Exclusive: RGA hits Barnes in new ad in Georgia governor’s race

The Republican Governors Association has inserted itself in a big way in the Georgia governor’s race, launching a television ad statewide Wednesday that hits hard at Democratic nominee Roy Barnes.

The 30-second spot aims to tie Barnes to Democratic President Barack Obama. Barnes faces Republican Nathan Deal and Libertarian John Monds in November.

“Our president has traveled the globe apologizing for America,” a narrator intones as images of Obama fills the screen. “Our former governor Roy Barnes is traveling the state apologizing for his first term in office. Apologizing for his disastrous education results. Apologizing for his arrogance. Apologizing for ignoring the will of the people.

“Roy Barnes and Barack Obama need to know: Georgians don’t want apologies. They want results.”

“Only two liberal lawyers who have spent a lifetime in politics would believe that an apology tour, whether it’s in Cairo, Egypt or Cairo, Georgia, would lead voters to forget their lust for power and disastrous policies,” said RGA executive director Nick Ayers, a Georgia native who helped Republican Sonny Perdue topple Barnes’ re-election bid in 2002.

The RGA has also started a website, Roybama.com, to chronicle the “Obama-Barnes apology tour.” Visit the site to see the new ad.

The RGA also made news Tuesday when it was announced that the parent company of the Fox News Channel had donated $1 million to the RGA and helped the GOP group more than double its fundraising in the second quarter of the year.

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Willis

August 18th, 2010
7:35 am

Fox News giving money to defeat Barnes? Why is that not surprising? They rather have Crook Deal in office.

UGA/TIGER

August 18th, 2010
7:38 am

“Obama was in Seattle to stump for Sen. Patty Murray on a three-day campaign swing for endangered Democrats”. And our President uses our Airforce One, our tax dollars, to campain for “the” Democratic party? And the Dem’s are concerned about the Fox contribution! BULLSH–T!

Goofy GOP

August 18th, 2010
7:53 am

Only the Republican Party would be so crass as to twist an expression of personal humility into something this nasty and personal. Reagan and the elder Bush were the last great GOP leaders to campaign on substance. Since then–the Republican party has become an empty shell in terms of policy. Their campaigns lack substance and never transcend cults of personality around their people and character assassination of the other guy. This ad underscores the Georgia GOP’s bankruptcy of substance.

Trusslady

August 18th, 2010
8:01 am

Gee UGA/Tiger your concern for our tax dollars is so touching. It’s a shame you didn’t complain during eights of “scrub brush” clearing use of Air Force One.

Laurie

August 18th, 2010
8:03 am

Is that the best RGA can come up with? Deal is facing ethics charges, and the worst thing they got on Barnes is that Obama is in office. Hrm… think I know who I’m voting for now. Thank you RGA.

Travis McGee

August 18th, 2010
8:12 am

UGA/TIGER: Unfortunately, the President of the United States, whether George Bush or Obama, when they travel, whether for state business or party business, fly on Airforce I. The difference being that the taxpayers do not cover the cost when on party business.

Don’t let facts stand in the way of making your point.

MiltonMan

August 18th, 2010
8:16 am

Democrats in this state in meltdown mode. Gotta love it! Your Obama “Hope and CHnage” bumper stickers looking real faded on your cars. Please replace with the Barnes sticker: “Once a Loser, Always a Loser”

UGA/TIGER

August 18th, 2010
8:19 am

Trusslady, simply making a statement! Dem’s are so concerned over Fox News and then to read this in the AJC just this morning, I had to cut and paste. True, it is a big waste in Goverment spending and true, the Fox News money could benefit a lot of charities! Our Goverment is way to big, donations are out of hand, people hate one another, and American is falling apart! That sounds like a sad country country song! Peace-out!

Cutty

August 18th, 2010
8:26 am

MiltonMan- They’re faded from all the smog in the city. Just one of the ‘results’ of having republicans in office. No global warming, no transportation plan (until there’s a primary months away), nothing new on water, education (need I say more).

UGA/TIGER

August 18th, 2010
8:33 am

The money could benefit a lot of charity! You know, ware and tare and maintenance!
Oh, and by the way Travis McGee, does the Government get the $.55 a mile back for the use of the plane? You know, maintenance and such. Don’t give me that fact sh-t; there is not an honest politician alive! Our President is suppose to work for the “people” not the “party”, he is paid a salary and I do not think the party is picking up his salary for the three day trip to Seattle. I know, all Presidents do this, more Government waste!

Bobby Kahn

August 18th, 2010
8:36 am

Never fear, loyal Roybama fans. King Roy and I have a long, long, list of names and our payback begins in January.

Oh Well

August 18th, 2010
8:43 am

Funny…
I’ve heard all the pundits say why I shouldn’t vote democratic (they’re going down the tubes, etc. etc) -
but is anyone else looking for SOLUTIONS?!?!?

I am!

And while we all knew that there would be some commercial (or two, or three) linking Barnes with the President (um, how original – NOT!)

I am still waiting for the Republican solution to our problems…you know, something a little more than “tax cuts”.

Aquagirl

August 18th, 2010
9:01 am

Barnes = Obama? Really, the Republicans have nothing better to spend all that Faux News money on? And what’s wrong with apologies? I wish Nathan Deal would apologize for funneling money to his family business. You think the Office of Congressional Ethics or the Court system is free?

Milton Man, I recall how those “W–still the president” stickers started disappearing. Lots of those Exurban SUV’s now in used car lots have a little clean square on the back.

here we go

August 18th, 2010
9:45 am

“Barnes = Obama? Really, the Republicans have nothing better to spend all that Faux News money on? And what’s wrong with apologies? I wish Nathan Deal would apologize for funneling money to his family business. You think the Office of Congressional Ethics or the Court system is free”?

This ‘new’ commercial against Roy is ‘just another’ stink bomb from the party of NO…Obama had to apologize for the 8 years of W – that ‘president’ just about ruined the US reputation in the world…all you Obama doubters – do ya think that 2 years is enough to fix the problems of the previous 8? If you do, you are just as bad as Baby Quail and the NO Sayers…

Road Scholar

August 18th, 2010
9:47 am

UGA/TIGER: Your stay at UGA is shown by the huge number of brain cells killed during your drunken stupors at UGA. The $0.55/mile cost is attributed to the cost of operating a car. The costs for operating a plane, esp one the size of Air Force one, is much higher!

Oh Well: Right on! I’m tired of hearing about abortion rights (the courts have upheld the present law), and other leftist causes. We need to focus on the states economy (I don’t think the abortion businesses add much), Transportation, education and water.

What is Georgia’s tax rate, income and all others, compared to other states? It’s easy to say it is High/Low, but where are the facts? Property taxes in Ga are low when compared to many states; why do you think people from around the country are moving here?

Sunshine

August 18th, 2010
9:59 am

Please look at the real issues our State is currently in. The educational systems has gone down the drain, the job market is really bad and the housing market. Just get out and vote in November and pray whomever you vote for in November makes a difference in State Government and not be apart of the “Good Ole Boy” network! We need changes!!!

4Real?

August 18th, 2010
10:08 am

For me I was hopping for a good conservative candidate for Governor. But that was not to be after the first primary election. Regardless of what is said or whether it is legal or not, Deal did use his influence as a U.S. Representative to try and prevent privatization of a function of Georgia’s government because it would effect a business he had big ties with. I know this as fact as I worked closely on this function. If he is willing to use his influence when he isn’t Governor for personal gain, what is to be expected if he does become Governor. We just ended 8 years with a crooked, misguided Governor that made his own interest above those of this state. I didn’t care for Roy, but one thing I can say is he did what he said he would do and I never saw a dishonest thing done by him or anything for a personal gain.

But to this ad. Again I consider myself far more to the Right than Liberal any day of the week and take heart in the fact that for the most part the Democrats have very little to brag about so they try to put down their Republican counter parts. The Democrats offer no, “what can I do or what have I done, only look at what they have done”. But now the Republicans seem to be going at this angle. Their ad states nothing about what Deal will or want do or how he plans to do it. Instead they try to downplay Barnes last term in office and link him to Obama. As far as I know Barnes hasn’t come out and said one way or another how he feels about the President and his administration. This is the tactic of the RGA and that is like the pot calling the kettle black (to those never hearing this, it is not race related).

UGA/TIGER

August 18th, 2010
10:09 am

Road Scholar, I love you man! My brain cells were killed in the 60’s long before my military benefits (Government waste as some would put it) paid for my limited education. I was waiting on some simple minded person to address the common-sense example of the $.55 a mile. I sure am glad you clear up the fact that it cost more to operate a plane than a car! Maybe I did rolled one to many big ones!

Keep it Real

August 18th, 2010
10:22 am

We are trying to make a decision about electing a crook and a blow hard…Some of you are actually defending these two. Man, I really have to get out of this state!

Georgia has been in the top 5 in economic growth for 20yrs, in 3 years we are facing a huge state deficit, lack of decent transportation, a lay-off of thousand of our educators and regular employees and some of your fools still talk about the GOP as if they know what they are doing…… SELFISHNESS = stupidity….

The Snark

August 18th, 2010
10:35 am

Let the name-calling begin.

shellybean

August 18th, 2010
10:38 am

Both candidates stink. The people of Georgia had an abundance of candidates to choose from for November’s election and all they could come up with was Barnes and Deal? You reap what you sow.

Robert M

August 18th, 2010
11:04 am

Wonder when the RGA will apologize for Sonny and all his ‘results.’ This state has taken steps back in the past few years.

Renee

August 18th, 2010
11:33 am

Will the current Gov apologize for laying off teachers or repealing the predatory lending laws?

John

August 18th, 2010
11:43 am

Isn’t it sad that the RGA recognizes what a weak candidate Deal is that they have to defend a race in GEOGRIA??

Intown

August 18th, 2010
2:26 pm

Let the silliness begin!

Rob

August 18th, 2010
3:14 pm

Well, all I can say is that I’m definitely voting for the old white guy in this one. For sure.

Concerned

August 18th, 2010
3:14 pm

There is no way a crook like Deal can get elected governor of this state. What an embarassment.

tar and feathers party

August 18th, 2010
3:16 pm

Ask FatBoyRoy about the 100 million Medicaid dollars he “gave” to his out of state lawyer buddies for a ~100 page report on how to cheat the feds out of the State’s legit cost share. He gave his out of state lawyer cronies a no bid contingency contract for the report, if it worked as it had in other states, his cronies got 1/3 of the money they cheated the Feds out of. He told the feds the 100 million came from State funds, he told the State the 100 million came from Federal funds. Which is the truth FatBoy?

georgedawg

August 18th, 2010
3:16 pm

That’s all we need another attorney as a politician. Barnes is, despite being a likeable fellow, a liar and cheat and devoid of any integrity. It’s a big joke to listen to his negative ads. There’s a reason we voted him out of office. He is out of touch with the main stream and caters to the dems normal constituency, people on welfare, unions, and progressives. Take a look at the liberal states and see how well that formula works.

tom

August 18th, 2010
3:19 pm

I will vote for the lesser of two evils, and that is Deal.

SNM

August 18th, 2010
3:20 pm

King Roy can apologize all he wants…..he can even offer me money and I still wouldn’t vote for this lying man….he only cares what best for him….he just a MORON!!!! Don’t really have any good choices do we????

jc

August 18th, 2010
3:21 pm

I totally agree with Robert M, Perdue has almost destroyed our state. Not crazy about Barnes but he will get my vote!

DaveDawg

August 18th, 2010
3:31 pm

Big question: Who has ANSWERS now?

Does Nathan Deal have any ideas? I know he flip-flopped on the education money grant within, like, THREE HOURS. Is that the type of thoughtful leadership we need at this point? This isn’t a game Nathan Deal – this is our family’s education, jobs, etc. Get serious.

RonNMexico

August 18th, 2010
3:31 pm

A vote for Roy is a vote for Obama. Roy, we wont ever forget your first and only term as governor.

Heather Jones

August 18th, 2010
3:37 pm

This state better hope Roy Barnes is elected, or we will get another Sonny Perdue. And, why is Perdue sticking his lyin’, cheatin’ pointy nose into this race anyway. He has done all the damage he can do to Georgia and her citizens.

PonGT

August 18th, 2010
3:38 pm

If Roy Barnes is truly apologetic, then let him promise to give us back the flag that he so disdained when he sold out to an angry minority who want elimination and not liberation. Further, let him propose a teacher’s pay scale that is based on positive results rather than union recompense. Georgia’s academic results under Barnes was 47th in the nation. Here’s hoping John Monds will do us better.

KRP

August 18th, 2010
3:38 pm

No one is buying the Roy = Obama smokescreen. The GOP thinks Georgia voters are morons and will ignore the issues.

Dear Nathan Deal: GET SERIOUS

truth

August 18th, 2010
3:41 pm

Want to be Gov Roy Barnes you should truly be careful always blaming President Obama for someone else’s insecurities and cowardness.

Pray for President Obama and stop pointing the finger; he is our president whether we like it or not.
You must bless those that are in authority and pray for them.

I would not vote for Roy Banres if someone paid me to. He is full of selfishness and strife. He does not love us. His fat self is just trying to win for selfish gain.

truth

August 18th, 2010
3:41 pm

FIrst Roy Barnes you should truly be careful always blaming President Obama for someone else’s insecurities and cowardness.

Pray for President Obama and stop pointing the finger; he is our president whether we like it or not.
You must bless those that are in authority and pray for them.

I would not vote for Roy Banres if someone paid me to. He is full of selfishness and strife. He does not love us. His fat self is just trying to win for selfish gain.

bob

August 18th, 2010
3:44 pm

Deal will be the next governor. Look at the vote totals for the Repub and Dem primaries. Almost twice as many repubs voted as Dummycrats. Can’t get there (roy barnes as governor) from here.

Gm

August 18th, 2010
3:46 pm

This shows are supid these Bubbas in Georiga are. Thanks President Obama for apologizing for the mess President Bush made around the world. Thanks for apologizing and keeping gas prices steady.
For all you Bubbas who never been out your trailor, its called Class”"”"”"”"”"

DJ Sniper

August 18th, 2010
3:47 pm

I’m sure Roy Barnes has his flaws, but come on now, this is a weak move from the RGA. While I don’t know all the details of what lead to Barnes’s defeat to Sonny Perdue(I was new to Georgia at that time and I wasn’t really involved in local politics) I can’t find fault with Barnes for realizing the mistakes that he made the first time he was in office. I can only imagine that he’s learned from those mistakes and he won’t make them again should he win this race.

As for the GOP, I’m really disappointed that Nathan Deal was able to win that primary. While I wasn’t pleased with Karen Handel and how she changed course mid-stream on a few issues, she definitely would have been a better choice than Deal. This guy spent most of his campaign trying to prove to everyone how much he hates gays and abortion instead of focusing on the issues that matter most in this state. I also get the impression that Deal is just like Perdue in that he will make sure that rural Georgia gets taken care of before metro Atlanta. Let’s face it; if Atlanta fails, the rest of the state will not be far behind.

Bottom line: I want a governor that is progressive in their thinking. One that will work towards moving this state forward instead of keeping it stuck in the Dark Ages. One that will improve the economy, improve public transportation, improve the education system, solve the water issues, and allow Sunday alcohol sales. I would vote for such a candidate regardless of his/her political party, but this time around, it’s clear that the Republican candidate is not the choice to make.

On-a-Mission

August 18th, 2010
3:47 pm

Tick-tock, Tick-tock, Tick-tock, November’s coming, Good-bye King Roy; and Obama, even your honeymoon is over…. Tick-tock, Tick-tock, Tick-tock, Good-bye Nancy and Reed, Tick-tock, Tick-tock, Tick-tock, Tick-tock,

Larry

August 18th, 2010
3:53 pm

If you know anyone that can’t explain why they voted for Democrats, give them this list.
They can then pick a reason .

10. I voted Democrat because I believe oil companies’ profits of 4% on a gallon of gas are obscene but the government taxing the same gallon of gas at 15% isn’t.

9. I voted Democrat because I believe the government will do a better job of spending the money I earn than I would.

8. I voted Democrat because Freedom of speech is fine as long as nobody is offended by it.

7. I voted Democrat because I’m way too irresponsible to own a gun, and I know that my local police are all I need to protect me from murderers and thieves.

6. I voted Democrat because I believe that people who can’t tell us if it will rain on Friday can tell us that the polar ice caps will melt away in ten years if I don’t start driving a Prius.

5. I voted Democrat because I’m not concerned about the slaughter of millions of babies through abortion so long as we keep all death row inmates alive.

4. I voted Democrat because I think illegal aliens have a right to free health care, education, and Social Security benefits.

3. I voted Democrat because I believe that business should not be allowed to make profits for themselves. They need to break even and give the rest away to the government for redistribution as the Democrats see fit.

2. I voted Democrat because I believe liberal judges need to rewrite the Constitution every few days to suit some fringe kooks who would never get their agendas past the voters.

1. I voted Democrat because my head is so firmly planted up my *ss that it is unlikely that I’ll ever have another point of view.

I’ll keep my Freedom, my God and my Guns… You keep the Change…

Get out and vote November 2nd, 2010

jmoss

August 18th, 2010
3:57 pm

This is a weak and ridiculous advertising campaign. But, it is what we have come to expect from politics. Barnes was defeated for 2 major reasons, 1) He wanted to require teachers to take responsibility for achievement in the classroom by having pay associated with grades. This is a touchy and difficult thing to do. 2) Sonny lied to the racists in Georgia who wanted the confederate flag to continue to represent us. (The stars and stripes were added to rebel against integration; Brown vs BOE). As we can all see, nothing has been accomplished by the Purdue administration. I don’t think anyone really expected much from Sonny, since he’s not the sharpest knife in the drawer. But, transportation, education, political ethics are all the same after 8 years of Sonny…And, I doubt if anything changes with the new Governor.

jmoss

August 18th, 2010
4:01 pm

Hi Larry,
I’m not a Democrat, but I must ask…What improvements to America were made when the Republican administration was in charge for 8 years? I don’t say that to boast Democrats because I don’t believe in most of their policies. But, keep in mind that Republicans have allowed all these things to go on for years when they could have changed them. The get us fighting each other and they keep their positions of power and laugh at us. Because, in the end, we the people never really gain anything from either party.

DJ Sniper

August 18th, 2010
4:02 pm

These days, conservatives and Republicans have no room whatsoever to call anybody fringe kooks(Sharron Angle, I’m looking at you), and we all know that the GOP is way too stubborn to listen to anybody else’s point of view. I just love how conservatives worship at the feet of the Constitution, so long as it suits their views. When it doesn’t, then they are the first ones who are ready to just disregard the Constitution and make up their own rules.

Jason T

August 18th, 2010
4:06 pm

DJ Sniper
“they are the first ones who are ready to just disregard the Constitution and make up their own rules.”

Such as?

Jason T

August 18th, 2010
4:07 pm

@Larry

Excellent post!!!

whatever

August 18th, 2010
4:08 pm

I’m sick of democrats and republicans. Hopefully, a decent independent will run some day.