Gloves are off as McCain uses smear tactics against Obama
Barack Obama has blamed John McCain for resorting to smear tactics after Republican fears that the Democratic presidential candidate will sweep the board in the forthcoming US elections.
Obama’s reaction followed a new line being pursued by McCain’s team – that of making more personal attacks and greater criticism of Obama.
The new Republican strategy reared up when the Republican campaign accused Obama of being friends with a terrorist, Bill Ayers.
Ayers is one of the founders of the Weathermen, a radical dissident group who carried out a bombing campaign in American during the 1970s.
The crafty move by the McCain team is an apparent attempt to move attention away from the huge economic crisis looming over America, which has deeply effected Republican support during the last two weeks.
With just 30 days to go until the elections take place, polls and reports are citing a significant swing in favour of the Democrats.
The Obama campaign has more staff and volunteers on the ground and has recently registered millions of new Democratic voters – something the Republicans have failed to achieve.
Obama has already shown that he will not take personal attacks lying down. In a speech in North Carolina, he accused McCain of distracting voters from the economic disaster.
‘Senator McCain and his operatives are gambling that he can distract you with smears rather than talk to you about substance,’ he said. ‘They’d rather try to tear our campaign down than lift this country up. It’s what you do when you’re out of touch, out of ideas, and running out of time.’
McCain is expected to make further attacks on Obama’s character in a presidential debate in Tennessee tomorrow night. However the Obama campaign will counter it with an advert accusing McCain of being ‘erratic in a crisis’ and out of touch saying: ‘No wonder his campaign want to change the subject.’