Posted by: David Kiley on July 31, 2008
Referring to blog entry: “The New Normal: McCain’s Desperate Ad Hours,” the McCain campaign issues the following statement:
“Like the press corps, this campaign was entirely unaware of Obama’s scheduled visit with wounded troops prior to his decision to cancel that visit. David Kiley’s report that we were planning an ad attacking Obama for visiting U.S. troops, flimsily sourced to an unnamed “GOP strategist,” is flat out wrong, and libelous. If this strategist exists at all, he clearly has no knowledge of this candidate or this campaign. John McCain has never and will never allow anyone involved with this campaign to attack Barack Obama for visiting our wounded troops. It is never wrong to visit American troops who have sacrificed so much for our country. It is disappointing that a reputable news organization such as BusinessWeek would allow themselves to be used by someone who so clearly does not understand anything about this candidate or this campaign.” – McCain Spokesman Taylor Griffin.
Griffin also says that the campaign never discussed running an ad that would have criticized Obama for visiting wounded troops on his campaign swing in Germany.