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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Sloppy McCain Lies About Obama and the Surge

McCain's dubious Obama attacks keep getting sloppier by the day.

THE LIE: McCain yesterday tried to paint Obama as a flip-flopper by falsely claiming that Obama never thought the "Surge" would reduce violence in Iraq.

McCain said, "incredibly today, [Obama] goes on to say today, quote 'I had no doubt we would see a reduction in violence with the surge' — my friends, flip-floppers all over the world are enraged"

THE TRUTH: Obama has always publicly agreed with the premise that putting more troops into Iraq will reduce the levels of violence.
Obama did not in fact say today, "I had no doubt we would see a reduction in violence with the surge." McCain aides later clarified that he was reading a quote from Obama in January 2008 at a Democratic Debate.

Nope, still no dice, Mr. McCain. At the Jan. '08 debate, Obama said this: "Now, I had no doubt — and I said at the time, when I opposed the surge, that given how wonderfully our troops perform, if we place 30,000 more troops in there, then we would see an improvement in the security situation and we would see a reduction in the violence." [emphasis mine]

I ask you, John McCain, if you're going to lie, just try not to be so freaking sloppy about it.