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McCain Ad Goes Back To The Well: Obama A Liberal Liar

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John McCain is out with a post-debate ad that, perhaps in a sign of how the affair went, doesn't even mention last night's affair.

Titled "Folks," the McCain spot instead attacks Barack Obama for being "extreme" - "the Senate's most liberal member" - and seeking to lie about it.

What's remarkable here is how stale this charge truly is. Obama has been fielding questions on the National Journal's ratings since they came out in late January 2008. And he's been right in pointing out the survey's inherent flaws (a weighted sampling of bills, a failure to take into account of missed votes, etc...).

That McCain would hope to re-litigate the issue is a sign that even his campaign feels it has yet to land an effective punch on the opposition.

The ad, the campaign says, will be televised nationally.

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