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Obama Ads, McCain-Is-Economically-Clueless Edition

Posted on Sep 19, 2008
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Turns out that having Phil Gramm on one’s economic advisory team may not be the best way to demonstrate one’s readiness to inherit the gigantic mess that the U.S. economy has become under the Bush administration’s not-so-close watch—or at least that’s what Obama’s camp is pointing out in this ad on the financial debacle.



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By Tony Wicher, September 20, 2008 at 1:07 pm Link to this comment

William Price, September 20 at 6:44 am

Sounds good to me! Just keep ‘em coming hard and fast and often!

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By William Price, September 20, 2008 at 7:44 am Link to this comment
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This is a very good ad and now needs to be followed by one that really would connect with middle America.  Like mentioned, Carla walked away with $42 million and many of the high officials of companies in the ongoing crises have severence packages clauses in their contracts that are also in the multi million category. 

NOW what is the cornerstone of the Bush and expanded McCain approach to the stimulate the economy other than de-regulation?


I believe that an accurate documentation of this in an short but very direct ad would be very effective.

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By Tony Wicher, September 19, 2008 at 10:31 pm Link to this comment

Re JakesTake, September 19 at 3:31 pm #

It is a good ad, and I like your suggestions. These are the kind of ads that will hit hard. McCain has a long record on the economy that provide plenty of material for ads that are both viciously effective and true. Short, simple ads that pack a punch.

It’s crunch time. Given the eight-year Republican record and the current condition of the economy, we have a huge amount of material. We also have plenty of money to put on ads. I say a 60-40 landslide is a possiblity if we keep it up until Nov. 4. without a letup. Just winning isn’t good enough. We need to annihilate.

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By JakesTake, September 19, 2008 at 4:31 pm Link to this comment

I’d like to see an Obama ad that calls attention to McCain’s support for the privatization of social security and putting those funds into the market. Seems even crazier now. McCain voted for Bush’s 2006 Social Security Privatization Plan. And he supported – a major part of his economic plan - such an action when he ran for president in 2000. And, despite what he says during this campaign, he still supports risking our money in the market. “I’m totally in favor of personal savings accounts… As part of Social Security reform, I believe that private savings accounts are a part of it—along the lines that President Bush proposed,” McCain told the Wall Street Journal, 3/3/08.  And according to Carly Fiorina the disappearing advisor, McCain “supports private accounts as one of the ways to reform the system” and that “he will continue to be supportive of those.”

And I bet the CEOs of the Bear Stearns etc. didn’t lose their health insurance. Remember, McCain voted against providing health insurance for retirees of bankrupt steel companies.

Yeh, he really supports working people. Obama ads should hit this hard!

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By Fadel Abdallah, September 19, 2008 at 2:44 pm Link to this comment

Yes indeed, this is an excellent “ad” since it is fundamentally true. Therefore, I like to call it an educational piece on facts and a public service message.

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By Mudbones, September 19, 2008 at 11:11 am Link to this comment

God, it’s so true.  I’m not a huge Obama fan but come on, McCain, Keating 5, Gramm and all the special interests running his campaign.  We can’t afford him…. and then there’s SP, she doesn’t have a clue.  Tough times now and we’ll all need to suck it up.

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By RS, September 19, 2008 at 11:08 am Link to this comment
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Well done ad!

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