October 16th, 2008
09:13 PM ET

More McCain robocalls: Listen to the allegations

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Greg Sargent
Talking Points Memo

We've obtained yet another McCain campaign robocall, and this one levels perhaps the nastiest charge yet: It claims that Barack Obama callously denied newborns needed medical attention by opposing a measure to force doctors to preserve their lives when they survive botched abortions.

The call, which was sent in by a North Carolina reader, labels Obama "extreme" and to the left of Hillary, and charges Obama doesn't "share our values."

The call concerns the now-notorious Illinois legislation - opposed by Obama - that would have required doctors to provide life-saving care to such newborns. Give it a listen here.


I'm calling on behalf of John McCain and the RNC because you need to know that Barack Obama and his Democrat allies in the Illinois Senate opposed a bill requiring doctors to care for babies born alive after surviving attempted abortions - a position at odds even with John Kerry and Hillary Clinton. Barack Obama and his liberal Democrats are too extreme for America. Please vote - vote for the candidates who share our values. This call was paid for by McCain-Palin 2008 and the Republican National Committee at 202 863 8500.

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Filed under: Barack Obama • John McCain • Raw Politics
soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. GAIL Centre,Al;

    Obama is the most disgusting of all, all his assoiciates,should be made to leave this country. Acorn is a disgrace over 200,000ballots that are fraud, If he can't win fair he'll try to win illegal. ACORN had a good teacher, OBAMA.

    October 17, 2008 at 2:11 pm |
  2. Selien


    October 16, 2008 at 10:49 pm |
  3. James

    Reguardless of party, how could anyone stand behind this as a voter. How many times can you switch directions in your campaign before people start to realize that maybe your not fit to lead?

    October 16, 2008 at 10:39 pm |
  4. charly

    I recieved one of these calls today. For the RNC to have to sink to the level of painting an 8 year old as complicit in terrorism is a sad commentary on the stae of the party. I called the RNC chaiman's office directly to lodge my complaint and to ask to be removed from their list. McCain is at a desparate point and like a cornered animal is turning vicious. For the campaign of McCain to allow the comments and threats to be made at rallies is abominal and clearly the signature of Karl Rove. They have no substance, so fear is their only tool. I can only pray that the RNC is not allowed to control the outcome of the election yet again.

    October 16, 2008 at 10:31 pm |
  5. Linda

    It's disgusting that after Obama explained the details of his vote and this legislation that McShame and his campaign continue to drops to this level of sleaze and smear.
    What's worse is that there will be voters out there who will believe these lies.
    McShame flushed any honor he had left down the toilet.

    October 16, 2008 at 10:22 pm |
  6. Allen Moore

    I'm a registered independent voter in New Mexico. I received a robocall from the DNC this evening. It made no mention of McCain at all, but was merely a call to join an 'early vote' march this coming Saturday in a nearby community. The RNC is dispicable and the McCain campaign continues their lies, despite the fact those lies have been disproven over and over again. I would be embarassed and ashamed to call myself a Republican. If I receive one of those robocalls from the RNC, I'm filing a complaint with the FCC and the District Attorney's office.

    October 16, 2008 at 10:15 pm |
  7. David W., Florida

    This is a flat out evil spirited statement. McCain would stand on the bodies of the very babies he claims to save to get to the Whitehouse.

    October 16, 2008 at 10:12 pm |
  8. babette harris

    I can not beleive the mccain camp thinks this is what being american is all about

    October 16, 2008 at 10:09 pm |
  9. Paula

    The sad part is that these calls are explicit where I live and small children don't know what to think when they answer these.This type of call is unnecessary and unexcusable.

    October 16, 2008 at 10:07 pm |
  10. Tetyana

    John McCain is lost in his own nasty campaign. It's time for his supporters to realize that Obama is much more honest and a lot better educated man who is qualified to lead our country. And McCain, well, who is McCain? A spoiled son of noble men, a bad student, a terrible pilot who happened to be shot down in Vietnam. Yes, he was a POW... but that's it, this is where his honor ended. It's embarassing to know he uses his former navy experience as one of the qualifications. A noble navy or military vet would not be capable of throwing dirt and lies at his more qualified rival. So, who is McCain? He is not our future president. Obama is. Despite of all those dirty tries to allienate Obama, to instill xenofobic fears in average Joe-packs and Joe-plumbers, despite of all those tried by republicans to mislead the public on Obama's programs... Obama is still winning. Viva, Obama!

    October 16, 2008 at 9:29 pm |
  11. Fay, CA

    It's not over till it's over, but it's beginning to look like a possible Obama victory, which means the McCain campaign and the conservatives have begun to get desperate. Ayers, ACORN, voter suppression–the wheels are all in motion for Republicans to derail another election. I hope the Democrats have a plan in place to counter them and their customary dirty tricks.

    October 16, 2008 at 9:29 pm |
  12. inutah

    How can these people get away with this? Whatever shred of compassion I might have felt for the McCain/Palin ticket is gone...what boggles my mind is that I wonder if there really are people who believe this garbage?

    October 16, 2008 at 9:25 pm |
  13. john galt, CA

    And this is surprising all of you because???

    Come on. Why does this surprise any of you. Messages partly paid for by the Mccain/Pain campaign.....I believe that is what it says at the end. Hard to refute that they support these lies.

    October 16, 2008 at 9:19 pm |