Plouffe's Latest Televised Morale-Boosting Session
Updated 1:18 p.m.
By Ed O'Keefe
"It's going to be an unprecedented sleaze factory."
So says Obama campaign manager David Plouffe, predicting an unprecedented barrage of negative ads, mailers and speeches by the McCain campaign and anti-Obama groups in the final days of the presidential campaign.
The latest video message to donors by Obama's senior adviser includes clips of negative ads about the senator's abortion record, his vote on a bill removing good behavior allowances for certain inmates, and his gun rights record.
Plouffe calls GOP vice presidential nominee Gov. Sarah Palin's recent comments about Obama and former 60s radical William Ayers "completely beyond the pale" and notes that one of McCain's attack ads has been "roundly criticized" by news organizations.
"The only way we're going to fight back in the next 22 days against these smears and win this election, is for you, out in the states, to make sure that you're talking to your neighbors," Plouffe says.
Video messages to supporters are nothing new: McCain campaign adviser Rick Davis briefed interested parties in a 14-minute video strategy session over the summer and Plouffe has fronted similar televised cheerleading sessions before.
In response, the McCain campaign issued a statement from spokesman Michael Goldfarb focused on Plouffe's comments that Palin's comments about Obama and terrorists are "beyond the pale."
"The 'terrorists' in question would be William Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn, the husband and wife team behind the Weather Underground, a group responsible for attacks against the Pentagon and the U.S. Capitol," Goldfarb says, adding: "The only thing 'beyond the pale' here is the Obama campaign's failure to explain how it is that Barack Obama carried on a decade long friendship with a man who sought to topple the U.S. government through violence."
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