RNC Going Up On The Air For McCain In Montana

Really. Montana.

With Senator McCain badly outgunned on television, the independent advertising arm of the Republican Party -- which can spend freely on advertising as long as it does not coordinate its plans with those of the McCain campaign or the Republican National Committee's central command -- is stepping up its efforts in some unlikely places.

The latest: Montana, a usually, reliably red state that is rarely ever considered in need of defending for Republicans during presidential campaigns. Democrats who monitor advertising spending report that the "independent expenditure" unit placed a new buy today, totaling between $300,000 and $400,000. Republicans confirm.

The 50 state strategy, ladies and gentlemen. This is why you compete everywhere. The RNC never should have had to invest in Montana but now Pollster has McCain up by under 3 points in the state and this is several hundred thousand dollars that can not be spent in Florida or Virginia. This is really remarkable. Are they even trying for a McCain win anymore or just trying to minimize how big his loss is?

Tags: Barack Obama, John McCain, Montana, RNC (all tags)



what's weird is

There's not even a close House or Senate race in Montana.

If I were a Republican in one of those races, I'd be pissed the RNC was spending money to save MT's 3 electoral votes.

by desmoinesdem 2008-10-27 04:08PM | 0 recs
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I wonder if they are starting to get a siege mentality.

by jsfox 2008-10-27 04:13PM | 0 recs
The later!

and it could not happen to a nicer party!

by politics64 2008-10-27 04:13PM | 0 recs
Thank you Dr. Howard Dean

I listened to all the naysayers say that you were crazy to suggest a 50 state strategy we had to fight on that same old blue turf.

Montana, why would the Republicans have to defend Montana??????

Crazy like a Fox, and not the one everyone thinks of.

by WashStateBlue 2008-10-27 04:18PM | 0 recs
Re: Thank you Dr. Howard Dean

We also have a little help from Ron Paul who I understand is on the ballot in MT.  He can definitely help lower McCain numbers.

by gavoter 2008-10-27 04:41PM | 0 recs
Re: Thank you Dr. Howard Dean

What I really love is the clintonistas who insisted that our belief that states like Colorado, Montana, Indiana, North Dakota, North Carolina, Nevada, and Indiana could be in play with Obama on the ticket.

Clinton wouldn't put any of these states in play.

by lojasmo 2008-10-27 04:57PM | 0 recs
Re: Thank you Dr. Howard Dean

Ugh.  That our belief WAS FOLLY, or something of the sort.

by lojasmo 2008-10-27 04:58PM | 0 recs
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I belly laugh every time I think of the Old Guard Democrats hollering about what a "disaster" Howard Dean has been for the DNC. Listen hard Terry and Company: Howard Dean was right and you were dead wrong. You have to work for every vote and touch every voter in every state to be a winner. Your "strong state" strategy nearly destroyed the Democratic Party and now you have been served. OK...feel better...rant off.
by Spiffarino 2008-10-27 07:28PM | 0 recs
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This is fun! Unleash the hounds!

by jcullen 2008-10-27 04:18PM | 0 recs
Montana as bellwether??

You have to think that if $300,000 is required to ensure a McCain win in MT (which I think will be the result), he has no chance.  McCain seems to be ignoring all the states like Montana (think Georgia, North Carolina, Missouri, Arizona), knowing that if those states require his money and presence, he is sunk.  McCain is all in on Pennsylvania, knowing that he needs to win this state and somehow get lucky and win all the other close red ones.  Competing in those close states is a waste, because if those states require his money and presence, he's already lost.  I would feel sorry for him if he wasn't revealed to be an a$$hole.  I used to like him, but he's become (become?) a mean old man.

by ProgressiveDL 2008-10-27 04:26PM | 0 recs
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A lot of money for three electoral votes.  Although it is a shame Rehberg isn't in serious danger this year.  He should be a prime target in 2010 as neither Schweitzer, Baucus, nor Tester will be on the ballot.

by Skaje 2008-10-27 04:45PM | 0 recs

The only way I can see why they made this ad buy is they believe Obama is going to win and this is just to try to prevent a perhaps potentially embarrasing loss of a state? I mean, its only 3 electoral votes and really doesn't seem to be a "game changer" in any scenario.

Hopeful, but let's keep it going.

by werd2406 2008-10-27 04:55PM | 0 recs
Hey John! Here's an anchor! Catch!

Thanks Dr. Dean for the 50 state strategy. Thanks Barack for the 50 state campaign. Thanks to the grassroots/netroots for making it possible.

Time to throw the Republithugs an anchor.

If this isn't an incentive to GOTV, what is?

by meddembob 2008-10-27 05:16PM | 0 recs
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Now, get Obama or Biden out to MT and ND, just for one day.

by johnny longtorso 2008-10-27 06:37PM | 0 recs
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this is totally the 50 State Strategy come to fruition

by rikyrah 2008-10-27 07:05PM | 0 recs
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Montana has never been an outrageous state. Fundamentally it makes much more sense than some of the other states were are pursuing. In 2004, Montana had 18% self-described liberals and 36% self-identified conservatives. In each case that is only about 3 points away from a true swing state. In fact, it's virtually identical to Missouri, which was 19-36. Of course, there are other variables, like black percentage where Montana and Missouri are not comparable.

Montana suffers from isolation and low number of electoral votes. If we had contested it in presidential years it would be well known as not as right leaning as states south of it.

by Gary Kilbride 2008-10-27 11:28PM | 0 recs


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