Extraordinary McCain video

Last night, someone sent me a link to the following clips on Youtube:

Kudos to John McCain for saying that.  It’s important in politics to make sure that the debate about what’s different between different candidates is focussed on policy, and not on dog-whistles.  I have been pointed at too many videos of frightened Americans who think Obama is an “A-rab terrist” and it is responsible of McCain to say that he knows that is not the case.

I just hope this means that the McCain campaign will now stop running the terrorist ads.

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11 Comments

  • This is an interesting development.

    McCain has obviously realised that some of the hateful stuff that has been coming out of Republican mouths makes him look awful and deeply unpresidential.

    He is now having to rein it in, which itself just looks so messy.

    We’re beginning to see clear water between their poll ratings. Let’s just hope that this holds through to Election Day.

    Thanks for posting this.

  • As everyone suspects the Repub vote is split between the real McCainites and the Palinites – either they try and reach out to both and alienate the majority or reach out to just one section and hope for the best. It’s all long shots.

  • Hywel Morgan 11th Oct '08 - 2:25pm

    McCain is basically a decent guy who I admire in a lot of respects. I wouldn’t vote for him because he’s wrong on too many issues. He’s probably going to lose* – and may lose big time but really I can’t imagine any other Republican would have got close.

    Worth remembering that McCain’s 2000 presidential campaign was detailed by the South Carolina primary where he was accused (among other things) of fathering a black child out of wedlock (he has an adopted Bangladeshi daughter.

    *Other than a major international event there’s the rumblings about ACORN – I’m not sure how big that is going to get.

  • Peter Bancroft 11th Oct '08 - 2:51pm

    I think people here are reading this wrong. This in no way suggests any change of heart from the Republican party’s “terrorist link” attack videos, or from the Conservative movement’s “Obama the muslim” insinuation stuff.

    You just can’t have your candidate go that publicly negative, as it’ll rebound. McCain had no choice but to disagree – he’s fighting for President after all, a role which isn’t compatible with mud-wrestling in a political campaign.

  • David McBride 11th Oct '08 - 3:18pm

    His campaign is all over the place and it will be interesting to see what effect the report on Sarah Palin has. Latest polls has Obama ahead consistently in Ohio, Florida, Virginia, Colorado and edging in to the lead in North Carolina, Nevada and perhaps even West Virginia. If the latter solidify and hold through to election day Obama will get to the 350s in ECVs.

  • Terry Gilbert 12th Oct '08 - 5:50pm

    Tom Papworth: Fox News is hardly the most objective source. There is no evidence Ayers carried out the attack in question, and even if he did, his connection to Obama is limited to the holding of a fundraiser at his home in the early 1990s, and serving on an education board together. Ayers is now a widely-respected professor of education. Of course, he probably deserved to be in prison for his actions, but it is worth noting that the charges against him were dropped because of gross violations of the law by the law enforcement agencies themselves, so he was not convicted.

  • If McCain ever stops relying on smears, he’ll have nothing left…

    http://dry-valleys.blogspot.com/2008/10/has-mccain-had-it-i-hope-so.html

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