John McCain: Liar

It's always interesting when I hear people express disappointment at John McCain's tactics as David Brooks did the other day on News Hour, discussing McCain's "he'd rather lose a war" attack on Barack Obama:

One, the candidate is diminished by the campaign. He's a great man who doesn't seem that way from the way the campaign is being run, because there's too much focused on day-to-day message management.

Chuck Hagel seemed similarly disappointed:

"I think John is treading on some very thin ground here when he impugns motives, and when we start to get into 'You're less patriotic than me, I'm more patriotic,' " Hagel replied, adding: "John's better than that."

Better than that? Really? Slandering and lying are not below John McCain. Does anyone remember his blatant lie in the primary that Mitt Romney supported a timetable for withdrawal? McCain hammered Romney incessantly and Romney wasn't ready for it, but it was nothing short of a lie. And now McCain is lying again in his new attack ad against Barack Obama claiming that the reason Barack didn't visit wounded soldiers in Germany was that he wasn't allowed to take "cameras."

Watch it:

The Obama campaign responds with its trademark understatement:

"John McCain is an honorable man who is running an increasingly dishonorable campaign. Senator McCain knows full well that Senator Obama strongly supports and honors our troops, which is what makes this attack so disingenuous. Senator Obama was honored to meet with our men and women in uniform in Iraq and Afghanistan this week and has visited wounded soldiers at Walter Reed numerous times. This politicization of our soldiers is exactly what Senator Obama sought to avoid, and it's not worthy of Senator McCain or the 'civil' campaign he claimed he would run."

And at least MSNBC gets the facts right:

NBC's Andrea Mitchell reports that there was never a plan for Obama to take the press to Landstuhl, despite the claim by McCain folks and others. The plan was to go with his military aide, retired General Scott Gration. The Pentagon said Gration was off-limits because he had joined the campaign -- violating rules that it not be a political stop.

Obama had gone to see wounded troops in Iraq earlier in the week, without even confirming he'd been there. No press, no pictures. He has done the same when he goes to Walter Reed -- never any press.

But why is no one calling McCain out for being the liar that he is? Instead people are expressing great disappointment that he's not fulfilling his promise to run an "honorable" campaign instead of admitting that his claim to run an issues-based campaign in the first place was just another one of McCain's blatant lies.

[editor's note, by Todd Beeton]I replaced the previous Obama statement with the correct one responding to this ad. The one I had originally posted was in response to McCain's previous attack.

Tags: 2008 Presidential election, Barack Obama, John McCain (all tags)



Re: John McCain: Liar

Didn't you get the memo, the media is in the tank for Obama. that's why CBS went out of their way to edit out gaffes made by McCain, that's why studies show Obama gets more airtime, but it's a higher percentage negative than McCain. I mean really, can you imagine the hissy fit that would be occurring if Obama had made a major policy gaffe like McCain's that was edited out?

by Dog Chains 2008-07-28 09:22AM | 0 recs
If McCain had guts

he'd put this ad up in more markets; instead, he's counting on the media to report about the ad instead of putting money where his mouth is.  If McCain really believed Obama committed a cardinal sin, then he should be willing to put a large media buy and run this bad boy in more than two states.  One of the worst things about this election cycle is that the media is broadcasting ads nationally for free that the candidates themselves are too chicken to put down a reasonable ad buy.

by Blazers Edge 2008-07-28 09:37AM | 0 recs
Your Headline is Redundant!! n/t

by demwords 2008-07-28 09:38AM | 0 recs
McCain unworthy

McCain has lost the policy argument on economy,energy,health care, values and foreign policy. He has shown himself to be a fool on all those issues. The only card he has to play is to slime Obama and hope some it sticks with low information voters. A person running such a dirty campaign as McCain is, is not fit to be president.

by ozeki saketini 2008-07-28 10:01AM | 0 recs
Re: John McCain: Liar

Because Obama screws up more often that some people (mostly on his side) care to admit.

Does he receive criticism from his advisors? ever?

Or is he surrounded by yes-men?

I wonder sometimes.

by TaiChiMaster 2008-07-28 10:44AM | 0 recs
Re: John McCain: Liar

Of course he makes mistakes. And he admits them!  He has said repeatedly that he needs to be a better candidate.

by politicsmatters 2008-07-28 11:13AM | 0 recs
Re: John McCain: Liar

I don't know, I have the strange feeling that he is starting to believe in its own legend.
by TaiChiMaster 2008-07-28 12:23PM | 0 recs
Re: why didn't he just ditch the General

Because he would have then taken a hit from McCain for seeing the troops while on a political trip.

I think he and the campaign chose the greater rather than the lesser of the two evils, but they were going to get hit with mud either way.

by howie14 2008-07-28 11:05AM | 0 recs

Obama needs to essentially ignore these chicken $#!t attacks.

McCain the "straight talker" who "eschews attack ads" would have pulled this crap, visit or no.

And you would have criticized Obama, whether he had visited the troops or not.

by lojasmo 2008-07-28 11:13AM | 0 recs
Re: John McCain: Liar

Yes, no, maybe, who knows...Obama is starting to sound like Kerry at times. I wish Obama would just come out and hit hard against McCain. McCain has changed his positions so many times, yet he's labeling Obama a flip-flopper. McCain voted against the G.I. Bill that Sen. Webb sponsored yet claims Obama doesn't care about the troops. Why can't Obama frame these issues differently and say something like "My opponent only cares about sending troops into war, but he doesn't care about what happens to them when they're done fighting." Stop dodging these questions with a simple smile, stop giving the "uh, uh, uh..." responses, stop beginning each response with "I respect Sen. McCain's service...". Obama has to 1) frame the debate differently, 2) hit back hard, 3) attack McCain for his age and mental fitness to be president. If we don't attack and attack hard, we're going to lose this election.  

by Steve24 2008-07-28 11:18AM | 0 recs
Re: John McCain: Liar

By the way, if John McCain is so honorable then why is he running a dishonorable campaign? Don't our actions shed light on our personal character? Obama's campaign needs to scrap this "John McCain is an honorable man..." shit and take a more hard line approach.

by Steve24 2008-07-28 11:22AM | 0 recs
Re: Here's the Problem

that's beside the point.  The point HERE is McCain is blatantly lying in this ad and on the stump.

by grassrootsorganizer 2008-07-28 11:37AM | 0 recs
Obama shd do a Shame on You John McCain

This is Obama's Swiftboating---and it is effective---just look at the polls.

Obama must express disgust loudly---and do a shame on you John McCain for lying and using troops for political reasons.

Tactful  statements dont resonate to low info voters.

Low info voters need a shell shock--such as Shame on You John McCain!

by jasmine 2008-07-28 04:58PM | 0 recs


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