Responding quickly to the character assaults being launched his way, Barack Obama is out with a new ad Sunday morning that, while attempting to place his candidacy above the fray, also digs John McCain as "erratic."
"Three quarters of a million jobs lost this year. Our financial system in turmoil. And John McCain? Erratic in a crisis. Out of touch on the economy. No wonder his campaign's announced a plan to "turn a page on the financial crisis"...distract with dishonest, dishonorable "assaults" against Barack Obama."
The spot, titled "This Year," is a familiar touch for those who have followed Obama's campaign strategy. He denounces news of an impending attack - in this case a McCain strategist telling the Washington Post that the Arizona Republican wants to shine the spotlight more on Obama's personal associations and fitness for office - while simultaneously taking a whack himself. It has worked, to certain degrees in the primary and general election.
The ad, the campaign says, will air on national cable starting on Monday,