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Strange Bedfellows: McCain Touts Endorsement by Head of Annenberg Foundation

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In John McCain's newest Web ad, he attacks Barack Obama for supporting a "radical education foundation" that gave millions to "idealogical allies" that resulted in scant improvement in the quality of public schools.

He was referring to the Chicago Annenberg Challenge, detailed by my colleagues in this EdWeek story and this sidebar story.

McCain, who has criticized Obama for his ties to William Ayers, one of the founders of Chicago's Annenberg project, is now associating with the very foundation that funded the "radical" work.

His campaign sent out a press release listing all of the former U.S. ambassadors who support him.

On his supporters' list: Leonore Annenberg, 90, who was chief of protocol in the Reagan White House and is the president and chairman of the Pennsylvania-based Annenberg Foundation. She is the widow of Walter H. Annenberg, the late publisher, philanthropist, ambassador, and founder of the Annenberg Challenge.

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This is a perfect example of the hypocrisy of the McCain campaign. What happened to this man? Where did his sense of honor go?

By selecting Obama to serve as a chair of the Annenberg Challenge, Ayres in effect HIRED Obama to administrate and distribute $60 million in grant money received from the Annenberg Foundation (granted for education improvement).

These monies were distributed to ACORN and others OUTSIDE the school system to be used to encourage children to find a personal pride by first rejecting authority! Not exactly the most constructive way to build a fruitful life.

Now why would he do that if

a) Ayres didn't trust that Obama and he were on the same wave-length with regards to the program objectives (stated as radicalizing student opinion) and

b) he didn't know him well enough to trust him with the adminstration of $60 million? Tenueos connection? Hardly!!

OBAMA HAS BASED HIS ENTIRE CAMPAIGN ON LIES. HE HAS TOO MANY TIES TO RADICALS, TERRORISTS AND ANTI-AMERICANS.

I'M VOTING FOR THE HONORABLE JOHN McCAIN IN NOVEMBER.

“By selecting Obama to serve as a chair of the Annenberg Challenge, Ayres in effect HIRED Obama…”
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Excuse me, but that is some of the most contrived drivel I’ve ever heard! Is the McCain camp this hard up for votes? You can’t be serious – can you? Both of these men, right along with PLENTY of Republicans, were ASKED to be on the board. Ayers hired NO ONE – WAKE UP!

All the lies, distortion and warping of the facts is being done simply because in some polls, John McCain now finds himself as much as 11 points BEHIND Obama. Why do Republican candidates ALWAYS resort to this BS whenever they start losing an election – can you answer that question, please? From Willie Horton to William Ayers, it never seems to end with Republicans! Get real. Stop being UN-AMERICAN by throwing out all this hate in Obama’s direction. If you don’t like the guy, then go after his POLICY, not these silly personal attacks on the guy’s character.

This guy (Obama) spent time in his early career trying to HELP PEOPLE, not hurt them. He spent time working with people who had lost their jobs and to try to improve the education of young people through the Woods Fund of Chicago. This is an organization that does outstanding work within its own community. How on earth can anyone look at what the Woods Fund stands for and conclude that Obama did anything other than honorable things in his community.

Be warned: NONE of these baseless attacks on Obama is striking a chord with Independent voters and Independents are what John and Obama will need to win the White House. Independent voters are smart and highly intelligent. Obama, appeals to Independent voters because of his capacity, aptitude and appropriateness for the role of the President and THAT is known as Presidential Competency. Obama is demonstrating that, McCain (with these off the wall personal attacks) is not.

Apparently, you would not know "Honor" if it jumped up and slapped you in the face.

Was Keating honorable? Was Gram honorable? Was taking $100,000.00 to hide Savings & Loan fraud honorable? Was having sex with another woman while married honorable?

We can play these games all day long!

Was G. Gordon Liddy honorable? Was breaking into Watergate honorable?

How far do you want to take this game?

John McCain has been a deregulator for 26 years in the United States Senate. He sat under and supported ALL of Reagan's attempts to deregulate industry across the board. That is what lead us into this financial credit bubble that we are in today - not ONLY Freddie/Fannie, but many other large scale financial institutions that were deregulated over the past 20+ years. John McCain was at the heart of that and now has to own up to his responsibilities for allowing it to happen. Trying to send out a letter in 2005, on the issues with Freddie and Fannie, was TOO LITTLE and TOO LATE! The die had already been case more than two decades ago.

John McCain is part of the problem in Washington D.C. and he's played you and many others into thinking that he's some kind of 'Maverick' - WAKE UP! He's no Maverick! He's no outsider! He's as inside as they come. Go look at his voting record under Reagan's deregulation legislation.

Under Reagan we ran a deficit. Under Bush I we ran a deficit. Under Bush II we ran a record deficit. Under Clinton we ran a SURPLUS - a projected $5 Trillion SURPLUS.

Now, you tell me who has demonstrated more fiscal conservatism? Republicans with their year after year budget deficits - or Democrats with their projected $5 Trillion budget SURPLUS?

For you own sake and your own sanity - WAKE UP, please.

McCain has all the honour under the mud of being called a smearer, rascist etc He points BO's past record. BO and his supporters are the smearers who call SP and Mc rascist all the time. That should be classified as a hate crime. There is no truth in you lot. Liberal means tolerance to killing babies and terrorists and hatefilled lies against women and traditional Christian values which are void in BO's camp. He did support sex education for kindergarten! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Not sure where all these radicals are coming from--is there some kind of McCain underground that is trolling the internet googling any mention of Ayers, Annenberg or Obama to come in throw propaganda around.

Is that you Todd?

Hey East Coast,

Annenberg was a republican... funded this coincidentally named foundation of which Ayers, Obama and other republicans are on the board... and now his widow throws her support behind McCain...

Doesn't this mean the following should be an ad or headline: MCCAIN RECIEVES SUPPORT FROM FAMILY FUNDER OF UNREPENTANT TERRORISTS?

Wow, the mewling of failed campaigns with failed logic...

ushi, the "sex education" you refer to was a program to teach kids to protect themselves from getting molested... likely protection from republican officials and GOP FL representatives...

How can the pot call the kettle black. Mccan't is palling around with todd palin a seperationist whose dessent seems hidden and not publicized and i don't know why anyone would be ashamed of their culture. yupki(Eskimo). Just like myself i was born in jamaica and very proud to be from a beautiful island. I would like the MC to talk about the issues, but what he stands for is blurred by the smears on Barrack Obama. How can you Associate barrack to Williams Ayers when you John Mccain is as connected to williams ayers through Mrs Annenburgh. Who recently adorned you as her choice. Is there any judgement being associated with here while williams Ayers is associated with Annenburgh who endorsed you recently. is she or your self asssociating with terrorist as well. Mccain you cannot do both. You also palled around with criminals like Keating who served time in Jail for his crime unlike william Ayer. where was your judgement john Mccain maybe in your pocket. why should I trust you to make good judgement on the economy. To me you are a sell out to the country as it relates to the economy. You should have voted against the bailout thats what Mavericks do. You are also a sell out to the veterans why would you not support education or even talk about the soldiers returning who are ill and have PTSD. You of all people should know how important it is for veterans to come home without support. Lastly, I would like to add Sarah Palin was found guilty of abusing her power. What kind of judgement were you both using. How can you run on reforming anything while your very own running mate is displaying unethical behaviors.

How can the pot call the kettle black. Mccan't is palling around with todd palin a seperationist whose dessent seems hidden and not publicized and i don't know why anyone would be ashamed of their culture. yupki(Eskimo). Just like myself i was born in jamaica and very proud to be from a beautiful island. I would like the MC to talk about the issues, but what he stands for is blurred by the smears on Barrack Obama. How can you Associate barrack to Williams Ayers when you John Mccain is as connected to williams ayers through Mrs Annenburgh. Who recently adorned you as her choice. Is there any judgement being associated with here while williams Ayers is associated with Annenburgh who endorsed you recently. is she or your self asssociating with terrorist as well. Mccain you cannot do both. You also palled around with criminals like Keating who served time in Jail for his crime unlike william Ayer. where was your judgement john Mccain maybe in your pocket. why should I trust you to make good judgement on the economy. To me you are a sell out to the country as it relates to the economy. You should have voted against the bailout thats what Mavericks do. You are also a sell out to the veterans why would you not support education or even talk about the soldiers returning who are ill and have PTSD. You of all people should know how important it is for veterans to come home without support. Lastly, I would like to add Sarah Palin was found guilty of abusing her power. What kind of judgement were you both using. How can you run on reforming anything while your very own running mate is displaying unethical behaviors.

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