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New Democratic Video Calls Out McCain on Iraq

Web-only videos produced by campaigns and other political groups probably earn more media attention than they deserve, since they're not widely watched. But they often are a preview of how that candidate or group will advertise more widely.

One day after the GOP released a video questioning Barack Obama's stance on the Iraq war, the Democratic National Committee has released a video highlighting John McCain's various answers on when he would pull troops out of the conflict.

"When?" features clips of television interviews with McCain, during which he says he would pull troops out in two to three years, five years, and 100 years.

"As voters try to decide who has the judgment to handle Iraq, Afghanistan, the other challenges America faces, they should look at John McCain's record of poor judgment and inconsistencies on Iraq," said Democratic National Committee spokeswoman Karen Finney.

"This is nothing but a cheap attempt to distract from Obama's own attempts to 'refine' his position on Iraq," said Alex Conant, spokesman for the RNC. "Considering how Obama's been all over the map on Iraq in the last few weeks, the DNC is only undermining their campaign by releasing a misleading video like this. Taking somebody else's words out of context won't make Obama's words any more believable."

-- Ed O'Keefe

By Ed O'Keefe |  July 9, 2008; 3:40 PM ET John McCain
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Obama Campaign read my comment and copied my suggestion to GOPs.

I would not comment on their any ads from now. One thing is clear: You picked a wrong card.

McCain Campaign should not respond. Voters are not that stupid.

Posted by: Premier | July 10, 2008 9:55 AM

It's not too important to Mccain, but it is to the American people.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 10, 2008 1:31 PM

John Mccain doesn't have an answer because Cheney hasn't told him yet. People like to say a third Bush term but it will actually be a third Cheney term, you don't think Bush is president do you? Make no mistake, Cheney will be behind the scenes pulling Mccains strings if he should win.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 10, 2008 1:35 PM

Re: Hollywood Matters

I rarely buy Us magazine, but I purchased one yesterday: Us reported that Scarlett Johanson's unlimited access to Senator Obama was denied (June 14, 2008, p. 9).

It also reported that Dr. Larry J. Sabato, Director of the University of Virginia's Center for Politics said "Hollywood stars are irrelevant" to the campaign. He said, "The campaign is about the economy and the war in Iraq and lots of other big issues."

I can't believe Larry has a doctoral degree. Let me tell you this. Scarlett had unlimited access to Obama, yet his voters did not have such access to Obama. When voters complained, Obama "disowned" her again.

Such series of repeated acts tells you what kind of person he is. All the issues that Larry thinks important are gone: See Obama's past records about the major "issues" and watch his words changed "within 16 months." This election does not need any debates.

This election is about character: The person must "demonstrate" strong leadership skills. You can't "paint" such skills as if you had.

Strong leaders do not fear of what people say. Strong leaders are not manipulated by what the media say. Strong leaders do not fear of the media: Strong leaders know how to "manage" the media.

Strong leaders stand by their values, words, acts, deeds, and also listen to the voices of the people. Strong leaders are not afraid of making mistakes: They learned from their own mistakes how to govern effectively.

A strong leader does not "sell" his messages to get elected: He convinces the voters what he is doing is the right thing to do--through his character, the credibility of the person.

Senator Obama has distanced himself from everything what the media told or criticized.

I truly wish all Hollywood stars who have warned to leave this country would leave this country due to their collective sin: No-Brains-and-No-Love-for-this-country, the Body-that-does-not-have-any-Substance.

Hollywood Stars, stand by your words.

Posted by: Premier | July 11, 2008 11:56 AM

New Democratic Video Calls Out McCain on Iraq

McCain is very aware of the fact that he needs to pull out, before he places not only himself but the entire American country into harm's way indefinitely.

Posted by: Nisey01 | July 12, 2008 4:39 AM

The new DNC add about McCain's endless flip flops on when the troops might be coming home from Iraq is a very effective approach. Obviously, McCain has no clue, and this is the area of his alledged expertise.

Posted by: maxfli | July 12, 2008 10:26 AM

Being creative is nothing wrong.

Posted by: imagination | July 16, 2008 2:04 PM

Thank you for all this information.

Posted by: Lynn | July 18, 2008 3:32 PM

It's not really McCain's fault that he spent over five years forced to remain out of touch with the world at large, and perhaps it's understandable that ever since his incarceration he's been conjuring up and trying to reapply Vietnam (another war that he maintains we could and should have won).

But when he speaks of an Iraq/Pakistan border, as he has most recently, the question is fairly raised not only as to his need to be updated on the course of the war in Afghanistan -- a direct, on-site investigation seems his own preferred means of updating -- but also as to his need for a geography lesson.

Posted by: FirstMouse | July 21, 2008 3:23 PM

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