After ruthless finger-pointing at news reports of the verity of McCain's campaign ads, it appears Obama hasn't been as blameless as he might like us to think. The Illinois senator is showing he can play the truth-bending game, especially as the campaign flies toward the finish line. In the past two weeks, the Obama campaign has released five ads featuring less-than-factual statements about McCain.
Despite Obama saying, “I just have a different philosophy, I’m going to respond with the truth,” and, “I’m not going to start making up lies about John McCain," that philosophy crumbled in the following ads recently aired:
- One commercial claims that Mr. McCain prevented federal financial support for stem cell research when, in fact, since 2001 he consistently broke with President Bush on this very topic. His running mate, Sarah Palin, however, supports President Bush.
- Another ad highlights Mr. McCain’s vote against alternative energy incentives when the truth is he proposed a tax break that would cover both oil companies and those developing new power sources. Perhaps the most misleading has McCain’s immigration policies linked with those of radio personality Rush Limbaugh. In fact, Mr. Limbaugh is a fierce critic of Mr. McCain’s immigration stance and many other of his policies.
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The Democratic Party is concerned that misleading ads mean Obama is risking his carefully cultivated “change” motif. One longtime Democrat sees this as an inevitable reaction to McCain’s attacks. “All’s fair in love, war, and politics. Given the fact that the other side has come after him for quite some time, he has every right to fight back, and I think people understand that.”
The McCain camp is not pleased at all with Obama's ads. Tucker Bounds, spokesman for McCain, said: “It’s bad enough that Barack Obama fictionalizes his own record, but it is a disgrace that he lies about John McCain’s.” PolitiFact has just awarded Obama the “Pants On Fire” award and FactCheck.org has awarded him a "False!" Is Obama scooting through smelling like a rose when the stink is of a whole different variety?