The DNC Proves We Can’t Trust Democrats

The Democratic National Committee (DNC) has introduced a new TV ad. DNC Chairman Howard Dean says, ” it’s one of the most powerful political ads I’ve ever seen, and the McCain campaign will spend the rest of the election trying to fight it.”

The first video below is a six minute segment from a town hall meeting conducted by John McCain back in February. McCain is debating with a man in the audience who wants to know how long the Iraq operation will last. At 1:50 into the video McCain introduces the possibility of maintaining an indefinite troop presence in Iraq after all hostilities end, as we have done in South Korea, Japan, and Germany. McCain emphasizes his belief that Americans would not be opposed to a military presence in Iraq if, as in Europe, Japan and South Korea, it didn’t involve continued casualties.

At 4:11 into the segment The man says, “President Bush has talked about our staying in Iraq for 50 years…”

McCain responds,

“Maybe a hundred – We’ve been in Japan for 60 years, we’ve been in South Korea for 50 years or so. That’d be fine with me as long as Americans are not being wounded or injured or harmed or killed.”

The second video below is the DNC ad, that begins with the same statement by the man in the audience. Then it deletes part of McCain’s response, changing the meaning of what he said. The deleted parts are in strikeout print:

“Maybe a hundred – We’ve been in Japan for 60 years, we’ve been in South Korea for 50 years or so. That’d be fine with me as long as Americans are not being wounded or injured or harmed or killed.”

The ad mixes in footage of fighting and violence to enliven the false perception that McCain favors 100 years of continuous combat with continuous casualties.

Maybe there’s a case to made against what McCain is actually suggesting, maintaining a US military base in Iraq after hostilites have ended, similar to bases in Germany, Japan and South Korea. But the DNC makes no attempt to argue against what McCain actually said.

This ad is an example of rank deception by politicians who believe they will lose the election if they are honest. DNC Chairman Dean calls this crudely edited video “one of the most powerful political ads I’ve ever seen.” He obviously believes you the voter to be an easily duped simpleton. You can set him straight here.

A Segment of McCain’s Town Hall

The Deceptive DNC Ad

1 Comment so far

  1. aaa again on May 1st, 2008

    Wouldn’t it be great if the RNC had the balls to run the exact same add, sans the fighting footage, and to put the crossed out type – right on the screen, colored and in bold – just as you did?

    The narrative would be to simply point out the blatant and intentional dishonesty in the transcription. It could conclude with “DNC Chair Dean calls this one of the most powerful political ads he’s seen. As you can plainly see, its actually one of the most dishonest. Why must Democrats lie and play games of deception when it comes to our brave fighting men and women?”

    It could then conclude with a face shot of McCain saying: “this is the kind of straight talk you can expect from me as your President: I call on both of the Democratic candidates to immediately repudiate the bald faced lies of your party.”

    Now THAT would be powerful. But I don’t think he has the gumption. Has to play nicey-nice while the Dems play slimeball.