DNC starts the politics of fraud early

Amanda Carpenter:

The Republican National Committee is accusing the Democratic National Committee of creating a misleading advertisement that doubles as an illegal campaign contribution to the presidential campaigns of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.

RNC Chairman Robert “Mike” Duncan said a newly-produced DNC ad alleging Republican presidential candidate John McCain supports “100 years of war” is “maliciously false and misleading” in a conference call with reporters Monday.

He is calling on television networks not to air it.

On Friday, the DNC emailed a fundraising solicitation to supporters asking them to contribute money to air the new spot on television. A link provided in the email went to a DNC website with an embedded video. Click here to watch.

The video says McCain “wants to be in Iraq 100 years” and contains combat images and a photo of McCain and President Bush.

The Washington Post, Columbia Journalism Review and Annenberg Public Policy Center have previously issued articles explaining how Democrats have been taking a statement McCain made on the campaign trial out of context for political advantage in the same way the DNC has done with their latest video.

RNC Chief Legal Counsel Sean Cairncross said, “The DNC is deliberately putting out a falsehood.”

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According to Cairncross, the spot also constitutes an “excessive contribution” to the Democratic presidential campaigns. The RNC says the ad is an “in-kind” contribution to Clinton and Obama and it exceeds a $5,000 contribution limit.

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This is the kind of campaign that Democrats think they have to run to be competitive? It suggest they are not as confident of their prospects as they have claimed. Fraudulent claims of your opponents position on the issues is the essence of the politics of fraud. This is not framing an issue. It is framing a fraud.

Dean demonstrates bad faith in even making the claims.

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