What do Obama, Paris and Britney have in common?

Posted by Rachel Leigh email

It's a bold new tactic by John McCain's campaign: An attack ad that tries to use Barack Obama's star power against him.

The ad, which flashes shots of the Britney Spears and Paris Hilton, calls Barack Obama "the biggest celebrity in the world." But asks, "Is he ready to lead?"

Responding to the ad, Obama spokesman Tommy Vietor said, "On a day when major news organizations across the country are taking Senator McCain to task for a steady stream of false, negative attacks, his campaign has launched yet another. Or, as some might say, 'Oops! He did it again.'"

The ad is the latest in a string of hard-hitting television commercials from the McCain campaign. Earlier spots suggest Obama is playing politics with the Iraq war, is against funding American troops, and bears some responsibility for high gas prices.

In a conference call with reporters announcing the ad, McCain adviser Rick Davis said of Obama's campaign coverage, "The focus on media, on events and activities, is much more something you'd expect from someone releasing a new movie".