The New Republican Talking Point

“The reason this campaign has turned negative is because Obama refused to do town hall meetings throughout the campaign.”

I’ve seen this new talking point on The View, Meet The Press, CCN, and in the Washington Post.To me, this is the ultimate example of not taking responsibility for your actions. What they’re saying is that they have no control over their own actions and that they are completely reacting to what Obama is doing.

This is utterly ridiculous. We are all responsible for our own actions. If someone punches me, I have the choice to either punch back or not. My actions, no matter the actions of others, are in my control. The McCain campaign is alone responsible for the McCain campaign’s actions. And McCain has chosen to base his campaign solely on base, personal attacks against his opponent and on distractions from the issues at stake in the country and in this election.

Neither can the McCain campaign claim that they have to attack Obama personally because they don’t know where he stands on the issues. Obama has gone to great lengths to explain his stance on a number of policy issues. He even appeared on the O’Reilly Factor on Fox News to talk about his stance on the issues. He discussed his stance in his acceptance speech in August. He discusses them daily as he’s traveling across the country.

The McCain campaign needs to step up and accept responsibility for its own actions.

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