November 17th, 2008
01:30 PM ET
14 years ago

In GA run-off, Martin rips a page from Obama's playbook

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Georgia Democrat Jim Martin's new ad bears a striking resemblance to an earlier ad by the Obama campaign."]
(CNN) – If Jim Martin’s new ad evokes a sense of déjà vu, there’s a reason.

The 30-second television spot recently launched by the Democrat in his run-off race against Sen. Saxby Chambliss bears a striking resemblance to an ad released by the Obama campaign in mid-September just as the country’s financial crisis was appeared to worsen.

Just as Obama’s ad used footage of McCain saying “the fundamentals of our economy are strong,” the new Martin ad “Recession,” utilizes footage of Chambliss saying, “We may not be in a recession. I don’t know what that term means.”

“For six years, he voted to get us into this mess,” an announcer also says in the Martin ad.

Responding to the ad, John Randall, the online communications director for the National Republican Senatorial Committee, said "Jim Martin campaigning on the economy would be laughable, if his own record was not so tragic."

"The out-of-touch liberal has indicated a desire and willingness to raise taxes on those making less that $75,000 a year. Perhaps, he is willing to put the economic squeeze on millions of Americans because he believes the middle class is a state of mind and not an economic reality," Randall also said in reference to comments Martin made to NPR in August.

Shortly after major investment banks appeared on the brink of collapse, McCain told his supporters “the fundamentals of our economy are strong” – coments that immedietly were highlighted by the Obama campaign in seemingly endless television commercials.

"In mid-September, only 32% of all voters agreed with McCain that the economy was fundamentally sound, and that figure would probably be a lot lower today if we asked the same question now," said CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "Throughout the campaign, economic issues were McCain's Achilles heel, and the financial crisis only made the problem worse for him."

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Georgia • John McCain • Senate
soundoff (47 Responses)
  1. Doug

    What's gonna happen when you can't afford the bullets for all of your guns? Since that is about the only issue people vote for here in Georgia.
    You should be worried about exotic things like"recession" and "depression". Wow, big words aren't they?

    November 17, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  2. GA for Obama

    Wise White Guy- you sound like an Indie Racist Piper..get over it..come to reality

    November 17, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  3. C.W.

    The US Senate would be a better place without Saxby Chambliss in it. Ask Max Cleland...

    November 17, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  4. w.l. jones

    Remember Dem. we are family but we have cousin on the other side. Invite them to join us just this one time for our country future.

    November 17, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  5. rayjay

    If you GA folks support Saxby after going after Max, then you should not be given a vote cuz you don't know what to do with it.
    Saxby is revolting and should pay for past deeds

    November 17, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  6. Dennis Dillard

    Now that you guys at CNN are done helping elect Obama, arent u happy there is at least this run off in Georgia so your propaganda skills can remain sharp!!!

    November 17, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  7. Nathan,

    Hey Don,

    You should run for office as a Republican. You have that tired, old losing speech down pat. Take my guns, take my money. How about a new tact before talking politics. Its call thought. Now I know the eight track you listen to to get your Republican talking points never mentions thought. You should live a little and try it. It could be so liberating. Thats not liberal Don, its just how the word is spelled. If you ever need someone to put that string back into your back so that you could utter something different and useful call on a Democrat. We'll be happy to teach you something thats come to light in the last 30 years. Anything short of that how about just shutting up.

    November 17, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  8. Rob

    To Ed, Santa Fe, NM November 17th, 2008 4:09 pm ET

    who would vote for anyone named SAXBY ?

    -Apparently not the same idiots that voted in an inexperienced greenhorn that's gonna run the country into the ground.

    November 17, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  9. Brian G, Sugar Land, TX

    Flip a coin already!

    November 17, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  10. Glenn Doty, Columbia, SC

    Without the presidential race, and without the social issues... this race has shifted QUICKLY to favor Martin.

    They're giving Martin only ~16% in the odds, but I'd bet it's closer to 60%. We'll see.

    Of course, long before Dec 2 we'll know the outcome of Minnesota. If Franken manages to win, the Chambliss will generate some (little) enthusiasm to stop the democrats from reaching 60 seats... But that's a very small amount of enthusiasm.

    November 17, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  11. NoMoreBush

    It's amazing that Saxby's supporters poked fun at Obama's first name. Guess you can't fault the ignorant, for they know what they do nor even have a clue as to what they "think".

    November 17, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  12. IamJustinM

    "We may not be in a recession, I don't know what that term means."


    November 17, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  13. Thanks, but no thanks...Chambliss

    It is smart strategy for Martin to use actual quotes. How could Chambliss admit not knowing what recession means?? Ridiculous and out of touch. I cannot see how any decent Georgian would vote Chambliss anyway after what he did to veteran Cleland.

    Jim Martin is the clear choice.

    November 17, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  14. Catholic-mom-4-OBAMA

    I am HOPING and PRAYING that the good citizens of Georgia will REJECT the vile politics of the Republicans! What Chamlbiss did to a WAR HERO, Max Cleland, is horrific! I pray that there is JUSTICE and that people will SEE the evil that Chambliss has spewed has no place in their state!



    November 17, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  15. MikeH

    Hollyb, you're making too much sense. Most of these bitter religious gun-huggers won't understand, others don't want to understand.

    The argument has to be made with words at a 7th grade level education, 5th grade level for Utah. Also simplify the concept as much as possible.

    Good set of arguments though.

    November 17, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  16. MikeH

    My only concern about kicking Saxby out of the Senate is that he might return to his roots and become a White-Robed Grand Wizard.

    November 17, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  17. ken

    I remember Saxby's lies about Max Cleland. That is enough for me to vote for Martin!

    November 17, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  18. Frank

    Ooops. Reality bites, doesn't it Senator?

    November 17, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  19. Rob

    To – MikeH November 17th, 2008 5:42 pm ET

    My only concern about kicking Saxby out of the Senate is that he might return to his roots and become a White-Robed Grand Wizard.

    You mean like Robert Bryd?

    November 17, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  20. Larry - Hazleton, pa

    I mean really – after what saxby and his crew did to max cleland in 2002 it is hard for me to imagine that those good folks in Georgia would even consider voting for saxby. He is part of what got us into the trouble we are in. So with all due respect may I suggest that you give Martin a chance to return our country to all and not just to the likes of saxby.

    November 17, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  21. Matt

    Chambliss is a racist who should be taken out back to the woodshed and whooped within an inch of his life, period. Voting for him or, god forbid, electing him is basically flipping the bird to what our nation just accomplished by electing Obama. Go go GA must be so proud of yourselves.

    November 17, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  22. albert j. Wilson

    I am looking towards an america,after the obama election,as a more open,inclusive society where people of all persuasions can speak their minds.What they have to say can be shared and not be afraid. I was impressed by Gov.Halley barbour of mississippee when he recently spoke on cnn and nbc.He struck me as a person who could share a great deal especially with young people whose minds will be influenced by the legacy of the present. I regret not knowing enough of max cleland but sate elections,unfortunately dont i nfluence national audiences.albert J. Wilson florida

    November 17, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
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