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New McCain TV spot slams Obama on Iraq



John Mccain has a new TV ad on cable in Florida that takes a shot at Barack Obama's evolving position on the Iraq war. The ad comes as Obama prepares for a trip to Europe and the Middle East. As the ad shows, the GOP is trying to paint Obama as weak on foreign experience. In turn, Obama's trip is partly designed to combat that perception.

The ad comes on the same day McCain’s campaign launched an online video, “The Obama Iraq Docu­mentary: Whatever Politics Demand,” that accuses Obama of flip-flopping on the Iraq war.

To promote the video, the Republican Party of Florida arranged a confer­ence call Friday with report­ers and George “Bud” Day, a Medal of Honor winner who was imprisoned with McCain in Vietnam. But the script got off course when Day answered a question about how the war is per­ceived among voters.

“Peo­ple forget, out in the press, out in the public, that we are at war,” he said. “Right now we don’t have any choice. The Muslims have said either we kneel or they’re going into kill us. … I don’t advocate to anybody that we kneel and John doesn’t advocate to anybody that we kneel.”

A spokeswoman for the Republican Party said Day did not intend to criti­cize Muslims in general. “He was referring to the threat of radical Islamists,” Katie Gordon said.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 10:30am]


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