Friday, September 12, 2008

McCain Hits New Low In TV Ads

The Obama campaign has called it “shameful and downright perverse” and news organizations such as the New York Times have ripped it to shreds, but that doesn’t stop John McCain from continuing to run an ad that lies about Barack Obama's education record and says he wants to teach sex education to five-year-olds.

The ad is, as we've come to expect from anything out of the McCain campaign, a lie. The bill never even came to a vote in Illinois and Obama simply voted for it in committee because one of its prime intents was to teach young children to protect themselves from sexual predators.

“I have a 6-year-old daughter and a 3-year-old daughter, and one of the things my wife and I talked to our daughter about is the possibility of somebody touching them inappropriately, and what that might mean,” said Obama in 2004. “And that was included specifically in the law, so that kindergarteners are able to exercise some possible protection against abuse, because I have family members as well as friends who suffered abuse at that age.”

The proposal being distorted by Team McCain was also supported by education and public health organizations, including the Illinois Parent Teacher Association, the Illinois State Medical Society, the Illinois Public Health Association and the Illinois Education Association.

It's also important to note that the National Education Association (NEA), the nation's largest professional employee organization for educators, is strongly endorsing Obama as the next president.

"Senator Barack Obama understands that investing in public schools is the first step in rebuilding America's economy and preparing students for the jobs of the 21st century," said NEA President Dennis Van Roekel. "He wants to make a college education affordable for every American, he supports new opportunities for early childhood education, and he opposes diverting public tax dollars from public schools to support private and religious schools. And unlike McCain, he wants to work with educators, not against them."

And speaking of McCain, Van Roekel has also stated that McCain"…is completely out of touch with the needs of working families, as well as being completely out of touch with the needs of educators and students."

Enough said.