RNC debuts attack against Obama

In a new video, "Can We Ask?" the Republican National Committee previews some lines of attack against Barack Obama.

Published May 9, 2008 3:19PM (EDT)

The Republican National Committee has just rolled out a new Web site -- and a new Web ad -- devoted to attacking Barack Obama. The site and the video share the same title, "Can We Ask?" and portray Obama as "a questionable candidate."

And apparently even Republicans are hip to this whole Web 2.0 thing. If you have questions of your own for Obama, you can submit them, either in writing or via video from YouTube. Current text questions include, "Sen. Obama, Why do you talk about going against decades of U.S. foreign policy -- policies supported by Presidents of both parties -- and talk with our enemies? How do we know you won't 'negotiate with terrorists?" as well as "Have you ever passed anything meaningful while in the US Senate? It seems like you've been running for President ever since you got there?" and "how dose he intin .pay for medicare and social security. prescription drug plan medcaide."

According to the New York Times' Caucus blog, Obama spokesman Bill Burton's response to the Web ad -- which can be viewed below -- was, "If the best they can do is a series of answered questions set to the aspirational tones of our campaign in a ham-handed Web video, I sense this is going to be a long general election for the status quo crowd in Washington supporting John McCain."

By Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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