Obama Gets Tough in Sharp New Ads
Camp launching preemptive counter-assault
By Jess Kilby,  Newser User
Posted Oct 5, 2008 8:31 AM CDT
Barack Obama speaks at the democratic party of North Carolina's annual Vance-Aycock Dinner at The Grove Park Inn in Asheville, N.C. Saturday, Oct. 4, 2008.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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(Newser) – Barack Obama is getting his political jujitsu on, reports Politico, launching a preemptive strike against John McCain’s upcoming attack ads with an aggressive message of his own: McCain is erratic and out of touch. The McCain camp plans to run ads next week tying Obama to a convicted money launderer and a political radical, and Obama’s team is spinning the attack as a dodge on the financial crisis.

The Obama ads, which start tomorrow on cable networks, note that “struggling families can't turn the page on this economy” as the McCain campaign turns the page "on the country’s economic woes by launching dishonorable, dishonest assaults against Barack Obama.” A McCain aide defended the campaign’s upcoming ads, saying they highlight “associations that are important to who Barack Obama is.”