October 23rd, 2008
04:38 PM ET
12 years ago

GOP's argument: Don't give President Obama a blank check

Republicans have launched a new ad the seems to suggest Obama will win.

Republicans have launched a new ad the seems to suggest Obama will win.

(CNN) - A new Republican ad appears to suggest Barack Obama has all but won the presidential race, an argument several vulnerable Senate Republicans may have to reluctantly embrace with only days until Election Day, an expert in campaign advertising said.

Aimed at Kay Hagan, Sen. Elizabeth Dole's surprisingly strong Democratic challenger in North Carolina, the 30-second spot from the National Republican Senatorial Committee warns voters against Democrats holding the White House and Congress, and flatly states that if Hagan wins, the party with "get a blank check."

"These liberals want complete control of government in a time of crisis, all branches of government," the ad's narrator states. "No check and balances, no debate, no independence. That's the truth behind Kay Hagan. If she wins, they get a blank check."

NRSC Online Communications Director John Randall denied the ad is suggesting John McCain will lose the White House.

"The NRSC is not conceding a Barack Obama Presidency," he said. Fiscally irresponsible liberals like Kay Hagan are not the answer in these tough economic times and would only make things worse. Our ad was intended to highlight Hagan’s many failings in light of the Democrats’ promise to close debate should they control the executive and legislative branches of the federal government."

But with polls suggesting a possible GOP bloodbath November 4, vulnerable senators in Red States may have no other option but to suggest Obama will capture the White House and warn the Illinois senator needs to be checked by Senate Republicans.

"They are basically painting the picture that the presidential race is over," said Evan Tracey of Campaign Media Analysis Group, CNN's consultant on ad spending said. "Overall people prefer divided government. This is that divided government argument: 'don't hand sole control over to one party.'"

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soundoff (259 Responses)
  1. Ron in Texas

    CNN needs to start policing itself. An ad saying "If (a Democrat) wins..liberals will have a blank check" is hardly an admission that Obama is going to get elected. Hint: Dems control the Senate and are threatening to get a majority large enough to shut off debate.

    October 23, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  2. OBAMA 4 President

    Why not? We gave him our campaign money and he spent it very wisely, we'll be collecting dividends for the next eight years!

    October 23, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  3. Just John

    I find it funny when folks who feel the need to use childish name calling (ie McSame, Falin, Nobama) call other voters stupid.

    October 23, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  4. Jude

    I'm an Independent voting for Obama/Biden. They are the only ones who have proven that they can lead this country in any sort of crisis, whether it be financial, foreign, or domestic. I would rather have Obama who has good judgement and Biden who has the right experience to lead then to have McCain who is erratic and irrational and Palin who is inexperienced and doesn't know anything.

    America please think about this....who you would rather have lead this country if any sort of crisis should occur. Obama has shown himself to make the right decisions....to be cool and calm under any circumstances. McCain has proven that he lacks judgement (picking Palin) and he has a temper, he's forgetful due to his age.

    Lets not get decieved this time America, if we get it wrong this time, it will lead to the falling of a great nation. WE are at defining moment in our nations history.....Lets make the right decision...the smart decision...the one that will make those before us and those after us proud....Its time for us to Elect Obama/Biden 08.

    God bless America!!!

    October 23, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  5. Lilarose in Bandon, Oregon

    If you are an Obama supporter, he can lose this election because a small percentage of people don't bother to vote.

    Please be sure to vote!

    Don't think Obama has this election in the bag!

    I live in Oregon and have already mailed my completed ballot because we vote-by-mail.

    October 23, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  6. SHELLI1313

    You-all are so busy bashing Senator Obama you cannot address the concerns of America. Furthermore, YOU-ALL ARE MAKING THE UNITED STATES LOOK SO VERY BAD AND UNKEPT. YOU'VE SENT OUR REPUTATION DOWN THE TOILET WITH THE BROWN STUFF!

    October 23, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  7. Democrat for McCain


    October 23, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  8. Phil, Ashburn, VA

    Someone tell McCain and tell him to go home.

    October 23, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  9. banderson

    I hope that the American people are not fooled by this obvious attempt at reverse psychology. VOTE FOR CHANGE!!!

    October 23, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  10. james harris

    I'm an optimist and I believe that collectively the American public makes good choices. My choice is Senator Obama. Our situation in this country provides the opportunity for him to become one of our greatest presidents. If he is the man that he protrays himself to be, then I believe he can accomplish great things for our country. We live in a time that demands the service and leadership of an outstanding individual.................it also demands that Americans come together and I hope he is the leader who can accomplish that task. We must return to our basic values while using modern technology to advance those values................unite cultures, political parties, different countries............there is no shortage for the unselfish leader. It will be interesting to see what kind of a man he becomes when the burden of preserving the American way of life is placed on his shoulders.

    October 23, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  11. Reagan

    So how is CNN doing in the RATINGS polls? Oh that's right.......Maybe you have lost so many viewers because you imitate a Paparazzi style reporting these days and viewers who actually are into real issues, and intelligent stories are going elsewhere.

    October 23, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  12. Tim

    Democrats in control is what we need to put the US in another Great Depression!

    October 23, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  13. C A

    Ohio Girl:

    Just remember that it is the Amercian people who are reponsible for this country and who run this country. Presdients, Vice Presidents and the representatives are our employees.

    Having said this and given Obama wins the election and the Senate sees a huge gain for the Dems we the Amercian people shall be their checks and balances. The only stumbling block to this control(although not completely lost) is when we get someone like Bush in Office or a Mccain and Palin who manage using the belief my-way-or-the-highway. This is why we have to get rid of Bush fast and cannot afford a McCain Presidency. Obama will govern based on wha tthe majority of Amercian people desire because he is bright enough to do so and because he is a man of the people.

    October 23, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  14. tulsa

    LOL.... you are so funny. I mean funny "huh", not funny haha.
    Demented, twisted, warped, angry, fearful, hateful, spiteful.... yep, a true Neo-con.
    You had your chance for 8 years and you and yours are being rejected by the TRUE silent majority.
    Obama 08

    October 23, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  15. dave

    Evan Tracey must be too young to remember '88-'92, when voters rebelled against GRIDLOCK! This 'no checks' argument is really stupid, its basically the 'pro-gridlock' argument.. nobody wants that! They want Washington to actually *do* something!

    October 23, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  16. Brian

    I'm a democrat and an Obama supporter but they do have a point. It's not good for anyone if one party controls too much power. When the congressional conservatives and Dubya governed with little resistance from the left it led to disaster. I think the pendulum is swinging back as an innevitable backlash. However, extreem liberal policies will be just as harmful as extreem conservatism. We need to keep as close a watch on the new Democratic government as much as were paying attention to this election.

    Like so many things in life, moderation is the key.

    October 23, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  17. Obama/Biden

    Bush has had a blank check for 8 years, and we all know hwat he did with it. Obama will fix our economy and our country and standing in the wrold.

    October 23, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  18. FactCheck

    Is that blank check anything like the rubber stamp that the Republicans gave Bush for the first 6 years? You know, Iraq, Katrina, Gitmo, wire-tapping, legalized torture, the "Patriot" act, the tax cuts...

    October 23, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  19. sanger, tx /Hillary supprter

    It souds like obama wants to tax the rich to feed the bums. Dont penalize americans for going to college, working hard and becoming successfull while these others who screwed around all their lives.

    Instead of raising taxes maybe he should consider decreasing food stamps and add stricter laws and for those who are on housing should get to work. Dont raise taxes on us hardworking people to give to those who dont work. GO JOHN MCCAIN!!!!!!!!!!

    October 23, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  20. Mick

    The party of fear.

    October 23, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  21. willcnnpostthis?

    Michael October 23rd, 2008 4:40 pm ET

    Reid, Pelosi, Obama: Trotsky, Marx, Stalin.

    Oh yeah democrats are Socialists/Communists

    and who engineered the 700 Billion Dollar bailout? The Biggest example of socialism in the past 10 years? Oh yeah! The Bush Administration!

    October 23, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  22. Barb

    Black man attacks white woman at ATM after robbing her and scratches a B on her face.

    Certainly more thugs in Obama camp.

    Look at the hate in their comments.

    October 23, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  23. Obambi

    Do you think the country will be less racist or more racist when Obama and ACORN manage to steal the election with their thousands of illegal votes and 600 million dollars worth of illegal campaign funds?

    October 23, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  24. Dan, TX

    Obama's plan is to get through this economic crisis, then be fiscally conservative and balance the budget. The goal is to destroy completely and forever the republican party by taking fiscal discipline and conservatism as a staple of the democrats. After Clinton's surpluses and the Bush's deficits, if Obama can restore surpluses AND raise taxes, fiscal conservatives will be convinced to join the democratic party. The repbulican party will become a third party and the Libertarian Party will be the Democratic Party's main rival in 2016.

    October 23, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  25. John in WV

    At this point, I wouln't believe anything any republican said.

    October 23, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
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