Wall Street Journal: Immigration Ad Ties McCain to Limbaugh

Wall Street Journal (9/18/08)

Immigration Ad Ties McCain to Limbaugh

Immigration is flaring up again in the presidential campaign, and Barack Obama on Wednesday released a new advertisement that tries to tie John McCain to his longtime critic, Rush Limbaugh.

After a primary campaign where Obama and McCain proposed to get tough on border security, the candidates this time are attacking each other for failing to secure an immigration deal that would have given illegal immigrants a path to citizenship. The rapid turnabout comes as both candidates court Hispanic voters in key southwestern battlegrounds.

But any suggestion of a Limbaugh-McCain alliance is shaky at best. Limbaugh has had a cool relationship with McCain, actively opposing his primary campaign and hesitating to endorse the Arizona senator after he appeared to lock up the Republican nomination.

The talk show host harshly criticized Obama on Wednesday night in an email to the Politico, where he called Obama a “disgrace” for “stoking racism.”

“He runs race-baiting ads and lies about what he has done and what McCain has done,” Limbaugh said.

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