Thirty days until the election and the presidential campaign is reaching new depths.
On Monday, the McCain campaign put out a television ad that is notable not just for calling Obama "dangerous" and "dishonorable" but for how badly it misrepresents the Illinois Democrat's words and votes. The spot, titled "Dangerous," plays off an already debunked attack that Obama, back in August 2007, said American troops in Afghanistan were "... just air-raiding villages and killing civilians."
"How dishonorable," says the narrator. "Congressional liberals voted repeatedly to cut off funding to our active troops. Increasing the risk on their lives. How dangerous. Obama and Congressional liberals. Too risky for America."
In actuality, Obama was calling for MORE funds for MORE troops to send to Afghanistan so that forces there could expand their operations beyond air raids that were killing innocent civilians. At the time, even President Bush was acknowledging such a problem.
And yet, McCain and his aides have returned to this charge repeatedly during the general election, starting in August. Each time, it has been dismissed. Sometimes, however, the squeaky wheel gets the oil. Combine this ad with the attacks the McCain campaign is launching on William Ayers and Obama's forthcoming assault on the Keating Five and the media should not be left wanting for copy this week.
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