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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.

By Web Politics Editor  |  October 8, 2008; 8:25 AM ET
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Funny...the RNC can't give ONE damned reason to vote for McSAME. The GOP is a sinking ship with an erratic, lying, hateful captain at the helm! As for me, I'm voting for the guy with ONE house, the guy who does NOT want to slash Medicare for elderly, and the guy who thinks access to healthcare is a RIGHT! The American people can see right through the smears and outright lies!

Obama/Biden '08

Posted by: joieluck | October 8, 2008 2:14 PM | Report abuse



Really? I must have missed that debate. "Clearly" is a bit strong, especially since no one agrees with you. This was supposed to be the format McCain is best at. He looked petty, mean and small. Obama looked presidential and composed. There is still Hope in 08!

Posted by: Nemotoad | October 8, 2008 12:38 PM | Report abuse

pastor123 - it must be the liberal mainstream media who is already calling this race. Obama should thank the financial crisis, which he also benefitted from.

Posted by: nogut15 | October 8, 2008 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Obama did not bring anything new. He has made promises he will not be able to keep -there is no money!! Other than those promises, what else does he have? He has no experience, no character, no decisiveness, no true grit. I know who McCain is and what he stands for. Who is Obama? Where does he come from? Everything is a mystery. On the other hand, McCain is a true American and he truly loves this country...and not only during the elections.

Posted by: nogut15 | October 8, 2008 12:13 PM | Report abuse

See Out Takes From Last Nights Debate, Obama and McCain practicing for the debate and the mistakes they made.

Watch a video of McCain dropping the F-Bomb
in a video

I just saw a new poll come out....Dream tickets for the president. Huckabee/Palin comes out 5 to 1 over McCain/Palin. Perhaps the RNC should switch out McCain for Huckabee, they might have a better chance at the white house this year cause I just can't see Obama loosing at this point. The problem is news stations are already calling the race for Obama.....switch it up and have a chance, or should we all stay home and just let Obama take the white house? see poll at

Posted by: pastor123 | October 8, 2008 12:12 PM | Report abuse

Sen. John McCain clearly won last night's debate.

Democrats for John McCain and Sarah Palin in 2008.

Posted by: hclark1 | October 8, 2008 11:31 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: VMR1 | October 8, 2008 10:41 AM | Report abuse

say it ain't so joe, you dog gone right obama&biden is goning to make a dog gone great president& vice president and you will see and i can think of a trillion and one reason not to NOT TO VOTE FOR MCSAME AND leadership for one he got lying ship and it just sinked game over folks, nothing to see hear move on thank you thank you very much and he have nobody to blame for this but his self he always seems to mess things up any time any place that is the story of his life crashing air plans very chance he got when he was in the navy look at his record that is the reason why he got shot down in vietnam because he wasn't surpose to be there in the frist place that come from his father and grandfather giving him the hook up as admirals mcsame came out of he naval academy in the bottom fifth in his class yea indeed you know that was a hook, come on now that is the reason that he had so many accidents because he did not know what the hell he was going it is what is...

Posted by: obama1 | October 8, 2008 9:50 AM | Report abuse

Dear RNC, Okay... a trillion dollars spent on human centered programs, Good Gawd, it's blasphemy! Spending on something other than the military.... Shame on Obama! So let's look at the GOPs 10 trillion dollars in Bush(s)/Cheney debt and see what that got us. You guys are missing the point. Adds like this just make you look stupid and brings people's attention to the worst part of the GOP; financial irresponsibility. Bring out more adds that outline your spending policies, people aught to know that the GOP stands behind the Wall Street blow up with the policies of trickle down economics and the patrician tax cuts. These policies don't work.

Posted by: humanbeng | October 8, 2008 9:42 AM | Report abuse

McCain has been no friend to vets after they've served.
The rich took all the profits from our labor, then bilked us for the rest with debt. Now they're whining because we want some of it back.
Income disparity is the real root of the economic crisis. In fact, the real roots of this economy have been starved. Wealthy elites declared class war a long time ago. Covert class warfare was their idea. It's time we called in their debt to America. Don't buy any more of their flim flam.

Obama/Biden 2008

Posted by: rooster54 | October 8, 2008 9:35 AM | Report abuse

Part of Obama's spending plans are going to be for domestic infrastructure, which will create jobs and stimulate economic activity.

Why McCain seems to think that his earmark mania is a winning issue with anyone other than fiscal conservatives in the GOP, while he seems intent to continue Bush's 10 billion dollar a month Iraqi crusade and Bush's tax cuts, is beyond me.

McCain has made it clear, other than DOD and DHS he'll freeze government spending. And he'll borrow the hundreds of billions to finance it all....IOW more of the same.

It's easy to picture a government shut down next fall if McCain gets elected.

Thankfully that possibility is looking more and more remote.

Posted by: mathas | October 8, 2008 9:34 AM | Report abuse

Dear RNC:

We're looking for reasons to vote FOR someone.

(This is called a Clue.)


Posted by: T-Prop | October 8, 2008 9:30 AM | Report abuse

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