From NBC's Domenico Montanaro
A new RNC ad, "Worse," tries to pin the blame, at least in part, for the financial crisis on Obama. It also seems to villify the bailout, despite McCain's support for it. The ad stresses that Washington is "forced" to do the "bailout with OUR money. Can it get any worse?" an announcer says.
A McCain ad links Obama to Fannie/Freddie. "John McCain fought to rein in Fannie and Freddie," an announcer says. "The Post says: McCain 'pushed for stronger regulation'...'while Mr. Obama was notably silent.' But, Democrats blocked the reforms. Loans soared. Then, the bubble burst. And, taxpayers are on the hook for billions."
But complicating matters for the McCain campaign on this front, is that that campaign manager Rick Davis "was paid more than $30,000 a month for five years as president of an advocacy group set up by the mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to defend them against stricter regulations," as the New York Times put it.
Also, there's an Obama ad running painting him as a centrist on health care in swing states Indiana, Wisconsin [Hat tip to Politico's Ben Smith] and by the sound of Elizabeth Edwards on an SEIU call today, in North Carolina as well.