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RNC Affiliate to Launch Energy Ads

By Michael D. Shear
An independent arm of the Republican National Committee plans to air its first political ad of the 2008 presidential campaign with a spot that contrasts the two candidates on energy issues.

The group, which was set up by the national committee but is not limited by the same rules that govern the RNC's direct spending, plans a $3 million expenditure to run the television spots in Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. The ads will begin running on Sunday.

The advertising program will be run by Brad Todd, a partner in an Alexandria, Va.-based firm called On Message, Inc. Todd had previously worked with ad-maker Alex Castellanos, a veteran political operative who ran the advertising for former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney.

McCain has already begun advertising on his own, but the addition of another voice on his behalf will be welcome news as the Republican campaign attempts to compete with Sen. Barack Obama on the airwaves.

"Following Barack Obama's decision to become the only major party presidential candidate in history to not adhere to campaign spending caps, the Republican National Committee has begun an independent expenditure campaign in accordance with FEC regulations," Todd said in
a statement.

The RNC and the campaign have been holding joint fundraisers across the country, asking rich donors to contribute up to $70,000 at a time, with some of the money going to McCain and the rest to the RNC's efforts.

Posted at 7:04 PM ET on Jul 2, 2008  | Category:  John McCain
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THE PROBLEM IS HOW CAN WE BELIEVE MCCAIN BECAUSE HE'S FLIP FLOP ON MAJOR ISSUES. HE HAS ADMITTED ON VIDEO THAT HE LIED FOR AMBITIOUS REASONS. MCCAIN HAS SEVERAL GIMMICKS, THE GAS TAX HOLIDAY THAT WILL EXHAUST THE INFRASTRUCTURE FUNDS, FLIP FLOP ON OFF SHORE DRILLING, OIL COMPANIES ALREADY HAVE 3.2 MILLION ACRES OF LEASED LAND THAT THEIR NOT DRILLING ON. WHY AREN'T THEY DRILLING ON THE LAND THEY HAVE ALREADY?, $300 MILLION FOR A BATTERY, AND CLEAN RENEWABLE ENERGY. IF THE RNC WANTS TO RUN ADS ON RENEWABLE ENERGY THAN WHY ARE THE REPUBLICANS PUSHING DRILLING OFF SHORE. EITHER WERE GOING TO BE DEPENDENT ON OIL OR NOT. WHICH ONE IS IT.

Posted by: CLARKE | July 3, 2008 1:16 PM

WHY DOESN'T THE RNC POST ADS OF MCCAIN'S SPEECH IN CANADA, MEXICO, AND COLUMBIA ABOUT FREE TRADE. THE RNC THINK THAT AMERICANS ARE STUPID ENOUGH TO VOTE FOR MCCAIN WHO DOESN'T HAVE REAL SOLUTIONS NOR WANTS TO TALK ABOUT THE ECONOMY THEY HAVE ANOTHER THING COMMING TOO THEM. FEAR TACTICS AREN'T GOING TO WORK THIS ELECTION NOR WILL MANIPULATION. WHY DON'T THEY RUN ADS OF MCCAIN'S OFF SHORE DRILLING FLIP FLOP.

Posted by: GLEN MOORE | July 3, 2008 1:05 PM

Consistant Obama?

Like the pledge to take the govt campaign financing?

Like bringing the troops home immediately?

Obama's energy plan will sink our country further. The Dems and Reps are to blame for the mess we are in. Sticking non-emergency spending in emergency spending bills. Special earmarks to get themselves re-elected. Bailing out their mortgage lenders who gave them special VIP status.

I am sorry, but this country was founded as a republic, not a socialist country. You want socialism, move to Canada or Europe.

Obama would make a great leader in Canada. I don't think the govt has any right to more than 10% of anyones income...period. Obama will reach at least up to 40% if not higher. Read the reports on his grand "change".

A vote for Obama is a vote for the decline of America.

Posted by: Jen | July 3, 2008 12:56 PM

I like Obama's energy plan because he has been consistent with his plan. I think its a better plan if I didn't have to pay for gas to heat my home if we could use solar, wind, and biofuels. Mccain has several gimmicks that conflict with one another. We all know its a gimmick because they really want to drill off shore. The Rnc is just a bunch of greedy oil men and women. They just want to keep giving to oil companies and the wealthy. Obama 08

Posted by: Julie | July 3, 2008 12:28 PM

tim randle:

You could not be more wrong. Opening offshore and anwr will have very little immediate (and probably long-term) impact on price. The amount we're talking about here is 3-8% of our consumption for the next 20 or so years.

And what of the hundreds of thousands of acres that big oil currently leases but has done nothing but sat on this land?

Opening more sites to lower price is just plain idiotic.

Question Everything!

Thanks.

Posted by: Cal | July 3, 2008 12:20 PM

Nothing to see here. Just John SIDNEY McCain III backing off another campaign promise and working actively against the system of campaign finance reform that he helped construct.

Posted by: fletc3her | July 3, 2008 11:44 AM

Gee, the republicans have done such a great job with their energy policy that we now face:

$5 a gallon gas,

and even worse,

the destruction of our entire planet.

What kind of choice is that?

Posted by: jeffp | July 3, 2008 10:16 AM

Apparently Disabled Veteran, you have NO idea which of these two candidates have been on the side of making our active military and vets have a bit more dignity with better hospital conditions and benefits and trying to increase education on their behalf. OBAMA, just ask the soldiers there at Walter Reed hospital.

John McCain has done ZERO for the military service-members since 1981 when he first took oath of the Senate office. McCain jumped on board with the rest of the BUSH cronies like in my state that will be removed very soon,(R) John Croynin,(R) Kay Hutchinson, and etc.. they all jumped on the pathetic water down Montgomery Bill, oh, that bill was just introduced in 2008 that failed with McCain as a co-sponsor!

Here is some news for you and other McCain lovers:

Issues on Veterans Affairs-Benefits

1)
http://www.votesmart.org/voting_category.php?can_id=53270&type=category&category=66&go.x=12&go.y=11

John McCain votes NO to increasing veterans benefits

2)
http://www.votesmart.org/voting_category.php?can_id=53270&type=category&category=47&go.x=12&go.y=13

Military Issues, McCain votes NO to helping our military

Posted by: Jerry, TEXAS | July 3, 2008 10:06 AM

The reality is that Bush and the Republicans have driven this nation into the toilet for the last 7 years. The country is bankrupt, the armies in shambles, the lunatic right-wingnuts and the extreme biblical bozos just sit there insisting that this is The Plan and everything is going great. Meanwhile multiple millions of Americans are rolling up they're sleeves and are going to throw the bums out of the Government for generations. Good Riddance!

Posted by: thebob.bob | July 3, 2008 1:20 AM

LOL!!!

loyalservant is so malevolently brainwashed he can't tell when somebody is arguing for his side!

nothing I say is going to change anybody's mind, but I can't stay silent on this drilling/economics issue much longer:
much of the price of oil is based on 'asset-owner behavior' (the guy that owns the oil...Venezuelan, Saudi, Texan) as well as 'investor behavior' (those evil speculators...Delta, FedEx, Pension Fund Manager, Wall Street Broker). What do you think happens when they think the price of oil is going up? What do you think happens when they think its going down?
Making a statement today that there will be drilling will impact the market tomorrow--mind you, it must be a powerful, clear policy statement from somebody of substance (President, bipartisan Congress, President-elect, Presidential Frontrunner?!).
Lastly, why do people keep believing it will take a decade to get oil from the ground to the tank? That's patently absurd. The CEO of TransOcean discussed it, his take was that he could get oil (WORST CASE) from ground 400 miles off the coast in an area with no infrastructure, to the tank in 6 years. ANWR? 12-16 months. Of course, Anwar has a hugely developed oil infrastructure already (but we knew that right? We all know its next to a Canadian oil field on one side and Prudhoe Bay (accounting for some 16-odd percent of domestic production) on the other, right?).

I can't stand any candidate or previous 2 presidents for other reasons, but I just had to speak out on these economic lies being batted like so many shuttlecocks.

THINK PEOPLE! Doesnt it just sound absurd to think it would take a decade?! For Pete's sake, there are even TV shows abou oil drilling, and the poor souls who suffer through that process.

Next thing you know, we'll be voting on where to drill a la American Idle (sic).

American Oildrill...

Tim

ps--
If you can read this, thank a teacher.
If you are reading it in English, thank a soldier.

Thanks guys :)

Posted by: tim randle | July 2, 2008 11:24 PM

"...asking rich donors to contribute up to $70,000 at a time..."

Amazing, there's two college educations right there--can you imagine a world where people gave that sort of money [instead] (in the 100 millions) to the poor, to clothe, house, feed, help people with their medical bills, hospitals, spent that mass amount of money on making people's broken lives better--that's the problem wiht government, .it.is.incapable.of.love.

Posted by: philanthro[pissy] | July 2, 2008 11:14 PM

Mullett, just stating facts all are proven you have such a hate for Bush/conservatives that u will elect the Devil, which u are about to do. When your sitting in some rundown house, with civil war all around, this is your still alive,you will finally see what you got yourself and the rest of this country into.

Posted by: bill | July 2, 2008 10:48 PM

Posts like these are the reason America is in such awful shape. Ripping on each others' special candidate like there were a difference between the two - as if they weren't both completely owned by the same elites that have owned this country for the last 40 years.

Americans, right and left, need to spend some time outside of the US; only then will it be remotely possible that they understand just how corrupt their political system has become.

Posted by: bill | July 2, 2008 10:43 PM

Bill, seriously, do you listen to yourself.
Your afraid of Baracks name??Scared his church might have gotten a little radical??
Our fears are our learned behavior, cant change it if you constantly cave to it.
I should be a Jew, for attending service, a few Bris (however its spelled) or maybe a Baptist, got a cheeseburger for going to church with my buddy when i was a kid. A muslim, God knows ive bought tons of gas and other junk out of arab owned buisnesses.
This is how our country was founded, the Rich didnt like the Crown taking their money, so they made stories to spew to the working class people, about how the crown was going to jail them or keep them in servitude all their lives. Scared into free thinking, but at a price that still haunts so many even today. Not so free after all, are we

Posted by: Mullett | July 2, 2008 10:25 PM

more like a swift boat full of other issues

Posted by: Mullett | July 2, 2008 10:14 PM

I love these bible beaters that keep screwing up our nation by voting for the crook republicans. McCain's answer to the gas issue by drilling offshore does no one any good. It only destroys more of our nations delicate environment and will not lower gas for many years. Also, because Obama doesn't walk around as some war mongering aplpha male monkey like you neo-cons love means he wins in foreign policy. I am not even going to bother to keep going on like this. I just wish you people would put down your bibles and stop watching fox news. Bush and McBush are destroying our whole country piece by piece.

Posted by: Cody | July 2, 2008 10:14 PM

To Ron: McCain scares you??? So a guy who has had a muslim upbringing, has sat in a church that has spewed anti-American retoric for 20 years, a guy who has known ties to terrorist supporters,is the most left wing person in congress,votes consistantly for gun control, this doesnt scare you, wow!!!

Posted by: bill | July 2, 2008 10:10 PM

Its comments like these(from Disabled Vet)that scare me to death, and exactly why No one should vote for McBush.
I really dont think these righties have fact checked anything McCant has said verses what Obama has laid claim to, not that either one is perfect or closer to the right solution, but some of the Crap Mccain has come up with is straight outta grade school.
300 mill for a better battery as a energy problem solution, what a friggin idiot.We pay billions each year for research and development, how about holding those researchers feet to the fire for answers to why they havent produced??
Drill on the outer shelf???How dumb he must think we atre to think sending a rig out there now is going to help fuel prices today,WTF was his camp thinking.Are they all really that stupid, or de we as Americans let this junk sink in all to often, so they just keep repeating it until you beleive it, right or wrong.
McCain should just step out now, let the process roll through and get over the fact he will never be President of the United States , period.

Posted by: mullett | July 2, 2008 10:10 PM

I had to stop laughing before posting this. It is so typical of miss-information... Lets take this point by point:

"Senator Obama is wrong on gas prices, drilling offshore, national defense, foreign affairs, taxes, abortion, the economy and a raft of other issues."

1. gas prices, drilling offshore: All the big oil companies support Bush and his gang not Obama.

2. foreign affairs: Americas image abroad has never been lower or America less trusted. That of coarse thanks to the current Admin.

3. taxes: I guess if you were just given big tax breaks for supporting the current gang you would not agree in a more fair tax system where you had to pay for a change.

4. abortion: Not my business I am not female

5. the economy: Has never been in worse shape. When the current gang came in there was a surplus now we are so deep in debt we can never get out. Good thing China is loaning us the money to keep going.

6. A raft of other issues: I imagine that means misleading the nation into wars so the arms industry ( all Bush supporters) can grab more of the money we are getting from China.

Its the same old story blame the other guy for what you have done then he spends a lot of time and energy denying he had anything at all to do with it.

Posted by: Interested Observer again | July 2, 2008 10:02 PM

I would say that John McCain would be a third Bush term, but that would be offending Bush. This guy McCain has changed his mind on so many issues that there is no room small enough where he can't change his mind.
He actually scares me. The good thing is that he is stuck between a rock and a hard place. If he caters to the center, he loses the conservative Republicans and if he caters to the right, he loses the Independents. I am waiting for the media to start exposing him. I know that the Democratic strategy is not to attack him until after the Convention and then with two months to go till the election, we will learn a whole lot about him and his wife Cindy Barbie McCain.

Posted by: Ron | July 2, 2008 9:57 PM

I am amazed that they can actually get this done. When Obamas advisors get together they try to plan how to sort out the mess Bush and his cronies have made of the economy and Americas image around the world or how to push the oil prices back down from where Bushes buddies have forced them to. When Bushes cartel meet they spend so much time trying to sort who is going to steal what next or how best to lie their way out of another scandal I am amazed they found the time for something like this. Perhaps thats why they have to pay others to do it for them.

Posted by: Interested observer | July 2, 2008 9:43 PM

The chickens are coming home to roost.....
Famous words used by the Infamous Jeremiah Wright, religious leader, pastor and role model of Barack Hussein Osama.

The chickens are coming home to roost......
The republicans will expose Barack Hussein's close relationships with radical extremists and black supremacist groups that hate America and wish its demise.

The chickens are coming home to roost....
Sit back and enjoy the ride.
The chickens are coming home to roost....

Posted by: Manolete | July 2, 2008 8:52 PM

Disabled Veteran- thank you for your service. You are apparently inflicted with TBI(traumatic brain injury) as you seem only able to repeat the talking points of the crazy right. Nice touch with the Hussein like he is somehow responsible for his middle name. I respect Senator McCain for his service and will not denegrate him as you have Senator Obama. Lets rise above this typical republican attack style and get to substance.

Posted by: loyalservant | July 2, 2008 8:15 PM

Once the American people see the marked differences between Senators John Sidney McCain (Capt. US Navy-Retired) and Barack Hussein Obama, the vote for Mr. McCain will seem the only wise choice. Senator Obama is wrong on gas prices, drilling offshore, national defense, foreign affairs, taxes, abortion, the economy and a raft of other issues. His inexperience, far-left socialist views, and willingness to throw people under his bus make him unqualified for deputy mayor of a small town, much less president of our great nation!! We don't need or want a second term for Jimmy Carter, which is the best we could hope for with Senator Obama...

Posted by: Disabled Veteran | July 2, 2008 7:36 PM

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