It’s been so long that maybe McCain has forgotten the cadet honor code from the U.S. Naval Academy, “A cadet will not lie, cheat, steal, or tolerate those who do.” Sen. Hagel (R-NE) Criticizes McCain Ad
In the ad, the Republican presidential candidate complains about Obama’s recent decision not to visit U.S. troop hospital in Germany, saying, “Sen. Obama made time to go to the gym but canceled a visit with wounded troops.”
“I do not think that ad was appropriate,” Hagel said in an appearance on CBS-TVs “Face the Nation.” Obama’s staff was advised by the Pentagon about the military’s concerns with Obama bringing his political campaign to see soldiers there, his advisers have said.
Hagel jumped into a discussion of the McCain ad between CBS host Bob Schieffer and Sen. Jack Reed (D., R.I.), who called the ad “completely distorted.” Reed and Hagel had accompanied Obama to Afghanistan and Iraq as part of an official “congressional delegation.” Hagel said that it would have been wrong for Obama, as part of his campaign-financed political trip, to visit troops at the U.S. hospital in Germany after the official congressional trip had ended.
Hagel said that if Obama had visited the U.S. hospital at that point, he would be “using our wounded men and women as props for his campaign.” Obama “probably did the right thing,” Hagel said, adding that Obama, he and Reed visited troops “everywhere” in Iraq during their congressional trip.
The Jed Report notes that as has become standard operating procedure with McCain, the lies usually walk lock step with some hypocrisy, Why didn’t McCain want to see the troops in March (2008)?
The curious thing about John McCain’s dishonorable attack on Barack Obama is that McCain himself visited Europe in March, but didn’t visit the wounded troops in Landstuhl, Germany.
I wonder why the broadcast media will micro analyze every word out of Senator Obama’s mouth, yet have just let this story fade away, McCain Disputed On 1999 Meeting – Broadcaster Recalls Urging FCC Contact
Broadcaster Lowell “Bud” Paxson yesterday contradicted statements from Sen. John McCain’s presidential campaign that the senator did not meet with Paxson or his lobbyist before sending two controversial letters to the Federal Communications Commission on Paxson’s behalf.
Paxson said he talked with McCain in his Washington office several weeks before the Arizona Republican wrote the letters in 1999 to the FCC urging a rapid decision on Paxson’s quest to acquire a Pittsburgh television station.
Paxson also recalled that his lobbyist, Vicki Iseman, likely attended the meeting in McCain’s office and that Iseman helped arrange the meeting. “Was Vicki there? Probably,” Paxson said in an interview with The Washington Post yesterday. “The woman was a professional. She was good. She could get us meetings.”
The recollection of the now-retired Paxson conflicted with the account provided by the McCain campaign about the two letters at the center of a controversy about the senator’s ties to Iseman, a partner at the lobbying firm of Alcalde & Fay.