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McCain Fights Back on Education

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Sen. John McCain has not let Sen. Barack Obama's attack ad on education go unanswered.

And he's hit back hard. (I've pasted the video below.)

The commercial slams Obama for not making a "significant mark" on education, for being "elusive" on accountability, and defending the "public school monopoly." And then there's the kicker: The ad says Obama's one accomplishment is "legislation to teach comprehensive sex education to kindergartners" before they learn to read.

The ad, in effect, singles out a vote Obama cast a member of an Illinois state legislative committee, which approved a bill that would allow schools to teach sex ed to students younger than 6th grade.

And, if you caught the first two words of the commercial, you'll see that it cites Education Week for declaring that Obama "hasn't made a significant mark on education." Of course, there's more to the story than that, and you can read David Hoff's entire piece from 2007, early in the Democratic primary race, here.

The Obama campaign, meanwhile, has decried the ad as "shameful."

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John McCain will stop at nothing to smear Obama, so he can steal the 2008 election like his master, Chimpy.

As an Independent, this latest smear tactic by the McCain campaign to attack his opponent on a false claim, has made up my mind for me. I care about the future of the country, the future of education, and the future of our teachers and children; thus, I know that it is my duty to vote for the right candidate. I may not agree with Obama on every issue, but from what I've seen, I agree with him on the most important ones that matter to future generations. I saw a movie recently entitled 'Idiocracy' which struck me as being far-fetched (corporate sponsors taking over every facet of daily life, drinking water replaced by a Gatorade-type drink, people barely able to speak coherent sentences from lack of education, giant TV screens replacing books, and celebrity wrestlers with no education or experience holding high office). After witnessing the childish and desperate behavior of the McCain campaign, I'm more than convinced that if he's elected, our country will be a living example of this Idiocracy. If McCain accepts dumbed-down campaign tactics and mediocrity for himself, why would he ever hold Education in high-esteem?

As an Independent, this latest smear tactic by the McCain campaign to attack his opponent on a false claim, has made up my mind for me. I care about the future of the country, the future of education, and the future of our teachers and children; thus, I know that it is my duty to vote for the right candidate. I may not agree with Obama on every issue, but from what I've seen, I agree with him on the most important ones that matter to future generations. I saw a movie recently entitled 'Idiocracy' which struck me as being far-fetched (corporate sponsors taking over every facet of daily life, drinking water replaced by a Gatorade-type drink, people barely able to speak coherent sentences from lack of education, giant TV screens replacing books, and celebrity wrestlers with no education or experience holding high office). After witnessing the childish and desperate behavior of the McCain campaign, I'm more than convinced that if he's elected, our country will be a living example of this Idiocracy. If McCain accepts dumbed-down campaign tactics and mediocrity for himself, why would he ever hold Education in high-esteem?

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