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Welcome to the Low Road Express.

John McCain used to stand for “straight talk.” Not anymore.
These days John McCain doesn’t seem to stand for anything but negative attacks and false charges against Barack Obama. This isn’t the John McCain we used to know.

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What McCain Promised:

McCain Campaign 2000

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McCain Campaign 2008

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What they’re saying about McCain’s negative campaign

Sen. Chuck Hagel, Face the Nation
07/27/08

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Wolf Blitzer, CNN
07/27/08

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New York Times editorial: “Low Road Express”

“Well, that certainly didn’t take long…The candidate [John McCain] who started out talking about high-minded, civil debate has wholeheartedly adopted Mr. Rove’s low-minded and uncivil playbook.”

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St. Petersburg Times Editorial: “From ‘Straight Talk’ to Smear Campaign”

“The Straight Talk Express has taken a nasty turn into the gutter. Sen. John McCain has resorted to lies and distortions in what sounds like an increasingly desperate attempt to slow down Sen. Barack Obama by raising questions about his patriotism.

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Cincinnati Enquirer: McCain’s Ad, on A “Truthful” Scale From “0” to “10,” Gets A “0.”

“HOW TRUTHFUL? 0 on a scale from 0 (misleading) to 10 (truthful)…The McCain ad’s claim that Obama says ‘he’ll raise taxes on electricity’ is based on an interview Obama gave to a San Antonio newspaper in February in which he said ‘what we ought to tax is a dirty energy like coal, and, to a lesser extent, natural gas.’ According to the Obama campaign, what Obama was referring to in the interview was his proposal for a cap-and-trade mechanism that would set a limit on greenhouse gas emissions, allowing entities to buy and sell rights to emit. If that is the case, McCain is criticizing Obama for a proposal that he, too, supports.”

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Annenberg Political Fact Check: McCain Attack That on $32,000 Tax Increase Is “Wrong” And “Not True.”

As FactCheck.org noted, “The McCain campaign claims that Obama voted to raise income taxes on individuals who earn as little as $32,000 per year. That’s wrong…[and]…not true.” In fact, as FactCheck.org also noted, Barack Obama’s “tax plan would provide a tax cut of $502 for a non-married taxpayer earning $35,000.”

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