Thursday's ad war revolved around energy, as MoveOn.org announced a 30-second television ad labeling John McCain's energy plan a "gimmick."
McCain has been traveling the country touting his energy plan, which includes lifting the ban on offshore drilling. The ad by MoveOn, which backs Democrat Barack Obama but has no direct connection to the campaign, has a father telling his son how McCain, the presumptive Republican nominee, seemed like a principled man.
But the offshore drilling idea, the father said is "not a solution, Mr. McCain. That's a gimmick. We expected better."
Republicans quickly fought back.
GOP spokesman Alex Conant noted that Wednesday, Obama told a Missouri audience that “There are things that you can do individually though to save energy; making sure your tires are properly inflated, simple thing, but we could save all the oil that they’re talking about getting off drilling, if everybody was just inflating their tires and getting regular tune-ups. You could actually save just as much.”
Thursday, Conant said, "a day after Barack Obama told voters to inflate their tires and reject domestic exploration, his special-interest friends are echoing his anti-drilling message on TV. Attacking John McCain’s solutions to America’s energy crisis and offering nothing but tire-maintenance advice will not reduce prices at the pump."
To see the MoveOn.org ad: