Wednesday, September 17, 2008

The Truth Will Set You Free

I realize that campaign ads by nature are designed to be extreme, shocking, and sometimes stretch the truth. The thing is, we don't need to lie or use extreme tactics when campaigning against the GOP since stating the facts is shocking and outrageous enough.

If you have some time, watch these videos. They're all short but you'll gain a whole new perspective on the "straight talk express."

The last video is terrific but the third may be my favorite, here's the dialogue:

Interviewer: "Earlier this week...talked about it being unfair that insurance companies cover Viagra but not birth control..."

McCain (interrupts her) with: "I certainly do not want to discuss that issue"

Interviewer: "But you voted against coverage of birth control in the past, is that still your position?"

McCain: "Looking at my voting record on it, I, uh, I, um, don't recall the vote right now, but i'll be glad to look at it and get back to you as to why, i don't...." (trails off...)

Interviewer: "I guess her statement was that it is unfair that health insurance companies cover Viagra but not birth control. Do you have an opinion on that?"

8 second pause

McCain: "I don't know enough about it to give you a* informed answer because i don't recall the vote, i cast thousands of votes in the senate, but i will get back to you on it... i don't usually duck an issue but i... i'll try to get back to you"

*not to be nitpicky but um... it's an informed answer, not a informed answer... geez...


Habladora said...

Wow, what a telling collection of clips. Thanks for gathering and posting them.

Field Notes said...

Talk about the Double Talk express! Yeesh. Love your blog and glad to have found it. I love love love talking about politics!

Smirking Cat said...

I don't remember my opinion or my stance that I was going to post. I will, um, get back to you. I don't usually duck comments, but ummm...I will get back to you, and by "get back to you", I mean, "duck the answer". 'K?

Sabertoothed Screaming Lemur said...

So uh... *did* he get back to her?
(Partly being snarky, and partly would really like to know if he's ever actually delivered a straight answer about this stuff.)

phd in yogurtry said...

I lost a lot of respect for McCain back when he lost the primary to Bush, after those Rovian techniques in South Carolina. He shortly after shook hands and aligned himself with Bush. He ran as if he were the anti-republican and then he turned into the quintessential republican. Where are the 527's now, with their outcry against flip flopping?

Ay. Politics is such a revolving door of disgust.

Renee said...

As far as I know we are still waiting for him to get back to us on the Viagara issue. Good thing I wasn't holding my breathe I have two kids that need their mommy.