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The Real Trouble With John McCain's Ads

Amazingly, the latest polls so far show a virtual dead heat in the presidential race, not yet reflecting any bounce from the convention for the Democratic ticket so far as a result of their week to make their case to the voters. Until the Republicans have their chance to run their convention to state their case, they are relying on some ads that really don't take too much thought to totally dismiss.

One such silly McCain ad features a Hillary Clinton backer who now claims support for John McCain. Well, that certainly makes no sense, as the voting records of John McCain and Hillary Clinton have very little in common. McCain has never been a big supporter of equal rights, civil rights, or equal pay for women. John McCain has a strong antiabortion voting record. Hillary Clinton is on the other side of this issue. And Hillary's Clinton's awesome convention speech could have made it more clear that John McCain doesn't share most of the values shared by Clinton and Obama, yet John McCain thinks that he has some valid case to attract the Hillary Clinton voters. Unless McCain is attempting to appeal to a few knotheads who would not give an African American candidate the same fair consideration as any other candidate running for office, then I really don't see whom McCain is attempting to attract. This ad doesn't take much thought to wholly dismiss.

Another silly McCain ad uses middle class images and language to lure these voters with some completely false and misleading claim that Obama will raise their taxes. In reality the Obama plan calls for a middle class tax cut and only raising taxes on those earning more than $250,000. If this McCain ad was subjected to the very same FTC standards as ads dealing with products, it would probably be pulled from the airwaves as false advertising. It doesn't take much thought to dismiss this ad as merely desperate and pathetic and an attempt to attract votes by using an obvious falsehood about raising taxes. It is an outright lie.

Perhaps the worst recent ad in support of McCain isn't even run directly by the McCain Campaign, but by the Republican Party in Texas. It claims that Barack Obama ignores a brother living on a dollar a day in Kenya in poverty. This ad is ghoulish and disgusting on so many levels. When Barack Obama was merely two years old, his father from Kenya divorced his White mother from Kansas, and young Barack Obama was raised by his maternal grandparents. Two year old Barack Obama only saw his father once more in his lifetime after the age of two before his father was killed in a 1982 automobile accident. He had no knowledge of the new life in Kenya his father lived by a new marriage to a woman from Kenya that Obama had never met until only in recent years. The woman in Kenya may legally be called his stepmother, although she never had any contact or ever raised Barack Obama during his lifetime.

And a half-brother of Obama's named George does live in Kenya, but Barack Obama didn't even know of his existence until only in very recent years. According to CNN, George Obama is angry at any claim that he lives in poverty in Kenya and is in fact a member of some community organizations that actually help those who are less fortunate in his community. The Republican Party of Texas ad for McCain attempts to capitalize on the tragic life of a two year old Barack Obama where divorce tore his family apart. Despite this tragic childhood,

Barack Obama become a top student, attended law school, taught constitutional law as a professor, became a community organizer, became a state legislator and now may become president of the United States. Any the claim that his halfbrother, who Barack Obama never knew, is living in poverty is false. This ad in so offensive and wrong. It attempts to create a false scandal where none exists and exploit the tragic childhood of a two year old child's life after divorce for political gain. It's the worst of gutter politics. No political issues are discussed here, just a false character smear.

It is a real shame that John McCain who not that very long ago claimed that he would be honest with voters and use "Straight Talk" is being represented by TV by ads that promote outright lies and falsehoods against his election opponent. It's too bad when some longtime politician like a McCain wants to be elected so badly that he or his supporters will tell voters absolutely anything just to be elected.

McCain did not want to even level with voters in how many homes he owned when asked, without first asking his advisers on what he should tell the voters for political reasons. It is a campaign of this sort that is characterized by so much intellectual dishonesty that the voters should soundly reject this old time corrupt politics of this type. Barack Obama's campaign is about opening the window and letting in some fresh air instead. McCain's old time politics is based on doing or telling voters anything regardless of whether it is true or not, because being elected is the main goal.

Unless voters enjoy being lied to on a regular basis, they should reject all of this sort of politics. the McCain Campaign has certainly made truth the first victim of their lusts for political power. The next four years of a McCain government would be just like the last eight years of the Bush Administration where truth about Iraq and other vital issues has been very scarce indeed. Anyone like a John McCain who has made a real career out of breaking the Ten Commandments by "bearing false witness" against his opponents or betraying the trust of his first wife with an affair on the side has hardly earned the trust or the votes of the voters. McCain's own ads, most of which he has personally approved stand as exhibit "A" in this indictment of his character.


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Comments (8)

Ray H.:

Maybe you should do the same yourself and stop harping on the house issue which if you read Jay Tea's article on myths would indicate you are wrong again. It appears to me that you are just as guilty as you are claiming McCain is.

"John McCain doesn't know how many homes he owns. False.

John McCain knows precisely how many homes he owns -- none.

John McCain was asked how many homes he and his wife own. That includes the homes he shares with his wife, the ones his wife owns and are occupied by her children, and the ones owned as investment properties.

When John and Cindy McCain got married, they signed a prenuptial agreement that kept their finances separate. She is a very wealthy woman, and owns a lot of property. It is entirely unsurprising that he didn't know at one moment just how many homes were part of her financial portfolio. So he gave the only answer he could -- that he didn't know, but would find out."

ke_future:

and obama and his supporters have been oh so truthful and fair in their ads on "100 years of war in iraq" mccain?

Lee Ward[TypeKey Profile Page]:

Ray - If McCain knew the answer to the question of how many houses he owns - and the correct answer is "none" - why didn't he answer "none"?

If the correct answer is "none" John still didn't know the answer... he said he'd have to get back to the reporters on the question... because -- follow me now Ray -- he had to get back to them with the answer because he didn't know.

Haven't you learned that Jay Tea just makes that crap up for an audience that is so gullible and moronic they'll swallow explanations like that? Then they come over here a regurgitate Jay's flatulence as if it was fact.

Did Jay Tea quote what McCain said? Or did he tell you what McCain meant to say instead?

Here's what McCain said:

When asked specifically how many homes he owned, McCain replied, "I think -- I'll have my staff get to you." Speaking in Las Cruces, New Mexico, McCain said, "It's condominiums where -- I'll have them get to you."

He didn't know the answer!

Apparently, judging from that answer, John McCain believes he owns several condominiums at a minimum, but Jay knows better - I guess McCain should check in with Jay Tea next time...

And the reports I've read, from credible sources, say 7 or 8 houses. I'll believe that over Jay Tea's made-up crap any day.

And unfortunately, since the McCains refuse to release their full tax returns, we have to guess at whether its 7 or 8.

Ray H.:

I believe Jay Tea much more than I believe you who, from what I've seen, only spews hate towards anything or anyone that has a different belief than yourself.

Regardless, apparently it's apprehensible that someone owns more than one house? In otherwords, from your logic, because someone has something you don't have or has more than you, you get all upset and say they can't possibly know anything about you. Forget that the man fought in a war and survived in conditions as a prisoner that you can't even imagine, conditions which dwarf any inconvience you have because you can't afford more than one house. The only thing that having multiple houses means is the man is living the american dream, something I would think everyone else wants to do as well.

Give me a break, Lee. I can understand that you don't want a republican to be in office but try to write an article that is objective and sticks to relevant issues, not tacky items that really have no true impact on the candidates ability to be president.

Lee Ward[TypeKey Profile Page]:

"Regardless, apparently it's apprehensible that someone owns more than one house?"

No, I think it's fine if he owns 7 or 8 houses, I just think it's ridiculous if he doesn't know the answer to that question... It shows how far removed McCain is from everyday Americans.

"because someone has something you don't have or has more than you, you get all upset and say they can't possibly know anything about you."

Really- I'm upset because John McCain owns more houses than I? I thought you said he doesn't own any?

No - it shows how out of touch John McCain is - he doesn't even know how many friggin' houses he owns? Is he senile?

"Forget that the man fought in a war and survived in conditions as a prisoner that you can't even imagine, conditions which dwarf any inconvience you have because you can't afford more than one house."

Ahhh, of course. When logic (and all else) fails its time to start waving the flag and challenging the patriotism of your opponent - how "McCain'esque" of you, Ray.

"Give me a break, Lee. I can understand that you don't want a republican to be in office but try to write an article that is objective and sticks to relevant issues, not tacky items that really have no true impact on the candidates ability to be president."

If the McCain campaign were doing that you might have argument, Ray - but the McCain folks are slinging mud after mud and swiftboat after swiftboat - all is fair in love and politics.

Ray H.:

I didn't mention anything about patriotism, the comment about being in the war was meant to show he isn't above you or I. He fought in a war and experienced conditions that make him more then understanding of circumstances that an "ordinary" American has or is experiencing.

I don't care how many houses the man owns, but if his wife owns houses and he's being asked how many he owns, he's probably got to figure out items in his wifes inventory that he has nothing to do with. Lee, Right now, without looking, how many stocks do you own? Bet you have to go look it up, don't you?

I'm defending McCain on what you said and if you turned around and supported McCain doing the same thing, I'd argue with you in that case too. I'm not claiming that McCain is a saint and isn't doing the same thing, but what I would hope is that you'd try to educate people on the real facts rather than slinging more mud yourself. Maybe you could take the high road and defend your candidate instead of the low road and knocking down the other candidate?

Your stories make you look petty and immature. Unfortunately, that's the way most people in politics act.

Chris E:

The real fact is Mr. McCain and his party are slinging a lot of MUD which he endoses. He started his campain saying he wouldn't do that. Yet, we see it "everyday"! I don't condemn either man, but facts are facts, he said he wouldn't do something would he and his party is doing openly without a second thought. I voted for the last president and I've regretted ever since. I think it's time for a change. If I'm wrong about the person I vote for in this election, oh well, it won't be the first time!

Lee Ward[TypeKey Profile Page]:

Well said, Chris.


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