Skip to comments.NRA plans a wider ad assault on Barack Obama in battleground states
Posted on 10/06/2008 11:50:33 AM PDT by neverdem
The National Rifle Assn. is about to turn up the volume on its campaign against Barack Obama, airing more ads taking him to task over his gun record.
Starting as early as Sunday, the NRA will be airing a new batch of spots in more battleground states, such as Ohio, Virginia and Florida. As colleague Noam Levey reported back in June, some say the NRA is losing sway. But Democrats, who generally favor restrictions on guns, still shy away from the issue, particularly in must-win swing states.
The NRA already is up with spots in Colorado, New Mexico and Pennsylvania. Some use Obamas line, uttered at a San Francisco fundraiser, about "bitter" people clinging to their guns. Obama's attorneys sent letters asking that television stations cease airing the ads, but the spots continue to show on cable.
The NRA has set up a website attacking Obama, and so far has disclosed spending $2.2 million on its independent expenditure campaign against the Democratic nominee, Federal Election Commission records show.
That's just a fraction of what the final total will be. NRA spokesman Andrew Arulanandam said the organization will end up spending well into the eight figures -- some have estimated as much as $40 million -- by Nov. 4. The group spent $20 million on ads against Sen. John Kerry four years ago.
Things are a little more expensive this time around, Arulanandam said.
Obama spokesman Ben LaBolt says "Obama has always believed that the 2nd Amendment protects the individual right to own a firearm." The gunners group is claiming that Obama would be the most anti-gun president in American history.
John McCain also has taken to talking about Obama's gun views, declaring last week that "if Senator Obama is elected president, the rights of law-abiding gun owners will be at..."
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And the NRA is running ads on every firearms or hunting-related site I’ve been to in the past week - every one of them!
Go get ‘em!
We're turning into the home stretch of a close race!!! And I'm not sure the Obamessiah is truly ready for what's about to hit him.
What if we played by Obama’s rules? Why don’t we call Kendall Burman at Obama For America, the man responsible for interfacing with broadcasters, and inundate him with phone calls? Why don’t we stress their system? We don’t, because we’re better than that.
“I’m not sure the Obamessiah is truly ready for what’s about to hit him.”
My cousins in Southern and Southwestern Michigan have not see one NRA commercial this year.
I would have assumed that a hunting state like Michigan would have/could have been easy pickings for the NRA...
These folks are pro union — but they damn sure don’t want anyone touching their guns...Thankfully most of them don’t believe obie...my cousin that is the most vocal said; “there is no way on earth we can trust that rat b@#@##@!”
Hey NRA...more ads in Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Indiana...
hmmmmmmmmmmmm... if it is so easy to register and vote for ANYONE YOU WANT in Ohio... (if you “APPEAR” to be an obama supporter *wink*)
Remember the Democraps motto: “Vote Early, Vote Often”
The NRA is just now unveiling its ad campaign, so I wouldn’t worry just yet. However, McCain’s recent decision not to publicly contest Michigan may have caused the NRA officials to weigh whether or not advertising there was cost effective.
That said, I'm surprised there's no NRA ads showing in Indiana, but they do seem to be taking an oddly low profile in Penn?