October 16th, 2008
12:36 PM ET
12 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. LOCUTUS OF BAMA

    Look where executive experience has got us. I'll take my chances with Obama.

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

    if you can't see Obama in the White House then you most almost certainly can not see Palin anywhere near it. Not even on the side walk walking by, not even in a car driving by. Not even if she googled it and could see it from her house no where.

    October 16, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  3. What a Liar

    John McCain should change his name to Desperate McCain !!!

    October 16, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  4. james in s.c.

    pfffftt, mcbush is out of ideas, besides mcbush doen't have executive experince as well, and forget palin...she's a nut job!!!!

    i'm white and proud to have obama-biden in the white house!!!

    peace

    October 16, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  5. tulsa

    "McCain add targets Bush"

    LOL.... John, if you wanted to run against president Bush, you should have run 4 years ago"

    October 16, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  6. Give Me A Break

    What's McLame's executive experience? Why are McSenile's quailifications ever questioned? They are desperate. They are about the throw the kitchen sink at Obama in efforts to swing voters. Desperate.

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

    McCain should ask for their money back that was paid to "Joe the Plumber". After the election both McCain and Palin can go work for Joe the Plumber.

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

    I voted this morning with an absentee ballet……Senator McCain and Gov. Sarah Palin…..it is my absolute responsibility and joy to vote for you both! I am a disabled veteran, a woman with 4 children, a university student, I have a husband who is in the military, and we have and are serving our country very well! Perhaps those who would have an objective opinion on the war on terror should put their opinions in action and perhaps "work for their freedoms" as well as those who actually do…….not just live off the freedoms from others who have so bravely stood and fought for, for all men, women, children of all race, religion and back ground. Freedom does not have a dicriminative outlook……nor to the people who fight for freedoms of all. For those who would accuse "whites" of not wanting a "black" president……I think it's far time to get over yourselves and realize what century this is…..women are dicriminated against more than the color of one's skin. It's about one's life actions that posses the best picture of the best person for any job……you would hire someone with experience with a proven long past not waivered by "what others may think or how one might get high up on the ladder as fast as they can"….but for the stead-fastness they have shown in the toughest of times, anyone would if they want a better business……it's the same fundamental's that we are now hiring a new President. Be realistic and do your research……you will find the truth based on facts of ones past over the pretty words of another.
    Senator McCain…….with your past and experience I have voted to hire you as the next President of the United States of America….the same country I have fought to sustain freedoms for as you have. May God bless you and your journey to better this country.

    Obama.....why not put that 70 million $ worth of money you spent on your camp. back into the economy......that is action!!

    October 16, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  9. Cynthia; Bham

    Tell the RNC they might as well give their money to Joe the Plumber because he has done them more good than any of their negative ads but wait until the real truth comes out about him. Maybe, they should just save their money until the next election.

    October 16, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  10. Rules is rules

    Do they really think Mccain is gonna win? They should save the money in states and emphasize on the senate seats.

    October 16, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  11. Slow news day??

    Is it a slow news day??
    Put the plumber under the sick. This Red Neck makes me sick looking at him. I bet he and Palin would have a serious conversation. I also heard the guy is not even registered to vote. "Proud of his country"?

    October 16, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  12. carepi

    so, the Campaing is backing off, and now seeing the big sweep, they are afraid that they are going to lose big.

    Game OVER!

    October 16, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  13. Larry

    Mr. McCain's ad states:

    “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.
    How many crisis has Senator McCain faced in this chair? None.
    The current republican in that chair has had many and he did a poor job with them all. He was even the cause of most of them along with senator McCain voting with him 90% of the time.
    Unfortunately, in the campaign, Mr. McCain has not been acting like a Mr. President but he has benn acting like Mr. Magoo.

    October 16, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  14. JOANN

    PLEASE MCCAIN & PALIN.....THAT'S WHY PEOPLE ARE VOTING EARLY TO MAKE SURE YOU AND YOUR HOCKCEY MOM DON'T WIN......YOU TWO ARE NOT FIT TO RUN OUR COUNTRY!!!!

    October 16, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  15. RWG

    At this point, someone with no experience is a better bet than the current "experts" with experience that got us into this mess!

    October 16, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  16. Reggie

    When you are fighting against Obama's millions, donated from foreign sources, then you have to play stategy. John McCain will win this chess match with Obama. Obama is a cold person that will look you in the eye and lie. Did you see his antics when John McCain was getting the best of him last night. Reminds me of the spoiled child who is always thinks he's right. Not good!

    October 16, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  17. King

    Boohoo..

    October 16, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  18. EMMA

    too late. mccain only made a fool of himself during debate.
    wait till 2016 for your turn, mccain.

    October 16, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  19. Zagazaw

    Barack Obama will be to the presidency what Tiger Wood is to gulf. Just like Woods change the dynomics of gulf, Obama will also change washington.

    If vote was needed for Tiger Woods to get a shot at the game most likely he would not be playing gulf today. yet he came out of no where and make the gome more appealing for everyone.

    Obama. 08

    October 16, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  20. Bill

    Very interesting that the GOP would talk about lack of experience, with Palin on their own ticket.

    October 16, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  21. Parish, Cincinnati OH

    Its a bad sign for the McCain ticket if they are having to spend advertising dollars in traditionally red states. Man I cant wait till November 5th.

    October 16, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  22. New Day

    who wouldve thought that a Repub would ever have to defend North Carolina?

    October 16, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  23. Frank G

    They are right.
    Obama will be getting his first opportunity to fix this crisis and many others the Republicans created in the last 8 years; and John McCain was correct that "I am not President Bush".
    Amazingly, he is actually worse.

    October 16, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  24. veteran for obama

    I just recently got out of the Navy, trying to find a job has been tough, but in no way do i think myself or any of the others that served our country should get front of the line privliges to be a teacher. Are you kidding me McCain? The Navy has proven to be as corrupt as you and your running mate and now I see where my leaders have gotten their beliefs when it comes to women, equality, and ABUSE OF POWER. I was proud to serve but discusted by people who adopted your attitude and beliefs.

    October 16, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  25. Tom

    I am donating more money to the Obamas campaign because i dont want another gripping years ahead

    Obama/ Biden

    October 16, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
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