Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama is accusing his Republican rival, John McCain, of resorting to smears and lies to win the election.
In a new ad out today, the Obama campaign quotes several media sources assaulting the GOP candidate and accusing him of running a sleazy campaign and repeatedly lying to the public.
After showing McCain earlier in the contest pledging, “I will not take the low road to the highest office in this land,” the ad asks, “What’s happened to John McCain?”
“He’s running one of the sleaziest ads… ever seen,” according to a quote pulled from Time magazine. “Truly vile,” is the critique added from The Washington Post.
The ad, which will run on national cable and in several key states, also refers to a recent blurb in The New Republic which maintains McCain continues to make “dishonest smears that he repeats even after it’s been exposed as a lie.”
“The truth be damned,” adds the Chicago Tribune.
After voting with Bush 90 percent of the time, [McCain] is proposing the same disastrous economic policies, the ad continues.
“It seems deception is all he has left,” The Washington Post charges, adding McCain is running a “disgraceful, dishonorable campaign.
Democratic National Committee spokesman Damien LaVera tells Political Intelligence that the DNC has added a “Count the Lies” page to its Web site that lists more than 50 claims made by McCain or his surrogates that have been proved to be wrong.
"John McCain's decision to run one of the most dishonest and dishonorable presidential campaigns in history is one more reason to reject his promise of more of the same failed policies and broken politics," LaVera says.
"John McCain has kept his promise to run a new kind of campaign, but unfortunately that has meant going to new lows. Why should the voters trust John McCain with our country's future when he doesn't respect them enough to honestly defend his flawed and out of touch agenda?"
For its part, the McCain campaign responded to the latest Obama ad by calling it a desperate effort to “move away from talking about his thin, but alarming record on the issues.”
McCain spokesman Tucker Bounds points out that these new attacks won’t reform Washington or strengthen the economy.
“As Americans face economic uncertainty, it is clear that Barack Obama would sooner hurl insults than discuss his record of seeking higher taxes during a down economy, opposing additional off-shore drilling to reduce energy prices and voting the partisan line nearly 100 percent of the time,” Bounds says in statement issued by the campaign.
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