Facts, Fables & Fibs

Both candidates say they want to run a clean campaign. In reality, they are tossing mud in every direction

Senators John McCain and Barack Obama have built their political careers--and then laid claim to the White House--on the idea that each disdains and would not practice the gutter partisan politics of the past. Yet what was once expected to be a more high-minded campaign has quickly eroded into something disappointing and familiar. Both candidates have trampled the truth, overlooked the details, trashed their rival's records and then hijacked each other's words miles away from the proper context. And each has made a minor specialty of attacks that have more to do with character than with any new direction the nation...

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