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. Angel09

    FACT: Over the past few weeks, 100% of McCain's commercials have been negative and anti-Obama.

    FACT: Over the past few weeks, the McCain campaign has dropped precipitously in the polls.

    If the RNC is considering these two pieces of information and CONTINUES to run near 100% negative ads, it suggests one of two things: either (a) the RNC isn't able to learn from past experience, or (b) the RNC doesn't have any issues it can talk about in support of its candidate.

    OK, well, maybe both those things are true.

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

    Who needs executive experience? Bush has had 8 years of Texas governorship and gave us 8 trillion dollar debt.


    mCcAIN is a good man, but voting for him, will put us 100 years back. He's an ELEPHANT and he'll be CLINGING to SOCIALIZE welfare for big corporates.

    October 16, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  3. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    This is showing that McCain is losing those that might be considering him as well as many of those that are ordinarily Republican. It is sounding like this is going to be a rough ride for McCain.

    October 16, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |


    October 16, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  5. Andy - Atlanta, GA

    yes the RNC has about 3 times the money that the DNC has. They should save it up for congress races.

    This one is a lost cause.

    October 16, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  6. Georgia Voter

    Yeah shore up those base locations McCain because you ain't getting those other ones. I think Georgia might even suprise you- McCain is so rich he has rich plumbers apparently.

    October 16, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  7. Mccain is Bush

    Mccain and is Republican Party failed this Country and they are going to pay for it this year because Democrats are throwing the Republican out of office left and right. Obama Biden the Clear choice in this election

    October 16, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  8. Gracie







    October 16, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  9. Ian Minneapolis, MN

    rcp electoral map states that obama has 286 and mccain has 158. There are 94 electoral point for tossup. Even if McCain wins all of them....I'de say it's pretty unlikely that he can win...unless they steal the election. Be careful GOP....i don't think it's close enough to rig this year you fascists.

    October 16, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  10. Linda from Prescott AZ

    Vote Obama. He has less experience than McCain in Washington and that is a good thing. MccAin can't stick to any idea for more than a minute.
    And imagine this scene, oval office, McCain and a national leader from a country who is even neutral....and if he disagrees with that leader with eye rolling and sighs...............hmmmm. Or if he croaks and we are left with Apauling what will we do.

    Vote Obama

    October 16, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  11. Ann from MD

    I love that this is coming out right after McCain denied Obama's claim that the Republican campaign ads have been 100% negative. It's true that the negative ads go both ways, but there are a lot of Obama ads that stick to Obama's policies alone without even mentioning McCain. I haven't seen one McCain ad in the past few months that hasn't somehow smeared Obama.

    Obama/Biden 2008

    October 16, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  12. Uncle Sam

    Differences between McCain and Bush On Economic Policy:

    * Energy independence thru drilling
    * More sensible taxation methods
    * Nuclear power
    * Cutting costs
    * Vetoing pork
    *Transparent budget
    * Not taxing small business
    * Not increasing capital gains tax
    * Giving consumer tax crerdit and choice of MD/healthcare

    The main difference revolves around govt spending and earmarks. Actually the closer you look the more it appears that Bush and Obama have more in common.

    October 16, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  13. mcl

    *******************MCAIN / PALIN****************************

    obama smokes? And the dems thought that MCAIN was going to die early. Gas prices to high? How about voting no again on drilling off shore here in America, dems...............

    You guys are so full of it
    I'm wasting my time because CNN proably won't post this seeing that I'm vioting for the TRUE AMERICAN.........

    October 16, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  14. Susie

    Uh oh, trouble in paradise!

    Go BLUE Virginia – I'm a native living out of state and I'm so proud of you!

    October 16, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  15. Curious

    I don't undestand these old Republicans like McCain and Cheney. They have more money than God, yet their teeth are all brown and yellow and hideous. What's up with that?

    October 16, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  16. TangoDancer

    This looks light the last bullet in the GOP six-shooter. I guess they can always throw the weapon once it's out of ammo. I'm happy to see the GOP spending their cash reserves on these unforeseen expenditures. It will make their future party rebuilding efforts that much more difficult once their world collapses on November 4th.

    October 16, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  17. Mary (Texas)

    McCain you were awesome in the debate last night!!!! Don't worry about BO – he's a loser!!

    Anyone supporting BO – have your foreheads ready!! 6666666666666

    October 16, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  18. Satara

    I just don't get it. Why McCain at age 72 wants to apply for a very tough
    job!! Like his 13 houses not paid? The car dealers are sending him letters to pay the car payments of 7 cars? Or he paid for that $500 shoe, and charged it, and now the interest is so high. He needs a job!

    The reality is: His ego is too big. And in the process he does not mind if something happen to him, while he is holding the highest office, and "a thing" like Palin will take over. The fate of Americans will be in the hand of who? "Palins"? McCain claims Country first? May be we have a grain of wisdom!!

    October 16, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  19. S. Boatman

    Keep Wasting Your Time And Money! Your Ads Wont Keep Me From Voting For Obama!

    October 16, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |

    I guess Mccain doesn't get it yet. It is so called experience that got us in this mess. The majority of the American people want a change, sorry I don't think a 72 year old man and a female dog can bring the type of change we need.


    October 16, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  21. Cindy from NC

    Well they can try but we started early voting in NC and the lines were already long and people were patiently waiting to vote for OBAMA.

    So go ahead and waste your money but NOT GONNA HAPPEN HERE McCAIN

    October 16, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  22. C. J. Clark

    John McCain is the only choice for our president! He is a respectable man, a patriot. I used to be a CNN watcher. But after seeing how biased and one-sided your commentators and anchors are, I am now a FOX News watcher. Shame on you all! We all know that CNN is a Barack Nobama supporter. I shutter to think that this inexperienced Sen. might be our president! I am scared to death to think that he will be in charge of our United States. What is wrong with our Country and it's people? Also I can't believe that if he wins, his wife will be our first lady! Give me a break! She is someone who has never been proud of her country until her hubby was running for president! PLEASE! I think you all need to take a look at all of the issues that surround this person running for the most important office there is. So many things are being pushed to the side to make him seem like the perfect person for the job! That is my opinion. Thank you

    October 16, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  23. JulieinTexas

    Gov. Palin says the Sen. McCain because he is a Viet Nam Veteran.

    Does Gov. Palin know that was a was we needed not be in and it was a war LOST. We did not win the Viet Nam war !!!

    October 16, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  24. Jim

    It would be McCain's first crisis in that chair too.

    October 16, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  25. Mary (Texas)


    October 16, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
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