National Journal: Conservative Group Evokes 9/11 To Slam Obama

National Journal

Conservative Group Evokes 9/11 To Slam Obama

It’s less than three weeks before Election Day and the economy continues to dominate headlines, propelling Barack Obama‘s gain over John McCain in the polls. What’s a conservative group to do? One PAC is turning to perhaps the only topic that could tear both voters and the media away from the financial crisis: the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11.

The National Republican Trust PAC started running an ad, “License(subscription), in Ohio on Thursday that uses images of a burning World Trade Center and hijacking mastermind Mohammad Atta. The spot notes that many of the 9/11 hijackers were able to obtain driver’s licenses and claims that Obama’s support for allowing states to issue licenses to illegal immigrants would endanger the nation’s security.

“Nineteen terrorists infiltrate the U.S.” the ad’s announcer says. “Thirteen get drivers licenses. The 9/11 plot depended on easy-to-get licenses.” Images of Obama and of the smoke- and fire-filled towers follow one of Atta’s face on a Florida driver’s license while the announcer asserts, falsely, that “Obama’s plan gives a license to any illegal who wants one.” The ad goes on to tie its central claim about national security to hot-button issues such as the housing crisis and voter fraud, warning that illegal immigrants with licenses could “get government benefits, a mortgage, board a plane, even illegally vote.”

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Media Matters: Cunningham invoked “[s]ix-six-six” and “the beast” in discussing “Barack Hussein Obama”

Media Matters

Cunningham invoked “[s]ix-six-six” and “the beast” in discussing “Barack Hussein Obama”

Stating that 666,000 new voters have registered in Ohio, Bill Cunningham said on October 10: “Six, six, six. The mark of the beast. The great majority, of course, are registered by ACORN. … Who conducted ACORN seminars to tell ACORN employees and others how to cheat the system? Barack Hussein Obama. I may declare him to be the beast. Six, six, six. It could be the end of all days.” On the October 13 edition of Cunningham’s show, a caller said of Obama, “He may be the Antichrist.”

Politico: Conservative judicial group drops Rezko, Ayers and, yes, Wright on Obama

Politico

Conservative judicial group drops Rezko, Ayers and, yes, Wright on Obama

conservative Judicial Confirmation Network goes up today with an ad reminding voters in two key states about Obama’s ties to Tony Rezko, Bill Ayers and Jeremiah Wright.

Representatives for the group say it will be a “$1 million ad and grassroots effort” around the veep debate tomorrow and the opening of the new Supreme Court session Monday.

It will air on networks in the smaller and more inexpensive markets across Ohio and Michigan.   In Ohio, Zanesville, Lima, Toledo, Youngstown, and Wheeling-Steubenville.  In Michigan,  Marquette, Traverse City-Cadillac, Lansing, Kalamazoo-Battle Creek, Alpena.  They’re also buying time in Erie, Pennsylvania.

CNN politicker: New ad targeting Obama features connection to Rev. Wright

CNN politicker

New ad targeting Obama features connection to Rev. Wright

The conservative group Judicial Confirmation Network is launching a new television ad in key battleground states Wednesday that in part features Barack Obama’s ties to the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, the controversial pastor who nearly derailed the Illinois senator’s presidential bid last spring.

The independent ad is the first campaign spot in the general election to highlight Obama’s lengthy relationship with Wright, a subject that generated considerable media scrutiny during the primary season but one John McCain has said should not be an issue in the race for the White House.

A spokeswoman for the group says more than $500,000 is being spent on the ad, which is set to run in Ohio and Michigan markets through Election Day. It will also run nationally on Fox News during the upcoming debates.

TalkingpointsMemo: Obsession DVD Distributors: Would We Try To Influence Election? Never!

TalkingpointsMemo (9/25/08)

Obsession DVD Distributors: Would We Try To Influence Election? Never!

We’ve finally gotten to speak with the people behind the mass distribution of Obsession, a DVD warning viewers of the threats of radical Islam. And they’re actually claiming that their mailing of the DVD to millions of households in swing states, and paying to have it inserted in local papers in places like Ohio, Florida, North Carolina, is not an attempt to sway voters in swing states.

And get this: They’re saying the swing-state focus is simply an effort to get the attention of reporters in swing states, because the media is heavily focused on swing states and if they distributed the DVD in non-swing states it wouldn’t get any attention.

The movie is being distributed by Clarion Fund, a right-wing group founded by filmmaker Raphael Shore, in partnership with the Endowment for Middle East Truth. Since these organizations are 501(c)(3) non-profits, it would be illegal for them to use the DVD as an express effort to win people’s votes — but they can embark on educational campaigns.

Ari Morgenstern, spokesman for EMET, concurred that this is not about influencing the election: “Well, this is in no way an effort to influence the election. The goal is to help educate the American public about radical Islam’s war with the West.”

Neither Ross or Morgenstern would disclose the identities of any of their donors who are helping with this effort, but Ross did say they “span the political spectrum.” He declined, however, to say if one or more were backing Barack Obama or John McCain.

Ross said that Clarion Fund has another movie coming out, The Third Jihad, about the threat of radical Islamists right here in America, set to premiere in October. There are not currently any plans to distribute it in swing states in the same way as they are doing for Obsession — but he’s not ruling anything out.

SwingStateProject: OH-07: Republicans Assail Neuhardt for Aiding Rwandan Genocide Survivor

SwingStateProject (9/24/08)

OH-07: Republicans Assail Neuhardt for Aiding Rwandan Genocide Survivor

Republican state Sen. Steve Austria, running to replace retiring GOP Rep. Dave Hobson in an R+6 central Ohio district, is spewing out a “unique” new attack against his Democratic opponent, attorney Sharen Neuhardt. Austria is now criticizing her family’s sponsorship of a Rwandan political refugee and survivor of that country’s brutal genocide:

Austria’s campaign manager, Brad Mascho, told Cox News that “harboring an illegal immigrant with a criminal record is a serious matter.”

There are lies and then there are vile lies — this one is the latter. As Jeff at the Ohio Daily Blog writes, Ishema Umuhoza has been living in the United States legally as he waits for federal courts to review his petition for political asylum. In the meantime, he graduated from the University of Dayton in 2005 and had some minor brushes with the law (driving without a license and walking home while intoxicated). The Neuhardt family has been aiding Umuhoza since 2002, offering him a place to stay and taking up his legal fight for political asylum in the courts. In turn, Republican Steve Austria and the slimeballs at the NRCC are attacking Neuhardt for her act of generosity.

Ohio Plain Dealer Openers: John McCain discusses race, ad campaign in Plain Dealer interview

Ohio Plain Dealer Openers (9/24/08)

John McCain discusses race, ad campaign in Plain Dealer interview

Don’t vote for Sen. John McCain because he’s white.

The Republican presidential candidate said Ohio voters should look beyond race when deciding who’s the best candidate.

“There’s too much at stake,” the Arizona senator said in a brief interview Tuesday with The Plain Dealer.

In Ohio, Democratic leaders have said that race, not just culture and geography, is influencing some reliable party voters, including union members and retirees.

Democratic Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois is the first black major-party presidential nominee in history.

Asked what he would tell voters who support him because they won’t vote for a black candidate, McCain said he would urge them to reconsider.

McCain said they should base their decision on other factors, especially on which candidate has the better plan for improving the economy.