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DNC's First General Election Ad to Air in Michigan

ST. PAUL -- The Democratic National Committee continues its "Bush and McCain More of the Same" arguments today in its first television commercial of the general election campaign. The 30-second spot, called "More," will air in Michigan starting today.

The ad features footage of both President Bush and John McCain repeating the line, "The fundamentals of our economy are strong," while the announcer points out that Michigan "is struggling, but some people don't seem to notice." It also cites Bush Administration "tax breaks for companies shipping jobs overseas" and "tax breaks for oil companies."

"There is no better time to make the case that John McCain represents more of the same disastrous Bush economic policies than on the day he receives the torch from President Bush," says a DNC news release accompanying the ad.

"This is the sort of political manipulation and spin that Americans are sick of. While John McCain is talking about the future and his vision for creating new jobs, Barack Obama is proposing higher taxes that would hurt the economy," says RNC spokesman Alex Conant.

The ad will air statewide for at least the next ten days in the Detroit, Flint, Grand Rapids, Lansing, Traverse City, Alpena and Marquette markets, according to a DNC source.

-- Ed O'Keefe

By Ed O'Keefe |  September 4, 2008; 5:33 PM ET Barack Obama , John McCain
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Hello Bush in not running for office. He is finished. He will be out of the spotlight while he can retire. It's McCain-Palin, but sadly too many dems are stuck in the dark ages. I think they need to get up to date on the fact that McCain is the nominee for President and Palin the VP. There is no one in there with the last name Bush. All the dems need is a bit of logic.

Posted by: Fountainviewkid | September 4, 2008 6:41 PM

In the Republican Convention, Palin stated that Obama has made no accomplishments. She said absolutely 0. She hasn't done her research because he has made over 152 bills better and more efficient. She has only run a state with only 6,000 people and put it in debt. Palin spent the states money on a sports stadium. Instead of fixing the sewer system in Alaska she has put that state in millions of dollars in debt. How can we rely on someone to spend our tax dollars efficiently. Instead of getting out of recession, she will put us more into it. McCain had only meet her twice and doesn't know a lot about her. How can we have a president who doesn't make the right choices. McCain could have chosen someone with better experience. Fallin had 5 days to prepare a speech because she was chosen with such short notice. Obama speaks from the heart. He doesn't need cue cards. Most of the republicans are bad examples because: Bush did drugs, Bush's daughters drank a lot, McCain doesn't know how to use a computer, and Palin had a daughter that got pregnant before 20. How can we have these people represent our country. Obama for change 08'

Posted by: James | September 4, 2008 11:00 PM

In the Republican Convention, Palin stated that Obama has made no accomplishments. She said absolutely 0. She hasn't done her research because he has made over 152 bills better and more efficient. She has only run a state with only 6,000 people and put it in debt. Palin spent the states money on a sports stadium. Instead of fixing the sewer system in Alaska she has put that state in millions of dollars in debt. How can we rely on someone to spend our tax dollars efficiently. Instead of getting out of recession, she will put us more into it. McCain had only meet her twice and doesn't know a lot about her. How can we have a president who doesn't make the right choices. McCain could have chosen someone with better experience. Fallin had 5 days to prepare a speech because she was chosen with such short notice. Obama speaks from the heart. He doesn't need cue cards. Most of the republicans are bad examples because: Bush did drugs, Bush's daughters drank a lot, McCain doesn't know how to use a computer, and Palin had a daughter that got pregnant before 20. How can we have these people represent our country. Obama for change 08'

Posted by: james | September 4, 2008 11:01 PM

Palin was talking to the millions of Republican voters who are kept illiterate by their Party - so they can continue to get their votes -

Posted by: wendynyc | September 6, 2008 5:04 PM

Not only does he not get it....AND he really doesn't care, John McShame/RNC'S PUPPETED MOUTHPIECE, continues to lie about Obama and raising taxes. THANK GOD for FACTCHECK.ORG AND POLITIFACT.COM. Please for your own equiping to deal with what's true or false from the Candidates,visit these two sights and sign up for their news letters,


FROM FACTCHECK.ORG....


New Stitch in a Bad Pattern
September 2, 2008
A McCain ad wrongly claims Obama plans "painful tax increases" for working families. And who's talking about deficits?
Summary
McCain's new ad puts another stitch in what we've called his pattern of deceit on Obama's tax plan. This one claims Obama and congressional Democrats plan to push forward "painful tax increases on working American families" and that they will bring about "years of deficits," "no balanced budgets" and "billions in new government spending."

The ad is plain wrong about higher taxes on working families. In fact, Obama's economic plan would produce a tax cut for the majority of American households, with middle-income earners benefiting most. As for "years of deficits," exactly the same claim could be made about McCain's program. It's unlikely either Obama or McCain would balance the budget, and both are projected to increase the debt by trillions.

Analysis
We've already reported on at least three other ads, in both Spanish and English, from Sen. John McCain's campaign that distort his rival's tax policy. The ads claim that, for example, Democratic Sen. Barack Obama would raise taxes "on the sale of your home" and that he has a "history of raising taxes" and that he wanted to raise taxes on "families" making just $42,000 a year.

Claims like these have led us to say that McCain's campaign is engaging in a "pattern of deceit" when it comes to describing Obama's tax plan. This most recent ad fits right into the template.


Tax Counter-Spin
The ad says Obama and “out of touch Congressional leaders” plan to implement “painful tax increases on working American families,” and it shows an image of a family presumably upset about an impending tax increase. But, as we've reported numerous times, Obama proposes a tax cut for the vast majority of households.


John McCain 2008 Ad:
"Expensive Plans"


Crowd: Obama, Obama…
Announcer: Take away the crowds, the chants. All that’s left are costly words. Barack Obama and out of touch congressional leaders have expensive plans. Billions in government spending, years of deficits, no balanced budgets, and painful tax increases on working American families. They’re ready to tax, ready to spend, but not ready to lead.


We spoke with Len Berman, director of the nonpartisan Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center, which has produced one of the most authoritative analyses of the two candidates’ tax plans. When we asked him if Obama’s claim that he would “cut taxes for 95 percent of all working families” was true, Berman told FactCheck.org that it was “consistent with our estimates.” Overall, the TPC found that Obama’s plan would produce a tax cut for 81.3 percent of all households, and a cut for 95.5 percent of all households with children.

Under Obama's plan, the TPC estimates that people (or couples) making between $37,595 and $66,354 a year would see an average savings of $1,118 on their taxes.

Under McCain's plan, on the other hand, those same individuals would save $325 on average — $793 less than the average savings under Obama's plan.

Put It on Our Tab


The ad also claims that Obama and congressional Democrats would bring about "years of deficits." But (and we've reported this before, too), the fact is both candidates' economic plans would fail to bring an end to deficit spending, and by that measure, McCain's is worse than Obama's. According to the TPC analysis, Obama's tax plan would increase the debt by $3.5 trillion by 2018, while McCain's plan would bring about a projected $5 trillion increase in the same time frame. The TPC also found that:


Tax Policy Center (Aug 28): Neither candidate’s plan would significantly increase economic growth unless offset by spending cuts or tax increases that the campaigns have not specified.

The Obama campaign maintains that the Tax Policy Center's estimates don't account for Obama's proposed spending cuts, including things like ending the Iraq war. But those cuts will not come close to balancing the budget, and Obama has avoided promising a balanced budget during his first term.


McCain, however, has said he will balance the budget by 2013. Experts remain skeptical. In early July, The New York Times quoted Robert L. Bixby, executive director of the Concord Coalition — a bipartisan fiscal responsibility advocacy group — as saying the claim was "unlikely":


Robert L. Bixby (as quoted by The New York Times, July 8): It’s feasible to balance the budget by 2013, but very unlikely under the policies Senator McCain has proposed. The spending cuts are far too vague to be counted on for significant savings and, even if they were more specific, I can’t see how they would come close to offsetting the level of tax cuts he recommends.

McCain senior economic adviser Douglas Holtz-Eakin sent The Washington Post's editorial board a copy of McCain's plan in support of the candidate's claim. But the board concluded, in its July 14 editorial, that the plan was "not credible."


So the ad's claims about deficit spending and "no balanced budgets"? They could be applied just as easily to McCain as to Obama and the Dems. And we're not sure McCain really wants to go there.


-by Emi Kolawole


Sources
Burman, Len, et. al. “An Updated Analysis of the 2008 Presidential Candidates’ Tax Plans: Revised August 15, 2008.” Tax Policy Center, 15 Aug. 2008.

Table T08-0182, Senator McCain’s Tax Proposals as Described by his Economic Advisors, Distribution of Federal Tax Change by Cash Income Percentile, 2009. Tax Policy Center, 19 July 2008.

Gleckman, Roberton Williams and Howard. "An Updated Analysis of the 2008 Presidential Candidates' Tax Plans." 28 August 2008. The Tax Policy Center. 29 August 2008

Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center, "Table T08-0203 - Senator Obama's Tax Proposals of August 14, 2008: Economic Advisers' Version (No Payroll Surtax), Distribution of Federal Tax Change by Cash Income Percentile, 2009" 14 Aug 2008.

Rohter, Larry. Will the Real Tax-and-Spender Please 'Fess Up?. 13 Jun. 2008. The New York Times. 2 Sep. 2008.

Hmmmmm Now Isn't That Special....Hypocrisy among the conservatives. John McBush 3rd term has completely sold his soul to RNC/GOP/BIG OIL AND Richard Cheney.

Oh yes, John McCain doesn't even speak anymore. Maverick, MORE LIKE JOINER.

The hypocrisy of McSame McBush only ends where the RNC/GOP/Richard Cheney strategy and talking points start.

That's everything McBush 3rd term has falsely stated, lied about through RNC PROPAGANDA attack ads on youtube, FAILED TO MENTION THE REAL ISSUES, SUCH AS THE ECONOMY HEALTHCARE, ENDLESS OCCUPATIONS AND WARS, OUR REPUTATION AS A NATION IN THE WORLDS EYES, THE FACT THAT HIS crime partner Sarah (Carabou Barbie) Palin is under legislative investigation and indictment, that he picked as a running another JOINER AS HE IS OF THE RNC MACHINE TO DESTROY OUR CONSTITUTION AND MIDDLE CLASS.

JOHN McBush the PUPPETTED MOUTHPIECE OF THE RNC/GOP/BIG OIL/AND RICHARD CHENEY USED THE RNC CONVENTION OF HYPOCRISY TO TGRY AND SWAY OUR AMERICAN INTELLIGENCE WITH 'FEAR, WARMONGERING, SMEAR, FALSE STATEMENT ABOUT OBAMA, AND LIES "CHANGE IS ON THE WAY..." WOW, I didn't think that someone who is supposedly an HONORABLE MAN OF INTEGRITY and suppossedly a man of AUGUST REPUTATION, An American HERO, SO TO SPEAK, COULD LOOK AND SOUND AND BEHAVE SO MUCH LIKE...HMMMMMM, what is the word I'm searching for?

Oh Yes, A PIG. EVERYONE even the blind and the death mute know when a pig is in their VICINITY. If you're blind you can smell it's STENCH or hear it OINK out lies and FALLACIES, AND make big NOISE. If you're a death mute you can see it with you're eyes, it's covered in DIRT, MUDD, AND DUNG. Yet the PIG AS FILTHY AND DISGUSTINGLY ODIFEROUS AS IT IS still manages to smile, shake a few hands and even lie as it looks you in the eyes.

See John McBush 3rd term couldn't help but REVEAL his true self to us all. The FALSE 'CORPORATE PRESS CREATED' LIE ie 'mccain the maverick' BURNED. As is the custom of FACADES. The truth that McSame has always been and will continue to be A RANK AND FILE CONSERVATIVE REBUSHAGAIN had to come out under the test of TRUTH.

You see even though you take a pig from the pig stye and raise it in an ELITIST ENVIRONMENT, as it grows the EVIDENCE OF IT'S PIGNESS COMES OUT. It can't conceal it's nature....Every now and then it must go into the pig pen with the other PIGS AND ROLL IN THE DIRT, THE MUDD, AND THE DUNG SO IT CAN FEEL RIGHT AT HOME.

Notice this, since McCain recieved the nod and was given the RNC'S marching orders he has become ODIFEROUS, he EXUDES a FOUL STENCH of character, FILTHY, he speaks THE LANGUAGE OF THE LIAR as if it was his native tongue and RACISM as if it is the norm of our people and society, he uses PROPAGANDA, a skill he honed while a guest at the PALACE OF THE VIET CONG, and he keeps the company of like minded PIGS, his choice of Sarah Palin under investigation for possible ABUSE OF POWER ie George W.Bush/Richard Cheney in a woman's body.

A pig for all the 'CORPORATE MEDIA'S LAUDING IT TO BE SOMEHOW AN AMERICAN HERO AND TRUSTWORTHY AND ENTITLED TO THE PRESIDENCY, CAN'T HELP BUT REVEAL the simple INESCAPABLE fact, that IN ALL TRUTH, it's simply an ingnorant yet PRIVELEDGED ELITIST, stupid pig. I can't wait for the HAWAIIAN BARBEQUE PIT on elction night. George w. Bush Richard Cheney and 'THE BARBEQUE' John 'porky' mcBush AND Sarah Carabou PETUNIA Barbie,and the RNC AGENDA will be Americas main course. Pigs can't escape barbeque. America it's time for 'Change we can Believe In Obama '08


Posted by: need4trth | September 6, 2008 6:51 PM

Rampant rumor says the truth of the matter, the candidate that successfully target and murder mutual opponents wins the election in November. That this opponent has exposed corruption in both parties is the reason. Does that mean, as another sharp critic and opponent to both, should we worry about our family's physical safety too? Will our car be tampered? Bodies targeted while on the street? Etc.? Hm....

Posted by: Anonymous | September 8, 2008 3:57 PM

The ad is not bad, but there is so much more they can do with the quotes of McCain.

I am glad they have focused on the economy.

Since McCain says he has a sense of humor, maybe the Dems can provide the sort of punch that John Stewart delivered the other night.

This is a must-see, if you have not caught it before.

It is the best send-up of GOP hypocristy I have ever seen.

Check it out:
http://scootmandubious.blogspot.com/2008/09/republican-hypocrisy-john-stewarts-home.html

Posted by: scootmandubious | September 9, 2008 9:08 PM

And this 2008 Presidential Election Weekly Poll says it all. You Won't Believe These Results!

http://www.votenic.com

See What America Thinks!

Posted by: brandon | September 10, 2008 6:00 PM

I have been reading a lot of comments the last couple of days and it seems that Palin even by Republicans is going to be President IF the Reps get in, which means most people do not think McCain would last four years if he were elected. I don't wish the old guy harm but the way he gets that silly grin on his face whenever he thinks he has landed a good shot at the Dems sure makes him seem like he can't keep it together.

Posted by: Rosewren02 | September 10, 2008 8:50 PM

Wonder if there is truth that the actual candidate that bumps off mutual opponent will win November's elections? Apparently the mutual opponent exposed corruption within both parties and now is targeted by candidates.

Since both candidates are side by side today in NYC for 9/11 ceremonies and mutual opponent is nearby, wonder if attempts will be made on his life when he jogs after work nearby Hackensack, NJ since all his habits and plans are known in advance due to bugging devices both in public and private? Or will it be in the town next door Bogota, NJ where he sometimes veer into and detail well known?

Will the candidates engage in the popular law enforcement activity of 'sweetheart exchange deals' where crimes/murders are committed in exchange for less jail time on behalf of real culprits? For example, will GOP use Guiliani-like mob ties such as his protege convicted Bernard Kerik with 140 years jail time? Or will Dems use OJ Simpson-like convict with jail time instead?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 11, 2008 12:50 PM

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