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McCain questions Obama’s honesty

October 10, 2008

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— Republican presidential candidate John McCain said Thursday that questions about Democratic rival Barack Obama's association with a former war protester linked to Vietnam-era bombings are part of a broader issue of honesty.

In his strongest personal criticism since his faltering campaign began casting Obama as an unknown and unacceptable candidate, McCain told supporters that Obama had not been truthful in describing his relationship with former radical William Ayers. The Arizona senator also said Obama himself has "a clear radical, far-left pro-abortion record."

McCain and the Republican National Committee also launched new Web and TV ads about Obama and Ayers.

Loud cheers from 4,000 people gathered at a sports complex near Milwaukee greeted McCain's attacks over Ayers, who helped found the Weather Underground, a Vietnam protest group that bombed government buildings 40 years ago. Obama has noted that he was a child at the time and first met Ayers and his wife, ex-radical Bernadine Dohrn, a quarter-century later.

"Look, we don't care about an old, washed-up terrorist and his wife," McCain said. "That's not the point here."

"He's a terrorist!" a man in the audience screamed without making clear to whom he was referring.

"We need to know the full extent of the relationship," McCain replied. Later, McCain told ABC News: "It's a factor about Sen. Obama's candor and truthfulness with the American people."

Obama has denounced Ayers and his violent actions and views. He dismisses McCain's criticism as an effort to "score cheap political points."

The Associated Press and other news organizations have reported that Obama and Ayers, now a college professor who lives in Obama's Chicago neighborhood, are not close but that they worked together on two nonprofit organizations from the mid-1990s to 2002. In addition, Ayers hosted a small meet-the-candidate event for Obama in 1995 as he first ran for the state Senate.

Meanwhile in Ohio, Obama told Ohio voters Thursday that McCain's mortgage buyout plan would cost them billions of dollars and reward bad behavior by lenders.

Speaking in Dayton as he started a two-day bus tour of hotly contested Ohio, Obama said McCain's plan would force the government to absorb the full cost of renegotiating mortgages to keep borrowers from losing their homes. He said lenders should share some of the costs.

The Democratic presidential candidate's campaign also criticized McCain's mortgage plan in a new 30-second ad to air nationally on cable TV, a relatively inexpensive way of drawing media attention to an issue.

Both candidates are competing hard for Ohio's 20 electoral votes, which were pivotal in President Bush's victory four years ago. Obama campaigned in Dayton, Cincinnati, Georgetown and Portsmouth on Thursday, with two more Ohio stops planned today. He will return next week to Toledo to prepare for Wednesday's debate on Long Island, N.Y.

Obama took another jab at McCain, whose family owns several houses, when he renewed his call to change bankruptcy laws to help hard-pressed borrowers keep their homes.

"Right now, the law lets bankruptcy judges write down your mortgage if you own six or seven homes," he said, "but not if you have only one."

"That might help Sen. McCain sleep easier at night, but it won't do anything for folks like you," Obama told thousands at a baseball stadium.

Obama said McCain's mortgage plan "punishes taxpayers, rewards banks and won't solve our housing crisis."

Comments

Confrontation 6 years, 2 months ago

This is funny. Adulterer McCain is questioning someone else's honesty? He picked Bimbo Palin as his running mate. The only one more dishonest than "tanning bed" Palin is McCain himself.

jaywalker 6 years, 2 months ago

" Obama told Ohio voters Thursday that McCain's mortgage buyout plan would cost them billions of dollars and reward bad behavior by lenders. Obama said McCain's plan would force the government to absorb the full cost of renegotiating mortgages to keep borrowers from losing their homes. He said lenders should share some of the costs."And all the above is abolute BS!! It's already cost us 'billions of dollars', and McCain's plan takes the money out of the $700 billion we've already given them!! His plan only effects about 6% of mortgage holders and keeps them in their homes, which is something BO's been preaching we need to do anyway, not to mention he was one of the jackasses that propogated this freakin' mess by getting Acorn and liberal politicians to force lenders to grant loans to those who could not pay them back!!!This not only saves these homeowners, but saves those that live next door or in the same neighborhood since a foreclosure on your block sucks the value of your home straight down the crapper. And how exactly are lenders going to absorb some of the costs? We just bailed them out, and they have to re-pay the loan; the money from those loans is gonna come right back to us (hopefully). I guess this is the kind of 'economic intelligence' we can expect from BO since his chief economic and finance advisors are Raines, Howard, and Johnson - three of the criminals from Fannie and Freddie who walked away with millions while costing the world trillions. Swell. McCain is right to question Obama's honesty, this is ridiculous.

S0uPnAzi 6 years, 2 months ago

Anyone who thinks Obama is lily-white and all this is a smear job against Obama should view this:http://www.foxnews.com/hannitysamerica/index.htmlI question Obama's honesty...his integrity..his character...all of it!

Confrontation 6 years, 2 months ago

It's funny to watch McCain's followers turn into crowds of KKK mobs. Then, you have the old idiot woman who said that Obama is an Arab. Wow. Republicans are literally the bottom of the barrel.

kms 6 years, 2 months ago

As a 20 yr old, Obama traveled to Pakistan on an Indonesian passport as an Indonesian citizen (You could not have dual citizenship) and as a Muslin. Pakistan did not allow US citizens or Christians into their country at the time and the State dept listed Pakistan as off limits to US citizens due to their declared "Terriosts status". My question is, when did he become a Naturalized citizen? Why was he in Pakistan anyway?

BigAl 6 years, 2 months ago

Even McCain's campaign knew that the Ayres story wasn't worthy. It only became worthy when McCain began dropping in the poles. It didn't even surface from the republicans until McCain was down 10 points. Have you noticed that when they bring up Ayres, they never mention that this "board" was funded by a republican? And it was chaired by a close personal friend of Ronald Raegan? Why is this conveniently left out of the discussion? They never mention that Obama was and is extremely critical of Ayres. This is all gutter politics "my friends", brought on by a campaign that is in the tank. but, but the liberal press.......

arizonajh 6 years, 2 months ago

I question McCains loyalty to the US. I question his judgment, I question his ability to think clearly at his age. McCain spent years living in North Vietnam living with communists, who knows what he was up to, maybe planning the over throw of the US government, waiting 40 years to spring his diabolical plan to force us into servitude, he refused to come back when they wanted to release him so he could refine the plan to overthrow our government! He returned and dumped his wife and kids to marry a woman who's family killed a journalist in Arizona for the mob and were rewarded with the largest beer distributorship in the west so they could poison our children. His wife then stole and ingested pain meds from a charity so that people would suffer for their stupidity of being poor. He rambles and says things such as Al Quaida train in Iran and picks a wanna be beauty queen for a running mate because she makes him feel like a man again and Cindy is getting a few wrinkles.... Do I believe any of what I just wrote? NO, but I can sit here and make stupid comments and false accusations just like you guys. I can link to crap articles on moveon.org or MSNBC (the lefts FOX news) all day. I can question things that don't have a thing to do with the issues that face this country or....

arizonajh 6 years, 2 months ago

cont,We could have a honest debate about policies, about direction candidates want to move the country (and lets face it the Republicans didn't turn the US into a fascist dictatorship as the left said about Bush and Obama is not going turn it into a socialist, Black Panther jail for whitey as the right now seems to think). We can talk about the economy, about healthcare, about foreign relations. But this fear mongering, name calling, truth twisting, hate inspiring rhetoric has got to stop or we won't need to worry about Bin Laden or Chavez or Kim Jong il, we'll just rip ourselves apart from the inside. When people at political rallies start yelling "kill him", "off with his head", "terrorist" and more about the possible future President of the United States we are going way beyond civil disagreement and into civil war territory. Is that what some of you are advocating? Is that what you are secretly wishing for? I love this country and if McCain is elected I'm sure he will do what he honestly believes is the right thing even if it is not what I wish he would do, and if Obama is elected he will do the exact same even if I don't like the way he feels we should achieve our goals. These are both honorable men, they may not see eye to eye on everything but they both want this country to be great and for us and our children to prosper. If either of them was somehow hell bent on ruining this country then there are more effective and less trying ways of gong about it than putting themselves, their families and everyone they have ever said hello to through the rash of absolute $h!t that you people and the right wing radio, Fox News, Dailykos and Al Franken seem oh so willing to dole out day after day, month after month. We have become the most childish, small minded, got to have it my way, blame everyone else, bunch pathetic little whiners nation has ever seen. We disgust me!

sfjayhawk 6 years, 2 months ago

It is somewhat sad watching the McCain campaign in its death throes. It is also sad to see a once proud McCain stooping to the gutter level, and bringing the the uneducated, terrified right-wing Bible set - that's shackled to the ship of ignorance - down with him. We can only hope that the GOP will have no choice but to abandon these idiots and get back to their once proud roots.

jmadison 6 years, 2 months ago

Do we know if Ayres was an accomplice to murder? His once girlfriend was killed building a nail bomb to kill soldiers at a dance at Ft. Dix. None of the past Weathermen will testify against each other, as there is no statute of limitations on prosecuting murderers.

Alia Ahmed 6 years, 2 months ago

kms (Anonymous) says: As a 20 yr old, Obama traveled to Pakistan on an Indonesian passport as an Indonesian citizen (You could not have dual citizenship) and as a Muslin. Pakistan did not allow US citizens or Christians into their country at the time and the State dept listed Pakistan as off limits to US citizens due to their declared "Terriosts status". My question is, when did he become a Naturalized citizen? Why was he in Pakistan anyway?Interesting, I was in Pakistan twice from 1976 to 1981, I was and am a Christian and a US Citizen and I wasn't banned from entering. By the way, I'm not a terrorist either. I met some American Christian missionaries there in 1976 and think they would be equally insulted to be labeled a terrorist just because they traveled or lived in Pakistan.

Alia Ahmed 6 years, 2 months ago

madmike (Anonymous) says: As fas as his association with Ayers, isn't it true that the company you keep reveals who you are? Ayers and his wife were and are still domestic terrorists.What about the Keating Five, the U.S. Council for World Freedom, Richard Quinn, a publisher of a Southern heritagte magazine, and John Hagee? How about tossing some of those stones McCain's way?http://marcambinder.theatlantic.com/archives/2008/10/democrats_to_raise_mccain_asso.php

sfjayhawk 6 years, 2 months ago

Madmike is now trying to start another 'red scare' - madmike just and FYI the 1950s are history, and McCarthy was a fool. Keep grasping, sooner or later you will be confronted with the reality that we are in and how we got here.

Alia Ahmed 6 years, 2 months ago

ese (Anonymous) says: Read his books he supposedly wrote.Who supposedly wrote? McCain or Obama?

Chris Golledge 6 years, 2 months ago

Yo Soup,I followed you link. On the same page I found:Inside Area 51Is America's most top secret military facility hiding the unexplained? 'Hannity's America' investigatesand'I See Dead People'Could your children possess psychic powers?Wow, this is where I want to get my solid information. Not.

Satirical 6 years, 2 months ago

I question Obama's policies, inexperience, and ability to be Commander-in-Chief. Obama was wrong about the surge, wrong about the conflict in Georgia, and is wrong about the cause of this financial crisis.

bad_dog 6 years, 2 months ago

St. Peter explains "That's where Barak Obama's clock used to be; we moved it into Jesus' office:he's using it as a celing fan."Then St. Peter solemnly pauses and adds, "but if you think that's bad, you should have seen Sen. McCain's clock. It was an old Black Forest style cuckoo clock. It really began spinning fast about four months before the end. It finally spun so fast the poor old thing just blew apart from the stress. It was sad, but we couldn't even salvage the bird.But we do have hope for Gov. Palins clock now that we moved her over to replace Mother Nature as the source for global winds on earth."Now, my friends, you got yerselves a real knee slapper. You betcha!

quik 6 years, 2 months ago

"The dishonest liberal media is demanding an Obama presidency."This is the scariest part of this election season. Nearly everyone now agrees that the media are clearly biased toward one side. I think that is why you are starting to see anger spill out at McCain rallies. Most of them would likely not have the anger if they thought the playing field was level. The anger is not entirely directed toward Obama but more toward the media in my opinion. It's like watching a football game where the refs constantly make calls against your team and ignores obvious penalties on the other team. Mark Mangino's anger after the Texas game a few years ago comes to mind. That's right, dollar signs....

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