Dean Claps Back on McCain Ad Starring Dean
In response to the McCain campaign’s new ad, discussed here, the DNC is blasting reporters with Howard Dean’s response:
John McCain a maverick? The John McCain of 2000 wouldn’t even consider voting for the John McCain of 2008. The American people are learning that the John McCain of 2008 represents more of the same failed policies we’ve gotten from George Bush for the past eight years.
Sen. McCain is clearly in the tank for Exxon and big oil, for keeping our troops stuck in Iraq for decades to come and for an economic policy that puts tax breaks for the wealthy and corporations above relief for hardworking families. John McCain has changed: he’s taken the low road, leveling false, negative and misleading attacks against Barack Obama. John McCain is no more a maverick within the Republican Party than Dick Cheney is. He’s just more of the same.
By name-checking so many Democrats in the ad, the McCain camp ensured plenty of crossfire. Like Sen. John Kerry, Dean characterized his past praise as inoperative because McCain has changed. The bigger question today is whether Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, who begins campaigning for Obama again on Friday in Nevada, will rebut the ad. Unlike Dean and Kerry, her praise for McCain was recent. It was not, however, as recent as her husband’s new observation. Former President Bill Clinton told The Washington Post this week that "McCain is a very formidable man."