the lies, your supporters in Baton Rouge and around the world have your back.

    Obama / Biden 08'............................................

    October 16, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  13. Cath

    After last night's debate, I finally got off my duff and voted today for Sen. Obama and Sen. Biden....Sen. McCain really needs to get some help as he has gotten scary.

    October 16, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  14. Glenn in California

    Nice to see McLame turn his attention to running a positive campaign ... NOT. Well, Obama's been right all along. McLame just doesn't get it.

    October 16, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  15. tulsa

    You go Barbara!

    October 16, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  16. Steve in CA

    Like a lot of people, I've already voted. Unless McCain can regain Virginia, he's out!

    October 16, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  17. Former Republican

    Joe the Plumber is a big fat liar and a plant.....just like the Black guy they planted at their rally who begged McCain to take it to Obama. Joe now wants people to back off him....hmm, wonder what Joe the Plumber is hiding that will soon come to light and bite McCain in the you know what!

    October 16, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  18. Doug R.

    McCain is a liar and a fraud. His entire campaign is dirty, dishonest, and personal smears and bashing. Nothing positive. Nothing new. It will be enjoyable and exciting to watch him and lose big on 11/04/08!!

    October 16, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  19. ANGIE

    Mccain GIVE IT UP! nobody wants you for President and surly no body wants your corrupt airhead of a vp you have chosen GAME OVER!

    October 16, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  20. David, Silver Spring, MD

    We've seen Obama and McCain both during the current crisis. We've also seen them both as executives running their respective campaigns and hiring their second-in-command. In all cases, Obama has shown himself more thoughtful, more clear-headed, more sensitive, and plain out more likely to make the right decisions.

    And if McCain were so opposed to Bush policies, why didn't he run against Bush in 2004?

    October 16, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  21. Rob indetroit

    MCbush you stink ,Palin you stink.

    October 16, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  22. Empire, CO

    Sounds like he is falling back again in retreat. Can somebody ask John why we can't pay off some of the $500B we owe China.

    October 16, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  23. Denise OKC

    I think they should take All their time and money and go Campaign in Alaska. Can't wait to early Vote for Obama/Biden '08

    October 16, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  24. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    It would appear that the cure for McCain's disease of "negativity"
    comes at a time when the disease has done most of its damage. Take two asprins, and call me in the morning is not going to work for McCain at this point in his campaign. Try a Hail Mary......that's what you have been doing throughout your campaign anyway.

    October 16, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  25. francheska ;-)...

    McCain is left defending traditionally REDSTATES...and they say Obama is inexperienced...he seems to have enough experience to hang it up with GOP...;-)

    October 16, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
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