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Tuesday, June 17, 2008

New McCain Ad: He "Stood Up to the President"

John McCain's ad attempts to slam President Bush on global warming saying, "John McCain stood up to the President and sounded the alarm on global warming five years ago." While the voice on the ad is saying those words, they put up a newspaper headline that says: "McCain Climate Views Clash with GOP." A Google search reveals that headline to be from a UPI article from May 27, 2008. If you look closely at the video, you can see a dateline that indicates May and what appears to be a 27. The article was about McCain's attempt in the Senate this summer to pass government mandated carbon emission caps.

Now, I don't want to get picky, but the ad implies this article is proof that McCain acted five years ago. It isn't. There are articles out there that prove McCain went against the Bush Administration on global warming. For instance, this New York Times article states:
At a packed committee hearing, Senators John McCain, Republican of Arizona, and Joseph I. Lieberman, Democrat of Connecticut, joined forces today to challenge the Bush administration on global warming.
That's from January of 2003, five years ago, like the ad says. The headline sucks, though: McCain and Lieberman Offer Bill to Require Cuts in Gases.

Another headline he could've used: "Maverick McCain Is at It Again." That's from 2004, though, but is about his opposition to the President's policy on Global Warming.

There is one from FOX News in July 2003 that reads: McCain Pushes Bush on Greenhouse Gases.

The best one, however, and one that dates from 2003: McCain Challenges Bush on Environment. It's even from the St. Paul Pioneer Press, the newspaper of the Twin Cities, where the GOP Convention will be this summer, where McCain will hope to break with Bush and show his independence. Oh, well. I guess it's too much to ask the McCain camp do five minutes of Google research.

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