Just two days ago, and no doubt more recently as well, John McCain lied to the American people by claiming that Barack Obama smeared "Joe the Plumber" and in the process made poor Joe's life a living hell.
It was a lie when McCain first said it, it's a lie now, and Chris Wallace of Fox News called McCain on that lie this morning.
Here's the transcript of the the Chris Wallace, John McCain interview this morning on "Fox News Sunday" (emphasis mine):
MCCAIN: And Joe the Plumber -- of course, Joe the Plumber is the average citizen, and Joe the Plumber is now speaking for me and small business people all over America. And they're becoming aware that spreading -- that we need to spread the wealth around -- it's not what small business people want.
And before we go into this business of, "Well, they wouldn't be taxed," et cetera, 50 percent of small business income would be taxed under Senator Obama's plan. That's 16 million small business jobs in America. And that's what Joe the Plumber's figured out.
And finally, could I just say, where are we in America, where a candidate for president comes to a person's driveway, he asks him a question, doesn't like the answer, and all of a sudden he's savaged by the candidate's people -- I mean, savaged by them?
I mean, here's a guy who's a private citizen. What's that all about?
WALLACE: Well, Senator, I mean, I wasn't even going to get into that.
MCCAIN: Yeah. Sure.
WALLACE: But the fact is you brought up Joe the Plumber 21 times in the debate.
WALLACE: Is it the candidate? I don't know that Obama has savaged him. It really has been the media...
MCCAIN: Of course they have.
WALLACE: ... that looked into...
MCCAIN: Of course it's...
WALLACE: ... that looked into Joe the Plumber's history.
MCCAIN: Joe -- Senator Joe Biden attacked him the next day.
WALLACE: Well, he just said, "Give me a break, a plumber who makes..."
MCCAIN: No, no, he attacked...
WALLACE: "... more than $50,000..."
MCCAIN: No, no, he attacked him the next day. We'll -- we could -- you could probably run the clips. You could probably run the clips.
You know what? American citizens ought to be able today to ask a president -- candidate in their driveway a question and not have their whole life and everything...
WALLACE: I think the media did that.
Anyway, I want to ask you about something else.
Damn right it was the media -- and it was only after John McCain mentioned Joe the Plumber 21 times in the debate the media looked into Joe the Plumber and uncovered quite a lot of information about him. The media camped out in Joe the Plumber's front yard within hours of the end of the debate.
John McCain himself thrust Joe the Plumber into the spotlight, and wants to blame Obama for smearing Joe, when it was McCain's emphasis on Joe the Plumber's plight that caused the media to investigate further.
John McCain is not only so obviously ethically challenged that he cannot take responsibility for his own mistake, he goes on Fox News and lies in an attempt to smear his opponent with that mistake instead.
It's time to chase these liars out of Washington. John McCain is a partisan liar, and his claim of being a maverick who can cross party lines is blown to shreds as he sits there on national television making false accusations and claims about his Democratic opponent.
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