The McCain campaign has launched a second robocall campaign painting Barack Obama as terrorist sympathizer and a potential threat to national security.
Narrated by former Pennsylvania governor Tom Ridge, who identifies himself as "America's first Secretary of Homeland Security," the call suggests Obama would "give traditional civil rights to terrorists and talk unconditionally to dictators and state sponsors of terror."
Ridge also references the "startling" recent comments by Joe Biden about the crisis that will face the next president.
Readers in Wisconsin, Missouri, Virginia and North Carolina have reported receiving the call today.
An earlier round of McCain campaign robocalls, which have faced criticism from Democrats and some Republicans, alleged that Obama "worked closely with domestic terrorist William Ayers."
Here's the robocall:
Hello, this is Governor Tom Ridge, America's first Secretary of Homeland Security. I'm calling for John McCain and the RNC because this week Joe Biden, Barack Obama's running mate, made startling comments that we must take seriously. He reminded us of Sen. Obama's inexperience when he said that America would face an international crisis that Sen. Obama would be unprepared to handle alone. If the Democrats win complete control of government they will want to give traditional civil rights to terrorists and talk unconditionally to dictators and state sponsors of terror. Barack Obama and his Democrat allies lack the experience and judgment to lead America.
Since the call is paid for jointly by the McCain campaign and the RNC, a second voice is tacked on to the end of the call, warning of Democratic control of both elected branches.
As always, if you hear a robocall (or can record one), drop a line to firstname.lastname@example.org.