John McCain lies repeatedly

Even the arch-conservative Wall Street Journal is pointing out that McCain is lying

At a rally today, Sen. McCain again asserted that Sen. Obama has requested nearly a billion in earmarks. In fact, the Illinois senator requested $311 million last year, according to the Associated Press, and none this year. In comparison, Gov. Palin has requested $750 million in her two years as governor -- which the AP says is the largest per-capita request in the nation.

And of course, they keep repeating the lie that underlies Palin's supposed reform credentials:

On Monday in Missouri, Gov. Palin put it this way: "I told Congress thanks but no thanks for that bridge to nowhere. If the state wanted to build a bridge we would built it ourselves." Senior adviser Mark Salter pointed to her role in killing the project while in office and allocating the money elsewhere. When pressed further that it was actually Congress that stopped the earmark, Mr. Salter said: "She stopped it, too. She did her part." 

Fact Check says that McCain continues misleading even after his claims have been repeatedly debunked:

The most misleading claim in the ad is that Obama "gave big oil billions in subsidies and giveaways," a reference to the 2005 energy bill that we've debunked again and again. Actually, the bill, which President Bush signed into law, slightly raised taxes on the oil industry. Obama voted for the bill; McCain voted against it. ... In total, the vast majority of the billions in tax breaks and subsidies included in the bill went to electric utilities and nuclear power, as well as alternative fuels research and energy-efficient cars and buildings.

McCain has an ad that claims Obama wants to provide sex education to kindergarten kids.  The legislation that Obama actually proposed:

provided information to children on what to watch for when with an adult they don't know, such as inappropriate advances or touching.

I think that such a bill is a waste of money, since the vast majority of sexual predators are people known to the child in question (usually fathers, uncles and neighbors).  That would be fair policy argument. But taking a bill whose aim is to protect children from sexual predators and using it to charge that Obama want to teach sex to kindergarteners is beyond despicable.

Everyone mis-speaks or mis-states things. But McCain doubles down on false statements even after they have been pointed out as false. 

What kind of mandate would McCain get if he wins an election based on repeated lies?  Will he be able to achieve any change?  At this point, I'm amazed that I even considered voting for this man.

p.s. You can't make this stuff up.  They even "misquote" to say that Obama's sliming them.  FactCheck says it ain't so:
That's what we said, but it wasn't about Obama. Our article criticized anonymous e-mail falsehoods and bogus claims about Palin posted around the Internet. We have no evidence that any of the claims we found to be false came from the Obama campaign. The McCain-Palin ad also twists a quote from a Wall Street Journal columnist.
p.s2:  This article showing how Gibson left McCain's claims unchallenged is not a good sign. No wonder he scored the Palin interview.  Politicians give the media free airwaves, and in return the media give them free advertising.

p.s3:  It was only a matter of time.  There's now a wiki that details McCain's lies.  The counter on the site, which is very well sourced and refers to only non-partisan sources, is up to 52.

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