Friday, August 01, 2008

McCain Going Negative?

This is either a sign of things to come from the McCain campaign or a major screw up. His campaign released a new ad five days ago that proves to be less than truthful.

From Fact Check:

A new McCain ad says Obama "made time to go to the gym, but canceled a visit with wounded troops. Seems the Pentagon wouldn't allow him to bring cameras."

McCain's facts are literally true, but his insinuation
that the visit was canceled because of the press ban or the desire for gym time is false. In fact, Obama visited wounded troops earlier – without cameras or press – both in the U.S. and Iraq. And his gym workouts are a daily routine.
What really happened?
Obama planned to visit wounded troops at a medical center in Germany until the Pentagon said it would not allow him to bring a retired Air Force major general who is one of the campaign's foreign policy advisers. The Democrat may have been poised to blur the line between political events and official troop visits by members of Congress. But there is no evidence that he was snubbing soldiers because he could not appear with them on television.
Obama explained the cancellation...
I was going to be accompanied by one of my advisors, a former military officer."

Continued Obama, "And we got notice that he would be treated as a campaign person, and it would therefore be perceived as political because he had endorsed my candidacy but he wasn’t on the Senate staff. That triggered then a concern that maybe our visit was going to be perceived as political. And the last thing that I want to do is have injured soldiers and the staff at these wonderful institutions having to sort through whether this is political or not or get caught in the crossfire between campaigns."

Supposedly the McCain campaign created two versions of the ad. One for if Obama visited the troops and one if he didn't. Word has it the wrong ad was released. If thats truw then somebody needs to be fired otherwise it will appear that McCain is signed off on the smear attempt. If the latter is case and this trend continues he's likely to lose a ton of independent and moderate voters and consign his presidential run to the same grave as Clinton's campaign.