Dear Chairman Daves,
From the beginning of this election, I have been committed to running a respectful campaign based upon and honest debate about the great issues confronting American today. I expect all state parties to do so as well. The television advertisement you are planning to air degrades our civics and distracts us from the very real differences we have with the Democrats. In the strongest terms, I implore you to not run this advertisement.
This ad does not live up to the very high standards we should hold ourselves to in this campaign. We need to run a campaign that is worthy of the people we seek to serve. There is no doubt that we will draw sharp contrasts with the Democrats on fundamental issues critical to the future course of our country. But we need not engage in political tactics that only seek to divide the American people.
Once again, it is imperative that you withdraw this offensive advertisement.
But, as McCain plainly recognizes above, this is very much a double-edge issue that could bring serious blowback to the Republican party.
Contributor: Jonathan Martin, North Carolina
April 29, 2008
Senator John McCain came out swinging against the Rev. Jeremiah Wright yesterday and suggested Sen. Barack Obama's relationship with the controversial minister was "beyond belief."
We point out that Obama told Fox News Sunday that he thought criticism of his involvement with Wright was fair.
* Wright was asked about his relationship to Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan and his racially divisive statements: Wright said he doesn't always agree with Farrakhan but praised him as a man to whom black America listen."
* Wright added hes own critique of Obama: "He has to distance himself because he's a politician," Obama has to say what people want to hear and do what they do based on electability, sound bits, and based on polls.
* Why tell your congression that AIDS was a government conspiracy to commit genocide on African-Americans?
* "American chickens are coming home to roost"
* On whether Wright should apologize for shouting in a sermon it's not "God Bless America" but "God Damn America" for it's treatment of minorities.
Will this turn off (white) blue collar working Indiana voters?
Freedom Of Speech would like to say:
The civil war was an apology for slavery and a way to make amends. The Civil Rights movement was a movement that tried to further equalize race relations.
What does Rev. Wright want our country to do?
We have never owned a slave. None of the immigrants who came through Ellis Island had slaves. Don't stereotype all whites as descendants of slave owners. Many of our great grandparents came to America poor and hungry and worked up from nothing.
We agree with McCain when he stated: "Obama's relations with Wright is beyond belief."
Jermiah Wright threw Obama under the bus because he knows Obama is a phony. Wright has known Obama for twenty years and he knows that Obama really agrees with his radical views, but denounced him for political expediency.
What concerns us is Obama condoned the sermons for 20 years. But NOW he's outraged.
Give us a break...Indiana voters will see right through Obama's phony so called outrage!