Talk about political hardball. The Obama campaign thinks its more like lowball.
John McCain put out a new TV ad bashing Obama on his past support for a bill dealing with sex education for kindergartners. Watch the ad here and read it below:
ANNCR: Education Week says Obama "hasn't made a significant mark on education".
That he's "elusive" on accountability.
A "staunch defender of the existing public school monopoly."
Obama's one accomplishment?
Legislation to teach "comprehensive sex education" to kindergartners.
Learning about sex before learning to read?
Wrong on education. Wrong for your family.
JOHN MCCAIN: I'm John McCain and I approved this message.
Let me just give it to you straight. The McCain campaign is not being totally honest here. Obama wants "age-appropriate" sex education taught to kindergartners. That doesn't mean he wants them to learn about sex.
The line where the announcer says, "Learning about sex before learning to read?" is simply not true.
When I contacted his campaign months ago about this bill, they made clear to me that this bill was aimed at teaching kindergartners about inappropriate touching to prevent against sexual abuse. The McCain campaign is assuming that Obama wants it to be much broader than that, but that has always remained murky at best.
I will say this. It's hard for the Obama campaign to cry foul on this when their campaign can also be accused of similiar tactics. Both campaigns do it. Neither campaign can claim the moral high road. They spin to make a larger point in order to define their opponent.
It's not right. It's politics.