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Is Obama campaign getting its groove back? Hitting McCain on his houses

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John McCain may regret the day he said he could not remember how many homes he owns. The number is seven. Obama's team--tarred with the rich celebrity tag by McCain, and thrown off stride by this--was given a gift by McCain and is intent on making the most of it.

Obama Campaign Launches New TV Ad And Holds Events Throughout The Country On John McCain Losing Track of How Many Homes He Owns
Highlights Just How Out of Touch John McCain Is

CHICAGO - Today, the Obama campaign released a new 30-second TV ad, Seven, discussing just how out of touch John McCain is with the struggles of everyday people. The ad highlight's John McCain's desire to just offer more of the same economic policies we've gotten from President Bush, as just yesterday he declared "the fundamentals of our economy are strong" and lost track of how many houses he owns.

In addition, Obama supporters are speaking out in battleground states across the country about how out of touch Senator McCain is. Listed below is information on the ad as well as just a few of the events happening today across the country.

BURLINGTON, VT: Vermont State Representative Rachel Weston will be speaking outside her home about McCain losing track of how many homes he owns

LA CROSSE, WI: State Rep. Jen Shilling and La Crosse Obama supporters host a news conference on McCain losing track of how many homes he owns

MADISON, WI: Former US Senator Jean Carnahan holds event in Madison with Women For Obama where she will talk about McCain losing track of how many homes he owns

DES MOINES, IA: Kansas Governor, Kathleen Sebelius campaigns in Des Moines this afternoon where she will discuss McCain losing track of how many homes he owns

KANSAS CITY, MO: Obama Heartland Change RV Tour with State Senator Wes Shoemyer will visit a Missouri family in Kansas City to discuss McCain losing track of how many homes he owns

ST. PAUL, MN: State Senator Tarryl Clark discusses McCain losing track of how many homes he owns

BANGOR, ME: Rep. Mike Dunn, and House Majority Whip Sean Faircloth will hold a press conference to talk about McCain losing track of how many homes he owns

PUEBLO, CO: State Rep. Terrance Carroll will hold an event with Obama supporters in Denver and State Sen. Abel Tapia about McCain losing track of how many homes he owns

OH: Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen will talk about McCain losing track of how many homes he owns at events throughout southeast Ohio

ALTOONA, PA: State Senator John Wozniak will headline an event in Altoona, PA on McCain losing track of how many homes he owns and the campaign is also announcing a statewide search for anyone who doesn't know how many houses they own

MI: Campaign for Change offices across Michigan are launching a "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: McCain Edition" contest where volunteers will be able to win a free "Exxon-McCain" bumper-sticker if they correctly guess the number of houses John McCain owns. Prizes will be only be awarded after McCain clarifies exactly how many houses he owns. To win, the answer must be specific -- "at least four" doesn't count.

TAMPA , FL: Campaign for Change in Florida launched a statewide search to find Floridians who, like John McCain, have so many homes that they just can't keep track of the number.

Raleigh, NC: Campaign for Change in North Carolina is holding a press conference in Raleigh with Representative G.K. Butterfield to talk about McCain losing track of how many homes he owns

BILLINGS, MT: A local family will hold an availability in front of a house slated for foreclosure

NV: Congresswoman Berkley will host a conference call to talk about McCain losing track of how many homes he owns

ANCHORAGE, AK: Local residents will hold a press availability to talk about McCain losing track of how many homes he owns

The Ad-Seven

Seven will air on national cable beginning today.

Click HERE to watch Seven. See below for the transcript:

Barack Obama for President
"Seven"

VISUALS
AUDIO
Still image of Barack Obama speaking with 60-ish woman. Fades to black.

BO (speaking as VO):

I'm Barack Obama. And I approve this message.
B-roll of child walking into a middle class home

Male VO:

Maybe you're struggling just to pay the mortgage on your home.
B-roll John McCain meeting with President Bush
CHYRON:

"The fundamentals of our economy are strong."
-John McCain
August 20, 2008
But, recently, John McCain said: "The fundamentals of our economy are strong."
Image of foreclosed home.

Hmmm.
B-roll of John McCain
CHYRON:

How many houses does McCain have?
Then again, that same day, when asked how many houses he owns...
B-roll of John McCain
CHYRON:

"McCain unsure how many houses he owns."
POLITICO, 08/21/08
...McCain lost track. He couldn't remember.
CHYRON:

it's seven.

Well, it's seven.
CHYRON:

it's seven.
worth thirteen million dollars.

Source: AZ, CA, and VA Property and Tax Records
Seven houses.
Image of the White House.
CHYRON:

John McCain.
We can't afford more of the same.

APPROVED BY BARACK OBAMA. PAID FOR BY OBAMA FOR AMERICA.
And here's one house America can't afford... to let John McCain move into.

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7 Comments

Obama should not bring up houses, it's just a bad idea.

Excellent ad, Lynn--and excellent point--they WERE thrown off track by the 'he's a celebrity' attack.
And we can't afford for them to get kerfuffled like that.
The low performance is NOT excusable.
Get it together!
This oughta be a cake walk!

Sorry Lynn but Obama's campaign NEVER HAD A REAL GROOVE.

What Obama once 'had' was a clever SMOKE-SCREEN that shielded him from the TRUTH of the REAL ISSUES. Now what America is finally starting to see is who/what Obama was prior to this election and what he is becoming right before our very eyes, which looks a lot like a sore-loser.

Obama was po'd with Hillary's attempt to uncover America's eyes and look where THAT got HER!

ANYONE who reveals the TRUTH about Obama is directly blasted into outer space without a space suit.

See no evil...hear no evil...speak no evil...doesn't mean that evil isn't there.

MCCAIN IS IN BAD SHAPE AND AMERICA KNOWS IT!
HE'S ASLEEP AT THE SWITCH!

BARACK OBAMA IS THE RIGHT MAN FOR THE JOB!
GOD HELP US IF MCCAIN GETS IN OFFICE, HE IS
ASSOCIATED WITH SOME HORRIBLE GUYS, THEY MEAN THE
COUNTRY NO GOOD!
LOOK FOR KARL ROVE TO GET INDICTED VERY SOON!
WHY DO YOU THINK HE IS HELPING MCCAIN, HE WANTS
A PARDON!


What does Obama (from his OWN MOUTH) say about politics?


ON FEBRUARY 02, 2007 Obama addressed the democratic party and America about what he stands for, how he feels about politics, what he calls America to do and why he was running to become President of the United States.


For all non-listener's (of words) who cling the sweet-musical keys of Barack Obama's two-tongued WORDS THAT MATTER (and for those who believe Obama's ACTIONS matter all-the-more than just his words) PAY CLOSE ATTENTION to the ACTUAL WORDS coming out of the mouth of Barack Obama and LISTEN carefully to the way those words PLAY sweet-sounding music to the ears, as if they were being played by the strings of an angelic harp....THEN (shake-it-off) try to SEE and HEAR who/what Barack Obama says/does 'behind his heavenly harp:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OOBSRf9arPk

Obama about politics: February 02, 2008

Quote:

"THE CAMPAIGNS SHOULDN'T BE ABOUT MAKING EACH OTHER LOOK BAD"...

(how can anyone be MADE to LOOK BAD, unless there's REASON for them to LOOK BAD all on their own?)


"THEY SHOULD BE ABOUT 'FIGURING OUT' [here's a CLUE Obama doesn't KNOW what to do...from his OWN MOUTH] HOW WE CAN ALL DO SOME GOOD FOR THIS PRECIOUS COUNTRY OF OURS"...

(does Obama practice what Obama preaches about 'change we can believe in?...change in old Washington politics"??)


"IN THIS MISSION, OUR RIVALS WON'T BE ONE ANOTHER...THEY WON'T EVEN BE THE OTHER PARTY"...

(is THAT what YOU see/hear in Obama ads? Town Hall meetings? News interviews? Obama's book, Dreams of My Father?)

"IT'S GONNA BE *CYNICISM THAT WE'RE FIGHTING AGAINST"...

*cynicism:

An attitude of scornful or jaded negativity, especially a general distrust of the integrity or professed motives of others: "the public cynicism aroused by governmental scandals."

A scornfully or jadedly negative comment or act:“She arrived at a philosophy of her own, all made up of her private notations and cynicisms."

(the very definition of cynicism sounds a LOT like Obama..."America is NOT what it once was, what it USED to be")


"IT'S THE CYNICISM BORN FROM DECADES OF DISAPPOINTMENT...REINFORCED BY THE RELENTLESS POUNDING OF NEGATIVE ADS THAT HAVE BECOME THE STAPLE OF MODERN (doesn't 'modern' mean NEW not OLD???) POLITICS"...

(Has Obama himself been the STAPLE of MODERN POLITICS in his own RELENTLESS POUNDING of Obama 'REAL ISSUE' vs Neg ads?)


"TO CYNICISM THAT ASKS US TO BELIEVE THAT OUR OPPONENTS ARE NEVER JUST WRONG, THAT THEY'RE BAD"...

(is Obama's intention with negative campaigning/advertising WANT YOU TO BELIEVE MCCAIN IS GOOD? Do they want you to BELIEVE OBAMA IS GOOD?)

"THAT OUR MOTIVES IN POLITICS CAN NEVER BE PURE...BUT THAT THEY ARE DRIVEN BY POWER AND BY GREED"...

(what DID DRIVE Obama to RUN AGAINST HILLARY [a FELLOW DEM] in order to attain the DEM party's 'historic first' [first woman as president] for himself [first black man as president] AT THE SAME TIME AS HILLARY???...was Obama's INTENT to bring PARTY UNITY???)


'THIS CAN'T BE ABOUT WHO DIGS UP MORE SKELETONS"...

(why not Obama?...every other American is scrutinized for their EMPLOYMENT applications...Why NOT Obama for president?)...


"WHO MAKES THE MOST SLIP-UP'S ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL"...

(huh?...isn't THAT Obama's criticism of John McCain???...of ANYONE who DARES question Obama's positions, policies, agendas or politics???)...


"WE OWE IT TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO DO MORE THAN THAT"...

(so when does America get what Obama says we are owed??? from Obama???...messenger of 'hope'???)


"WE OWE THEM AN ELECTION WHERE VOTERS ARE INSPIRED"...

(NOT informed about REAL ISSUES, just INSPIRED, by a MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKER who proclaims, "I WILL LET NO ONE QUESTION...." [placing ONLY HIMSELF ABOVE SCRUTINY] on any REAL ISSUES whatsoever to date)


"WHERE 'THEY' [America] BELIEVE THAT WE MIGHT BE ABLE TO DO THINGS THAT WE HAVEN'T DONE BEFORE"...

(what exactly hasn't AMERICA been able to DO BEFORE? What hasn't America been ABLE TO DO BEFORE that Barack Obama WILL DO???)


"WE DON'T WANT ANOTHER ELECTION WHERE VOTERS ARE SIMPLY HOLDING THEIR NOSES AND FEEL LIKE THEIR CHOOSING THE LESSER OF TWO EVILS"...

(what the people WANT isn't always what the people NEED either, now is it Obama???)


"LET'S HAVE AN HONEST DEBATE ABOUT HOW TO END THIS WAR IN IRAQ"...

(HONEST???....DEBATE???...the Saddleback Showdown DID give America an HONEST DEBATE and Obama FAILED MISERABLY on every hard issue and hard question)


"AS WAS MENTIONED, I WAS OPPOSED TO THIS INVASION [Iraq War] PUBLICALLY, FREQUENTLY, BEFORE IT BEGAN"...

(Now tell America Obama, YOU WEREN'T A SENATOR when the VOTE came up in order to have a 'meaningful position' either FOR/AGAINST THE IRAQ WAR)


"FOR EVERY ATTACK AD THAT QUESTIONS THE CHARACTER, OR HONESTY OR PATRIOTISM OF SOMEBODY
(Obama didn't even finish his proclaimation of what should COUNTER every attack ad)...IT IS TIME FOR US TO FREE OURSELVES FROM THE CONSTRAINTS OF POLITICS"...

(constraints of politics???...politics means we the people have a VOICE and a VOTE...how do politics CONSTRAIN DEMOCRACY???)

"IT'S TIME FOR US TO STOP SETTLING FOR THE WORLD AS IT IS AND START RE-IMAGINING THE WORLD AS IT MIGHT BE"...

(Obama says: 'We should LIVE IN LA-LA-LAND where the world we WANT to live in 'might be'???)


"WE ALL HAVE DOUBTS. BUT WHERE-EVER THERE'S DOUBT, THE SENSE OF POSSIBILITY IN AMERICA LOOMS LARGER"...

(Michelle Obama quote: "THE FEAR OF POSSIBILITY...I KNOW WHERE IT COMES FROM" End quote...that's a fine example of an 'oxymoron')


"AND OVER THE NEXT TWO YEARS, THAT WILL BE MY CALL TO YOU...I CAN'T DO IT ON MY OWN, BUT TOGETHER, WE CAN 'HOPE'...I'M CALLING ON YOU TO 'HOPE'"...

End quote.

OBAMA'S CALLING for AMERICA TO 'HOPE'...sounds a LOT like we need to "PREPARE FOR THE WORST, BUT HOPE FOR THE BEST"...pretty music that plays without a single action to back-up the words of 'hope' and 'change'.

While a majority of voters in this country are battling to save their ONE house, McCain proves that he has no understanding of that concept in that he cannot remember how many he owns.

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