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McCain’s Manipulations of “Facts”

I used an article from CNN for my facts.  You can read it here.

This is what John McCain said during the debate:

Sen. Obama was the second-highest recipient of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac money in history — in history,” 

This is what is the facts actually are:

The Center for Responsive Politics tracks donations from employees of various companies. The center’s list of contributions from Fannie and Freddie employees places Obama second. 

The total listed for Obama is $126,349 — a tiny fraction of the approximately $390 million his campaign has raised, according to the center. The list shows McCain has received a total of $21,550 from Fannie and Freddie employees. 

The New York Times has published a separate list looking at contributions from “directors, officers, and lobbyists for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac” for the 2008 campaign cycle. That list — using figures from the Federal Election Commission — shows McCain receiving $169,000, while Obama received only $16,000. (emphasis added)

The difference between McCain and Obama is that McCain gets his donations from the top guys (the ones that are benefiting most from the bail out) and depending on how you look at the facts or sift the information, he has gotten more funds in campaign donations from Fannie and Freddie than Obama.  

Don’t manipulate the truth to benefit your agenda.  I used to think John McCain was alright – he had a sense of humor (at least so it seemed from his late night t.v. appearances) and he seemed to have ideals (no torturing prisoners, supporting the troops) but it appears to me that he has contorted himself into whatever shape the Republican-machine needed him to take just so he could have a shot at the presidency.  I wonder if it is worth it to him as a person to have made the transformation. 

The point is – I’m tired of personal attacks that are based on half truths and manipulations.  McCain seems to think we as a nation are stupid, that we’ll believe anything just because he repeats it often and loudly and only he knows the way out of the mess we’re in.  He comes across as patronizing, elitist and frankly as untruthful.

I wonder what other “facts” he has manipulated into being.

Here’s an interesting read relating to John McCain’s past relationship with his own party and the president in particular.  “Take your hands off me.”

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  1. I appreciate cool headed you are in your posts. I struggle at times, wanting to express my thoughts about the current political climate on my blog, but usually decide against it because I don’t feel I can do it as articulately and gracefully as I believe you have done. Thank you for your input.

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