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Check This: Condemning McCain's Service in South Carolina

Check This: Condemning McCain's Service in South Carolina

A terrible specter of the 2000 race, attacks against John McCain's military service record are popping up again in the Palmetto State. South Carolina Republicans are set to vote in their primary tomorrow, and the outcome — with three different winners in the first three major contests — couldn't be more crucial.

Earlier this week, Vietnam Veterans Against McCain circulated a handout accusing the candidate of betraying fellow POWs to save himself. In 2000, among other insults hurled at the Senator was the accusation that the daughter he and wife Cindy adopted from Bangladesh was actually a "black baby" he had fathered out of wedlock. McCain's campaign has been circulating authorized biographies to preempt more smear tactics.

To whomever deems these attacks an appropriate method of campaigning, I say this: Shame. On. You. Six years is six years. Whosoever has the mental and physical fortitude to withstand years of torture as a prisoner of war, then come home, only to again serve his country bravely, nobly, and fairly, is not deserving of this abuse. Disagree with him, don't vote for him, but for the rest of our sakes, at least be so good as to show John McCain a shred of the dignity he has shown you.

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flutterpie flutterpie 9 years
the mentality of this sort of campaigining is that it worked before so why wont it work again? voters need to protest these kind of tactics by not voting for any candidate who is participatinig in the slander
nicachica nicachica 9 years
I'm not McCain's biggest fan (wouldn't vote for him b/c of his stance on issues) BUT his service to this country is undeniable and extremely commendable. He doesn't deserve this kind of disgusting treatment and I hope the voters of South Carolina can at least see that (seeing as how they missed it the first time around...).
starkiss23 starkiss23 9 years
I completely agree. It's despicable that anyone would attack a former POW like that. Even if I won't be voting for him, McCain has always had my respect.
glamourgal glamourgal 9 years
I'm happy to see people like Chris Matthews and Keith Olberman come to his defense. It is a sad day in American Politics when a nations hero can be treated this way. Thanks for bringing attention to such an important matter.
Princesskitty22 Princesskitty22 9 years
I wish they would just talk about the issues and not just sit there insulting each other. I mean, it's become a mainstay of politics and I sit here saying, "How old are we?" I think it's just a way to distract people from what's really important: Policy!
wackdoodle wackdoodle 9 years
This crap is just wrong. If whichever campaign cannot beat McCain fair and square then they should just bow out and not smear this man's service record with lies. Moreover messing with the person's family is disgusting and playing on stereotypes that all southerns are racists. And that is simply not the case. This is what sours my stomach about politics. I think this playing dirty is why we have such low voter turn-out for elections here in the US - every campaign be it a PTA seat, city council to President of the US goes dirty and people are repulsed and repelled by it.
princess_eab princess_eab 9 years
What Bush's operatives did to McCain in 2000 was absolutely shameful. I can't believe we live in a world where accusing someone of fathering an interracial child and a draft-dodger denigrating a combat veteran's war record are acceptable and effective tactics. Similar thing happening with the Obama "Muslim" e-mail smears. I guess the only people that care about that stuff are pretty ignorant anyway, though...
tiabia tiabia 9 years
:woohoo: Citizen!!! It's funny how people find that nice little "niche" of despicable Americans to whom a smear-campaign like this will effect. You know the types...the kind that have issues with people adopting "black babies" or the idea of the "races" "co-mingling"!!! SHAMEFUL and DESPICABLE indeed!!!
foxie foxie 9 years
McCain 08, yo.
Jillness Jillness 9 years
Thanks cine_lover! No matter what, it is great that people agree these types of ads are not welcome into our campaign process, no matter where they fall on the political spectrum!
cine_lover cine_lover 9 years
Jillness I could not say it any better, so I will just say I totally agree with your statement, except I will probably not vote Democrat, but not totally decided yet ;)
Jillness Jillness 9 years
I agree 100%, Jessy. I too am going to vote democrat, but I still think that these types of ads are so destructive to our political process. The only thing that really matters as President are what POLICY you support. Some of the "best" presidents have had issues in their private lives. I thought it was terrible when the Swift Boat thing came up with John Kerry, and I think it is terrible when they do the same thing to McCain.
jessy777 jessy777 9 years
I am not a McCain supporter and I very adamantly a Democrat, however, this type of campaign is offensive to me. It should be important to allow records and actions speak for themselves without the use of smear tactics. I know that politics is a public domain but I do not think it is right to bring some one's family into the mix or insult them in anyway. I felt the same way when groups chastised Cheney for his treatment and beliefs on the rights of homosexuals despite is daughter. I thought that was a low blow and completely unnecessary.
alltherage alltherage 9 years
Yay citizen sugar! i never get these kind of attacks on either side. i remember that attack on his daughter in 2000. how horrible is that. ugh.
j2e1n9 j2e1n9 9 years
Damn. That is pretty heavy stuff.
The-City-Girl The-City-Girl 9 years
Amen, Citizen Sugar! This sort of attack (along the same lines as the Swift Boat for Truth campaign against Kerry) is truly despicable. But you know that when people are forced to fight dirty, they have no real valid points to make and must really scrape the bottom of the barrel.
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