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Karl Rove: McCain Ads Go Beyond Truth — Do You Agree?

John McCain's ad and speeches that claim Obama supports sex-ed of kindergartners, called Sarah Palin a pig, as well as the repeated claim that Palin told Congress "no thanks" to the Bridge to Nowhere have raised some eyebrows.

McCain's campaign has explained its tactics confessing that when McCain played nice in 2000, he lost. McCain's spokesman said: "Clearly we intend to stay on offense . . . because the campaign is fundamentally about him (Obama). We feel comfortable about the ads we’re running and arguments we’re making.” Well the tactic makes someone unlikely uncomfortable: Karl Rove.

Rove told Fox News Sunday that both have gone too far. He said Obama's ad claiming that McCain cannot send email is unfair because McCain's war injuries prevent him from typing. (McCain did say a few months ago that he's learning to use a computer.)

About McCain, the former brain of Bush said: "McCain has gone in some of his ads —similarly gone one step too far, and sort of attributing to Obama things that are, you know, beyond the 100-percent-truth test. They don't have to attack each other this way. They have legitimate points to make about each other." The Obama camp piled on Rove's admission, saying: "In case anyone was still wondering whether John McCain is running the sleaziest, most dishonest campaign in history, today Karl Rove — the man who held the previous record — said McCain's ads have gone too far."


Cassandra57 Cassandra57 9 years
Just popping back in to say I stand corrected. Thanks, folks, for the feedback.
Jillness Jillness 9 years
The only campaign that he said didn't pass the "truth test" was MCCAIN'S!
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
Is Rove in any way connected to the McCain campaign (other than party affiliation)? Just because he was the "brain" behind the Bush campaigns, doesn't mean he has any say in the McCain campaign. IMO, he is now just a citizen offering his opinion. I would like to add that he said this about BOTH campaigns, so BOTH sides need to clean up their act, according to Rove.
rabidmoon rabidmoon 9 years
I agree with Rove (once, in my lifetime) but here is the simple fact - Rove is the kind of guy that has been behind these very sorts of slanderous, silly, off-topic, divisive tidbits. Its akin to Gordon Ramsay saying there is too much cussing on TV and not enough fried candy bars. Whether he is just trying to suddenly make the Bush/incumbent camp look somewhat better than they did (good luck) or has been hit by the conscience bus, I don't know, but the whole thing is just a bit bizarre.
Bmoney Bmoney 9 years
Giuu That is not a valid comparison ROVE=Sharpton Simply wrong
em1282 em1282 9 years
Yeeeah...I think Rove is a bit more than just some random Republican who shows up on talk shows now and again. He's not "official", but still had a lot more influence on, well, Republicans, and IMO the presidency, than, uh, Al Sharpton has on Democrats.
janneth janneth 9 years
Rove = puppeteer. Rove = man behind the curtain. Rove = mad genius. Rove = Republican brain.
Gluu Gluu 9 years
Jude, I stand corrected. And I do believe that Rove speaks for republicans. He just doesn't do so in any official capacity. His official capacity is no more than a guest on a cable news show.
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
i feel like in past years, the campaigns were about the issues not the candidates and that really doesn't feel like it's the case this time around. Mccain has to take a different angle since it's a different race. it's like being an olympic swimmer and not having the new speedo - it's an uneven playing field and he's doing what he has to in order to stay afloat. i think that they all need to pull back a little bit and really focus on what the country needs. we need someone who's going to have a plan - a plan about the issues and a plan on how to achieve those goals that they set up when going into office. we need someone who's going to make us feel secure, and if it's someone who's friends with all the celebs, or it's someone who prefers to talk in person rather than email - then well...hopefully we'll see that happen in November when the election comes and goes. this country should be like others - where you can only advertise for a 3 week window - just a few weeks prior to the election and then that's it. that way we aren't over run by nonsensical advertising that doesn't help the cause at all.
yesteryear yesteryear 9 years
lets see, rove has been called "bush's brain", he orchestrated the campaigns in 2000 and 2004, he was the main political strategist for bush and the republicans for 8 years... hmm... why would ANYONE think he speaks for the republicans??! that's just crazy talk! sheesh, doesn't ANYONE remember anything anymore?!
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
Gluu, I didn't say that Rove is a spokesman for McCain. This is the quote I was referring to: 'McCain's spokesman said: "Clearly we intend to stay on offense . . . because the campaign is fundamentally about him (Obama). We feel comfortable about the ads we’re running and arguments we’re making.'
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 9 years
Who is Al Sharpton?
Gluu Gluu 9 years
Of course he's a "prominent figure", Al Sharpton's a prominent figure in the democratic party, but would you call him a spokesman?
girlA girlA 9 years
He was the LAST person you'd expect to say something like this against McCain.
kastarte2 kastarte2 9 years
Even if he isn't the "official spokesman" you have to admit he is a prominent figure in the party.
Gluu Gluu 9 years
Jude, Rove isn't officially a spokesman for McCain or the republican party.
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
You know, when your own spokesman says that your campaign is all about the other guy, it may be time to rethink some things.
girlA girlA 9 years
I liked it.
Frank-y-Ava Frank-y-Ava 9 years
I thought it was good, really sad too!
lilkimbo lilkimbo 9 years
I agree, Mich. I thought it had a lot of potential going in, but it fell flat.
Michelann Michelann 9 years
Yeah, I saw it, it wasn't really that good of a movie.
Frank-y-Ava Frank-y-Ava 9 years
Has anybody seen that movie??
Frank-y-Ava Frank-y-Ava 9 years
I'm watching Bobby.
girlA girlA 9 years
I hear you pop. I think all you have to do is add up all the ads on each side and it'll show that MCain has really gone hog wild with these ads compared to Obama.
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 9 years
I just wanted to say that I think the Sugar headline cites McCain and not Obama because it's not notable that Rove would say something negative about Obama, but it IS notable that Rove would say something negative about McCain. I don't have TV so I don't have the joy of watching too many political ads. I have heard more controversy about the McCain ads perhaps because of the strangeness of some of them (the Christ comparison, the Britney comparison etc.) I think the average "take your oponents words out of context" ad is no longer revolutionary. From what I hear, they are both doing some of that. I think McCain seems to be going the extra mile on slam ads, but as someone intelligently noted up front, it's because I support Obama over McCain and I am likely a little biased because of that.
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