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

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

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(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. Rick

    "Netherlands blogger Michael van der Galien reports that a group of young Dutch Socialists will be flying here to campaign for Barack Obama:
    They would travel to the United States to campaign for Barack Obama, the Democratic nominee for the presidency.
    In fact, one of the demands of potential applicants is that they need to have a “great affinity with the Democratic Party and Barack Obama.”

    True story. Enough said.

    October 23, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  2. Smile

    Is she admitting John McCain has lost? Oh JOY!

    October 23, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  3. Hip Hop Producers for Obama/Biden


    October 23, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  4. JL

    Hey CNN...How about a POSITIVE article about Obama/Biden?

    How come every time you think Obama might win, you become McCain's biggest cheer-leaders!

    This is not news, but the latest McCain smear tactic and you guys eat it up....I haven't seen ONE article in the last two days that helped Obama with his advertising.

    How about becoming as unbiased as you claim to be and stop trying to interfere with the polls and the election!

    October 23, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  5. inuk of the north

    Fix the economy by issuing another round of stimulus checks?

    Give tax refunds to people who don't pay taxes?

    Re-distribute the wealth of Americans?

    I'm all for it!!!!!!!

    Now everybody sing-a-long:

    "I don't wanna work. I want to bang on my drum all day."

    October 23, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  6. Women Liberals, Abortion and Palin

    The reason so many liberal women hate Sarah Palin is because she had a baby knowing the baby had disabilities. These liberal women know they would have aborted the baby and they feel such guilt about it that they cover up their guilt by spewing venom at Sarah. But it doesn't work because Sarah just smiles at them and keeps going. She knows who she is and what they are.

    October 23, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  7. Arden

    No one will be giving a President Obama a blank check. This is more garbage that you want his supporters to believe.

    October 23, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  8. Michael

    Like a blank check to go shopping at Saks Fifth Avenue? DOH !
    Bush had a Republican President with a Republican Congress his first term. I am not afraid to give Obama a chance to govern without gridlock and without the GOP stabbing him in the back at every turn.
    If the Republicans control Congress they will demand Pork Barrell bribes on every bit of legislation.

    October 23, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  9. Sean

    I don't remember hearing the Republicans complain for all those times they had the majority and Bush was the president. But suddenly the shoe is on the other foot, and it is a terrible thing!

    October 23, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  10. Jim

    so we should vote in McCain so when he appoints new supreme court justices to replace the most liberal that will likely step down it can be with ultra-conservatives? Ya, I don't think so.

    October 23, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  11. Arkansas Undertaker

    the Rethuglicans had a blank check to this country for 6 years and what did they do with it. They carried this country down the toilet!!!!!

    Conservatives HATE AMERICA!!!!!

    October 23, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  12. Barbara from Canada

    Here's a perspective from someone "north of 60"... Canada and the U.S. are twinned in more than geography – our economy and yours feed off each otherf. We have an interest in who wins your election, and so, this Canadian is "giving a shout out" to Obama/Biden... Go guys!!! Leave the Cheshire Cat and the Mad Hatter to the delusions of Wonderland!

    October 23, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  13. Kathy

    The Republicans are so fractured now and they do not have a cohesive argument for our country.
    They deserve to lose and we need to rebuild our country.

    October 23, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  14. republicans hate america

    this is reverse psychology people go out and vote early and on NOV 4 and make Obama our next president.

    October 23, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  15. Laura

    HUFFINGTON POST October 23rd, 2008 4:23 pm ET


    October 23, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  16. Vik

    So basically the Ad is saying that the reason why we're in the mess we are today is because there were no checks in balances in government. We had a Republican controled government for the last 8 years and here we are now folks. Out with the old and in with the new. Hopefully new vision can change our economy and make us a better loved United States.

    October 23, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  17. Bridgette-PA

    "GOP" – Gangster Operative Punks have the nerve. People, don't be bamboozled! Get out the vote. Talk to friends, family and strangers. Let your voices be heard! Twelve more days. Say it with me.....twelve more days....twelve more days.....twelve more days......twelve more days....

    OBAMA/BIDEN -08!

    October 23, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  18. Independent 4 That One

    Sorry GOP you blew it. The American people are tired of the nonsense that has all but destroyed out way of life. The jig is up, your meal ticket has been picked up by the American public for the last time. Wish I could say I'll miss you, buuut..................I won't! Adios.

    October 23, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  19. Dj

    The GOP had a blank check for 8 years and now....
    the account is WAY overdrawn.

    Once again, it will be democrats to the rescue!

    October 23, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  20. Niel

    I am hearing a lot of arguments in CONSERVATIVE radio shows lately.
    All are discussing that how african americans are planning to riot in major cities if Obama loose. The talk show is also saying that there are some websites/blogs where they are discussing to meet up to riot.

    This creeps me out. The conservatives are inciting hatred now.

    A former conservative. Now confused.

    VOTE PEOPLE VOTE. this is the most powerful right we have.

    October 23, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  21. KNIGHT-7579

    We need a secession meeting to form the Republic of South Carolina. We need to stand up for our right as a state for self-determination. Texas has the right idea. If every other country in Europe can split up and make it, maybe it is time to go our own way.

    October 23, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  22. nelson

    Just remember to VOTE ON NOV 4TH, and the people will decide who will be president, no matter who/my your choice is. most votes
    will win unless there is some "funny" stuff going on with the voting
    machines. I do not trust anything that can be "hacked" and that includes most electronic devices.

    October 23, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  23. Commonwealth of VA

    @ Sarah Palin Wins No Matter What

    Sarah Palin sounds like a welfare politician. Since the taxpayers are paying for all her designer clothes, is she going to start collecting food stamps as well. She's not a winner, she's a puppet. The best Governor in the country was soon to be Sen. Warner of VA. He had a 70% approval rating in a state that actually matters. She's the governor of a state that doesn't have more people than what's in my city. What a farce!!!

    October 23, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  24. Henry

    "We've been giving a blank check for the past 8 years" – Haha, okay.

    Democrats took over the legislative branch in '06, what have they done int he past two years to stop giving approval of that blank check? Granted, the first six years of Bush's presidency were a true rubber stamp government, but to think the Democrats getting a shot at the same is justifiable is beyond hypocritical and naive Checks and balances anyone?

    October 23, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  25. CM in AR

    GO KAY GO!!!!

    October 23, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
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