It’s official: Sen. John McCain has committed resources to defend his home state of Arizona.
In the wake of a slew of polls that show the race in the Grand Canyon State tightening in recent weeks, Talking Points Memo reports that several of its Arizona readers reported receiving a McCain campaign robocall today.
McCain’s robocall, which was played to us over the phone by Mary Joe Bartel, a retiree who lives south of Tucson, attacks Obama as unprepared to defend the country from terrorism, singling out Joe Biden’s recent remarks about the likelihood of Obama being tested by an international crisis early in his first term.
Here’s the script:
I’m calling for John McCain and the RNC because Barack Obama is so dangerously inexperienced, his running mate Joe Biden just said, he invites a major international crisis that he will be unprepared to handle alone.
If Democrats win full control of government, they will want to give civil rights to terrorists and talk unconditionally to dictators and state sponsors of terror. Barack Obama and his Democratic allies lack the experience and judgment to lead America. This call was paid for by the Republican National Committee and authorized by McCain-Palin 2008.
The news says a lot about the state of the McCain campaign. With Obama throwing money around like it’s his job, and with McCain struggling to keep pace, the campaign can hardly afford to redirect money from battleground states to go on the air with television or radio advertising in Arizona.
But McCain’s strategists must be at least somewhat concerned about McCain’s home-state standing, or they wouldn’t risk signaling weakness by taking this action. The robocalls will allow McCain to spread his message cheaply in Arizona. Unfortunately for him, it is highly questionable how effective the calls may be.
The McCain campaign is releasing memos saying the race is “functionally tied” — but its actions suggest McCainland is privately worried about the possibility of an electoral blowout.
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