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McCain Revives Immigration Fight in Spanish

By Ed O'Keefe
The McCain campaign today announced another Spanish-language television commercial blaming Barack Obama for killing immigration reform. Called "Fradulent," the spot will air, the campaign says, in Colorado and New Mexico.

The script: "So what's worse? That Barack Obama and his allies in Congress killed immigration reform? Or that their immigration attacks were called 'unfair,' 'absolutely and directly wrong' and even 'fraudulent' by the press. Or that Obama and his liberal allies think the U.S. has an immigration problem because Mexico is a quote, 'dysfunctional society'? They've said no to us long enough. This election, let's tell them no."

A companion radio ad will convey a similar message.

The "immigration attacks" the ad references appear to be to an Obama ad that attempted to tie McCain to comments made by radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh regarding Mexican law. Several news organizations quickly discredited the McCain-Limbaugh associations.

That ad was in response to an earlier McCain TV spot that aired in Colorado, Nevada and New Mexico blaming Obama and Senate Democrats for last year's failure of comprehensive immigration reform legislation -- even though most observers believe the legislation was killed by a rebellion within the ranks of the Republican Party.

Joe Biden called Mexico a "dysfunctional society" back in Dec. 2007 while speaking with Iowa voters. The vice presidential candidate -- then running his own presidential campaign -- said that solutions to the American immigration issue should start with changes to the Mexican economy.

"They're being irresponsible. This is the second-wealthiest nation in the hemisphere -- we're not talking about Sierra Leone."

"This is a dysfunctional society," Biden added.

Obama campaign spokesman Federico De Jesus described McCain's latest ad as one of a "litany of dishonest immigration ads," saying: "The same candidate who said he would vote against his own immigration bill, and who stood by while his party approved one of the most extreme anti immigrant platforms in years, has no standing to criticize Sen. Obama, who has consistently supported the type of comprehensive reform we need."

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Posted by: hclark1 | October 2, 2008 4:02 PM | Report abuse

As more illegal aliens self-deport the economy of the USA improves. ICE and EVERY law enforcement agency and EVERY level of government needs to cooperate in ridding our country of the cancer of illegal aliens. This is especially true of such cities as San Francisco and Los Angeles.

Posted by: tucanofulano | October 2, 2008 3:44 PM | Report abuse

The McCain campaign is truly Orwellian in its propensity and capacity to distort reality and airbrush history.

The notion that the Democrats are blocking immigration reform and that the Republicans favor it is a lie on par with "war is peace." Furthermore, while McCain WAS one of the few Republicans who supported immigration reform, he has substantially recanted in order to curry favor with the overwhelming anti-immigrant sentiment in his party.

Posted by: mnjam | October 2, 2008 10:21 AM | Report abuse

Ed O'Keefe is offering a very "creative" re-telling of history. In fact, he's the one who assisted the BHO campaign with promoting their lying ad. And, it wasn't just the unfair association in the ad, it was the fact that the BHO campaign took quotes completely out of context. And, the MSM didn't exactly rush to point out how the ad lied; in fact (perhaps aside from Limbaugh himself) I got there hours or days before any of the hacks in the MSM:

For example, JoeKlein came out against the ad... as I note in the *eighth update* to that post.

Posted by: LonewackoDotCom | October 2, 2008 12:26 AM | Report abuse

Good Grief Charlie Brown! :-(



Just what part of;

The American Conservative Base, and even many Libbies who's WAGES and Communities have been DECIMATED, Rallied to KILL YOUR MORONIC AMNESTY PACKAGE!,



Mitt Romney/ Huckleberry or Alan Keyes!

We NEED Washington OUTSIDERS, and we NEED an Economic/Business Genius!

Barry O'Bomba-Nation, is More of the McSame! :-(

Posted by: SAINT---The | October 1, 2008 10:05 PM | Report abuse

And another lie...

SIGH. It is getting to the point where he is blowing all his credibility.

I really used to *respect* this guy as a moderate straight shooter. Now we have this pattern...

For instance: John McCain is NOT an "Economic Reformer" either. You probably heard how he was trying to fix the problems with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac? FALSE!

Three and a half years ago, John McCain belatedly cosponsored an apparently "dead" bill on mortgage regulation. He then did nothing else to revive it or bring it back up for consideration.

S.190 - A bill to address the regulation of secondary mortgage market enterprises, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Hagel, Chuck [NE] (introduced 1/26/2005)
Latest Major Action: 7/28/2005 Senate committee/subcommittee actions. Status: Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. Ordered to be reported with an amendment in the nature of a substitute favorably.
Sen Dole, Elizabeth [NC] - 1/26/2005
Sen Sununu, John E. [NH] - 1/26/2005
...time passes...
7/28/2005 (the date of this bill's LAST activity)
Sen McCain, John [AZ] - 5/25/2006

10 MONTHS after anyone had looked at this bill, McCain blew the dust off it and cosponsored it. He didn't do anything to push it forward, and the bill never saw any more activity in the Senate.

That seems to demonstrate a serious lack of leadership. It also continues the pattern of McCain stretching the truth, distorting the facts and outright lying to get elected. "Journalists" need to do their jobs here. Explode this MYTH. McCain has stood for deregulation. His has not been a reformer on the economy. His tax cut for the rich is more of the same.

Posted by: wunderwood | October 1, 2008 8:48 PM | Report abuse

What contempt for your audience. Put out a commercial that's an outright lie hoping that the voters it's targetted at are so low information that they won't know that you are lying.

Posted by: dailykos1 | October 1, 2008 7:22 PM | Report abuse

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