[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/11/17/art.martinad1117.yt.jpg 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."