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. Tom

    Who cares I was only 8 years old during the great depression.

    October 23, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  2. republicans hate america

    Palin gives $3000 handout to every resident in Alaska taxed by the rich oil company's How is that not socialism

    October 23, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  3. greenfun

    from DM:

    Have I mentioned that the obama campaign has PAID OFF THE MEDIA TO THE TUNE OF $195MILLION DOLLARS?

    Not a crime, and I’m not claiming it is (although I feel pretty darn confident that when the FEC investigations are complete, some time in 2010 or so, we’ll learn just how CORRUPTED the obama donation machine was.) But, the bottom line is it’s been Christmas every day for the mainstream media ever since obama came to town and the one universal charecteristic of gravy trains, whether on Wall Street or in the offices of ACORN, is that nobody wants them to stop.

    October 23, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  4. Hankers

    finally the GOP sees the light!

    October 23, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  5. Minnesota

    Admired by many

    will win the election

    October 23, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  6. ines

    Where did the blank check we gave Bush-Cheney for the war go? Who got anything from that one besides Haliburton? Where is the blank check we're giving Paulson going?

    Ridiculous argument.

    October 23, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  7. susie

    We are Union Members, in Michigan, who refuse to vote for Obama.

    October 23, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  8. Team Bovine

    I would love for Texas (and, for that matter, Alaska, thank you Todd and the AIP) to become its/their own country. Then maybe we could invade 'em!

    October 23, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  9. Dale, Phoenix

    I say give the Dem's full control and do not let the Republicans cause a "grid lock" on capitol hill. They will let nothing get done, and will blaim the Dem's for not getting anything done. The republicans have had their chance for the past 8 years and have screwed up horribly! Give the Dems a shot at fixing this mess....If they screw up too...we will vote them out in 4 years....It can not get much worse than it is now.

    October 23, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  10. Paying Attention

    Bush had the check book for the last 8 years.

    I think it is time to give a smart team a chance.

    The McCain team has not proven themselves to be intelligent or worthy of my vote.

    October 23, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  11. Betty, Virginia

    John McCain is flailing again. Now Obama is George Bush... that's about the funniest thing I've ever heard. Let me remember... who bragged they voted with Bush 90% of the time, even more than most republicans. Oh yea, McCain.

    John – the way you and the rest of the republicans are treating your good friend Bush now is how they'll be treating you on November 5th. Aw for fair weather friends. You'll be the "old republican" and they'll be coming up with the "new updated republican" candidate for 2012.

    But thank you.. you're ugly campaigning has inspired democrats everywhere to contribute to state level campaigns.

    October 23, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  12. Steve Tranckino

    If there is a landslide, the Republicans have only themselves to blame. Ironically, the line that best describes it comes from someone many of us followed to the Republican party (Ronald Reagan) when he said he did not leave the Democratic party, it left him. It describes exactly how I will feel as I pull the lever for Obama.

    October 23, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  13. pray2008pray

    How does this country get out of debt by lowering everyone taxes? I am not an economists therefore I want someone to explain.

    October 23, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  14. Robert

    Funny no one made a fuss when the repugs controlled both the presidency and congress for 6 years in a time of post-9/11 crisis! HYPOCRISY AT ITS BEST

    October 23, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  15. Bernard Murphy

    Whereas when Republicans controlled both the administration and Congress, everthing was peachy?

    October 23, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  16. JImmy in California

    The way Palin spends other peoples money I sure as hell would not give her a Blank Check.

    When Gov. Palin raised taxes (windfall profits tax) in Alaska and gives part of it back to every citizen its good governing, but when Sen. Obama calls for raising taxes on the wealthy its called Socialism?

    Palin is like Alaska Fools Gold, just a flash in the pan but under examination ….. Worthless.
    What an AIRHEAD.

    October 23, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  17. dan

    Once again CNN turns something not true into a story that leads its readers to believe that Obama has already won. How can that connection even be drawn in the ad? CNN is pathetic and the whole network should just shut down.

    October 23, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  18. Wendy in NC

    This is too funny. Liddy Dole woke up last month and realized she may not 'walk away' with the NC vote and now is running desperately. I'm not sure Dole even knows where NC is anymore, she is rarely in our state and didn't even advertise much until Hagan started showing well in the polls. I truly hope my state goes all the way BLUE this time. If not, I'm getting a bumper sticker that says "Don't blame me, I voted DEMOCRATIC".

    October 23, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  19. TX Jim

    Looks like the Repubs have quit.

    Rehab is for quitters.....

    And rehab is exactly what all those who are drunk on the bullsh!t that McCain/Palin spew on a daily basis.

    Bush and the Repubs have cheated this nation with their phony wars and suspension of 1st Amendment rights.

    Cheaters never win (Bush-2000)

    Winners never quit (McCain suspending his campaign)

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 23, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  20. X-Republican in Texas for Obama

    It sure looks like for the last eight years Bush and he's Republican cronies have been using a whole lot of blank checks.

    Voted Obama/Biden first thing Monday morning.

    October 23, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  21. alexa

    It's true! He has all these plans but doesn't say where he'll get the money!

    October 23, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  22. Becky

    But that is not a good reason to vote for an out of touch politician and the dumbest VP candidate ever this Nov 4. Those people are more dangerous for our country.

    October 23, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  23. Colin

    The idea du jour, that giving one party control of both the legislature and the executive somehow erodes check and balances, is probably the most ridiculous idea the Republicans have put forth yet. And that's saying something.

    October 23, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  24. Red, Red WHINE!!

    yea, give the blank check to the republicans instead so they can further ruin our economy. Six out of Eight years they held it, all three branches. And oh what a horrid job they did.

    Because of the criminally minded, conservative, neocon freaks we are in this mess. Don't elect a SINGLE republican...they are all scum!

    October 23, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  25. Glenn in California

    It looks like all the rats are now trying to desert a sinking ship. R.I.P.

    October 23, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
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