DNC Uses McClellan in Anti-McCain Spot
Updated 6:01 p.m.
By Michael D. Shear
It didn't take long for Democrats to seize upon the book by former Bush spokesman Scott McClellan. In an internet-only ad released today, The Democratic National Committee uses McClellan's interview on the "Today Show" to make their case against the war.
The video (above) starts with the "Today" appearance.
"As we accelerated the buildup to the war, the information that we were talking about became a little more certain than it was," McClellan says. "The caveats were dropped. Intelligence that you know, contradictory intelligence was ignored. Intelligence that had a high level of confidence was combined and packaged with intelligence that had a low level of confidence. And together, that made it sound like the threat was more urgent and more grave and gathering than it really turned out to be."
But the ad quickly attempts to link Sen. John McCain to the issue, using several quotes from McCain during the run-up to war to suggest that he was part of what McClellan was describing.
The screen ends with: "Marching in lockstep the whole way. John McCain: The Wrong Choice For America's Future."
The McCain campaign, of course, will counter that despite McCain's aggressive support for going to war, he has spent much of the past several years criticizing the Bush administration, and in particular, then-Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld.
"With the Democrats are on the verge of nominating somebody who has not been to Iraq for 873 days, it's no surprise they would rather engage in these sorts of backward-looking attacks," said Republican National Committee spokeswoman Amber Wilkerson, later Friday afternoon. "No amount of DNC propaganda can change the fact that Barack Obama lacks the necessary judgment and experience to make the decisions that will either bring peace and security to Iraq or more chaos and conflict."
Posted at 4:38 PM ET on May 30, 2008
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