May 14, 2010

As Think Progress already noted, John McCain's new "complete the danged fence" ad has a slight problem, it features the wrong sheriff.

In his attempt to portray himself as more right-wing than his far-right senatorial competitor J.D. Hayworth, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) put out a new ad this past weekend called “Complete The Danged Fence.” In it the ad, McCain is walking along the border in the southern Arizona town of Nogales, telling Sheriff Paul Babeu about his 10-point border security plan.

...There’s something wrong with McCain’s video: Nogales is in Santa Cruz County. Babeu, however, is from Pinal County, which is 115 miles north in central Arizona.

...As Andrea Nill explains on the Wonk Room, “Chances are McCain didn’t feature a local border town police chief because that person probably would’ve told him his ten-point plan is a waste of manpower and resources.”

After opining about how terrible it was that President Obama joked about Arizona's new "show me your papers" law in his speech at the White House Correspondents' Dinner, Scarborough runs McCain's new "danged fence" ad and neither he or Shadegg can keep from busting up after watching it.

As Steve Benen pointed out:

This probably isn't a good sign for McCain. Scarborough is a conservative former congressman, and Shadegg is a conservative lawmaker who endorsed McCain's re-election. If they can't watch his commercial without laughing, I wonder what Republican primary voters are thinking.

More from Media Matters on McCain's flip-flopping on this issue. New Pro-Fence Ad From McCain Leaves Out His Anti-Fence Voting Record:

In a new pro-border fence ad, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) converses with Arizona Sheriff Paul Babeu about border security measures. McCain conveniently leaves out his anti-border security funding votes and his anti-fence statements from this new, misleading ad.

...2006: McCain Voted AGAINST Providing $85 Million And 800 New Staff For Immigration Investigation.

...2006: McCain Voted AGAINST Providing Additional Funds To Build A Border Fence On Southwest Border.

...2006: McCain Said Putting National Guard At Border Is "Partially PR."

...2003 McCain: "We Can't Secure Our Borders. We Can Never Build An Impenetrable Wall To The North And South Of Us."

...2003: McCain Said Border Couldn't Be Fully Protected Because Good Jobs Would Continue To Drive Illegal Immigration.

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