(CNN) - A Republican congressman and supporter of John McCain called a Spanish television ad from the Obama campaign "offensive and dishonest" Thursday, and said the Democratic nominee owes the Latino community an apology.
"It is offensive and dishonest for Barack Obama to lie about John McCain's record on immigration and years of support for the Hispanic community, when it was Barack Obama himself who voted for 'poison pill' amendments that killed the effort at immigration reform. Instead of making false ads with baseless attacks, Barack Obama should be apologizing to the Latino community," Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart said in statement released by the McCain campaign.
The Spanish-language ad, launched earlier this week, aims to connect McCain to Republicans who have staked out staunch anti-illegal immigration stances - including talk radio host Rush Limbaugh.
"They want us to forget the insults we've put up with, the intolerance," the television ad's narrator says in Spanish as an image of Limbaugh is quoted saying, "Mexicans are stupid and unqualified" and "Shut your mouth or get out."
"They made us feel marginalized in a country we love so much," the narrator continues. "John McCain and his Republican friends have two faces. One that says lies just to get our vote and another, even worse, that continues the failed policies of George Bush that put special interests ahead of working families."
But McCain has repeatedly disagreed with his party's base on the issue of immigration and was a chief sponsor of an immigration reform bill last year that deeply angered conservatives and nearly sunk his campaign for the presidency. The Arizona senator is also no favorite of Limbaugh, particularly for seeming to take a moderate stance on illegal immigration. But critics note McCain shifted his own policy on immigration as the Republican presidential primary race heated up, advocating a "security first" approach.
At a campaign stop Wednesday, September 17, in Elko, Nevada, Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama said Republican rival Sen. John McCain "is somebody who's been in Congress for 26 years - who put seven of the most powerful Washington lobbyists in charge of his campaign and now he tells us that he's the one who's going to take on the old boys network." He then added the applause line: "The old boys network - in the McCain campaign, that's called a staff meeting."
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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (CNN) – John McCain attacked Democrat Barack Obama Thursday over his handling of the financial crisis, criticizing the Illinois senator and his party's congressional leadership for delaying a solution until after the election. The criticism comes just two days after his own domestic policy adviser said a complete plan from the Republican presidential nominee would not be revealed until he was in the White House.
"Congressional leaders who give Senator Obama his marching orders are now saying incredibly that this mess isn't their fault, and they aren't going to take any action on this crisis until after the election," McCain said at an Iowa campaign stop.
But on Tuesday, when asked how much worse the economy would have to get before the campaign released a specific plan, McCain senior adviser Doug Holtz-Eakin said that it wasn't "imperative" for an "exact" plan to be drawn up yet.
"I think the moment when we write down a specific plan is the moment we send legislation from a McCain administration to Congress. That's the moment when that happens," he said.
McCain also told that same audience moments later that "Sen. Obama's own advisers are saying that the crisis will benefit him politically."
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A McCain campaign spokesman could not point to any specific instance of an Obama adviser or surrogate making such a comment about the Wall Street crisis in recent days.
Instead, McCain spokesman Brian Rogers referred to television news reports citing Obama advisers who believe that economic anxiety could lift the Democratic ticket in the polls.
Listen: McCain senior advisor Doug Holtz-Eakin talks about McCain's economic vision
An Obama-Biden administration would "increase regulatory oversight of the very people John (McCain) has refused to regulate," Democratic vice-presidential candidate Sen. Joe Biden said Tuesday, Sept. 16, on CNN's "American Morning."
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WASHINGTON (CNN) - Key Republicans on Capitol Hill Wednesday blasted the Treasury Department and the Federal Reserve for orchestrating an $85 billion bailout of insurance giant American International Group.
The criticism came a day after lawmakers were surprised by the news that taxpayers would again be called on to shore up a member of the struggling financial sector.
"Once again the Fed has put the taxpayers on the hook for billions of dollars to bail out an institution that put greed ahead of responsibility and used their good name to take risky bets that did not pay off," said Sen. Jim Bunning, R-Kentucky, a member of the banking committee.
A spokesman for Sen. Richard Shelby of Alabama, the top Republican on the banking committee, said the senator "profoundly disagrees with the decision to use taxpayer dollars to bail out a private company" and is upset the government has sent an inconsistent message to the markets by bailing out AIG after it just refused to save investment bank Lehman Brothers from bankruptcy.
(CNN) – Sen. Chuck Hagel has become one of the most prominent Republicans to openly question VP nominee Sarah Palin’s qualifications on Thursday.
"She doesn't have any foreign policy credentials," Hagel said in an interview with the Omaha World Herald. "You get a passport for the first time in your life last year? I mean, I don't know what you can say. You can't say anything."
On her first overseas trip last year, Palin traveled to Kuwait and Germany to visit Alaskan National Guard troops.
In defending her own foreign policy experience, Palin has said that Alaska’s proximity to Russia gives her international expertise. Hagel, a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, called that notion “insulting to the American people.”
Republican Vice Presidential candidate Governor Sarah Palin is refusing to cooperate with an investigation into the firing of Alaska Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan.
Palin's office claims Monegan was let go for insubordination. Monegan says it's because he wouldn't fire a state trooper named Mike Wooten.
Three years ago that trooper was in the middle of an ugly divorce from Sarah Palin's sister. Monegan says Palin pressured him to fire Wooten. Palin denies that. Monegan ended up losing his job.
Alaska lawmakers have been looking into this matter since July. It has been a bipartisan investigation and Palin had originally agreed to cooperate. But not anymore.
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"He (Obama) has voted for, in the Senate, raising taxes on people that make as low as $42,000 a year, so he's been all over the map on this ... ," McCain said in a Monday, Sept. 16, interview on CNN's "American Morning."
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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (CNN) - Sarah Palin likes to tell voters around the country about how she “put the government checkbook online” in Alaska. On Thursday, Palin suggested she would take that same proposal to Washington.
“We’re going to do a few new things also,” she said at a rally in Cedar Rapids. “For instance, as Alaska’s governor, I put the government’s checkbook online so that people can see where their money’s going. We’ll bring that kind of transparency, that responsibility, and accountability back. We’re going to bring that back to D.C.”
There’s just one problem with proposing to put the federal checkbook online – somebody’s already done it. His name is Barack Obama.
In 2006 and 2007, Obama teamed up with Republican Sen. Tom Coburn to pass the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act, also known as “Google for Government.” The act created a free, searchable web site – USASpending.gov - that discloses to the public all federal grants, contracts, loans and insurance payments.
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (CNN) - Sarah Palin’s introduction of John McCain in Cedar Rapids Thursday was noisily interrupted by a small group of anti-war protesters from the University of Iowa, who sparked a back-and-forth of shouting that drowned out at least four minutes of her remarks.
Palin kept speaking throughout the disruption, but her remarks were nearly unintelligible to much of the audience inside the airplane hangar where the rally was held.
About five minutes into Palin’s speech, four female students from the University of Iowa Feminist Majority and Anti-War Alliance held up a cloth banner, and began a loud anti-war chant in the middle of the crowd. An advance staffer tore the banner from their hands and other members of the audience shouted them down with chants of “USA! USA!” and “SARAH! SARAH!”
It was several minutes before the women were escorted from the venue.
The demonstration should have come as no surprise to McCain-Palin advance staff: a local newspaper, The Gazette, reported earlier that the protesters would be in attendance Thursday.
Another protester disrupted McCain’s speech about half an hour later, sparking an even louder, but shorter, commotion.
Palin stumbled out of the gate on arriving in Cedar Rapids. The Alaska governor told the audience that she was thrilled to be in “Grand Rapids,” the Michigan city where the campaign had just overnighted.