The campaign of Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, has a message for Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz, and his newly aggressive tactics: you’re being juvenile, and all you’re doing is helping us raise money.
McCain has this week issued a TV ad comparing Obama to an Paris Hilton and Britney Spears, which McCain-backing Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-SC, said was to show that Obama-mania is "hysteria around a personality that’s attractive, but when you look under the hood there’s not a whole lot there."
Of McCain’s new messiah web video, released today, Obama campaign spokesman Hari Sevugan says, "it’s downright sad that on a day when we learned that 51,000 Americans lost their jobs, a candidate for the presidency is spending all of his time and the powerful platform he has on these sorts of juvenile antics. Senator McCain can keep telling everyone how ‘proud’ he is of these political stunts which even his Republican friends and advisors have called ‘childish’, but Barack Obama will continue talking about his plan to jumpstart our economy by giving working families $1,000 of immediate relief."
The Obama campaign also claims that yesterday more than 100,000 donors — more than a third of them first-time contributors — contributed to Obama’s campaign on the internet, prompted — they believe — by McCain’s newly aggressive and negative approach, "taking this campaign into the gutter," according Obama campaign manager David Plouffe .
"You responded this week" to McCain’s attacks, Plouffe says in a new web video emailed to contributors, because "you want a different kind of politics…You’re not going to allow these attacks from John McCain to dominate this campaign."
"I think John McCain has harmed himself in the last week, really eroding any capital he had built up in terms of the kind of politician he is," Plouffe says, "but he’s really helped our campaign. Because so many of you now have contributed in the last week, our field offices across the country had people pouring into them yesterday. Because while John McCain may want to make this campaign about Paris Hilton and Britney Spears, you want to make it about our future and the change we all need to make."