Thursday, October 16, 2008

McCain stoops to new low with inflammatory "Robocalls"

During Wednesday's debate, McCain said that he has denounced untruths about Obama (despite being responsible for most of them). In true hypocritical style, McCain has now launched the most disgraceful "robocall" campaign in history. Robocalls are computer generated calls that immediately play a pre-recorded message when the phone is asnwered by a person or machine.

Yesterday, the McCain campaign launched a new robocall into swing states saying Obama has "worked closely" with "domestic terrorist Bill Ayers," whose organization has "killed Americans." The script of the call follows:

"You need to know that Barack Obama has worked closely with domestic terrorist Bill Ayers, whose organization bombed the U.S. Capitol, the Pentagon, a judge's home, and killed Americans. And Democrats will enact an extreme leftist agenda if they take control of Washington. Barack Obama and his democratic allies lack the judgment to lead our country."

Here's what Obama said about Ayers at Wednesday's debate:

"Forty years ago, when I was 8 years old, he engaged in despicable acts with a radical domestic group. I have roundly condemned those acts. Ten years ago he served and I served on a school reform board that was funded by one of Ronald Reagan's former ambassadors and close friends, Mr. Annenberg.

Mr. Ayers is not involved in my campaign. He has never been involved in this campaign. And he will not advise me in the White House. So that's Mr. Ayers."

Today, the McCain campaign released an equally disgraceful robocall claiming that Barack Obama callously denied newborns needed medical attention by opposing a measure to force doctors to preserve their lives when they survive botched abortions. The script follows:

"I'm calling on behalf of John McCain and the RNC because you need to know that Barack Obama and his Democrat allies in the Illinois Senate opposed a bill requiring doctors to care for babies born alive after surviving attempted abortions -- a position at odds even with John Kerry and Hillary Clinton. Barack Obama and his liberal Democrats are too extreme for America. Please vote -- vote for the candidates who share our values. This call was paid for by McCain-Palin 2008 and the Republican National Committee at 202 863 8500."

This issue was discussed at length by Obama during Wednesday's debate:

"If it sounds incredible that I would vote to withhold lifesaving treatment from an infant, that's because it's not true. The -- here are the facts.

There was a bill that was put forward before the Illinois Senate that said you have to provide lifesaving treatment and that would have helped to undermine Roe v. Wade. The fact is that there was already a law on the books in Illinois that required providing lifesaving treatment, which is why not only myself but pro-choice Republicans and Democrats voted against it.
And the Illinois Medical Society, the organization of doctors in Illinois, voted against it. Their Hippocratic Oath would have required them to provide care, and there was already a law in the books.

With respect to partial-birth abortion, I am completely supportive of a ban on late-term abortions, partial-birth or otherwise, as long as there's an exception for the mother's health and life, and this did not contain that exception."

As usual, McCain has stooped to the lowest form of fear tactics to try to keep his rapidly sinking campaign afloat. Apparently, the truth has no bearing on his rhetoric - the campaign is delighted to make it up as they go and hope they can find people foolish enough to buy it. Judging by some of the crowds at their rallies, who shout racial epithets and threats of violence, there is definitely a market for their message --the mentally unbalanced and ignorant. Way to run a respectful campaign.

In discussing the nasty tone of the campaign during the debate on Wednesday, McCain said
"But the fact is that we need to absolutely not stand for the kind of things that have been going on. I haven't."

Sure you haven't - except when you've been the perpetrator.


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