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. Pat

    My God he just ended his Debate of nothing but Attacks on Obama and it's scarcely over and now he has the attack ads going again! The truth I"m afraid is this, John has NOTHING to say and No Plan or Stragegy for the future, therefore he has to Attack Obama. I had to leave the room last night ten times. I just couldn't stand looking at his shiny, glazed over eyes, his cunning, chessey cat Bush grin, or hear anymore of his ludricrous attacks, lies or explanations as to why he was right! How Very Sad that a Maverick has to resort to slanderous attacks and a Pit Bull whose is really and truly full of it! Keep Going John... The Hole is getting deeper and deeper!

    October 16, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  2. Dave in Indy

    Indiana is sick of it as well. I plan on early voting next week for Obama and I can name less than a handful of people that I know that are supporting McCain, openly. I commute an hour each way to work and rarely see a McCain bumper sticker. I would be very surprised if Indiana doesn't go blue this election.

    October 16, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  3. Accountant Guy

    It's over McBush. America see who you and your pathetic VP choice really are. Early voting has already started and I plan to vote next Friday.

    Obama/Biden '08

    October 16, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  4. Loyal American

    Spend more more, send Palin for interviews, scream, shout... do whatever you want....bottom line, Barack Obama – President of United States of America. How difficult is it for you to understand Mr fighter?

    October 16, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    The McCain/Palin ticket is so out of touch with what matters really matters to people in America. And they are both very dishonest and deceitful people. I am really sick and tired of them both.

    A. Richardson

    October 16, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  6. Ken in NC

    @ Barbara -65 yr old white female in NC
    Good for you. I voted in Wilmington, NC for him this morning too and there were long lines waiting to vote.

    October 16, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  7. pat C.


    October 16, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  8. Pamela

    Quote McCain : “And now our nation considers elevating one of the least experienced people ever to run for president."

    He must be speaking about Sarah Palin!
    Scary thought if something were to happen to McCain, which is a real concern considering his age!

    October 16, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  9. Chris

    Funny how the law was written in a way to intentionally allow for a loophole thereby making the law pointless – who put the law in place? John McCain... a man/administration that's above the law (Palin, Lobbyists, same economic and campaign as Bush)

    October 16, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  10. Bill

    History is in the making !!

    Obama / Biden 08

    October 16, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  11. Wayne

    A losing strategy. McCain made a huge mistake trying to run as the candidate of change. He is playing on Obama's turf. He shouldve stuck with experience because thats all he has.

    Campaigning in RED STATES?? Even if he wins these red states he needs to win ALL of the toss up states to win the election..

    McCain..YOURE DONE. Put your country first and get behind Obama like the rest of us.

    October 16, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  12. Erin

    There is nothing McCain could do or say at this point to get me to vote for him. Experience.. has anyone even LOOKED at how he's behaved the past month. Obama's had one message – and has stuck with it this entire campaign. He's been detailed in how he plans to accomplish what he's set out.

    I don't even know where Mr. "Experience" sits right now.. because as soon as the polls show he dropped another 3 points after last nights debate – he'll change 1/2 of his positions again.. just to get him voted.

    I'll take no experience over bad experience... Thanks.

    Ohh.. and since experience is SO important to the GOP.. i'm glad to see they picked a VP with a thimble full. Hypocricy has never been seen like this before.

    October 16, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  13. The Stallion & The Champ vs. The Old Mule and Winky Half-baked Alaska

    Not a good sign for Grampy and his air-headed granddaughter having to defend traditionally red states! Oops! Caught again asleep at the wheel and ditzy Little Miss Ice Chip ain't smart enough or capable enough to drive ya out'ta this ditch old man.

    October 16, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  14. john voight

    Economics: I'd like to see the perks for the lawmakers revoked and left up to the tax payers as to their raises and bennefits. I.E. free medical for life. 100% pension after one term. It's these cost that erk the voters. I could go on but you get the picture, Don't you?

    October 16, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  15. Liz in Ohio

    Bring it on RNC – we here in northwest Ohio just tune it out!
    Bush and McCain – yes they are one in the same to us.
    At least our local stations are raking in more money, I hope they will hire a couple of more people – you know the RNC and McCain's trickle down theory.
    In fact, hire one of ours before they move in with us.

    October 16, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  16. Unbelievable

    I just voted for him too. I don't even want to see just a win but a complete butt whoopin'. Everybody get together and turn this country blue. Like the old saying goes "Better dead than red!"

    October 16, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  17. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    McCain has wasted supporters dollars throughout his campaign talking about Obama which is proof he won't know how to manage our economic crisis either. He's still isn't talking about that nor is Palin, why, because they aren't qualified to spread anything but gossip and rumors.

    October 16, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  18. Billy J , TX-

    I live in Texas…. and sure would love to see our state blue again, the way it used to be. I certainly intend to do what I can to help Obama, out this direction. The republicans here and on the hill have failed in every aspect … both in good governance and in their own ideology. Corrupt, Hypocritical (gay bashing while hanging out in mens restrooms, or chasing underage pages around)(proclaiming how great our wars are while refusing to serve themselves) Influence peddling, and DEFICIT SPENDING!!! They have habitually lied to our faces while doing the opposite of whatever they claim to be about. I can't help but think that more and more folks in my family and around here are looking for an honorable way out of the republican party so they can vote democratic in the coming years. They have certainly been taken advantage of these last 15 yrs in Texas. Gig em' Barack!

    October 16, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  19. Gtnaustin

    I guess in its own bizarre was we can thank politics for keeping the economy from completely tanking. Well – we can al least thank Obama and is 400+ millions dollars from all of us 1.5 million $50.00 a month people. Life can only be better with Obama as president.

    Considering I was one of the first to take the dive for the predatory lenders (when no one cared and I was labeled irresponsible for having a $2000.00 house payment while only making $135,000.00 a year) – my life is screwed for the next two years but I know that in that time Obama will have a good start at straightening out this mess and maybe I won't be looked on as the scourge of humanity anymore.

    October 16, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  20. Darla (Edmonton, Canada)

    What does it say that the RNC and the McCain are directing precious $$$ resources to traditionally GOP-voting states? They are all realizing that the base of their voting foundation is crumbling away on them.

    Americans are finally saying that they need an "Extreme Home Makeover" for their nation.

    October 16, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  21. Wayne

    Republican tactics include negative advertising and voter surpression.

    October 16, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  22. Independent Voter

    i'm with you "ez"....a registered republican voting early (10/20) for Obama-Biden in Florida!!

    OBAMA-BIDEN 2008 & 2012

    October 16, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  23. fella from Chicago

    It's a shame "pinhead" bought this election through the unions along with the help of illiegal voter registrations from ACORN. America, you've come a long way.....down. In the future we'll elect our officials through eloquence, not substance. God help us!

    October 16, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  24. Lou from CT

    So much for McCain/Palin stopping the "swift Boat","Splatter theory", "CREEP" style attack ads, I guess it does truly show his personality and attitude.

    Obama/Biden 2008

    October 16, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  25. Laverne

    McCain, you old fart you don't have any executive experience either and the so called experience you do have is in line with George Bush who you voted with 90% of the time. You are too late old white head dude!

    Obama/Biden '08

    October 16, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
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