August 18, 2008

My, my. FactCheck.org does what their name implies and finds that one of McCain's recently resurrected talking points, first featured in an aptly titled ad called "Outrageous," is filled with some rather dubious claims.

John McCain’s ad, “Outrageous,” which began running November 12, touts the Arizona senator's long-standing fight against pork-barrel spending. The ad includes three examples of projects that McCain deems unnecessary and claims that “one man” has “the guts to stand up to wasteful government spending.”

But the three examples of spending highlighted in the ad – a “bridge to nowhere,” a study of bear DNA and a museum dedicated to Woodstock – seem chosen more for their impact than for any direct involvement McCain had in attacking them. In fact, he voted in favor of the bill that included the bear study funding; he was absent for key votes on the Woodstock museum (including one on an amendment he co-sponsored); and he never specifically tried to eliminate the bridge earmark and missed some crucial votes on that one, as well.

John McCain exaggerating his record, hoping people won't notice because the establishment media won't report it? You don't say...

(h/t: HuffPo)

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