CINCINNATI (TDB) -- A 60-second Republican National Committee radio ad began airing in Charleston, S.C. today, just ahead of the Democratic presidential debate scheduled to take place at the Citadel, a military academy. The ad poses questions for Senators Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., and Barack Obama, the frontrunners, and implies they are not delivering "principled leadership" on the War in Iraq. It says they have altered positions, but does not say that the has grown increasingly unpopular with the public.
For some reason, the GOP chose not to mention former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards regarding the war. Or anything. Does this mean the guys at RNC headquarters now view Edwards as a non-important, non-viable candidate for the nomination? Or could they not fit him into a short radio ad? Probably the latter.
The voice on the advertisement belongs to an Iraq War vet. The ad's appearance on the day of the debate shows Republican strategists -- at least those put in place by Karl Rove at the White House -- so far have no intention of backing away from the war, or softening their rhetoric aimed at critics.