McCain’s straight talk has become a toxic mix of lies and double-speak. It is leaving a permanent stain on his reputation for integrity, and it is a short-term strategy that eventually will backfire with the very types of independent-thinking voters that were so attracted to him.
John McCain released an ad this week making the accusation that Barack Obama supports sex education for five-year-olds. The ad says:
“Education Week says Obama ‘hasn’t made a significant mark on education,’ that he’s ‘elusive’ on accountability, a ‘staunch defender of the existing public school monopoly.’
“Obama’s one accomplishment? Legislation to teach ‘comprehensive sex education’ to kindergartners. “Learning about sex before learning to read? Barack Obama. Wrong on education. Wrong for your family.”
The facts are: Obama said that he did not support telling youngsters about explicit information about sex. The bill specifically mentions that instructional material must be age appropriate. It specifically mentions teaching children how to “say no to unwanted sexual advances” and “nonconsensual physical sexual contact.” The legislation was not sponsored by Obama and it didn’t pass, so calling it one of his “accomplishments” is absurd. Politifact.com rates this claim LIAR-Pants on Fire!
Now the next revelation in the ongoing saga of lies from the McCain/Palin campaign to unfold is that, according to a new report, Governor Palin didn’t go to Iraq as the campaign claimed.
Palin made an official visit to see Alaskan troops in Kuwait in July of 2007. There, she made a stop at a border crossing with Iraq, but did not actually visit the country, according to a new report in the Boston Globe.
Earlier, McCain aides had said that Palin visited Iraq, and expressed indignation at questions about her slim foreign travel. The campaign also said she had been to Ireland; that turned out to have been a refueling stop.
Comments from an Obama aide Tommy Vietor had this to say.
He described the new revisions to Palin’s account as part of a growing pattern of deception. “The McCain campaign said Governor Palin opposed the Bridge to Nowhere, but now we know she supported it. They said she didn’t seek earmarks, but now we know she hired a lobbyist to get millions in pork for her town and her state. They said she visited Iraq, but today we learned that she only stopped at the border. Americans are starting to wonder, is there anything the McCain campaign isn’t lying about?”
Later, the Obama campaign sent out a Bloomberg report that states: McCain-Palin Crowd-Size Estimates Not Backed by Officials.
McCain aide Kimmie Lipscomb told reporters on Sept. 10 that an outdoor rally in Fairfax City, Virginia, drew 23,000 people, attributing the crowd estimate to a fire marshal.
Fairfax City Fire Marshal Andrew Wilson said his office did not supply that number to the campaign and could not confirm it. Wilson, in an interview, said the fire department does not monitor attendance at outdoor events.
As a rebuttal from the McCain Campaign; “The 23,000 figure was substantiated on the ground,” McCain spokesman Tucker Bounds said. “The campaign is willing to stand by the fact that it was our biggest crowd to date.”
Lies, more lies, and cover-up of the lies.. McCain/Palin not a class act…