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Old 04-20-07, 12:27 PM
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The ad attacks have begun . . .

Group launches ad against McCain's joke

By LIBBY QUAID, Associated Press Writer 26 minutes ago

WASHINGTON - The liberal group MoveOn.org is launching an ad against Republican John McCain (news, bio, voting record) and his joke about bombing
Iran, arguing that the nation "can't afford another reckless president."
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The group plans to spend about $100,000 to air a commercial on network and some cable television stations in Iowa and New Hampshire, states that hold early contests in the presidential nomination process, spokesman Alex Howe said Friday.

McCain, campaigning Wednesday in South Carolina, answered a question about military action against Iran with the chorus of the surf-rocker classic "Barbara Ann."

"That old, eh, that old Beach Boys song, Bomb Iran," he said. "Bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb, anyway, ah ..."


His audience laughed, but MoveOn.org called the comment dangerous.

"America has lived through six years of a reckless foreign policy," an announcer says in the ad. "We're stuck in
Iraq. More than 3,000 Americans are dead. And thousands more wounded.

"Now comes John McCain with his answer to what we should do about Iran. John McCain? We can't afford another reckless president."

The group ran ads in the same states in January, criticizing the Arizona senator's support for sending more troops to Iraq.

McCain defended the joke during a campaign stop in Nevada on Thursday.

"Please, I was talking to some of my old veterans friends," he told reporters in Las Vegas. "My response is, Lighten up and get a life."

Asked if his joke was insensitive, McCain said: "Insensitive to what? The Iranians?"


His campaign said the latest commercial is predictable.

"It comes as no surprise that America's most liberal interest group would attack John McCain's belief that we cannot allow Iran to destroy
Israel," McCain spokesman Matt David said:

The head of MoveOn said McCain displayed "more out-of-control bravado."

"The point is, a presidential candidate just doesn't kid around about bombing other countries, especially countries with high tensions, and especially where a diplomatic solution is our only hope," Eli Pariser, executive director of MoveOn.org Political Action, said Friday.

McCain's comments, posted on YouTube.com, had been viewed at least 118,056 times as of Friday morning.
Really, what's the point of attack ads at this point in the campaign when the race isn't even fully formed yet?

As for diplomacy being our only hope, ugh. The UN provides a case study in that belief.

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Old 04-20-07, 12:31 PM
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I've never really liked McCain. But I like him a little more today than I did yesterday.
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Can you envision a president that would be more dangerous & reckless than John McCain? I can't.
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i saw some anti-pelosi ads sharply criticizing her trip to syria last week.
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Originally Posted by classicman2
Can you envision a president that would be more dangerous & reckless than John McCain? I can't.
WWIII, right c-man?
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Originally Posted by kms_md
i saw some anti-pelosi ads sharply criticizing her trip to syria last week.
Yes, but those are OK.
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Originally Posted by kms_md
i saw some anti-pelosi ads sharply criticizing her trip to syria last week.
Yes, but that's because diplomacy is for the weak. You have to be strong, not talk to anybody and bomb stuff if you want the kind of successful results we're seeing in Iraq. Oh wait!
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Originally Posted by classicman2
Can you envision a president that would be more dangerous & reckless than John McCain? I can't.
Gore.
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Originally Posted by General Zod
Gore.
That was my thought. Dangerous on a different field, but more dangerous by far.
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Jokes are not allowed in the country, and McCain should know that.
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Yes, but that's because diplomacy is for the weak. You have to be strong, not talk to anybody and bomb stuff if you want the kind of successful results we're seeing in Iraq. Oh wait!
When will you America-hating pinkos learn?

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Originally Posted by classicman2
Can you envision a president that would be more dangerous & reckless than John McCain? I can't.
John McClane?
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I can't think of a less dangerous (and that may not be a good thing) president than Al Gore.
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Originally Posted by kms_md
i saw some anti-pelosi ads sharply criticizing her trip to syria last week.
I seem to recall McCain asking John Kerry to apologize after his famous "botched joke." I guess McCain is above all that.
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Yeah, it was a joke when McCain spoke about what action to take against Iran a couple of years ago.

This guy is not all there.
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John McClane?
Hmmm... I wonder what his campaign slogan would be...
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How about "Live Free or Die Hard."

Kinda catchy, don't you think? You could almost make a movie out of it.
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I thought this was about the new in-post banners.
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When I saw the topic, I thought it was going to be about that as well. Someone so outraged that they decided to make a political point about it.
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Remember the press going crazy when Reagan joked about the bombings starting in half an hour. "Oh my God, we're going to offend them..."

"The point is, a presidential candidate just doesn't kid around about bombing other countries, especially countries with high tensions, and especially where a diplomatic solution is our only hope," Eli Pariser, executive director of MoveOn.org Political Action, said Friday.
Looks like the position of useful idiot hasn't been left vacant.
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If one of the Iranian leaders was singing "Bomb Israel" or "Bomb the US", I suppose we all should just take it as a joke and laugh it off.

Oh what? That's different? Iranian politicians are more crazy than our own? That's doubtful.
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Originally Posted by Ranger
If one of the Iranian leaders was singing "Bomb Israel" or "Bomb the US", I suppose we all should just take it as a joke and laugh it off.

Oh what? That's different? Iranian politicians are more crazy than our own? That's doubtful.
If they didn't have a history of acting crazy as well, and it was a joke, we would blow it off. As it is, they have a history of being a state sponsor of terrorism and they aren't joking when they say they want to destroy the US and Israel. But go on with the moral relativism if it makes people feel better.
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If they didn't have a history of acting crazy as well, and it was a joke, we would blow it off. As it is, they have a history of being a state sponsor of terrorism and they aren't joking when they say they want to destroy the US and Israel. But go on with the moral relativism if it makes people feel better.
The USA doesn't have a history of BOMBING countries?
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The US doesn't have a history of state sponsored terrorism with the goal of completely destroying a country while believing the 16th Imam is going to come and destroy the world.
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The USA doesn't have a history of BOMBING countries?

No, we just have the CIA overthrow them. Less messy.
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