obama responds to the lies of the mccain campaign

Finally, the Obama campaign is punching back against McCain. I think the following ad, released today, is pitch perfect. It doesn’t dwell on the individual charges leveled by the McCain camp. Instead, it just shows McCain for what he is – a desperate old man who has sacrificed his principles in a futile attempt to continue the Bush legacy of corruption.

Hopefully, the media will begin paying more attention now, and holding McCain accountable for the lies that are being spread by his campaign. I have to think that a tipping point has been reached when even Karl Rove thinks McCain has crossed the line.

No one responded the last time I threw this question out there, so I thought I’d try again… How can anyone of faith vote for a man they know to be a liar?

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  1. Scott K
    Posted September 16, 2008 at 10:51 am | Permalink

    I can vote for him based on his stance for the issues that are important to me. Anything negative I hear from either candidate against the other I just write off as campaign tactics. McCain lied, Obama did drugs…whatever.

  2. UBU
    Posted September 16, 2008 at 12:50 pm | Permalink

    I’d vote for Bill Clinton for whatever and we know he fibbed…of course I ain’t no man of faith…

  3. Carol
    Posted September 16, 2008 at 12:53 pm | Permalink


    Even Fox News is starting to call the McCain campaign on it now. Hopefully they keep it up.

  4. Matthew
    Posted September 16, 2008 at 1:50 pm | Permalink

    How can anyone of faith vote for a man they know to be a liar?

    Matt. 7:1?

  5. Robert
    Posted September 16, 2008 at 6:41 pm | Permalink

    The Obama folks are going to need to do something. New numbers show his support weakening almost everywhere. The bright spots for him continue to be the Northeast, the Southern Rockies and Iowa. Other than those areas, things are looking worse.

    Obama is getting dangerously weak in the Northwest and the Great Lakes states.

    If the election were held today, I’d say McCain would be at 282 electoral votes at least, with Ohio and Michigan going to him. Only massive Get-Out-The-Vote operations can counter that.

  6. Oliva
    Posted September 17, 2008 at 9:35 am | Permalink

    Apparently, McCain has a tolerance for his own lying during campaigns, and a simple apology after the fact is supposed to make up for it. And when Sarah Palin got in trouble for using the mayor’s office to carry on political campaign work, she just said, and this is a paraphrase but close, “Whoops, oh, forgive me.”

    McCain: Flag of Our Fathers?
    While campaigning in South Carolina during his 2000 presidential run, McCain made such a jarring shift away from his condemnation of the Confederate flag that he felt compelled to apologize for lying once the race was over. As a guest on Face the Nation on January 9, 2000, McCain referred to the flag, at the time the focus of protests by the NAACP, as “offensive” and a “symbol of racism and slavery.” Afterward, according to McCain’s account in his book Worth the Fighting For, his aides pressured him into taking a more politically beneficial stance. “I didn’t want to do this,” McCain writes. “But I could tell from the desperate looks of my staff that we had an enormous problem. And that it could come down to lying or losing. I chose lying.” The next day, McCain, reading from a prepared statement, said that the flag was a “symbol of heritage,” a phrase used by its supporters. But clearly, McCain could not both approve and disapprove of the flag at the same time. On April 20 of that year, long after the primary was over, he came clean at a luncheon in Columbia, South Carolina. “I feared that if I answered honestly, I could not win the South Carolina primary,” McCain said. “So I chose to compromise my principles. I broke my promise to always tell the truth.”

    from May 2008 NY Magazine: http://nymag.com/news/politics/encyclopedia/biggest-lie/

    The last line comes from McCain’s 2000 remarks, printed in NYT, which begin this way:

    I made several mistakes in my campaign. I regret them, but I can live with their consequences because I believe them to have been simple errors in judgment and not an unprincipled act. Only once, I believe, did I act in an unprincipled way. But once is enough, and I want to tell the people of South Carolina and all Americans that I sincerely regret breaking my promise to always tell you the truth. . . .

    from http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9804E4DC1131F933A15757C0A9669C8B63
    (boldface added)

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