Finally, a high profile Republican has acknowledged the negativity and absurdity of the smear campaign against Barack Obama by the Republican Party on behalf of John McCain. Watch this interview with Colin Powell and listen to his words; it makes so much sense. Powell defends McCain as a good man, but denounces the negative direction McCain’s campaign and Republicans have taken recently.
In Powell’s interview, he says: “And I’ve also been disappointed frankly by some of the approaches that Senator McCain has taken recently or his campaign has; on issues that are not really central to the problems that the American people are worried about. This Bill Ayers situation that’s been going on for weeks became something of a central point of the campaign. But Mr. McCain says that he’s a washed up terrorist. But then why do we keep talking about him? And why do we have these robo calls going on around the country trying to suggest that because of this very very limited relationship that Senator Obama has had with Mr. Ayers somehow Mr. Obama is tainted. What they’re trying to connect him to is some kind of terrorist feelings. And I think that’s inappropriate. Now I understand what politics is all about, I know how you can go after one another; and that’s good. But I think this goes too far. And I think it has made the McCain campaign look a little narrow. It’s not what the American people are looking for. And I look at these kinds of approaches to the campaign and they trouble me. And the party has moved even further to the right, and Governer Palin has indicated an even further rightward shift.”
Here is the line that I am really proud of Powell for saying: “I’m also troubled by not what Senator McCain says, but what members of the party say, and it is permitted to be said. Such things as well you know that Mr. Obama is a Muslim. Well the correct answer is that he’s not a Muslim, he’s a Christian, he’s always been a Christian. But the really right answer is, what if he is? Is there something wrong with being a Muslim in this country. The answer is no, that’s not America.”
Even FOX News’ Chris Wallace brought John McCain on the show and questioned McCain’s use of Robo Calls to smear Obama. In the Robo Call, the recording says: “You need ot know that Barack Obama has worked closely with domestic terrorist Bill Ayers, whose organization bombed the U.S. Capitol, the Pentagon, a judge’s home, and killed Americans.”
You know something isn’t right when FOX News is questioning the validity of such a bold claim as an attempt to smear Obama. Thanks FOX News and Colin Powell for calling out the Republican smear campaign and for standing up against the racism against Muslims that is infecting America.