He cares about his quads more than wounded veterans. He's culpable for the energy crisis. He's just another pretty face. These are the messages Republican John McCain's ads transmit about his Democratic rival, Barack Obama.
Questioning whether the negative ads could hurt more than they help, a story in The New York Times quotes a former Jeb Bush strategist, Todd Harris: "The McCain campaign, I think, is being pulled in two directions. On the one hand, this race is largely a referendum on Obama, and whether or not he's going to pass the leadership threshold in the eyes of voters. So being aggressive against Obama on questions of leadership and trust and risk are important, but at the same time I think they need to be very careful because McCain is not at his best when he is being overly partisan and negative."
But one McCain supporter in Florida who used to work in the German military hospital that Obama skipped last week said the ad on that point was fair game. Danny Jazarevic, who lives on Hutchison Island, was the chief surgeon at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center from 2004 to 2006.
"The bottom line is this: You are a U.S. senator and you were in Germany and you chose not to go to our flagship hospital where every wounded solider lays at a time of war,'' said Jazarevic, a candidate for the Florida House, in a telephone interview. "Whoever advised him not to go was dead wrong. This is where the wounded heros are, and by God, you visit them."
See the ad below and read Factcheck.org's critique here.