Cindy McCain: Attack Dog?
Cindy McCain, wife of Sen. John McCain, has long played a supportive role on the campaign trail. She frequently introduces him, praises his record and appeals to female voters to support him. However, in the last couple of days, she has taken on the role of attack dog.
Yesterday, before the presidential debate in Nashville, she accused Sen. Barack Obama, somewhat hyperbolically, of running “the dirtiest campaign in American history.”
Introducing her husband today at a McCain-Palin campaign rally in Bethlehem, Pa., the normally soft-spoken McCain blasted Obama for failing to support the troops in Iraq.
Amie Parnes reports from a McCain speech in Pennsylvania that Cindy McCain again went after Obama directly today, and accuses him, more or less, of endangering her son’s life.
“The day that Sen. Obama cast a vote to not to fund my son when he was serving sent a cold chill through my body, let me tell you,” she said. “I would suggest Sen. Obama change shoes with me for just one day. I suggest he take a day and go watch our men and women deploying.”
Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has become Sen. McCain’s vehicle of choice for attacking Obama on his ties to former Weatherman William Ayers.
Now his wife is attacking Obama’s patriotism and campaign tactics.
McCain has done neither. It seems the McCain campaign is using the two women to make claims that the Republican presidential nominee is unwilling to make.
Are McCain’s strategists attempting to capitalize on the fact that the Obama campaign can’t easily hit back at Cindy McCain without looking like jerks?
Again, does McCain’s unwillingness to “go there” himself tell us something about how he views the legitimacy of these attacks?