McCain, the whole truth?

October 6, 2008

Excellent material here and a couple of great links for you from this video.

In this clip Rachel Maddow mentions http://thinkprogress.org/ so I headed over there to take a look and sure enough, there’s a lot of material there, enough to keep me busy for days…  For example there’s this

Top McCain Aide: ‘If We Keep Talking About The Economic Crisis, We’re Going To Lose’

…the McCain campaign has issued a new strategy: just don’t talk about the economy and instead attack Sen. Barack Obama’s (D-IL) character — as a top McCain aide explained to the New York Daily News:

“It’s a dangerous road, but we have no choice,” a top McCain strategist told the Daily News. “If we keep talking about the economic crisis, we’re going to lose.”

…Even McCain’s top surrogate Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) last week noted that talking about the economy is bad for McCain, saying that passing the bailout package “will be good for John McCain” because “it will get people back to comparing the two candidates free of a sense of crisis that may make them want to turn against Republicans.”

And there’s plenty more, so do take a look.

The other link mentioned was http://www.factcheck.org/ which fact checks politicians’ statements and their ads. For example, here’s the fact check on the Palin-Biden debate:

* Palin mistakenly claimed that troop levels in Iraq had returned to “pre-surge” levels. Levels are gradually coming down but current plans would have levels higher than pre-surge numbers through early next year, at least.

* Palin repeated a false claim that Obama once voted in favor of higher taxes on “families” making as little as $42,000 a year. He did not. The budget bill in question called for an increase only on singles making that amount, but a family of four would not have been affected unless they made at least $90,000 a year.

* Biden wrongly claimed that McCain “voted the exact same way” as Obama on the budget bill that contained an increase on singles making as little as $42,000 a year. McCain voted against it. Biden was referring to an amendment that didn’t address taxes at that income level.

* Palin claimed McCain’s health care plan would be “budget neutral,” costing the government nothing. Independent budget experts estimate McCain’s plan would cost tens of billions each year, though details are too fuzzy to allow for exact estimates.

* Biden wrongly claimed that McCain had said “he wouldn’t even sit down” with the government of Spain. Actually, McCain didn’t reject a meeting, but simply refused to commit himself one way or the other during an interview.

* Palin wrongly claimed that “millions of small businesses” would see tax increases under Obama’s tax proposals. At most, several hundred thousand business owners would see increases.

For some reason they didn’t mention the Palin family income putting her well out of the “regular middle class folks” category. You can check the Huffington Post for those figures.

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2 Responses to “McCain, the whole truth?”

  1. adela said

    pal·i·nate – verb [used with object]
1. to answer a question with an answer that has nothing to do with the question. Example:Q: What do you wear for wolf-slaying? A: I bake cupcakes for my neighbors in Moscow.
2. to mislead with a different answer; delude: Example: When questioned about censoring library books, she palinated the audience by claiming that if elected we may not have a chicken for every pot but we’ll certainly have a bun in every available oven.
3. to mislead or falsely persuade others; practice deceit: Example: her tiddley-winks convinced the John she’d be a fun date.

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