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Thursday, January 31, 2008

McCain the Liar, Old School Politics of Clintons

Straight Talk Express has Derailed, It's Over for McCain. McCain is the Hilary Clinton of the Republican Party, and lies about his opponents in the same kind of mean-spirited way and with his accomplice in the press even as Hilary does.

Bob Bennet, who endorsed McCain, said McCain owes Romney an apology for lying about his Iraq position

Jeffrey Toobin of CNN (no right winger or Romney supporter) says McCain gets the most adoring press from the media of any candidate, and uses that media-generated 'credibility' to straight-up lie about Romney's positions 3 days before a primary election in Florida:

Saint John's halo is gone. St. John of Arizona's crooked-talk claim in Florida was that Mitt Romney wanted to "surrender and wave a white flag, like Senator Clinton wants to do" in Iraq because Romney "wanted to set a date for withdrawal that would have meant disaster."
George Will, Running Against Clintons

CNN & New York Times say McCain's claim is a lie since Romney never supported any date for withdrawal. Bob Bennet also repudiated McCain's lie as 'below the belt', quite an understatement! "honor has been McCain's watchword — he should admit that was wrong to do." Washington Post give McCain "three pinochios" or pinocchio's.

Ann Coulter Endorses Romney and calls McCain a Liar
Elephant in the Room

Following the debate, MSNBC's David Shuster noted McCain's response in a fact check, asserting, "John McCain was asked a question during the debte that included a quote about McCain talking about economics. And McCain denied the quote." After airing a video clip of the exchange, Shuster asserted: "Well, actually, NBC News got that quote from last month. John McCain was heard saying on December 17th in The Boston Globe and Time magazine, quote, 'The issue of economics is not something I've understood as well as I should. I've got Greenspan's book.' " Following Shuster's fact check, Matthews himself acknowledged McCain's lack of "candor," asking Newsweek's Howard Fineman, "Howard, the "Straight Talk Express": Did it stall tonight? Was it derailed by his denial of a quote that's on the record?" In his response, Fineman asserted, "You can't pretend that you didn't say something you said. You just can't wish it away."...

RUSSERT: Senator McCain, you have said repeatedly, quote, "I know a lot less about economics than I do about military and foreign policy issues. I still need to be educated." Is it a problem for your campaign that the economy is now the most important issue, one that, by your own acknowledgment, you are not well-versed on.
McCAIN: Actually, I don't know where you got that quote from.

MATTHEWS: Howard, the "Straight Talk Express": Did it stall tonight? Was it derailed by his denial of a quote that's on the record?
FINEMAN: I think he straight-talked him right over that bridge -- himself right over that bridge to nowhere that he kept talking about. You can't pretend that you didn't say something you said. You just can't wish

MATTHEWS: Bob, it's amazing that, you know, we all in the media salute candor, because we do believe in it. It's also useful in the news coverage. You can actually cover a guy if he's honest.
MATTHEWS: John McCain admitting that his strong suit is not the economy on a number of occasions, and now waffling on that on Meet the Press -- do you think that'll hurt him? Just saying, "I'm not good at what we're all worried about."
HERBERT: That might be a little bit too much candor. I mean, you don't want to show -- you don't want to suggest that you're not up to speed on the biggest issue facing the country in a presidential election.

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