RNC: a 'Trillion' Reasons to Vote Against Obama
By Ed O'Keefe
The Republican National Committee's independent expenditure unit will spend more than $5.5 million in the next week to air an ad in five battleground states that claims Barack Obama's government spending proposals could cost close to $1 trillion.
The independent expenditure unit, prohibited from coordinating with the RNC or the McCain campaign, starts the ad buy amid reports that McCain's ad budget has been dwarfed by Obama's in several battleground states.
There's no script to quote, instead the following words are typed out on-screen:
"Barack Obama's plan 'promises new spending of nearly ONE TRILLION DOLLARS.' That's right. Obama's plan would spend 1TRILLION dollars ON TOP our current national budget. On top of the 700 billion dollar plan Congress just passed to cover failure on Wall Street. One trillion more. Sound crazy? It is."
As in an ad last week, the ad's message seems more pointedly populist than the McCain campaign's, seemingly casting the government's financial rescue plan supported by House and Senate Republicans and John McCain as a sign of reckless spending.
The ad will air in parts of Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin for the next week. Last week's ad will now air in parts of Florida, Maine and North Carolina. Recent polling trends in the Sunshine and Tar Heel states have caused worry for Republicans, and the campaign will target Maine's 2nd Congressional District in one of only two states that distribute electoral votes based on congressional seats.
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