Though John McCain's campaign started the current round of attacks, his newest TV ad accuses Democratic rival Barack Obama of lying in his spots and of going back on his word to run a positive campaign.
"Who is Barack Obama?" the announcer asks.
Then the ad shows an anchor for a St. Louis TV station saying, "Obama’s presidential campaign is asking Missouri law enforcement to target anyone who lies or runs a misleading television ad." The anchor, however, has said his remark was taken out of context, and he only meant to say that Obama's allies would question ads.
"How hypocritical," the announcer continues, before citing media criticism of some of Obama's ads: "Obama’s Social Security attack was called 'a falsehood,' his healthcare attack 'misleading,' Obama’s stem cell attack 'not true.' "
"Barack Obama," the announcer concludes. "He promised better. He lied."
As Obama engages McCain in increasingly personal attacks, some of Obama's loyal backers are dismayed that he is not staying above the fray and staying on issues and his vision.
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