Slingin’ mud, campaigns get down and dirty
Up until now, the mud slinging in the presidential race has mostly been the Republican John McCain and Democrat Barack Obama accusing the other of lying about each other’s record and views on health care, taxes and the Iraq war.
Now, with less than a month to go until voters go to the polls, the McCain campaign has sent out on the attack his vice presidential running-mate Sarah Palin where she is slinging some serious dirt, accusing Obama of “palling around with terrorists.”
She was referring to William Ayers, a former member of the Vietnam War-era militant group the Weather Underground. Obama met him decades later in the 1990s when he first began his political career in Chicago and the two served on an education board together.
Two days later, she adjusted her language slightly in Florida, not repeating the line about “palling around with terrorists” but saying Obama was “someone who sees America as imperfect enough to work with a former domestic terrorist who had targeted his own country.”
The Obama campaign showed it would match the mud-slinging fistful for fistful, immediately bringing up McCain’s role in the “Keating Five” scandal, noting he was one of the senators who met federal regulators on behalf of a California savings and loan institution that collapsed in 1989.
Here’s a clip the Obama campaign released from a 13 minute documentary about McCain’s role in the scandal to be released later on Monday.