The North Carolina Republican Party is planning to run an ad showing a picture of Barack Obama superimposed over a clip of Rev. Jeremiah Wright giving one of the “sermons” that have been so much in the news and so controversial. The ad then names two Democratic candidates for governor in North Carolina who have endorsed the Senator from Illinois and states that they are too radical for the North Carolina.
This add has caused a minor uproar in the media and in the Presidential campaign. Senator John McCain, the presumptive Republican nominee has publicly stated that he does not want the add broadcast, but the North Carolina Republican Party continues to say that it is an advertisement for people running at the state level and has nothing to do with McCain or his campaign.
“They’re not listening to me because they’re out of touch with reality and the Republican Party. We are the party of Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan and this kind of campaigning is unacceptable,” said McCain. He claims that he has pledged to not run negative advertising and that he doesn’t believe it is helpful to the American voter to do so.
Regardless of how you feel about Rev. Wright’s rantings or Senator Obama’s connection to his former pastor, I suggest that, whoever is the Democratic nominee happens to be, he or she should beware of Senator McCain. I seem to recall that, during the Republican primary in Florida, Senator McCain stated over and over that Mitt Romney had called for timetables for pulling American troops out of Iraq. Gov. Romney stated that the claim was untrue, but Senator McCain persisted at every event, in front of every microphone he could find, in robo-calls and in advertising. Even when confronted with the complete interview that he was using as a source, and advised that he was incorrect by members of the press, Senator McCain continued on the theme. He had clearly pulled Gov Romney off of his message, which was the economy at the time (not exactly John McCain’s strong suit) and forced him to continue to deny the charge. The damage was done because there was not enough time to prove that the Arizona Senator had been making the story up before election day.
So, Barack or Hillary (whichever happens to get the nomination) should watch out for that knife in the back from Senator McCain if he claims he’s on that Straight Talk Express and wanting only a clean campaign from both sides. He’ll strike just before election day!!