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McCain’s robo-call attacks have begun

world Updated: Oct 19, 2008 14:21 IST
V.Krishna
V.Krishna
Hindustan Times
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The phone rings. You pick it up. A male voice says, “Hello. I’m calling for John McCain and the RNC because you need to know that Barack Obama has worked closely with domestic terrorist Bill Ayers, whose organization bombed the US Capitol, the Pentagon, a judge’s home and killed Americans.”

The robo-call attacks have begun.

The New York Times said voters in at least 10 swing states are receiving thousands of these automated telephone calls. The calls are part of a $70 million Republican campaign to get its supporters to vote, The Washington Post reported.

Ironically, McCain criticised Obama at Wednesday’s debate for spending “more money on negative ads than any political campaign in history.” The other irony is McCain himself has been the victim of robo-call attacks, in 2000 and this year during the Republican primaries. He had described the calls as “scurrilous stuff.”

The call about Ayers goes on to say, “Democrats will enact an extreme leftist agenda if they take control of Washington. Barack Obama and his Democratic allies lack the judgment to lead our country. This call is paid for by McCain-Palin 2008 and the Republican National Committee.”

In another call, a woman’s voice says, “you need to know that Barack Obama and his Democrat allies in the Illinois Senate opposed a bill requiring doctors to care for babies born alive after surviving attempted abortions — a position at odds even with John Kerry and Hillary Clinton. Barack Obama and his liberal Democrats are too extreme for America. Please vote — vote for the candidates who share our values.”

Meanwhile, Obama picked up endorsements from three large newspapers — the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Tribune.