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. Brian

    hahahahahaha you're defending states that don't even matter. You're losing SO MANY red states, your only hope is to take California.

    Good luck.

    October 16, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  2. Mac in Nova Scotia

    McCain should save his money to pay for his nursing home care which will probably be coming soon.
    CNN Where is Jack Caffrerty? We miss him.

    October 16, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  3. Obama-Junkie, IL

    I am glad the debates are over. I think 3 presidential debates and 1 presidential debate are enough. I could not imagine Obama & McCain hold 10 townhall debates. As we saw from the Tom Brokaw moderated townhall debate, it was terrible. The worst general election debate I witnessed.

    Now only if the RNC would pull out of Pennslyvania, Florida and Colorado, I would be happy.

    October 16, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  4. Greed is not good

    Wow I can't believe the GOP is playing defense right now in Red states of all places. Those ads don't seem very convincing either especially as it relates the Republican track record with the economy the past 20 years.

    October 16, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  5. gl

    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.

    These is so so weak. McCain have not convince any body with his negative ads that Obama is least expereince to be our next President. It is too late exspecially after you picked Sara Palin for you VP knowing you are a sick old man that may not fininish you full term. And Palin is a heart beat away from being the President .

    October 16, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  6. Good night McCain

    Losing in ever state huh?

    October 16, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  7. ohio

    mcdrill go home you lost this one buddy

    October 16, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  8. liza

    He looks pretty creepy in that pic... . Anyway, this is coming from the man who stated that Obama has ran more negative ads that any other presidential candidate in history..." but what does HE do the next day? Run negative ads againt the person he accused of being negative..... ???!!!? Obama is right....he REALLY dosent get it.....Negativity is a turn off at this point....talk to us about what YOU are going to do for us....not YOUR perception who your opponent is .....I could really care less about Ayers (who?) Keating 5 (is that a music group?) political kick off's in someone' s living room (it wasnt in my house), etc.... I"M BROKE....I've been moving toward broke for the past 8 years..... I don't want to be broke anymore....It's simple...If I've been going certain way for some time and don't want to continue down the same road because I don't like the road, what do you do? you CHANGE direction and go ANOTHER way...!

    Vote for OBAMA/BIDEN.....It's the CHANGE we need!

    October 16, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  9. Tony


    October 16, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  10. Gtnaustin

    Are there any red states left?

    I thought Obama had turned them all blue with the exception of the two HICK states down in my area. One being mine, the "wanna be" home of the current moron in the big white house (and just for the record he is NOT a Texan – he is a YANKEE) and the other being the morons right above us who spend their days playing in the crop fields and have inhaled to many pesticides.

    Those of us in Austin all knew that the crazy moron in the big white house would ruin the nation – he did it in Texas – but we are all surprised that he managed to do it to the entire world. Must be the Chaney effect.

    October 16, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  11. Desmond Sequeira

    How do you expect to impress if you are still trying to win on FEAR = Running on EMPTY.
    Independent: Not Republican, not Democrat, not white, not black

    October 16, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  12. Tony



    October 16, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  13. chelle

    Seriously? Well John – you might want to check your resume – you don't have "executive experience" either....you dolt.

    October 16, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  14. Aaron


    It's a shame to see McCain's distinguished career reduced to such obvious pandering and unworthy tactics. He's better than this and should be ashamed of the level to which he's let himself sink.

    October 16, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  15. David

    Typical, instead of trying to build your guy up you want to falsely tear down his opponent.

    McCain does not deserve to win this election as he has proven time and again how out of touch he is with real America. Experience is not the only thing that can make one a good candidate for president. Obama has proven himself over the past two years to worthy of being honored with being chosen as the next president of the good, ole US of A.

    Prove to me why McCain should be president beyond the "experience" argument. He admitted in his book that it was his ego thing that is driving him to be president and I do no think that has changed at all.

    Being in the military makes one a good military man but that does not always translate into being a good president. Each man is his own an cannot be compared to another as that is not how he should be judged. Look at how each of these men has carried himself during the campaign and it is Obama who always comes out on top.

    His knowledge, intelligence, and intellect are his experience and I will take that over McCain any day of the week.

    October 16, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  16. Corey Gabriel

    McCain, Palin and the whole Republican party are just throwing up whatever they can to try and gain traction. But they have nothing except the last 8 years they gave us. Failed ideology, failed policies, failed candidates. They can attack with lies, fear and smear all they want, but it looks like the American public isn't going to fall for it this year.

    October 16, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  17. paul oregon

    mcpalin just doesnt get it.

    October 16, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  18. values


    October 16, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  19. Former Republican

    Time you all spend lambasting Obama you would better spend finding and sticking to one prominent strategy about how to fix the economy. No one in America wants an old, negative, backward looking angry man for their president!

    October 16, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  20. David Newport, OR

    soooooo this is why he was whining about Obama spending more money? Don't worry John...you will lose because the people of America have seen you for what you are.

    October 16, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  21. Chip and Dale Rescue Rangers

    We love Acorns! Leave our Acorn alone old man and we will use a couple of our 30 registrations to vote for you a few times.

    October 16, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  22. Rob - WA

    Wow. Looks like to honor this news I will make ANOTHER donation to the O camp. It is the BEST investment at this time...

    October 16, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  23. Tony


    October 16, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  24. Mike

    Barack hasn't had executive experience...of course, neither does McCain and the person with the most "executive" experience (George Bush) probably couldn't win his own state of Texas if he were allowed to run again.

    Forget the "experience" card...give me vision!

    Obama 08

    October 16, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  25. Gina - California

    The more I listen, the more convinced I am. Obama must be our president. McCain is too emotional. He may have more experience, but he does not show leadership. There's a big difference there. He's a bag of lies and attacks. You could see it in his facial expressions in the final debate last night. His eyes were black and the color on his face was white. He was pissed. We want an angry man like that in office? Oh no. He's so mad he can't even think of solutions to our country's problems. Then there's Sarah. Who knows what she's talking about. She definitely is not qualified to sit in the VP position. These comments are based on what comes out of their mouths and obviously their hearts. I am a registered Republican but will be voting for Obama. He's the man I would be proud to call our President of the United States.

    October 16, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
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