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New McCain Ads to Hit Dem Convention

1:06 PM, Aug 20, 2008 • By JAIME SNEIDER
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The Washington Times reported that the McCain campaign will be playing ads during the Democratic convention. My sources on the campaign now tell me that several new ads will premiere, and they will be specifically tailored to the Denver convention. I wonder whether one of the new ads will focus on Obama's answer at this past Saturday's townhall that matters of life and death were "above his pay grade." Perhaps there wasn't time to cut and deliver an ad featuring this line, but I feel statement might provide the opening Team Clinton never got, perhaps doing as much damage as the "I voted for it before I voted against it" line.

Of course, I'm not suggesting John McCain should seek to make abortion the focal point of his campaign. But I do think Obama's answer could be used to raise broader questions about whether he is ready to lead. After all, Obama basically admitted he's not up to the job, and it feeds the theme of being a lightweight the way Kerry's blunder helped bolster the theme that he's a flip-flopper. Even if there's no time to cut a television ad, perhaps team McCain could at least put together one of their snappy web ads about it.