Obama ad goes after McCain's leadership, temperament

The new spot, airing in at least one key swing state, calls the Republican nominee, and his response to the economic crisis, "erratic."

Published October 21, 2008 10:46PM (EDT)

Barack Obama's campaign is out with a new, and particularly hard-hitting, negative ad about John McCain.

The spot, entitled "Erratic," hits McCain's personality generally, but focuses particularly on his response to the economic crisis. "Sen. McCain and Gov. Palin talk about experience, a steady hand. But in this economic crisis, it's McCain who's careened from stance to stance, been erratic, poured gasoline on the economic mess."

So far, it seems that the Obama camp may be saving its strongest ammo for a place where it might be needed most. The only place where this ad has been spotted running is Virginia, which could prove to be 2008's version of Florida or Ohio, the one state that's key to victory.

By Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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