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. Papasan in Arizona

    The last resort of all Failing Republican Campaigns is to energize the base, Ignorant Right Wing Looneys! Republicans are waking up from a long peaceful Bush slumber [Ouch!], to find two pathetic morons [McCain/Palin], publicly displaying a comical megalomaniac love affair with themselves, out of touch with our Nations true issues [it's the ECONOMY!], and engaging in a revolting "McCain First" campaign! That's a tough wake up call, "MY FRIENDS"!
    The McCain inept solution is a Slang Talking Power Hungry Junk Yard Dog [Awaiting Criminal Indictment] scampering around the Nation drumming up Racist Bigotry [Wink Wink]. The obvious erratic incompetence of the McCain/Palin campaign provides us evidence enough that they are unfit for any public office. As Americans face the hardest financial disaster in the History of the USA, this is McCain Policy of Change/Solutions/Answers! John McCain / Sarah Palin have no idea what Americans trying to survive face. 401K plans gutted, Unemployment, Foreclosures, Wall Street in the Tank, and the Global Economy in disarray...
    McCain/Palin are a disgusting self serving disgrace. Clearly proving they are not up to the complex task of keeping the Nation together in hard times.

    P.S. McCain's colossal arrogance will cost him Arizonans support in this Election!

    October 16, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  2. Kim, Charlotte, NC

    Please do not vote straight Democrat. You have to press the name "Obama".....................

    October 16, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  3. Ex-Republican for Obama

    McCain needs to invest it in better advisors, and needs to buy himself some decency. It's not that we don't know who he is, it's actually the opposite. We DO know who he is and we know he is a fraud and a corrupt politician. A ticket with two candidates found guilty of ethics violations is an insult to the american people.

    Buy some moral values and better policies, perhaps then you'll have a chance Johnny. (Oh, and you may want to have Sarah visit the Wizard, because she needs a brain)

    October 16, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  4. vic nashville,Tn

    William Ayers
    I don’t care Obama’s friends But Obama’s statements Keep on changing
    Really hard to trust Obama

    Hillary 2012

    October 16, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  5. Bob

    Maybe the little amount of experience is what we need. Sometimes the fresh face has the freshest ideas. Maybe the last thing we need is a guy so set in his ways he couldn't get 2 sentences out without stuttering or sighing last night...

    October 16, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  6. Tony

    This is the right move. It's all about electoral votes, not stupid kids on blogs. If McCain wins Florida, Virginia, Ohio, Colorado, Ohio, and Missouri it's McCain's election. Even if he doesn't flip Colorado, he can flip New Hampshire or Maine which are ripe for the picking, then it's 269 on both sides.

    Gallup Traditional tracking has the margin at 2%, so it looks like the REAL winner of the debate last night is showing already in the polls.

    October 16, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  7. Ken in Dallas

    Nice of the McCain campaign to offer us a list of the states where they're LOSING.

    Palin's not even pretending to support McCain very much. She's throwing him under the bus and setting het sights on the top of the ticket in '12.

    October 16, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  8. Stephanie

    Yes – Get out of Wisconsin McCain! We do care about "a mother's health", and Sarah Palin is NOT a role model for us.

    October 16, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  9. Dennis from CA

    I lived in VA long, it is full of smart people and I know in my heart that VA is going to pick "that one" this year.

    October 16, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  10. mitch

    they should be more worried about their senate seats.

    October 16, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  11. Kelley

    That's funny....A true Republican tossing money away. It won't help and no doubt it is all going to negative ads. Way to go John. I guess you have not got it yet...Those kinds of ads are NOT working. The good people of this great nation want CHANGE and not you and more of the same.And as i understand it Obama is going to be your NEW BOSS....how does that feel?

    October 16, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  12. Andy - Atlanta, GA

    Can you say DESPARATION!

    They're now afraid Obama is going to run the table!

    October 16, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  13. FL 4 OBAMA

    I cannot wait for early voting to start next week. The RNC can divert their negative ad spending to wherever they, but I'm still voting for the positive candidates, offering an inspiring new direction for America.


    October 16, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  14. Greg in Mpls

    playing defense to keep your base instead of going after independant voters McCain??

    Not a good sign.

    October 16, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  15. king

    start measurin the drapes people.it's over""'

    October 16, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  16. gl

    it is too late. The have had some many different changes in their camp that it ain't funny.

    October 16, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  17. Ty W. from PA

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2008!!!

    October 16, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  18. Sue in MI

    Glad to see McCain has decided not to run negative ads, since he said he didn't. Oh wait, just saw one on my TV. Darn, John, I thought you were the straight talker.
    I guess they think it would be OK for the ethically, geographically, and vocabulary challenged Sarah Palin to sit in the big chair? Or would that be Todd's spot, since he has to know everything she knows? Those two are creepy, and they lie and lie. Alaska needs to impeach her, then she couldn't come back in 8 years and haunt us again. I think I want her preacher to protect the rest of us from voodoo.

    October 16, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  19. D&D

    There is a FIRST time for everything...and if it's considered like the ad says that it's Obama's first crisis, then he's doing a great job!

    This ad is just a waste of money and time, because at this point, most people have already made their mind, and those minds are for Obama/Biden ticket!

    Don't forget to go and VOTE folks, that's the only thing remaining to do!

    October 16, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  20. barbara

    Get a plummer. Your campaign is going down the toilet!!

    October 16, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  21. X-Republican in Texas for Obama

    Here we've been lucky. For the past to weeks haven't seen any McCain/Palin adds. Wish I could say the same about their rallies. Hurray for the mute button on my TV control.
    Early voting starts here Monday. I can't wait to vote for Obama/Biden

    October 16, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  22. Andy - Atlanta, GA

    I'd like to see Obama take it to him in these red states as well. Follow him to the gates of hell, so to speak (just an expression – not calling red states hell).

    October 16, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  23. Chip

    I hear registrations are up in 11 of those states.

    October 16, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  24. Ian

    If there's only 7-9 percentage points difference between the two, does it really matter who we vote for? Doesn't this essentially mean that there's not much difference between Obama and McCain?

    Votepact '08

    October 16, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  25. Darryl Miller

    ANCHORAGE, ALASKA - A former state worker suing Gov. Sarah Palin over her use of private email accounts has offered to settle, but the state's attorney has so far declined.

    "To me, what's going on is that we have state communications being conducted at the state level in the state's highest office between members, and to me that's a secret government," McLeod said. "And a secret government is a corrupt government."

    October 16, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
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