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New McCain Ad Ties Obama To Congress

(ST. PAUL) As their convention gets back on track in St. Paul, the McCain campaign is out with a new line of attack against Barack Obama. A new ad attempts to tie Barack Obama to the Democrats in Congress. The ad superimposes images of Obama with several Senate Democrats, trying to show that they will together bring big spending and higher taxes.

"Take away the crowds, the chants, all that's left are costly words," the ad begins with familiar pictures from Obama's speech in Berlin as the backdrop. The ad then moves to a picture of Obama, but then quickly shifts to pictures of Congress and pictures of Democratic Senators Chris Dodd, Byron Dorgan, Harry Reid, Patrick Leahy and Charles Schumer. The narrator continues: "Barack Obama and out of touch congressional leaders have expensive plans – billions in new government spending, years of deficits, no balanced budgets and painful tax increases on working American families. They are ready to tax, ready to spend, but not ready to lead." An image of Obama then appears with the last line, replaying the common line the McCain campaign has employed about their rival.

The ad, entitled "Expensive Plans," is a joint project between the McCain campaign the Republican National Committee. It is running in 14 states: Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin.

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