POLITICS
12/03/2008 05:12 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

McCain Robocall: Obama Wants To Downsize The Military

The newest McCain campaign robocall, hitting households in Ohio, is accusing Barack Obama of wanting to cut military spending and, in the process, risk American security and jobs.

Flagged by Shaun Dakin of The National Political Do Not Contact Registry, the spot plays off of a traditional, macro-criticism of Democratic candidates - that they are weak on defense - and adds a new micro-critique as well: highlighting a statement by Rep. Barney Frank that cuts in military spending may be needed to get the budget under control.

Obama has in fact said that military spending may increase slightly as ground forces rebuild after years of wear and tear in Iraq and Afghanistan. And, keep in mind, that John McCain has said that the military budget needs to be streamlined.

Here is the script:

"Barack Obama doesn't understand what our military provides to this community. Not only does our military work tirelessly to defend America from harm. But it provides thousands of defense related jobs in this community, good paying jobs for hard working Americans. One of Obama's closest allies has already called for a 25 percent cut in military spending. What would that mean for your job?"