WASHINGTON, March 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Democratic National Committee today released a new web ad called “Bush/McCain: Lockstep” which highlights the ways John McCain has marched in lockstep with President Bush every step of the way on Iraq. From echoing the Bush Administration’s false and misleading case for war in the weeks after 9/11, to parroting their rosy rhetoric as Iraq descended into chaos, John McCain has been President Bush’s most loyal foot soldier from Day One. Now, McCain has promised to keep our troops in Iraq for 100 years. As the ad notes, President Bush and John McCain were wrong then, and they’re wrong now.
“After marching in lockstep with President Bush, John McCain now refuses to outline a plan for the future, even as everyone admits that Iraq’s leaders have failed to make the political progress the surge was supposed to make possible,” said Democratic National Committee Communications Director Karen Finney. “John McCain was wrong then and he’s wrong now. After five years of President Bush’s failed leadership on Iraq, the last thing the voters are looking for is a third Bush term.”
To view the Ad, “Bush/McCain: Lockstep,” click here: http://youtube.com/watch?v=FZlUekuQBgM
To view the Spanish version of the Ad, click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pf9bAr07e6I
Script of the Video: “Bush & McCain: Lockstep ”
Opening Graphic: “McCain & Bush on Iraq: In Lockstep from Day One.”
Graphic: “Just 10 weeks after 9/11.”
DON RUMSFELD: “There has been a good deal of interaction between the terrorists in the Philippines and the al-Qaeda and people in Iraq.” [ABC News, “Nightline,” 11/28/2001]
MCCAIN: “There has been significant involvement on the part of the Iraqis and Saddam Hussein in the acts of terror that have been committed in the past.” [ABC News, “Nightline,” 11/28/2001]
Graphic: “…in 2003”
DICK CHENEY: “My belief is we will, in fact, be greeted as liberators.” [Meet the Press, March 16, 2003]
MCCAIN: “We will be welcomed as liberators.” [MSNBC, Hardball, 3/24/03]
Graphic: ” … in 2004″
PRESIDENT BUSH: “We will stay the course.” [President Bush, Press Conference, 4/13/04]
MCCAIN: “We’ve got to stay the course here.” [ABC This Week, 10/24/2004]
BUSH: “Al-Qaeda is on the run in Iraq.” [2008 State of the Union Address]
MCCAIN: “I’ve said many times, al-Qaeda is on the run.” [Fox News, “Fox News Sunday,” 2/3/08]
QUESTION: “President Bush has talked about our staying in Iraq for 50 years.” MCCAIN: “Maybe a hundred. That’s fine with me. I hope it would be fine with you.” [McCain Derry, NH town hall meeting, 1/3/08]
Graphic: “After Five Years, We Don’t Need a Third Bush Term.”
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