Ad Wars

Ad Wars: "Rearview Mirror" and "Something"

U.S. Sen. Barack Obama maintains his focus on the economy in two new TV spots, "Rearview Mirror" and "Something." Personally, after last night's extremely well-produced 30-minute spot, I find these ads a little underwhelming, but take a look and decide for yourself:

Ad Wars: "His Choice"

U.S. Sen. Barack Obama has a new TV ad out today, entitled "His Choice." The ad manages to combine two of U.S. Sen. John McCain's greatest perceived weaknesses in opinion polling of voters, the economy and Gov. Sarah Palin. It's quite good, and even a little cheeky. Check it out:

Ad Wars: "Better Off"

U.S. Sen. Barack Obama today rolled out a new TV ad on the economy, entitled "Better Off." Watch it here:

Senator Obama's emphasis on helping the middle class prosper and alleviating the struggle of every day people seems to be resonating with voters. E.J. Dionne of the Washington Post notes that, despite persistent assertions from U.S. Sen John McCain's campaign that Obama's tax plan is "socialist" and that he wants to "spread wealth around," a recent Pew poll found that "50 percent of registered voters questioned in mid-October thought Obama would do the best job in 'dealing with taxes,' compared with only 35 percent who said that of McCain. Back in September, Obama also led, but more modestly, 44 percent to 39 percent." 

Furthermore, a new Pew poll today finds that almost 40% of voters believe McCain would do "too much for the wealthy" if elected president. It seems that, Republican base voters aside, most Americans are simply not buying the argument that anything more progressive than Bush's economic policies constitutes "socialism" (heck, just ask real socialists). 

Ad Wars: Barney Smith Is Back

Following up on his popular appearance at the Democratic National Convention, Barney Smith makes a triumphant return in this new ad for US Sen. Barack Obama:


Look to see this ad in heavy rotation; with his record-shattering $150 million haul from September, Obama now has about $500 million to spend between now and the election, to McCain's approximately $50 million, meaning that Obama could outspend him by as much as 10 to 1 in the days leading up to the election. 

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