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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Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (259 Responses)
  1. Dawn

    Really giving a blank check, I really think that he would be a middle of the road liberal...he listens to both sides, No one actually knows what any Presidents will do until they are in the oval office...

    Go Obama/Biden08/12

    October 23, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  2. Debbie-Los Angeles

    McShame, concede already, IT'S OVER!


    October 23, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  3. Bea

    at least they are saying President Obama

    October 23, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  4. popeye

    More scare tactics. Look what congress has done with Democrats in the so called "majority". Nothing!
    They would have to get a super majority which from everything I've read, they are no where near getting.

    October 23, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  5. Ken

    Bush, Rove, Cheney, Michael: Hitler, Goebbels, Hess, facist hack

    October 23, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |


    October 23, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  7. tylenol666

    They werent kidding about throwing in the Kitchen sink and the tub too?!!

    Close the Shop Mcclame ,, it's over ,, you are seriously wasting tax payers money

    Obama / Biden 08

    October 23, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  8. Nwadike K. Patrick

    OBAMA has stated the conditions by which he will govern. Those conditions are what he has clearly stated as his plans for America...be that economy, security, social awakening and building bridges withi and without. When Americans go voting for him, they are voting for this promises.

    October 23, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  9. Obama Republican

    I am a growing number of republicans that love our party, but will not vote for a McCain/Palin ticket. No I will not change my party afficiation.

    October 23, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  10. Sarah Palin Wins No Matter What

    $ 150,000 in new designer clothes, free travel around the U.S. with her family, the finest hotels and restaurants, next year speeches @
    $ 100,000 a pop, no doubt a book, endorsement contracts, important new contacts, and millions of adoring fans.

    There's a reason she's the Governor with the highest approval rating in the United States. She's a winner.

    October 23, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |


    October 23, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  12. Sara

    I don't understand why McCain has not used similar ads. No one wants Obama, Pelosi, and Reid in charge of Washington with no supervision. God help us if this happens...the thought of the Big Spenders doing as they please with a blank check should be giving everyone nightmares.

    October 23, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  13. jim

    Weird, a blank check? What do you call the Ball Out Package? It's funny how the Republicans call Obama a socialist, while our government is buying out banks, mortgage companies, wall street, etc. Is that capitalism?

    October 23, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  14. James

    "I am John McCain, and I approved this DISTORTION"

    October 23, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  15. Helene

    No more blank checks for REPUBLICANS ! Got that ?

    October 23, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  16. McCrazy

    Please continue to ignore that it was the Republicans with a blank check that cause this crisis this republican wants to use to their advantage. Learning from McCain and Palin, don't let facts get in the way!

    October 23, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  17. Jim, Burlington NC

    It's time for the adults to take control.

    Bush will go down in history as the worst President, but John McCain and Sarah Palin will go down in history as having run the worst Presidential campaign.

    She not only isn't quilified for the job of Vice President – she still doesn't know what a VP does...

    October 23, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  18. Get Real

    JFK who inspired a nation to look at itself and change amd the following two statements

    1.If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich

    2. If by a "Liberal" they mean someone who looks ahead and not behind, someone who welcomes new ideas without rigid reactions, someone who cares about the welfare of the people — their health, their housing, their schools, their jobs, their civil rights, and their civil liberties — SOMEONE WHO BELIEVES WE CAN BREAK THROUGH THE STALEMATE AND SUSPICIONS THAT GRIP US IN OUR POLICIES ABROAD, if that is what they mean by a "Liberal," then I'm proud to say I'm a "Liberal."

    October 23, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  19. ENE M DIAZ


    October 23, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  20. OBAMA 4 President

    Rudy Gulianni is a toilet trained gorrilla. Give him a banana and shut him up!

    October 23, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  21. Georgia for Obama

    Bush had blank checks for 8 years I wondering if the RNC gave Palin a blank check for $150,000 for those clothes she wearing on her back,,,,,,,,,,The republicans are suffering because of Palin/McCain
    who is running for president McCain or Palin I dont know who.

    October 23, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  22. Independent but Leaning

    So true- it's scary how much control the liberals will have. And we're talking liberals- not moderate, Clinton-Democrats. Obama, Reid, Pelosi. Unchecked. Think about it folks. That's not good. Neither party should have that much unchecked power. Split the power- Dem controlled House & Senate, a moderate Republican in the White House.

    October 23, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  23. Joseph Adewole

    Having seen all The Republicans have done to America in EIGHT years of misrule; its time for a better Government to come and repair their destruction of Washington. KAY HAGAN represents that NEW ERA of LOVE, PEACE with good job and better pay for Americans. One thing is also sure, America will have more friends all over the world and there will be no politics of bullying and intimidation again.............We sincerely wellcome Kay Hagan to The Floor of The Senate. Make no mistake, vote only for this credible Lady.

    October 23, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  24. Shari, NY

    Nightingale: I will miss your Republican chants after Nov. 4 when I officially distance myself from blogging. You are a true die hard even when your party makes one blunder after another. Wanna board our ship? Wink, wink!

    October 23, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  25. M.R. in L.A.

    When and where did "Democrats promise to close debate"? And why was it just fine for Republicans to stifle debate for most of the decade?

    October 23, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
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