April 28, 2008
Outragous DNC Anti-McCain Ad Shows U.S. Soldiers Being Blown UpTopics: Political News and commentaries
Via Newsmax, the latest Democratic smear against John McCain shows gruesome images of war -- including two American soldiers apparently killed by an IED. The commercial has two edited clips of McCain deliberately taken out of context to make it appear he's saying "staying in Iraq for 100 years is fine with me."
Little wonder that veterans and others across the internet are incensed ...
Related: FactCheck.org (February 8, 2008) - The DNC plans "unlimited" spending against McCain; some of its claims are misleading.
[According to this fundraising pitch, the DNC plans a massive advertising campaign that will give voters what we judge to be a distorted picture of Arizona Sen. John McCain's positions.]
The Democratic National Committee proposes to spend unlimited amounts of money to "tell the real story" about John McCain before Republicans can "start smearing" the eventual Democratic nominee. But the line of attack the Democrats outline to their potential donors in an e-mail contains some claims that are false or misleading.
* The DNC paints McCain as favoring "endless war" in Iraq. What McCain actually said is that he wouldn't mind a hundred-year troop presence "as long as Americans are not being injured or harmed or wounded or killed."
* It says McCain "looked the other way" rather than investigate Jack Abramoff and a Republican "Culture of Corruption." In fact, McCain's investigation led to a prison term for Abramoff and the downfall of several powerful Republicans. His investigators didn't probe members of Congress directly, but that wasn't the job of his Indian Affairs Committee. And in any case, federal prosecutors opposed a competing congressional investigation which might have interfered with their own efforts.
* The DNC message makes criticisms of McCain that could be directed at its own leading candidates as well. It notes that he lacks training in economics, which is equally true of Clinton and Obama. And it accuses him of "staggering" reliance on lobbyists for campaign help, when Clinton also has substantial aid from lobbyists and Obama has some from former lobbyists.
Posted by Richard at April 28, 2008 10:56 PM
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