McCain Will Talk About Ayers At Debate

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Ayers, Barack, Debates, McCain

Uh oh…here we go.

McCain is set to hammer the last nail into his presidential coffin tomorrow.

From CNN:

The comments, during an interview with St. Louis radio station KMOX, come after Obama and Democratic VP candidate Joe Biden were sharply critical of McCain for targeting the Illinois senator over Ayers at campaign rallies, but not when the two last met for a presidential debate.

“I was astonished to hear him say that he was surprised I ‘didn’t have the guts’ to do that, because the fact is the question didn’t come up in that fashion,” McCain said of the last debate. “I think he’s probably ensured it will come up this time.”

Does McCain not understand that everybody will be waiting to hear him say something about it? So if he doesn’t, it’ll be a story. But even if he does, INDEPENDENTS DON’T CARE. Poll after poll after poll demonstrates that. In fact, McCain’s negatives have actually gone up as a result of these attacks.

Still, it’ll make for interesting television. :-)


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9 Responses to “McCain Will Talk About Ayers At Debate”

  1. Avinash_Tyagi Says:

    He’s walking into a trap set by Obama, all Obama has to reply is that he was eight when it happened and he has denouced those acts, and then say that the American people don’t care about this stuff they care about how the cantidates will help them. It’ll make McCain look Petty and Obama look Presidential and concerned aboutt he issues

  2. Donklephant » Blog Archive » Quote Of The Day Says:

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  3. mhb Says:

    That’s it! Next Debate Drinking Game includes “Ayers” and “terrorist”.

    “Dangerous” and “Naive” are still on the table, of course.

  4. Rob in Denver Says:

    Of course it’s a trap laid by Obama. You don’t go on national TV and call an old fighter pilot a coward if you’re not ready for what it’ll bring back your way. What was even more predictable was that McCain is walking into it, showing again that all along he’s underestimated how formidable the politician on the other side is.

  5. MarkinKC Says:

    Obama totally set McCain up for this. Did you see the dial reactions plummet during the second debate whenever McCain would go on the attack?

    Obama is playing McCain, “I double-dog dare you to bring up Ayers.” McCain will do it. Obama will repudiate Ayers and bemoan the negative attacks and lack of substance, impugning McCain’s honor. McCain’s head will start to smolder.

    Then, perhaps, Obama might mention that McCain’s transition coordinator was a lobbyist for Saddam Hussein. Game. Set. Match.

  6. Pico Says:

    I couldn’t agree more. If McCain brings up Ayers at the debate, expect his already low numbers to drop DRAMATICALLY.

  7. ExiledIndependent Says:

    Ok, temperature check time: of the above posters, which of you would consider yourself currently undecided? My guess is none of you. I’ll go out on a limb and guess that you’re all decided on Obama at this point. So, some not-left perspective on this. In terms of the Ayers thing, McCain has handled it very poorly. The correct usage of Ayers is really pretty simple:

    Obama has insisted that judgement is more important than practical experience. His association–as an adult–with a known, unrepentant domestic terrorist is either indicative of bad judgement, insight into Obama’s formative influences early in his political career, or both. The “I was eight!” argument is hollow since we’re not saying that BHO was carrying the firebombs into the houses himself. Rather, as a Harvard-educated adult (so the “I didn’t know that he was a terrorist!” claim is pretty weak), he knowningly chose to collaborate with Ayers on multiple occasions.

    It’s nothing that is going to win an election, but anyone who thinks logically can see the point being made. Obama has neither experience nor good judgement. Or so some might say.

  8. Ol' Whip Says:

    A perfect trap set by Obama.

    If McCain fails to bring it up he will be thought of as a coward. If he brings it up, Obama addresses it briefly and tries to get back to issues. If McCain persist, Obama can bring up all of McCain’s and Palin’s questionable associations. (And there are many, with the biggest fish being Carl Lindner of Chiquita.) There is no way he can win in this situation.

    You know I used to have some grudging respect for the GOP. They played dirty but they did it effectivly. Now I’m laughing at this feeble attempt of a campaign.

  9. Avinash_Tyagi Says:

    And then Obama can respond, yes I served on an education board with him, but I don’t support his actions in the 60′s and if were talking about collborations, we could refer to your with Charle’s Keating, or with lobbyists for Iran and Saddam, but that’s not what the American people want seantor, they want to know who is going to help them in this time of crisis

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