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Obama on Kicking “You-Know-What” at the Debate

Elisa Mueller
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Last updated: Jul 31, 2020 | Oct 15, 2008

In advance of the final presidential debate tonight, the Obama campaign seized on Sen. John McCain’s announcement that he intends to whip Sen. Barack Obama’s “you-know-what.”

Obama spokesman Bill Burton issued a memo whose subject was John McCain’s plan to “whip” “That One’s” “you-know-what.”

The memo’s gist is that Obama will counter-punch McCain’s attacks by condemning the GOP presidential nominee’s failure to outline positive plans for the economy:

Even though Sen. McCain has said he doesn’t “give a damn” about Bill Ayers, his campaign has admitted that if he talks about the economy, he’ll lose…  On the big issues, this debate is one last chance for John McCain to do what he has failed to do throughout this entire campaign:  explain to the American people how his economic policies would be any different at all than the failed Bush agenda he has supported every step of the way…

The memo also flags a problem for McCain from today’s New York Times:

After several weeks in which the McCain campaign unleashed a series of strong political attacks on Mr. Obama, trying to tie him to a former 1960s radical, among other things, [a new] poll found that more voters see Mr. McCain as waging a negative campaign than Mr. Obama. Six in 10 voters surveyed said that Mr. McCain had spent more time attacking Mr. Obama than explaining what he would do as president; by about the same number, voters said Mr. Obama was spending more of his time explaining than attacking.

Obama is promising to reinforce those perceptions at the debate before, during and after McCain brings up you know what.

Elisa Mueller | Elisa Mueller was born in Kansas City, Missouri, to a mother who taught reading and a father who taught film. As a result, she spent an excessive amount of her childhood reading books and watching movies. She went to the University of Kansas for college, where she earned bachelor's degrees in English and journalism. She moved to New York City and worked for Entertainment Weekly magazine for ten years, visiting film sets all over the world.

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