McCain Ad Suggests Obama is 'The Biggest Celebrity in The World'
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The first "Obama in Berlin" ad has surfaced, but it's not from the Obama campaign. "Celeb" is a 30-second spot that compares Barack Obama's global appeal to the star-wattage of Britney Spears and Paris Hilton.
Here's the script:
He's the biggest celebrity in the world.
But, is he ready to lead?
With gas prices soaring, Barack Obama says no to offshore drilling. And, says he'll raise taxes on electricity. Higher taxes, more foreign oil, that's the real Obama.
"This is the second ad in that series that will focus on the distinction between Sen. McCain and Barack Obama on energy prices," McCain campaign adviser Rick Davis said during a conference call with reporters. He's referring to last week's "Pump" ad that suggests Obama is partly responsible for higher gas prices.
"These images of celebrity status and the way he has conducted his campaign to date both in the kinds of events that he has and what he says at these events owe more to an international celebrity status than it does for a traditional campaign for president," Davis added.
Later in the call Davis cast the ad with this question: "Do the American people want to elect the world's biggest celebrity or do they want to elect an American hero?"
UPDATE 12:44 p.m. ET: Obama campaign spokesman Tommy Vietor responds: "On a day when major news organizations across the country are taking Senator McCain to task for a steady stream of false, negative attacks, his campaign has launched yet another. Or, as some might say, 'Oops! He did it again.'"
-- Ed O'Keefe
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