The Eclectic Quill

July 30, 2008

McCain's 22 Lies Is not "Going Negative," It's Lying!

Filed under: Politics — Kelly @ 12:20 pm

The news toady seems to be concentrating on the question of whether McCain’s "going negative" could have the effect of working against him. The pundits hem and haw, discuss the pros and cons and in the end determine it might hurt him some, but not near as much as it hurts Obama. They may be right, but only because the question is framed wrong. The question they should be asking is whether "lying" is helping McCain, because, whether out of his own mouth, through messages he’s approved, or through people speaking on behalf of his campaign, the "Straight Talk Express" is lying through his teeth. Here are 22 lies about Obama I found myself. I’m not even looking at the times McCain lies about himself, such as saying he did say things he didn’t say or not saying he did not say things he did say. I’m only listing the lies he’s specifically told about Obama. If you have more, leave a comment and I’ll happily add it to the list.

  1. He said Obama would rather play basketball than spend time with the troops. A bold-face lie since the basket he’s shooting in the ad was while was with the troops.
  2. He said that Obama canceled his trip because he couldn’t bring the press. He never intended to (Ibid) .
  3. He said that Obama has said that the timetable for withdraw of the troops is "unconditional," a flat out lie. Obama has never said that. In fat he’s stated the opposite, that it would be "refined" by conditions on the ground.
  4. He said Obama has said he would have "unconditional" summits with Mahmoud Ahmidinjad. He’s never used the word "unconditional" here (ibid) .
  5. He said Obama claims that others have adopted his Afghanistan strategy. He hasn’t (ibid) .
  6. He said Obama would rather lose the war than the election, a baseless, malicious and insidious lie.
  7. McCain’s representative said Obama has not offered one single tax cut–a lie. Most Americans would pay less taxes under Obama.
  8. He said Obama wants the government to "take over" the health care system. Obama’s never suggested anything remotely close to that. He’s advocated modest reforms, but not a "take over".
  9. He said Obama "never thought the Surge would reduce violence, when Obama actually said the opposite
  10. He said, "Sen. Obama has no record of being involved in this issue (climate change) that I know of," in spite of the fact that the two of them, along with Lieberman, co-sponsored a bill on climate change.
  11. He said Obama opposes energy innovation, a lie. In fact he wants to fund energy innovation to the tune of 150 billion dollars.
  12. He said Obama says "no to nuclear power," which is another lie (Ibid). Obama includes  nuclear power as one of many options and has specifically said so.
  13. McCain says that Obama voted to raise taxes on families that make 32,000 a year, which is a flat out lie. In fact under his proposal if you made 35,000 a year your taxes would be cut by 500 dollars.
  14. He claimed Obama voted to raise taxes 94 times, a lie. Generally speaking, whoever it is, look at "voting records’ with a grain of salt. In reality is voting record is generally to lower  taxes for the middle class and poor and raise taxes for the extremely wealthy.
  15. He said that Obama would "unilaterally abrogate NAFTA " when what Obama said is that he would "renegotiate" NAFTA.
  16. He said that Obama would "invade" Pakistan. He never did. He said he would cross the Pakistani border to get Bin Laden.
  17. He said Obama voted "against funding the troops" a disingenuous lie which requires a test which McCain himself would not pass. Other aspects of the same bill were included in different variations of the bill, some of which McCain voted against as well.
  18. McCain has had run adds in Florida suggesting a link between Obama and Fidel Castro. As appalling as this is the most shocking is that the clip the add shows of Castro is actually him being critical, not complimentary of Obama. Even so, suggesting in anyway that Castro is "connected" with Obama is a horrendous lie.
  19. McCain said "Obama’s the guy to blame" for the high gas prices. This is a lie so utterly outlandish and ridiculous it shouldn’t have much impact, but some people will buy into the "little bit of truth" sort of argument, even though there’s not even a little bit of truth to it. That’s because it’s a lie.
  20. McCain has said that Obama says "no to independence from foreign oil (ibid). Lie.
  21. He said Obama "never held a single hearing on Afghanistan" which is technically true, but is a lie by telling the truth. Technically, neither did McCain. Obama’s committee wasn’t overseeing Afghanistan.
  22. McCain said that Obama would raise taxes on 23 million small business owners. This is another one that is so outlandish that it’s likely to believed. Think about it though 23 million small business owners? That’s like saying 1 in 10 Americans, kids included, are "small business owners." The reason is that McCain’s definition of "small business owners" includes the 16 cents I’ve earned from this blog so far this year. Only thing is that only about 2 percent of those "small business owners would" would see a tax rasie. So that means he lie.

Look folks, 22 lies about your opponent in the space of a month isn’t "going negative" its being a liar. L-I-A-R, liar. It’s lying. Going negative is telling accurate things which your opponent has done or accurately portraying their positions. For instance if your opponent were a former head of the KKK and a chronic racist, you ran an ad on that, that’s going negative, but not lying.

The first definition of "lying" at is, "a false statement made with deliberate intent to deceive; an intentional untruth; a falsehood. " This is precisely what McCain is doing. He’s trying to deceive. He’s trying to impart into the hearer an concept of Obama’s position or person which is not true. This isn’t interpretive. It’s not about bias. It’s not about preference. It’s about fact. It’s about what really is or is not Obama’s actions or views. When McCain actually spends literally  millions of dollars to get people to get people to believe untrue things that’s just being a flat out liar. There’s no nice way to say that because what he’s doing is just not nice.

I’d love to see a talk show where instead of talking about "going" negative they sit around and talk about what the pros and cons of lying through your teeth are. I’d love to see them ask the question, "how desparate do you have to be to just turn into a national liar? What are the benefits of lying in your campaign adds? Is it the best use of campaign money to try and mislead and deceive? I’d love to see them ask the question to McCain directly, "why do you keep lying about your opponent?" I can guarantee that if this sort of language was used there’d be a lot less lying, and not only that, a lot more people would know these accusations for what they are, lies.



  1. To bad you can’t get the corporate news media to actually come clean on these lies…but they do so love McCain and Wars and government propaganda and the bottom line and the sound of their own voices as they try to improve their ratings and capture more high-end advertising companies with their high ratings for more money for the CEO’s, the board and the “shiny brite twits” who deliver their punch lines for more money and prestige…its all a money game and they don’t care one fig about their country or democarcy…only their money and getting more

    Comment by chabuka — July 30, 2008 @ 4:49 pm | Reply

  2. “He (Obama) didn’t just advocate defeat, he tried to legislate it.”
    John McCain 7/25/08

    Comment by Ironside — July 30, 2008 @ 7:17 pm | Reply

  3. Facts seem to be an issue for John McCain. The “Straight Talk Express” has blown all its cylinders.

    Comment by Ironside — July 30, 2008 @ 7:21 pm | Reply

  4. Wow Ironside. That’s a good quote. It certainly belongs on the list.

    Comment by kelly — July 30, 2008 @ 8:15 pm | Reply

  5. It’s not so much that they love McCain- corporate interests who buy valuable airtime from these networks will be mightily pissed to find out they spent millions to air their commercials on an Election night in which the outcome is already a foregone conclusion.

    So I’m sure they’re exerting pressure on the networks to make this as much of a two-horse race as possible, even though McCain’s already come up lame out of the gate.

    Comment by jurassicpork — July 30, 2008 @ 8:33 pm | Reply

  6. Guess when he has finally blown a gasket, then, perhaps, the American public will be awakened to this looney itching to continue the suffering and bloodshed instituted by Bush. This freak has ghosts in his closet that are determining his actions and emotions. He is yet another blood-sucking Replicon who is only too anxious to spill his share of innocent blood.

    Comment by Emilio — July 31, 2008 @ 2:49 am | Reply

  7. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if elections could be left to the will of the people and that campaign ads posed only legitimate, truthful comments? Sadly, if the Reps allowed that to happen they would surely lose whatever power they still cling to. There is such desperation in the McCain camp that they keep increasing the outlandishness (is that a word?) and turning up the volume on the lies hoping that something will stick. Every day they try a new one. I am betting that these polls that show Obama’s lead narrowing in some areas is 1) due to these negative, lying ads being believed by uninformed voters (but this trend will be reversed as they grow weary of the negativity) and 2) because the pollsters aren’t talking with the newly registered and highly energized youth voters that will turn out in droves come November. Now, if we can just ensure that this will be a clean election year, free of hanging chads, intimidation, disenfranchisement and manipulation we will be reclaiming our country, our constitution and the respect of the world come November 4.

    Comment by True Blue Glenda — July 31, 2008 @ 4:52 pm | Reply

  8. Your blog is interesting!

    Keep up the good work!

    Comment by Alex — August 16, 2008 @ 1:45 am | Reply

  9. John Mccain lies, misspeaks everyday on the campaign trail

    Comment by Goldsby — September 11, 2008 @ 9:16 am | Reply

  10. O Yeah God bless America on this day

    Comment by Goldsby — September 11, 2008 @ 9:17 am | Reply

  11. You know, I agree that there has been all too much lying in this campaign, but don’t be fooled: both side have had their fair share of guilt to this claim. As for spilling soooo much innocent blood, I find it interesting that there were only 1000 more military deaths during this Iraq war than military deaths during Bill Clinton’s reign… and we weren’t even at war then. Is trying to reduce the oppression of millions by a sick dictator like Saddam really unworthy of our intervening? What have we become if we chose to look the other way when murderous injustice is perpetrated against the meak? Granted, no weapons of mass destruction were found, but Saddam WAS a WMD. Let us continue to be known as a country to protect the weak, the meak, the innocent… including the unborn. Since when do “her” rights trump the right of a life to be born?

    Comment by Bruce — November 4, 2008 @ 2:14 pm | Reply

  12. Bruce,

    I think you’ve been drinking too much Kool-Aid.

    FIRST: The comparison in deaths is a little specious. If you count the last five years of the Bush Presidency (the war) it’s 3704 more deaths than during the last 5 years of the Clinton Presidency. Oddly enough more people die in wartime than peacetime. It also ignores the extraordinary extra cost, in the hundreds of billions of dollars. Sorry, your little number isn’t even relevant.

    SECOND: the Sadaam question is a false choice. Why Saddam and not any of the other of the gaggle of dictators you could say the same thing about? I think Paul Wolfowitz answered it best, they aren’t “sitting on the world’s second largest sea of oil.”

    THIRD: You want to talk about what America is known as. Are you seriously suggesting that the world “knows” America as the protector of the free world? How naive can you get?!?

    Comment by kelly — November 4, 2008 @ 2:38 pm | Reply

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    Car rental.

    Comment by smoormtieli — April 11, 2010 @ 4:16 pm | Reply

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