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What did GW Bush's campaign say about McCain during the 2000 primaries?
- faceman888Lv 41 decade agoFavorite Answer
That he fathered an inter-racial child and that as a result of being tortured that he lacked the mental stability to be president.
- BillLv 41 decade ago
Technically, the Bush campaign itself said nothing derogatory about McCain, but they did quite a bit of "push polling" in southern states that implied some things that they knew would play on some deep-rooted racist attitudes in the south. For those who don't know what "push polling" is, specifically, here's what they did:
A "pollster", who was really a campaign worker, would call a prospective primary-goer and ask who they were supporting in the primary. If they responded "Bush", there was no need to go any further. But if they responded McCain, the "pollster" would ask the voter "Would your opinion of John McCain change if you knew that he had fathered a black baby out of wedlock?". They never actually said it was the case, but their purpose was to plant the seed of doubt. Then, when McCain's adopted black daughter (that he was NOT the biological father of) popped up on the campaign trail the voters put the question and the appearance together.
It's a tactic that's used often by Republicans. My own Congresswoman repeatedly polls her constituents with questions that have only two possible answers listed in the polls, neither of which would be the answer many people would normally select. For instance, she recently asked her constituents whether they supported the expanded FISA wiretapping law with immunity for telecom companies, or if they supported allowing terrorists to operate freely in the U.S.. No middle ground allowed. She then used the obvious preference for the former answer to justify her vote in Congress.
- 1 decade ago
They said he was an atheist with no Christian Morals
When McCain declined a speaking invitation at Bob Jones University Team Bush used that to claim McCain was ungodly
- 1 decade ago
Now Bush said McCain is God sent. Go figure.
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- Honest OpinionLv 51 decade ago
Said he was crazy from all the torture he received in Vietnam.
Said his wife was a drug addict.
Said he had a black child from an affair
- slyham166Lv 61 decade ago
Didn't remember, since not paying attention at that time .Didn't care , however the answers here are very infomative. Thanks! for asking this question ,"Before I did!".
Ebony & Ivory candidate!
- ♥ MelLv 71 decade ago
What is your point in asking this question Chi.It really just lowers you with the rest of the Bashers! You are better than that.
- justgoodfolkLv 71 decade ago
Bush Waged Nasty Smear Campaign Against McCain in 2000
Bush Supporters Called McCain “The Fag Candidate.” In South Carolina, Bush supporters circulated church fliers that labeled McCain “the fag candidate.” Columnist Frank Rich noted that the fliers were distributed “even as Bush subtly reinforced that message by indicating he wouldn’t hire openly gay people for his administration.”
McCain Slurs Included Illegitimate Children, Homosexuality And A Drug-Addict Wife.
Among the rumors circulated against McCain in 2000 in South Carolina was that his adopted Bangladeshi daughter was actually black, that McCain was both gay and cheated on his wife, and that his wife Cindy was a drug addict.”
Bush Campaign Used Code Words to Question McCain’s Temper.
“A smear campaign of the ugliest sort is now coursing through the contest for the presidency in 2000. Using the code word "temper," a group of Senate Republicans, and at least some outriders of the George W. Bush campaign, are spreading the word that John McCain is unstable. The subtext, also suggested in this whispering campaign, is that he returned from 5 1/2 years as a POW in North Vietnam with a loose screw. And it is bruited about that he shouldn't be entrusted with nuclear weapons.”
Bush Supporters Questioned McCain’s Sanity.
“Some of George W. Bush's supporters have questioned Republican presidential candidate John McCain's fitness for the White House, suggesting that his five years as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam drove him insane at the time.”
Bush Supporters Spread Racist Rumors About McCain’s Daughter.
Bush supporters in South Carolina made race-baiting phone calls saying that McCain had a “black child.” The McCains’ daughter, Bridget, was adopted from Mother Teresa’s orphanage in Bangladesh. In August 2000, columnist Maureen Dowd wrote that the McCains “are still seething about Bush supporters in South Carolina spreading word of their dark-skinned adopted daughter.”
Rove Suggests Former POW McCain Committed Treason and Fathered Child With Black Prostitute.
In 2000, McCain operatives in SC accused Rove of spreading rumors against McCain, such as “suggestions that McCain had committed treason while a prisoner of war, and had fathered a child by a black prostitute,” according to the New Yorker.
After Rove Denied Role In McCain Whisper Campaign, Reporters Concluded He Was Behind It.
A December 1999 Dallas Morning News linked Rove to a series of campaign dirty tricks, including his College Republican efforts, allegedly starting a whisper campaign about Ann Richard being too gay-friendly, spreading stories about Jim Hightower’s involvement in a kickback scheme and leaking the educational history of Lena Guerrero. The article also outlined current dirty tricks and whisper campaigns against McCain in South Carolina, including that “McCain may be unstable as a result of being tortured while a prisoner of war in North Vietnam.” (DMN, 12/2/99) After the article was published, Rove blasted Slater in the Manchester, NH airport, “nose to nose” according to one witness, with Rove claiming Slater had “harmed his reputation,” Slater later noted. But according to one witness, “What was interesting then is that everyone on the campaign charter concluded that Rove was responsible for rumors about McCain.”
Rove Was In Close Touch With McConnell, McCain-Feingold’s Chief Opponent.
Senior White House adviser Karl Rove was in close contact with Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) during McConnell’s effort to fight the McCain-Feingold Campaign Finance Bill in the U.S. Senate. According to Newsweek, though Rove and Bush have publicly kept their distance from McConnell on the issue, “sources tell Newsweek that Rove is, in fact, in close touch with McConnell as GOP experts study the bill for hidden land mines.”
Bush Campaign Accused of Using Push Polls Against McCain.
College of Charleston student Suzette Latsko said she received a telephone call from a woman who identified herself as an employee of Voter/Consumer Research, and that the caller misrepresented McCain’s positions and asked if Latsko knew McCain had been reprimanded for interfering with federal regulators in the savings and loan scandal. Voter/Consumer Research is listed as a polling contractor on Bush’s Federal Election Commission filings; the Bush campaign has paid Voter/Consumer Research $93,000 through December 31, 1999. Bush spokesman Ari Fleischer denied the call was a push poll, but said it was important that the Republican Party remember McCain’s role in the S&L crisis.
Bush Campaign Acknowledged Making Phone Calls.
Tucker Eskew, Bush’s South Carolina spokesman, acknowledged the Bush campaign made such calls, but claimed they were not “push polls.” Eskew added, “Show me a baseless comment in those questions.”
Bush Used Fringe Veterans Group to Attack McCain as “Manchurian Candidate.”
“In the case of Ted Sampley, the same guy who did Bush's dirty work in going after Sen. John McCain in the 2000 Republican primaries was doing the job against Kerry in 2004. Sampley dared compare McCain, who spent five years as a Vietnam POW, with ‘the Manchurian Candidate.’”
Sampley Called McCain a “Coward” and a Traitor.
“Sampley… accused McCain of being a weak-minded coward who had escaped death by collaborating with the enemy. Sampley claimed that McCain had first been compromised by the Vietnamese, then recruited by the Soviets.”