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FactCheck Presents the Biggest Whoppers of Campaign ‘08

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Posted on Nov 3, 2008

Time to relive the magic that was the 2008 presidential campaign—one big, outrageous prevarication at a time. delivers the “Whoppers of 2008,” courtesy of both Team McCain and Obama HQ.

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An upstart group with an official-sounding name, the National Republican Trust PAC, emerged from the shadows in late September and claims to have raised nearly $7 million for a barrage of ads in the final weekend before Election Day. The “Republican” group actually has no formal connection to the Republican Party, and the first ad it aired is one of the sleaziest attacks we’ve seen. It flashes on screen the driver’s license of 9/11 terrorist Mohammed Atta and claims Obama has a “plan” to give licenses to illegal aliens. Never mind that Obama says he’s not proposing drivers’ permits for non-legal immigrants, or that the 9/11 terrorists didn’t need driver’s licenses to board aircraft (their passports would have done just fine) or that Atta had actually been granted a visa and had been allowed to enter the country legally. This group doesn’t let facts stand in the way of a smear.

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By voice of truth, November 4, 2008 at 9:54 am Link to this comment

I think my 8 year old trying to say he did his homework when I can see the blank page in the dog’s mouth is more convincing than any candidate ad I’ve seen during this 21 month election campaign

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By Blackspeare, November 4, 2008 at 9:23 am Link to this comment

Reminds me of the old adage; “Figures never lie, but liars figure”

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By LJ in MD, November 4, 2008 at 6:56 am Link to this comment
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As can be seen at Truthcheck, John MkKKain has tried every possible way to distort, distract and lie his way to the office he has devoted his life to attaining.
Yes, Obama and the democrats have added to the mix, but the two sides are hardly equal in vitriol.
Obama has been cited for inaccuracies or misleading regarding Policy Positions, Real Issues and Party Platform Items. Not cool, but typical politics.
MkKKain and his minions invented character flaws, lied about personal issues and built their entire campaign around Obama’s associations. They labeled him as “other” and did all they could to get us to fear his evil, socialist, terrorist, Muslim, “not like us” ways. They have a large portion of Texas (look up Ignorance International Headquarters) believing his is a Muslim, non-US citizen. Even yesterday, the lovely and talented Hank Williams Jr. told the audience that Obama “hates the National Anthem and wants to replace it with ‘I Want To Teach The World To Sing’”. Petty, stupid, vapid remarks that they think will sway voters. The “smallness” of the Republikkkan campaigns across the country has been remarkable. From Coleman taking bribes in Minnesota, Dole going mental in NC, to Stevens being “non-convicted” in Alaska, to sweet little Sarah being “100% vindicated” in a report that cites her for violating state ethics laws.
The Rupublikkkans had no incumbent President to campaign for them, the VP was pure poison, no one even wanted to ride the MkKKain coat tails after seeing the lack of ideas and meanness of his campaign. They had no play left but to pander to the various base elements of their own party (Religious Wing-Nuts; Ultra-Wealthy 1%; Red-neck, gun-toten’, un-educated, war-rootin’, tooth-missin’, racists: or the power-mad neo-cons), knowing that no path could lead to victory.
I am actually quite conservative in many of my own views and would have liked to have had a viable choice in this election, but what emerged was slander, innuendo and fear-mongering. Even that was not done on a very sophisticated level - more like what would be planned by a group of 4th-grade boys at recess to get even for losing the dodgeball game.

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