ABC News’ Rick Klein Reports: The Republican National Committee is launching a new ad Wednesday that blasts Sen. Barack Obama’s new spending proposals as “crazy,” ramping up GOP attacks in five battleground states — and continuing to position the RNC in opposition to the Wall Street bailout package.
The ad, which features the sound of a typewriter and letters on a screen but no other visuals, claims that Obama “would spend $1 TRILLION on top of our current national budget. . . . “On top of the $700 billion plan Congress just passed to cover failure on Wall Street . . .”
“Barack Obama’s plan: One trillion MORE. Sound crazy? It is.”
Brad Todd, who heads up the RNC’s “independent expenditure” arm, said in a statement that the ad is “unlike any other in this presidential campaign. Its only audible words are the legally required disclaimer and the ad includes no pictures or elaborate graphics. Senator Obama’s plans are so dramatically out of step with our country’s financial situation that no sales techniques are required to make the case.”
The ad will run in Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Wisconsin, Todd said. He said the committee will spend $5.5 million over the next eight days on this and a previously released anti-Obama ad, which is airing in North Carolina, Florida, and Maine, and that also takes aim at Obama’s spending plans.
The $1 trillion figure refers to high-end estimates of the cost of Obama’s spending proposals over the entirety of a four-year term. The numbers has been disputed by some independent fact-checkers, who note that Obama has proposed spending cuts of a roughly similar level.