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