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Oval Office Stars in New GOP Independent Expenditure Ad

By Ed O'Keefe
The RNC's independent expenditure unit will spend $18 million in the coming weeks to ask battleground state voters a simple question: Do you really want Barack Obama in the Oval Office?

With a camera slowly zooming in on the Oval Office desk and chair, an announcer says: "Meltdown. Foreclosure. Pensions, savings wiped out. And now our nation considers elevating one of the least experienced people ever to run for president. Barack Obama: He hasn't had executive experience. This crisis would be Obama's first crisis. In this chair."

The RNC IE unit will air the ad over the course of the next 18 days in Colorado, Florida, Indiana, North Carolina, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia. Even though the IE is prohibited from coordinating with the RNC and the McCain campaign, the large ad buy provides needed advertising support to the McCain campaign as the Obama campaign continues to overwhelmingly outspend the Republicans.

"Other advertising decisions will be made on a state-by-state basis in the final two weeks of this campaign," spokesman Brad Todd said in a statement. The IE has aired other ads raising questions about Obama's tax and spending proposals and one that suggested Republicans opposed the economic rescue package, despite McCain's support for the measure.

By Web Politics Editor  |  October 16, 2008; 2:06 PM ET
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McCain had some issues during the debate. Medical Issues? What we didnt know. Watch complete 2 min video.

Did Mike Huckabee SAY its Over for McCain?

Posted by: pastor123 | October 17, 2008 6:23 AM | Report abuse

Do John McCain, Sarah Palin or conservative republicans respect the moral foundations of our country? The U.S. Constitution is abused by conservative republicans at every turn.

U.S. Constitution: Amendment I - Freedom of Religion
Because of conservative republicans, your tax dollars are funding religious groups you may not agree with. To add insult to injury, conservative appointed judges have ruled that you do not have a right to challenge this expenditure.

Amendment IV - Search and seizure
Under the guise of court action against abortion, Conservative republicans had John Ashcroft subpoena all the medical records of literally thousands of women like you and members of your family. Conservative republicans invade your privacy every day by browsing your email and phone records. Unfortunately for all of us, they don't appear to care about our U.S. constitution, and they certainly don't care about your privacy.

Amendment X - Powers of the States and People
John McCain and conservative republicans have tried consistently to overturn States Laws. They used your hard earned tax dollars to destroy the will of the people of Oregon, and the famous "Death with Dignity" law; they lost, but undoubtedly will try again. Conservative republicans and John McCain do not respect States Rights. If your state votes for something conservatives don't agree with they will use federal powers to overturn it regardless of how you and your fellow voters feel.

Amendment VIII - Cruel and Unusual punishment
Would you rather die, or support a government which supported and sanctioned torture? The founding fathers would rather have died. The founding fathers were proud to fight and die for our government: A government which specifically outlaws cruel and unusual punishment. Conservatives don't agree with this philosophy. Conservatives are at odds with our founding fathers on this score, and too many others to count.

John McCain, Sarah Palin, and the conservative republicans have already gone too far in destroying the moral foundations of our country. I urge you to keep this in mind in the coming election as we rebuild our nation together by voting for Obama, who stated that in his first 100 days he would eliminate all of Bush's unconstitutional signing orders as a start.

Posted by: Frank_US | October 16, 2008 5:33 PM | Report abuse

The Republican National Committee is responsible for the disastrous situation we are now in. The Republican National Committee brought you GW Bush, the worst President ever. The Republican National Committee has been taken over by a bunch of extreme right-wing evangelical ideologues who have practically destroyed America.

Why would anyone believe anything that The Republican National Committee says?

Posted by: thebobbob | October 16, 2008 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Ahhh, the last death throes of republican rule. So enjoyable...

Posted by: jfern03 | October 16, 2008 3:55 PM | Report abuse

ABAMA BIDEN 08...!!!


Posted by: fu_buki | October 16, 2008 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Um, someone remind what executive experience John McCain has (I mean, other than running one of the most certifiably horrible campaigns in history)?

Posted by: ASinMoCo | October 16, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

The first Crisis ad is an old person's ad. It implies that having done stuff for years makes you better qualified even if you have been doing the wrong stuff and the stuff that created the problems in the first place.

Who would you rather work on your PC: A guy who had been around for 50 years and can't email or a young guy who blogs, games and grew up on PCs.

Experience only counts if it is experience in defining and solving problems like the ones you face.

McCain saying "The fundamentals of the economy are Strong" does not indicate he has such experience or awareness.

BTW I am retired and on Social Security so I know a lot about old people and the way they try to resist the idea that their time has past.

Posted by: w0rtman | October 16, 2008 3:18 PM | Report abuse

It's just so late to try to seed game-changing doubts among voters. Something seriously bad about Obama would have to come out.

Posted by: parkerfl1 | October 16, 2008 2:58 PM | Report abuse



Fact is, Joe Biden is well aware that there is a political dirty tricks operation at work 24/7 in this campaign. Joe has excellent inside knowledge, based on his many years as an advocate for those who are charged with protecting America -- not subverting the political process.

These political operatives spam web sites with political invective, attack those whose posts don't comport to their world view, and they are quite capable of staging phony events and situations and planting "ringers" in the crowd and before the media.

Such stagecraft is in the tradition of Donald Segretti, Lee Atwater, and, of course, Karl Rove, who very well may retain his role as a political puppetmaster even while he pontificates on Fox News.

What's more troubling is the possibility that these forces also are capable of more nefarious interference in the political process, using various exotic and powerful "instrumentation."




Posted by: scrivener50 | October 16, 2008 2:24 PM | Report abuse

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