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GOP Targets Obama in New Videos

By Ed O'Keefe
In a preview of what residents of battleground states may soon see on TV or hear on the radio, the Republican National Committee released two attack videos on its website today targeting Barack Obama. The spots question his experience and -- in a move Obama's supporters have long warned about in cautioning Hillary Clinton to tone down her criticism of her primary rival -- sought to use his fellow Democrats' words against him.

"Democrats vs. Obama" presents critiques from Sen. Joseph R. Biden, Bill Clinton, Hillary Rodham Clinton, and John Edwards to question Obama's experience, and to compliment John McCain:

"Experience," posted on the Republican National Committee YouTube channel, suggests his professional experiences make him ill-prepared to live in the White House. "Does Barack Obama's thin resume prepare him to hold the most powerful office in the world?" the spot asks. "Does he have the judgment that experience informs to be Commander in Chief? Barack Obama. Lacking experience. Not ready to be commander in chief."

Posted at 10:59 PM ET on Jun 3, 2008  | Category:  Channel 08
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David posted legitimate concerns about the influence of lobbyists on the 2 candidates. This is why Obama's campaign is breaking new ground, pioneered by Howard Dean, of fundraising on the internet and getting his money is small donations from millions of supporters. McCain's campaign was broke until his wife, a millionairess rescued it, and why McCain had to turn to lobbyists for funding as the GOP base was not supporting him. So if you want a candidate beholden to voters rather than special interests, there is a choice, the first since Dean's campaign was torpedoed by the constant playing of a 3 second sound bite which was altered sonicly to sound harsh. Show's how terified special interests are of a candidate that they don't own, and another reason Obama is not business as usual.

Posted by: Betrayed by Hillary | June 4, 2008 6:58 PM

O'Bomba-Nation, say HI! to your Running Mates! :-)

The Dimocrat Socialist Party!

One big Dysfunctional Family! ;~)

Posted by: RAT-The | June 4, 2008 9:04 AM

Republicans seem to not get the message.

Tonight's Mc Same's lamentable speech (or should i say teleprompter (mis)reading) is 1000 times more powerful than this kind of bs that did not work then and won't work now.
The reactions of the Fox News pundits after Obama's speech tonight is telling. Did you notice (they could not hide it much) that at least 2 out of 4 will probably vote Obama this fall...

The only people that it works with are the republican base, which for most of them skin color is enough and that will not vote anyway this year.

Posted by: ES NYC | June 4, 2008 3:30 AM

Yawn-deluxe. How many GOP ads, like this flagrantly misleading garbage, have we seen from the GOP? The GOP technique is now copy&paste. Every election they work oh so diligently to vilify someone then they get into office and become something twenty times worse than flaws highlighted in their evil spots. Have many times can Americans be duped? McCain is an extraordinarily flawed man and he's being rewarding for being a long-time Washington prop. He's a bad-tempered, war-mongering also-ran who started his politico career blowing up Viet Namese people and he desperately wants to end it blowing up some one else. I'm actually kind of stunned that this is the 'best' the GOP can do. OBAMA 08

Posted by: Sonny K. | June 4, 2008 1:10 AM

Senator O'Bama has almost as much experience in government and leadership as Jimmy Carter and Dubbya George Bush had when they began their presidential campaigns.

Posted by: Roy Cox | June 4, 2008 12:50 AM

The two videos are not bad for openers. Please continue and don't forget his 'bitter' remarks and the 20 years of Rev Wright.

Posted by: McCainDemocrat | June 4, 2008 12:49 AM

A poster wrote "Get that yellow coward gutless military service evader...we cannot afford a yellow coward too
afraid to have served in our military as
Commander in Chief while our troops die..."

He was referring to Bush and Cheney, I presume...

Posted by: Fedup1 | June 4, 2008 12:43 AM

If Republicans are smart, they would not run the same campaign tactics that failed Hillary. She just proved by herself, which McCain should learn from her case.

Posted by: Susie | June 4, 2008 12:39 AM

I think SandyNumbers is going to pop a blood vessel in her eye at the sight of a black man with a Muslim name being sworn in as President.

Posted by: Chris Fox | June 4, 2008 12:35 AM

Get that yellow coward gutless military
service evader elitist liberal empty suit
phony muslim black racist gutter politics
Barack Hussein Obama real real good here
all the way to Election Day Republicans,
as we cannot afford a yellow coward too
afraid to have served in our military as
Commander in Chief while our troops die
in two wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. NO WAY
OBAMA in 2008! Just Say No to Obama!

Posted by: Sandy5274 | June 4, 2008 12:26 AM

The RNC can spend all the money it has on ads bashing Obama, but when Obama takes the stage with McCain, he, Obama will hand McCain his **s on a platter. You just wait.

Posted by: Tunde | June 4, 2008 12:12 AM

There will only ever be one GW Bush. Obama skillfully linked the Clintons to GW. Now he is saying that McCain will be third Bush term. McCain is not even liked by his party or the likes of Sean Hannity or Rush Limbaugh. They feel that he is too much of a maverick, a closet liberal. I feel good about that. I liked the Clintons because I felt that they are too intelligent and too strong-minded to let the Party control their agenda. I feel the same way about McCain. Obama has too many favors to pay back. That scares me. Will he be strong enough to go against entrenched Washington Lobbies. If you make a choice you'll anger someone. I just don't think Obama has the chops to make difficult decisions. Will the Democrats go after the Bushies for all of the laws they broke? No. Will they end the War? No. Power corrupts. Let's start the clock on how long it takes for Barack to fall victim to the Washington power brokers. Remember, Obama cares about his political future above all else. McCain, I believe will serve one term and will make the tough decisions because he will be beholden to no one.

Posted by: David | June 4, 2008 12:10 AM

Campaign '08


Posted by: dunesberry | June 3, 2008 11:52 PM

Once Dick Cheney resumes his full-time hunting career, the White House may assume the more normal and expects habitual aspects of its operation. That would be in spite of the person who finally gets sworn into office in 2009. Karl Rove will continue his media career on Fox News. The Republicans will boil Obama down to callow, reckless, ignorant, and black. Especially black. And unpatriotic (no flag lapel pin, no hand over heart). And would engage our enemies (thereby emboldening them). And would spend us into bankruptcy with his outlandish health care plan. Better to stay the course. Keep the modern Hundred Days War going. I don't happen to agree with the Republican arguments, but they have worked to their advantage in the past.

Posted by: BlueTwo1 | June 3, 2008 11:50 PM

"Let our pithy bullet points decide whether he is too inexperienced!"

Posted by: Indecision 2008 | June 3, 2008 11:48 PM

McCain doesn't know how many troops are in Iraq, and thought Al Qaeda are trained in Iran, until corrected by Joe Lieberman who whispered in his ear that he was talking crap.

Will Joe Lieberman be in bed next to McCain when the 3AM phone call comes, to stop John from nuking the wrong country?

Posted by: OD | June 3, 2008 11:48 PM

Blatant plagiarism of Inevitable-era Hillary Clinton. You know, the one who was the corporate, unlikable frontrunner instead of the new-and-improved populist freedom fighter she's become today. The "resume" ad has directly lifted Mark Penn's spin.

Posted by: Steve Charb | June 3, 2008 11:47 PM

Anyone else think both these guys are terrible?


Posted by: info | June 3, 2008 11:45 PM

And just wait till the MSM who are trolling Trinity United CC get the details behind the dead choirmaster and the 1999 gay cocaine tryst in the limo.

Posted by: Geraldine | June 3, 2008 11:36 PM

The Republicans have a President that would rather finish reading children's stories to kindergardners when his Secret Service told him America is under attack.

And you call Obama inexperienced??? What hypocrites!

Posted by: CRE8SENSE | June 3, 2008 11:31 PM

Wow, this sounds like the exact same approach Clinton used, we know how well that worked for her.

I wish the Republicans luck in ''ll definitely need it!

Posted by: *Smh | June 3, 2008 11:20 PM

Great ads!

Posted by: Bethesda | June 3, 2008 11:17 PM

The best part of it is Obama's expression at the end of the clip. He cannot believe they are putting up that kind of bs, when for the last 8 years, we've had a former governor who couldn't tie his shoes.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 3, 2008 11:16 PM

HAHAHA Nice try! Your golden child still lied us into the Iraqi occupation and ignored Katrina (a picture of McCain and Bush together holding a cake on 08/29/05 comes to mind). Maybe, if you're lucky, we'll forget about that by 2012.

Posted by: Terrorfied | June 3, 2008 11:15 PM

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