[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/10/25/art.poladstorm.rnc.jpg caption="A new RNC tv ad argues that Sen. Obama is too inexperienced to captain the nation through the rough seas that it faces right now."]
(CNN) – Like the recent gyrations of the stock market, the new television ad from the Republican National Committee is almost enough to make you feel seasick.
“Storm” is not fancy. The 30-second spot is composed of little more than images of choppy seas – with waves falling and cresting as the camera does the same – giving the viewer the feeling of being stranded at sea in the middle of bad weather.
“Some now say this storm cannot get worse,” the ad says. “But what if the storm does get worse? With someone who’s untested at the helm,” the ad says as the image of a small boat momentarily appears onscreen, buffeted by waves.
The Obama campaign responded to the “Storm” by trying to turn the ad’s basic metaphor against Sen. John McCain. "In case the McCain campaign hasn't noticed, the financial storm has already hit, and John McCain responded by erratically steering his ship in about five different directions,” Obama spokesman Hari Sevugan said in a statement. “The reason that a vast majority of Americans trust Barack Obama to fix this economy is because of the steady leadership he has shown and the change he is promising in this election. No amount of predictable, last-minute fear tactics from will change the fact that John McCain is out of touch, out of ideas, and running out of time," Sevugan added.
“Storm” was produced by the RNC’s independent expenditure unit. The RNC says the ad will begin to air Monday in Ohio, Indiana, Virginia, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Colorado and Missouri.
(full script after the jump)
Script of “Storm,” 30 seconds
ANNCR: We choose Presidents to lead us through uncertain times.
ANNCR: Rely on their background and experience to guide us.
ANNCR: Some now say: this storm cannot get worse…our nation is so off course… that Barack Obama’s quick rise to power and inexperience should not matter.
ANNCR: But what if the storm does get worse? With someone who’s untested at the helm.
ANNCR: The Republican National Committee is responsible for the content of this advertising.