The Democratic National Committee today released the second in a series of web videos showing John McCain denouncing his own campaign tactics. The new ad, called “Who Is John McCain,” shows McCain in 2000 denouncing negative campaign tactics and promising to fight the battle of ideas. The ad compares John McCain’s aversion to negative campaigning in 2000 to his campaign’s desperate and misleading attacks today.
The video comes as McCain is working overtime launching a barrage of negative attack ads aimed at “turning the page” from the economic crisis facing working families because — as one McCain advisor said, “If we keep talking about the economic crisis, we’re going to lose.” In fact, nearly 100 percent of John McCain’s ads attack and distort Barack Obama’s
CHYRON: Who is John McCain?
MCCAIN: “But I’m going to keep fighting clean, I’m gonna keep fighting fair, and I’m gonna keep fighting the battle of ideas.” [McCain campaign rally (Charleston, SC), February 19, 2000]
CHRYON: “If we keep talking about the economic crisis, we’re going to lose.” – McCain advisor [New York Daily News, 10/5/08]
MCCAIN: “I want the Presidency in the best way, not on the worst way.” [McCain campaign rally (Charleston, SC), February 19, 2000]
MCCAIN: “I will not take the low road to the highest office in the land.” [McCain campaign rally (Charleston, SC), February 19, 2000]
CHRYON: “McCain’s campaign is “The Low Road Express” [New York Times, 7/30/08]
MCCAIN: “Uh, I, I just have to rely on the good judgment of the voters not to buy into these negative attack ads. Sooner or later, people are going to figure out if all you run is negative attack ads you don’t have much of a vision for the future or you’re not ready to articulate it.” [The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, 2/21/2000]
CHYRON: “Obama focuses on economy, rejects McCain attacks” [Reuters, 10/10/08]
CHYRON: John McCain: America Can’t Afford More of the Same