Obama ad challenges McCain’s honor
WASHINGTON – Barack Obama is using a scathing new attack ad to challenge the fundamental perception that John McCain — former Navy aviator and prisoner of war — is honorable.
It was bound to happen. The McCain camp has been doing the same thing to Obama for weeks, trying to turn public perceptions about his strengths into weaknesses using attack ads and ridicule.
McCain went after Obama’s popularity and his strength as an orator. His campaign even tried to defuse the race issue by accusing Obama — who would be the first black U.S. president if elected — of racism.
So it was inevitable the Obama camp would eventually strike back — and it did after McCain was roundly criticized in the press for an ad that falsely accused the Illinois Democrat of favoring sex education for kindergarten children.
“What’s happened to John McCain? He’s running the sleaziest ads ever. Truly vile,” the narrator of the ad entitled “Honor” says as quotes pulled from newspaper columns scroll over an ever-shrinking photo of the Arizona senator.
“Dishonest smears that he repeats even after its been exposed as a lie. Truth be damned. Disgraceful, dishonorable campaign. After voting with Bush 90 percent of the time proposing the same disastrous economic policies, it seems that deception is all he has left,” it says.
McCain often speaks of duty, honor, country, sacrifice and has cultivated the image of being a man of honor.
The ad takes aim at that perception, asking if McCain is honorable, why is he running this kind of campaign.
Photo credit: Reuters/Neal Hamberg (Obama speaks in New Hampshire Sept. 13)