Obama campaign email, ad lies about McCain’s “$5 million” comment

Got this mass email from the Obama camapaign earlier tonight:

If somebody asked you, you probably wouldn’t have to think about it.

But when a reporter asked John McCain how many houses he owns, he stumbled and said, “I think — I’ll have my staff get to you.”

If you’re like the millions of people who are struggling to keep up with their mortgage, you might have a different perspective.

Not only does John McCain have trouble keeping track of all his houses, he looks at record gas prices and a crippling foreclosure crisis and thinks the economy is fundamentally “strong.” And last weekend he said anyone making less than $5 million a year isn’t rich.

This is the side of John McCain his campaign wants to hide.

The campaign is referring to a joke McCain made at the Saddleback forum he “cheated” at.  Here’s video of what McCain said:

Here’s the relevant part of the transcript:

I don’t want to take any money from the rich — I want everybody to get rich.


I don’t believe in class warfare or re-distribution of the wealth. But I can tell you, for example, there are small businessmen and women who are working 16 hours a day, seven days a week that some people would classify as – quote – “rich,” my friends, and want to raise their taxes and want to raise their payroll taxes.

Let’s have – keep taxes low. Let’s give every family in America a $7,000 tax credit for every child they have. Let’s give them a $5,000 refundable tax credit to go out and get the health insurance of their choice. Let’s not have the government take over the health care system in America.


So, I think if you are just talking about income, how about $5 million?


But seriously, I don’t think you can – I don’t think seriously that – the point is that I’m trying to make here, seriously — and I’m sure that comment will be distorted — but the point is that we want to keep people’s taxes low and increase revenues.

And, my friend, it was not taxes that mattered in America in the last several years. It was spending. Spending got completely out of control. We spent money in way that mortgaged our kids’ futures.

Not only did the Obama campaign lie about and distort McCain’s remarks in that email, but they did it here in a campaign video currently airing on TV, an ad that I should point out distorts other remarks McCain has made on the economy (remarks like the ones I discussed here).

I thought Barack Obama was supposed to be a “different” kind of candidate?

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