Assailing With Energy

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Using the now-famous footage of Sen. John McCain hugging President Bush, Sen. Barack Obama launched new ads in four battleground states, arguing that the Arizona Republican represents more of the same on energy policy.

"On gas prices, John McCain is part of the problem," says the ad's narrator, adding that McCain voted with the current president 95 percent of the time -- echoing an attack used to great effect against Republican incumbents during the 2006 midterm elections.

Obama, according to the ad, will "make energy independence an urgent priority" with a "real plan" and "new energy."

The Obama ad is a response to a commercial begun this week by the Republican National Committee's independent expenditure arm that casts Obama as a rubber stamp for the Democratic party line on energy.

"He just says no to lower gas taxes. . . . No to nuclear. . . . No to more production," the narrator says before concluding: "No new solutions. Barack Obama: Just the party line."

Both ads are running in Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

"Barack Obama today launched the first attack ad from either campaign in this election, which follows a string of calculating position changes proving that Barack Obama's commitment to a new type of politics is officially over," McCain spokesman Tucker Bounds said.

-- Chris Cillizza

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