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Not-So-Straight Talk

May 19th, 2008

Here’s a compilation of McCain clips which demonstrates a slightly less-than-desirable level of consistency in the candidate.

Some of the stuff, I am sure, anybody could get caught in (like forgetting he said something), and some of the stuff might be inaccurate on details (some but not all of his “tax cut” comments may have been talking about different tax cuts), but the majority of clips here show true examples of McCain talking out of both sides of his mouth, or just straight-out lying.

I’d be interested to see what kind of a video could be constructed about Obama. I tried looking on YouTube and viewed more than a dozen videos, but none did what the McCain video above does–show the candidate’s own words in direct conflict with his own words. The Obama videos either depend on opinion, accusations, parsing, and even attacks by opponents, but not his own words against himself. Except, of course, by taking words out of context and using creative editing.

For example, the only one that came close to finding an internal contradiction so clearly cut off an explanation by Obama why it was not that it was rather laughable. The clip shows an ABC debate where they get Obama to pledge not raising taxes on the middle class, Obama categorizing that to be up to $200,000 or $250,000, then they “catch” him with an increase on the payroll tax cap, cutting him off just when he says, “let me finish my point here.” After that, he explains that he could exempt people between $97,000 and $200,000, but this is not included in the “double talk” video..

If anyone knows of a video where Obama is captured in a true example of double-talk, please let me know.

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