From NBC's Mark Murray
As we mentioned earlier in First Thoughts, McCain camp is up with a new TV ad that responds to the current troubles on Wall Street. Per the campaign, the ad is airing nationally on broadcast and cable.
Our economy in crisis. Only proven reformers John McCain and Sarah Palin can fix it.
Tougher rules on Wall Street to protect your life savings.
No special interest giveaways.
Lower taxes to create new jobs.
Offshore drilling to reduce gas prices.
McCain - Palin.
Leadership, experience, for the change we need.
JOHN MCCAIN: I'm John McCain and I approved this message.
Obama spokesman Bill Burton fires back: "John McCain has been in Washington for 26 years and hasn't lifted a finger to reform the regulations that could've prevented this crisis. In fact, his campaign is run by some of the very same lobbyists who fought against these regulations and worked to put special interest giveaways in our federal budget. Now he's proposing $200 billion in tax breaks for the biggest corporations in America but not one penny of relief to more than 100 million Americans who are worried about their life savings and their ability to make their mortgage payments. John McCain buys into the same failed economic theory that landed us in this mess in the first place, and we can't afford to take a chance on his disturbingly out-of-touch policies at a time when our economy is in crisis."