The New York Times reports that Barack Obama, is beginning to hit back harder following what most consider to be a poor showing at the Saddleback Church forum, targeting McCain's definition of rich (as having over $5 million) and putting in contrast his own economic plan:
"Mr. Obama, whose candidacy has been built in part on a promise to transcend traditional politics, is running the negative commercials on local stations even as he runs generally positive spots nationally, during prime-time coverage of the Olympics. The negative spots reflect the sharper tone Mr. Obama has struck in recent days on the stump as he heads into his party’s nominating convention in Denver next week, and seem to address the anxiety among some Democrats that Mr. Obama has not answered a volley of attacks by Mr. McCain with enough force. 'If you can go quietly negative, that’s what he’s done; I think the perception is that he’s still running the positive campaign,' said Evan Tracey, president of the Campaign Media Analysis Group of TNS Media Intelligence, which monitors political advertising. 'It’s a pretty smart, high-low, good cop/bad cop strategy.'"