Obama Responds to RNC Energy Ad with Own Spot
Updated 4:31 p.m.
By Ed O'Keefe
The Obama campaign will air an ad promoting his energy plans and criticizing his GOP rival's in the same four states where the Republican National Committee has aired an ad critical of his proposals.
"On gas prices, John McCain's part of the problem," the ad's announcer says. "McCain and Bush support a drilling plan that won't produce a drop of oil for seven years. McCain will give more tax breaks to big oil. He's voted with Bush 95 percent of the time." It also states that Obama will raise mileage standards, promote alternative fuels, and offer tax cuts for families. The 30-second ad, "New Energy," will air in Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.
In response to news of the ads, the RNC sent out a memo pointing out that Obama voted for the energy plan he criticizes in the new ad. The GOP also notes that Obama has released what it considers the first negative ad of the general election, though Obama told a crowd in North Carolina in late April that, "We're not going to go around doing negative ads. We're going to keep it positive."
The McCain campaign's assertion that Obama's is the first negative ad of the cycle is disputed by Democrats, who cite a few examples, including a Spanish-language radio ad released last week that suggests Obama is not doing enough to attract Latino voters.
The Obama campaign, for its part, has a dispute with a different recent McCain advertisement. It has circulated a Factcheck.org report that contests the facts and figures in McCain's recent Florida radio ad about the Colombian Free Trade Deal.
Posted at 3:52 PM ET on Jul 8, 2008
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