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GOP Videos Question Obama's Experience

In a preview of what residents of battleground states may soon see on TV and hear on the radio, the Republican Party is targeting Barack Obama in a series of online videos that question his experience, and the unity of the Democratic Party.

"Experience," posted on the Republican National Committee YouTube channel, suggests that Obama is ill-prepared to live in the White House:

Does Barack Obama's thin resume prepare him to hold the most powerful office in the world? Does he have the judgment that experience informs to be Commander in Chief? Barack Obama. Lacking experience. Not ready to be commander in chief.

Separately, "Democrats vs. Obama" uses the words of Sen. Joseph R. Biden, former president Bill Clinton, Hillary Rodham Clinton and John Edwards to question Obama's experience and to compliment John McCain:

"As Barack Obama wheezes over the finish line to his Party's nomination, he has failed to convince voters that he has the experience and judgment to serve as Commander in Chief," said RNC Chairman Mike Duncan in a statement released tonight. "The Republican Party is united behind John McCain, and we look forward to his debates with Barack Obama on how best to create new jobs at home and win the war against radical Islamic extremism."

-- Ed O'Keefe

By Ed O'Keefe |  June 3, 2008; 11:07 PM ET Barack Obama
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Let the baseless attacks begin. Do you want to know what Obama's qualifications are? Read his books. He may have been the primary sponsor of one bill that passed, but he has co-sponsored several that are now law. He has spent more time in elected office than Hillary, unless you count being first lady as experience. So why isn't Nancy Reagan running for president?

If you think he "wheezed" over the finish line, remember that he has been in the lead since day one of the Democratic primaries.

Posted by: Tony | June 4, 2008 2:49 AM

GOP...get in the unemployment line TODAY. Don't wait until November, you need the money NOW.

Posted by: MP | June 4, 2008 10:45 AM

Speaking of potentially damaging soundbites, here's what Obama said on November 8, 2004 (he was sworn into the US Senate on Jan 4, 2005) when asked if he'd consider running for President:

I am um... a believer in knowing what you're doing when you apply for a job and I think that if I were to seriously consider running on a national ticket I would essentially have to start now before having served a day in the Senate. Now there are some people who might be comfortable doing that but I'm not one of those people.


Posted by: elle | June 5, 2008 12:07 PM

Why is the first edition of Obama's book, "Dreams From My Father",
either unavailable or selling for thousands of dollars? Thats ISBN:
081292343X, published originally in "slightly different form" by Times Books. And why is his wife's senior thesis at Princeton not readily available? Just asking.....

Posted by: A. Rogers | June 5, 2008 12:12 PM

Tony says:
"Do you want to know what Obama's qualifications are? Read his books"
This cracks me up. Yes, lets believe a politicians shameless self promotion and not question it at all.
Did it ever occur to you that a book one writes about themselves is likely to be biased? Considering Obamas ambitious rise, his book looks more like propaganda and self promotion to me.

Posted by: david | June 5, 2008 12:22 PM

Obamas first edition of his book is unavailable because it has a racist slant against white people that has been toned down in later editions.

Posted by: sue | June 5, 2008 12:24 PM

This country is still bitterly racist. I hear the fear and resentment in comments. It betrays a common sense of insecurity.

The rest of the world will have a role, whether you like it or not, and holding on to racist ideas and supporting hard-line neo-cons only makes you a dinosaur.

We don't want you anymore. Go lead a simple life and get out of the way so some real progress can be made. Progress that you may not agree with, but which is better than your SUV and hambuger with fries.

Posted by: StudentofLaw | June 5, 2008 2:35 PM

Obama is a hate monger and a crook. Definitely not ready.

Posted by: Bigtime | June 6, 2008 7:49 AM

I read blog after blog condemning Obama. For God's sake do something to defeat this guy in November - don't just talk.

This is a critical juncture for our country - we do not want a radical left wing President. I emplore you to join in every possible effort to defeat him.

One of his successes is how active his volunteers are - we must be active to defeat him.

Posted by: jlpillinois | June 6, 2008 10:16 AM

There is a difference between criticising the treatment of blacks and hating whites. You're trying to say that Obama is a racist? Based on what? Why would he be? His mother is white, remember?

He's done nothing but reach out to people. And after years of Republican McCarthyism people are reaching back.

And you guys can't STAND it.

Posted by: fangbeach | June 6, 2008 11:40 AM

Democrat going Republican in November!
GO McCain!!!!!!

Posted by: Cindy in Pa | June 7, 2008 5:15 PM

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