October 16th, 2008
12:36 PM ET
11 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. Barbara

    I'm voting for Obama. I have never vote Democratic before. I have aways voted republican, but with Pres. Bush in white house for 8 years and now McCain as a canidate OH boy. The republican party would have been better off picking anybody other than him. What's with Fox I have been trying to leave comments and my comment is not being posted. what's up with that.

    October 16, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  2. Billy

    On the ropes? You betcha! Also.

    October 16, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  3. Jeff Brown

    This guy is so wired, I just hope he doesn't gas himself in the garage when he loses the election!

    October 16, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  4. Geeque - Chicago,IL

    Why don't you guys take off all of your ADS,
    Nobody is interested in your LIES and DISTORTION OF FACTS
    Americans have made up their minds and are voting for Barack Obama, the next President of the United States of America.

    October 16, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  5. Deb

    I would rather risk my future with Senator Obama and Joe Biden than with John McCain who voted with George Bush and who more importantly, decided to play games and nominated Sara Palin as his running mate. Senator McCain If all of your decisions are based on impulse...thanks but no thanks (I guess you are familiar with the phrase).

    October 16, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  6. Judy, Florida

    You're done, McPain!

    October 16, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  7. rice, bryan

    he thinks that he got a boost from last night, wrong.

    October 16, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  8. cool onlooker

    Can somebody teach them how to change the gear now?

    It won't work. McPalin should think about graceful concession at this moment.

    October 16, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  9. jAYjAY

    WEAK AD .......especially after picking "Palin the unaware"

    October 16, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  10. jenny

    Save those DOLLARS because "IT IS OVER" .Put the money in the bank until 2016. Oh! by the way George Bush could still be "IMPEECHED" .He might need those funds.

    October 16, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  11. Rockphantom

    What a waste of money. McCain should donate the rest of his campaign funds to those in need during this economic crisis. He has zero chance of winning the election.

    October 16, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  12. v,.ananthan

    Obama is getting support from the Clintons and i hope McCain gets more support and campaining from earlier republican candidates like Hukkaby & Romny...

    IMPORTANT MESSAGE IS THAT " MCCAIN IS NOT BUSH ".

    McCain & Palin 08.

    October 16, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  13. karen-phoenix

    I've been a republican for over 40 years!!! McCain will NEVER get us out of this mess. His judgement throughout is life, his temprement and his lack of education and attitude are disgusting. AND his choice of a VP was beyond a real mess up!!!
    Republican for Obama/Biden–God Bless them and our country!!!!

    October 16, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  14. cheney=palin

    --i thought mcbush said our economy is just fine...

    October 16, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  15. Mike from Calgary

    Republicans are a disgrace and a laughing stock, running around like a chicken with its head cut off! What were they thinking!

    Right ... they weren't thinking! Guess that explain's McCain's choice for VP.

    McCain is a "Maverick" a fighter in the Navy. He flew the Navy's A4 Skyhawk .... a BOMBER, NOT A FIGHTER PLANE.

    McAIN SAYS HIS ' BOMB BOMB BOMB, BOMB BOMB IRAN" SONG WAS JUST A JOKE ...... BUT McCAIN WAS IN FACT A BOMBER (not a fighter) HE LOST THREE OF THE NAVY'S A4 SKYHAWKS AND HE WAS IN FACT BOMBING THE CITY OF HANOI.

    McCAIN WAS A BOMBER, HE BOMBED CITIES, HE JOKES AND SINGS ABOUT BOMBING OTHER COUNTRIES!

    MAYBE THAT EXPLAINS HIS FIXATION ON AYERS!

    October 16, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  16. Mike from Calgary

    Republicans are a disgrace and a laughing stock, running around like a chicken with its head cut off! What were they thinking!

    Right ... they weren't thinking! Guess that explain's McCain's choice for VP.

    McCain is a "Maverick" a fighter in the Navy. He flew the Navy's A4 Skyhawk .... a BOMBER, NOT A FIGHTER PLANE.

    McAIN SAYS HIS ' BOMB BOMB BOMB, BOMB BOMB IRAN" SONG WAS JUST A JOKE ...... BUT McCAIN WAS IN FACT A BOMBER (not a fighter) HE LOST THREE OF THE NAVY'S A4 SKYHAWKS AND HE WAS IN FACT BOMBING THE CITY OF HANOI.

    McCAIN WAS A BOMBER, HE BOMBED CITIES, HE JOKES AND SINGS ABOUT BOMBING OTHER COUNTRIES!

    MAYBE THAT EXPLAINS HIS FIXATION ON AYERS!

    October 16, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  17. Cincinnatian

    grumpy grandpa mccain and his sweet cynical sarah doll, now the expert on autism because she has a downs baby. same old bush policies bundled up in the same old bush political tactics – the "lipstick" on the same old pig.

    ...NEXT!!!

    October 16, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  18. Doug D

    Barbara –

    Obama has outspent McCain by $2 million on negative ads according to CNN figures. He has outspent McCain nearly 2 to 1 on all advertising which accounts for the lower percentage rate, also according to CNN.

    Fact check after fact check about the debate called Obama's claims false or misleading. I'm sure that the Obama campaign thanks you for your early vote based on their hype rather than reason before the emotional high wore off.

    In case you missed it, the Democrats have been running the government that got you in this mess for the last two years. With majority in both the House and Senate they had ample opportunity to fix the "problem", and look where we are now.

    October 16, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  19. bungua

    Too late for McKain and Palin

    October 16, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  20. Nganenu

    Poor old hawk. I really pity America if she sends you to the White House. This great nation merits better. Your so-called 'Country First' is translated 'The McCains first." Is that your closing message to a nation that has sunk into misery and outside hate because of the cowboy policy? McCain, go and ingest your 13 houses and 7 cases and let working American strive under the leadersphip of Obama and Biden.
    Nganenu

    October 16, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  21. Annoyed

    Crash and burn McGoat.

    I've voted for Obama already.

    October 16, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  22. facts are facts

    When are CNN going to fact check and report on the following information from Google:

    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.

    This shouldn't be difficult to do and I would think it is of utmost importance to this election and should be either debunked or verified as soon as possible.

    October 16, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  23. John

    Did the earth move for you?? I feel a landslide a coming as big as Reagan's

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 16, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  24. Jesse of ATL

    Georgia will become a BLUE State.... I voted Monday for Mr. Obama... Georgia has a large number of early voters.... I wouldn't be surprised on 11/4 to see percentage of voters who voted for Mr. OBAMA!!!!

    October 16, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  25. Al Ram

    HEY GUYS DID YOU NOTICE IN LAST NIGHTS DEBATE EVEN IF MCCAIN IS SMILING HE LOOKS LIKE HE IS FROWNING. THAT'S WHAT WE CALL PERMANENT FROWNING FACE,

    October 16, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
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