The presidential campaign of John McCain released a new ad today that compares Barack Obama’s celebrity to Brittney Spears, and claims that Obama supports higher taxes and more foreign oil. The Obama camp responded by saying Oops, he did it again, and slammed McCain’s energy policy.
Here is the McCain ad:
Obama campaign spokesman Tommy Vietor said, “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.’ ”
Vietor then blasted McCain’s energy policy, “In this election the American people have a real choice — between Obama’s plan to provide tax rebates to American families while creating a renewable energy economy in America that frees us from our dependence on foreign oil, and Senator McCain’s plan to continue the same failed energy policies by handing out nearly $4 billion in tax breaks to oil companies while investing almost nothing in the new energy sources that represent our future.”
This latest McCain ad comes off as jealousy over Obama’s popularity. I don’t understand why the McCain camp is wasting their limited resources on attack ads that should be left to the RNC or 527 groups. The problem with going negative this early is that most people aren’t following the election yet, so the campaign isn’t even hitting their target audience.
If this is the way, the McCain camp is going to play it then Obama will have no problem winning this election. John McCain has stopped talking about the issues, which leaves Obama wide open to frame the debate. The McCain people seem content to put out ads that are full of half truths about Obama, and while this strategy may have worked against Al Gore and John Kerry, it won’t work against Barack Obama.