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Laugh of the Day: Obama, McCain Campaigns Accuse One Another of Misleading Ads

2 min readBy: Gerald Prante

What is worse than candidates spreading falsehoods about their own taxA tax is a mandatory payment or charge collected by local, state, and national governments from individuals or businesses to cover the costs of general government services, goods, and activities. plans and that of their opponents for over four months? A candidate then accusing his opponent of putting out misleading ads. From Obama's prepared remarks at a speech in Indiana today:

Because one thing we know is that change never comes without a fight. In the final days of campaigns, the say-anything, do-anything politics too often takes over. We've seen it before. And we're seeing it again today. The ugly phone calls. The misleading mail and TV ads. The careless, outrageous comments. All aimed at keeping us from working together, all aimed at stopping change.

Well, what we need now is not misleading charges and divisive attacks. What we need is honest leadership and real change, and that's why I'm running for President of the United States.

From the McCain camp yesterday:

It is ironic that Barack Obama would decry the role of "misleading" ads in this election since that is the word most commonly associated with his own television ads. Across the country, Barack Obama's national and state-specific television and radio ads have been called "misleading." Even the New York Times and the Washington Post reported that despite his claims of "respond[ing] with the truth," Barack Obama has run ads that are "dubious" in nature and that he is "hardly immune from criticism about misleading advertising."

Let's tell it like it is. Very few of Barack Obama's ads have not been misleading. The same is true for John McCain's ads. But now to hear Barack Obama and John McCain complain about each other's misleading ads is like getting a lecture on how to balance a budget from George W. Bush.