POLITICAL observations & opinions

* “Actually they are not lies,” Mr. McCain said. Actually, Mr. McCain, they are.

Posted by Lew Weinstein on September 13, 2008

 MICHAEL COOPER and JIM RUTENBERG write in today’s NYT …

  •  the McCain campaign twisted Mr. Obama’s words to suggest that he had compared Gov. Sarah Palin to a pig after Mr. Obama said, in questioning Mr. McCain’s claim to be the change agent in the race, “You can put lipstick on a pig; it’s still a pig.”
  • Mr. McCain once used the same expression to describe Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton’s health plan.
  • Then he falsely claimed that Mr. Obama supported “comprehensive sex education” for kindergartners (he supported teaching them to be alert for inappropriate advances from adults).
  • Those attacks followed weeks in which Mr. McCain repeatedly, and incorrectly, asserted that Mr. Obama would raise taxes on the middle class, even though (independent) analysts say he would cut taxes on the middle class more than Mr. McCain would
  • … in recent days, Mr. McCain has been increasingly called out by news organizations, editorial boards and independent analysts like FactCheck.org.
  • On Friday on “The View,” generally friendly territory for politicians, one co-host, Joy Behar, criticized his new advertisements. “We know that those two ads are untrue,” Ms. Behar said. “They are lies. And yet you, at the end of it, say, ‘I approve these messages.’ Do you really approve them?” “Actually they are not lies,” Mr. McCain said.



John McCain, confused and desperate, chose a totally unqualified person to be a heartbeat away from the Presidency. His continued lies, even after being properly corrected, are a discredit to Mr. McCain and a clear statement of his lack of qualification to be President.



For the entire article, click … http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/13/us/politics/13mccain.html?hp


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