No surprise, but Democrats are trying to make hay from former White House press secretary Scott McClellan's explosive tell-all book, accusing John McCain of being part of what McClellan calls a "propaganda" campaign to sell the Iraq war.
The Democratic National Committee released a new web video today that features McClellan promoting his book in TV appearances Thursday, then shows McCain parroting Bush administration talking points in the run-up to the war. The 1-minute video shows McCain saying that Saddam Hussein presented a "clear and present danger" and that US troops would be "welcomed as liberators."
"This week, the American people are getting a fresh look at John McCain's key role in the propaganda machine that Scott McClellan describes in his book," DNC spokesman Damien LaVera said in a statement accompanying the video. "Given that he was part of the drumbeat that misled America into war and continues to misrepresent the facts as he defends his willingness to keep our troops in Iraq for 100 years, how can Senator McCain be trusted to not continue the Bush policy of cherry picking the facts on the ground in Iraq and misleading the American people?"
While the faltering economy has surpassed the war on the minds of voters, there is no divide wider between both Democrats and McCain, the presumptive Republican nominee, than on what do in Iraq. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama both pledge to withdraw US combat troops early in their first term, while McCain describes that as surrender, and has talked of keeping troops in Iraq for 50 or 100 years as peacekeepers.
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