Obama ‘Truth Squad’ claims a victory

Citing an online Washington Post report that the Clinton campaign has, "under fire," pulled the ads that lamely claimed Barack Obama was a closet Reagan devotee, the Obama "Truth Squad" is claiming responsibility:

January 24, 2008

Clinton Campaign Forced to Pull Dishonest Radio Ad Attacking Obama
COLUMBIA – Former Clinton administration official and South Carolina Truth Squad member David Agnew of Charleston today issued a statement after learning that the Clinton campaign has pulled its now-infamous ad that had been playing on South Carolina radio stations distorting Obama’s view of the Republican Party and President Reagan.  Yesterday, fellow Truth Squad members Gov. Jim Hodges and State Rep. Todd Rutherford held a news conference to denounce the misleading ad — saying that it only served to distract attention from the issues most important to families in South Carolina.
     “This is a victory for the truth, and a victory for all South Carolinians who want to turn the page on the divisive politics of the past,” Agnew said.  “Obviously the deceptions go beyond this one radio ad.  It’s time for the distortions of Senator Obama’s record to stop.  And it’s time for Hillary Clinton to start running an honest campaign focused on the issues that really matter to the people of South Carolina.”

The release then called attention to the piece on the WashPost site, which you can read here. An excerpt:

Clinton Pulls Negative S.C. Ad
By Anne E. Kornblut
GREENVILLE, S.C. — Under fire for airing misleading attacks on Sen. Barack Obama, the Clinton campaign has pulled a radio ad that quoted the Illinois senator calling Republicans "the party of ideas" and suggesting he thought those ideas superior to Democratic ones. But the Obama campaign has already counter-punched, launching a new radio spot saying Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton will "say anything" to get elected…

3 thoughts on “Obama ‘Truth Squad’ claims a victory

  1. SO

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  2. Mike Cakora

    I really do wish Obama luck in the primary race, but believe that his responses to the Clinton duo will be too little too late. He hasn’t found the instinct to go for the jugular and doesn’t have the ability to close the deal.
    He made several good points in his discussion of Reagan being a transformational figure, but did not have the strategic sense to leap from that to an argument that he too is transitional and will work to undo the harm done by Reagan and restore whatever.
    His responses to the Clintons come well after the point is made. He’s a smart, witty guy who needs to develop and stick into his back pocket stuff like this. He could have disarmed Bill Clinton and burnished his reputation as a guy able to take care of himself and everybody else.
    He should also unleash Harpo. I like the sight of blood.

  3. tome

    Get Honest – Obama Is Hard On The Eyes
    I don’t get these women who claim to be having orgasms by fantasizing about Obama. I think they’re just trying to prove how liberal they are.
    I mean, come on! Have you taken a good look at B.O.? The guy’s got purple lips! That skinny frame, that big mole on his nose and those purple lips – blaaaahhhhh!!!!


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