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. Bet

    Don't give President Obama a bland check??????

    You mean like the Rep.s have given bush and want to give McSame? We are seeing the results of what they did. They moved our jobs out of the country just as fast as they could pack them up. During the bush we have lost so much ground it will be my childrens children turn before we get out of the mess bush and the Rep.s have made.

    I am so angry, I recall my Dad and Mom saying "never trust a Rep". They came through the FDR and the Depression years. Now I will echo his remarks, "never again, never in my lifetime again. I will never vote for a Rep."

    October 23, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  2. Randy

    Deal with it people Obama going to win we all know it we can not afford 4 years of Mccain he would be another bush I will be so glad when bush is out of office.

    October 23, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |

    Give President Obama a blank check, they check book has been open for all to spend from since Bush took office 8 years ago and McCain trying to distance himself from Bush is to late. McCain is telling the voters what they want to hear while he has no plan for Ameica or the ECONOMY!!!

    Instead he'd and his mate only attack and say they are working for small business and really they are all about the top dollar makers.

    October 23, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  4. Simply_kris, NE

    can i say GOP is almost peeing in their pants?!

    But please make sure that you VOTE and VOTE for "that one" !!!

    that one 08-12 !

    October 23, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  5. Tim in NC

    Its a bitter thing, to have to take your own medicine...

    Welcome to the other side of the coin GOP! Just as we had to endure you and Bush for 8 years... welcometo your worst nightmare: an honest and progressive government!


    October 23, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  6. tulsa


    October 23, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  7. reggie

    It's sad that the media is giving Obama a free ride. With all of their help, Obama probably will win. Palin and McCain are constantly attacked by the media, while Obama & Biden can do no wrong...in the medias eyes. Well, I for one will not buy into it. I am a free thinker and am smart enough to know that Obama is not up to the job.
    At least, I will sleep good at night, knowing I voted for the best candidate. McCain!!!

    October 23, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  8. show it up

    People are really dumb enough to elect a man with no experience to the white house and then give the control of the house and senate to his party...America is DOOMED if we elect all of the idiotic liberal democrats to office....AMERICA CAN'T AFFORD 4 MORE YEARS OF A DEMOCRATIC LEAD CONGRESS, ESPICALLY WITH A DEMOCRATIC IDOIT IN THE WHITE HOUSE...

    October 23, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  9. indy chris

    We want more gridlock! We must have Republican filibusters blocking all progress! Please save us from responsible energy, helathcare and tax policies! Who will protect the rich without undivided government?! Divide, divide, divide!!!

    October 23, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  10. vince

    all that money and thy still could not cover that dumb look on her face when she is asked a real question from a real reporter not by those idiots on fox hannity,orielly ect. ect. and dont forget rush limboob

    October 23, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  11. mike

    Why are the Republicans now complaining about blank checks and closed debates. This is all THEY did to the Dems for 75% of Bush's term (that's 6 of the 8 miserable years he's been in power)?

    Can Reps complain and bash anymore than they currently are?

    October 23, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  12. Susan

    don't be a cranky.
    No body can vote fraudently. They will check your ID etc before you vote.

    ACORN was stupid enough to not check the fraud by its employees. The employees were paid by the number of registrations they did and they cheated to get more money.

    Think abt this. GOP is going to stop families with foreclosure from voting because they did not update their address.

    October 23, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  13. Snooze

    What of the $700 BILLION Bush forced Americans to write for the GREED and excess on Wall Street???

    The GOP is to BLAME here! Wake up and VOTE America!

    October 23, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  14. 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 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  15. Jeff, Seattle

    Do John and Sarah both need hearing aids?

    Senator Obama's tax cuts will be for 95% of WORKING families.

    October 23, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  16. Steven

    We gave conservatives a blank check several times, look where the hell that got us!

    October 23, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  17. Ultimate Heretic

    The ad missed on at least two points:
    A. As a rule, the executive and legislative branches do not cooperate well, even when both are of the same party. So the argument that Obama would have free reign to enact any legislation stems from a poor thesis.
    B. It was the goal of the Republican party to create a 'permanent majority' during the early Bush years. It would appear their collective memory is poor as well...and look how well that has worked out for them, despite the gerrymandering that took place in several states, including my own Texas.

    October 23, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  18. Frank G

    The GOP has never had a blank check in the last 8 years. The blank check is the Dems getting to the magic number in the senate and house and they can do as they please, with no one to challenge them. Last time they had that kind of power was when Carter was in office and look what that got us. Sorry I don't want either party to have absolute power. I will vote Obama at the top and straight Republican on everything else.

    October 23, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  19. anthony

    The party that added over 4 trillions to our national debt, which now stands at just over 10 trillions, in the last eight years, and added another 3 trillions during the terms of Reagan and George HW Bush, is now criticizing the Democrats of being fiscally irresponsible?

    October 23, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  20. Speider

    The $700 Billion blank check given to the Republicans for the bailout is being misspent already. So, they point the finger?

    Have we forgotten all the "no-bid" contracts awarded during the Iraq war? Blank checks indeed. Look back on the past eight years and tell me who has written blank checks.

    Wake up to these lies, America.

    October 23, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  21. mfc6506

    MCCAIN/PALIN SUPPORTERS: If senator Obama is elected, he will be a president of ALL THE PEOPLE, even those "Americans" who call him "terrorist" and "anti-American," not favoring liberal over conservative, but truly trying to bridge divisions to unify our country. If you do a little research, you'll see a preview of that in how he successfuly led as president of the Harvard Law Review.

    OBAMA/BIDEN SUPPORTERS, LISTEN UP. Let’s not let our confidence and enthusiasm replace OUR DUTY to vote for this ticket.

    A little history for those who might be reveling in overconfidence about OBAMA/BIDEN prevailing…After leading in the polls in the final few days before the election, Carter lost a healthy lead to Reagan, Dukakis lost to Bush 41 (okay Dukakis wasn't leading in the polls, but Bush 41 had Quayle as VP nominee...remind you of anyone?), and Gore lost a double digit lead to Bush 43. Also, let’s not forget about the Lazarus-like resurrection of the McCain campaign during the primaries. And, as Obama continues to remind us, he got “spanked” in the New Hampshire primary right after his Iowa victory (and he had a healthy lead in the polls).

    Let’s be honest, there will be many Americans who’ll turn out to vote against their economic interests to maintain the status quo. So, let’s convert our confidence and enthusiasm into ACTUAL VOTES during early voting or on Election Day. While you’re at it, take a likeminded registered voter with you to cast a vote for OBAMA/BIDEN, too.


    October 23, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  22. Peter (CA)

    The Republicans have brought this on themselves.
    Funny, I don't remember them saying they didn't want to control all three branches in 2000, 2002, or 2004.

    As for the ACORN stuff: it's like everything else the Republicans have put up. Nothing there.
    Want to read about REAL voter registration fraud? Google "YPM" or the "Lincoln Strategy"-real voter fraud brought to you by the Republican party.

    October 23, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  23. Marcia

    Michelle Obama not going to see "white" grandmother.

    How hateful. She always has that frozen angry face.

    October 23, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  24. EJ

    the republicans weren't so much against single party rule when it was their party in power - they just can't believe that their time in power has come to an end. I say good riddance!

    October 23, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  25. republican for obama

    What can I say? Life long Republican...but this year, things are different. Both campaigns promise change, but on the face of it – only one will actually provide it. How could another old Republican change things more than a new Democrat? This Republican's vote is going to Barack Obama!

    October 23, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
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