May 19th, 2008
11:50 AM ET
15 years ago

Democrats launch 'McCainPedia'

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="The DNC launched an anti-McCain Web site Monday."](CNN) - The Democratic National Committee launched a new Web site Monday promising to be an online clearinghouse for opposition research on John McCain.

"McCainPedia" compiles DNC research on the presumptive Republican nominee under topics like "Economy," "Ethics" and "Security" and targets McCain's "empty rhetoric" on Iraq as well as his role in the Keating Five scandal of the early 1990s. Users are also invited to access DNC video from both YouTube and FlipperTV, the Democratic Party’s archive of campaign tracking video.

In launching the site, the DNC claims that anyone can research and share the material. Unlike Wikipedia, on which the site is modeled, edits can be made only by DNC staff - not members of the public.

“This allows us to fully validate all of the information that appears, ensuring accuracy and reliability,” the “About” section of the site says. Instead, the site is “run by the DNC’s Research, Communications, and Internet teams.”

DNC Chair Howard Dean said McCainpedia would empower "millions of people to review McCain's inconsistencies and make up their own minds" about the senator's record.

The launch follows the Republican National Committee's increasing focus on Barack Obama. Their site, launched May 9, invites voters to question the Illinois senator on issues "he has failed to address or refused to answer."

In a written statement provided to CNN, Alex Conant, a spokesman for the Republican National Committee, said the site is nothing more than “opposition research dumps by the DNC” that “will not ease voters’ concerns about Obama’s inexperience and naïve judgment.”

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soundoff (232 Responses)
  1. Nick in NY

    Hey Mabel Gangois, Don't you think history books are biased too? Remember that the winner of the war writes the history. Also, this is a race, and young and inexperienced often means quicker with less shady past. OBAMA '08

    May 19, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  2. Shawn, Takoma Park, MD

    The mainstream media may be giving Crazy Ol' Man Weathervane McCain a free ride so far, but don't count on Democrats to let that get in the way of taking our country back.

    And on another topic, only the MOST pathological and deranged Hillary fanatics will vote for another Bush term just to take REVENGE! on Democracy itself for not coronating Hillary, so all we can do is mock those losers relentlessly.

    Enjoy switching sides and LOSING...AGAIN.

    Ha Ha.

    May 19, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  3. Mike, Syracuse NY

    The Republicans tried to do the same thing with Obama, but had to give up since he hasn't done anything except show up and vote present. Maybe we should give Obama a perfect attendence award and vote for someone who has some actual experience.

    May 19, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  4. rice, bryan

    can you believe a republican asked if this site would be unbiased. is any of the things that limbaugh, hannity, or republican websites says about any, and i mean any democrate candidate? if you believe everything that they have to say, then yes this website is totally unbiased.

    May 19, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  5. Fernando

    You gotta love how CNN reports things sometimes... They talk about McCainPedia and we can certainly find it, but they spell out exactly where to go to get information on bashing Barack – by explicitly listing the URL. WHY NOT LIST the McCainPedia URL in the article as well. Media... The 4th Arm of Government.

    May 19, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  6. edn

    It would be INSANE to SUSTAIN John, "PAIN TRAIN MAINTAIN THE SAME" McCAIN war more years!

    May 19, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  7. Joseph Adewole

    I do not see any reason why The Dems should be worried about anything at all regarding John McCaiin; John is too old to make a right decision concerning America. He is not all that educated to be able to think like a leadeer in the 21st century would...that type of person is only interested in war and what he could do to make the name he did not make while on 'active service'; you will notice that all his talks have been like those of GWB.
    The Republicans have nothing to offer Americans; the one that called himself a ex Pastor is begging to be John's running mate now; you see none of these Republicans are capable of ruling The greatest country in the world; he knew he was not capable of ruling yet he was there fighting for GOP's nomination..if he was capable of America's nunmber ONE citizen, he would not be begging to be number 2.
    Why not get on with better things like a great support for Obama and let him crush these war mongers.
    May GOD Bless you all.

    May 19, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
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