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Team McCain Launches Ayers-Themed ‘Robocall’ Campaign

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Posted on Oct 16, 2008

During Wednesday night’s debate, Barack Obama told John McCain that the McCain campaign’s intense focus upon Obama’s ties to former Weatherman Bill Ayers “says more about your campaign than it does about me.” On Thursday, according to The Huffington Post’s Sam Stein, Team McCain and the RNC started a major robocall initiative designed to link Obama with Ayers—and it might not square with state laws in every case.

Update:As Talking Points Memo reports, McCain’s camp has rolled out robocalls on other topics as well.

Sam Stein in The Huffington Post:

The call begins: “Hello. I’m calling for John McCain and the RNC,” before telling recipients that they “need to know that Barack Obama has worked closely with domestic terrorist, Bill Ayers, whose organization bombed the U.S. Capitol, the Pentagon, a judge’s home, and killed Americans.”

More remarkable than the message (coming after a presidential debate in which John McCain said he didn’t care about a “washed up terrorist”) is the reach of the campaign itself. The Huffington Post received dozens of emails from voters who had either received the call or gotten a voice mail with a recording. Reports came from Ohio, Colorado, New Mexico, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Missouri, North Carolina, Florida, Texas, West Virginia, Maine and even Georgia

Several readers in Minnesota also reported receiving the call, which could be a violation of that state’s laws.

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By Outraged, October 17, 2008 at 11:51 pm Link to this comment

Re: cyrena

Your comment: “However, if YOU think that it was a ‘slur’ for me to note the irony of the fact that Ralph Nader is an Arab, (he IS) then…WHO’S THE RACIST OUTRAGED?????

Correct me if I’m wrong, for MANY months you commented here, in favor of Kucinich as did I.  When Kucinich left the race, you and I BOTH endorsed Barak Obama.  After Obama sold out the American people on several issues (very SERIOUS issues) which were against what I could reasonable qualify, I began to investigate other candidates.  You…on the other hand, choose to stick with Obama.

After making a determination… BASED ON ISSUES, I choose Nader.  Yes, Nader IS an Arab-American, and a damn good one at that, makes Obama look like a smuck.  Anyway supposedly, since I endorse an Arab-American for president, somehow you’re attempting to paint that as hating Arab-Americans…?  That’s ridiculous ON ITS FACE.

In addition, even though according to many, many earlier posts of yours (when you supported Kucinich) you claimed to endorse issues CLOSER IN SIMULARITY to Nader’s than Obama’s.

So why do you support Obama, when according to YOUR OWN WORDS you do not agree with his policies?  Anyone could look in the archives and see this. This was the period of time before Kucinich left the race.

I’m only sorry I didn’t endorse Nader after Kucinich left, of course at that time Obama was singing a different song…..yep…he sure was.

It isn’t spin to lie and disparage someone, Nader or me.  And like Obama said, it says more about you than it does about me.

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By elvera, October 17, 2008 at 10:11 pm Link to this comment
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It is about time for McCain to get a psychiatric treatment. He is losing his mind.
‘It is regrettable that many of the people supporting McCain are doing so not because he may be the best candidate, but because they do not want a non-white as President of the United States. It seems that it is more important to maintain a racially pure “White” house than to have the best man for the job as president. Do we want America that practices what it preaches or America that wants every other nation in the world to do the right thing, but not us?’
I am a 65-year old white female from Texas, and I support this comments:

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By elvera, October 17, 2008 at 9:39 pm Link to this comment
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McCain/Palin campaign is a scam. They probably believe that they can fool most of the people most of the time. McCain bravado is just masking his poor performance and a complete lack of knowledge. He is attacking Obama like a vicious dog, accusing him of anything and everything. He is even jumping up and down as a dog in a fighting cage. I have an impression that his cancer may have affected his brain. He is definitely erratic and delusional. And Palin? Well, David Brooks said, Sarah Palin ‘Represents A Fatal Cancer To The Republican Party’. Goodbye, ‘my friends’.

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By Frank Cajon, October 17, 2008 at 9:18 pm Link to this comment

I think the McCain’s phone messages left out the very important additional advice to their constituants: ‘Let’s lynch this terrorist nigger’. The tenor of the entire guilt-by-association lie, the Palin angry mob speeches, the politics of desperation and new McCarthyism is nothing but a lynch mob of affluent white rich folks that want to have some less affluent white folks string up a black man for them; the KKK is alive and well and running for president.

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By cyrena, October 17, 2008 at 4:36 pm Link to this comment

By Outraged, October 16 at 10:21 pm #

Re: cyrena

Your comment: ”That’s why old ignorant people get up in his audience and claim that Obama is an Arab, (ironically, it’s Nader who is the Arab-American) and that he’s going to blow up something because of this ‘association’ with a white guy…

Slurring…by implication, is a shitass proposition.  Thing is, the ROAD GOES BOTH WAYS.  Some might call your comment, racist.  But who am I to say.

ONLY a *racist* would see this comment as racist Outraged, which might just mean that you are.

*I* was not doing the slurring. I was pointing to the IGNORANCE of an old white woman is afraid of Obama because she claims he is an ARAB, and based on her IGNORANCE and racism, makes the assumption that because he’s an Arab, (which he is NOT) that it means he (Obama) is going to ‘blow something up.”

Now you can thank the Bushies and all of your fellow racists for instilling that bit of ignorance with their carefully calculated and manipulated Islamofacism, since the same ignorant people also incorrectly assume that ALL “Arabs” are Islam practicing Muslims, and that ALL Muslims are Arab.

I noted the irony of the fact that at least SOME of these same folks calling Barack an Arab are supporting Ralph Nader, who actually IS an Arab-American!! Now I *PERSONALLY* happen to admire and respect Arabs and Arabian culture and traditions..a lot!!

However, if YOU think that it was a ‘slur’ for me to note the irony of the fact that Ralph Nader is an Arab, (he IS) then…WHO’S THE RACIST OUTRAGED?????

Do YOU think there’s something ‘wrong’ with being an Arab? That’s what it sounds like to me.

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By BaxterJ, October 17, 2008 at 4:11 pm Link to this comment
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I think robocalls are always scary and annoying but this one takes the cake:

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By Catherine, October 17, 2008 at 3:29 pm Link to this comment

We’ve seen McCain show tremendous irresponsibility and bad judgement in choosing Mrs. Mooseburger as his VP.  This one thing reveals John McCain’s enormous disdain for the American people.

I think he holds WE THE PEOPLE in as much contempt as he holds Barack Obama. He snorted and snickered during the entire third debate every time Obama was showing such class and intelligence.  It seems to me that McCain believes that he has been cheated of his just “reward” for being a POW all those years ago…a gift of the presidency.  He probably thinks that HE should not be required to compete politically with this black man bearing a name like Barack Hussein Obama McCain voted against the MLK holiday and if he can’t honor a man like MLK, why should we believe that he would view Barack Obama as his “equal?”

He’s so transparant and simply a rich, grumpy old man with a lot of bitterness.  His money (or his wife’s) doesn’t make him happy.  His eight or nine houses don’t make him happy.  His trophy wife doesn’t make him happy.  He wants to be president. Will that make him happy?  NO, of course not…

He’s thrown not only Mrs. Mooseburger, but Joe Sixpack and now Joe the would-be Plumber at us in attempts to make us believe we’re as stupid as he and his fellow Repubs think we are. 

Well, I don’t think it’s going to work this time. The McCain campaign is desparate, but I also think Obama is absolutely correct. We’ve got to work right up through Election Day, never tiring, and never taking this election for granted.

I am volunteering at my local Democratic Headquarters and doing all I can to help.  I hope everyone here is doing as much volunteer work as you can.  This election is the most important one we’ll probably ever see.

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By Margaret Currey, October 17, 2008 at 1:23 pm Link to this comment
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When CNN was interviewing a young latino he said Barack’s expeience amounts to something.

Something I learned that Obama taught Constitutional Law for twelve years, and being smart goes a long way because this country has a problem and that is it might run out of money.

I don’t care if I get a tax increase but I thing that the rich should have their good tax break scaled back and have an even playing field, but of McCain is going to use the code word he will increase taxes, and the code is used for those who benefit most from Bush and his increase for the above middle class in other words the 1% should have 90% of the tax break and the rest will get the trickle down from the beter off.

But I believe that when you push people against the wall they will come out swinging and this election will give Obama more than he needs in the electorial college.  He will win unless the other sides cheat big time but I believe it will be harder the third time around.

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By Kashilinus, October 17, 2008 at 12:58 pm Link to this comment
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I retain my membership in the Republican Party solely to thwart the RNC’s conviction that 100% of the electorate is stupid.

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By elvera, October 17, 2008 at 10:14 am Link to this comment
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McCain… cheated on his first wife with a rich heiress, and then left his disfigured wife and married the heiress the next month, and you call him ‘a true Christian’. This man whose motto is ‘country first’ and who is a self-proclaimed ‘straight talker’ is in fact a shameless liar and manipulator; he does not talk about his very deep link with Keating, his wife’s (Cindy) drug use and abuse, her stealing drugs, and the McCain’s cover-ups. How about his very manipulative use of his family name to get positions he had no business or right to held? And so on… This is a scary man who does not care about anyone but himself. He is anti-intellectual, arrogant, stubborn, and erratic.

Palin… You honestly believe that this intellectually-challenged, power-abusing, arrogant, dishonest, and hateful woman ‘is qualified to become the country’s second highest ranking executive and next in line behind a man (McCain) in his eighth decade’? Her husband is nicknamed “First Dude”; he is actual Alaska’s governor not his unable wife; he has DWI convictions, no college education, did not register to vote until he was 25, and until recently was a member of a party (AIP) that advocates the secession of Alaska from the USA, etc. And you paint a picture of a ‘small town family with values’!
People, where is your judgment?

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By nrobi, October 17, 2008 at 9:17 am Link to this comment

In the past 3 days, I have been assailed by the robo-call campaign approximately 5 times.
I live in Pennsylvania and am now more than annoyed at the hours at which these calls are placed, the unearthly voice that is used to make this call and the intent of the calls to associate an honorable and decent man, Barack Obama, with something that happened in the 60’s when he was a preteen.
My understanding was that Mr. McCain, was discontinuing the personal attacks, the dirty tricks and insinuations and lies.
Well, guess again, not only are these things happening, but they are happening at a greater rate and with more frequency than before.
For this and many other reasons, I am now firmly in the Obama camp and should someone ask me I will state unequivocally that my vote goes to “President Barack Obama.”
Mr. McCain, is among the worst of the worst when it comes to the ideas of dirty politics. He has shown that he has no regard for the promises of earlier this year, when he stated that he would not descend to the level of dirty politics. His campaign has sunk to an even lower level than previously thought and should he continue on this same path will inflame the racial hatred that lies just beneath the surface of Middle America.
I am ashamed at the tactics used by his campaign staff and the purported V.P. candidate, Sarah Palin.
She is by far the most evil and obnoxious person, that is on the planet today. She is comparatively worse than Mahmoud Amadinejhad, the tactics that she uses are insinuation, smears and outright lies, and she is by far the dumbest bunny on the planet. No wonder her eldest daughter got pregnant at such an early age, she wanted to get out from under the thumb of the “Wicked Witch of the West.”
I am quite loquacious in my defense of Barack Obama, and my disdain of the McCain-Palin ticket.
Long live President Obama!

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By joan from Pa., October 17, 2008 at 7:55 am Link to this comment
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This is why every vote counts. It needs to be a landslide because Mccain and the RNC play dirty.  I knew these robo calls were gonna start up.  They did the same thing to get Bush elected.  I can’t take 4 more years of Bush/Mccain/palin.  It’s bad enough they don’t give a dam about the middle class.  Now there stealing our life savings. I can cry went I look at my 401k. Wake up people what are they gonna do next rape you!

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By Jim Yell, October 17, 2008 at 6:04 am Link to this comment
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Obama has been consistently the most responsible and lest ideological of the current candidates. He was born in the United States of America. His father did not stay to help with his up bringing, or for that matter I believe he wasn’t even here for Obama’s birth.

Obama was raised by white Christian Family from Kansas. It is obvious that he was allowed to explore his father’s culture as a youth, which is in fact an admirable insinct on the part of his White Relatives. Not to demonize the missing father. How many of us are that mature?

Obama is black only in that he had one parent of color. Are white genes so puny that one touch of African destroys any merit? Nature or God would have made it impossible to have mixed race children if it was important to the powers of the universe that there be no mixing. As good healthy and even smart children can come of this than what is the fear? Are whites that afraid that the nastyness of their past behavior towards American Blacks will somehow splash out on themselves?

Obama is the best of the candidates. We can do no better than to make him our President and be Proud of It.

I received this call from the RNC and hung up after calling them “A-holes”. Ayers has paid for his youthful crime and has acquited himself ever since in a respectable and constructive manner, so why would any involvement in mutual interest for Public Good be a smear?

If the Republicans would stop pushing everyone out of the nest perhaps they wouldn’t have to stoop so low to try and win.

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By Fahrenheit 451, October 17, 2008 at 3:27 am Link to this comment

McCain is one sick puppy (all round).  But I have to agree with “middlepath”, it ain’t over til the fat lady sings.  Not being affiliated with any ism and knowing there were better candidates than Obama; I’ll never the less, be quite amazed if Obama makes it.  If he does get elected, it’ll be because the real powers to be are scared to death of Palin.

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By Outraged, October 16, 2008 at 11:21 pm Link to this comment

Re: cyrena

Your comment: “That’s why old ignorant people get up in his audience and claim that Obama is an Arab, (ironically, it’s Nader who is the Arab-American) and that he’s going to blow up something because of this ‘association’ with a white guy…

Slurring…by implication, is a shitass proposition.  Thing is, the ROAD GOES BOTH WAYS.  Some might call your comment, racist.  But who am I to say.

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By middlepath, October 16, 2008 at 11:18 pm Link to this comment

Landslide? Be careful. Don’t count the chickens before they hatch, i.e., don’t underestimate the inability of the American electorate to vote in their best interests.

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By Outraged, October 16, 2008 at 11:16 pm Link to this comment

Article quote: “Barack Obama told John McCain that the McCain campaign’s intense focus upon Obama’s ties to former Weatherman Bill Ayers “says more about your campaign than it does about me.

Now THAT is using his head.  So… aside from the campaign BS, can you do that in the larger sense for the common good…. BarackO?

I, for one know you CAN DO IT, my question is WILL you do it…?  Single payer healthcare, no MORE war, NO kangaroo courts, NO usurpation of civil RIGHTS….etc.  These are not “progressive” issues, these are people issues.  So, Barack…..who’s side are you on?

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By cyrena, October 16, 2008 at 11:16 pm Link to this comment

John McCain is out of his fucking mind!!!

What else could explain such suicidal behavior after this whole thing was nationally aired last night? He has yet to explain that Bill Ayers is a tenured (CAUCASIAN) professor at a prestigious educational institution in Chicago, and that most people outside of the state even have a clue to who he is. That’s why old ignorant people get up in his audience and claim that Obama is an Arab, (ironically, it’s Nader who is the Arab-American) and that he’s going to blow up something because of this ‘association’ with a white guy who engaged in radical behavior when Obama was 8 years old. In fact, Obama couldn’t have even MET Bill Ayers prior to 1992, and it was after that before he served on the same board with him.
And yet McCain is crazy enough to build an entire campaign around this nothingness, and his campaign handlers are apparently crazy enough to allow it. And OF COURSE this is illegal!! Probably in far more states than Minnesota. Is he TRYING to throw the election, and/or throw everything into so much more chaos that there won’t BE one?

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By Kwaayesnama, October 16, 2008 at 8:26 pm Link to this comment

It’s The Economy Stupid – Bill Clinton

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By tolstoy, October 16, 2008 at 5:18 pm Link to this comment

It’s all backfiring on him.  Landslide upcoming as he sinks further into disgrace.

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