Republican National Committee

“Change or More of the Same”
60-second radio ad run starting Sept. 12, 2008 in NH; Sept. 16 in Denver, CO; Sept. 17 in Las Vegas and Elko, NV; Sept. 18 in Albuquerque, Santa Fe, and Española, NM.

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[Music] Male Announcer: Change or more of the same?
That’s the argument Barack Obama has been trying to make.
What about pork-barrel spending?
In 20 plus years in the Senate, John McCain has never sought an earmark.  Not once.
As Governor, Sarah Palin vetoed nearly half a billion dollars in wasteful spending and cut earmark requests by hundreds of millions of dollars.
Barack Obama?
In three short years in the Senate, Obama requested nearly a billion dollars in earmarks.
Nearly one billion dollars.  That’s over a million dollars for each day he’s been in Washington, D.C.
And Joe Biden?
Biden has been requesting earmarks for decades.
John McCain – Never requested an earmark.
Barack Obama – One billion dollars in earmark requests. 
You decide… Who represents change?
John McCain and Sarah Palin will shake up Washington.  Barack Obama… more of the same and opposed to real reform.

McCain: I'm John McCain and I approved this message.

Announcer: Paid for by the Republican National Committee and authorized by McCain-Palin 2008.

Notes: The Obama campaign responded thusly...

"The McCain campaign's lies make it clear that John McCain would rather lose his integrity than lose this election.  The fact is, John McCain has voted for millions in earmarks and his running mate has requested more pork per person than any governor in America -- including $2 million to study the mating patterns of crabs.  Barack Obama has stood up to the lobbyists and corruption in Washington, and will bring real change that puts middle-class families first,” said Obama campaign spokesman Tommy Vietor.