From NBC's Mark Murray
A day after his campaign announced it was airing its first positive TV ad in weeks -- even though there were signs that there wasn't much money behind the ad, given the campaign's silence on where it's running -- the McCain camp is back up with a new negative TV ad.
As with the Britney-Paris ad, it calls Obama "the biggest celebrity in the world" (despite McCain's own appearances in "24" and "Wedding Crashers" and a TV movie about him), and it also hits Obama on taxes and spending.
The campaign says the ad be cycled into its buy in CO, IA, MI, MO, NV, NH, NM, OH, PA, VA (NoVA) and WI.
ANNCR: Is the biggest celebrity in the world ready to help your family?
The real Obama promises higher taxes, more government spending. So, fewer jobs. Renewable energy to transform our economy, create jobs and energy independence, that's John McCain.
JOHN MCCAIN: I'm John McCain and I approved this message.
*** UPDATE *** Obama spokesman Bill Burton emails this response to McCain's latest ad: "Is the biggest proponent of George Bush's tired, failed policies ready to bring about change? Another day brings another dishonest attack from John McCain. While Sen. McCain knows that Sen. Obama has proposed cutting taxes for 95% of American families, what he's not telling us is that he wants to give $4 billion in tax breaks to the oil companies, continue giving tax breaks to corporations that ship our job overseas, and provide no direct tax relief for more than 100 million middle-class families. It's time to retire these old policies and bring new energy to America."