Was he for such political commercials before he was against them?

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There’s a lot being written about a new DNC ad which basically just plays footage of John McCain saying that he thinks American troops could be in Iraq for 100 years.  He’s says it.  There’s no real way to deny it.  Unless he wants to deny it.

Josh Marshall takes the Associated Press to task for helping McCain deny it.

The AP article lede reads: “The Republican National Committee demanded Monday that television networks stop running a television ad by the Democratic Party that falsely suggests John McCain wants a 100-year war in Iraq.”

So, as you can see, the AP begins by stating as fact the McCain camp’s claim that the ad is false. Then it actually directly misstates what the ad says.

Every campaign includes these kinds of ads.  Remember John Kerry voting for the $87 billion supplemental war funding before he voted against it?  Or Al Gore inventing the internet?

The former was just an unfortunate way of talking about complicated senate procedures while the latter was a completely out of context quote that wasn’t even quoted correctly by George W. Bush in 2000.  Both cases became famous as game-changing political ads or parts of their opponent’s stump speech.

In the McCain case, while he doesn’t specifically say he wants to be at war for 100 years, neither does the DNC ad – which you can see here. It simply uses the candidates own words to explain his position on the presence of U.S. troops in Iraq.  If you agree with McCain that U.S. troops should be in Iraq for a long, long time.  Go ahead and vote for him.  If you don’t, don’t.  Just make sure you know exactly what that position is.

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